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Old 5th November 2010, 7:16 AM   #1
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Default Level Twelve - Completed Dec 8th

I know. Pretty lame name. I do however like how both words have so many letters in common just like Level Eleven. There won't be a Level Thirteen, I promise you.

Anyway, this is a case mod. The case is a very small mini tower case that has the optical drive mounted vertically. It has space for a single 3.5" hard drive and two low-profile expansion slots.

The goal for this project is to replace everything with much higher-end components, improve the cooling system and enclose it in something special...hopefully. It has to be finished by December 15th so this is going to happen fast.

I was cornered to quickly come up with a design idea so I quickly copped-out and traced a photo of Level Eleven.



I exactly doubled L11's dimensions which makes this a 2/3 scale version of Thermaltake's Level 10. The idea is to make a slide-in "cartridge" style enclosure-type system like my Mission and Mid-Century Madness projects.


Gutted, looking at it from behind. PSU in top hole and expansion slots on the bottom.


Interior space. Fairly well made with no sharp edges. Made from steel so the Dremel will be working hard on this project.


The stock motherboard (left) is being replaced with a Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 mini-ITX motherboard. The stock board is non-standard sized that is wider than a mini-ITX and appears to be the same length as a microATX board. Using the Gigabyte board allows me to use a double-slot video card instead of a single slot. It also gives me USB 3.0 which will be important later.


The stock power supply (gutted on the right) is rated at 180W and incorporates the original system's only case fan. It is a non-standard size. I did a lot of research to find another non-standard PSU that comes close in size. What I got is a 350W Antec MT-352 that came out of an Antec HTPC case. A little modding and it should fit perfect.


1/4" Baltic Birch plywood being cut with my handle-less X-Acto razor saw. Some things never change.







Thanks for looking. I welcome any and all feedback. Standard rules apply.
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Old 5th November 2010, 7:40 AM   #2
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Can't wait for the finished result, your work is always of high standard!
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That's a great idea to suit your short timeframe, taking something pretty ordinary like the Lenovo and turning it into something interesting.

Looking forward to rapid-fire updates, keen to see what you come up with
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Always love your work Slipperyskip.
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Old 5th November 2010, 1:22 PM   #5
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Thanks Chaos! I try to do my best.

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Looking forward to rapid-fire updates, keen to see what you come up with
Thank you. I couldn't come up with an idea in such a short notice so I'm just tweaking an old design. I think it has a good chance of coming out alright...assuming I finish it on time.

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Cool! Thanks for that. I've been here quite a while now and I always enjoy posting my work here.
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Old 6th November 2010, 10:00 AM   #6
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To free up some space I'm relocating the optical drive and 3.5" HDD(s) to the support box. In their place I'll be using this Crucial C300 256GB SSD as a system drive.




Oops. Wrong CPU. I'll have to send this one back.


8" wide quarter-matched Bird's Eye Maple.


Back to the saw mill after having a little fun.

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as much as you bag cutting that way it is a big step in machinery to machine cut as straight and smooth!

That said you need a small cnc deck from your sponsors
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Old 6th November 2010, 1:30 PM   #9
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Oops. Wrong CPU. I'll have to send this one back.
Whoa dont send it back sell it an make a profit, or send it to me
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as much as you bag cutting that way it is a big step in machinery to machine cut as straight and smooth!

That said you need a small cnc deck from your sponsors
CNC=Can Not Cut things like a real man. LOL I've never used a power saw that can cut a clean edge like I want, especially with plywood.

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Whoa dont send it back sell it an make a profit, or send it to me
Now, now. Honesty, etc blah blah. Intel just told me to keep it for my next project. I guess I'll be building a new gaming rig in January.


Today's UPS haul. A Scythe Shuriken, Powercolor 5750 and a Vantec USB 3.0 Hub. USB Hub? WTF?


New knowledge. USB 3.0 ports are coded in blue.


It's not modding unless you are voiding warranties. The plastic case will go in the trash.


Cute little video card. Smaller than I pictured in my head. (Did I just say cute? Damn.)


6-pin PCIE power plug means there is a little heat under the tiny hood.


Nice match size-wise for a mini-ITX board. A single stick of memory to help check for clearance issues.




The cooling fans face downward. I'll be cutting out a huge portion of bottom of this case to help these fans get direct fresh air.


I love Scythe products. This low-profile cooler has six heat-pipes and a 100mm x 12mm fan.



Back to sawing. Thanks for looking.
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Now, now. Honesty, etc blah blah. Intel just told me to keep it for my next project. I guess I'll be building a new gaming rig in January.
Hey let me know if u ever want to sell it(or u could just give it to me)

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Nice idea!
Will be interesting to see how it goes!
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I have a love hate relationship with your worklogs. Love to read em, hate to compare em to mine!!!

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