Welcome all to my worklog of the various changes my Coolermaster Stacker RC-810 will be undergoing over the next few weeks. Generally I would mostly consider modding to be scratch building or taking a dremal to something to add in things your previously didn't have and now want. But thats not quite whats happening here, none the less I still consider this a mod given how much is going to be changing in this thing. Lets see what we have to work with: Front of case - the IO panel is pretty much useless except for the on/off button. The audio and mic front panel ports dont work and the USB ports have been bent one way or another from lanning and knocking things and whatever else. Given that you cant buy a new IO panel for these things anymore I'm considering things I can do with this. You can also see the dust that needs cleaning. And a side angle shot: Now believe it or not underneath all that crap is my storage server. Specs as follows: Motherboard: Asus M2N SLI-Deluxe CPU: AMD AM2 Socket 6000+ FX - 3GHZ dual core with 2MB cache RAM: Kingston 2 x 1GB DDR2 800, 1 x 2GB DDR2 800 - 4GB total. GPU: XFX 8800GT PSU: Silverstone 600W Modular PSU HDD: 1 x 500GB, 1x 1.5TB, 1 x 2TB, 3 x 1TB - 7TB total unformatted. Cards: TV tuner card, SB Audigy 2 Now the hardware for this is fairly old, excepting the hard drives that I've bought over the last 2 years, but it works well and doesn't give me any issues, except for the 8800GT. I bought that second hand many years ago and the fan now moves so slowly that there is almost no airflow in the card, so it's idle temperature is now 68-70C. Thankfully I've already bought a replacement XFX 8800GTX XXX edition off the OCAU forum I'm just waiting for it to arrive so I can replace the 8800GT. I'm also going to be upgrading to an Adaptec 5805 SAS raid card and 8 x 2TB seagates for storage so you will get to see this too when that happens, but we digress! The first lot of modding/lighting gear: We have: 3 x Yate Loon 120mm x 25mm UV Reactive LED Fan - UV Blue (D12SH-124UB) with UV reactive blue cable sleaving 3 x Delta 120 x 25mm High Speed PWM Fan - 113.11 CFM (AFC1212D) with UV reactive blue cable sleaving Clearneon UV Reactive Clear Coat Paint - Blue 2 x Logisys Quad Blue LED 80mm Fan (LT400BL) and last 4 x Rubber Anti-Vibration Screw 4-Pack for Closed Chassis Fans - UV Blue (RS-CC-UVB) Now I'm only going to be using 2 of the Delta's on this project the other one will either be a spare or be used on an upcoming project and only 1 of the Logisys fans will be used in this case as well. Here's some shots of the sleaving for the Delta's with are 4pin and the YL's which are either molex or 3pin. So on we go. First thing I decided to do was to change over the fans on the front of the 4in3 modules. I had initially been thinking about either doing the Yate Loons or the Delta's on the front depending on how bring they were, but then I thought screw it, I want my case to glow like a mofo! Unfortunately for me I hadn't researched how the fans were attached at all and after doing some searching I found that some people had simply used zip ties to attach new 120mm fans. Instead I cam up with a much more elegant solution. I decided to use 3 of my 4 packs for them instead, which turned out alot better than I thought it would. Removing the old 120MM fans wasnt actually that difficult and I managed to get all of the black socket thingy's that kept them off all intact except for the 3rd 4in3 were they all broke. After removing the fans I found of course a whole bunch of this: Which was quite disturbing. After cleaning the modules I proceeded to attach my fans. To be or not to be! So after repeating that process for all 3 4in3's we have something like this. Now that they were all in it was time to daisy chain the molex connectors. Due to the fact that my Sunbeam Rheobus Extreme Fan Controller does 30W per channel it would be handling the Delta's on one channel and the Yate Loons on another, the 80mm on another and I would have 3 left over for whatever I wanted, maybe a dimmer switch on my UV cathodes? Who knows at this stage. The fan controller comes with 2 molex power plugs for 2 of the channels so after chaining the fans molex plugs together the last one went into the fan controller channel. The other benefit of this is as I increase or decrease the power to the fans I can increase and decrease the brightness of the LED's This is what they look like turned on: 100% power This is at around 50% power: And this is full power with the dust filters on: With that done it was time to spray the Delta's with the UV reactive spray. I had hight hopes for this but as you will see they didnt turn out how I wanted. I wasnt exactly sure how this stuff would react to the circuitboard and other whatnots inside the Delta's so I decided to tape them up before spraying them. With that done I left them to completely dry and then went back inside. It was time to change out the 80MM exhaust fan in the top of the case, the air filter needed cleaning and was INCREDIBLY dusty, I have in fact still not gotten all of the dust out of that thing yet so I'll have to go over it a few more times. But at least with the new 80mm there would be some air moving out the top as the old 80mm hadn't worked for a while. Then the Delta's were sprayed on the other side, left to dry for a bit and then stuck in the case. Currently the fans are set up with the upper fan as exhaust and the lower fan as intake, I'm not sure if I want to keep this setup though or if I want to change to both intake now that I wont have the 80mm fan on the door, you'll get to see why in a bit. If anyone has any advice on this it would be greatly appreciated. Currently theres the 3 120mm fans on the front as intakes, the 80mm on the top as exhaust one 120mm on the back as exhaust and one as intake. Here are the Deltas: As you can see the CPU also needs a full clean out and that should happen over the next few days as well. Having done that I decided to open one of my packs of UV cathodes and see how bright they were and what the Delta's looked like. As you can see the sleaving looks quite good and I'm happy with that, but the Delta's themselves look like they've been covered in dust! Thankfully I have a set of 3 pots of UV reactive paint I got from the UK a bit ago which came in blue, green and orange. So after I pick up some larger brushes than the ones I use on my miniatures I'll paint up the Delta's and take another shot, I might paint the inside of the case a bit as well or highlight certain plastic non conductive areas. Also turns out my RAM slots are UV reactive, and so is one of my SATA cables! The best thing about the fan controller is the fact that I was now able to remove 2 sets of molex power cables from the power supply, which reduced the clutter but a substantial amount. I'm not happy with the way the cables are now and plan to fix them up but I may as well wait till my 5805 gets here and my 8 hard drives that are going in as well as once the 5805 is in I can stop having my optical drive plugged into the SATA port above the top PCI-E slot which should neaten things up too. Now to add the next bit of fun! Thats right! A window! I had to get this thing in from the US as no one in Australia had it and there was only 1 business in the US I could find that would actually ship this out to Australia. The price of the window was actually that bad, around $35-40AUS but I'm fairly sure that the window is second hand given the condition of the acrylic, the shipping was quite hight though. Now that I have the window though I can get new acrylic cut to measure nice and easily, instead of having to cut a window in my original panel with a dremal I don't actually have and no one I can borrow one off, so there we go. Not only that but I can change between a window and no window depending on what I'm doing so that extra flexibility is worth it. You might have also noticed that the window is black and my case is silver, unfortunately I couldnt get a silver one AT ALL so instead I will be covering the outside of my case including the doors entirely in 3M DI-NOC Carbon Fibre Vinyl which just aught to look smashing. So here is the case with the Delta's installed lights going and 2 x 30CM Bitspower UV cathodes taped to the roof with gaffa tape so we can see how it looks. And heres the front angle look. And a shot with the window placed on the case, which turned out to be UV reactive, I dont know if thats normal or not as I've never used the stuff but I'm guessing it is, either way I certainly don't mind it, I also apologize for the poor quality low light shots my camera takes great day shots but not very nice night shots. Stay tuned for another inexplicable episode of modding including fun with Adaptec 5805's, raid 5 with 8 drives and carbon fiber vinyl as well as more cable management!