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Project: Whatchamacallit!

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by 2Thumbs, 10 Jun 2010.

  1. 2Thumbs


    Joined: 12 Jan 2005

    Posts: 3,205

    Location: Devon

    Hi there.

    Some time a go I managed to pick up a circa. 1999 AOpen server case off a friend as I had a spare case that she preferred the look of (I thought it was tacky though, and it wasn't expensive). We'd agreed that if I swapped everything over, I could have it for nothing. :D

    Anyway, the built quality is fantastic! Thick metal panels and a rigid chassis, so a perfect base for some modifying.

    Currently it has:

    Space for three (two back, one front) 80mm fans.
    Space for seven HDD's in the 3.5" bays
    Five 5.25" bays.
    Removeable motherboard tray + backplate
    All panels are removable as well as hard drive cages.

    Plans are to have one/two 120mm blowhole fans to the top, an intake 120/140mm on the front, create a cable management system, paint the outside metallic Blue (specific shade is still be decided). The inside will be sprayed a seperate colour too if I decide to put a window on the side panel.

    I'm in two minds about what sort of system to have in it. I could go modest and put a cheap S/H build with a 939 AMD64 spec, or I could go enitrely unconventional and put a dual socket E-ATX Pentium III-S system in to keep with the era of the case!

    Anyway, so far the only pics are from when I stripped and cleaned it:





    Lots of room for cables! :)

    I'll update soon once I start cutting things. :p
  2. DotA


    Joined: 27 Dec 2008

    Posts: 540

    bookmarked, looks an intresting build
  3. waynio

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Nov 2008

    Posts: 1,222

    oooh, what an utterly moddable case :D, subbed ;).
  4. Muel


    Joined: 26 Jun 2009

    Posts: 3,028

    Location: Sheffield

    Ooooff, the WC potential there..... :p
  5. MouthBoy


    Joined: 6 Apr 2010

    Posts: 2,698

    Location: Midlands

    GAH! Your making me miss my really old server case. SO much room in them, I have watercooling setup on a 2500+ Barton and was really happy with it. I need a case like this to mod to my hearts content one day, but I have nothing to put in it! :D
  6. eddiew

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Jan 2007

    Posts: 2,256

    Location: Leeds

    Lol, I'm sure I used to have one of these! It was too big to go under my desk, had to put it at the side.

    Does this even have an ATX power switch, or was it still the hard-off button in 99?

    Watching with interest :]
  7. 2Thumbs


    Joined: 12 Jan 2005

    Posts: 3,205

    Location: Devon

    It's an ATX power switch as far as I can tell.

    The placement will be changed and the switch will be changed for something more stylish anyway.
  8. GJS1


    Joined: 13 Aug 2009

    Posts: 316

    intresting to see how this turns out :)
  9. TeaBag10


    Joined: 16 Apr 2010

    Posts: 37

    This could be a good project to take up, Ive been looking to get a new case.
    Good Luck
  10. Coldzero


    Joined: 3 Aug 2009

    Posts: 519

    Lot of potential, subbed' :)
  11. EpicCarnage


    Joined: 19 Oct 2008

    Posts: 856

    looks interesting cant wait to see what you manage to conjure up
  12. Destination


    Joined: 31 May 2009

    Posts: 20,580

    Why not add two massive monster 24/25cm intake fans on the main side panel.
    Flitered for the cooling of doom!
    A nice fat number 8 made out of megafans :) or a % situation for over drives and over motherboard
  13. marc512

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Nov 2008

    Posts: 1,921

    Location: Scotland / Blairgowrie

    I see millions of these cases laying around the college doing **** all!!! if you inspire me i might try and do some modding/converting of myself :)
  14. Eclectic


    Joined: 10 Apr 2010

    Posts: 358

    Location: Norwich

    Bookmarked. Interested to see this.
  15. WingZero30


    Joined: 1 Jun 2010

    Posts: 7,037

    Location: London

    lol looks like a mini fridge :D
  16. coolamasta


    Joined: 9 Jan 2010

    Posts: 739

    Location: Sunny Brizzol

    I used to have an old case like this but chucked it away last year, does have some nice modding potential, interesting to see what you do with it :)
  17. infernox


    Joined: 25 Feb 2010

    Posts: 3,219

    Location: England

    subbed, looking forward to how this looks :)
  18. Reaction


    Joined: 9 Feb 2010

    Posts: 301

    Location: Somerset

    That case looks rather large! Hope it turns out well.
  19. Eclectic


    Joined: 10 Apr 2010

    Posts: 358

    Location: Norwich

    No updates?
  20. Evil^


    Joined: 11 Mar 2009

    Posts: 685

    Would be interesting to see how this turns out :D, subscribed :)