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 Post subject: Antec P182 (modded) rig for 2012 -- Updated for April 2012!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:16 am 
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This rig is the result of 2½ years of incremental upgrades and mods. Enjoy. :)

Specs:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.3GHz @ 1.05v
Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V
RAM: Corsair XMS3 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3-1333
SSD: Crucial C300 64GB
HDD1: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB
HDD2: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB
GPU: Gigabyte 1GB AMD Radeon HD6870 SOC (28-40% fan speed)
Case: Antec P182 (customised)
PSU: Antec CP-850
ODD: LiteOn DVD burner
CPU Heatsink: Thermalright HR-02
RAM Heatsinks: Arctic Cooling RC Ramsinks (just stuck on top of the stock Corsair heatspreaders :))
System Fans: 5x Scythe Slipstream PWM 120mm (200-1300RPM) (2x front intake, 1x CPU heatsink, 2x rear/top exhaust)
Soundcard: Asus Xonar DG
USB 3.0: Coolermaster 3.5" USB 3.0 Bay Device

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Case mods to this point:

  • Full Acoustipack treatment;
  • Modified the top spoiler to reduce noise while retaining top exhaust fan (see photos for details);
  • Cut out the rear fan grill to reduce noise and improve airflow (will add some u-channel soon to cover the sharp edge);
  • Removed PSU platform and middle fan bracket in the lower chamber to fit CP-850 and simplify cable management. This slightly weakened the structural integrity of the case, but the P182 is already built like a tank, so it's not a problem;
  • Drilled holes in lower HDD cage to allow elastic suspension of 2x 3.5" HDDs;
  • Installed Lian Li WB-01 casters;
  • Modified the two front vent doors like this to improve airflow;
  • Installed a Scythe Kama Bay in the 5.25" bays to improve airflow;
  • Added 3x DEMCi Flex 120mm dust filters to front panel;
  • Blocked up all vent holes on the rear panel, except for the tiny bit on the video card I/O plate;
  • Re-usable cable tie + black twist tie attached to heatpipe prevents the video card from sagging.

The whole thing weighs 25kg. :)

Photos (full sized photos below):

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 Post subject: Update for April 2012!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:44 pm 
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Update!

Purged the dust filters, the P182 just doesn't work with positive pressure, besides they added ~10c to load temps. Back to the green team as well -- gets a bit addictive on the OCAU trading forum... Also not as fussy with noise any more, though I still like a quiet rig. :)

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Specs:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.3GHz @ 1.05v
Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V
RAM: Corsair XMS3 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3-1333
SSD: Crucial C300 64GB (with rock solid 0002 firmware)
HDDs: 2x Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB (WD20EARX)
GPUs: Gigabyte 1GB Nvidia Geforce GTX460 SLI
Case: Antec P182
PSU: Antec CP-850
ODD: LiteON DVD burner
Soundcard: Asus Xonar DG
CPU HSF: Thermalright HR-02
PCI Cooling: Lian Li BS-03
System Fans: 6x Scythe Slipstream 120mm @ 500~600RPM (2x front intake, 1x PCI rear intake, 1x CPU heatsink, 2x exhaust)
Front USB3: Coolermaster 3.5" USB 3.0 bay device
HDD Muffling: 2x GUP Smart Drives 2002C

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Case mods to this point:

  • Full Acoustipack treatment;
  • Modified the top spoiler to reduce noise while retaining top exhaust fan (see photos for details);
  • Cut out the rear fan grill to reduce noise and improve airflow, and fitted some u-channel to cover the sharp edge;
  • Removed PSU platform and middle fan bracket in the lower chamber to fit CP-850 and simplify cable management. This slightly weakened the structural integrity of the case, but the P182 is already built like a tank, so it's not a problem;
  • Drilled holes in lower HDD cage to allow elastic suspension of 2x 3.5" HDDs;
  • Added Lian Li WB-01 casters;
  • Modified the two front vent doors like this to improve airflow;
  • Added a Scythe Kama Bay in the 5.25" bays to improve airflow;
  • Cut out the steel between the two WC tubing holes at the rear of the case, added u-channel to cover the sharp edge;
  • Added a Lian Li BS-03 PCI cooler. Not as much airflow as a proper side panel fan, but it moves enough air, while preserving the solid side panel.

The whole thing weighs ~28kg now. (:

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Pics:

Image

Exterior
Front door open
Backside
Top exhaust fan
Muffle attached
The two bits
Air can still get out, while still being muffled well
Interior
Interior II


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 Post subject: Re: Antec P182 (modded) rig for 2012 -- Updated for April 20
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:54 pm 
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Very nice :). Been considering castors for my P183, but I think I'm just going to have to trade down to a lighter case - I attend LAN parties sometimes, and it's just too much!

Do appreciate a nice tidy build in the P18x series though :)

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 Post subject: Re: Update for April 2012!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:36 am 
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Those look like custom skateboard wheels? Ingenious! :)

flemeister wrote:
Update!

Purged the dust filters, the P182 just doesn't work with positive pressure, besides they added ~10c to load temps. Back to the green team as well -- gets a bit addictive on the OCAU trading forum... Also not as fussy with noise any more, though I still like a quiet rig. :)

-----

Specs:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.3GHz @ 1.05v
Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V
RAM: Corsair XMS3 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3-1333
SSD: Crucial C300 64GB (with rock solid 0002 firmware)
HDDs: 2x Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB (WD20EARX)
GPUs: Gigabyte 1GB Nvidia Geforce GTX460 SLI
Case: Antec P182
PSU: Antec CP-850
ODD: LiteON DVD burner
Soundcard: Asus Xonar DG
CPU HSF: Thermalright HR-02
PCI Cooling: Lian Li BS-03
System Fans: 6x Scythe Slipstream 120mm @ 500~600RPM (2x front intake, 1x PCI rear intake, 1x CPU heatsink, 2x exhaust)
Front USB3: Coolermaster 3.5" USB 3.0 bay device
HDD Muffling: 2x GUP Smart Drives 2002C

-----

Case mods to this point:

  • Full Acoustipack treatment;
  • Modified the top spoiler to reduce noise while retaining top exhaust fan (see photos for details);
  • Cut out the rear fan grill to reduce noise and improve airflow, and fitted some u-channel to cover the sharp edge;
  • Removed PSU platform and middle fan bracket in the lower chamber to fit CP-850 and simplify cable management. This slightly weakened the structural integrity of the case, but the P182 is already built like a tank, so it's not a problem;
  • Drilled holes in lower HDD cage to allow elastic suspension of 2x 3.5" HDDs;
  • Added Lian Li WB-01 casters;
  • Modified the two front vent doors like this to improve airflow;
  • Added a Scythe Kama Bay in the 5.25" bays to improve airflow;
  • Cut out the steel between the two WC tubing holes at the rear of the case, added u-channel to cover the sharp edge;
  • Added a Lian Li BS-03 PCI cooler. Not as much airflow as a proper side panel fan, but it moves enough air, while preserving the solid side panel.

The whole thing weighs ~28kg now. (:

-----

Pics:

Image

Exterior
Front door open
Backside
Top exhaust fan
Muffle attached
The two bits
Air can still get out, while still being muffled well
Interior
Interior II


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