Thanks for the compliments folks - means a lot coming from you guys.
amazing cable job, but i only ask (or more hint off) those cable ties are easily removeable without being cut?
... The short answer is no, but I'm a sucker for unneccessary surgery so it doesn't bother me too much. Plus I have a massive box full of cable ties I picked up from a liquidation sale for next to nothing - more than I'm ever likely to need. When I upgrade the graphics I'll be routing the PCI-E power cables alongside the ATX cable, which means I'll have to replace all those cable ties.
Why don't you keep the top fan and move the fan to the Ninja's bottom?
I second that, even if the path from the top to your ears is more direct it`s worth experimenting with.
I'll definitely give it a go. I checked it out when I got home last night and the NB heatsink isn't in the way. It will be right up against the edge of the fan which is no biggie, except possibly for airflow over that HS.
i was thinking of doing something like this but im not brave enough to take too much of the case apart incase it doesnt work or i break something.
The key is no fear and a little patience
... I really had almost no case mod experience before I did this, but once my flatmate showed me how to get the rivets out quickly and cleanly it was pretty much plain sailing. The hardest part is making accurate cuts, but it doesn't take long to get the hang of it.
how easy or hard is it to take the front panel off?
It's very easy. If you take the case sides off you will see the front panel has 6 clips which latch on to the inside of the case front - 3 on each side at the top, middle and bottom. These can be released by hand, allowing the front panel to come straight off. Removing and working with the front panel is easier if you remove the door first. This is done by opening the door to 90Âº and bending the ladder-shaped hinge on the left inward slightly towards the power button, loosening the tension on the hinge clips at the top and bottom allowing you to pop the door assembly out in one piece.
as for your temps are you reading core temperatures or cpu temperatures?
my cpu is cooled with a xigmatek + 1200 slipstream, cpu reading us around 40, cores idle at 25. under load the temps do not increase by much. i have 2 800 slipstreams on the exhaust and top of the case.
I'm reading core temps. Core 0 is always slightly hotter, but all 4 cores stay within a couple of degrees of each other. Btw how are you reading your core temps - is it SpeedFan by any chance? CPU and core should be pretty close to each other - no more than a few degrees different - but the 15Âº offset you have between your mobo CPU reading and your core temps doesn't seem right. You might be experiencing the issue where SpeedFan (and some other utils iirc) report temps 15Âº too low on some Core2 chips like the Q6600 G0. If in doubt, get yourself a copy of Crystal HWmonitor which definitely reads core temps correctly. Apologies if you know this already and I've got the wrong end of the stick!
my hd's are also in the lower chamber with only the psu fan to pull air through. after time they both sit at around 40c, they are in the standard cage, when i moved the hd's to the middle of the cage the temps where a lot better as they were not hidden on the sides, but i was still thinking of putting a slow quiet fan in there to keep them a little cooler as i dont think the psu fan alone is too great for temps.
Aye, the standard P182 mounting grommets stop much of the normal conduction process where some of the drives' heat is taken away through metal-to-metal contact like a crude heatsink. The Xilence Iceboxes have definitely helped me out there.
i've looked through your site and have to say that u did a great job. personally i dont really like the mirror finish, but what you did with the case was amazing. unfortunately i have the old version of the case and cant properly route cables behind the mobo panel, so i can only dream of doing what you have. but i want to attempt something similar, though without so much drilling and wire-modding
... I thought the mirror finish would stick out like a sore thumb and for a while I was convinced I was going to hate it, but I've found it actually blends in better than a silver or black box as it pretty much takes on the appearance of its surroundings. I totally agree about the cable routing thing though. It was the addition of those holes that really sold me on the P182.