I figured I'd create a thread for my P180 build.
I'm not in a hurry with this project, mainly because most of the stuff won't arrive until next week. Which might be a good thing, because I have plenty of time to think things over
Altho it's a bit annoying that this one store is not sending me my stuff, I double checked that everything was in stock. I've shopped from them a dozen times before so I'm sure there's gotta be some reasonable explanation for my order not being processed yet.
Anyway, as the topic says the casing is a P180, a black P180B to be precise.
The contents will be a C2D system:
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
- Asus P5W DH Deluxe
- 2x1024MB Crucial BallistiX DDR2 PC6400 CL4
- Gainward 7900GS
- WD Raptor 150GB as a system/workstuff disk
- Samsung T166 500GB for storage
- Samsung 18x DVD burner (SH-S183A SATA Black)
Power will be provided by a Tagan Easycon 530W
And finally cooling will be done by a Reserator 2 kit.
First thing on the todo list was to do some preparation on the PSU.. Actually it wasn't but I didn't want to start cutting up the P180 just yet
Anyway, I removed the fan guard. Nicely done by Tagan, the screws go down all the way with the guard removed so the heads don't stick out.
The PSU is modular but the 8-pin connector was not modular. I don't need it so I decided to hide it inside the PSU. You can see it sitting at the top here, I made sure it's next to the fan and not in the way for airflow or rotating blades.
I wonder what Tagan will think about this.. Technically I didn't remove it
With that done, I really had to start cutting up the P180. I don't like cutting stuff up, especially not brand new stuff. But I don't want to end up with messy cabling so this was the only way to go.
I'll give you an overall pic first, otherwise it might be a bit unclear what is where on the other pics.
The first cut was to allow the cables to go from one side to another in the lower chamber. It had to be quite a big hole because all cables except for maybe the 4-pin 12V will go thru here.
All of those cables except for the SATA power cables also have to make their way to the upper chamber, so another cut was needed. I had to use isolating tape to cover the sharp edges on the sides that are against the right side plate, because the protection stuff was a bit too thick. This was the smallest I could find.
And as always, I have some vacuuming to do..
That's all for now. Amongst the parts that haven't arrived yet are a bunch of extender cables and I don't want to cut any more stuff up until I know exactly how long they are and where I can fit them in.
So, to be continued