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April 8, 2012 2:42:54 AM

This is my first mod/build. Just wanted to get some feedback and ideas. If anyone else has some antec 300 mod pics of there own please post them!

Here she is.

Decided not to cut cable holes since I have great airflow.







Added a nice little window but that locking channel strip is some tough stuff but once it's in but, WOW...talk about stability and durability!!









Found an extra cathode so I threw it in.

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a b ) Power supply
April 8, 2012 2:50:41 AM

Wow looks sick! :D 
April 8, 2012 2:00:19 PM

mocchan said:
Wow looks sick! :D 

Thanks! Im debating what to do next.
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April 8, 2012 3:07:38 PM

Very nice job, great cable routing. Cool window, they make smaller channel strip ya' know...:) 
April 8, 2012 4:02:07 PM

DelroyMonjo said:
Very nice job, great cable routing. Cool window, they make smaller channel strip ya' know...:) 

Thanks for the compliment!
Yea, about the channel strip. I bought a frozencpu kit from micro center for $5 on clearance. The frozen cpu kits have the channel lock strip, big but sturdy. I couldn't pop the window out unless I "unlocked" the strip. Once you run the strip around and pop in the window you tuck the top in and it locks the window in. Here's a pic (look at the channel strip pic).
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/3934/win-60/DIY_Windo...
a b ) Power supply
April 8, 2012 4:11:36 PM

Looks good, it's similar to mine. http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o137/k1114/pc.jpg Did you know you can use the thumb screws for the hdd and dvd? It's a bit easier to take them off than the ones you are using. Also putting the hdd on the bottom is usually recommended for a little better airflow to the cpu but it's not a big deal. If I were to have a window, I'd paint the interior black.
April 8, 2012 4:18:56 PM

Thanks for the input! Im going to be pulling to drive tray out and mounting my hdd with brackets up top. I have an H100 i'll be fitting into the 2 x 120. I thought about painting but I'll probably end up selling this at some point and im not going to paint something that Im not keeping :non: 
April 9, 2012 3:35:26 PM

Anyone know if there is a 5.25" hdd bracket/cage that will let you side mount a hdd up top?
April 9, 2012 7:19:45 PM

AlderonnX said:
Yes, they sell them on newegg

Search 5.25 on the hard drive page..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


I know about the regular 5.25 adapter plates but I was wondering if there is such a thing for side mounting a hdd in a 5.25 bay which the regular plates do not allow you to do. I checked newegg again but couldn't find such a device. I would think it would have to be a cage of sorts considering the way it would have to be mounted. I'll probably have to bungee cord it...Thanks though!!
April 11, 2012 6:37:49 PM

anyone know if I can safely remove the HDD cage of the 300 without taking components out?
a b ) Power supply
April 12, 2012 2:17:47 AM

But you can't side mount in the 5.25" bay with the side being blocked. Look up "hdd cage" there's not much on newegg so I searched on google's shopping.

What are you using to remove the hdd cage? If it creates metal shavings then no, it's not safe.
April 12, 2012 6:54:37 PM

k1114 said:
But you can't side mount in the 5.25" bay with the side being blocked. Look up "hdd cage" there's not much on newegg so I searched on google's shopping.

What are you using to remove the hdd cage? If it creates metal shavings then no, it's not safe.

I was thinking about using a dremel. I did find this but I'm going to keep looking around. Are you saying that there is not enough room on the sides of the 5.25 bay to route sata and power through with the HDD mounted sideways? I don't mind cutting out a hole but to be honest I haven't looked (just assumed there would be room). Please let me know your thoughts.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b ) Power supply
April 14, 2012 5:18:09 AM

Hdds are 5.75" long so there aren't side mounted 5.25" adapters. Do you really need a cooler? A simple 5.25 to 3.5 is $5. A dremel will create metal shavings so you would need to take your components out.
a c 104 ) Power supply
April 14, 2012 7:04:19 AM

Great build man, really good job there for a first build,
I'm a B%^$£rd for picking on peoples cable management and I can't fault you,
well done mate :) 
once you remove the drive cage you will have some nice metal edging you can dremel/saw up to make rightangle brackets with,
use that to mount the Hdd sideways/vertically out of sight maybe,
theres a members gallery in homebuild so post a couple of pics in there and once the H100's in, one in Overclocing section for W/c builds as well,
painting it up will make a massive difference and is worth it if you are selling it,
again, great first build man, and welcome to Toms :) 
Moto
April 15, 2012 1:46:28 PM

k1114 said:
Hdds are 5.75" long so there aren't side mounted 5.25" adapters. Do you really need a cooler? A simple 5.25 to 3.5 is $5. A dremel will create metal shavings so you would need to take your components out.

I already have access to an H100, but I agree I wouldn't buy one for $100 or normally put one in but hey...this is a modding project ;) 

If the components have to come out, she's getting a paint job also :D  .
April 15, 2012 1:52:55 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
Great build man, really good job there for a first build,
I'm a B%^$£rd for picking on peoples cable management and I can't fault you,
well done mate :) 
once you remove the drive cage you will have some nice metal edging you can dremel/saw up to make rightangle brackets with,
use that to mount the Hdd sideways/vertically out of sight maybe,
theres a members gallery in homebuild so post a couple of pics in there and once the H100's in, one in Overclocing section for W/c builds as well,
painting it up will make a massive difference and is worth it if you are selling it,
again, great first build man, and welcome to Toms :) 
Moto

Thanks man! I have to admit, it wasn't that difficult with a few extension cables (though I do wish I had that antec 300.2). I'll have to do some searching on making the brackets out of the edging. I may even end up ditching the optical drive since I have an old external I can use giving me more room to work with. I think I am going to end up cutting out cable holes and giving her a paint job since I already have a rivet gun. Thanks for the tips and compliments bud!
a c 104 ) Power supply
April 15, 2012 2:42:43 PM

No probs, nice to see a good healthy modding attitude from you man :) 
Moto
a b ) Power supply
April 15, 2012 4:38:17 PM

I was talking about the hdd cooler you linked to not the cpu cooler.
April 15, 2012 5:47:10 PM

k1114 said:
I was talking about the hdd cooler you linked to not the cpu cooler.

my bad bud! Yea, no hdd cooler for me ;) 
April 27, 2012 5:19:15 PM

I have decided to cut some metal and paint :D  I was wondering if anyone knows a place that sells the rubber grommets with flaps that you see in cases with cable management? I don't know what to call them but If I can't find them I have u-channel available. I will be painting the inside matte black but metallic blue on the board tray. Is there a good link for a painting checklist? Any help is appreciated.
a c 104 ) Power supply
April 28, 2012 5:27:47 PM

Theres always ways to do things, sometimes you just have to think laterally is all :) 
Moto
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