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    Default Pandora + Antec Kuhler 650

    Well let me lay down the background...


    I was lucky enough to be given a BitFenix Pandora to play with..


    a HUGE THANK YOU BitFenix!!





    so, my idea was to stuff an ATX board in it (I was told it will fit, and it does!)



    and to move the PSU to the front.. but it wont fit (because the MB tray is in the way..
    I thought of cutting it away but I am not confident enough (nor do i want to hurt this case!)





    sooo.. plan B is to save up for an mATX board.. LOL


    part 2 of the plan was to mount the Kuhler at the top....(I won the AIO)

    by separating the rad from the fan, then fitting them back together with the fan "shelf" between..which, would work great EXCEPT... that the fan doesnt fit with the MB in place! lol - its about 1/2" off


    one thing after another has stopped my ideas...There isnt enough room to put the rad+fan elsewhere at the top. The cooler is set up to push air through the rad.. i want to pull air so I can mount it up front.


    The Antec Kuhler 650 (I won it in a contest - thats why i am trying to make use of it instead of spending money)



    so I pulled the kuhler apart... and I think I can do this, just need some help
    If i can replace the fan, I can use this cooler in the front and pull air in (because its designed to push). plus a red led fan will look cool on this.



    the white plug fits to the pump, and the wires are marked so can I just rewire from the main feed to the pump (just cut and hook the 2 wires back together)
    ....... a few days go by.....

    alright here it is...


    I had to drill out the pump "feet" (the x shaped bracket) to fit some little screws through (Thin sidewalls! the drill bit went thru in a few spots but it still worked)
    Then took the wires over to frozenCPU where I bought a BitFenix RED PWM fan and new pins.. They were kind enough to clamp the new pins on and test the wire. After I removed the ANTEC logo from the CPU mount.. Put the new FAN on and mounted it in the case!


    Newly added plug (where they re-pinned)



    Fan Mounted



    back view



    Antec logo removed - would like to find a small BitFenix or MSI Dragon logo

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    Default Re: Pandora + Antec Kuhler 650

    Looking good so far.

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    Default Re: Pandora + Antec Kuhler 650

    With wanting to put the PSU up front, is there anything stopping you from rotating the PSU 90 degrees horizontally (so that it's still vertical, but instead of the sides facing the sides of the case, they face the front and back)? Other than that, if you never wish to put any motherboard larger than an ATX in there, then perhaps cutting the motherboard tray to accommodate the PSU may work. Just tossing those ideas/suggestions out there. Regardless, this is already turning out to be interesting.

    Also, as to putting a Bitfenix or MSI Dragon logo may not be too difficult (obviously the Bitfenix logo would be the easier of the 2), and would just take some good work. Idk what tools you have at your disposal, but what I'd do (with what I have) is measure out the circle that the logo will go onto, open up The Gimp, download the image at this link (and open it in The Gimp) http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/i/20...te-d51ptpo.jpg then resize accordingly, print out onto glossy photo paper, use my small Xyron + some thin clear plastic (like from an unused DVD case or maybe a comic book protection bag) to make a clear protective layer and apply it to the printed out logo; following that I'd then cut it out of the sheet, run that through the Xyron again and then apply it where it's supposed to go.

    It sounds like a lot of work, but really isn't. Again, Idk what tools you have at your disposal, but with what I have available, that's what I'd do.

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    Default Re: Pandora + Antec Kuhler 650

    I was going to see if staples had any sore of clear "sticker" paper to print on

    I thought of turning the PSU, it would work, yes... but im not sure I will like the look. The "notch" in the window would show it.. Also, the back of the case would have the hole from it, as well as then figuring out the venting as well as the power cord running it. lol - basically, it will be much better just to get an mATX board

    BUT!! update... here is the dragons tail on the window

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    Default Re: Pandora + Antec Kuhler 650

    Nice..

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    Default Re: Pandora + Antec Kuhler 650

    Nice update. As to the clear sticker printer sheets, the #1 thing to check first is whether or not your printer supports it (if you're planning to print onto it, anyway - if not then no worries).

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