Got this case off Craigslist for $20. The build took me around 4 weeks with a busy schedule to complete(as my sloppy work demonstrates). I was debating to post my build, but since I used this site as reference for most of my build I realized helping others would help since in case I can fill in any gaps.
If you have any questions after reading, do not hesitate to ask!
HDD: Intel 320 SSD 120Gb
GPU: AMD 6870 1GB
Mem: 8GB DDR2
Install Method Snow Leopard-> Lion10.7.3
-Borrowed 10.6.3 Retail from Friend.
-Combo update to 10.6.8
-App Store and Purchased Lion
-Used ######+ DiskUtility to put the App on USB DRIVE
-Went on a whim and clean installed Lion and it worked
-Used ###### for Lion for audio/ethernet.
Link to Web Album:
Almost all the parts taken out:
Here I replaced the SuperDrive with my own DVD drive, and fixed the eject door so it would open/close correctly. I also just screwed in the HDD bay into the DVD metal tray since it works perfectly. To get the ATX screws nicely in I JB Weld(ed) them in after drilling holes that didn't go past the backing and placing the threaded end inside the holes *
I used 16 ATX screws to level my MOBO off the backing by screwing screwing one into another then JB WELDING them. It may vary between motherboard, but it worked to let me screw my video card onto the GPU holder:
Motherboard, SSD, HDD CD all in:
Front 120mm Fan Holding Mechanism:
Fan Mechanism screw in by using two machine nuts and tightening both sides. (two screw rods #8-32+ #8-32 machine screw nuts:
Back with fans screwed into cut Aluminum fitted Aluminum, it wasn't the cleanest job, but I'm satisfied with the outcome since I'll likely never see it again.
First Time On after struggling to find power switch connector. EXTREMELY JOYOUS moment right there.. The Fan lights are white leds, camera gave a blueish tint but it looks much better in person.
Lastly, OSX Lion 10.7.3 was installed on a Gigabyte EP45-UD3P with AMD 6870 1GB GPU with an Overclocked CPU to a stable 3.3GHz with 8GB RAM and 120 GB INTEL 320 SSD, 500 WDCAVIAR BLUE.
laker2834Member Since 13 Jun 2010
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