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Nick.Desrosiers

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    Nick.Desrosiers got a reaction from Alienware 15 R2 in A Project for the Apocalypse: AMD Entertainment System   
    Hi all, I made the move to PC last summer and now, my XBox has been getting increasingly obsolete. In order to replace it, I decided to build a HTPC around an R5 3400G I bought for 140$ on Kijiji.
    It would have to be small, as it replaces a console, and the ability to read Blu-Rays as I still own a lot and will continue to buy physical discs. While I fell in love with the In Win Chopin, which seems to be a favorite for this type of build, I went with its little brother the BQ656. I uses the same chassis, but trades the brushed aluminium sheet for disc drive support. I managed to grab one used on eBay for $86 CAN.

    Came in pretty badly scratched, so I decided it needed a paintjob. And if I was going to paint it, I wanted to do something cool: (Artist's rendering)

    Iproceded to take apart the 120W PSU as I will paint the inside of the case and the PSU case, the current gray looks quite... ordinary.

    Here is the USB/audio module. I will be modifying this as well, because those thick beige cables are ungodly looking as they are unwieldly to route around the case. Probably will get rid of the audio as well for the sake of neatness.
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    Nick.Desrosiers got a reaction from Alienware 15 R2 in A Project for the Apocalypse: AMD Entertainment System   
    Started on the bodywork. I've filled in the nooks and crannies that I won't be using. I removed the previous black paint as it was quite textured and would have wrecked the new paint. I also opened up the front of the chassis to free up some space for cable management (I did a test run, this is gonna be annoying).

    I glued and puttied the slot cap that is used for an SD card reader on some models. Once I figure out my new power/reset module, I will cut out that area to fit the buttons and LED (see OP).

    Also got started on primer for the other part to get them ready for the semi-gloss black of the interior parts (as soon as I can buy some 😕 )

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    Nick.Desrosiers got a reaction from trevb0t in A Project for the Apocalypse: AMD Entertainment System   
    Started on the bodywork. I've filled in the nooks and crannies that I won't be using. I removed the previous black paint as it was quite textured and would have wrecked the new paint. I also opened up the front of the chassis to free up some space for cable management (I did a test run, this is gonna be annoying).

    I glued and puttied the slot cap that is used for an SD card reader on some models. Once I figure out my new power/reset module, I will cut out that area to fit the buttons and LED (see OP).

    Also got started on primer for the other part to get them ready for the semi-gloss black of the interior parts (as soon as I can buy some 😕 )

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    Nick.Desrosiers got a reaction from williamcll in An idea for your unused 5.25 bay...   
    So part of why I built my first was to clean up my desk from all the cables going in and out of  my laptop. I hoped to switch to a PCIe sound card as well, so to reduce the amount of boxes on my desk, but by looking at the offering I realized that USB sound cards were still superior in pretty much every way - a big thing for me was XLR in, which is not a thing on PCIe cards. So I reverted to an external unit, picking up a used Scarlett Solo for 70$. I was still determined to mount it internally, and I have no need for an optical drive, so I decided to mount it in the 5.25 bay. 

    First, I took the Solo apart. I used a cheap Amazon plastic bracket as a new mount for the guts of the sound card that I had to file a bit to fit the board in properly. This ended up being really solid, there was no play between the card and the mount.

     
    Then all I had to do was mount this in the case, and route the cables. For now, the cables are plugged at the back and come out on an empty PCIe slot, but the plan is to drill a PCI cover and install RCA connectors to make it look like a dedicated card. I am waiting for a USB B to USB header to plug the card directly to the motherboard, should come in on monday.


     
    Overall I'm satisfied with the result. Looks pretty clean, for an evening's worth of work.
     
    If anybody's curious, here's my system:
    CPU: Ryzen 3 3200G
    RAM: Corsair LPX 8G
    GPU: Onboard Vega graphics
    MoBo: Asus B450F Gaming
    Case: Cougar MX330
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    Nick.Desrosiers got a reaction from TempestCatto in An idea for your unused 5.25 bay...   
    So part of why I built my first was to clean up my desk from all the cables going in and out of  my laptop. I hoped to switch to a PCIe sound card as well, so to reduce the amount of boxes on my desk, but by looking at the offering I realized that USB sound cards were still superior in pretty much every way - a big thing for me was XLR in, which is not a thing on PCIe cards. So I reverted to an external unit, picking up a used Scarlett Solo for 70$. I was still determined to mount it internally, and I have no need for an optical drive, so I decided to mount it in the 5.25 bay. 

    First, I took the Solo apart. I used a cheap Amazon plastic bracket as a new mount for the guts of the sound card that I had to file a bit to fit the board in properly. This ended up being really solid, there was no play between the card and the mount.

     
    Then all I had to do was mount this in the case, and route the cables. For now, the cables are plugged at the back and come out on an empty PCIe slot, but the plan is to drill a PCI cover and install RCA connectors to make it look like a dedicated card. I am waiting for a USB B to USB header to plug the card directly to the motherboard, should come in on monday.


     
    Overall I'm satisfied with the result. Looks pretty clean, for an evening's worth of work.
     
    If anybody's curious, here's my system:
    CPU: Ryzen 3 3200G
    RAM: Corsair LPX 8G
    GPU: Onboard Vega graphics
    MoBo: Asus B450F Gaming
    Case: Cougar MX330
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    Nick.Desrosiers got a reaction from Crunchy Dragon in An idea for your unused 5.25 bay...   
    So part of why I built my first was to clean up my desk from all the cables going in and out of  my laptop. I hoped to switch to a PCIe sound card as well, so to reduce the amount of boxes on my desk, but by looking at the offering I realized that USB sound cards were still superior in pretty much every way - a big thing for me was XLR in, which is not a thing on PCIe cards. So I reverted to an external unit, picking up a used Scarlett Solo for 70$. I was still determined to mount it internally, and I have no need for an optical drive, so I decided to mount it in the 5.25 bay. 

    First, I took the Solo apart. I used a cheap Amazon plastic bracket as a new mount for the guts of the sound card that I had to file a bit to fit the board in properly. This ended up being really solid, there was no play between the card and the mount.

     
    Then all I had to do was mount this in the case, and route the cables. For now, the cables are plugged at the back and come out on an empty PCIe slot, but the plan is to drill a PCI cover and install RCA connectors to make it look like a dedicated card. I am waiting for a USB B to USB header to plug the card directly to the motherboard, should come in on monday.


     
    Overall I'm satisfied with the result. Looks pretty clean, for an evening's worth of work.
     
    If anybody's curious, here's my system:
    CPU: Ryzen 3 3200G
    RAM: Corsair LPX 8G
    GPU: Onboard Vega graphics
    MoBo: Asus B450F Gaming
    Case: Cougar MX330
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    Nick.Desrosiers got a reaction from Energycore in An idea for your unused 5.25 bay...   
    So part of why I built my first was to clean up my desk from all the cables going in and out of  my laptop. I hoped to switch to a PCIe sound card as well, so to reduce the amount of boxes on my desk, but by looking at the offering I realized that USB sound cards were still superior in pretty much every way - a big thing for me was XLR in, which is not a thing on PCIe cards. So I reverted to an external unit, picking up a used Scarlett Solo for 70$. I was still determined to mount it internally, and I have no need for an optical drive, so I decided to mount it in the 5.25 bay. 

    First, I took the Solo apart. I used a cheap Amazon plastic bracket as a new mount for the guts of the sound card that I had to file a bit to fit the board in properly. This ended up being really solid, there was no play between the card and the mount.

     
    Then all I had to do was mount this in the case, and route the cables. For now, the cables are plugged at the back and come out on an empty PCIe slot, but the plan is to drill a PCI cover and install RCA connectors to make it look like a dedicated card. I am waiting for a USB B to USB header to plug the card directly to the motherboard, should come in on monday.


     
    Overall I'm satisfied with the result. Looks pretty clean, for an evening's worth of work.
     
    If anybody's curious, here's my system:
    CPU: Ryzen 3 3200G
    RAM: Corsair LPX 8G
    GPU: Onboard Vega graphics
    MoBo: Asus B450F Gaming
    Case: Cougar MX330
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