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Say hello to Martha!


Hi All,


Back Story:

I got given a old mid tower pc by a neighbor. He didnt want it fixed, so he said keep it.

I had just finished re-watching the sleeper series.... So got to thinking, could I fit a fat 360 in there?



Hardware for build... 



Z170 GA Gaming 6

Ram (need to buy)

Storage: Sata SSD's and NVME for boot (need to buy nvme)

GPU: Inno3d 1080 8gb 

PSU: HX850


Water Cooling Components

EK XE360 Rad

EK Monoblock for z170 mb

XSPC Photon 170 d5 combo (ordered)

XSPC 14mm Hardline Fittings (matte black)


Mayhem's Black Pastel 

Case alterations!


First thing to go, were the plates covering the bays, nice and easy. 

This gave me the first look of the space available. 


Eye balling it, i figured it should fit... should... 


Next up, how was i going to mount the rad to the case!

Maybe an acrylic panel? Decided to test the theory... 

At first, i was going to cut it smaller to fit inside the front cover.
First fail of the project!


Where was i going to fit the fans? I knew they would not fit on the back of the rad with what i had planned... 


So cut another panel out; marked and drilled the mounting holes.


I did have to mod the front panel's lugs so it would clip on to the case. 


I then completed the test fit process.


I tried both a 150mm EK Res and a 250mm Singularity PC res... 


At this stage I decided to use the EK res. That would change soon... 


I was going for/attempting a sleeper type build. 


Time to make the insides a little better!


So i popped the rivets and dismantled the case. 


Once it was dismantled I got concerned with how weak the case was.

I got the dremmel out again and cut out the drive mount sections.

I cut to size two acrylic panels which in theory would make the case stronger... 

I secured these with Rivets; and realised the difference straight away!


Looking at the pics below, the panels blend nicely and dont stick out too much! Winning!


Time for paint! I decided to paint all internal sections a Flat White; took about 4 coats to get it looking ok.


Next up, the rad!

I had an old EK Xe360 from a previous build; its outside had seen better days
So it got the white treatment too!


Time for reassembly; this was my first time riveting a case back together... As it was free, i was less concerned.


Took about 15-20 to line it all up and get it square'ish. I didn't realise how many rivets were needed to go back together.


I'm more than happy with how it looks now, almost too good imo.


Just have to wait for my acrylic order, along with my xspc fittings etc. 


If you have any suggestions, fire away.

This will end up being used as a VR Rig. 











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Wouldnt it have been easier to simply buy a new case?

MAIN PC (Beast) - Asus ROG Crosshair Hero VII WIFI  with BIOS 4703, AMD Ryzen R9 3900XT + Corsair H115i Pro RGB XT Cooling, 32GB G.Skill 3200Mhz 16,18,18,38 1.35v DDR4, Inno3d HerculeZ Design Nvidia GTX 1080 X2 8GB GDDR5,  1 x Samsung U28E590D & 1 x Samsung U32J59XUQ 3840 x 2160 4K, 1 x Samsung Evo 970 Evo Plus NVME PCI-E 1TB, 1 x Samsung Evo 850 250GB, 1 X Sandisk Ultra II SSD 240GB + 2 X 3TB Seagate Barracuda SATA III, 1 x LG BH16NS40 16x BR\DVDRW, ICYBOX IB3740-C31 & ICYBOX IB3640-03,  MZHOU 7 Ports PCIe USB 3.0 Card, 1 x XIAOLO 2.5G Intel I225V Ethernet Card, 2 x UGREEN Hard Drive Enclosure 3.5 inch External SATA Disk Caddy Reader USB 3.0 2.5 3.5 HDD SSD 16TB UASP Case Dock Station With 12V 2A Power Adapter For Windows with 6TB Seagate Barracuda SATA III, Corsair Obsidian 750D Wind Force Edition Case + 5 Corsair ML140 140mm Case Fans, EVGA 750 g3 750w Gold 80+ PSU, Logitech MX Vertical Mouse, Logitech MX Vertical & MX Ergo Trackball Mouse using same USB unifying device, Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard, Windows 11 Pro x64 Retail, Synology ds215j NAS + 1x3TB WD Reds connected to a 6TB Seagate USB 3.0 Backup Plus Hub, Blue Yeti Microphone, Logitech C922 Pro HD,  Logitech C920 Pro HD, Bit Defender Total Security 2021.


Second PC (Cyclops) - MSI 990FXA Gaming, AMD FX 8370 4Ghz, Corsair 16GB Vengeance Red 9-9-9-24 1600Mhz, Arctic Cooling Freezer 13, Asus Strix 1050TI 4GB, 1 X Acer 27" Full HD Monitor, 1 X Sandisk Ultra II SSD 240GB, 1 x Samsung Evo 850 250GB, 2 X Seagate Barracuda 2TB, 1 X WD Black 2TB, 1 x ASUS 16x DVDRW, X-Case Eagle III Case, 3 X Corsair AF 120 Case Fans, EVGA 850 G2 80+ Gold + PSU, Logitech MX Master Mouse, Corsair K30 Keyboard, Logitech C920 Webcam, R0DE NT1-A Microphone, Scarlet 212 Audio Interface (Revision 2), Windows 10 Pro X64 Retail, Bit Defender Total Security 2021, 2TB Seagate Expansion USB Hard Drive.


Third PC (Old Trustie) - Acer Aspire M3400, OEM Mainboard, AMD FX Athlon II X3 425 2.7Ghz, 16GB Corsair Value 1600Mhz Ram, OEM CPU Cooler, AMD R7 260 2GB GPU, 1 X Acer 27" Full HD Monitor, 1 X Sandisk Ultra II SSD 240GB, 2TB Samsung SATA III, 1 X OEM 16X DVDRW, 1 X Acer OEM Case, 1 X Corsair AF120 Case Can, Corsair CX500 Bronze+ CPU, Logitech MX Master Mouse, Corsair K30 Keyboard, Windows 10 Home X64 OEM, Logitech C920 Webcam, Bit Defender Total Security 2021.


Printers Include - Canon MG5750, Canon, IP8750,  Canon Pixma Mega tank G5050 & 2 X Samsung Xpress C410W.


1 X Zexrow Xbox360 Wired Game Controller.


TP Link Archer AX6000 Cable Router Wifi6 with a Virgin Media Hub 4.0 in Modem only mode running 1GB Fibre internet.


Samsung Galaxy S21+ 256GB Mobile Phone.


Internet Speed.....


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4 minutes ago, jimkirk363 said:

Wouldnt it have been easier to simply buy a new case?

Well yes, but it's also easier to buy a prebuilt PC. But that's not why we do it.


I really love the project, it looks sick. Tactical dot deployed

75% of what I say is sarcastic


So is the rest probably

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3 minutes ago, jimkirk363 said:

Wouldnt it have been easier to simply buy a new case?

1000% but thats the easy way!
I wanted something to have fun with. I've recently finished my dual loop tower 900 build; which was blinged out etc.

This was my attempt at a Sleeper build with mostly spare parts, saving them gathering dust..

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8 minutes ago, jimkirk363 said:

Wouldnt it have been easier to simply buy a new case?

that's not always the question, sometimes the process of doing something particular and creating your own thing is much more appealing :P



- Ryzen Build -

R5 3600 | MSI X470 Gaming Plus MAX | 16GB CL16 3200MHz Corsair LPX | Dark Rock 4

MSI 2060 Super Gaming X

1TB Intel 660p | 250GB Kingston A2000 | 1TB Seagate Barracuda | 2TB WD Blue

be quiet! Silent Base 601 | be quiet! Straight Power 550W CM

2x Dell UP2516D


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Intel Xeon 1231v3 | 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport Dual Channel | Gigabyte H97 D3H | Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1 | 525 GB Crucial MX 300 | 1 TB + 2 TB Seagate HDD
be quiet! 500W Straight Power E10 CM | be quiet! Silent Base 800 with stock fans | be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 | 2x Dell UP2516D

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4 minutes ago, myselfolli said:

Well yes, but it's also easier to buy a prebuilt PC. But that's not why we do it.


I really love the project, it looks sick. Tactical dot deployed


I didn't know what to expect when I started it, and as it's costing next to nothing i'm enjoying the process even more!

You're absolutely right, it's not so much about the end result; its the about the fun you have along the way!

i'm hoping my orders arrive soon, so i can get it finished over the xmas period... here's hoping!

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Who expected this shit box to be a strong gaming rig :P It's even missing a piece from the front as if it was a salvaged case.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1


Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync


Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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19 hours ago, Jurrunio said:

Who expected this shit box to be a strong gaming rig :P It's even missing a piece from the front as if it was a salvaged case.

It definitely suited the prehistoric Anthlon setup it had inside... from a time where 'ketchup and mustard' was deemed acceptable.


Prior to been given the case, i went as far as looking on the side of the road. not sure if that's sad or pure genius haha

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16 hours ago, LaserLion said:

This is going to be an epic sleeper, I can tell.

Here's hoping!! 

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*Gritty Batfleck voice*

"Wait, my mother's name is Martha. Guess I don't have to kill your PC now. We're friends now."


But seriously, this looks like something I'd do. Nice project!

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  • 3 weeks later...


I've managed to find some time over xmas and nye to work on 'Martha'

Finally have all the parts to complete the build, except one!! Australia Post somehow lost my 1080 ?
Luckily it was insured, so i've placed a order for a replacement... 

Changes made since last OP;

1: Created PSU shroud
2: Created acrylic panel for base of case

3: Rad brackets for res combo

4: Sleeved Pump Cables

5: Front Panel Cover

6: Rad Mount Plate

7: Test fit.... this is where it got interesting


PSU Shroud: 

This was created by bending 3mm acrylic, once bent I marked the PSU fan location and cut the hole.

I had some modders mesh from a previous project, so cut to size and sprayed it white. 

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I will be putting the build name on the shroud, i'm waiting for the stickers to be created 


Base Plate:


Once again 3mm acrylic. I used cardboard to create a stencil and then transposed it to the acrylic.

I had a piece that was the exact width by luck, which mean I only had to allow for notch of the drive bay.



Radiator Brackets: 


I'm not going to lie, this took a few attempts. I originally wanted to use 3mm aluminium or 1.6mm galvabond as i had some spare.

After a day of grinding, cutting, filling and many hours later I had enough!! I dont like to give up, however I wasn't happy with any of the brackets.

I trialled thicker ones, thinner ones, easier designs but still nothing was standing out to me.



This was not counting, the many attempts at drilling the holes required. I don't have a drill press at present; so with a normal cordless drill this was painful!


The next day i had a 'eureka' moment! I had some pieces of thick white acrylic in my spares draw!

So I imported a tech drawing of the EK rad into Photoshop and designed the templates.

This let me allow for the distance of the mounting holes for the XSPC res.


I then pasted the templates onto the acrylic, and soon there after holes were drilled to exact spec and the brackets were made!


If you're wondering why not just use the XSPC brackets which came the photon res......

Well, the bracket isn't designed to fit neatly across the rad mounts, and is only a single side mount. Basically I didn't like it! 


This is how the brackets ended up looking once mounted



Pump Cables Sleeved:


The cables were not sleeved from the factory, so I wanted to neaten them up. The pump also came wired with Sata power. 

Unfortunately the Sata connector was sealed up with what looked like no way of popping it open. Due to this; I re-wired it using a Molex header. 


I broke my 'no work when tired' rule and wired it using a female molex connector.... 


I also wasn't happy with the para-cord i used to sleeve it, so off went the sleeving and incorrect connector. 


I re-sleeved it using 3mm braided sleeving and am happy with the results. 



Front Panel Cover:


I used cardboard once more to get a rough shape of the insert. This had to be mm perfect as it was going to be a press fit into the original front cover.

I will be using glue/ epoxy to seal it once the builds up to assembly



Rad Plate:


I opted for a thicker 5mm sheet for the plate. I have pre-drilled all the holes for the front cover.

This includes the holes where it will be riveted to the case body


I decided to cut 105-110 mm holes for the fans; as true 120mm holes was cutting it to fine, as i was using a cordless drill.

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I ordered some 1 1/2 and 2 inch 6-32 screws from a fasteners shop. I wasn't sure of the exact length i'd need so got both...

I got 50 in total, giving me plenty of spares all for under 20 AUD bargain! 


The 1 1/2 inch aren't quite long enough, so I'm going to cut the 2" to required length, for now they can stick out.


Test Fit:


As you can see, this is a very tight and packed build. Even without the MB and PSU in; you can tell it's going to be tight!

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Excuse the tape.... needed something to keep it in place 


At present I'm using a fat 60mm rad. If i reduce this to a 30 or even 40mm rad; it will give me the extra room to tuck the res back, and perhaps using a 30mm rad even fit the fans behind the mounting plate. Not sure what exactly i'm going to do.. 


I'm not worried about room for the 14mm hard-line, as it's going to be a simple loop. 


If you have any ideas, please let me know! 


Now I just need to wait for my 1080 to arrive, once I have it I can order the WB for it. Trying to decide between EK and Heatkiller.

The Heatkiller blocks look amazing but shipped to AUS it's over 200 :( 

Thanks for looking! Any feedback, questions; feel free to comment. 




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