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    Hey Guys and Gals

    Welcome to my new little casemod worklog. Iím not going to give away too much to begin with. Well to be more exact- just a single picture.

    Have fun guessing:



    If youíre good you will get an update in the next few days.

    So long
    :0)

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    I'll be good

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    HTPC? Snow? Sounds dangerous
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    A snowboard mod?
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    that's a cool case. completely fanless.

    this is one of my favorite sites for ideas on making completely fanless pcs.

    http://www.silentmods.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdbnsn View Post
    I'll be good
    :0)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatSatan View Post
    HTPC? Snow? Sounds dangerous
    HTPC -Check! Snow - well it was for the photo. So not really. Dangerous? Hope not! :0)

    Quote Originally Posted by billygoat333 View Post
    A snowboard mod?
    xD. ahaha. Cool idea. i'm going for a sleek HTPC.

    Quote Originally Posted by xr4man View Post
    that's a cool case. completely fanless.

    this is one of my favorite sites for ideas on making completely fanless pcs.

    http://www.silentmods.com/
    Correct. I like it too! Thanks for the link. Will check it out!

    Okay letís go. Iím going to show you what I did in the meantime.
    First of all I would like to thank Christian from Streacom for getting a Streacom FC5 out to Germany for me before becomes officially available over here. Sadly I wonít be the only one to hold it in my hands for very long as they are coming to the German market soon Ė if I understood it correctly that is.

    I unpacked it straight away of course. Sadly the feel of the Case doesnít come across on the pictures.

    This was in the big black box: The Streacom FC5 Case and a little accessories box.



    Letís have a look in the accessories box.



    Heatpipes, heatsinks and installation material.



    The heatpipes are very well made. No solder discolorations and very clean tips. Now letís see how good the case is.

    HereĎs the beauty:



    Iíve got the silver one Ė there is also a black one. It has a great feal to it. The silky matte blasted finish looks really nice. Everything that you can touch is made of metal, even all of the buttons. Not what you see very often.



    Letís see if everything on the inside is as nice as on the outside. Five little screws later and you can take off the lid (made of 2.5 mm thick aluminium!)



    First thing you notice is that apart from a few rubber-decouplings, a PCB and a Cable, itís all made of metal on the inside too. It has enough room for a mATX Motherboard. The huge cooling fins really stand out too.



    Yeah. Thats right 10 mm pure Aluminium. No plastics, no bent aluminium, 10 mm pure aluminium. :0)



    The sides with the cooling fins are over 40 mm thick on the widest area of the slimmest side. Pure aluminium here again. Thatís what I call quality.



    So letís take it all apart. The ODD-Tray first.



    There we have all the parts. And I found something thatís not made of metal. The rubber on the feet. Well the rest of the foot is made of pure aluminium.

    Okay taken it all apart now. Letís get on to the rest.
    I orderd this stuf fas wellÖ what could it be?... well the name says it all really.



    Jep! A PicoPSU + and an external Power Supply. Passiv Power Supply Ė CHECK!



    What could that be? Well, what could still be missing?



    A remote-controller!



    And this is where the first proper work began Ė reverse engineeringÖ



    And the result:



    My - well for me at least Ė new idea is to rebuild the FC5 completely in CAD. Then I want to show you what I want to do in CAD first and then try to do it in real.

    Status CAD today: ca. 80%

    Still has a bit of time though as all of the rest of my hardware still has not arrived Ė still waiting for quite a few things. :0(
    Could also be that I canít solely see to this project in the near future as I have applied to take part in the den we-mod-it casemoding contest. So it could be that I have to do two projects at the same time Ė shouldnít be too bad as Iíve done it before.
    Thanks for reading if you got this far!
    So long :0)

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    That is one beautiful case!
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    So true.

    The painfully long wait for my new hardware carries on, but I will still give you a little Update to kill time.

    picoPSU-Modding Part 1:



    White connectors are ugly and thatís why I want to have a nice little black one on it.
    Using a Pin remover is not going to help because 24 Pins in one go is impossible. And I donít want to ram it in there with such a force that the hooks bend in, because I want to keep on using the pins. Desoldering the Pins doesnít work either (because of the little hooks) All thatís left is to get rid of the plastic.
    First I practiced on an old connector:



    After trying out all different methods, I worked out that the best way to do it was to use a Dremel with a grinding disk and very carefully cut away the plastic. It wonít be as easy as with the old connector, because on the picoPSU the pins arenít separate but soldered together onto the PCB.
    I knew I had to be very, very careful because if I slipped once it would instantly cut through the fragile little pins and I have no clue where to get pins like that which you can solder from quickly..



    Slowly but surely starting on the first side



    The first side completed



    Carefully starting the second side



    And just finished the second side. Now I just have to get rid of the plastic in-between. After quite a bit of trying and swearing I carefully got it out.

    Thatís what it looked like:



    Getting the new connector on wasnít too difficult.



    And this is what it looks like now.

    Iím really hoping the hardware I ordered will arrive soon, so I can start properly at last.
    Hopefully see you very soon.

    So long :0)

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    nice job! the black looks much better

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    Default Re: der_george - awsm htpc

    to make a pin like that to be soldered to the board, you can always take a regular pin and crimp it to a bare wire and then cut the wire to the right length.

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