Bringing my vintage(ish) Vinster M@X back from the dead...

Silas1128

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So a little over 10 years ago I was at the NOR'Easter LAN tournament with my CS team and saw a booth with this case. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. It was VERY compact, especially for that time, yet used mostly standard parts. It measures just 11.5 x 11.5 x 5.5 inches. Custom made by a guy in Mass, only a few hundred ever made from what I remember. I just HAD to have one. I've done a few builds in it over the years and even posted here before. But I decided I wanted to move my rig into it again and make some real changes

Now, I've had no need for an optical drive for quite some time, and I wanted to give it better cooling and a bit more modern look, sort of. So I dremmeled/cut out the optical bay, 2 80mm fan spots, and the floppy drive. It conveniently was just a bit bigger than 240x120mm. My current GPU, and most I've measured, are just over 10.5", this left very little space between the front of the GPU and and where the 2 case fans would be. I would either need to get slim 120x15mm fans or have them stick about 10mm out the front of the case, which is what I did (I also had 2 new Corsair 120mm fans, so why not). I grabbed a $10 mesh trash can from Home Depot and cut out a grill with tin snips and just glued it in place with some GOOP. Kind of half assed, not the cleanest bends, but it was more a proof of concept. That was my excuse anyway, it'll probably stay this way for a while.

So here's the build (not the latest tech, but works for my gaming needs):
i7-4790k @4.9ghz, delidded, cooled with Noctua NH-D9l (this cooler was a god send, as it fits the case by mere millimeters)
24GB DDR3 @1600mhz
ASUS Gryphon Z97 mATX
EVGA GTX 1070 SC (some pics show 980ti, swapped it for a 1070 because it's much more power efficient)
1tb m.2 SSD, on pci-e adapter board
Seasonic 500W 1U PSU, some customer wiring to eliminate what isn't needed.

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auntjemima

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Is that some sort of foam underneath? I would be concerned about air flow behind the board.
 

Silas1128

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Yeah, it's the foam that comes with a MOBO. I don't know how needed it really is, but the power cables routed back there could be rubbing against the board, so the idea it to prevent a cable from shorting out. I know it kind of insulates the back, but there really isn't any airflow back there anyway. It hasn't caused a problem in any of by builds so far anyway.
 

pendragon1

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yeah your not supposed to do that. probably makin it nice and toasty. ive never had wires wear through either.
 

primetime

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its ok....what ever makes you happy. Im not so much into ghetto'ish mods these days and prefer a more factory finished product, but It looks alright for a ghetto mod!:) The wires on that supply makes me wonder what kind of quality it is on the inside
 

Silas1128

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Thanks. I know the grill could be better, that's why I haven't more permanently attached it, until I get a proper one made up. Like a mentioned, proof of concept.

I'm not trying to show off my "cool ghetto mod" with the fans/grill. The fan grill is literally the only mod I've done to it. I was more trying to show off an early example of a compact SFF case, well before it was much of a norm.

And it's a Seasonic 1u server PSU. I dont question the quality of it at all.
 
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primetime

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Thanks. I know the grill could be better, that's why I haven't more permanently attached it, until I get a proper one made up. Like a mentioned, proof of concept.

I'm not trying to show off my "cool ghetto mod" with the fans/grill. The fan grill is literally the only mod I've done to it. I was more trying to show off an early example of a compact SFF case, well before it was much of a norm.

And it's a Seasonic 1u server PSU. I dont question the quality of it at all.
got ya......been a while since i have seen the old school multi color leads is all
 

honegod

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I particularly like the handle you have atop the case :)
 
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