There was a little snag (as you'll see...)
Today was transplant day. Here's why migrating to an HTPC case was needed. This just won't do:
And, here's the insides of the current box (and, everything that has to be shoehorned into the shortened 2000B):
Motherboard and PSU installed. It's looking good so far - I've even managed to get the PSU cables layed out nice!
At top-right, you can see why I had to flip the fan to the other side, and cut down the mount:
And, here's our snag. With optical drive installed in the cage, I can't install the cage.
The optical drive ends up overhanging the PSU by over an inch when the cage is in its installation position.....
That actually ended up to be, well, notsobad, as the mounting holes in the cage weren't in the right spot (roughly 0.5" farther back than they should be.)
Workaround: remove ODD from cage. Remove front panel. Unbolt PSU and exhaust fans, notch case rear panel with hacksaw and bend rear panel up & back...
lift PSU out a bit, drop drive cage and PSU into place simultaneously.
Install ODD thru front, reattach front panel. Giant pain in the ass.
While I was doing this, I did reroute the Molex connectors for the rear fans. Two reasons:
1- I still need to be able to connect that tuner-cooling fan later (obviously, I can't get under the drive cage once installed...)
2- should I decide that the fans are too loud (or, should one fail), I'd rather not have to reverse this pain to replace a fan.
I liked (for neatness) where they were before (which was at the front of the case, below the drive cage); but, this leaves it, ah, serviceable.
Fully assembled and running:
That top fan, I'm not quite decided on yet - I may leave it as-is (really, it wedged in rather nicely), securing it with Velcro and/or zip ties;
or, I may install it (or, maybe, a 100mm fan) on the top panel. I'm thinking that the 120mm in the pic will stay, though.
To help with internal space (and cable management), I removed the front-panel eSATA cable (not going to use it; plus, I'm out of SATA ports), FireWire cable (no 1394 header on the board), and front audio cable (freakishly, my soundcard has no front-panel pins; but, not going to use that, anyways.)
I still need to get the front-panel display working right (it should work after one more reboot, though), and move the thing into the stand.
I got killed for time by the fitment issues, as well as losing sound (I may have over-yanked my optical cable....)
One question for all:
does anyone know where (if it even exists) I can get a 90-degree SATA power adapter? That would do wonders
for my ODD's clearance to the PSU....