I haven't updated this in a while, but I have moved forward quite a bit. Hope you like my progress so far, would love to hear your comments:
PSU- I got the replacement PSU, and long story short, in the end I ended up getting an even better PC Power & Cooling 420W because of a mistake newegg made for no extra cost! wewt! Best part is it matches the mod perfectly.
Side Window- Got the plexi, was quite easy to cut with the all-purpose jigsaw blade. Used 3M mounting tape to stick it in there:
I know its dark, turning the flash off was the only way to get the fans blurred when it was on.
3.5" Bay cover- fixed the ghetto tape-mounted cover and mounted it on one of the slot-fillers provided with the case. Looks much more professional
Vibration dampening- made a real HDD mount from a 5.25" to 3.5" bay adapter and mounted it using that soft mounting tape. Added silicon vibration dampeners to the two fans. The difference is enourmous. It went from being so loud you could hear it from the other side of the house (I'm not kidding) to being so quiet you could hear the soft static from the cheap speakers over it.
That one also shows the red Cold Cathode that I mounted on the bottom of the case. One of the cheap logisys ones from newegg- was afraid it would be orange like the idiot newegg reviewers said it was- which it was, but only if mounted in plain view, the actual cathode was orange looking. The actual light from it was quite red. fools.
adapter slides in nicely between the fan and the GPU. Not much room to hide it in the tiny case, works fine there and allows me to hide the wires.
showing off the hawt PSU again.
Also, the top cathode that was carefully slipped up there- but still broke. replacement will be $5. Sad face.
showing off the 3650... just cause its pretty. Sure, the 4870 in my rig looks even more badass, but its still cool looking.
all together now!
That just leaves one more major stage left (turbine), and a few minor ones. (cable management, fix front-panel USB, etc...)
Good, bad, somewhere in between?
OH, and btw, about the dust concerns from the bottom mounted fan, it actually stays remarkably clean. Whereas my case, which has a side-mounted 80mm intake, a bottom-mounted 80mm intake, and a front 120mm intake was quite dusty when the time came to clean my computers (about every two months), when I came to blow this one out, there was almost no dust at all in it. Both are placed on a desk. Not sure why it stays so clean, guess my brother's carpet is well-vacuumed.