A quick mod for my FT03-Mini

So a quick tip for anyone that might be interested in using the Silverstone FT03-Mini for their mITX build, you may want to file/sand down the inside lip on the plastic top/cover near the cable-routing cutout.

To expand on this for anyone that doesn’t have the case already, there’s a minor issue with the I/O panel cable routing, so if you have more than 3-4 cables plugged in to your motherboard ports (or those cables are really thick, e.g. dual-link DVI) then you might have an issue with the top plastic panel not sitting flush when attached, or the downward pressure on the cables, from that lip, slightly pushing the back aluminum panel away.

After sanding down the lip to enlarge the opening, both issues are gone!

And what’s the next Step on my modding list? Paint/dye all the white plastic parts black for a clean, “apple-esque” silver & black look.

Stupid cables…

Since I had to take apart my computer again today to swap the 450w SFX power supply back in, I remembered to take pictures of the custom power cables I made.

Instead of cutting up the original cables (or going the full custom/from scratch route) I bought the Silverstone PP05-E flexible/short cable set and used the following:

  • 1 x 20+4pin ATX connector (350mm)
  • 1 x EPS/ATX12V 8pin(4+4) connector (350mm)
  • 1 x two (2) SATA 90˚connectors (350+50mm)
  • 1 x three (3) SATA 180˚ +1 x Slimline SATA connectors (300+150+150+150mm)

The 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS cables were both fine as is with a little bending and tucking them out of the way of the NF-F12/”pull” fan. The SATA/peripheral cables though were a nightmare.

I took one cable and cut it down to a 2x SATA, around 90mm in length. This runs straight from the PSU to my two SSD’s, which are stuck together with double sided tape 😦

The second cable I cut off two of the full-size SATA connectors, and spliced the slimline connector straight into the PSU end.

One tip for anyone looking to crimp two wires into the same Female ATX terminal, buy terminals one size larger than your wire, e.g. for dual 18AWG, buy 16AWG terminals like these: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/0039000090/WM3115-ND/1643445

And of course I’ll likely need to shorten the PCIE cables too, but there’s no real point in starting that until I actually have a GPU.