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Project Silicon

Project Summary:

Inspired by Mashies conversion of a Silicon Graphics O2 case I sourced a similar case for a project of my own. These are very cool little cases but its a tight squeeze to fit a MATX sized motherboard inside. There have been three different versions of this project as I wasn’t happy with the first two. After nearly two years in the making its now finished. The specs of the final system is a Pentium IV 2.26ghz cpu, 512mb of Corsair Ram, 160GB Seagate HDD, Sony DVD writer and a Sapphire 9600XT Ultimate.

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Project Silicon: Version Number 1

2003-11-10

Well now that Project Bad Apple is complete its time to start working on my next project.

I was disappointed that the apple case was a bit too big for me as I’ve got used to having a small shuttle sized pooter, so I wanted my next project to be something smaller but still have a good sized mobo.

I remembered mashie’s entry to this years CPL Project Oenone and had a look at the size and it was perfect. I managed to source a Silicon Graphics O2 via ebay but not through it. It cost £122 with scsi cdrom and psu both of which will be ditched obviously. ( Project Oenone : www.mashie.org )

Clearly this isn’t the first time some1 has done this mod and I have to give big credit to mashie for the idea in the first place. I will be trying my hardest to make it different where possible. I have a long term idea that would be very different but cost could be very preventative.

I only got the case this morning and here it is:

Project Silicon: SGI O2
Project Silicon: SGI O2


I then set about taking it apart it took some time to work out how exactly to do this but I got there in the end.

Project Silicon: SGI O2
Project Silicon: SGI O2
Project Silicon: SGI O2


Project Silicon: SGI O2


First thing to do now was to give it a blooming good scrub so I took the plastic parts into the bathroom to clean the dust off.

Before:

Project Silicon: SGI O2


After:

Project Silicon: SGI O2


This is going to be a very tight fit to get the board and everything in place eeek.

And finally here is a shot with project bad apple in the background to give u and idea of the scale.

Project Silicon: SGI O2


This project went through many different variations the first one used rough aluminium bends to create the inner chassis. The psu and hdd drive were mounted in a section behind the motherboard.

Project Silicon: SGI O2
Project Silicon: SGI O2
Project Silicon: SGI O2


Project Silicon: SGI O2
Project Silicon: SGI O2


All the cabling was sleeved using chrome/silver braiding, and I intended on using a matrix orbital mx2 lcd, this would require me to split the lcd into its two sections. Unfortunately when doing this I killed the lcd sniff. I used some custom made fan grills made by kong on bit-tech.net and with the bit-tech logo.

Project Silicon: SGI O2
Project Silicon: SGI O2
Project Silicon: SGI O2


By the end there was quite a few sections of aluminium that made up the chassis. I made some special thumb scews to hold the back panel in place. A guide to making them can be found on the modding page.

Project Silicon: SGI O2
Project Silicon: SGI O2
Project Silicon: SGI O2


Project Silicon: SGI O2


And the finished article for this variation is shown below.

Project Silicon: SGI O2


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