Area51 x58 ALX Upgrade

LukeG310

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I got my hands on an all Black Area 51 7500 Predator 2.1 case AKA Area 51 x58 case.

I saw on a different forum about Project Dianoga that was an inspiration. I tried to create an account to thank AlienALX for the inspiration but OC3D.net wont verify my email...

My Alienware Area 51r1 with Active vents is amazing tower but I needed to get something smaller and wanted to put a 360mm radiator to cool my processor. I got an extra radiator shroud to mod and mess around but it looked like I need to do heavy cutting and did not have the tools or skills.

Ebay notifications let me know of an Area51 7500 case on sale and I had some ebay bucks which ended up being a win-win situation. I looked online for custom towers and found AlienALX's mods.

After studying every picture I got the parts and was able to do my conversion. Below are the pictures of my journey.

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360mm radiator shroud installation connected and painted to hide the cuts.


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360mm radiator shroud installation connected and painted to hide the cuts. Since I used wire cutters and a small dremel I ended up bending some of the metal so it took a while to straighten out the metal to mount the fans.

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Everything connected with a cardboard shroud to hide the messy cables. Upon powering on the computer the AlienFX was not working!!!


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I noticed my C2D ALX case had this adapter. Upon further inspection I noticed it had two cables that connected to the AlienFX/MIO board.



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Adapter installed, AlienFX working! I did some cable management to cleanup the clutter. I also modified the 92mm fan holder to work with the slim profile Noctua fan.


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Computer complete!
 

Eakers

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Nice!

Good work, very cool that you swapped the fan, and the front cooler is sick!
 

LukeG310

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Thank you Eakers. I am still trying to find a way in my mind to put the 140mm mod you recommended.
 

LukeG310

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Cass-ole is a miracle worked. He was able to build me a custom adapter. Now my case is compete.

Side note. I’m experimenting with bottom mounted fans to see if they help my GPU. I’m thinking of drilling couple of holes for air and installing taller feet.

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