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Old 01-01-2016, 05:32 PM #1
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Fractal Design Define XL - PC grow cabinet

So I recently finished my really slow-ass project (started mid-summer) of repurposing a PC case as a grow cabinet. Now that I consider it to be finished (I just need some quality soil and I am ready to start), I thought I'd make a post about how it all went.
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You can google Fractal Design Define XL to see how it looks "by default", this is how it looks with all the HDD case and separator removed. Took a bit of drilling.
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Since I did not like the idea of the backside of the case leaking smelly air like there is no tomorrow, I worked on it a bit. This part is probably hardest to do if you don't have access to the right tools. Luckily I have a friend who works in industrial manufacturing and he helped me cut out a new metal backplate to cover all the stupid holes normally found on the back of a PC case.
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Cut out the exhaust fan grill to fit...
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... this for...
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... this active carbon filter. My original plan was to have a small one inside the case along with just 1 plan. The webstore I purchased the filter fucked up and sent me a filter way larger than the one I ordered and since I couldn't be bothered to send it back, I thought "what the hell, I can still make this work".
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Old 01-01-2016, 05:33 PM #2
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Old 01-01-2016, 05:38 PM #3
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Right, apparently there is no "edit" and no "delete post" buttons? Oh well....
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The 138W LED I got off Ebay is stupidly good value for money spent, but the stock fan it came with was outrageously loud, so I replaced it with a Noctua running through an LNA.
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Almost finished. The LED lamp is attached to the top of the case using stupidly powerful magnetic hooks.
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Voila! The assembly and wiring and everything is done.
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This is how it looks from the outside. My goal was to be able to have non-420-friendly people over without lots of stress. I think I achieved that. A nerdy person has a PC in the corner of a living room with some minor fan humming noise? Somebody call the cops!
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Old 01-01-2016, 06:28 PM #4
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Tidy build - very nice.
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Now for the fun part, growing some plants in it!
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Some further progress:





3 weeks in veg. Topped both plants once a few days ago.
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Roflio, welcome!
Nice looking setup you've got there!
This monster-filter should work well and last for a long time.
138w in a PC is a lot. What are the temps outside/inside?
Wish you good luck with your grows!
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:17 PM #8
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Seems like they have had a healthy start already!. Case is coming together nice along with the vents.. 138 as already said is a lot, they are going to grow fast
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Wow looks really slick, cant wait to see how it works.

What bulb/lamp did you get? Im looking to do a micro grow and i need something stupid cheap too!
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