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Bwild
07-25-2013, 05:27 AM
I wanted to do a case mod that preserved the original style of the ouya but also increased cooling. what i did:

1. grind out the plastic bracketing that holds the weights in and support for the pcb so the inside base is flat
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5549/9360983165_b236cf3f28.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9360983165/)
P7161819 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9360983165/) by l3Wild (http://www.flickr.com/people/l3wild/), on Flickr
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2805/9363759470_06167e871e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9363759470/)
P7161822 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9363759470/) by l3Wild (http://www.flickr.com/people/l3wild/), on Flickr
2 cut the corners off a standard 60mm case fan and then place it into the base of the ouya, (it actually wedges in perfectly) plus a little epoxy to make sure it doesn't move. The weights also wedge in between the fan and walls of the ouya perfectly snug, but again i added a little epoxy for good measure.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5341/9363759008_106197a15a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9363759008/)
P7161823 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9363759008/) by l3Wild (http://www.flickr.com/people/l3wild/), on Flickr
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5493/9363758526_5a7d184e4c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9363758526/)
P7242308 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9363758526/) by l3Wild (http://www.flickr.com/people/l3wild/), on Flickr
3. i created a little groove with some little pieces of plastic that i glued to the center of the fan for the pcb to wedge into.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7325/9363757968_4047007a54.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9363757968/)
P7242310 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9363757968/) by l3Wild (http://www.flickr.com/people/l3wild/), on Flickr
4. found longer screws and also some spacers which i grinded down to the right fit. i also had to grind out a hole for the power connection, but that was it.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7366/9363757508_baef835c78.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9363757508/)
P7242315 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9363757508/) by l3Wild (http://www.flickr.com/people/l3wild/), on Flickr

put it all together and boom, super stealthy stock case mod with an extra fan!
to really finish it i would like to replace those metal spacers with an acrylic spacer that goes around the entire thing, give it some decent grooves or perforations, because i don't want to loose the new top venting i have.

Failrunner
07-25-2013, 05:42 AM
that looks sweet!

Cave Four
07-25-2013, 05:54 AM
It does look nice.

2 things though, aren't you worried about foreign objects getting into it? You should put some sort of grill inside it so its not fully exposed.

And how is the stability without the added weight, I take it you left it out? Is it stable, doesn't fall over or get pulled around by the cords?

fireballs
07-25-2013, 06:03 AM
It does look nice.

2 things though, aren't you worried about foreign objects getting into it? You should put some sort of grill inside it so its not fully exposed.

And how is the stability without the added weight, I take it you left it out? Is it stable, doesn't fall over or get pulled around by the cords?

Good idea about the mesh. I think he said he wedged the wights in between the fan and the sides.

Bwild
07-25-2013, 06:04 AM
not that worried about foreign objects, you can run this thing just as well with no case at all. and the bottom grill is still intact so there's that.

and i kept 4 out of the 5 weights, they are wedged against 2 of the sides, you can see it in the third picture

Cave Four
07-25-2013, 06:06 AM
ah I see, yeah I like this mod, some chrome mesh around the opening would be nice.

Bwild
07-25-2013, 06:09 AM
by the opening, you mean around the top area? i want to do it with some acrylic to refract more of the light.

fireballs
07-25-2013, 06:11 AM
What about the ports in the back?

Bwild
07-25-2013, 06:19 AM
here ya go, the fan is usb atm, but i would like to tie it in to internal power. think i could just double up on the existing fan's power, simply splice into it?

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3786/9361287751_77492ec496.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9361287751/)
P7242311 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/l3wild/9361287751/) by l3Wild (http://www.flickr.com/people/l3wild/), on Flickr

Bwild
07-28-2013, 02:10 AM
As an update, I'd like to add that I am getting much better controller response after the mod. Since the wifi and BT are on the top edge of the board, they are unobstructed now that they have been raised.