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Hello to all you OCN modders

Currently i have a armor mx (or more commonly known as the armor jr) and have been playing around with it.

A few weeks ago i had done a cable management mod on it (just cut a few holes with a dremel). This time around i want to do a more serious mod. This is what i've been thinking so far:
1. improve the cable management
2. paint the inside black
3. improve the airflow while making it quieter
4. flip the mobo tray so it's inverted (inverted ATX)

All i really want to know is if it is possible and if so how i would go about it.
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I think you have great ideas so far. Black interior will add aesthetics and improving cabling will help airflow. If you can cut out the grills or other obstruction that should silence the fans a bit. I am intrigued by the mobo flip not sure I have seen one for this case yet. Other then a good amount of work and unique look I do not think it would help/hurt airflow or cooling too much.

Cant wait to see this project good luck!
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Is this the newest Armor?

Anyway, cut out the mesh as well.
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I think you have great ideas so far. Black interior will add aesthetics and improving cabling will help airflow. If you can cut out the grills or other obstruction that should silence the fans a bit. I am intrigued by the mobo flip not sure I have seen one for this case yet. Other then a good amount of work and unique look I do not think it would help/hurt airflow or cooling too much.

Cant wait to see this project good luck!
The reason i was thinking of flipping the mobo was mainly because a) the psu is at the top and b) my gpu leaves a very hot air pocket at the bottom of the case and i thought if it was at the top some exhaust fans at the top may be able to get rid of this nasty problem.

The real problem with trying to do this is finding a way to put the feet on the top and the top thingy on the bottom and also switch the hdd cage and the 5.25 drive bays around.

I was hoping that someone may have attempted or at least heard of someone trying to do this so if you know please speak up


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Is this the newest Armor?

Anyway, cut out the mesh as well.
I really don't know what you mean, isn't there only one armor mx? anyway its this one:

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bump so someone with some experience may see this thread

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I had this one. Great case.
I painted the interior black, and got rid of the psu bridge next to the window (fugly).
I also added foam in front and behind the front 120mm fan. It cut down on dust, and I can live with the extra noise.
From memory of how the motherboard tray is attached, you'd have a REALLY hard time flipping it. The problem is that other parts it attaches to (namely the 5.25" rack) are not symmetrical, and you'd have a hell of a time securing the tray on the other side of the case.

Went from this:


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Edit: I didn't really have a problem with the hotspot in the bottom, but IIRC the 4870's don't do rear exhausting, do they?

Double edit: IMO, painting it black is the single best thing you can do to make it look nice. Couple that with cable sleeving, and it really looks incredible.
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That is a very nice looking case rmvvwls, thanks for the advice on the flipping, i think i'll have to have a better look and see if i can do it any other way (namley lots of cutting and welding) to get around using the original way it holds together but if its too much work i'll skip it.

I'll still go ahead with the painting and improving the cable management, it looks like its worth it.

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I'll see if I uploaded any pics of when I pulled it apart (HDD is out of comission right now).

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I'll see if I uploaded any pics of when I pulled it apart (HDD is out of comission right now).
thanks, i really haven't pulled it apart yet so anything would help.

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I didn't, unfortunately.
From the pics I do have, and memory, the 5.25" drive rack is going to be the hardest part of flipping it.
The drives are secured on one side, so you'll have to take that into account, and the back side is the one with the threaded rod that holds the middle section of the motherboard in place.
(Just above the red/yellow/black horizontal wire in the photo below)

You might be able to rotate the whole rack 180 degrees (verticle axis), which would mean not having to mess with the fastening systems, but the front of the rack has little tabs that get riveted to the front panel, so you'd have to fabricate some method of fastening it to the front panel.
Just my $0.02

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