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post #1 of 9
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I've currently got a Xigmatek midgard case... it looks almost identical to a Coolermaster 690. I'm looking to do abit of modding to it to spice it up abit, its pretty basic atm.

Made a thread about this ages ago but I finish uni for a week or so before starting my new job so going to see what I can get done in a week before I start placement for a year.

Main problems with the case:
Its plain black everywhere, inside looks good but outside its just plain black.
Ugly orange connectors inside the case for dvd drvies and pci-e connectors instead of screws.
Case is too open, has a big grill beside the HDD racks, two big grills on the side of case, and the entire top is one big grill.
God awful front pannel connector, picks up electrical static.
LED orange fans which I'm not a fan off, there translucent as well with LED's

Due to the big grills in the case the system seems to be quite loud at times. I'm using the cases fan controllers with both 120mil fans turned down and its still very loud, Probably the CPU heatsink. The GPU is also really loud at times when playing games.

Not really certain what to do tbh. Looking for some ideas, I've no clue what to do, I dont mind doing anything completely drastic, its my first proper mod but want something cool and if I wreck the case I've a spare to keep me going.

Main objectives for the mod would be,
Make the case look nicer
Make the case quieter
possibly make the GPU quieter

I'm uploading some photos of the case in its current state and I'll add these to the thread in a sec.

Budget wise nothing really expensive so no watercooling loops... Yet. Dont mind paying a little bit for some heatsinks for gpu and cpu. Pic's still uploading
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post #2 of 9
Window mod or a custom paint job is a good starter.
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post #3 of 9
Paint it like this:


lmao but that WOULD take ages!
post #4 of 9
Not really sure what you're asking for. You've already listed what you dont like, replace those things with stuff you do like. We cant tell you what to like and the possibilites for modding a case are practically endless.

Take a look at some other peoples work logs right here on OCN if you're looking for ideas. Use Google. You'll find people working with the same case as you easily. For quiet fans look around some PC parts e-tailers taking particular note of dba output. If you're still not sure there are many threads on OCN which can help.

Good luck.
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Cheers man,

Quick question,

Will sound dampening stuff increase the heat inside the case much?
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post #6 of 9
get some pics up then we can make some decisions based on them
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post #7 of 9
Cant comment on sound dampening material though I did order some for the build in my sig. Dont know if it'll actually be put to use though, it depends on how it looks once its all in.
post #8 of 9
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Sorry forgot the pictures








Excuse the messy cables, fan controllers at the back of the case so the wires run over the GPU and the horrible blue PSU
Edited by gilljoy - 5/20/11 at 7:48am
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Originally Posted by gilljoy View Post
Sorry forgot the pictures

Excuse the messy cables, fan controllers at the back of the case so the wires run over the GPU and the horrible blue PSU
hmmm I would..

tidy the cables up.. (if not cable managment holes i would run them along the top of the case or around the edges)

move fan controller to the front and avoid using chunky adapters

Braid the cables

remove the orange bits from the unused bays

put a windows in the case (see mnptech)

get a directional heatsink and put matching black and orange Xigmatek fans on

put in some orange cathodes

and paint your PSU black or put a cover on it..
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