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post #21 of 43
wow nice work

love how your cards n board come out
wonder if any temp difference on your motherboard though
    
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Thanks Hukkel, I think they key to this kind of modding (mostly painting and assembly) is patience and research (so not to screw up painting depending on the specific kind of paint needs).

But yeah, just had lunch, on the process of mounting the radiator now, which, will have to go on the outside (the back) as there´s simply not enough space or mounts inside (this case was simply not designed for liquid cooling 10 years ago )

@Liighthead

Thanks!!

Shouldn´t as this paint is acrilic, based on water, essentially it´s just water with tints and aerosol, this is why it needs so many coats and also why it comes out so smooth, and dries so quickly, problem is, because of it based on water, you must clean and sand every surface to perfection as any and all imperfections will show (unlike with plastic paints).

Also, took the chance to apply decent thermal paste the spp and mcp while the mobo cooler was off : )
Edited by Luciel - 6/1/11 at 5:37am
    
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It´s 18.00

Things are starting to take final shape... (in order of progress)









Cable management in a case that´s 10 year old, not designed for this or this hardware or liquid cooling is a complete and utter *****, also, wish I had cable sleeves.

Next update, should be the final picks (if all goes well that is).
    
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Project is finished, and while it was a week project, somehow managed to do it in 3 days.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Mod in a Week // Giving new life to and old mod, newly renamed to "Acid Burn", enjoy.

PS: You´ll notice that depending on the pick, it´s one shade or another, this is because in some I didn´t use the flash so the leds would show up, so the real color are the ones with flash (i.e. the greener green).









































Thank you all for reading and watching as the mod went from start to finish, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did doing it and I´ll be happy to answer any questions about it and the process.

I will at some point post new picks are the are some minor alterations I will eventually do when I can get to it, for now, my feet hurt to much
    
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post #25 of 43
Looks very nice! That was fast !
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post #26 of 43
Looks great love the stripe and the board heatsinks being painted.
    
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Looks very nice! That was fast !
Well my car is in the garage for repairs and I do live in the middle of nowhere and it is my week off, so I guess I didn´t have much else to do, to be completely honest I´ve been on it all day for 3 days from dawn till night stopping only for food and toilet brakes (and updates here of course) : )

It was a lot of fun, wish there was more space for cable management but everything is just tight, and these old cases didn´t have space between the mobo plate and the side panel, so only place left for cables where literally, as you can see, between the mobo and the units on the right.

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Looks great love the stripe and the board heatsinks being painted.
Thanks!

While I have painted a few cases before, also, much more complex paint combinations, shades, etc, I felt like something simple yet stylish, but I had never done anything to the hardware itself, so it was quite an experience painting the heatsink, GPUs, sound card, hdds, dvd drive etc and seeing it all come togueter really nicely. I have to say though, it turned out quite expensive in terms of paint (2.2Lts of acrylic black base paint, 1.3Lts of the green dual layer acrilic paint, and 0.8Lts of Clear Lacquer acrylic spray, this is essentially, car paint, all in all, around 80€ worthed of the stuff, but that´s about it, aside from masking tape (which is cents really) I had all the hardware as it´s from my current pc (aside from the mobo and cpu which are actually my old ones, the new one had to be RMAd and, obviously the case I had
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Green my favorite color I've been wanting to do something similar to some old cases that nobody wanted FREE in my area. I just can't seem to be able to just throw them away so I made a little bit of room or move them around until I do something to them.
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Green my favorite color I've been wanting to do something similar to some old cases that nobody wanted FREE in my area. I just can't seem to be able to just throw them away so I made a little bit of room or move them around until I do something to them.
Sounds good, but a word of advice, depending on how old they are, about annoying bits I found out the hard way (or dumb way for not checking).

Cable management, it´s just not doable in these old cases unless it´s a full size tower.

For modern GPUs, check they fit, as you can see, I had to move an HDD one slot down as it would not fit (the sata power connector) with the gpu beside it).

Sharp as hell! I cut myself three times on this dammed case!!!

I would recommend water blasting them to get rid of the most grit before sanding (thing with being a few years old is that, some dust is so encrusted that a wet cloth simply isn´t enough.

That said, go for it, just makes it more challenging, i.e. more fun! I´ll be happy to help you if you need any advice, although I´m sure there are many people here who can help, most likely better than I could aniway
    
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After a couple of days off, (was feeling a bit ill) I´ve set it all up, and while I had to give the good camera back, I took a pick with the crappy one, but you get the idea : )



I will also be upgrading the hardware in a week or 2, with a P67 asus mobo and an i5 2500k
    
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