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Now I finally got back to that stubborn midplate, and fixed it!

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I also worked on the bottom of the case, to make it flat to fit the psu in it well.

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More pieces being painted.

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Now the main part of my design. I cut out my design on the front plate, and started on the top plate, but the top plate broke one dremel, and messed up another. mad.gif

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Then I used the cut out design on the front to trace onto the top.

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Now this top piece, well let's say it was a pita and a killer. It screwed up my dremel, and now it wobbles (though it fixed itself later somehow). So I borrowed my uncle's, and it absolutely destroyed his (shaft broke, but motor still good); though dremel was pretty stupid to make part of the shaft out of plastic (the part of his that broke). My dremel on the left, his on the right.

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post #12 of 35
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Now a sort of funny story. My parents just so happened to conveniently schedule our family vacation essentially the last week of June. I knew wouldn't have enough time to finish this project if I didn't take stuff to work on on vacation. So luckily, I got the be friends with the maintenance guys (gotta give a big shout out to Ken, Kamal, and John!), and they let me paint in their little work shed!

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After staying at the hotel for 6 days, we also went to visit some friends who lived nearby, who also graciously let me use their garage to paint.

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I actually also flew home a few days early to have time to work on this project, and flying home with my sheet metal worked out fine.

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post #13 of 35
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I borrowed another dremel (from my grandma), and started working on the top plate cuts again. Another dremel died on me; I have no idea why (I wasn't pushing hard or anything). But, somehow, my dremel resurrected itself (was wobbly from before, but now it had straightened out fairy well) and I got the top cuts done.

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I also painted the last few pieces.

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I also had a piece of acrylic that I was gonna cut into two pieces for windows, but in the process I cracked it.

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So I got two new pieces that actually fit perfectly, and were just what I needed (one frosted, one clear).

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post #14 of 35
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Now to start putting it all back together, and making any necessary adjustments (a lot so far mad.gif). Just using plain old rivets for reconstruction.

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Holes in bottom for midplate mount.

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Adjusting top holes for hinge slightly.

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I also mounted the latches for the false top.

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post #15 of 35
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Now some adjusting cuts, mostly in the midplate, for cables and whatnot.

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Some more small modifications for fitting and whatnot.

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post #16 of 35
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Starting to put it together.

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Straps I made and riveted, so I can easily open the top.

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Windows mounted and back mesh mounted.

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Starting to test the fitting and whatnot.

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Some random bits I needed to pick up.

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Mesh for the psu vent.

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post #17 of 35
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Major issue; I couldn't fit the side panels on because of the back panel I made, so I had to make some cuts in that to fit the panels. Luckily, all went well.

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post #18 of 35
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Final put together - so many cables to jam in next to the hdd…

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post #19 of 35
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Final images!!!wheee.gif (excuse the crappiness of my point&shoot in bad lighting:p). I can't believe I finished this project. It has been a great, but stressful journey of a project, and has pushed my skills. This is the first major case mod I have ever done, and I am extremely proud of it. Seeing it come from concept to completion has been awesome. I encountered many issues along the way, but put my mind to it, figured them out, and got it all done. This has been an awesome project, and I hope you guys like it as much as I do. smile.gif

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Thanks all! It's been awesome!thumb.gif
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Worked on a whole whack of these computers at work, never had I thought about modding one of these cases, nevermind make it look like this.

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