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Hi all,

Looking for a project to do over the summer and part of next university year, going to try my hand at case modding.

I want to get a cheap, small form-factor case (I move around quite a bit, and lugging my ATX around is getting annoying, since I only use the one PCI slot anyway). Haven't quite decided on the details yet, so for the moment I'm lurking different threads, getting an idea of what I have ahead, and how much I'm going to spend on this.

I'm located in France (which makes parts more expensive than USA and UK and stuff), and I'm going back to my boring-ass hometown over the summer, praying that the one good computer store is still open, otherwise I'm going to have to order online.

I will post pictures and logs when I get started, so you can all see my fumbling mess and results.

Hope to enjoy my stay, this looks like a good no-drama place to get some good answers to any questions I might have.
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Welcome to OCN!!

Which part of France?
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Welcome to OCN!
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Thanks for the warm welcome!

I'm from the south of France, oscillating between Beziers and Montpellier.

So I got an el-cheapo case that was easy peasy to strip down to a bare minimum that I can now work on easily, going with an ATX box after all, the smaller boxes had gizmos and stuff that would just get in the way. The one I got has two metal side panes, and a plastic front panel. The panel only has the on and off buttons and a USB/mini jack thingy.
The USB/minijack is screwed on from the back of the panel, so I can keep that for other stuff, and now I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a nice button I could use for on. I don't think I'll be using the front panel, so that means more work but more cool.

I just got some paint for the inside, and a warhammer 40'000 fortress thingy for some techy/industrial styling, although I'll have to paint that too.

Thinking of getting some tight metal gridding to act as a window, I don't want the classic plexi window and I'm thinking more like letting some orange/red light seep out from inside through gridded holes, and the warhammer stuff should bring it all together making it look like a factory out of a sci-fi (hopefully).

Will be posting step-by-step pics of progress and fails as I go along, I'll probably open a thread in the case modding forum.
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Welcome to OCN muh man
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