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Warning: The name is so I don't get jabbed for copyright infringement on a personal use project. Also, I'm putting up 3 posts here that I had posted elsewhere, but all at once. This is about 3 days or work.

Okay guys. This is my first case mod that hasn't been stock parts stuck together. I made a comment to a friend the other day about wanting to have a side business building computers. He asked me if I wanted to build really awesome computer, really awesome looking computers, or both? I said it was a little of both... and then we started running. I come to find out that my friend Echo was big into case mods 10 years ago when it was a lot less popular than it is today. He and I started brain storming and I pulled out an old computer from my closet... It isn't a functional pc at the moment (not worried about that right now!) but it had this really ugly case. I'm usually all for simplicity and clean lines over flashy and shiny... But this case has always annoyed the heck out of me. Here is the offensive beast now.



So that random Z on the front really had to go... It was replaced with...


So the rest of the front panel door is going to turn into a fireworks display... I will wire everything into the back of the door panel and through the hinge. The design itself will be made out of holes drilled into the door.... Anyone have suggestions on what kind of lighting will give me a multi colored flashing effect but is easy enough for a reasonably smart person to loop into a computer system?
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So my goal is to get this sucker put together and operational before I leave for Disneyland on August 1st. I'm being as restrained as I can time/money wise. I have about a week and a half to finish (hopefully shipping doesn't cause me huge time delays).

Update: I got a bit more done yesterday.
Got rid of the logo on the acrylic side panel (auto/boat clear plastic buffing compound, a washcloth, and an episode of Dr. Who).
Before:


After:


(Yes I realized after I put it all together that the silver tabs that the acrylic panel screw into were put on backwards... I'll fix it later - maybe.)
I also cut out the grates where the fans are. The rear one will be replaced with a nice silver grill. As will the 80mm fan on the side panel.
Back:

Front:


The grills are on order from Newegg!!!


I've mapped out the fireworks that will be lit up in the door panel - but I used black marker on the black case which I can see just fine - but doesn't show up on pictures no matter how hard I try or how I light it. We'll just have to wait until this afternoon when I drill the design in to show that off. Well I'm going to work now... I have to pay for my toys somehow!
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New goodies:
So after a trip to the auto parts store and a jaunt to the hardware store I came home with a couple of new bits to help along my project. I'm not going to bother posting pictures just yet as these were minor details. I got a new (very nifty) industrial looking cord management solution. I also got a couple of strips of car trim with adhesive already inside. Originally the car trim was supposed to go on the inside of the mouse ears cutout on the front of the case - it didn't work. I did take a bit and slip it onto an edge of the case anyways because it wasn't expensive, it wasn't returnable, and what the heck. Also behind the mouse ears cutout there is now some very nifty screen door material that I bought a foot of for $2.60 - only needed about a 3"x3" square but it works as a quick fix for making the black mesh look under all the silver bits at the front. I saw some automotive spray paint and eye balled it in case I decide to paint this beast at a later point in time. I may just paint the silver bits a different color or a uniform silver so I don't have to edge those mouse ears with something.
Did you hear that?:
Thoughts on the mouse ears though - Maybe a bit of electrical tape evenly placed wouldn't look so bad? It is a place where air will be coming in to a fan to create a positive air pressure system... hmm.. that may be the next bit I try out! Until then... I'm about to start on the front panel of the case - wish me luck! Pictures to follow.
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Okay, updates from yesterday:
I got pictures of my drawn on design on the front panel.
Left:

Center:

Right:

Whole panel:

Dremel+Plastic = SUCKS. Just for the record. Anyone have suggestions? I'm really cranky about how this has turned out. I may just file it down and repaint the whole fricking thing. I don't know... it looks really torn up and I don't know what to do.


I did get the screen door material to fit in wonderfully... You can't even tell it doesn't belong.

So that chrome stripping didn't do what I wanted it to, but I found somewhere to stick it. (Same picture as above, but look at the silver edge on the left side of the panel)


Anyone have any suggestions? I'm not sure what I want to do with this today. I have the entire morning to mess around... maybe I'll just mess around with filing that horrible plastic work down.

PLEASE help! Criticize, critique, suggest, anything!!! I really appreciate you taking a look at all this
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I'd spend the morning filing down melted plastic.
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Next time use a drill to lay out primary lines before cutting with dremel. Then hand file.

This is fixable, but it's gonna be a LOT of hand filing and sanding, and bondo-ing.

Stick with it. It's a GREAT learning experience. Trust me.
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I swear I'm going to work on this monster tonight. I got side tracked when my new Lian Li case came in and I swapped my whole machine into it - then ended up working this morning when I was supposed to be off.... All good though. I'm about to make friends with the dremel again, some sanding paper, and going to see if I can avoid getting u-channel molding to cover unsightly dremel cuts! Thanks for all the support so far guys!
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Just got a box of fans from a friend who I'm writing up an article for (on this mod - for his website). This is a reminder that I'm severely limited by shipping times. Looks like the project won't be done for a couple weeks. Going to Disneyland on Monday-Thursday. Filed down my rough edges but I'm waiting for some u-channel molding to make them look slick. LED lights are on order for the fireworks display.

On top of all that I'm looking for a new living situation... SO... If I get a little behind on updates I'm sorry!

Things being shipped right now:
LED's - My friend Jason is going to solder/wire them up for me.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/61...?tl=g6c455s118
To fix the ugly cuts.
http://www.mnpctech.com/UChannel.html
Edited by DexeCustoms - 7/30/11 at 12:50pm
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