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Need help with modding CM Centurion 5! (Paint, sleeving, psu location?)

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Ok, hopefully this isn't too much of a TLR, but I need a large amount of advice on my new attempt at a mod.

I currently have a Centurion CM 5. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119077)

I have cut a top 120mm exhaust hole in it already, this is the only modification that has been done.

I am going to drill out the rivets and paint both interior and exterior, but I need some advice.

First, I was thinking of a Gloss white on the inside. Is there any reason why I would rather go black/different color? Secondly, what color for the exterior (yes I know it is a personal preference, just want ideas!) From the painting threads I've read it looks like just sand with ~400 grit paper to rough it up, spray self etching primer, let it dry, wet sand, maybe one more coat, sand again, then spray the paint, wet sand, repeat until smooth?

Secondly I was wondering how difficult/expensive it is to sleeve my own PSU cables. Would I be better off just buying a modular power supply?

Third, I am going to be removing the HDD cage and going with a SSD/3x 2.5" hdd combo that will all fit in a single optical drive slot. Could I mount the PSU on the bottom front of the case? If so, what steps would I go about doing this?

Thank you all for your input, I'm sure it will be great.
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You on the right track with painting just be sure everything is cleaned off b4 painting it after sanding. Mineral spirits works iirc just something to remove grit and other contaminants so it wont mess with the paint going down.

I would suggest adding a clear cloat to the painted surface to keep it nice and make it more durable. You can also buff the clear coat on outside for any almost perfect shiny see yourself finish.

Sleeving a PSU is kinda expensive if you plan to do single sleeved. IMO I would get a modular unit for ease of doing this if your serious about custom colors or what not. If you just want to sleeve it like most are from factory its not too bad on the wallet just takes a good amount of time. You must be sure you get all cables back into there correct locations. That is probably the hardest part, also you will need to open the unit up which will void your warranty. You could just sleeve it to the PSU case but it looks better to sleeve it back to inside the case so its cleaner.

If you purchased a modular unit could sleeve those cables much easier and still keep your warranty in most cases.

I like your ideas for colors and outside would be good in any color honestly white, or maybe something to match your hardware.

Mounting the PSU on the bottom would require a good amount of work and modding of the case. You would almost have to flip the mobo tray so PCI-E slots are on top. There are guys who have done this to Antec 300s. There are threads in case mod worklogs section if you wanna check it out. I really don't think it would benefit anything besides being a unique mod that would take a good deal of work. From the looks of it would have to cut the entire tray out, flip it and have it face other side, swap side panels to work correctly, and probably make some custom attachments to hold it all together.

I am no expert but hope this helped you out a bit.
Edited by Rick Arter - 8/13/11 at 7:19pm
    
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When you say sleeve, are you looking to sleeve each individual wire or the whole bundle of wires? Each individual is obviously going to take longer and I don't think that it is worth the effort unless you also cut the wires so they fit better in the case. One of my friends recently did some sleeve work, here is his build log http://www.overclock.net/case-mods-g...-a05n-air.html

I think non-modular PSUs are easier because I just open it and desolder the wires from within it. No messing with silly pins. But than again, I'm pretty comfortable with a soldering iron and threat of electrocution. So I suppose it's just up to you and your budget.
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I'll probably wait and drum up enough money for a modular PSU...

I have the option to buy a NXZT Phantom for ~$80... May just go that route, but I should finish modding this one first. I guess the PSU idea is out, but still wondering on paint scheme. I'm thinking gloss white interior, maybe bright yellow on the outside? Light blue?
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