Originally Posted by Stormleader42
Niiiiice! I love that EL wire look... What did you buy to do that? As in type and length and such...
Sorry for taking so long to reply to you. I've been trying to upload a tutorial video on how I did this EL Wire mod, but not having luck uploading it.
What you need to do this EL Wire mod:
a molex power connector with a switch and a 2-pin female locking connector attached (most power inverters I found have an option to buy this type of power connector with it and the 2-pin locking connector is the same type that Cooler Master uses for the LED on/off ability on the built-in fan controller. I did not like the on/off switch my molex power connector came with so I bought a PCI slot rocker switch which works great!)
a power inverter rated for the amount of feet you are using or more (if you plan on using super bright EL wire like I did, you'll need to take the amount of feet you used and double that for the power inverter rating. I am using a sound controlled inverter that also has a constant on ability. It is rated for 10 to 60 feet.)
EL Wire preferably with quick-connectors already attached so you won't have to solder on connectors. They make it easy to just plug in and use. These quick-connectors are 2-pin locking connectors again just like Cooler Master's LED connectors.
For more than one EL Wire and most likely you'll want to use more than one, you'll need to get a 2-pin locking connector splitter. I am using one splitter where I can hook up to 5 EL Wires with it.
Super Glue to help hold EL Wire in place. I recommend glue that dries clear and has a tiny nozzle on it to get into the grooves. I used Krazy Glue Advanced Formula. It comes in a small bottle, but was more than enough.
If you plan on add EL Wire to the top outer groove, you will need a drill to drill a tiny hole preferably in the groove where it ends on the right hand side. This way all your wired connections can be with all your other wires on that side of the case. Also you'll want to drill that hole at an angle so wire won't have to come straight out and bend at an ugly 90 angle.
EL Wire Sizes:
All the EL Wire I used is 2.6mm in diameter and the lengths are as follows: 2 vertical wires on front are 2 feet long (this gives you a bit extra to make it easy to make connections by right side panel), 2 small horizontal wires on front near the top are 1 foot long (again plenty extra to make connections easy), 1 wire at the very top on mine is 9 feet long cause I used it to outline around the edges of all 3 mesh vents and then through the tiny hole I drilled to the outside groove. I also glue an additional EL Wire around the edges of the side window on the inside and it is 4 feet long. I need another splitter to hook it up though.
How to do EL Wire mod:
Step one: remove front plastic face. This is done by first taking off very top plastic cover, you know those 6 plastic tabs and remove the top. Then you'll see 2 screws on top near the front corners that look like they have 2 small washers attached to them. Use screwdriver and take these out. Then remove CM Storm logo faceplate on the front at the bottom. You'll see a small support arm going across horizontally. Remove the 2 screws in these holes. If you have bay devices, remove the mesh bay cover directly below them to give room to slide front face up a tiny bit. It shouldn't have to slide up very much to come off.
Step two: remove the tiny black plastic inserts, shaped like a T, that are inside the grooves. On the back of the front faceplate, you can see that there are 4 small white tabs that hold this tiny black insert in place. I took a flat screw driver and pushed against these white tabs while pushing against the black insert as well. Start removing black insert from the bottom and work your way up.
Step three: install EL Wires to the front faceplate. Start at the bottom with the connector ends and work wire into the groove. Have the other end of the wire stop at the T intersection at the top, just like stopping at a stop sign. Glue in a few inches at a time starting at the top where the wire stops at the T. You can use a flat screwdriver to hold wire down into the groove for 30-40 seconds so the glue can take hold. Continue gluing wire down. For the 2 tiny wires on the front faceplate at the top of the T, set these into place and glue down. Pretty self explanatory.
Step four: drilling hole in top cover. If you have some sort of hole gauge, I'd recommend putting your wire through one of it's holes where wire fits into snugly in order to tell what size drill bit to use. Drill your hole in the top groove on the right hand side where the groove ends. Drill hole at roughly a 30 to 45 degree angle so wire will sit into groove nice and neatly at this drilled spot. Drill at slow speed and go slow, it's only plastic. Luckily it is pretty good and thick plastic at this groove area.
Step five: Install top cover wire. First on the metal top part of the case where the handle is attached, you'll see that there is a small oval shaped hole right next to the top dust filter at the front right corner. Pull all your EL Wire through this hole leaving your connection end inside your case. Then take the end of the wire and feed it through the hole you drilled. Place wire into the groove and glue it down a few inches at a time starting where the wire will end on the left hand side where groove ends.
Step six: Install molex connector to Power Supply, 2-pin connector attached to molex connector to power inverter, 2-pin connector attached power inverter to 2-pin connector on splitter, and finally 2-pin connectors on splitter to 2-pin connectors on EL Wire. If you are using a sound controlled power inverter like I am, I recommend mounting it if you can using sticky velcro strips at bottom of your case near the very front. It will fit under your toolbox with no problem. Having it here will allow you to simply remove CM Storm logo faceplate to easily switch from constant on, sound controlled, and even off. Put CM Storm logo faceplate back on and you are good to go.
I'm going to continue to try and upload my tutorial video on this process.
Hope this helps and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
I'm currently looking into buying a bit of sound dampening material to see if it helps with the power inverter noise.