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So a gentleman on Craigslist was selling a used SilverStone LC17S-C, a brand new Lian Li PC-A70F, 2 EVGA 8800gt Akimbo, and 4gb DDR2 800 for $130, and since I've been wanting to build a new gaming pc and turn my current one into a HTPC for my girlfriend's apartment, I decided to buy the bundle from him.

My new HTPC now consists of the aforementioned SilverStone case, an EVGA 680i mobo, q6600, 8gb DDR2, the 2 8800gt's (for some light gaming) a 550W Antec NeoPower ($15 at Goodwill), an old IDE DVD burner I pulled out of the garage, and a couple of hard drives that weren't being used. It's a little louder than I'd like thanks to the notoriously whiny 680i northbridge fan, and I may throw my Silent Knight II cpu fan back on there depending on whether or not AMD decides to package a liquid cooler with the Bulldozer.

Since it is a used case, it came with a couple scratches, which was disappointing. I've been going over them with #0000 steel wool, but progress has been practically nonexistent. Does anyone have any ideas for removing scratches from aluminum? They can't be seen from a distance or in most lighting circumstances, but knowing that they are there is still enough to bother me.





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post #2 of 5
Paint it, though honestly, I'm sure in a couple of weeks you'll forget about it
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post #3 of 5
Yeah, I have the same case in silver and one in black and its pretty nice. Not really much to do about the scratches other than to paint it. I wouldnt worry about it and leave it as it is.
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post #4 of 5
it is brushed aluminum. i deal with it almost every day at work. there is no way to remove the scratch's really. it also has a clear coat. otherwise it would be almost black after six months to a year.

still looks good though. nice find/work.
post #5 of 5
Nice buy for a HTPC. Nothing really can be done about scratches besides painting them. You can always buy a cheap case if it bothers you so much.
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