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Project: *Night Fire* Asus ROG themed case mod

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Welp, never thought i'd get back into my case modding days, but the excitment of this new Sandy Bridge build along with the cool color theme, Overclock.net club that goes along with mobo and the ROG ASUS community as well, i've been pondering about doing something special with this build and my Antec mini p-180 that just been screaming for something new to be done to it. Its been a reliable and flexible case with me these past few years, as all my previuos Antec cases have been and even to do this day, no matter how much time I spent on Newegg, I just couldn't find a case worthy enough of starting this project on. Thus, I decided it was time to give my now becoming rare and not well known Antec mini-p180 a "rebirth" with my new computer build

After a few weeks of thinking, planning and googling around, I just placed an order with FrozenCpu after all these years of not doing any case projects and will begin this weekend!

Stay tuned for info on the Asus ROG themed project:
*Night Fire*

Edited by 1ceTr0n - 10/23/11 at 9:43pm
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post #2 of 73
Good luck! I was considering grabbing a P180 a while back. smile.gif

Right now I want this refurbished Cosmos 1000, but thankfully I've restrained myself. tongue.gif
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So, before we begin this little makeover project, lets start with the case itself.

http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=Mw==

The antec Mini P-180 startead to make its debut around mid 08 and was pretty popular amongst people who wanted a flexible case, but still wanted something that was quiet and noise reducing as well, even with fairly powerful equipment.

After building my "Black Ice" project back nearly 3 years ago this month using a Silverstone SUGO 4 case, my first mATX build after years of the large and mostly unused expansion of ATX sized builds. I went through couple of mATX cases, including the short lived SUGO 5 series case, when I decided to go back to my favorite case maker and go with the Antec mini-p180 which I have used ever since, including my most recent Sandy Bridge upgrade build

Now that my hardware is up to snuff by todays standards for some decent PC gaming, I felt it was time to get my case up to standards as well. Considering I simply couldn't find a new mATX that melt all my high standards that I wanted in a case, I decided to modify my exisiting mini p-180 because, well....thats what case modders do!

The case itself has worked very well the last 3 years with my Core 2 Duo build but has largely remain unchanged except fan removals and swapping with Gentle Typhoons 120mms

bigexhaust.jpg


For MANY years, i've stuck with the typical and honestly, VERY overused lighting them of blue and white LED"s and such, and this build was no different other then I didn't really exemplify either the colors or lighing in the mini p-180


night2.jpg


With my new Sandy Bridge build including my first Asus ROG mobo, the Maximum IV Gene-Z, the color theme of the mobo orginally had me grossed out with the red/black/silver. However, the more I looked at it, the more I was getting used to the idea of maybe taking it to the next time, and just for a change from the years of Blue and white i've been doing in the last several of my case mods


before3.jpg


Yes, I think its very overdue time for not only a new case mod but also, a new color theme that i've never had or attempted before. My aging mini p-180 case is just the right blank slate to start off with

I've got a few ideas to make the front stand out a bit more



before2.jpg


Yes, the large blowhole need some "contrast" me thinks and I have a simple yet effective idea in me brain....


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These very thick and heavy Antec triple layer sound dampening panels do work very well, but after 3 years, they are boring as hell to look it and don't promote any enjoyment of seeing expesnive electronic goodies inside the case, so were gonna fix that...


before4.jpg


G.Skills generous donation of goodies after getting my memory with no case sticker help further my idea of what to go with...


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And of course the downright sexy and beastly looking combo of the Dark Knight HSF and the new Asus ROG Maximum IV Gene-Z mobo is the main reason and example of what my plans are for the case makeover will consist off.

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Even the mobo box and innards themselves are really sexy looking! I justhad to sit and stare at all the goodies I got with this ROG mobo, when I first opened i! Freaking awesome, thanks Asus! It just further inspired me to do something different and unique with this build, within my budget guideline


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Edited by 1ceTr0n - 10/11/11 at 1:19pm
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This back area has been pretty neglected for awhile now, time we did something with it, even just a little, and I have a quick and easy idea!

before7.jpg


The primary cooling of the Mini P-180 during its "Black Ice" days has worked ok, but not great and looks boring as hell. Were gonna change that as well on all fronts

before6.jpg


Even the drab backside of the case is gonna git a little bit of a facelift. Why not?


before8.jpg



Because of the rapidly changing world of PC electronics, computers and even cases themselves along with other finacial obligations, I recently decided to add a new goal to this project. Not only did I wanna give my new computer build a nice and unique place to live in and give my old antec mini p-180 case new lease on life, but I also just didn't wanna shell out a large amount of money in the process. So, i've decided that Project: *Night Fire* will be accomplished in the budget area of only:
$100!


So stay tuned!!
Edited by 1ceTr0n - 10/11/11 at 1:15pm
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post #5 of 73
Oooooooh.... wow... sounds like a great mod!
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Just got back home after a long day on the road and I found one of the best sites a case modder can hope for, a nice box left on my doorstep filled with goodies!


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post #7 of 73
Just a warning about those 'press in windows' they are a pain if they ever pop out. I much prefer to use tape or bolts.

Waiting to see how it turns out smile.gif
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Originally Posted by 1ceTr0n;15297590 
Just got back home after a long day on the road and I found one of the best sites a case modder can hope for, a nice box left on my doorstep filled with goodies!


goodies1.jpg

I would really be disappointed to open that box and there were no actual cookies inside.
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Allright, time for some updated progress, as i've done alot and actually, its already near completion, but here's the progress report:


Need to tear the case down to its essentials so we can do what we want with it

teardown1.jpg



The top fan grill was a bit of a pain to get removed with all the sticky tape, but it finally gave it after fighting with it


teardown3.jpg



Yep, even the boring ASUS DVD/RW drive is gonna get some love as well, sure has beena while since I did a DVD drive!


teardown2.jpg


Were gonna be changing up a few things in the front panel as well, mainly that Blue LED needs to be retired, several years worth of blue HDD activity LED's is enough I think..


teardown4.jpg
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Now its time to prep up our few parts for our painting. The quickest and simpliest method in my opion is just a good scuffing up with some sandpaper to give the paint a rough surface to cling too, worked well for me in the past!


paint1.jpg


At long last, after several case builds and years later of the same thing, im finally doing a new color other then my metallic blue flake from Rustoleum, its time for some sexy red!

paint2.jpg


Oh yeah, it looks good already!

paint3.jpg
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Dell U2412M Viewsonic VX2025WM Saitek II Antec TruePower New 550w Antec mini P-180 
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