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Fortress FT03 - [FTW] Clan Mod - Update 11/4 - Final Pics on PG 3

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I've been eyeballing this case for sometime and I finally pulled the trigger. A shiny new Z68 build will be going into this case for a slight upgrade to what I have. As some of you have seen with my other builds, my cases and my Dremel always seem to have a love affair. wubsmiley.gif

Plans :
Window for motherboard/memory viewing.
Mesh side panel on graphics card side for viewing and for "breathing".
A custom cut [FTW] clan tag on the front above the drive bay.
Mesh panel on the hard drive side for air flow.
Custom lighting to make her shine!


Without being long winded, lets jump on in!! applaud.gif

Of course we start with this :
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So lets strip this thing down...COMPLETELY! Even the screws are being changed to black. This thing will be completely blacked out. thumb.gif

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Alright, with everything apart we need to tape off the side panel and mark out where the window will be.
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Letting the Dremel in on this action!
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Remove some tape and see how she lines up :
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Time to cut the window and get it mounted:
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Okay, onto phase 2!!

I am going to have some blue LEDs illuminating this baby at night and I want the clan emblem to show up bright up front. What looks better OCN, tilted or horizontal??
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Give me your input thumb.gif

My gosh, this place was clean this morning : eek.gif

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Edited by ryanrenolds08 - 10/26/11 at 1:37pm
    
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Nice dremel job on that window! Do you know more specifically what components you are going to cram in this bad boy?
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Nice dremel job on that window! Do you know more specifically what components you are going to cram in this bad boy?

Thanks Shadow! I have a 2500k/Gene Z on the way. Coupling that with 8GB of Corsair Vengance. smile.gif I am going to use an H80 to cool the 2500k and stick with my SSD/HDD combo in my sig rig as they have been lightning fast. The other upgrade I am looking to do is grab another flashed 6950 and possibly soon picking up a 30" panel.
    
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Any more progress? Looking good so far!cool.gif
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needs better pics smile.gif)

subbed! biggrin.gif
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wow i like it
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Nice job so far, i can't wait to see the finished result. Never seen a FT03 case mod.
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You need these. thumb.gif
http://ftwpc.com/cooling/fan-grills/fan-grill-ftw-94.html

Wow, those fan grills are boss!....but I think I may have something even better up my sleeve devil.gif
    
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Day 2 on the case mods! smile.gif

Still playing with the [FTW] tag on the front. It is proving to be a chore. mad.gif
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So about the time I threw the case and the Dremel accross the room a few things came in the mail : gunner.gifgunner.gif
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Random picture of backing up my old system. 600+GB of Steam games is going to take some time...
IMAG0086.jpg(It ended up taking around 5 hours! eek.gif)

Okay, back on track tongue.gif


I came up with a more "Ram Viewing" friendly design. The front panel on this case is quite thick so it did take some time.
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(this picture is obviously before cleanup and C Channel)
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Here is some mock-ups without the window installed. Personally, I think it will turn out nicely smile.gif
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Time to let the window get in on this action:

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(The plexi cracked so a new one will be installed tomorrow but the following shots give you an idea of what it will look like)
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These pictures will alter just a bit after C Channel is installed and a new piece of plexi is cut. wink.gif


Okay, now back to the hard part. The FTW clan emblem. I finally decided it will go on the non removable "graphics card side". With only a Dremel as my friend this will really be a time consuming challenge, but one that I feel will look great in the end.
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If you cannot tell, the FTW will be free floating with a nice mesh behind it to help illuminate it and let the "innards" breath a bit easier.

Well guys I hope to have more done tomorrow. The case build quality of this FT03 is just simply amazing. It has been a joy to work with so far.

I leave you with one last picture...she will be missed frown.giffrown.gif
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Edited by ryanrenolds08 - 10/28/11 at 6:14pm
    
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