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Teh Neon Walris - Rev 2 (Plans for glowing panel + Part 1: Stealth ODD)

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Welcome to my first work log of my first case mod: Teh Neon Walris Rev 2 (TNWr2).
This build is a mod of my original TNW, a CM Scout - currently in pieces on my desk. I started today, here is my attempt at a work log.

Update: I have exams soon and I really need to concentrate on those frown.gif
I'll be starting again in about a week
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Edited by tehwalris - 3/5/12 at 10:56am
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Day 1 (20 Feb 2012)
The first thing I got for upgrade/mod is an OCZ Fata1ity 750w PSU which I ordered yesterday to relace my old 450w Gigabyte PSU. It is probably going to be the major electronic part.

I wont tell you all the mods that I plan to do yet, I'll tell you as I go, but as a hint: I bought 5 and 3 millimeter clear acrylic sheets, and plan to order leds tomorrow.

Part 1: Stealth ODD
In my storm scout I have a mesh front panel, and all thats on it is one dvd combo, spoiling the look. I am going to use a spare mesh bay cover to stealth it.
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I did not want to have the whole mesh plate hanging of the tray, because when it ejects it would be way to unstable. I have started making some cuts in it with my new friend: a dremel - a present from my parents and grandma.
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Being as smart as I am, I didn't do any practice cuts, but luckily I cut it with a 3 mm margin. Here's my beautiful work:
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After a lot of manual filing, it's starting to look better:
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It's not nearly done, but when it is tomorrow, I'll touch it up with some black paint.

This whole thing has made my room look like this:
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...and it will probably stay like that throughout the school holidays biggrin.gif

More tommorow
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Day 2 (21 Feb 2012)

I didn't have much time today so I didn't go to the hardware store or do much work on the stealth bay, but tomorrow I'm going to try to hunt down the following:
  • Black mesh
  • Sheet metal
  • U shaped aluminium pipe/edge thing
  • LED strip (probably online)

What I did do last night is plan a major part of this case mod - a glowing false floor. This has been done in some Murderboxes (008 for example) and many other TJ07s, but I don't think it's ever been done in a scout. I'll be removing my HDD cage (I have plans for some awesome SSD and HDD mounting) and also the ODD one, except the right wall (from the front; visible through the window) and the top part (one slot worth) of the left panel. That way I can still mount my DVD drive, while not having an empty cage get in the way.

After these cages are removed, the false floor will install 2 PCI slots in height higher than the top of the PSU (you'll see why later) and the glowing panel will span the whole width and length of the case, unobstructed by drive cages. The panel will have a few interesting twists in it, but the hardest part is how it's going to be mounted. The scout, unlike other cases where these glowing false floors have been made, is quite small and has the motherboard coming all the way down to the PSU. This means that the panel has to fit with the motherboard in, and be easily removable. I've got plans on how to do that, which I'll explain tomorrow (maybe with a quick sketch). I might also make the HDD mount tomorrow if I have time (SSD one later, it's more special). Also, here's a photo of something I did today:
From this:
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To this:
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More tomorrow...
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Update: I have exams soon and I really need to concentrate on those frown.gif
I'll be starting again in about a week
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