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Im new to case modding so I hope my build will be decent. Thenks for stopping by and enjoy looking!



The basics:

i5 2500k CPU
Asus P8Z68-v Pro Gen 3 motherboard
8gb Corsair Vengeance RAM
2 60gb OCZ agility 3 SSDs
2 EVGA GTX470 GPUs
Custom Watercooling loop
Dual bay Fusion reservoir
2 mcp350 ddc-1t pumps w/ xspc dual pump top
2 240mm Radiators
1 120mm Radiator
2 Danger Den full cover 470 blocks
1 EK supreme HK CPU block
Zalman 850w quietpower PSU
InWin Dragon Rider Case


The modding:

I did a couple modifications to the case:

-removed the HDD cage by drilling out the rivets
-custom paint job to make it look like it has dragon scales

Before i Removed HDD cage:
IMAG0188.jpg

After cage removal and installed another 240mm Rad:
IMAG0237.jpg

Starting painting:
IMAG0240.jpg

After painting:
IMAG0248.jpg
IMAG0247.jpg

I would say im 90% done and have only a couple things to do:

-Install lighting
-install and fabricate some acrylic panels to clean up some of the inside
-Mount SSDs on one of the acrylic panels
-Sleeve the cables using PlastiDip
-Replace old tubing with new tubing and paint the new tubing(undecided on whether doing this or not. will decide after everything else is done)

I will be showing you how to paint the snake print in a post tomorrow so stay tuned!

Hope you enjoyed and let me know what ya think!
Edited by Tipless - 2/22/12 at 8:23am
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update:
IMAG0252.jpg

still have gpu cover to make and cable sleeving.

stay tuned!!!
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Looks sick man. biggrin.gif Love that paint design you got there. biggrin.gif
     
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I was reading in the web today and i found this ( and this is for all of us ) very good hard work guys and I'm here because you are wink.gif
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What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.
Always keep learning. It keeps you young.

good luck to everyone thumb.gif
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Woah, crazy paint dude!
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very nice work on the paint looks sweet (:

howd u get that one on the side of the 5.25bays ? by hand or template? biggrin.gif
    
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very nice work on the paint looks sweet (:
howd u get that one on the side of the 5.25bays ? by hand or template? biggrin.gif

i took an image i found online and printed it out. put masking tape over the acrylic and then overlay the design and use a hobby knife to trace the image and it transfers onto the masking tape. you then remove the masking tape that isnt the design and paint over it. pretty simple here is a how to from a mouse pad i did
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post #9 of 12
not to troll you, but it looks more like it's been made out of garden hose TBH

I like that aswell biggrin.gif
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If I may be perfectly honest - I didn't like it at first glance. But then I looked closer, and I realized the potential of the ideas. Your mounting of SSD's shows very good work. The creativity is high.

I think you're let down by your case model a little (not a fan of the In-Win), and by a less than sharp paint job. I actually really like the effect of the paint and the idea of dragon scales behind it; that's a cool and original idea. Kudos.

My suggestion is to do the paint job part 2. Get the lines of the scales a little more accurate, and perhaps have the colours not so contrasting, or as a gradient. I think the front-panel and the side/top grills are a little too high in contrast, and could do with more subtlety. On the front panel in particular where the "blocky" patches of green/yellow are filled in.

The side-panel inside the case with the dragon image is the best example of the work, along with the bottom 240 rad. If the green/yellow dragon scale overlay was a little less painted, thus slightly more subtle, the effect would be much more professional.

These are just my opinions of course, and you should be proud regardless, but I think there is an untapped potential for this case to hit the next level up of professionality with just a little careful and critical analysis. Great work, +Rep, and the hope to see more thumb.gif
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