Originally Posted by PCCstudent
There just has to be a case already imported into your country that someone wants to sell.Make a good search and use what you get as a base.Starting from scratch if you do not have the tools,skills,knowledge will be very tough.
There are cases imported, but the selection is very lame, for example, the SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E can't be found here, believe me, I've looked online and asked in three different stores. Ordering a case is not in question, as it would cost a ridiculous premium. So I'm down to buying a case (that I might not even like all that much) for some ridiculous price. I have a friend who works in a computer sales/repair store, and the cheapest he was able to get his HAF 922 was U$D200 (2.3 times the newegg price). I would hate to pay so much for a case I don't like.
If I'm going to mod seriously, I might as well go 100% of the way. I don't think there are many cases I could get here that I would like. I don't have many tools, but I have some, I almost always work on cars, woodworking, house stuff, basic furniture, etc. I'd be using an old MB tray, and the HDD, SSD and PSU would just be screwed on (i.e. I'd make holes in the right place). I'd have the bending, cutting, etc done for me. Then I'd do the smaller stuff (opening for the PSU, intakes/exhausts, drilling, etc) myself. As far as I know, I wouldn't need much more then a pen, a dremel, and a drill. I have a drill and a pen for sure (
), but I might not have a dremel, I can probably borrow one thou. So my big worry would be structural stability, but if it's made out of steel this shouldn't be much of a problem, right? I can always add a little extra support here and there I guess...
Or, does anyone think a basic Mid Tower/Micro ATX (think as in Pentium 1 or something) case can be completely stripped down and turned into something like this? I would still have a lot of work (everything except the MB tray and frame I guess), but maybe then I'd have a basic structure? The problem with this would be issues like the CPU cooler clearance, it would be much larger, and I probably wouldn't be able to get the airflow as I do in my design.