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Project FoxHound BLU: A Coolermaster 311 Elite Modification

So for the ending of School I decided to give myself a little challenge. To heavily modify a bare bones mid-tower case for high end cooling and performance. This is the work log of the project that has taken me almost 3 months of painstaking measurement and careful modification. It was to be a budget friendly case mod but it soon turned out to be more ambitious. I hope all of you see how much work I've put into it and perhaps get some ideas for your own builds. Please enjoy:thumb:

The purpose of this build: To create an case made for heavy overclocking and additional cooling of all components, and to be aesthetically pleasing as possible.
Edited by Slobergoof - 1/6/13 at 6:07pm
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My template, The bare case





So Recently I've been looking up some ways to improve the cable management in the 311.
Methods like using a baking pan or a stainless steel Medical Tray could've easily done the job. But I wanted to get a little creative with my build.
I spotted a Coolermaster Storm Sniper panel, and I thought that the inside lip could easily fit over the 311's side panel. The lip is raised 1 inch, and would be more then enough for cable management.
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When I got the case however, It turned out to be too long. Just by a hair. So I decided to use the inner mesh instead.
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I went to Home depot and got some 1/16 inch L bar and played with it a bit until I made a rough panel. I got it welded
AND THEY ALMOST DESTROYED IT!!!!! mad.gif
anyway, I was able to install the mesh inside and it fit quite snugly inside. All I need to do now is put in some U channeling and git it a decent paint finish, and its ready to go
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Edited by Slobergoof - 7/20/12 at 9:32am
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Here is what it looks like now.
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Now with some Primer, sanding a metallic finish, It will look much better than the bare metal. It will definitely be an improvement.
I cant wait to see how it comes out in the end. 450
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Finally got myself a 4 1/2 hole saw and with the help of my dad, we did some cutting.
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The holes are cut and now its time to cut the 3.5in cage below to fit the Silverstone HDD cage.
That will be next. thumb.gif
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for that mesh welded part, before you paint it, put several layers of bondo in it and sand it down between layers. you'll get a supe clean finish and won't notice that there was even damage to it in the first place!
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Im way ahead of you man. I recently put some Bondo on the panel. I will then Prime It with Self Etching primer and then go with a Black Metallic or Metallic Silver finish.
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So last night I succeeded in removing the 3.5 cage from under the 5.25 bays. My neighbor had a Dremel, and the cutting wheel made easy work of it.
I removed the cage because I had no use for it, and will never have use for them. I have what I need, and they were merely taking up Space.
Plus my case mod did not accommodate having them in there. 450

In order to mount the Silverstone HDD cage, I had to fashion a bracket, Which I made from an old PC case panel. I cut it to spec, and through Painstaking measurement and eyeballing, I got it to be perfect. 450
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The tricky part was drilling the thumbscrew holes, and it ALMOST didn't work. This was so scary because If I screwed this up, that was it. the case was screwed. LITERALLY
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I have just enough space to fit an optional 120 or 140mm fan on the front.thumb.gif
Edited by Slobergoof - 7/20/12 at 9:09am
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Hey man this looks pretty good so far im interested. Also i laugh every time i see that avatar. tongue.gif
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New and improved mounting for my HDD cage. Replaced the black old PC panel with an aluminum plate and L bars for looks. 450450450450 Polish to come next.thumb.gif
Edited by Slobergoof - 6/6/12 at 12:53pm
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