Alright everyone, it was a weekend of the wife off at a conference 1200 miles away and the kids at the in-laws.
What's a guy to do for 4 days when tired of watching movies, cleaning the swimming pool, and cutting the acre of grass? Paint the freaking case and install what he's got is what's to do.
Nevertheless, Project Halycon is a go, there's no turning back now.
Thanks to Shadowhero he wanted to see some action and modding, so here ya have it.
The virgin HAF-X before she got hands laid on her:
Taken apart. I ended up removing the filters and grills as I wanted to save the trouble of masking off. Here's the work area:
This is me voiding the HAF-X warranty:
Time for some finished paint pics:
I really wanted to ensure the grills and filters looked as stock as possible as the black mesh goes perfect in contrast to the deep red glossy finish.
And I will say, I was darned impressed with the work on top. The slide is still fully functional and is the color of the bezel finish.
Internals were accented with red as well. I painted the 200mm intake fan shroud, VGA cooler, and power supply cover. While they may not be in the final build, if I was going to use them, they are going to be the modified color.
The 200mm intake fan from the side got swapped and moved to the top to take up the blank 200mm fan slot at top. I ordered a 200mm CoolerMaster Megaflow 200 which got installed in the side for accent lighting (and personally I just feel visible LED light in fans is bad@$$ ):
If you know me, you know I'm not stopping at painting. When the wife's away, the guys will play. So, I installed the motherboard, RAM, CPU, and RAM cooler. Unfortunately the seller I bought my Crosshair V Formula From didn't ship me the I/O plate from his rig. So, I'm installing it without it for now but am ordering another tomorrow:
Side view with MB installed:
Of course I'm not going to go without filling those bays with what has been received so far, so here ya have it as the story thus far:
Aaaand just for $h1t$ and grins, here's a pic of the surgical room at the time of voiding the CoolerMaster warranty:
If you look at the pic of the ZNXT and DVD-Burner installed you'll see I left the top space blank and the bottom two blank. There's a purpose behind that. I'm installing a Phobya 400 in the case for cooling the Tri-SLI GTX-480's (in order). The Phobya 400 requires hacking and slashing the top bay out. I'm going to try to do this as best as possible without having to re-rivet the entire 5.25" drive cage. Meanwhile, the bottom two bays are going to hold an XSPC dual bay booler with Alphacool 655 installed in it to cool the graphics cards.
So I did a metric ton this week of work on the case and for that I want to hear comments. I want to hear suggestions. And I want to hear feedback. Let's hear it.