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[Work Log] Dell XPS 710 Conversion, Project "Ultimate XPS" (Paint issues...)

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Alright, I am starting my first case mod today. It is going to be based off of the Dell XPS 710 case that I acquired from a friend. I am doing this mod because I love how this case looks and how well build it is. It also has great potential for water cooling with a little modding. I am planning on painting the whole thing black and painting the inside and front/rear plastic things orange. The parts for the conversion will be recycled from other cases and modded to fit in this case.

The components that I will be throwing in this are:
CPU: i7 920
Mobo: EVGA E760
Ram: 6GB DDR3 Crucial Ballistix
Video Card: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III
PSU: Rosewill Hive 550w

First off I had to strip the case down. The person I got the case from had already cut the I/O area out of the case, so I used my dremel to smooth it out.
IMG_20120605_1304351.jpg

More updates to come so stay tuned!
Edited by TB13 - 7/24/12 at 8:15pm
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Reserved for final pictures
Edited by TB13 - 7/2/12 at 3:40pm
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Switched up my plans and gave the project a name. More to come soon.
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Interested to know if there has been any progress made on this mod, just inherited a 710 case and I'm seriously interested in modding it out like crazy! Let me know, maybe we can collaborate ideas wink.gif
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Interested to know if there has been any progress made on this mod, just inherited a 710 case and I'm seriously interested in modding it out like crazy! Let me know, maybe we can collaborate ideas wink.gif
_Fri.

I have made some progress, I have modded the original motherboard tray to accept ATX boards, I will take some pictures and put them up later. What are you planning to do to yours?
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Little update, I tore the whole case down today to make it easier to work on, I have to work in my bed room because its 108* outside... Looks like a bomb went off on my bed right now.



I also got to work on the rear I/O setup. I am going to mount 2 80mm fans above the I/O shield to exhaust hot air out of the case. Just doing a little mock up before I get to cutting.



Lastly I got the front LED's working off of USB power, I love how this looks...



Hopefully I can get a little more done tomorrow before it gets too hot in my garage.
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Okay, so I got to painting this weekend and I am having some issues. I primed the entire surface, but I can't get a solid color on the panels, its all different shades of black. I am using Krylon Semi-Gloss black and it looks terrible. What is a good brand of spray paint that goes on nice an even?
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Progress hasn't happened in a while due to it being 115*F here in AZ... I am going to pick up tome new paint and primer that are the same brand and try to paint it again, lets hope it goes better this time...
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