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post #51 of 126
Roman you are a madman...

Its coming together nicely. I bet you will end up wanting to do another case when this one is done. Modding is a fever
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That front just didn't float my boat. The way the grill sticks out beyond the stock frame was like a cancer eating away at me. I NEEDED to make it look better. So I decided I would cut two lines inside the case and attempt to pull the middle fans back a bit:



In retrospect I knew this was gonna be a fail but subconsciously I just wanted to cut some metal to pieces. I started using parts of stuff I had laying around to lift the side frames and pull the mid fans. macgyver would be proud.



Needless to say, this didn't do anything. Now with two random cuts I figured, what the heck, let's cut out enough space to move the fans back. But without an adapter piece, which I'm kickin myself in the ass for not buying, using the rotary saw to make straight lines was near impossible. I had to cut out spaces to place my cord in order to keep a straight cut!




In the meantime, I received cheap-o 80mm fan pack for a silly idea I have towards the end of the build:




The cut was completed, and there was breathing room for the back panel. Only now, the grills go all the way through. There's no wall anymore to resist them. So I came up with an idea to use more acrylic left-overs:



Three pieces was the perfect height to be used as a stopper for the grill. See below:


How much does that look like ice! But to hold it in place would be difficult. I had to do more cutting!


That's working behind my living room futon. Anyway, one of these pieces proved vital.

Note the file work. But let's move back to the top of the front grill for a moment. If you recall from earlier, the grill lies on top of a stock frame piece that I cut to make room for the underlying fans. Well, that prevented the grill from laying as perfectly as I wanted it to. It required more modification:



But it was the handfile for delicate work. Only the immediate outside needs to look good.


Like a glove.


that earlier piece I mentioned, it would serve as a bottom clasp, holding the grill in place from underneith. For this reason I cut a straight line at the bottom of the case and pushed the steel sheet through it:


and with molding (u can put this stuff everywhere. Its so good. Buy the fronzencpu kind, not from mnpc.




Thats all for today.
post #53 of 126
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Roman you are a madman...
Its coming together nicely. I bet you will end up wanting to do another case when this one is done. Modding is a fever

Already burning out. Bite bigger than I could swallow. devil.gifaxesmiley.png
post #54 of 126
Honestly I would have gone with some nice brick styled fan grills, but I like how the flames are more "creative" compared to normal fan grills. It might be growing on me, just ever so slightly. Nice job though.
post #55 of 126
christ i hope you arent taking pics while using a Dremel ohno-smiley.gif ha ha that requires alot of skill tongue.gif
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This takes me back to my early modding days, and I love your build for that reason alone. Experimentation is where you'll get your experience, and you seem to be well on your way to becoming a great modder. Just keep at it, and don't let others influence your taste, "dare to be different", as they say.thumb.gif
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Honestly I would have gone with some nice brick styled fan grills, but I like how the flames are more "creative" compared to normal fan grills. It might be growing on me, just ever so slightly. Nice job though.

Honestly, I see why they can be considered tacky. At the time of buying them I felt they looked the best. They're kikbox brand, and from what I gathered they make some good looking stuff. This was my favorite style of theirs. The flames look sharper than tackier hot-rod style stuff. After getting them, I still really like how they look and feel, even though I've gotten slack. The input is appreciated though, good or bad.

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This takes me back to my early modding days, and I love your build for that reason alone. Experimentation is where you'll get your experience, and you seem to be well on your way to becoming a great modder. Just keep at it, and don't let others influence your taste, "dare to be different", as they say.

Thanks, I appreciate the input. Oh, I'm different alright. thumb.gif



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christ i hope you arent taking pics while using a Dremel ha ha that requires alot of skill

Called me out! Only once, and I admit it was dangerous as hell. But at least I wear safety glasses and a dust guard when I work!
post #58 of 126
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I was too tired to post this picture yesterday but it adds closure to the grill work I did on the front. This is the bottom of the grill being held by the metal plate I was showing. It is screwed into place in the back at a light pressure to essentially raise the grill from underneath and hold it in place against the top plastic piece I modded.

Finally, the grill is both 1) securely held in place, and 2) doesn't look like some guy put it together in his living room.






Now, I'm gonna try to get some rest but I will say that I received a package today:



More updates tomorrow!
post #59 of 126
the build is looking fantastic. every time i see your cat i think...wait why is my cat in your pics?? ha ha biggrin.gif so cute
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the build is looking fantastic. every time i see your cat i think...wait why is my cat in your pics?? ha ha biggrin.gif so cute

Well then you must have a nice lookin cat!! His name is Julius and hes pretty much always near me at any given moment. Well, at least until the power tools come out, then he goes bolting to the bedroom. Most of the time I have to push him out of the way of pics.
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