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[Build Log] THE RED STAG

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Hi All! Very excited to join the community and show off my latest project!

I’ve been building my own computers for the last 15 years (give-or-take), usually making a new rig every 3-5 years, but have never attempted any kind of case mods. I can remember my first couple comps were built into those giant, beige, side-sitting boxes – and a case mod community was all but non-existent. I can also remember being excited each time I built a new computer to see how many new options for customization there were in the market, however I’d never even considered doing my own customizations. It just seemed out of my realm of capabilities.

Well, this time I’m going all out. This time I'm investing my time and money into creating something that I can enjoy both the experience and the result of 'the build'.

The goal of this thread will be to showcase how a long-time-enthusiast/first-time-modder can start from a concept, educate themselves on tools/techniques/materials, and execute their plan to move from design to reality. I know how to spec out the components of a PC, but researching everything I need to build/customize an awesome rig is something I haven’t done before. I’m hoping that other newbies, like myself, can learn and find some inspiration from this thread. I truly believe that with enough research, prep, and foresight, even total amateurs can achieve professional results. We’ll find out how that theory plays out biggrin.gif

To give a high-level overview: I will be taking a stock case, painting it (three-tone!), adding in a window & lighting, replacing all the stock fans, and re-sleeving all internal cabling. I’m aiming for a very clean, well-thought-out, organized rig. Additionally I’ll try to include as many references to where I found the information I needed to complete the project so that others can replicate my efforts.

TLDR; what follows is a beginners guide to customizing a PC, written by an educated newbie; taking you from concept & design to fabrication & assembly, and providing you with information you’ll need to make all the decisions in between. Enjoy!
Edited by jongpongo - 9/15/12 at 3:35pm
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Design/Concept and Specs

So, right off the bat, I knew that I wanted this build to be in the Corsair 500r. I read tons of reviews on Amazon and NewEgg, watched overview and unboxing vids on youtube, and knew it had all the features I wanted. It struck me as a highly modifiable base from which to build whatever I wanted.

Second thing I decided on was a color theme. I browsed through a ton of pics from people who’ve built and modded using the 500r, and saw that they were almost all black or black-and-white builds. This is a great, clean look – but I wanted to veer away from that mold a bit. As such, I decided that I’d be adding in orange elements while still honoring the aesthetics of the vanilla case. I fooled around in MS paint for a bit and produced the following mock-up:

I decided on adding the stag head decal to the right side of the case for a few reasons:
  • I wanted another black ‘element’ on the side of the case to counter the large orange highlight.
  • kinda fell in love with the idea of using a vynal decal so started browsing Amazon for something that’d jump out at me
  • I landed on the stag’s head for 3 reasons:
    1. The red stag is actually on my family crest (McCarthy) so I thought it’d be a nice personal touch
    2. Themetically it kinda works with the color scheme. Although it’s called a red stag, a deep orange or red-orange, along with the black and white, seem to fit this animal
    3. Have you seen pictures of these things?? A red stag is a damn powerful, elegant, beast. I like that I’ll be able to use those adjectives on my rig as well smile.gif

A few design elements that won’t be obvious from the mock-up but I think will look great when put together:

I’ll be replacing the side mesh metal + 200mm fan with a case window. Seeing as I’ll be swapping out all the stock fans I’m not concerned at all with my airflow and would rather the aesthetic touch of a window over a possible 1 – 2 degree difference in temp.

Behind the front, white metal mesh I’ll be swapping out the stock fans for 2 Phanteks PH-F140TS 140mm fans (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OQJEIY/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i10)

Below the top, black metal mesh I’ll be swapping out the stock fans with 2 Compu Case Fan CF-V12HP COUGAR 120mm fans (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008N367IA/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00)

Replacing the back interior exhaust fan with a 140mm NZXT Performance Case Fan (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039825LW/ref=oh_details_o05_s03_i00)

And finally, I’ll be using MDPC sleeving to individually wrap all the cabling in my case. Seeing as the majority of the interior will be filled with black components, I’ve ordered primarily orange and white sleeving, with a bit of black in case I find it would work nicely.

Imagine this, but in orange and white:

To round out this overview, here are the specs for the actual PC components:

  • Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case
  • Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 650-Watt (Modular)
  • Intel Core i7-2700K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155
  • Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
  • 16GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz
  • ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 TUF Series Motherboard
  • EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW 2048MB GDDR5 256bit
  • OCZ Technology 256GB Vertex 4 Series SSD
  • 2 Western Digital drives from my old machine (1TB and 3TB) for all my media

Most of the components have been ordered this week from Amazon, so now I just need to wait for them to arrive and then I can get started. biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
Edited by jongpongo - 8/21/12 at 5:27pm
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Final Product

Case mod is finished! I took pictures along the way and will be posting the full guide to how I got the final product, but I'm just real excited by how it turned out and so had to show off biggrin.gif

Next step.... cable sleeving with MDPC smile.gif

Edited by jongpongo - 9/15/12 at 3:42pm
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Corsair 500R Case Deconstruction

Here are a ton of pics I took during the initial case deconstruction. Figured some would be interested in just how much you can break down this case. Overall is was a ton of fun to work with this case and its fantastic for modding.

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