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[Mod Log]-[Amateur] Antec 300 Mod and HEC 63R3BB Mod Logs

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Hey OCN. I'm new to case modding and I am getting tired of my plain old Antec 300. The cases I want are all $100+ and the only options they have that mine does not are: PSU vent on the underside, windowed side panel, and cable management holes in motherboard tray.

I cut holes in the motherboard tray a month or two ago, I used an adhesive foam sheeting I got at a craft store to make gaskets. It turned out okay but this time around I'm going to fine tune it. I plan on painting the inside of the case matte black. What type of paint should I use?

I already ordered u channel molding for my window and other holes. I want to scrap the HDD rack and mount my SSD and HDD in the 5.25" bays. What is a good way to do this without spending a bunch of money? Also what can I use to make feet for my case so it stands off the desk about 3/4"?

Any ideas or suggestions are welcome. Here is my canvas!

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Here are the cable management holes:
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They're kind of sloppy but I hope to fine tune them this time around...Thanks for looking!

Here are links of my stock cases so you can get an idea of what I was working with.

Antec 300 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
HEC 63R3BB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121120
Edited by stickg1 - 10/14/12 at 1:30pm
post #2 of 105
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I had a few ideas about my case mods at work today. I decided to get some L brackets at the hardware store for mounting my SSD and HDD in the 5.25" bays. Here is a picture of my idea, the 2.5" HDD in the picture will be my SSD, or I can mount my 3.5" to 2.5" SSD tray on the lower screw holes. But I was thinking I would just screw the SSD to the bottom of the 5.25" bay. I will have to trim these L brackets to fit them into the 5.25" bay, but this is the concept.

Also I picked up 4 cheap black cabinet knobs to use as feet for my case. It might look kind of dumb though, so maybe later on I'll order some nicer feet but I don't feel like spending $20-$40 on some custom case feet...

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post #3 of 105
i got same case ,change fan for antec truequiet 120 ,ya they are uber (no light tho just plain efficiency)
post #4 of 105
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Which fan? None of them are the original fans. The front intake are Thermaltake Smart Control, top is 140mm Coolermaster 16dB, and ones on the radiator are Silenx 15dB. The thermaltakes are kind of loud at about 20dB on low. I might change those eventually. Right now I'm trying to mod my case without spending more than $30. I'm a carpenter by trade, I have all the tools, I just use them on wood and not computer cases, lol.
post #5 of 105
Do you have enough room to mod another 120mm fan on top?

Not that I can suggest this for your 300, but when I had the 902 I modded 2 additional fans on the window, bottom and top were intakes and the middle an exhaust. Lowered my temps from xfire 4890's by 13c by getting the hot air out quicker.
    
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post #6 of 105
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I was going to do away with the side air intake all together. I've tried with a fan in there before and it lowers my temps by 1c under heavy load but the fan filter I had for it requires that I remove the side panel and fan everytime I cleaned it which was once a week. It got kind of tedious after a while and since my 7870 runs cool without a side intake I was just going to get rid of it all together.

It looks like I dont have the space for another 120mm up top. I could probably move the existing 140mm further towards the back of the case, turn it into a 120mm slot, and then have enough room for another 120mm slot. I might look into that.
post #7 of 105
all fan aside from the front are exaust faan (pulling air out of the case!).only the 2 front are pushing air in and the other on gpu or cpu actually do the acutal cooling!
post #8 of 105
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Well I've kicked off the modding process tonight. I wanted to keep my system up and running so I just removed the front intake fan grills, side panels, and expansion slot covers and started painting.

One of the side panels anyway, I'm tracing a pattern for the window onto the other panel..

Sorry for the boring picture...lol

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post #9 of 105
Cut it, mang.

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Paint the inside black.



Paint the outside and make more cuts, mang.

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Inverted ATX.

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