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[Build Log]Gaming build in Sleeper case [Case Mod] (Update 12/14/2013 100% Finished with pics)

Poll Results: What should I do with the ram?

 
  • 64% (9)
    Keep the ram cover
  • 7% (1)
    Ditch the ram cover
  • 28% (4)
    Keep the ram cover, but take off CF vinyl from the ram
14 Total Votes  
post #1 of 151
Thread Starter 
(12-14-2013) Final Pics HERE









This started out as a budget way to try my hand at some pc gaming that went a little overboard. lol:D After looking through the forums i was inspired with what people do with less so I figured I would try. Did some custom covers, fabrication, paint, vynil, and even got my hands dirty on a little sleeving. The case while not being the norm and is a little unatractive puts a smile on my face everytime I think of what it looks like on th inside.

Hope you read through and see what all went into this.thumb.gif

Complete Specs:

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 previously Asus P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1
CPU: Intel i7 3770k previously 2500k
Ram: 16GB Corsair Vengeance 2133mhz
Graphics: 2 XFX HD7870 Black Edition in Crossfire
Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster Z
Power supply: Corsair TX850w
CPU Cooling: Corsair H100i
Case Cooling: Corsair SP and AF series along with an Akasa viper
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128gb ssd , Seagate 2tb hard drive


















* (02/11/2013)*

New updates start on post # 20 Post #20 link

Final pictures are on post 44, Post #44 Link


The original build (or phase 1) is in the spoiler if you want to see what it looked like before. wink.gif
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Not to long ago I decide to build myself a budget gaming pc, AND after being inspired by the creativity and work put into the builds on these forums I decided I'd have a go at it as well.biggrin.gif


Let me start by saying that while I know the case is not the prettiest in the world for me its the inside that counts, hence the sleeper in the title. To others it might look like an old ugly pc but to me it fits the bill pretty nicely.


On to the pics. I'm going to start with the finished outcome.thumb.gif (old setup newer pictures start on post #20. 02/10/2013)





Very hard to get a good saturated light shot with a cell phone. The light looks alot better in person.




Parts list is as follows:

*Asus P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1
*Intel 2500k @4.2ghz
*Corsair Vengeance 16gb 2133mhz
*Corsair TX850 power supply
* 2 XFX HD 6870's in crossfire
*1 OCZ Vertex 4 128gb ssd
*2 Seagate 1tb hdd
*1 80gb Western Digital hdd


This is an old Gateway computer that was purchased back in 2001. There is no cable management here so alot of cutting had to be done to feed wires etc. I have stuff in my garage from working on cars so all the supplies were there and figured id put them to use.tongue.gif


After I made some "cable management" holes on the case and painted the innards it was time to mount the board












Its a very tight fit with the cooler master fan right up against the ram. I trimmed a mm or 2 off the fan frame to clear the ram and not put any pressure on it.
Also painted the cooler to match the cards some.




After reading threads of moddrs mesh and reading about options to simply purchase mesh type office products I went out and bought me a 6.99 dollar (us) trash can and proceeded to have a go at it. The results was this










I wanted to be able to enjoy my handywork a little and after more reading got a hold of some cheap led strips and cheap pice of plexi.






And here are some before and after shots for comparison













All in all I had fun doing this and I coontinue to be inspired by all the creativity I see here from wonderfully crafted wood cases to custom sheetmetal cases/stands/desks and even chairs!

If funds allow in the future my next pc build wont be to budget minded and I can follow in the watercooling/braiding and custom cases ive seen on here.


Hope you enjoy this as much as I had fun building.biggrin.gif

Edited by sinnedone - 7/2/15 at 7:20pm
   
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post #2 of 151
Impressive!

Very very clean outcome.

You should be proud thumb.gif
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Fantastic work.The name fits the build perfectly. I am always on Craigslist looking for a new case, even though I am perfectly happy with my current case.
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That's awesome
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This is reminiscent of the stuff that people used to do on this forum. Before all these fancy mass produced cases hit the market a few years ago anyway lol. Nice work man thumb.gif
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Impressive!
Very very clean outcome.
You should be proud thumb.gif

Thank you.

At the very least it was interesting:D


I came to overclock.net to find help with overclocking a graphics card and wound up adding a second card and modifying my old case. You guys on here are a bad influence. lol tongue.gif


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Fantastic work.The name fits the build perfectly. I am always on Craigslist looking for a new case, even though I am perfectly happy with my current case.

Thanks

lol I actually bought a second case (well complete computer) on craigslist for 20 bucks to take parts off. Found out it had a brand new 320gb ide drive and sold it for 30. You gotta love craigslist sometimes If you look at the before and after pics one case has an amd badge and the other intel.

I used the top trim piece to combine with the top trim piece on mine to extend/add vent/cover the 120mm top fan. That turned out pretty nice actually. Makes it look alot better. Took some other misc parts of it as well to complete the modifications i did to my case.

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That's awesome

Thanks smile.gif


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This is reminiscent of the stuff that people used to do on this forum. Before all these fancy mass produced cases hit the market a few years ago anyway lol. Nice work man thumb.gif


Thanks
If I would have the money I might have bought one of those fancy cases lol. I have other toys that need attention though. biggrin.gif
Edited by sinnedone - 10/26/12 at 9:20pm
   
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Thread Starter 
So anyone think it would look better without the intel pentium4 and xp badges on the front of the case?


OR....Should they stay for people to think it still has old computer parts inside?tongue.gif
   
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I love low budget mods!! well done good sir
post #9 of 151
I say keep them on. It's brilliant.

For some reason, seeing the usb 3.0 ports at the front is the funniest part to me.

I've always wanted to do something like this and you nailed it.
    
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post #10 of 151
I think that this looks really cool! Makes me want to use up one of the old cases I hvae laying around here.
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