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[BUILD LOG] Project Canti

post #1 of 31
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So this is my first real case mod that I've done. I decided to butcher my Fractal Define XL and try to make something out of it. This post will have links to the different parts of the build. This is gonna be my home theater/light gaming computer.

First up, the parts:
  • Intel Core i5 2400 - Purchased
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212+ w/ Cougar 120MM PWM fans - Purchased
  • 8GB G.Skill Ares RAM (2 x 4GB) - Don't have
  • Biostar Z77 Motherboard - Don't have
  • 240GB OCZ Revodrive III - Purchased
  • LG Bluray Drive - Purchased
  • 1.5TB Seagate Green - Purchased
  • 500GB WD Blue - Purchased
  • Fractal Define XL - Purchased
  • AMD 7870, maybe a 7950, hopefully crossfire - Don't have
  • 860W Seasonic Platinum PSU - Purchased
  • Custon LED Lighting with rocker switches - Don't have
  • Cougar 140MM Fans - Don't have

And the different sections of the build:
  1. Painted Heatsink
  2. Main Frame Painted and Reassembled
  3. Lower Hard Drive Rail Reversal
  4. Concept Art
  5. Painted Drive bay and Power Supply Bracket
  6. Assembled Remainders of the Case, Prepped for ...

Thanks, hope you like it! thumb.gif
Edited by broadbandaddict - 12/7/12 at 2:59pm
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post #2 of 31
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So first off I painted my heatsink. I used Krylon Engine Paint with Rustoleum Bare Metal Primer. I put paper between the upper fins and sprayed from the top, keeping all the paint off the fins.









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post #3 of 31
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I took all the rivets out of the case and started painting it... right when my camera decided to kill it's last rechargeable battery. I had to pick up a new one but I've got some pictures of the case after some of the painted pieces were finished. I decided to use orange white and black for the color scheme.





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post #4 of 31
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Last update for today. I reversed the hard drive rails in the bottom of the case so they can be inserted from the opposite side of the case, easy mod. Works awesome. You'll see why at a later date. biggrin.gif

I also took the front fan frame out because it always bothered me how much it got in the way.





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post #5 of 31
Can't wait to see how this progresses! Color scheme should be cool.
Cheers! thumb.gif
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post #6 of 31
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So quick update, settled on a name. Canti. I got one of my friends, who can actually design things, to whip up a concept of the outer case for me and it looks great. Pic below.

Outside of case:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fan o' water View Post

Can't wait to see how this progresses! Color scheme should be cool.
Cheers! thumb.gif

Thanks, I'm hoping it will turn out nice as well, haven't seen a lot of other orange computers. biggrin.gif
Edited by broadbandaddict - 11/22/12 at 6:10pm
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post #7 of 31
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So I finished up the paint for most of the interior today. Looks good so far, I've gotta get some more rivets tomorrow so I can finish putting the case back together.

Before:




After:




I also painted the front panel. It's got a few mistakes so it isn't perfect but overall it looks pretty good.

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post #8 of 31
Looks good! You owe your friend some beers for the nice design. thumb.gif
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post #9 of 31
nice idea on the 212! biggrin.gif
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post #10 of 31
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Fan o' water View Post

Looks good! You owe your friend some beers for the nice design. thumb.gif

Yeah, he does some really good work. The sidepanel won't be exactly like that, I've got some other ideas for it. ph34r-smiley.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by boogschd View Post

nice idea on the 212! biggrin.gif

Thanks! It was the easiest way I could think of doing it. tongue.gif
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Intel Core i7 4785T Gigabyte Sniper.M5 32GB Kingston 1866MHz (4x8GB) 128GB Crucial M4 
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