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[Case mod] Bitfenix Survivor Vespa-style + reverse ATX (lots of photos, Phase 2)

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My first build log, and I'm still learning new things all the time, but I got my hands on a Bitfenix Survivor case in a white color (with black accents), and I'm very excited to do something with it--which I shall document here. Basically this case is rather uncommon, so perhaps someone will find these photos useful.


(mine has a red LED logo and fan instead of blue--blue was not an option).

http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/survivor-white#overview

The general plan for now is to do a window mod in the left-side panel and to paint the outside of the case a vintage teal-ish blue, Vespa-inspired. The case has a lot of rounded lines, which go with that style too. The inside will likely remain white, as I like how LED lighting looks in my white BitFenix prodigy, especially on bright white components like my all-white Phanteks fan. Things might change and evolve in the process.



Current stage:



Plan:



Reverse ATX version



Here is the case as it arrived to me a couple of days ago.

Unpacked:



From the back:



Top view:



Front panel:





Internals:





^ Going to be removing all the hard drive cages to maximize airflow

Bottom:



Included 200mm fan (with red LEDs - won't be using those)



----
Yesterday, I drilled out a few rivets to take out the drive bays completely, as they do a good job of blocking airflow from the front intake fan(s). Looks like I can fit 2 140mm intake fans there instead of the default 200mm or 2 120mm fans. I actually already have 2 such fans I want to use, hence the decision:



2 Xigmatek 140mm blue LED fans - approximately placed:



That's it for now. Going out to a hardware store to get lots of supplies, including a new disk for a dremel, nuts, bolts, primer, paint color ideas.

~ Progress Log ~

Edited by ElevenEleven - 12/13/12 at 4:35pm
   
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I'm back with lots of new supplies. Got a candidate paint, which is not quite as "dirty" vintage colored as I was hoping for, but "Vespa" enough. Everything else was too blue or far too dark. It's actually a pretty cool color in person, as it does well in a darker room.



It's more like



And what I wanted was this



Oh well, we'll see. I'm on a budget, and these cans were $3.90 a pop smile.gif

And here's the beginning of the window cut-out:


Edited by ElevenEleven - 12/5/12 at 5:05pm
   
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Finished window



Going to even out the lines, but came out pretty well. Also ordered some rubber channel.
   
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So a very rough sketch of the case in the future just to get an idea of colors - can't decide if I should go with the lighter blue I got or look for Dupli-Color Pontiac Blue and the like. Light or dark?





The light one is more unique, I suppose, and I'll probably stick with that one, but I'll have another look tomorrow.
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What is up with car supply shops! I've checked 5 different ones so far, and none carry Dupli-Color Engine paint with ceramic in "Pontiac Blue". There are other colors that I don't need, but none with that one... or at least even a sample can I could look at. Not sure I want to order on-line sight unseen, just based on tiny rectangles of color swatches.

Ordered boxes of tiny 2-56 black bolts and nuts to re-assemble the case after painting, since I'm probably going to remove all the rivets today.
   
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Rivets = gone. Parts ready for priming:



The blue bit is a test run with the current Rust-Oleum paint.

Also updated the OP with The Plan image.
   
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I personally like the darker color.

also do you have trouble with the front staying on your survivor...I find the Stock "plugs"/"pins" I dont even know what to call them, the things that hold the front of the casing on to the metal seem really cheap and any time I move it the front almost pops off.
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Hrm, no, I didn't notice that. Was actually not that easy to get the front panel off. Is your panel firmly "popped in"?

I wanted the darker color, but I can't find any locally, and I've gone to Home Depot, 2 different Auto Zones, and a bunch of other car shops and auto supplies stores. I can order on-line, but I don't like the idea of buying something without seeing the exact shade. I *think* I want Pontiac Blue by Dupli-Color, but then I've only seen colors on-line and in their catalog, never on a can cap. So seems risky. Plus still unsure if I should do this engine paint with ceramic deal or just go with regular oil-based enamel.

And don't forget all that blue colst $12 smile.gif
   
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Should be pretty neat when it's complete. What do you have planned for the interior? Is it getting the "Vespa" treatment as well, or have you got something else in mind?
     
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