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post #1 of 22
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Old Case to be reused is the A+ Diablo case. I ditched it when pretty much every fan in the case has either failed or fallen apart back when I ran on an E8500 C2D.
I am now planning to rebuild it to accommodate my new I7 3770k build. The reason for this mod was simply because I could not find a suitable case. My current mid-tower Antec case is literally over stuffed since I have 2 ASUS GTX 680/s that barely fit and are submerged into the drive cage.

Build specs
ASUS Sabertooth Z77 motherboard (The ultimate Force)
Intel I7 3770k
Corsair Force series 480GB SSD
2 X ASUS Direct CU GTX 680's
Antec 1200W High Current Pro PSU
An AFT Pro-57U multi card reader
and some old Cd Drive tongue.gif

I am Planning to do:

This part may change a lot.
  • Rebuild the faceplate
  • Relocate the PSU from top to bottom of case
  • Make Room for cable management.
  • Redo the left side panel
  • Make more space for future upgrades (if there will be)
  • Make it as original as possible
  • Make cooling a priority
  • Make it look beastly (hopefully since I am new to modding)

This is a free style case mod that I am doing to pass time, and I am hoping that it would turn out good. I have the beginning of this work log and pictures will follow shortly.
Edited by Mrsouldat - 1/13/13 at 4:48pm
post #2 of 22
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Started this nearly a month ago, and my progress so far.

Take it apart.


I began with simply cutting the back plate

While I was at it, I cut out holes for CPU and cable management, I might cut some more from the tray as this progresses.


and I Riveted the two pieces of the back plate together to get started.


And this is as far as I have gotten so far. I am hoping to get this project moving along faster in 2013.
post #3 of 22
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Happy New year everyone!
I should have updates some time in January.
post #4 of 22
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Update!

I finally got some time to cut a little more metal.

Here it is cut to size, I used the right side panel and flipped it to the left side. A good start at I guess.

I also cut the cd drive bay to size.

and lastly for this update I made two cuts in the top panel to angle it as an I/O panel.


That is it for now. I am hoping to move this project along faster, but I am like many a full time student, as well as working a full time job. This is my first real mod that I am attempting, and I hope you bear with it as it may take a really long time to finish.
Also if anyone is even reading this work log, I am in need of a good color scheme. I am going to make an acrylic window on the left side panel similar to the cutout so the inside would be exposed.

Thank you, that is it for now, I hope to get more updates out soon.
post #5 of 22
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Update

Got some work done today, it took some time to get the 5.5 inch hole saw.
I sized a piece of plexiglass to fit into the front cutout I did and then I drilled and fit the holes, as well as mount the fans for a test fit. more cutting and sizing to do later. Sorry for not cuts in progress as I do not have a good camera and i only use my phone.





More updates to follow eventually, this is taking a long time to progress, and if anyone at all is following this build I hope you bare with it. This is a completely off the bat build and I hope to get it finished by new years (2013) hopefully sooner. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated, especially regarding color schemes.
Edited by Mrsouldat - 1/28/13 at 10:31pm
post #6 of 22
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Another update!

I found some more free time today, so I used it to cut some more and test fit what I have so far.

This is the test fit to make sure I made at least some cuts and measurements properly.


I took the fans off and did a few more cuts to fit my CD/ card reader at the top.

Then I slightly bent the top cut that I did for the I/O panel, test fitted that too, had to trim the corners to get a good fit.


If anyone is curious, these are some of the tools I used to make my cuts, these Dremels do the job quite nicely. I tried them for cutting the plexiglass too, but that ended up caking the blade so I had to clean it every few strokes. I am very happy that I made these incisions with very minimal damage done to the plexiglass since I am running low on it.
post #7 of 22
Wow. Those cuts look clean and the mod look good so far. I might need to get some more dremel equipment after seeing this. All I have is a Dremel 200 for my mods rolleyes.gif
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post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by dizzy4 View Post

Wow. Those cuts look clean and the mod look good so far. I might need to get some more dremel equipment after seeing this. All I have is a Dremel 200 for my mods rolleyes.gif

Any Dremel will do for most metal used in cases I'm sure, I used the multimax-tool to make the straight cuts in the plexi, but that was a pain since it kept melting onto the blade. But I am glad with the results though. These tools I actually purchased to work with wood trim, but never got around to using it for that purpose more than once... anyways good luck on your decision. thumb.gif
post #9 of 22
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Update

Sorry not much to report, but I did get some parts and equipment for future modifications. I got a strip of red LED's, solder and soldering wick, a breadboard, some PCI covers and red galvanized aluminum thumb screws that I will use to secure my video cards.


I am definitely going to incorporate red in the case when I am going to be painting it, but I am still looking for a secondary color to use in the color scheme. Any and all input on color is welcome.
More updates when I have more time.
post #10 of 22
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Sorry guys, I had no time to post any updates, school and work take priority. I will be getting some work done on the case in a little bit. No update as of yet, but I am working on a custom I/o panel at the moment. more on that when i get it working properly. Until then please be patient.
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