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You are using the metal from the bottom of the case now on the top of the case? How does the plastic top panel attach to that? Or did I miss something? This looks like an interesting mod. I have a Switch 810 white that I've been very slowly designing a mod for. Also have a new Phantom gunmetal on the way that I'm going to transplant my daily driver into. My system sits on the left, so probably will look at modding the Phantom to a reverse ATX.

8/32 screw size is a what I used on mine to replace all the rivets with.
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post #22 of 47
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In order to make the bottom the top, you do have to do some drilling. I had to line up where holes needed to be drilled in order to fit the top plastic panel. With the bottom, I had to do the same in order to connect the runners. I got a tap and die set that allowed me to use larger threaded screws where rivets were taken out.

Interesting. I'll have to see if that'll work on the Phantom when I get it.
post #23 of 47
Nice project, very nice... I always enjoy seeing people modding stuff (big time). thumb.gif

Just a quick question (sorry if this is experienced as thread jacking) regarding drilling and removing / replacing rivets.

I am currently considering a new case, I was looking into the CaseLabs options, however it's very, very, very expensive to ship a decent case. I can justify the cost of their fabulous cases (for example Magnum STH10), however the shipping fee and possible custom fee's are killing the fun for me (and my girl doesn't agree with the costs obviously). As you might have understood already, I don't live in the USA, but in the Netherlands. I also looked at the Little Devil cases, but they don't appeal to me at all (sorry).

And now the Corsair 900D is coming out soon. The only downside is, is normal ATX-based. And I want to move my PC from the right to the left. Now coming back to my original question, is it hard to drill out the current rivets and replace them? I am by no means an experienced modder like the topic starter, or other people in here, but I can handle a drill. Never worked with rivets though.

I guess drilling out the current rivets will not be that hard, but I am just a bit scared that I will damage the case. Something which I don't want of course.

Thank you in advance for your answers.
     
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Drilling out rivets is super easy. Just get a drill bit about 1/2-3/4 the size of the rivet head and drill into the center of it until the head pops off. Just go easy at it, minimal pressure to keep the bit cutting. Sometimes really helps to grab the back side with a pair of pliers (I prefer curved medium size needle nose) to keep the rivet from spinning when it gets close to letting go. If you don't force it, you won't even mar the paint around the hole because the head will shear off before the bit gets to the case.
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Drilling out rivets is super easy. Just get a drill bit about 1/2-3/4 the size of the rivet head and drill into the center of it until the head pops off. Just go easy at it, minimal pressure to keep the bit cutting. Sometimes really helps to grab the back side with a pair of pliers (I prefer curved medium size needle nose) to keep the rivet from spinning when it gets close to letting go. If you don't force it, you won't even mar the paint around the hole because the head will shear off before the bit gets to the case.

Okay sounds easy enough. smile.gif

And, probably a stupid question, can reverse ATX every case? Especially the Corsair 900D in this case? I don't know if it has been done before with previous version, the 800D. I will search for that in the meantime.

Anyways, thanks for taking the time to answer. smile.gif
     
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Not all cases can easily be reversed. You will have to take a good hard look at how it's put together. It takes some careful planning to pull off some mods. It may require careful cutting or bending. It may be as easy as flipping the mobo tray and back panel.
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Not all cases can easily be reversed. You will have to take a good hard look at how it's put together. It takes some careful planning to pull off some mods. It may require careful cutting or bending. It may be as easy as flipping the mobo tray and back panel.

I agree with TLHarrell. I looked at dozens of cases before I bought the 810. Not all are reversable. Some would be impossible. The 810 is a very symmetric case on the inside which made the reversing possible. the Azza Genesis 9000 is reversable out of the box, but I didn't care for the look. Other than that you have to look at each case carefully. I have looked at the 900D (what pics I can find) and it looks rather symmetric. The big question for reversal will be how the motherboard tray attaches.
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Not all cases can easily be reversed. You will have to take a good hard look at how it's put together. It takes some careful planning to pull off some mods. It may require careful cutting or bending. It may be as easy as flipping the mobo tray and back panel.

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I agree with TLHarrell. I looked at dozens of cases before I bought the 810. Not all are reversable. Some would be impossible. The 810 is a very symmetric case on the inside which made the reversing possible. the Azza Genesis 9000 is reversable out of the box, but I didn't care for the look. Other than that you have to look at each case carefully. I have looked at the 900D (what pics I can find) and it looks rather symmetric. The big question for reversal will be how the motherboard tray attaches.

Almost all cases can be reversed but some require a lot of work and some don't. Switch is a very easy case to reverse, and the best part about this case is once its reversed it has tons of room to mount stupid crazy stuff. And if you are lucky you can order a a replacement top panel that way you will have the same panel top and bottom (both with a 360/420 mount).
post #29 of 47
Nice work so far. Keep it up!
post #30 of 47
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Like Jassilamba said, almost every case is able to be reversed, but some require a lot more work. With the switch it was a pretty easy mod, but some cases require a lot more planning, tools, and possibly some welding :O

But if you are interested in reversing a 900d...keep an eye on Jassilamba's future reverse 900d project.

Update on the build:
Came down with the Flu so haven't been able to get into the sleeving. Will hopefully start feeling better in the next day or so and be able to log some hours with it...stay tuned!
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