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post #11 of 21
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Thanks. I felt that if I were to mod a case then I should at least go all out and make it one of a kind.

You're on a good role! I'm subbing, this seems like like a great mod, and it's not taking a ton of machinery that most 'average' people don't have access to!
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post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by bdenpaka View Post

You're on a good role! I'm subbing, this seems like like a great mod, and it's not taking a ton of machinery that most 'average' people don't have access to!
You are spot on with the machinery. I'm at school right how, which is 300km away from home so I have a really limited amount of tools. The only things I have are: A drill, jigsaw, dremel, hammer and a couple of hand files. The biggest factor in making a great mod is elbow grease.


And what's funny is that I don't even have a proper work space. Here is where all the magic happens. Yes, that is a washroom and a tiny one at that.

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post #13 of 21
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Time for an update. I wasn't able to get too much done with school and all but I did manage to do a bit.

I've decided that I wan to cut off the piece of metal that corresponds to the old i/o panels position.


There. All done.


As you can see, I need to cut out a bit of the drive bay as the rails from the hard drive cage is interfering with a nice flat joint. You can see those bits of plastic protruding in the next picture.


I've just drawn a few reference marks so that is will line up correctly.


A little crude in the cutting, but im not working with much space.


Luckily, the cut was just right and let the plastic through with no issues.


Now it is flush and flat. This will allow me to rivet the two parts together with no problems.


Its been marked and drilled in the correct positions. It took a bit of time to measure the spots correctly because there are rails in the hard drive cage that might be damaged if done wrong.


With the temporary rivets in place everything looks good.


Just perfect.

Till next time,
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post #14 of 21
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I done a few subtle things that will probably not be seen when the case is complete, but makes it an overall better case. My belief is that it still needs to be pretty even if it can't be seen. Now, onto the mods.

I noticed that when looking from the front of the case, there was a large section of flat aluminum that just looked plain. I thought that it looks like just enough space for a 120 mm fan, and sure enough there is. As an added bonus, this will allow cool air to cool the hard drives that will be pretty closed up.


The rough cut out that I did with my demel. Really wish I had a 4.5 inch hole saw, but there is no way I am paying ~45 dollars just to make holes when some hard work will do the same.


As you can see, there was a lot of excess metal left around the hole after the cut, but with my trusty hand file I was able to clean up the hole.


I think I did a pretty damn good job with that hole. To me hand file > hole saw.


Since I moved all the standoffs 20mm lower I might as well extend the cpu cutout another 20mm.


And, finished. That probably took a grand total of 15 minutes to do. Not Bad. I am happily getting faster with cutting with the dremel and filing it smooth.


Just a close up of the cut. Looks like it came from the factory like that. Excellent.


With everything in place, it looks like this section of the case is essentially complete, that is until my OCD on perfection kicks in.


Till next time,
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post #15 of 21
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Now with almost everything done that I can currently do, off it goes to get powder-coated. I decided to get a flat black finish to keep it nice and low key so that the parts are the ones that really shine.

You can see that I have taped everything down pretty well as I have to bring it to the coater. The problem is that I don't have a car so I am going to have to take the case with me on the bus. Not fun but it will be worth it.


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Edited by regles - 2/5/13 at 6:54pm
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Look what I got from the powder coater. There was a slight problem, but you'll see that later. This is just meant to be a teaser as it it way too late to do a full log.


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post #17 of 21
Aww man,

All I read was "Look what I got from the powder coater..." got excited and quickly scrolled down to see it pics of it painted but it's only a teaser biggrin.gif

Can't wait for the next update:thumb:
    
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Okay, the case came out almost perfect. I decided to go with a matte black and boy does it look nice. I am quite surprised about how durable the powdercoat is, plus it only cost ~30 dollars more than if I had spray painted it.


There is not much to say about the pictures except for that the case looks infinitely better with colour.











This is the only thing that went wrong. I didn't see this when I went to pick up the case. It kind of sucks that he failed to see the tape and remove it. I find it funny as it was green painters tape on silver metal, not exactly hard to see. Nevertheless, whats done is done. If I put the side panel on it is invisible plus I'll figure something out to make it look nice.








At least I am one step closer to a completely finished case, but there is so much to be done.


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Lookin sleek man, Very nice!thumb.gif
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I've been wondering about powder coating aluminum, since its such a soft metal. Still a pretty durable finish? Also how do you go about finding a place that does powder-coating? Just car body shops or something more specialized?
   
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