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post #1 of 18
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Hello Thar,

A few weeks ago I found myself with no room left in my one-size wonder green acrylic case. I'm getting a second pump and new rads, so I'm making the long-overdue move to a full tower. Which tower did I choose? the chenming 901b of course, a steal at $39.99. I cant believe what people are paying for those Lian Li cases. I wanted to get one, but at $250 for a base model, Lian Li can take a hike. I'll cut out my own side panel and 120mm holes.

I'm going to cut out parts of the drive bays and replace them with acrylic too.

The chenming 901b:


Inside, lots of room for rads and pumps, and just about anything else you could want to fit in there:


Some high quality 0.22in lexan on standby :


Gotta have the right tools, safety glasses too:


The side panel was the easiest to tackle on a day like today, so thats what I went for:





    
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post #2 of 18
Sweet man...I'll be watchin this...Check out my mod!!!

Edit:

Oh yea, subscribed!
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What a mess, I have aluminum in my clothes....








I think I'm gonna need more EL wire, maybe a different color too





    
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post #4 of 18
looks like its going to turn out nicely, keep the aluminum outa the clothes it can cause damage cut the mess outa myself when working on my case mod 2night Good work keep it up
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post #5 of 18
that's awesome dude.

I never even thought about using EL wire when i was designing my case (same as urs haha)

i'm still working on mine and may post a worklog later (i'm rather shy about showing mine since it's still my first mod )

edit--------------
on a side note: that case just doesn't wanna cut. i went thru 2.5-ish reinforced dremel discs getting my window and panel cut
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post #6 of 18
Gotta love the Chenming cases
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Originally Posted by Firestorm252 View Post
that's awesome dude.

I never even thought about using EL wire when i was designing my case (same as urs haha)

i'm still working on mine and may post a worklog later (i'm rather shy about showing mine since it's still my first mod )

edit--------------
on a side note: that case just doesn't wanna cut. i went thru 2.5-ish reinforced dremel discs getting my window and panel cut
That's normal....those discs disappear like mad. I've gone through 2 just cutting out an 80mm fan..times 2...so, four for both 80mm fans I cut out for my case's mod...bah..cheap discs...
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heh, well i don't feel so bad now. thought i was doing something wrong. I was considering getting a diamond bit for the job.

o ya, something i noticed if u cut the body so u can get a side panel:
the panel will mount low since there's no real mounting slots on the case chassis itself
i.e. - it'll end up resting on the bottom support of the case.
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Ya, I went thru a ton of discs too, gonna try and find some wider ones.

Got some drive bay gutting to do

Also need to order some new w/c stuff and I'm about to order my 8800gtx today, but when I get some more done on it I'll post. Got a ways to go

I don't like the color of the EL wire either, gotta change that..
    
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Originally Posted by Mister Crowley View Post
Ya, I went thru a ton of discs too, gonna try and find some wider ones.

Got some drive bay gutting to do

Also need to order some new w/c stuff and I'm about to order my 8800gtx today, but when I get some more done on it I'll post. Got a ways to go

I don't like the color of the EL wire either, gotta change that..
agh, an 8800gtx. wish i had the cash to spare, just had to dump $2.5k for tuition next semester and christmas is comin up. my bank account's gonna be sad for a few months yet T-T
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