This has been my first attempt at doing a case mod. It's not the best, but I am a college student and don't have the funds to pay for 'quality' tools and components, and don't have any previous modding experience. Please excuse my photo's, they were all taken with my iPhone 4 and I am definitely no photographer!
Case - NZXT Phantom Full Tower White
CPU - Intel Core i7 2600k OC'ed @ 4 GHz
RAM - 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance 1600 MHz
Mobo - Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 Rev 1.3 UEFI
GPU - EVGA Geforce GTX 660Ti SC+ 3GB
PSU - Corsair TX750
SSD - Corsair Force 3 GT 120GB SATA III (6GB/s)
HDD 1 - WD 640GB SATA III (6GB/s)
HDD 2 - WD 1TB SATA III (6GB/s)
Controller - NZXT Sentry II
ODD 1 - LG MODISC SATA II
ODD 2 - Super Writemaster SATA II
CPU Cooler - Corsair H80i
Fans - 3x Xigmatek FCB 140mm Blue (2 top 1 front), 2x Cooler Master Sickleflow 120mm
I began this project originally just to add a window to my NZXT Phantom, which wouldn't have been a hard job at all...
Here are some before pictures:
Here are some pictures of the stencil, rough-cut, and repaint of the side panel:
At this point, the paint ended up getting destroyed while adding on u-channel edging to make the edge look less terrible due to my horrible cutting abilities and tools. Also, the top panel ended up getting stepped on by my brother, thus getting destroyed as well. From here I decided I was going to redo the front panel as well.
Some pictures of the painting process:
Outcome of front panel peices:
During that process I decided to pick up some new fans and a new CPU cooler. I wanted to move to a custom water cooling loop, but didn't have the money to do so, but I was able to catch a h80i on sale for $85 at microcenter, and I had a $25 off certificate, so $60 for an H80i? Count me in! I was also able to get 3 Xigmatek fans for 30% off from newegg. I also got a Corsair 750TX off ebay for ~$40 to replace my Cooler Master GX650:
Since then I have bent a piece of sheet metal for the top (this is temporary, until I can get a new top panel which I have yet to find and NZXT will NOT respond to my emails, calling just sends me in circles as well...), I wrapped the side panel and the top in 3M CarbonFiber wrap to match the rest of the case and added in 2 cold-cathode bars. I tried my hand at sleeving CPU wires but regrettably used the cheap plastic sleeving instead :\
This is how it currently sits:
I plan to redo/finish the sleeving on the power supply and get a new top panel to finish this build. Then I want to move on to a G5 Build with all the things this build has taught me!
Hope you liked my build, thanks for looking and feedback would be great!