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nVidia Case MOD [ Cooler Master Elite 330 ]

post #1 of 78
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Just starting a case mod on my current stock Cooler Master Elite 330.

Bill Of Materials

1 x Carbon Fibre Vinyl 300mm x 750mm (Green) [ORDERED] [DELIVERED]
1 x Carbon Fibre Vinyl 500mm x 1520mm (Black) [ORDERED] [DELIVERED]
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200801892626

1 x 22mm AV Switch Black / Green Ring (Power) [ORDERED][DELIVERED]
http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_2208.html

1 x 16mm AV Switch Black / Green Ring (Reset) [ORDERED][DELIVERED]
http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/Push-Button-16mm-Aluminum-Black-Green-Ring-Lighting-5pin_19495.html

2 x 1 Meter U-Channel Edge Trim [ORDERED][DELIVERED]
http://www.chilledpc.co.uk/shop/product_info.php?products_id=242

1 x 5mm Chrome LED Holder (HDD LED) [ORDERED][DELIVERED]
http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_2212.html

5 x White Diffused LED (Using 1 for HDD LED) [ORDERED] [DELIVERED]
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/380416482518

1 x 500mm x 250mm Aluminium Sheet [ORDERED][DELIVERED]
http://www.forwardmetals.co.uk/

1 x 2mm Clear Acrylic 300mm x 400mm [ORDERED] [DELIVERED]
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/220962749371?var=520070072879&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

1 x Aluminium L Trim [ORDERED] [DELIVERED]
http://www.diy.com

Cable Braiding:

2 x 10mm UV Green Cable Braid - Sleeving *Dense Weave*
http://www.chilledpc.co.uk/shop/product_info.php?cPath=60_94_172&products_id=1389

2 x 4mm UV Green Cable Braid - Sleeving *Dense Weave*
http://www.chilledpc.co.uk/shop/product_info.php?cPath=60_94_172&products_id=1434

2 x 10mm Black Cable Braid - Sleeving *Dense Weave*
http://www.chilledpc.co.uk/shop/product_info.php?cPath=60_94_172&products_id=333

2 x Heatshrink Black 2:1
http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_999907.html

Not fully decided on the sizes I need for this. Basically going to braid all cables in Black/Green theme.


Tools
1 x 16mm Holesaw (For AV Switch Hole) [ORDERED][DELIVERED]
1 x 22mm Holesaw (For AV Switch Hole) [ORDERED][DELIVERED]
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1508685699967




Edited by sebmeikle - 2/14/13 at 3:30am
post #2 of 78
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Better add some more images for those of you who have not been following this in Gen. Discussion.

Proposed Side Panel Design:


Proposed Bezel Design:


Google Sketch Mock Ups:





Stock Case (Cooler Master Elite 330):
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post #4 of 78
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Made a start on the project. Nothing major, just dismantled the case and took some "before" shots.

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Can't cope without PC while working on mod, so it's a ghetto setup for a week or so... thumb.gif

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post #5 of 78
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Measuring The Window
To begin, I chose my window size and position. Taking into consideration that when the acrylic window is fitted is does not interfere with case when placing the panel back on the case. I also had to ensure I had enough room around the window cut-out for the acrylic window to be stuck down. Golden rule... Measure, measure again THEN cut!

I wanted nice rounded corners. I choose the radius of the corners from the front bezel, so it matches as closely as possible. I will be cutting the rounded corners with a 40mm Holesaw, this gives a much more neat corner rather than trying to do it by hand with a jigsaw. To ensure that when I use the holesaw it cut right the the edge, I had to find the dead center before cutting. You can see in the photo below I drew a cross section from each corner, going inwards. That cross section shows my where to drill my pilot hole for the holesaw.

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To find the cross section for cutting, you take your holesize, which for me is 40mm, then divide this by 2. This gives 20mm. You now measure from each corner 20mm, draw a line from the edge, then measure 20mm from there. Finally draw your line back to the other edge. You now have a cross section exactly in the middle, ready for your holesaw.

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Cutting The Window
After all the measure, and re-measuring! I am now ready to starting cutting. I start by cutting each corner one at a time with the 40mm holesaw on drill press. Once finish I will file down any burrs and rough edges.

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Next is pretty easy, to cut the window using our guidelines drawn previously.

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Once I had finished the cutting I removed the HDD, DVD/CD cages and feet from the case, ready for painting. This is pretty simple, all you need it s small hand drill and drill through the top of the rivets and they will pop out. Remember, you cant re-use them. You will need to replace them with new ones!

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Vinyl Wrapping
Now my window is cut and finished I am now ready to start wrapping each panel, starting with the window panel. Once I have wrapped the window panel I will finish the edge with black u-channel trim. This gives a really nice finish the edges.

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This is as far I have I got for Day 1, I made a start on the interior painting by putting the first coat on the HDD and DVD/CD cages. I choose Black Satin for the interior as I think Matt would look to dull and scratch far to easily and Gloss would look to much.

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It looks quite glossy because the paint was still wet.
post #6 of 78
looking good, what colour are you painting the rest of the inside, if you are?
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post #7 of 78
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I will be painting the interior, front and rear in Satin Black. Basically anything that is Grey.
post #8 of 78
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Due to the weather I couldn't do much spray painting, so I decided to work on the custom window decal.

Custom Window Decal
To create my window vinyl I edited the nVidia logo I wanted to use in AI(Adobe Illustrator) to the size I wanted. I added guide lines so I can ensure that the decal was dead straight and dead center. I want the decal stuck in the inside of the case, so I had to mirror the logo so when I cut it out the window frosting it it the correct way round when looking from the outside of the case.

You can see below my progress of tracing the logo onto the window frosting.

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Next, I just needed to cut out the decal.

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Once I had carefully cut out the vinyl, I cleaned up the edges where the pen was showing slightly.

Now it was just a case of placing the vinyl on the window. I did this by placing the normal print out of the logo on the front side of the window, taping it down with masking tape. And then placing each part of the logo in place. I forgot to take photo of the process, so below is the finish result.

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The next stage will be painting the case. Updates for this will follow soon! thumb.gif
post #9 of 78
U Channel doesnt look fitted properly? have you glued it yet?
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post #10 of 78
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No, not yet. I will glue it once I fit the window. I need to get some thicker mounting tape. The U-Channel is thicker than I originally thought.
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