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[Build Log] Custom White Corsair 400R

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Introduction

Custom Corsair 400R with black/white color scheme. It will be stripped down and painted a white (gloss outside, matte inside). Added acrylic to the front panel and duplicating the front panel for the top panel. Motherboard possibly flipped 45° clockwise. Acrylic motherboard tray and cable sleeving will be done. Custom side panels with large windows and hinges for easy access to the system.


Post Guide (Chronological order. Top is oldest, bottom is newest)


Edited by denman - 6/26/14 at 5:41pm
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Current Build Specs



Next Component Upgrades Thinking about next gen upgrades

  • SLI GTX 880?
  • 5770k / Z97 Mobo?
  • 16GB DDR4?


Peripherals



Inspirations / Ideas

Paint Corsair Fans (Click to show)
Going to paint all my Corsair fans based on this guide.



Corsair Forums Link
Clean Look (Click to show)
Absolutely love the clean look of this setup and gave me the idea of an acrylic motherboard tray.

Fan Filters and Drive Bay Removal by Devious Dog (Click to show)
Going to try an make the fan filters myself or have them fabricated at a local shop.

Devious Dog Corsair 600T - Morpheus Build Log

Edited by denman - 6/5/14 at 3:09pm
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Well, I originally was supposed to get out of the Army April 19 (16 days from now), but due to getting blown up in Afghanistan a couple years ago, my ETS (estimated time of seperation) was supposed to be pushed back a year so I could finish all my medical appointments and disability appointments/paperwork. Someone screwed up and lost all the paperwork so it's showing my ETS as 16 days instead of a year and 16 days, meaning I am going to only get 4 days pay on the 15th. It's being fixed right now, but won't be in time for my 15th of the month paycheck, meaning this has been put on hold until the Army quits screwing me (hopefully by the 1st of next month).

On another note, Just saw the new ASUS GTX 670 Mini and it makes me want to change this build to a mATX with ROG Gene Z77 with the 670 Mini SLI. Might be parting out this computer to purchase those parts and have a case custom fabricated (from a local metal shop here using my designs) for this build or possible that CaseLabs S3 modified for mATX from mITX. (nevermind on that S3. Can never see myself spending $200 on a mITX case. It looks nice, but not close to $200 nice.)
Edited by denman - 4/6/13 at 4:40pm
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Just waiting to see what happens with my next paycheck before I order some more parts.

Anyone know a good Slot Drive (one that has no buttons at all, want a very clean looking front of my case). At least a DVD-ROM, CD-RW (don't care/need a DVD/BR burner, but if its cheap I wouldn't mind a slot BR drive.

Going to be uploading some sketches of the case layout in a few days, just need to look at the internals of my build and make sure everything is sizing up correctly (need to figure out how to use SketchUp. I would believe that is way easier than drawing everything).
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Ordered two parts for case exterior.

Minor update. Ordered a new front cover for the 400R from Corsair (Link) and a 300R from I/O Panel that supports sound/audio and 2x USB 3.0 ports (Link).

I don't like the standard I/O port layout/placement on the 400R and I don't use the Firewire anyway. Going with the clean look I want, I only need the audio/mic plug and two USB 3.0 to fit my needs and the 300R I/O is a cheap replacement that is a nice small, compact layout. Next up to order is the power button and some plexi (haven't decided on white or black yet) for the modding I want to do.

To give an idea of where I'm going with this, the new front panel I ordered is going to be fit on top of the current case, with the current top cut open to house a 240mm radiator, since space is so limited in this case. Doing this will give an extra inch of much needed clearance. I was originally going to have Dwood make a pedestal for $80 (which I might eventually do anyway) but I want to see if this will work, plus it gives the 400R a unique look (kind of like the 500R case top, but... not
400R vs 500R comparison (Click to show)
400R


500R


I am going to be replacing all the mesh on the front (and newly added top) of the 400R and that is where I am thinking of going with black acrylic and painting the case white (see the 500R picture in the spoiler above. Now replace all that mesh with shiny black acrylic and you get an idea).


EDIT: I was originally going to do a 90 degree flip with the MOBO/tray and have the MOBO I/O facing on the top of my case with a 2 inch gap of space to run wires to the rear of the case so they are still hidden and not having monitors, keyboard, etc cables sticking out of the top. I still might try that, but first this I want to do is get the harddrive and drive bays out of the case and the new top fitted and see if I still have space to work with that.
Edited by denman - 4/9/13 at 6:17pm
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