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Thanks for checking out my LD PC worklog, here I will be showing myself painting the Haf 932 case in a simple way from silver to black. Also I will be keeping this thread as a small worklog of my upgrades to the components themselves.

Current Rig

Haf 932 Case
MSI Big Bang-XPower X58
Intel i7 990x
Corsair H70 CPU cooler
6gb Corsair Dominator 1600
Evga GTX 580 Superclocked
XfX 9400 GT (Running 2nd Monitor)
Corsair AX860i PSU
Western Digital Blue 500gb
Extra Corsair AF/SP Case fans



Well iv been reviewing how to do this for a while now because the insides and back of my older haf932 were aluminum and standard gray. I watched youtube videos and read some great post here on overclock that helped me come to a decision on how to do this. This is by no means a professional job but in my opinion it looks %100 better than before and am really loving the new color. Here is the pictures of what iv done as well as some helpful links that I found in case youd like to do this yourself.

Before I painted with Mobo still inside

Mobo out

Nasty silver color

Getting the damned Bay drive holder's out, Best way I found was using flat screwdriver prying downward

Some parts laying out, being lazy

Taping it all off

Taped

Painting

Painting

Painting

Drying!

I didnt take many more pics but here is the finished product, I know the wires could be better but meh.

Finished Product Closed up smile.gif


After this I went back and redid a second coat later using the bottom layer as a primer.
It looked good initially but had some specking because the paint I bought was from Ace.
So second time and can of paint I really shook the can up and it was a much better mist.




Here is a few links that helped me.

http://quint87.deviantart.com/art/How-to-paint-your-HAF-932-209014414 <---Much better tape job than I lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JjGj-JkQdk&list=PL7B2698F477AB1293 <--- You can follow entire worklog, he does amazing! Really anal job though

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmv3urr7lk4 <--- If your on the fence about taking completely apart, I talked to him a few years after he initially posted this and his Haf is still looking good a few years later even without sanding or primer.

Thanks for checking it out, hope it helps somebody out there!
Edited by selk22 - 5/30/13 at 10:13pm
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I have some older components in the computer right now a 1366 socket Mobo and 580SC that I plan to upgrade within the year, I will be keeping this thread updated with the small mods in the meantime. Next I plan to have my sister and a good friend who are artist's do some of the detail painting on the outside of the case on the black HAF text as well as painting the vents on the side panels. Blue and black plan to be the theme of the case since the Silverstone Ap123's are a blue fan which is the fan I will be upgrading my fans to. If anyone has any Ideas or suggestions im happy to hear them. Thanks for checking out my pc!
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post #3 of 15
I have no idea why CM decided to ship these to the US not painted black on the inside. It wasn't until the advanced and HAF X, XM, XB they became black on the inside. Right now I have a HAF 912 that I've always mulled painting but it is a process and I'm waiting for the weather to improve as well. You did a good job with the paint and it looks like it turned out pretty good. Only suggestion I could offer is maybe consider a full window side panel (see pic I borrowed) to really show off that sexy black and blue inside. biggrin.gif

http://www.cmstore-usa.com/haf-932-transparent-acrylic-side-window-panel/ - $20
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Yeah I was looking around the forums and noticed that there was a few people who had picked that up. Only reason I will be holding off on that is because my 580 runs pretty hot and having the 4 GPU side fans really helps. Once I make the conversion to full watercooling instead of my dinky h70(which isnt really to bad) I will definitely grab one of those and get anal on the wiring! Only thing stopping me currently is money, I have just signed up for semester of school and it wasn't as cheap as id like. Thanks for checking out my pc smile.gif
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looks awesome
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I hope you cleaned and primed that bad boy before spraying it up xD
looks hot though.

I remember when cases started showing up painted inside... it was like... WHY DIDNT THEY DO THIS SOONER???


My Twelve Hundred V1... I love that thing, even with its somewhat lacking design. It looks amazing with the Sabertooth motherboard in it.
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I hope you cleaned and primed that bad boy before spraying it up xD
looks hot though.

I remember when cases started showing up painted inside... it was like... WHY DIDNT THEY DO THIS SOONER???


My Twelve Hundred V1... I love that thing, even with its somewhat lacking design. It looks amazing with the Sabertooth motherboard in it.

Yeah my dad has done alot of PC painting and is a regular handyman so after talking to him and other people who have painted this case in the past I decided to use my bottom layer of paint as a primer with ample time to dry as it was an enamel paint. Also I did give it a good clean! smile.gif

The Sabertooth Mobo and and I7 is my next planned upgrade but I am very much on the fence about going out and buying the z77/x79/or waiting for haswell. Its primarily a gaming machine with some editing/music/3d design as well, the 3770k is such a beast but then again the 4770k I imagine will be amazing! Its a tough decision for me and iv been doing tons of research with no real conclusion lol.
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If you can wait for Haswell because the boost between the generations is huge (think 50%). I'm not sure about sabertooth mobos in general as they're a lot of plastic looks and not much real performance gain over those in the same price point. I'm debating a 2p workstation for my next build and water cooling so that's going to take a big case.
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If you can wait for Haswell because the boost between the generations is huge (think 50%). I'm not sure about sabertooth mobos in general as they're a lot of plastic looks and not much real performance gain over those in the same price point. I'm debating a 2p workstation for my next build and water cooling so that's going to take a big case.

Well the reason I was opting for the Sabertooth was because iv had some serious issues with getting screwed on warranty's and such, and it has a really nice one and was supposed to be reliable. What would you suggest if I plan to do mild overclocks and 2 way SLI? possibly Raid 1 at some point
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post #10 of 15
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Here is the most recent addition to the LD-PC. Added 2 more Corsair high performance fans to my H70, then a 140mm Corsair quiet edition as an outtake fan. Did some minor cable management and added a bottom intake fan for the GPU this time the stock Corsair fans that came on the 800D (had one laying around). Then picked up Gw2 which iv been putting off for sometime smile.gif Here is the end results




Thanks for checking it out!
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