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Mini-Update 2: Decals And Accessories!

Went down to the post office today and the clerk told me that I had two small packages to pick up, lucky me they were more parts for my mod! A box from FrozenCPU and a package from Decal Vantage! biggrin.gif

Here's everything that I received, my NZXT 2m sleeved red LED kit, 2x 120mm radioactive grills, 2 feet of slim c-strip molding, and my two decals that I ordered!









The decals came out fantastic and even shipped with a "How To" sheet which will come in handy I'm sure. The color is a deep red and it will make the lighting perfectly. Their quality is fantastic and the price was cheap. I couldn't be happier. They'll add a nice touch to the exterior of my case.

Also, I'll be getting back in the shop to do more work on the case this week so don't forget to keep checking back for a real update later this week! Thanks for looking everyone! smile.gif

(P.S. for any of those wondering, I decided that Ill trim down the expanded steel mesh and paint it black to replace the black acrylic that I removed from the front door panel. It'll give the case that mean, industrial/power plant look that I'm going for!)
Edited by Insan1tyOne - 8/10/13 at 9:36pm
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Looking good so far. For the cable management, use the ovals that are already there as a templates. put a piece of paper.thin cardboard even wide scotch tape and trace the ovals then cut and make the lengtths what you want when you transfer over into the new holes you want to make.
   
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Looking good so far. For the cable management, use the ovals that are already there as a templates. put a piece of paper.thin cardboard even wide scotch tape and trace the ovals then cut and make the lengtths what you want when you transfer over into the new holes you want to make.

Thanks +Rep! I never thought of that... That seems like a pretty easy method. But now I'm kind of on the fence, do I want to make new cable management holes, or do I just want to use the old ones and use it as an excuse to pick up some sleeved extensions? I'm just thinking that cutting all those small, round holes with my dremel isn't going to be easy! redface.gif
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nah round holes are easy with the dremel it just takes longer than usual.

You are correct about stretching sleeved cables farther does bring a certain look to it though. biggrin.gif
   
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nah round holes are easy with the dremel it just takes longer than usual.

You are correct about stretching sleeved cables farther does bring a certain look to it though. biggrin.gif

I think I decided that I'll scrap the cable management holes on the motherboard tray, but there are a few smaller ones that I want to do near the top of the case! I'll still have to re-do the tape though! Plus I have the CPU cutout that I want to do (but I think I might revise the size of it, it looks a little small as is) wink.gif
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Pre-Update: 3 (OP Updated!)

Alright everyone, I know it has been awhile since I've posted but this project is NOT dead and is still coming along nicely! I've made significant progress since my last "Mini-Update" and I should be posting pictures of it as soon as I can get back into the shop. But as of right now I just have one thing that really has me stuck and I really just need time (and input) to help me get it figured out.

The real problem is the front door panel:



I can't decide If I like the new look I designed for the front panel (the expanded steel mesh and the radioactive grills will be painted black and the door panel itself will be a dark grey). I just don't know if I love it, and the front door is pretty important to me because it'll be the focal point of the case, I want it to shout "hey look at this!" but I don't know if this look accomplishes that. What do you guys think?

As for this mod, not much is left really of the actual case mod or "Phase 1" as I like to call it. After the completion of the case mod comes the re-building of my rig into the new case which I will obviously call "Phase 2." wink.gif

Remaining "Phase 1" To Do List:
  • Finalize Front Door Panel
  • Cable Management Hole Cuts (Maybe/Maybe Not)
  • Paint The Case

Also, I decided to scratch the window mod because I found a real window for the case for $0.99 + Shipping (I'm not kidding about the price!). I Will still remove the window, paint the panel black, and re-mount the window though. But If you want one for your Cosmos 1000, Cosmos 1010, or Cosmos S be sure to check out CoolerMaster's site! Get one before they run out! Parts for these cases are so rare nowadays!

http://www.cmstore-usa.com/cosmos-aluminum-transparent-acrylic-side-window-panel-silver-refurbished/

Thanks for looking everyone, be sure to leave a comment with your input for a front panel design (or if you like the current idea) and as always be sure to check back regularly for comments and updates!
Edited by Insan1tyOne - 8/11/13 at 9:21am
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I think the reason you don't feel the front panel is because the front mesh is not symmetrical.
   
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I think the reason you don't feel the front panel is because the front mesh is not symmetrical.

I think you're definitely right. I've been thinking about it a lot and I think I've decided to go with a cleaner look on the front panel. I'll scrap the mesh and just replace the black acrylic I removed with a black piece of sheet metal of the same thickness. In the end the result will look something like the example below except instead of open holes they will be covered by radioactive grills.

There might be a third hole too! I haven't decided that yet either; with the HDD Upgrade kit I'll be installing in the front drive bay there will technically be three 120mm fans equally spaced, so I could do three holes and make it look just as nice as two holes. Decisions, decisions... redface.gif I'll post an image of the HDD Upgrade kit below for reference.





(PS Thanks to Hanoverfist for the image from his ongoing build log "Electric Orange")
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Update 3: For Real This Time!

Alright everyone, things are really coming together now! Since the last real update I've one the following:

  1. CPU Cutout
  2. Finalized Front Panel
  3. Installed Small Blanking Plate
  4. Began Top Weld


So lets get on to why you're all here... The pictures!

The weld in progress:





Small Blanking Plate:









New Front Panel Design:





CPU Cutout:







Now all that I have left to do is:

  1. Finish Top Weld
  2. Prep Case For Paint
  3. Paint Case
  4. Assemble And Finish


Also I have updated the original post with a few things so be sure to check it out as well as any previous update posts, especially if you are just joining! For anyone else that's been here the whole time thanks for reading and as always be sure to comment, make suggestions, and just generally enjoy the thread. Until next time everyone! thumb.gif

(PS I forgot to turn the exposure down on my camera so I apologize for everything seeming so bright in these pictures!)
Edited by Insan1tyOne - 8/14/13 at 9:12pm
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