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First Time Mod: "onlyHAFsane" it's an adventure. HAF 912

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Welcome to my build log! I have finally decided to start documenting my build. I have been letting this stew in my head for around a year and finally I was able to start working on it. Now it is time to start a build log; share my project with the community of OCN. I am excited to complete this and hopefully it will all be done before the end of September, because my semester starts then and it's back to that grind.
A little about me and this modding project (Click to show)
A little intro about myself, the infant modder. I fell into the PC world last year, I play video games and I have for a long time. I felt that it was time to get back into PC gaming, since the consoles were dying out, my 360 was a thorn in my side with broken this and broken that. I also love building things, especially things that turn on; I came up with the idea to build my own gaming PC. This idea stemmed from reading about purchasing a gaming PC, a lot of people advised building your own. Then I discovered NewEgg, the beginning of the end. Watched some videos, read a lot of forums, found OCN, and then put my first PC together. It was a success. In all of that I did stumble across Overclock.net and the whole idea of modding the case captivated me. The idea of making it “mine” had me hooked.

This mod is side window, covor for PSU and HDD cage, covor for wires, paint inside, paint outside, and get sleeved cables. The name of this build is "onlyHAFsane" and I am using my HAF 912 as the victim. Black on the outside, white on the inside, and I am still trying to figure out how to incorporate green into the mix, a subtle hint of it here and there. I am also drawing my own logo and I will figure out that sooner than later. It will all be air cooled for now, I cannot afford to scratch the water cooling itch, but next year, perhaps. Air cooled will suffice for now as my components are not ones that need water cooling.

Now, money is scarce in my life right now --This day in age? Shocking, I know.-- but I was fortunate enough to get some help from friends and family; loaned tools and gift cards for my birthday helped stock up on supplies. I pretty much had to rebuild my toolbox from scratch and get a lot of random things since this is my first time doing something like this, or cutting metal at all.

As of now, I have my acrylic for the window, steel is cut and fitted, paint is purchased (except the green, the selections at the hardware store were abysmal for green, any suggestions are welcome and I am looking for something brighter than just plain green, but not so neon its obnoxious) and I have my prep materials for that. I am working on half of my patio at my apartment, but so far that has not been an issue at all, PC modding does not need that much space thankfully. Alright, this feels sort of wordy, but I felt like I wanted to give an introduction since this is my first build log and first mod.
Any suggestions are welcome and I am sure I will have questions. Thanks in advance

My PC specs:
CPU: FX-8350 @ stock... for now.
MoBo: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
GPU: Sapphire 7950 Vapor-X @1100/1200
PSU: SeaSonic X650
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
HDD: WD Black 1TB
Heat Sink: Phanteks PH-TC14PE (Both fans running on a single 30W channel)
6 channel fan controller
4x120mm Yate Loon
1x120mm CM Green LED fan

Pictures! (my regular camera had a dead battery and I am ready to start this log, cell phone pics for now. Sorry for the mediocre quality.)

Cutting the side window with my trusty dremel. The blue tape was a life saver, even though I plan on painting the side, it was helpful for drawing the lines for the windows themselves.

First window piece done. More tedious than I thought, but once I got the tool and the materials figured out it was fairly smooth sailing.

Window done. PSU and HDD covor done and test fitting.

It is a tight squeeze and it still bows a little tiny bit after I curled the bottom edge of the cover, but it fits much more flush... might have to tweak it a little bit more though.

It fits! The whole things will just slide in and out when it needs to. I may put thumb screws, but I do not really have any place to put them.

Decided that I had room to fit a 120mm fan in there to pull air from the lower front fan across the HDD's and up to the GPU. (more on this mod to come. Still figuring out how I am going to make my own fan vent... suggestions welcome)

Acrylic for the side window. Lowe's cut it for me, real handy. Still has the protective plastic on it for now.

The money side of the window. I am happy with how it came out for my first time using a dremel.


Thanks for checking my first build log out. More to come when I can work on it. thumb.gif
Edited by boxwunder13 - 10/4/13 at 7:28pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
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Cooler Master HAF XB NZXT 5 Channel Fan Controller  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
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Cooler Master HAF XB NZXT 5 Channel Fan Controller  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
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Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
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Cooler Master HAF XB NZXT 5 Channel Fan Controller  
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Second and final update to this build log. It took me awhile to get it all together with the new parts; school started and that messed with the time tables that I had in my head.

Pictures. There are a handful and they were taken from my phone, but the camera is not that bad, not amazing, but not terrible.



Shot from the front with the cover in the case.


Shot from the front after I drilled all the holes without a drill press. To say that it was tedious would be an understatement; it is not perfect, but you have to do what you can with what you have. (It is not too loud with the fan underneath it, I was worried about the holes at first and actually upped the hole size after I did two sides. I don't hear any extra air noise while it is turned up for gaming.)


Paint! Laying down some white Rustoleum Satin White. Made a paint tent on the patio of my apartment.

Space is nonexistent on the patio.Used sawhorses and just draped one over and one drop cloth inside. Worked great, actually.

I had to paint that last little piece white, it was taking multiple coats because of some mistakes that I made. But, I needed to paint the plastic pieces black, so, I got a bit creative with an empty beer box and some painters tape.

Great White from Lost Coast Brewing in California. One of my favorite beers. (Their IPA is amazing, also.)
Edited by boxwunder13 - 10/4/13 at 7:53pm
onlyHAFsane
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
CaseOther
Cooler Master HAF XB NZXT 5 Channel Fan Controller  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
CaseOther
Cooler Master HAF XB NZXT 5 Channel Fan Controller  
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The last set of pictures and finished build!


Rigged it up to hang the plastic pieces.

Painted the inside all white with the same Rustoleum Satin White paint. No drips on the inside or wrinkling. Win.


Taped up for the Black Satin paint.

The PSU and HDD cover with the fan holes done and the green X painted on. The X came out okay, thus no close ups.

After a rigorous taping adventure the black did not get inside the case. Win.

Shot from the rear with the black and white finished.

Drying. Waiting.

Yate Loon x6 (These suckers are LOUD when turned up but they move a ton of air. I have four running on two 30w channels)

Shot with the side panel off. New guts, new paint. I am real happy with how it came out.

Window on. I used double sided window tape, removable and strong. I felt like my edges were clean enough after paint to keep away from doing some sort of piping on the edge, I really wanted the cleaner look.

The HAF 912 has a lot of cable routing tie-offs and a lot of room.

Green LED fan adds a nice green glow to the bottom of the case and I LOVE that the Sapphire is backlit, had no idea that was going to be like that, but it fits real well I think. I am thinking of a Green LED strip up by the drive cage on the top, maybe so that it lights up the mobo and heat sink a bit, nothing too bright though.

I completely forgot to take pictures while I was putting together the actual components inside the case, but that is not what this build log is for. I learned a lot from this project and I had a great time modding my first case. I still have some more spots on this case/build that need some attention, but for the most part it is finished. Thanks for reading through my first build log. Cheers.
Edited by boxwunder13 - 10/4/13 at 7:54pm
onlyHAFsane
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
CaseOther
Cooler Master HAF XB NZXT 5 Channel Fan Controller  
  hide details  
Reply
onlyHAFsane
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
CaseOther
Cooler Master HAF XB NZXT 5 Channel Fan Controller  
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