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[Build Log] Axel Mark 1 | NZXT H230 Case Modding Bonanza

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First build, case mod, and paint job. Whoo-hoo!

Link to the build: http://www.overclock.net/lists/display/view/id/5350854

For my first build, I decided to base it somewhat on Lugia from the Pokemon series as well as just a generic white/blue/black theme. Also in the works (and shipping from some random overseas sellers) are a piece of acrylic and some molding for a window.

First a few remarks on the case. (skip this if you don't care)
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
NZXT has started to really help out the "budget builders" with their cases, like the Source 210 Elite and more recently, the H230. The H230 is $69.99 on newegg right now (cheaper than the NZXT store w/ shipping) and I decided to jump on the deal. It came in a few days ago, sooner than I thought, so several components are still missing. (more on that later)

The case itself is well built and solid. The feet have rubber on the bottom and they won't let the case go anywhere. The front panel is very well designed, and although you cannot change which side the door swings on in my case this wasn't a problem. Inside you can see the dust filter and two fans, which keep the case pretty cool.

The side panels each have "sound deadening foam" which, while looking like it might work, doesn't really dampen much inside. However, the fans that come with the case are very quiet, and I can't even hear the thing from across the room on a quiet night.

The cable management space gave me a headache. While some of my problems could have been solved by a modular power supply, it seems like there just isn't much space behind the case to route cables regardless. With a little elbow grease my problems were solved, but keep in mind that it was a struggle to wire the HDDs with the minimal space.

Overall, I had no other problems with this case. It's a steal if you want something stylish, yet economical, and you like clean looking cases. NZXT has yet again made me a very happy boy.

Now to what you're here for. The case mod part. I'm not going to go over too much, mostly because it was pretty straight forward.



The main view of the build, sans GPU and cooler. Not much was done physically to the case except pounding out a few dents left by UPS.



Custom decals and a view of the custom-painted stripe along the panel door. Going with the Lugia theme, I wanted more Navy than Black on the exterior of the case. Vinyls were done by a good friend of mine, Eric, from 187PB.com.



The H series has always had some of the sexiest IO panels around.



A better view of the custom stripe, courtesy of my good friend Krylon Fusion.



Custom-painted PCI covers. Needed to keep that Blue/White theme all the way around.



Nothing much to see here. HDDs and SSDs.

I've got many, many plans for this build and most of them are only restricted by money. I'm currently planning on sleeving all the cables blue/white, as well as adding a PSU shroud and a GPU backplate. Stay tuned for updates.

To-Do:
-Add a Custom Window
-Purchase GPU
-Paint GPU cooler. (in progress)
-Apply final Vinyls and clear coat
-Complete PSU Shroud
-Build GPU Backplate
-Adore my first ever build
Edited by Papkee - 7/17/14 at 8:33am
post #2 of 36
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Today's project...



The 140mm disassembled very easily, but the 120mm will not budge. Gonna have to work on that,
post #3 of 36
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Alright, both fans have been painted, and I'm in the process of installing them back in the case.



The 120mm doesn't spin, and I'm planning on doing some troubleshooting tonight to figure out why. Hopefully it's just a loose molex, otherwise my work was for nothing and a new fan is in order. frown.gif



Also in the works tonight is the cutting of the window. Ran out of tape halfway through, but I'm running to Menard's tonight for a new roll and a few spare dremel blades, just in case.
post #4 of 36
Looks good, any other pics? Maybe ones that are zoomed out a bit?
post #5 of 36
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It's disassembled again for better cable management, but I'll have some more pics up soon.
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Originally Posted by Papkee View Post

It's disassembled again for better cable management, but I'll have some more pics up soon.
Sounds good thumb.gif

Subbed btw biggrin.gif
post #7 of 36
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Window glass came in today, so you know what it's time for.



That's right, sexy etched-glass decal appreciation time.
post #8 of 36
This is an awesome idea!

I did something similar with my NZXT Switch 810 - I made it Cloyster themed:



Can't wait to see how the H230 treats you. I might make the switch to one myself since they made the window panels for it.
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I might make the switch to one myself since they made the window panels for it.

What now? If I had known they made a window for it I wouldn't have spent a week searching for all the parts to make one. *throws keyboard off desk*
post #10 of 36
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Alright guys, some updates for today.



I've made progress on the window. All that's left is to get the molding and I'm pretty much done.



My dremel cut-off wheel decided it was done for the day, so it's off to menards to get a new one. Oh joy.
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