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[CASE MOD] - Visible Contrast - Updated 18th, Nov 2013 - Completed Photos with Transparent LCD

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Hey, back at it again. Originally I was going to build a wooden computer case to house my new desktop build, including space a pair of 240mm radiators for a CPU, GPU, and motherboard loop. But then I ended up deciding on the Asus Gryphon motherboard instead of the Maximus VI Gene. This led me to drop the motherboard from the loop. Since I don’t game, or need a graphics card that has a full cover block, I decided to keep my 4GB 640GT for now, and just go with a CPU loop for my first custom water-cooling loop.

The name:
This mod is named Visible Contrast due to the fact that it will be a black and white build, stemming off of the color scheme of the NZXT H230 Silent Chassis that I will be modding, after reviewing it at The Mod Zoo. There will also be a surprise for the side panel window, which will shed light on the name as well.

The Mods:
The mods will include making space for mounting a 240mm radiator in the front, and a window (of sorts) in the side panel, and a few other things here or there. I am hoping to keep this project pretty straight forward, and relatively quick.

The Stuff:
Here's a list of some of the stuff that I'll be using in this mod

NZXT H230 Silent Chassis
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NZXT HALE82 V2 550w White Power Supply
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XSPC AX240 Radiator
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MNPCTech Black Anodized Grooved Case Feet
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U-Channel molding
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PC chassis Black pop-rivets
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3M Scotch 4010 Tape (Tape of the Gawds)
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Edited by Mosquito Mods - 1/16/14 at 11:53am
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For this first update, I’ll be making room for the 240mm Rad up front.


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I’m starting with the stock NZXT H230 Chassis.


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The upper 3.5” drive cage is removable by thumb screws. The bottom cage is removable too…


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When I say “removable”, there is a little more work required...


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This is much better. Next up is the same treatment for the 5.25” bay.


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Both drive cages are now out, and there is plenty of space in the front.


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There were a few more rivets to drill out than I thought there would be.


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Now it’s time to make a little headroom for the radiator.
I’ve marked out the bottom of the 5.25” bay for the cut out.


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Not too bad for just a dremel, I think.


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Radiator fitted to show the plan.


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You can see why this was required. Definitely not enough room otherwise.


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I decided I wanted to remove a little more; there just wasn’t enough clearance for me.


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That’ll do.


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This was the next issue that needed tackling.
I’ve already drilled out the factory 6-32 threaded inserts with an 11/64” drill bit.
The lower set of fan screw holes don’t line up quite right.


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Out with the small needle file to make some ovals.


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That is good enough for me.


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Now I’ll be able to fit both fans to the radiator smile.gif


That’s all the update for now, thanks for checking it out.
-Mos

Edited by Mosquito Mods - 12/31/13 at 12:32pm
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Subbed! This case looks a lot like the Source internally. I wish they would have just moved the 5.25 bays up ~2in for full 240 rad support, instead of having to cut into it.
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Subbed! This case looks a lot like the Source internally. I wish they would have just moved the 5.25 bays up ~2in for full 240 rad support, instead of having to cut into it.
Thanks. The internal of the case isn't bad, but I agree. Even if they would have gone down to 2x5.25" bays instead of 3 (similar to the Fractal Design offerings in similar size and layout), it would have worked with out having to chop up the drive bay. Not that I'm complaining too much, always looking for an excuse to bust out the dremel lol
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Back with another update to this project. Not a big one at this point, but a few more additions.

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Took a little field trip with the case, and bought some parts from MNPCTech.
I bought some U-channel to install over the cut edges of the 5.25” bay.
I figured the tubing would benefit from not having sharp edges around.


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Nice mitered corners


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I then used black pop rivets to reinstall the 5.25” bay.


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Next up are a set of MNPCTech black anodized “grooved” billet aluminum case feet.
http://www.mnpctech.com/CaseFeetMachined.html


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These will help get the case off the floor a little bit more, and go well with the black and white theme.


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After installation, I ran across a small problem. This isn’t going to work for the rear feet, as they’ll hit the PSU.


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To lower the clearance on the inside of the case, I picked up some plastic barrel bolts.


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That should do the trick.


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Now there is just enough clearance for the PSU to sit on the rubber pads.


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I also put a few coats of white paint on my thermal armor.


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I want it to be primarily white on the inside. It should make it brighter on the inside, once I install some LEDs.


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I’m planning on leaving the PCI covers black. I like the contrast it adds to the mix, and I think it helps make the motherboard components not stand out as much, for not being painted white.




That’s all for today, smile.gif

Edited by Mosquito Mods - 12/31/13 at 12:32pm
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DAT THERMAL ARMOR

They should seriously just start making those in white. Looks amazing.
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Thanks guys. If they had a gloss white thermal armor, I would probably buy that over the black, even if I wasn't doing a primarily white build. It does look way better:thumb:
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Reminds me of this:


Don't remember what build log that's from though :/
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Reminds me of this:

Don't remember what build log that's from though :/

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