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Well, since my Sig rig is down with a bad Mobo, (RMA) I have decided it is time for a little modding!

Welcome to a newbies adventure into casemodding... The log wont be very organized.. But neither will the project! It is still in the planning stages..

And just to clarify, each "day" is a MODDING day... Not calendar days.. Its just my way of organizing the log...

Here are some pics as it was: (Outside is all stock, except I have 2 Icages)



I dont know exactly what I want to do with it, but I am planning on painting it, but I havent before so I will practice a bit first. Plus, I have to do other things: Such as improving airflow! And sleeving some cables.. The theme is black/green.. i like green. And maybe a new power/reset/fan module that is nicer than the stock switch bay? Here is my idea on that:

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What I am thinking of at the moment is a 5.25" MESH drive bay cover (I want if possible to see the wiring behind and get slightly improved airflow..)
Maybe this one:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=3704

In the cover will be 2 bulgin switches- One for power, and one for a reset switch. I am thinking about using two of those milliatry style switches for "arming" the switches.. In the lower position the connection to the switch would be cut, and thus pressing it would do nothing. When you would flip the toggle up, the LED would light and electrically the switch would be connected.. Why? For fun.. And to prevent anyone hitting reset on me..

One of these switches- http://users.telenet.be/Extreme-Modding/led22.JPG
Not sure if I want red, blue, or carbon fiber.. Leaning towards red.

Here is a GIMP mockup- NOT to scale- Any suggestions?


Ive decided that since those switches are bit expensive, I will either skip the arming switches, or have only one, for reset. want to MAKE a fan controller for this bay.. Lots of switches and dials!! Mmm... Any suggestions on HOW to do that?

Something cool would be sound sensitive lights.. It would need a mic tho.. Any idea on how to do that?

Which leads me to MOCKUP 2:

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DAY 1

But first, lets cut some holes behind the motherboard for cable management! (They are located in places corresponding with the mobo connections..) They look ugly, but oh well. They are COMPLETELY smoothed out! Now it doesnt look like much, but it will help a TON with cable management!


Next we can start removing that ugly unnecessary honeycomb steel over the fans: Lets start at the top as it doesn't need to look good- It will be hidden! But it IS completely ground down to smooth edges.


And lets drill out the top plastic cover so the airflow gained from removing the honeycomb will be worth it... MUCH better!



Day 2

I decided to remove the mesh on the fans today. Unfortunatly, i am nearly out of cutting disks, and OUT of grinding wheels.. I have to get to ace, But I cant today.. New Years day. More to come after I get to ace. (Later tomorrow)



As you can see, I still have to remove the ugly.. "serrations" I have started on the top of the 120mm hole, but I need to pick up some grinding wheels to smooth it all out.. Sharp = BAD

Here is the workshop, cluttered.. And you can see my NICE NEW dremel- XPR400- MUCH better than my last black n Decker one...

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Day 3

Today I went to ace:

Finished the fan holes (Mostly):

And drilled out all the rivets:

(Photos to come)

Day 4

Started painting- never painted before.. going sloowwllyy...

Next to come: a bottom 120mm intahe hole. (WILL be filtered)

Day 5:
PSU bracket painted and fan hole cut.
This is going WAY too slow. Time to step up the pace.. Darn school...
(And track....)

[B]Day 6[B]
I am now painting the rest of the pieces, and I ordered U channel, fan fileter, and grills, and a cable sleeving kit.
8 months later.. wow life really did get in the way.. Oh well!

Suggestions needed:
What fans should I get? 4 120 mm, and the 2 92mm fans should be replaced. The theme is black and green..

I want to sleeve my cables in green sleeving- I have never sleeved cables. What should I get? I am not going to sleeve the power supply, as it is sleeved black. As I will keep this case for a while, my next build I will sleeve the PSU to match.

Thanks all!
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Updated with more content, and organized!
post #3 of 6
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This is a bump, as has been updated, and reserved. Btw, I will not be able to do much for a while as I will be in the DR.. So please do comment and give suggestions..

*Reserved*

Anyone have a suggestion for an upgrade from the flaky imageshack hosting?
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Originally Posted by christian_piper View Post
This is a bump, as has been updated, and reserved. Btw, I will not be able to do much for a while as I will be in the DR.. So please do comment and give suggestions..

*Reserved*

Anyone have a suggestion for an upgrade from the flaky imageshack hosting?
www.xs.to

btw look out that you don't cut out the whole case nice idea.... makes the airflow improve allot. but the front intake is also important....
post #5 of 6
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Yes- And since the front intakes will be blocked- Less powerful- That is the reason I will add a 120mm BOTTOM intake.. (With a steel mesh filter..)

Thanks!
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Well Im back and startin the mod up again! I got rid of some of the serrations, and will soon be done with that. But I need help..

1. I need carrying handles. And casters. Erm.. Help? I think the lian li casters are a bit too wide... And I kinda want brakes..

2. I have the audigy 2 Zs platinum pro.. BIG breakout box. I am thinkin of making it a platform about an inch off the top in the middle.. (As to not block airflow too much.. Any suggestions?? I want it to be bolted on- So It is removeable if card is upgraded... And not have too many exess holes.. Green Acrylic possibly?? Or clear..? Or metal somehow..


I am going to order the front switch bay materials soon, and I am going to get a green sleeving kid. Again, PSU will STAY black..
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