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I still have this beauty sitting around. It was dug out of a friend's garage a couple of years ago, and I've just been holding on to it until I get all the right tools together. You know, life happens, and things like this get pushed to the side. I would like to add in 3.5in drive cages and make it a file server some day. It would be a lot of work, but I enjoy that sort of thing. The ruler there is for size comparison. This thing is a beast, much bigger than my Lanboy. Oh, and I put its motherboard on my wall, because it's pretty. What would you do with this case?

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So...

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I would strip out the interior and turn it into a fourth bedroom. wink.gif

Gawd that thing is huge! What couldn't you do with it?! I see radiators. Lots of radiators.... Or cut it in half and stack the two side by side to turn it into a cube! wheee.gif
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...What would you do with this case? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Radiators. That thing is screaming for a huge 3x140 MONSTA (80mm thick) rad in the front there, if not two along the bottom.

Or if you're going the air cooling route then remove the front Panel and fill it with 180mm fans, and don't hide those bad-Boys behind mesh! thumb.gif

Other than that? Maybe you could park you car in there? biggrin.gif
 
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Radiators. That thing is screaming for a huge 3x140 MONSTA (80mm thick) rad in the front there, if not two along the bottom.

Or if you're going the air cooling route then remove the front Panel and fill it with 180mm fans, and don't hide those bad-Boys behind mesh! thumb.gif

Other than that? Maybe you could park you car in there? biggrin.gif

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This is one of the best threads on OCN, like seriously. Awesome thumb.gif
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This is one of the best threads on OCN, like seriously. Awesome thumb.gif
Glad to hear you agree! thumb.gif
Have you got a beigemod in planning?

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...What would you do with this case? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Seriously though, this case has so much potential: I think I would go with a wall of 180mm fans on the front, and move the PSU to the bottom and make some HDD cages to go in front of it at the bottom, and make a mid-plate to hide it all under.

Ever since I saw this mod by @everett980, I've been thinking about a use for PCIe extenders. I think with this case I may have found it: the case is long will have space between the MB and the front panel, I would fix your GPU (or SLI/Xfire GPUs for extra sickness) to the space between the MB and the front panel with their backplates against the MB tray.

GPUs always look good but you don't see them because they're always facing down, by doing this you can see the 'front' of your GPU(s) through your window and they get hit by the fresh air coming through your wall of fans for extra cooling it's a win-win! biggrin.gif
 
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Glad to hear you agree! thumb.gif
Have you got a beigemod in planning?

No but I absolutely love when people take older stuff and make it all new again.
Breathing new life into old things and giving them a 2nd lease on life sorta idea. That's a soft spot in my heart that it is. thumb.gif
post #67 of 552
2. What features should I look for or avoid when evaluating a beige case?


Choosing the right beige case:
Not all cases are created equal. Some cases are a better choice for your build than others, what makes one case better than another depends mostly on what you plan to do with it. There are, however, some things that will help regardless of your project, so we'll talk about those here:


-Panels: metal and bending and cutting metal costs money. Cheaper cases are ingeniously designed to use as little material and involve as little metalwork as possible. Many cases are built using one piece of metal for more than one panel:


Here you can see that the front and bottom Panels are made of one Piece of metal, as are the top and right side Panels.






With this case the top, back side, and a small portion of the bottom are all a single piece of metal and is riveted on. The Mobo tray is permanently attached to the back side panel with no space behind it at all.

This can limit what mods you can carry out or make your planned mods harder to carry out. Ideally, each panel should be made from a different piece of metal.


-Metal Thickness: thin metal panels, can cause problems with stiffness and stability, when, for example, you cut a window in the side Panel or hang a Radiator from a cut-out in the top. Thicker metal is better, but only if you have the Tools to cut it. If all you have is tin-snips you may want to target cases with thin metal Panels.


-Front Panel: the front panel won't have anything to help airflow, (because 'airflow' wasn't a thing back then! biggrin.gif ) so you'll probably want to modify it in some way, again, what makes for a good front panel depends on what you want do but it is something to think about when choosing a case.


-Size: naturally the size of the case is important, you'll know which size is right for your build, but if you're planning on watercooling I would recommend going for a 'server' case, that makes sure you've got plenty of space to play with!


-ODD & HDD Bays: making sure your new case offers enough bays for your ODDs and HDDs may sound obvious but it's easily overlooked. wink.gif
If your new beige case dosen't have enough bays, it's not the end of the world, you can always make your own HDD Cage/5.25" bay Cage!


-Cable Management: just like airflow, cable management often wasn't a consideration back in the day. However, many cases have space behind the MB tray, which, with a bit of modding, can make for some good cable management options. How much space is behind the MB depends on the case but if cable management is important to you then you might want check.
If Cable Management is important but you just can't find the right case, you could mod a 'Bump-Out' to add some extra space behind the MB tray:



This is still a work-in-Progress but you can see how the bumpout was made using a baking tray! smile.gif


The next article will be about which Tools are needed to turn your ugly beige box into a masterpiece to be proud of! Stay tuned! thumb.gif
Edited by BruceB - 7/4/14 at 2:12pm
 
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I still have this beauty sitting around. It was dug out of a friend's garage a couple of years ago, and I've just been holding on to it until I get all the right tools together. You know, life happens, and things like this get pushed to the side. I would like to add in 3.5in drive cages and make it a file server some day. It would be a lot of work, but I enjoy that sort of thing. The ruler there is for size comparison. This thing is a beast, much bigger than my Lanboy. Oh, and I put its motherboard on my wall, because it's pretty. What would you do with this case?
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Hardware Labs Black Ice Nemesis Radiator GTX 560 rad in the front - push / pull with Noctua PWM PPCs

Have the air exhaust out the front and add a baffle to channel cool clean air from the right hand side so it bypasses the mobo area. Add a massive Demciflex filter to the inlet.

Side window

Acrylic backplate in white.

W/C CPU and GPUs

Paint the interior white

Phobya LEDs everywhere.

PSU at the top / rear

Repair the front panel and make sure it can breathe

Matt black on the outside
Edited by Wihglah - 7/1/14 at 1:29pm
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I'm about 90% sure that's the exact case I had my first custom PC in. Dad showed me how to build one with that case. We put a celeron processor and like 512MB of ram in it, I think it was an 8MB AGP video card, too. Just some spare parts Dad had laying around, haha.
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Ok I want to know if you guys/gals will let me in. smile.gif

Here is the Original Cases I'm using:





And this is my WIP (build-log-full-custom-mini-itx-case-first-mod-and-first-custom-water-cooled

biggrin.gif This groupe is a great ideal biggrin.gif
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