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BitFenix Pandora - Silent Oak

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,
I want to show you my latest mod.

This project is based on a BitFenix Pandora.
I really like the shape of that case. Anyway... I will do a lot of modding. :rock:

- the oriantation of the case will be changed

- the sidepanels will get a veneer

- make a new top and botten for the case

- the front will get a second revision out of aluminium




The project starts by taking closer look over the case.






Not a perfect finish on the sidepanels. Some scratches are visible.















The Top Panel is really cool. You can remove it toolless.























I wanted to start with the most difficult part: the front.
I hate to bend sheets without the right tools.

Cutted a sheet of aluminium to the right size:






The first bending try was a big fail, it was not possible to do an even bend.




So I went to the hardware store an bought some materials for a new bending "tool".




Cutted a waste-pipe into two halfs...





... and bolt it on some pieces of wood.











This attempt was also foredoomed, the diameter was wrong.
But with the thrid attempt it works great. smile.gif




So I continued with the metal sheet for the front:






After drilling I take a Dremel to make some more cuts.






In the meantime the veneer arrived, I thin it looks great. smile.gif



For continuing with the front I had to to the frontpanel.
So I designed some symbols, behind them there will be some capazitive switches.









It doenst work perfect but I think I can fix it.






Continued with the front.




test fit of the frontpanel:




After all of this work was done, I started with the critical work. I the bend went wrong all the drilling, dremeling and filing was for nothing.




But it works. smile.gif





First test fit on the case






in combination with the veneer:




Thats it for now, what do you think?
post #2 of 28
Thread Starter 
Update time:

The first part I want to put the veneer on, was the backpart.

At first disambled that part:

Pandora_WiP027.jpg

cut two parts of veneer to match the whole width:

Pandora_WiP028.jpg

No pictures from my first try... that looked completly crappy....
I removed my first try and started the second attempt.

Pandora_WiP029.jpg

at the first try I want to use two parts, it was really difficult to agglutinate the parts cause of the curves. At this attempt I started with 6 parts and it worked much better:

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cleaned the edges:

Pandora_WiP032.jpg

Pandora_WiP033.jpg

Pandora_WiP034.jpg


See you soon. smile.gif
post #3 of 28
this looks like its coming along well im interested in seeing more of it
post #4 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thank you. smile.gif
Here a small Update for you.

To mount the new front a skeletal structure must be build, I cutted some aluminium into the right dimensions and cutted some threads.




assambled all the parts for a test fit. The alu sheet must be filed down later.



Test fit on the case:




Continued on the sidepanel.
For a nice layout of the window I putted a mainboard in the case an measured the corect dimensions.
After that the contours were marked at the sidepanel and cutted with the angle grinder and dremel.



After filing down the edges it looks much better.. smile.gif



Later I will make an inlay window for it.

That it for now. smile.gif
post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
Update:

Going on with the sidepanels.
At first i roughly cutted the veneer to the right size and took my iron the fuse the veneer on the panels.

Pandora_WiP041.jpg

after that, a lot of detail work must be done by using a scalpel and some sandpaper

Pandora_WiP043.jpg

Pandora_WiP042.jpg

second panel:

Pandora_WiP044.jpg

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Thats it for now. wink.gif
post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 
Update:

Going on with the window.
For a sleeker look, I wanted to make an inlayed window. That wasnt that easy, but finally it comes out great.

Starting with cutting some acrylic panel to the right size and added some curves to the corners.

Pandora_WiP078.jpg

Cutted and filed down:

Pandora_WiP079.jpg

For the milled edge I used a miller with a spacer disk.

Pandora_WiP080.jpg

Pandora_WiP081.jpg

The first fit wasnt perfect but after some sanding it fits very well.
For making it by hand, I'm really satisfied. smile.gif

Pandora_WiP082.jpg

Pandora_WiP083.jpg

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See you rolleyes.gif
post #7 of 28
great work man!
i never imagined this case would look good (i dont like thin stand-up cases in general) but with the veneer it looks great!
 
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post #8 of 28
I almost bought this case at one point, so I am curious about how this will turn out.
post #9 of 28
Subbed. Nice mod work so far.
 
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post #10 of 28
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Thank you guys. Feels nice to get some feedback. smile.gif
I'm glad to hear that you like my work. Thanks thumbsupsmiley.png

Some of the hardware I will use for this project.
The Powersupply is a Corsair RM 450. I choose it because of the full modularity. At that point i didnt know that it will run complete passive. smile.gif Very nice thumbsupsmiley.png

Pandora_WiP161.jpg

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Matching graphics card: passive R7 250
No wonder... it is also really silent. thumbsupsmiley.png

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I will use two Noctua fans in this project. I think this fans match the look of the case really nice. thumbsupsmiley.png

Pandora_WiP163.jpg

Already the packaging looks an feels very great and better than the usal fan packaging.

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Scope of Delivery:

- Low-Noise Adapter (L.N.A.)
- 4-Pin Y-Cable
- 30cm Extension Cable
- 4 Vibration-Compensators
- 4 Fan Screws



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Pandora_WiP167.jpg

Pandora_WiP169.jpg

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This fans are very heavy. feels very significant.

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Pandora_WiP162.jpg


Great product, and i've tested a lot of fans in the last years. thumb.gif
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