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This was the first time I ever did mods of any type in my PC. All of the mods were for aesthetics.

1.) Designed a cover for my drive bays and PSU area to hide these ugly areas from plain site. Measured, and cut black posterboard according to specifications of my showcase panel and wrapped in black mesh. Used velcro to attach to showcase panel for easy removal.

2.) Used sheet metal(aluminum) and Weis snipps to cut a false wall to run from the bar that runs across the case to the back of the pump. Behind the wall I ran various wires for the case(pwr,reset,leds,etc), wires for the pump and radiator fans and the wires for my aquabay water level indicator. If you look carefully in the pics you can see the wall. It is located right above the pump on the bottom right.

3.) Ordered 12v UV LED strips from www.oznium.com. The strips were originally designed for use in cars but thanks to some advice from CyberDruid I was able to rig it to a 4 pin molex and hook it up to my PSU. Props! I cut a niche out of the posterboard to mount the LEDS so that it would be visible through the Drive Bay cover. My plan was to use this LED to illuminate a custom case logo. However I ran into some problems. (The LED strips are in the picture. They are located directly BEHIND the LIQUID FUSION logo and appear blue but are really very bright UV.)

4.) I designed a custom logo for my pc and scoured the internet for a company to make me a custom, color, UV reactant applique. It took hours but I found EXACTLY what I needed. For anyone looking for custom vynyl appliques, www.shatteredweb.com was a pleasure to work with! It was a beaut! However I went to apply the applique and realized that it was opaque and not translucent which means that the blacklight LEDs were not properly illuminating the applique. The solution i came up with was the final part of my mod.

5.) Drilled a hole in my case with my Dads help( been a carpenter for like 35 years now.) Used a rubber grommet and mounted a 12 inch UV Light on the outside of my case directly above the logo. I did not like the blacklight glaring there so I created a cover out of the remaining posterboard. I went to my local crafts store and picked up like 10 pack of 10 1in.x1in mirrors and glued them along the inside of the cover. The cover worked like a charm to reflect the blacklight onto the logo but I didnt like the look so I scrapped it. I am still looking for a suitable alternative. It looks fine as it is anyway.

As you can see, I have tried very hard to keep all possible wires out of sight. I was able to achieve this with some cable ties, the use of the false wall and also the drivebay and PSU covers I created. It looks VERY clean from the outside but if I take the panel off it is a jumble of wires up top as you can see. I will be working on this next. I also plan to take the 2 orange 90 mm fans and paint them UV reactive blue&green which is the color scheme for my case. You cant tell in the pic but the atomic logos glow UV green and the LIQUID FUSION is UV BLUE.

Well, this was my first attempt at modding. In the near future I hope to do an LCD mod with a custom external enclosure so stay tuned!

Please let me know what you think!

With Drive Bay&PSU Cover in Place

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Without Drive Bay and PSU Cover





My Gaming Station

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I want to thank everyone who has helped me.
<3
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post #2 of 14
Looks Great.

Nice Work!
    
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post #3 of 14
Well done!

Hahaha....you're gonna catch the "modding bug".

...have fun with the obsession.

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Looking sexy..... realllly sexy
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syrillian your case looks dope bro! Maybe one day I will be able to do something like that.

how hard is lapping and how much of a difference does it make?
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Originally Posted by liqwidstyx View Post
syrillian your case looks dope bro! Maybe one day I will be able to do something like that.

how hard is lapping and how much of a difference does it make?
Danke

Time, patience and thinking ahead will yield success.

Lapping is not difficult. It takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours depending upon how good you want the results to be.

Yes. Lapping has reduced my temperatures each and every time. The difference can be anywhere between 3-8C on the average...

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Nice mods.
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thanks :-) they were all very easy to do but I am very happy with the results
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LOL those cables got owned.

Looks like crap with the cover off!

But you just stick a piece of black metal there and you have an instantly perfect case! Nice job!

Although i think you have a few wires to clean up that are visible, but i can't really tell.
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LOL those cables got owned.

Looks like crap with the cover off!

But you just stick a piece of black metal there and you have an instantly perfect case! Nice job!

Although i think you have a few wires to clean up that are visible, but i can't really tell.

yea all the wires up in the PSU area look real bad without the cover, ill have to do something about that. The other misc wires floating around in the visible area are fan and blacklight wires and my power wires for my GFX Card. Im not sure that I will be able to do anything about these.
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