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[Project] Facelift

post #1 of 53
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This is my first case mod, please be gentle


I am using a four or five year old X-Dreamer from Aspire. Originally I got it for $29.95 on sale and meant to gt rid of it long since, but the money for a new Lian Li PC70 never materialized. This thing has been crunched in transit across the USA, dropped, and even traded paint with door-jam at the bottom of the stairs that it had just fallen down. It now has my respect, enough that I wanted to fix it up some.

Here's how it sat:






This build has the following goals:

1)New Paint. What's on there is chipping, scratched and just plain shot. Plus I'm tired of black.

2) Finish the handles. A few years ago I installed drawer handles on the top for carrying. I could barely get my fingers into them so that situation had to be addressed.

3) A new front bezel. I have always hated the plastic one that it came with, and decided to fabricate a new one out of aluminum sheet.

4) Refinish the galved frame. What I would really like to do is chrome it, but that would probably be way too much cash.

5) New PWR/Reset switches, UV lighting, and some other little odds and ends from MNPCTech and FrozenCPU.
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The first part that I decided to tackle was the what i thought was going to be the hard part - the bezel. I started with a piece of aluminum sheet 18x24in. After everything was measured out and drawn on, I went to work cuttting, and bending.

The tool pictured is a nibbler from Klein. Get one if you want to do sheet metal work



I didn't want rivets showing on the top of the case, plus I wanted the new bezel to have rounded corners on top to match the lines of the existing panel, so I cheated. Faststeel epoxy proved the solution to both problems.


It also allowed me to put in 90 degree inserts into the drive bay area.


I actually used too thin of a guage of sheetmetal so it acquired a few dings in the fab, so that also got epoxied:


The epoxy did not sand well enough to paint over so I borrowed a page form MNPCtech(you guys rock) and switched to automotive body filler.



Next up, the handles...
post #3 of 53
Very nice, looks like it came from the factory.
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that, my friends, is awesome. I'll be keeping an eye on this for sure...
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Very nice metal work! What color you thinking of?
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Thats some nice work man!
    
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Thanks everybody. After all this time I wanted something different out of the color scheme - something a heck of a lot louder

For the body color I decided on a "ricer-green", but the closest I could come to that was this:
http://www.caswellplating.com/vht/du...atceramic.html
It's between sort of a tequila-lime green and John Deere green. That's what i get for living in a cowboy town.

The metal accents are going to be Dupli-Color Metalcast Blue:
http://www.caswellplating.com/vht/du...metalcast.html


Now on to the handles...

I started with two large drawer pulls. There wasn't enough clearance for my fat fingers, so I started looking around for something else. I was going to drop $50 into the MNPCTech ones, but they were out of them at the time, so instead I went the cheap route and came up with a way to elevate what I had. I used square aluminum tubing which I modified with a bandsaw. Then I started filling gaps and gouges with Faststeel.



Some sanding, filling and Duplicor Filler-Primer later I had this





The handles themselves are nickel plated, which I've decided isn't going to work. While the spacer is going to be Metalic-blue the handle should be a shiny mirror finsh, so I've decided that I'm going to just polish them out and then clearcoat them.
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Wow...
    
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One more update for today....

For anyone that has a Tidewater, I designed a mounting enclosure to fit one inside of a 5.25 drive bay, and this is what mine looks like painted(disregard the rivets):



That's the color scheme. Hey, I wanted it to be an attention-getter.

I also decided to mount the switch for the UV and the speed switch for the Tt Silentwater on a 5.25 drive panel. I did NOT make this one - Lian Li aluminum cases come with aluminum drive panels and FrozenCPU parts them out. At $7 I figured why not? I did add the holes.




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Wow, so far so good.
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