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ok, so I have one of these cases lying around in my bedroom. I have a feeling that with some good planning, I could mod the case to accommodate newer hardware, and still have great airflow; and make it look cool to boot.

I know that with some tweaking, I can fit a full ATX psu up in the top of the case at the back, and fit a 90 mm fan in the front and back of the case. I think I can replace the little grey piece in the front bezel with some mesh...painted or not I dunno.

I would paint it and everything if i did it, I just don't know if it's worth doing....what do you guys think? Is it doable? Has anyone else modded one of these things?
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okay, i had that case before, when i had a amd k6 333 mhz cpu. geez that thing was so slow.

anyways. i once thought about modding it, but have u looked at it? the inside cages slides out. even if you do mod the outside, you might have to fiddle with the inside cage.

and as for cutting the metal casing / panel, the metal on that case is very thick, much thicker than the normal cases we buy today. i tried once to cut it with my rotozip and it was like trying to cut through a rock. the dremel woulnd't cut it either. i finally ended up cutting with my angle grinder and a cutoff wheel.

just saying you might have a hard time cutting the metal, but the plastic is easy to cut, and it is easy to paint, jsut give it a good wipe down, and prime it.
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ok, so I have one of these cases lying around in my bedroom. I have a feeling that with some good planning, I could mod the case to accommodate newer hardware, and still have great airflow; and make it look cool to boot.

I know that with some tweaking, I can fit a full ATX psu up in the top of the case at the back, and fit a 90 mm fan in the front and back of the case. I think I can replace the little grey piece in the front bezel with some mesh...painted or not I dunno.

I would paint it and everything if i did it, I just don't know if it's worth doing....what do you guys think? Is it doable? Has anyone else modded one of these things?
Hell yeah its worth it! I had an old Compaq case and I modded it. It now has a side 120mm fan and uses all my old parts. It's my main folding rig.

Pics would be a great help, I could help you with Ideas.
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i can't get pics because I don't have a camera...as soon as I get it I'll try and take some.
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