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Well so far I’m a little disappointed in the support. First I don’t turn down challenges that are this much fun. The harder the project the more fun it can be. Also tearing apart a Dell tons of fun. The challenge is in the fact that this case needs a complete rework to even pull off the respect of getting called a “decent” case. And when all is said and done at least I can say I didn’t back down and say that modding a dell was impossible without giving it a shot.

Pics of the Dell completely torn apart will be put up tomorrow over my lunch break. And the cutting will commence tomorrow also.

Me against the world
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post #12 of 36
Nice, I like modded Dell's and HP,


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lol

save me the sticker!
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hmmm... i have a few dell cases that i might tryout some ideas, and if anything great happens i'll post the pics/info...
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Well so far I’m a little disappointed in the support. First I don’t turn down challenges that are this much fun. The harder the project the more fun it can be. Also tearing apart a Dell tons of fun. The challenge is in the fact that this case needs a complete rework to even pull off the respect of getting called a “decent†case. And when all is said and done at least I can say I didn’t back down and say that modding a dell was impossible without giving it a shot.

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Do some actual work and I'm sure support will increase...
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Yea I apologize for my comment last night, the comments are what I expected that this project would start like. I guess since it was 1 in the morning, and I get up at 5 for work everyday, I was just took it a little too seriously. Anyway my moral is back up today and I am excited to start cutting it apart after work. I will get the pictures of the case completely dismantled up over lunch, since I can’t use photobucket at work. And hopefully I will get the side windows and fans cut out tonight and post pics of that. Well I will get it cut out but don’t know if I’ll get the time to upload and post pics. Hope everyone will check back to see the beginning of a cut up dell.

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Looking forward to it mate
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post #18 of 36
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Well here are the some pictures of a dell completely dismantled. This was a very interesting experience to say the least. Not only did I learn a lot about dell also came up with a few extra ideas for the mod. First I only took out 5 screws and the whole case is completely apart. (There would be a few more if you count screws that hold the green sleds to the optical drives and HDD) Anyway all of the plastic on the outside just slides in and snaps to the case. Must be very easy to assembly these cases in the factory. After figuring out the tricks, and holding my mouth right to get the side panels to pop off. The parts just started to fall off the case, kinda. After getting all of the plastic off of the case, the steel frame of the cage look strong and stable. Case should hold up great after being hacked apart.

But down to more meat of the project, I didn’t know that dell incorporated a removable mobo tray. I am going to try and mod this tray and reuse it. Also I am beginning work on planing the cutout for the side window. I am going to put one 120mm and an 80mm fan for intake with the front USB/headphone beside the 80mm. All in all it was a good night for the project. I am hoping to get the side panel and front fans cut out today after work that way I can start seeing what I’m in for. My plan is to cut the steel case all up and the once I get the whole steel case all set up I will cut all of the plastic. This way I will be able to hide any steelwork that went wrong or was slightly in the wrong spot. Take a look at the pics and comments are welcome.










The planed cuts for later today.



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lol can anybody make out the CD key at all ?
Oh, I've already got it in photoshop ...

    
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Just an off the wall suggestion/idea, go for an industrial look. Leave the plastic off, use rest for an "industrial" look, run your wiring through copper piping (or similar) use modders mesh to cover any holes but cut it and place it on the inside so it doesn't look ragged. Thinking about an Industrial complex such as an oil refinery or some such nonsense.

Stress the idea of looking like a piece of machinery instead of a computer. Use some small motor or the like from old CD drives to slowly turn some shiny something or the other on a system of rubber bands acting as belts.

The red lighting inside the case would help to keep the other colors from standing out much but if you wanted you could paint the interior in some type of gray with yellow outlines in narrow strips like an industrial complex does it's walkways and safety zones... the options are limitless.

The Dell case is a great case for a standard pc if you are not going to worry about modding or upgrading, (in a business setting for example) just remember that the electronics in the front cover are for the most part required to run the pc. They can be rewired to custom switches and lighting though, but this needs to be done after the circuit board that the FP ribbon cable coming from the MB connects to.

Best of luck to you!
Looking forward to watching the build!
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