It was difficult to break this case down. It is really very beautiful. I toyed with the idea of not painting the chassis or the even the case itself, but I knew that I would regret it later on down the line â€“ so I took the plunge.
Here she is prior to me getting my mitts on her:
I really like the design of the case. The stock grills that cover the panel area of the HDD and PSU chamber are really rather nice. They provide excellent ventilation, especially for the PSU. Once again I was tempted to leave well enough alone, but decided that custom window panels would be a nice touch.
I will attempt to keep the lower chambers ventilation as efficient as possible, but there will be a decrease of available open surface area as I am using acrylic for the custom windows.
These are the pedestals that the HDD racks rest upon. The stock orientation of the fans puts them on the same side as the motherboard chambers window, not ideal for my purposes. Fortunately these are removable and the mounting holes are placed at the same points in either orientation on the long axis â€“ Yay! I can flip them around.
Here are the HDD cages. I am uncertain as to what fans I will use, nor have I decided whether I will mount the HDD cooling fans on the stock brackets, or to the window panel that will cover themâ€¦
This is the HDD/PSU chamber and motherboard chamber partition, and the 5â€ bay mounting panels.
â€¦and shot of some of the case parts:
Here are all the chassis pieces. I dismantled the case down to the riveted pieces. I did not see any purpose in drilling the rivets out simply for painting. I know that there will be some surface area where the pieces meet that will not receive paint, but I will simply have to live with it.
â€¦.ermâ€¦ I sure hope I can re-assemble thisâ€¦