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Just to let you know, my ideas gradually changed throughout the mod, so my initial plans were not always used.

I'm going to mod an old atx p3 tower...





removable mobo tray...



It looks like it has some potential. Here's my ideas so far. On the front I'm planning to remove the 3.5" bays, and cut out the rest of the metal in the front. Then I'm going to cut a piece of sheet metal with two 120mm holes in it, and put that below the 5.25" bays, and cover the front with mesh. On the side, I'm not sure, but I think Ill put in an acrylic window with another 120mm fan hole in it. The rest I'm not too sure about. I thought about putting a large fan in the top, but it might run into the psu...*And of course, paint the whole thing black!*
I think I'll need some help with the back...



...no fan hole. Besides the psu will get in the way of everything right there. I want to put it above the mobo, but it won't fit unless I add some space(by slanting the top). Any suggestions as to what to do with the psu will be greatly appreciated. I thought about reshaping the bottom, making it uatx and putting the psu below the mobo, but then if I ever get an atx mobo, I'll need a new case. This is all in the planning stage right now, so feel free to post any suggestions. btw this will be my first large-scale mod...so nothing too ridiculous.

Initial plans -- 3/13/08

Update 1 --- Cutting new parts from scratch -- 3/15/08

Update 2 --- Bending new parts (no pics) -- 3/18/08

Update 3 --- New blades and bending new parts -- 3/22/08

Update 4 --- Cutting off old rails -- 3/28/08

Update 5 --- Cutting the back -- 3/28/08

Update 6 --- Finishing back and cutting front -- 4/2/08

Update 7 --- Cutting new front (bezel) -- 4/3/08

Update 8 --- Added rails to new parts -- 4/4/08

Update 9 --- Minor changes to bottom, and first round of painting -- 7/11/08

Update 10 -- Results of first painting -- 9/13/08

Update 11 -- Some acrylic -- 9/24/08

Update 12 -- Bending bezel and assembling -- 4/18/09

Update 13 -- More assembling -- 4/22/09

Update 14 -- Modder's secret source of power -- 5/5/09

Update 15 -- First round of Bondo -- 6/18/09

Update 16 -- Second round of Bondo -- 7/17/09

Update 17 -- More tools and more Bondo -- 7/17/09

Update 18 -- Bondo on the top -- 8/21/09

Update 19 -- Top sanded -- 8/21/09

Update 20 -- Re-thinking the back -- 8/28/09

Update 21 -- LED mods -- 12/26/09

Update 22 -- Finished DVD drive and more parts -- 3/26/10

Update 23 -- Bondo on the front -- 3/31/10

Update 24 -- Bondo on the front II -- 4/13/10

Update 25 -- Bondo on the front III and beginning side panel -- 5/27/10

Update 26 -- Switches and sanding out second drive bay -- 6/14/10

Update 27 -- Finishing front and cutting window -- 7/6/10

Update 28 -- Priming -- 1/4/11

Update 29 -- Painting -- 1/29/11

Update 29 -- Clear coat -- 1/29/11 (Continued)

Update 29 -- Clear coat -- 1/29/11 (Continued 2)

Update 30 -- Finishing window, final painting, and assembling -- 6/13/11

Update 30 -- Finishing window, final painting, and assembling -- 6/13/11 (Continued)

Update 30 -- Finishing window, final painting, and assembling -- 6/13/11 (Continued 2)

Finished!


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Edited by drjoey1500 - 6/13/11 at 10:31pm
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post #2 of 107
I think it's not a good case to mod. It's very small.
You will have to do a lot of work for the PSU and exhaust fan(S) for the back.

If possible i suggest you to find a bigger case to modify.
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I think it's now a good case to mod. It's very small.
You will have to do a lot of work for the PSU and exhaust fan(S) for the back.

If possible i suggest you to find a bigger case to modify.
Here's the dimensions...15.25" deep X 16" tall X 8" wide
its the biggest case I have.
I think I'll probably raise the top in the back, and modify it with sheet metal to fit the psu at the top. It will barely fit a 120mm fan in the back! You may be right, it might be too small, but I'll have to buy a new case if I want a bigger one. So it may or may not work, depending on my skill with sheet metal.(so it probably won't...lol)
Edited by drjoey1500 - 7/12/09 at 12:39am
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post #4 of 107
mod it to make it bigger perhaps or put in some top fans for exhaust
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You should make it PINK
    
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*watches with great interest*

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Originally Posted by drjoey1500 View Post
here's the dimensions...15.25" deep X 16" tall X 8" wide
its the biggest case i have.
I think I'll probably raise the top in the back, and modify it with sheet metal to fit the psu at the top. It will barely fit a 120mm fan in the back! You may be right, it might be too small, but I'll have to buy a new case if I want a bigger one. So it may or may not work, depending on my skill with sheet metal.(so it probably won't...lol)
If that's the only case you have than mod it so you can fit a 120mm fan at the back and maybe another one at the top (after you raise it for the PSU)

Good luck man...
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post #8 of 107
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Originally Posted by 3xtr3m3 View Post
If that's the only case you have than mod it so you can fit a 120mm fan at the back and maybe another one at the top (after you raise it for the PSU)

Good luck man...
Thanks...Should I just raise the back and have the top slanted, or should I raise the whole thing?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dominazn
You should make it PINK
eeeeeeewwww!!
lol
Thanks everyone for the feedback...keep the ideas coming...along that line, what about the side panel? any suggestions? clear window, mesh window, blue window?...

Should I post a new thread once I start modding? Or do I change this one...?
Edited by drjoey1500 - 7/12/09 at 12:42am
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Good news, there's almost a whole sheet of sheet metal in the garage...I didn't see the whole thing though, but enough if I can use it!

My most recent idea, is that I'll add about an inch to the top, and a few inches to the front, so I can push the disc drives forward enough to remain flush with the back of the bay. That way I might have room to fit a fan in the top.

Here's my idea if there's not enough room in the top for a 120mm. Two pci slot exhaust fans mounted to the top(with modification to the grill), and make the top of the case slant down, put some mesh in, so they will be sucking air up over and forward. Is my description clear? I'd like to fit a 120 or at least 2 80's in the top. I'll post again when I see if it will work...

I need name suggestions too...
Edited by drjoey1500 - 7/17/09 at 1:56pm
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going to be good, + and i'm here for the ride
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