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[Project] Tat2monsta's Armor+ thing

post #1 of 36
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been waiting for my local wholesaler to get a black armor+ case in stock.
there finaly in today. just ordered and going off to pick it up in a bit.
i have plans in my head as to what im going to do to this thing. as i have had a armor before.
reason for this is,i like the newer style case and it also gives me a chance to fit a bigger rad (probably in the front like before)
case will be cut down to a minimum/sprayed inside and all my junk from this pc will go into it.

will update this post with pics as the work gets done

here is the case sliding out of the box. very well packaged



and i forgot to get more picks before i started taking it apart. so here goes
side off.also showing other bits n bobs that came with it





nice little touch on this version.. clips to take the wings off.. i like them on. but handy for stripping it down



wings removed!



this is good too. handy little clips for removing front slots. the whole bit comes out as one thing not just the grill it has a hinge on it.shame im gonna be gutting the front for a rad. i can use these on my old pc



first future problem.. the last few bays are built in. grrr gonna have to cut these



start stripping it down now. that the rad thats going in the front. i know it would be nice in the bottem. but i either want to have my hard drives there or i have another possable plan



front plastic bits removed



top striped down



sliding moutherboard tray removed and front drive bay panels removed by drilling out the rivits



top removed. sorry i forgot to get piks of iy before it was taken apart. but will rebuild and snap piks before any modding is done to this area. top and bottem shown so you can see all the wires.the circle was scratched on by me as a reference to were i may cut and add a fan




heres the are bits that was taken off before i start cutting and painting



back panel waiting to have fan grill removed



this is the other part of the back panel. it was riveted to the other piece to form the removable motherboard tray



right thats it for today. i cleaned up the surfaces on the case tonight and slapped some paint on a couple bits and started modding bit. i will update tomorro in the post below (its late here) with mods and paint
Edited by tat2monsta - 6/2/08 at 3:48pm
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post #2 of 36
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well here goes.. second leg on the armor thing
its a big hard to explain what i did here. this is the drive bay panel. i cut it in half then joined it back together again at an angle. then keyed up the surface and painted it
hopefully this load of pics should explain a little more



then knowing it looks a little shoddy i measured up the space inside with a piece of paper (this was all planned)



got some sticky backed foam for sound proofing cases and stuck it on



next i removed the fan grill from the front useing a dremal and jigsaw. note i kept the flat area above the grill as im going to use this later. i cut the grill out and saved it for a possable use later



enter the radiator... this pic shows where im going to squeeze this masiv rad. im basicly doing what i done to the armor case i currently have. but useing a bigger rad. i worked out that because the armor+ case had the power switch and other stuff on the top and not in a slot,like its older brother did. that means i got an extra slot. so the rad will take about 10 slots.
but because im mounting it on the bottom of the case. i gain a slot as there is a space under where the bottem slot would be.. so in short .. i have now got 2 slots free at the top



this pic shows the space that i will have left.



right now comes the well planed ahead part of my build.
i want to have my rad as far forward in my case as posable to allow room inside for a shroud and deep fans. and still have enough room for pump graf cards and plenty breathing room.
the top slot will be used for my dvd/burner, that leaves one slot.
i have a aerocool gatewatch unit that is in my current case and i wanna use it in this one too. ive never realy used all the sencors on it. so nows the time to use it..if i can find the sencors leads



this thing actually takes up 2 slots. but is quite thin



on closer inspection i noticed my rad was taking up more space than planned for. it will work but its gonna be very tight



this is a shot looking down in the tightness



and what its like with the front on. the gatewatch is actually covering some of the finned part of the rad. but all will be fine. still unsure if i should use a rad grill yet. i was going to. but the front of this case has the last 4 bays joined to the front... buggers! i was going to chop it out. but it would look nice with the other panels put back in



here is a shot from the side. just showing how the rad fits and also the drive bay panel from earlyer,i think it looks ok





everthing was striped back down and outside fore a sand down and more paint..

before i end this for today.. another idea im toying with is..
all the plastic on the case it super shiney. what would it look like if it was matt? i got a fine sanding block and tryed it out on the bottem of one of the side rails to see how it looked



gonna make a fill port hole in the top now





put a drive in so i know how much space i got to play with



hole cut



derlin danger den fill port



fitted





now im gonna sort the back blow hole out.. that was cut out earlyer



gonna use the fan that came with the case.. gotta love new fans eh



beading added to hide my cuts and make it smooth n nicer looking



useing the holder that came with the case as it has nice airflow and its black



fan clipped in.. whoo that went well



motherboard tray placed back into case after fitting all the runners and making sure ive riveted everything back how it was



cut out a hole on the mesh for better airflow



not easy stuff to cut.. but its ok as it cant be seen



top goes back on.



fill port in the tray is fixed into place.. what a bugger that was trying to hide the wires aswell at the same time.. 2 pairs of hands woulda been great here



all in place and it screws in fine.. when i add the tubing for my t-line i will use a couple extra inches,so i cane unscrew this bay and remove it to gain access to the top of the rad and wires inside


Edited by tat2monsta - 6/9/08 at 1:29pm
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post #3 of 36
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this is the case put back together.sitting next to its older brother that has the parts im using



motherboard in place



here is the rad with shroud .ready to go in.. its been washed out and barbs fitted



lookin in through the top. this is with the tray removed. this will be my inspection hatch for wires and barb checking/fixing



another view



rad is put in place. it fits in real snugg.i placed some foam on each side at the top. its pretty solid



next couple pics show motherboard in place with rad fitted and a few parts installed onto the motherboard





this pik shows the front bays put in place till i find a better way to finish the front. i like it like this but i think i will be doing somthing with this at a later date



this is not finished yet. allthough it may look it.
i just put it together as i had a buyer for my old case. and needed to get this together as im using water cooling so a outside case build wasnt an option
i still have to mod somthing for the hard drives yet,as i dont want them in the bottem of the case.
i have a space behind my psu that im thinking of useing.
Edited by tat2monsta - 6/23/08 at 7:42am
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Cant Wait To See How It Turns Out

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Looking awesome, very detailed. I've always loved/hated those cases for some reason,lol. It's like I love the looks....but then I don't?

Sub'd, can't wait to see what all you have planned !
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sorry but no lights are coming out of my ass yet.. but coments are welcome
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post #8 of 36
Lookin good so far
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Those look better for when putting in the PSU's than the previous armors
    
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looks great cant wait to see what you do getting same case and i would love to steal some good ideas ^_^ subed and +Rep
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