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This winter, I plan to cut up my Rocketfish to accommodate my 480GTX. I don't have a dremel right now, so I was wondering, if cutting with a box cutter would be a possible option... I don't want to FUBAR the case so I want the advise

Also, how should I go about painting the inside of the case? I think I'll probably go a matte black as most people have done to their cases...
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yeh, box cutters, not good, even a dremel isnt the best tool but its what every has.

It seems like more and more people are actually taking their cases to get powder coated, so tahts always an option.
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for me, powercoating is too much for a case that cost too little...

anyways, what is the preferred tool, if not a dremel?
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post #4 of 11
A dremel is the prefered tool, if not then a jig saw.

Use a matte spraypaint, preferably black for most porjects, and if not black then a dark color.
What the **** is power coated? Sounds like some gay sex machine.

Edit: what in the world is a 480GTX?
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hax saw?
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post #6 of 11
Jigsaw. Variable speed if possible.

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Lol, cutting with a box cutter would be an epic fail and you would probably hurt yourself in the process. A jigsaw or dremel would work for straight lines, but if you are doing circles or curved lines, I would use a holesaw. Painting the inside of the case is pretty straightforward. You need to take all components out of your computer, possibly derivet to make the process easier, and tape off anything you don't want to be painted with 3M painters tape. I am doing the same thing and am probably going to use krylon paint. I think I will be using the krylon primer and basecoat. You have to sand the metal before and after applying the primer and there are lots of tutorials about that process. I'm going to be buying 220 grit, 360 grit, and 500 wet/dry grit for sanding. You will also need a sanding block if you don't have an electric or pneumatic sander. You have to clean the parts after sanding to remove any dust, dirt, sweat, ect. Get some Wax and Grease remover, lint free paper towels, and tack rags. For protection, wear nitrile gloves and a filter mask. You will probably want some compressed air for quick removal of sand and dust particles before using rags, but that is optional. For the actual painting, if you are deriveting the case, you can hang the parts individually from the garage ceiling for painting or just do it on a work table. Make sure you don't kick up dust when working, as it will go into the paint and you will notice some problems. Make sure you don't paint when its too humid (40-60% is good). Be patient and good luck.
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post #8 of 11
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This winter, I plan to cut up my Rocketfish to accommodate my 480GTX. I don't have a dremel right now, so I was wondering, if cutting with a box cutter would be a possible option... I don't want to FUBAR the case so I want the advise

Also, how should I go about painting the inside of the case? I think I'll probably go a matte black as most people have done to their cases...
They call them BOX cutters for a reason. You'll hurt yourself and just scratch up the case.
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post #9 of 11
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A dremel is the prefered tool, if not then a jig saw.

Use a matte spraypaint, preferably black for most porjects, and if not black then a dark color.
What the **** is power coated? Sounds like some gay sex machine.

Edit: what in the world is a 480GTX?
Power coated is basically a process that involves baking dry paint onto your case for a very durable finish. Definitely not some "gay sex machine."

A 480GTX is 4x120 radiator for a watercooling setup.
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Power coated is basically a process that involves baking dry paint onto your case for a very durable finish. Definitely not some "gay sex machine."

    
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