nafljy, curly, Shiryu, kimo, Thank you for your continued support. So far, every bit of this build has been a real joy. I'm happy to share.
Originally Posted by nafljhy
EDIT: hmm.. then you would have to mod your side panels for the fans... can't wait to see what you have instore for that.
Originally Posted by kimosabi
WHAT!?!? NO SIDEWINDOW!?!?!
kimo, I know you're being facetious, but I think my exterior plans do need a little more explanation. For the most part, I want the case to look Lian Li stock from the outside.
The side panels are one exception:
What I plan to do is simply perforate the stock side panels in the same pattern as the mesh on the front. If I booger that up, I'll need to cut holes and make some sort of a grill / use some sort of mesh; but for now, the plan is to just drill out the perforations in the normal Lian Li style.
The other place I want to work on is the 5.25 bay area, here:
I played around with that already with my murderMod-esque front panel, but for several reasons, that wasn't doing it for me. I'm still up in the air on that one. I have a inch or so of clearance behind there for mounting if I want it, and could probably squeeze a little more space out of that area if I really needed it by moving the HD's back.
Other than those two things, and maybe some very small inconspicuous things (like the buttons and the feet); the outside will remain largely unmodified.