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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I have a Antec 900 which I just deconstructed for makeover. While putting all the parts in box for transporting, a thought occurred to me...

Option 1:

Take it somewhere to get professionally painted.

Option 2:

Do it myself.

What I have in mind for modding:

1. Drill or Cut holes for better wire management.

2. Paint Case and LID all PURE WHITE.

3. Paint all front, side, and top mesh PLATINUM or NICKEL color.

4. Paint drive bays either WHITE or PLATINUM

5. Cut hole in the bottom for PSU vent (unless I go with PSU with front or back mounted fan)

6. Replace all front fan with SILVERSTONE FM121 (WHITE).

7. Install 5.25" fan controller.

8. ???

This is my first case mod so any input would be greatly appreciated. I have seen some mods before on this forum, and I've always been interested in doing my own. I know my ideas aren't entirely original or revolutionary, but I got this idea because I am running a Hackintosh on this machine.

Please help.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-920(2), i7-950, i7-875K, i3-540(3), 1055T Asus, Gigabyte GTX460(4), 5770(4), GTX260, 9800GT(2) 48GB DDR3 1600s 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
20TB SATA2 Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate LG 32"(2), Acer 24"(2) Dell 30", LG 47" 6500W Antec, CoolerMaster, Silverstone, Corsair 
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CM(2), Antec(3), Corsair, LianLi 
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i7-920(2), i7-950, i7-875K, i3-540(3), 1055T Asus, Gigabyte GTX460(4), 5770(4), GTX260, 9800GT(2) 48GB DDR3 1600s 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
20TB SATA2 Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate LG 32"(2), Acer 24"(2) Dell 30", LG 47" 6500W Antec, CoolerMaster, Silverstone, Corsair 
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CM(2), Antec(3), Corsair, LianLi 
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post #2 of 9
that looks like a good list.

do it all yourself, you will be happy that you did.
do all cutting before paint.
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i7 920 ASUS Rampage II Gene OEM ASUS GTX460 9 GB DDR3 Nanya 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Western Digital Black Corsair H100i Win 7 64bit 
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Asus ML238H 23" 1920 x 1080 Saitek Eclipse III Corsair HX620W Antec 300 
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i7 920 ASUS Rampage II Gene OEM ASUS GTX460 9 GB DDR3 Nanya 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Western Digital Black Corsair H100i Win 7 64bit 
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Asus ML238H 23" 1920 x 1080 Saitek Eclipse III Corsair HX620W Antec 300 
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post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
I have researched all case modder's threads, and it seems like to common steps are:

1. Sand.

2. Clean.

3. Prime.

4. Sand.

5. Clean.

6. Paint.

7. Dry.

8. Paint some more.

9. Dry.

10. If you messed up...

11. Repeat steps 4 to 9.

Do I have it about right?
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
20TB SATA2 Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate LG 32"(2), Acer 24"(2) Dell 30", LG 47" 6500W Antec, CoolerMaster, Silverstone, Corsair 
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CM(2), Antec(3), Corsair, LianLi 
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i7-920(2), i7-950, i7-875K, i3-540(3), 1055T Asus, Gigabyte GTX460(4), 5770(4), GTX260, 9800GT(2) 48GB DDR3 1600s 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
20TB SATA2 Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate LG 32"(2), Acer 24"(2) Dell 30", LG 47" 6500W Antec, CoolerMaster, Silverstone, Corsair 
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CM(2), Antec(3), Corsair, LianLi 
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post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Inputs please?
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
20TB SATA2 Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate LG 32"(2), Acer 24"(2) Dell 30", LG 47" 6500W Antec, CoolerMaster, Silverstone, Corsair 
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CM(2), Antec(3), Corsair, LianLi 
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i7-920(2), i7-950, i7-875K, i3-540(3), 1055T Asus, Gigabyte GTX460(4), 5770(4), GTX260, 9800GT(2) 48GB DDR3 1600s 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
20TB SATA2 Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate LG 32"(2), Acer 24"(2) Dell 30", LG 47" 6500W Antec, CoolerMaster, Silverstone, Corsair 
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CM(2), Antec(3), Corsair, LianLi 
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post #5 of 9
yes thats about right

On my first full case mod (Jessie's Gumdrop) I had the case pro painted, but got some painting experience with small things like the psu and things of that nature. Then going into my second mod (The Intelligence) I had some confidence to do it myself. Painting is a lot of work to get it right. I am still learning but my current case came out pretty good, but I wont say perfect. If your up for the long haul and a lot of work, do it yourself, or practice on some stuff first. If you see yourself losing heart halfway thru then just go pro straight away. Its really up to you knowing yourself and what you can handle
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1x300 GB WD Velociraptor Asus 16/48 DVD/CD ROM SATA Windows 7 Pro 64 bit Viewsonic VX2255wmb 22" LCD 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1x300 GB WD Velociraptor Asus 16/48 DVD/CD ROM SATA Windows 7 Pro 64 bit Viewsonic VX2255wmb 22" LCD 
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Logitech USB wired Silverstone Decathalon 850 PolymorphiX (PMX_v1s) ms optical, wired 
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post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Great work BTW. I have been reading since your mod began. I thought it was a really really interesting idea, although I don't know the game very well. The genius behind it was that it was naturally portable. I don't do LAN parties, but for any one that does, it seemed like an awesome idea. What are your temps BTW? I mean, is the air flow pretty good for such a small environment?
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
20TB SATA2 Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate LG 32"(2), Acer 24"(2) Dell 30", LG 47" 6500W Antec, CoolerMaster, Silverstone, Corsair 
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CM(2), Antec(3), Corsair, LianLi 
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i7-920(2), i7-950, i7-875K, i3-540(3), 1055T Asus, Gigabyte GTX460(4), 5770(4), GTX260, 9800GT(2) 48GB DDR3 1600s 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
20TB SATA2 Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate LG 32"(2), Acer 24"(2) Dell 30", LG 47" 6500W Antec, CoolerMaster, Silverstone, Corsair 
Case
CM(2), Antec(3), Corsair, LianLi 
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post #7 of 9
Definately do the painting yourself, it isn't that hard. Just honor the process and be patient.

I have two 900s that I modded and painted in my sig, and cyberdruid has some of the best 900 how-to guides on OCN. Search for them.

Good luck and show us your progress.
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Crucial C300 128GB SATAIII, WD Caviar Black 1TB Lite-On Blu-Ray/CD/DVD Burner Kuhler H2O 620 Win7 64-bit Pro 
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post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
I saw your White/Black Mod while back. I really like the look, except in my project, I was going to paint the plastic top and front as well. How do you think that will go? Would I just prime and paint like the rest of the case, or do you have any suggestions?
My Setups
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-920(2), i7-950, i7-875K, i3-540(3), 1055T Asus, Gigabyte GTX460(4), 5770(4), GTX260, 9800GT(2) 48GB DDR3 1600s 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
20TB SATA2 Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate LG 32"(2), Acer 24"(2) Dell 30", LG 47" 6500W Antec, CoolerMaster, Silverstone, Corsair 
Case
CM(2), Antec(3), Corsair, LianLi 
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My Setups
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-920(2), i7-950, i7-875K, i3-540(3), 1055T Asus, Gigabyte GTX460(4), 5770(4), GTX260, 9800GT(2) 48GB DDR3 1600s 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
20TB SATA2 Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate LG 32"(2), Acer 24"(2) Dell 30", LG 47" 6500W Antec, CoolerMaster, Silverstone, Corsair 
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CM(2), Antec(3), Corsair, LianLi 
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post #9 of 9
thanks for the nice comments GoHigh. Yeah those 6 60mm's move a lot of air around (trade off is the noise). I havent put in a proper hdd or OS so I cant stress the system yet but in the bios I did idle tests with the lid closed. the cpu sits at around 28c, with the nb around 30 something.
Chuckle2Tits
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Core i7 920 2.66 45nm D0 Foxconn BloodRage x58 EVGA GTX 285 6 GB Corsair Dom. DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1x300 GB WD Velociraptor Asus 16/48 DVD/CD ROM SATA Windows 7 Pro 64 bit Viewsonic VX2255wmb 22" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech USB wired Silverstone Decathalon 850 PolymorphiX (PMX_v1s) ms optical, wired 
Mouse Pad
ancient piece of crap :P 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 2.66 45nm D0 Foxconn BloodRage x58 EVGA GTX 285 6 GB Corsair Dom. DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1x300 GB WD Velociraptor Asus 16/48 DVD/CD ROM SATA Windows 7 Pro 64 bit Viewsonic VX2255wmb 22" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech USB wired Silverstone Decathalon 850 PolymorphiX (PMX_v1s) ms optical, wired 
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ancient piece of crap :P 
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