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post #21 of 86
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Alrighty, so all the parts came in and I finally started working on this project. No more boring text. Here are some pics!

The case before I went to town on it with my sandpaper!



For $44.99 This case is really good! The front panel is super professional and the side panels are a bit tougher than I would have expected. Cooler Master provides a great manual and accessories. Unfortunately, it came bent! No idea whose fault this is.. but no problem though, this will be fixed later. Don't feel like dealing with an RMA at this point...


Starting to take it apart:



This case is pretty neat and most everything disassembles. That black thing with the USB headers comes off too, but no need to take it off at this point since I'm not painting the inside.


Me hard at work with my 100 grit. I know it's fine, but should do with a nice and smooth surface. I later realized (working on the side panel) that 100 was too fine and used 80 to begin with instead. sanding the paint off the side panels was the most boring and tedious process of my life. Not only that but it was EXTREMELY messy as the paint dust kept scattering all over my girlfriend's apartment (live in NYC and so we have nowhere to do this). And this in turn meant that I was sweeping/cleaning the floor every half hour or so to contain the messiness.




And the top panel is done!


Primer applied:

Edited by NoodleGTS - 2/15/09 at 7:38am
post #22 of 86
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Finished working on the side panel too. My arm hurts sooo much from sanding!!!! I missed a couple of tiny little spots on the back edge of the side panel, where the screws go in, but seriously if they're not a perfect mirror finish then I don't care!



First coat of primer applied. I already put on the second, but this picture is just after the first.


And if you're curious, here's the final color. It's a lot more pink and less red in real life.

Edited by NoodleGTS - 2/15/09 at 7:41am
post #23 of 86
gah its v-day!!! and you didnt have it set up!
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gah its v-day!!! and you didnt have it set up!
I know, but Gf understands.. GPU hasn't arrived yet anyway, and I spend a lot of time looking for work lately so I don't have as much time to work on this.

Update - both the top panel and side panel now have a nice layer of primer on them. I've sanded them both with 400 then 600 grit and they are ready for painting! GF totally wants to see the pink paint go on though, and she hates the sanding process, so seems like while she's out I'm going to finish preparing the last panel and plastic parts.
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Update - more work done today. First thing I did was start sanding... again. I hate sanding so much. The second side panel was a huge pain in the butt because of the two grilles in it..


And after some sanding...

Notice that how I'm a fashion aware modder? (that's Vogue magazine that I'm sanding on there... )

Want to see some color? So the top panel was ready for painting, and that's what I did. Also applied 2 coats of laquer. Now it's waiting time.. 48 hours before it dries fully and I can make it super shiny.



I think it came out okay for a first time job no?

Time to begin working on the other, smaller parts.


And here is everything primed:



And finally the Dvd-rw...



The last mod of the day will be the Cooler Master logo on the mesh. Sticking with the theme of the mod, I used my girlfriend's nail polish to make it black on pink.


More to come, but first I have to run into the hardware store and in my most manly voice ask for 4 more cans of "glowing cerise" spraypaint .
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Random question, but does anyone think you can wire a bubble gun to a molex? I just had an idea .

EDIT - seems like nobody is watching this mod... oh well! It will be quite pretty when it's done.
Edited by NoodleGTS - 2/16/09 at 2:18pm
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I'm watching dude! Nice job on the sanding. What a pain in the ass having to paint in there though. Are you high off of the fumes yet? . My saw the nail polish get involved and went "Ooooo". Now I guess I'll be doing something similar, thanks. .

By the way, nice strawberry boxers!

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post #28 of 86
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I'm watching dude! Nice job on the sanding. What a pain in the ass having to paint in there though. Are you high off of the fumes yet? . My saw the nail polish get involved and went "Ooooo". Now I guess I'll be doing something similar, thanks. .

By the way, nice strawberry boxers!

cg
Haha well I'm doing the painting on the roof actually, thank god, but still bringing it down here to dry .

The boxers are oranges actually .
post #29 of 86
Hey I found your mod ! You hid it in the intel Build logs .. I was expecting it in the case mod section.

Looks pretty good from what I see. Now you have experienced the pain of sanding .. and sanding ..and sanding . LOL I feel you 100% on that. But it will look decent when its done and she can enjoy her pink machine..hehe Tell her It's your labor of love for her .. lolz.
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Updates!!

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