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[Project] Predator: An ALIENWARE Case Mod [UPDATE] 27 August

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This mod has been put on hold (not dead) and is not finished. I am busy with school and life in general and it is hard to find the time and motivation to continue this mod right now. I do plan to finish this mod once I have the time and motivation. Thanks for the support guys!

Project Predator
Ever since I was a little kid, I have always been fascinated by Alienware PCs and their outlandish designs. I have always been in awe of them and their color-changing abilities. I thought that they were the essence of power and that nothing that money could buy would ever be this good. I always wanted one to put my friends in awe of me.
Now I know that I was terribly mistaken. These are not the best computers in the world and they are not worth the price premium. Also the gaudy chrome on these cases is butt ugly. But one thing has not changed; I still love their design.

That is why I lunged at the chance of owning one of these unique cases. I was perusing through Ebay a couple of days ago and I happened to see this case on sale *brand new*. Since it was only $130.00, I pulled the trigger and bought it. Of course, this case isn't the most beautiful thing in the world. Besides, why would I leave it stock. That is why I'm going to mod it. These cases are just waiting to be modded. The outside isn't that blank of a canvas but on the inside there is much to be done. My goal with this mod is to still capture the essence of Alienware with my own unique touches.


Mod List:

  • Matte Black Paint inside
  • Cover the outside in matte black adhesive vinyl
  • Better cooling
  • Make the lights work
  • Add a window
  • Some insane cable management
  • Equip for future watercooling
  • Make custom RAM cooler
  • Fabricate custom HDD mounts

Stock Pictures (Alienware's pics, not mine):



Please comment and add your suggestions.  


Edited by spRICE - 12/6/13 at 12:43pm
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1tb Samsung F3 LG dvd burner x24 XSPC Rasa rs240 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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1tb Samsung F3 LG dvd burner x24 XSPC Rasa rs240 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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1tb Samsung F3 LG dvd burner x24 XSPC Rasa rs240 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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1tb Samsung F3 LG dvd burner x24 XSPC Rasa rs240 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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Reserved for final pics.
Edited by spRICE - 1/5/11 at 7:49pm
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1tb Samsung F3 LG dvd burner x24 XSPC Rasa rs240 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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Samsung 22in 2253LW Razer Lycosa Corsair HX850w Alienware Area 51 
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Phenom II X4 4.2 GHz GA-MA785GM-US2H EVGA GTX 260 Crucial Technology 4GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1tb Samsung F3 LG dvd burner x24 XSPC Rasa rs240 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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Samsung 22in 2253LW Razer Lycosa Corsair HX850w Alienware Area 51 
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Small insignificant update: Case has been shipped from the Alienware outlet store.
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1tb Samsung F3 LG dvd burner x24 XSPC Rasa rs240 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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1tb Samsung F3 LG dvd burner x24 XSPC Rasa rs240 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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Samsung 22in 2253LW Razer Lycosa Corsair HX850w Alienware Area 51 
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Hope to see work started soon!
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CoolerMaster GeminII M4 w/ Nidec GentleTyphoon ... Windows 7 Home Premium x64 LG 42LB582T Logitech mk270 
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Antec Kühler H2O 920 w/ AVC DS12025B12U Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Dell Ultrasharp U2311H BenQ X-Touch A122 
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FSP Group Inc. Aurum Series AU-700 Fractal Designs Define Mini CoolerMaster Storm SPAWN SteelSeries QcK Mini Dota 2 
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i have also always like the designs of alienware cases, but i have never had enough money nor could i be bothered to buy a case.

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Hope to see work started soon!
Well the case will be here on the 25th so you can expect to see some unpacking then
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Phenom II X4 4.2 GHz GA-MA785GM-US2H EVGA GTX 260 Crucial Technology 4GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1tb Samsung F3 LG dvd burner x24 XSPC Rasa rs240 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1tb Samsung F3 LG dvd burner x24 XSPC Rasa rs240 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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cant wait to see what you come up with
    
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How's the cable management in these? I'm subbing this i wanna see how this works out.
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i have also always like the designs of alienware cases, but i have never had enough money nor could i be bothered to buy a case.

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cant wait to see what you come up with
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How's the cable management in these? I'm subbing this i wanna see how this works out.
Thanks for the compliments. Added to the mods list: unisleeving my entire power supply and any extension cables. This has been something that I have wanted to do but I have always been too lazy. I will probably buy the sleeving from furryletters on ebay.
Project Predator
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 4.2 GHz GA-MA785GM-US2H EVGA GTX 260 Crucial Technology 4GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1tb Samsung F3 LG dvd burner x24 XSPC Rasa rs240 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 22in 2253LW Razer Lycosa Corsair HX850w Alienware Area 51 
Mouse
Coolermaster Storm Sentinel 
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Project Predator
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 4.2 GHz GA-MA785GM-US2H EVGA GTX 260 Crucial Technology 4GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1tb Samsung F3 LG dvd burner x24 XSPC Rasa rs240 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 22in 2253LW Razer Lycosa Corsair HX850w Alienware Area 51 
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Coolermaster Storm Sentinel 
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