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Project: NOS's Gaming Case

post #1 of 88
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Intro

Well, my Antec Mid-Tower was stating to seem very bland, so I picked up a SUPER CRAPPY Mid-Tower, white in color.

Goals

1). Cut the front and back Fan-Mounts to hold 120MM fans.
2). Paint the case black
3). Fix the mauled front bezel
4).Strip all the fans cept the two 120MM's and Power Supply's fan

Before I go into detail, I will give some numbers starting out. When I was in BF2, the CPU went to 42C and the GFXcard to 70C, My Antec case kept the CPU to 38C and GFXcard to 60C; I hope to achive 35C CPU and <50c Gfx card.







You can already see 50% of the airflow is blocked....



Now the front is another story, it gives a place mount a fan but look closely; there is no place to pull the air!



As you can see the case is stripped. Man, this thing weights less then 2lb's! Cheap Aluminum!

Way more to come, I have already cut the front, but I lost the camera!

Feedback please!
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post #2 of 88
Cool, My case is cool because of the fact that it's got several layers, then a grill overtop on the front, So I've managed to do a lot of ugly looking modding but it doesn't look ugly as the grill covers it. I did a very similar mod, Nice one
    
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post #3 of 88
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I got the front fan mounted!





Now to cut away all the metal constricting the air-flow!
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post #4 of 88
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Now I will warn you guys, this is the WORST way to cut aluminum, I used WIRE CUTTERS!



Bad huh?



it cleaned up KINDA good, if i can remove the edges, I will be all set....
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post #5 of 88
Ouch, You should have waited a bit and gone to the local Hardware store and bought a dremel/jigsaw/nibler!
post #6 of 88
your lucky you didnt bend the chassie i love those cheepo bashe cased that come with prebuilts easy moding
    
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post #7 of 88
You do know the front fan is backwards in all the pictures right? Other than that... nice progress.
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post #8 of 88
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Yeah, just testing.

I have a jigsaw; I did not have the right blade/couldn’t get the right blade...

Wait till you see the front plastic...

EDIT: Dad prolly sold the Dermal for a pack of cigarettes / lottery, because we use to have one....
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post #9 of 88
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This is the 1st layer of plastic that I had to cut, I used more compassion and took my time. Got to understand, all I have are some wire cutters and a drill with some bits... I would have loved a whole saw...

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post #10 of 88
Wow! you need to definetly get some right tools...
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