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So, I have a HAF 932, and I did the thing everybody does, and painted it. So beyond what is in the pictures, I have two sets of red cathodes; a 15-inch on top and 15-inch on bottom, and a pair of 4-inchers in my 5.25" drive bays. I just got a Dremel for christmas, and I am quite excited to put it to use. I figure that the first few things I am going to do is actually drill two holes in a 5.25" bay cover, and put two military switches in there. Also, I am going to do the biggest window possible on the left panel, so I can get a good look at my hardware. Then, in that, I plan on creating a space two put a 2 120mm fans with an MNPC Tech red "Tribal Skull" grill, and put a bit of modder's mesh similar to the hex pattern on the HAF behind the grill. Now these are my first thoughts, and I plan on trying not to spend a bunch of money. If you guys have any thoughts about either a good way to do any of these things, a way to make these things better, or just any other good modding ideas, it would be greatly appreciated.







This here is the fan grill I'm looking at:
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Black Acrylic is Sexy and you can use it to cover entire areas of the inside. A dremel works well to cut acrylic.
I have CM cosmos moddes out. I had the same tool-less buttons for the drive bays and even painted them like you did. Those things just pissed me off so i scrapped them and covered the whole side of the drive bay cage with black acrylic. So clean looking. Also Wire sleeve is nice as well. you'd be surprised what you can do with a black shoe string and heat shrink. XD

It also helps to have like a theme. for example you could do like a black widow thing or some thing...
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I probably should come up with a theme... But at the moment, I am looking for just bare ideas. Also, I like the black acrylic idea, it seems pretty snazzy. But anyway, for a theme, at the moment I am mostly just keeping to the styling of the HAF 932, with the military style look, except a bit meaner, i.e. the tribal skull. Also, I am trying, atm, to learn acrylic etching, and if anybody had any cool ideas of what I could etch into either my side window or that black acrylic over my drive bays, that would be sweet. This is my first mod, so I'm just not too familiar with looking at my computer and seeing what could be. Again, any advice is definitely appreciated.
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I probably should come up with a theme... But at the moment, I am looking for just bare ideas. Also, I like the black acrylic idea, it seems pretty snazzy. But anyway, for a theme, at the moment I am mostly just keeping to the styling of the HAF 932, with the military style look, except a bit meaner, i.e. the tribal skull. Also, I am trying, atm, to learn acrylic etching, and if anybody had any cool ideas of what I could etch into either my side window or that black acrylic over my drive bays, that would be sweet. This is my first mod, so I'm just not too familiar with looking at my computer and seeing what could be. Again, any advice is definitely appreciated.
Ok,
"In my opinion," Its all about CLEAN. No one like to see a rats nest of wires, or a DIY bad paint job. If you want a truely Sweet Rig you will need a temporary rig to get you buy in the meantime. Study up on PROPOR painting Technique. Monstermawd's Youtube videos are a great start.

The HAF has a industrial feel to it. Playing off what is there is easyer than creating a new feel. So If you get style cues from like say a Tank, Hummer, something military, but rugged.

It all depends on how much time/money/blood you want to put in to it.
I got a dozen ideas for you but most of them are very extencive.

What Tallents do you have? can you airbrush? do you have alot of tools?
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Don't mind the dust
This it a comparison
Top before acrylic
bottom after


Here is a better pic
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._3804749_n.jpg
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Well, for tools, I only have a Dremel, and other hand tools. For talents, I don't have many except for basic machining, learned through many high school shop classes. But for time, I already put about 40+ hours in my paint job, so I am willing to put quite a bit of time into this. With money, I am willing to put about $150-$200, I know that isn't much for this, but that's the fun isn't it? Anyway, I am very willing to put time into this, so if I can save money with a bit of extra labor, so be it. And blood, well, I would definitely take stitches for my rig.
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I actually just got a neat idea: I am currently screwing around with an old DVD drive, and I am going to put a window on the top so that I can see discs spinning, and I don't know how familiar you are with the HAF 932, but it has a rubber mat, and underneath that is the plastic piece of the I/O panel, and I was thinking of replacing that plastic and the metal of the case underneath with acrylic, so that I could have the rubber mat there, but I could take it off and see a spinning DVD drive. Something like this

Btw, what are you using for a reservoir in that computer? It looks like a little glass bottle?
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I actually just got a neat idea: I am currently screwing around with an old DVD drive, and I am going to put a window on the top so that I can see discs spinning, and I don't know how familiar you are with the HAF 932, but it has a rubber mat, and underneath that is the plastic piece of the I/O panel, and I was thinking of replacing that plastic and the metal of the case underneath with acrylic, so that I could have the rubber mat there, but I could take it off and see a spinning DVD drive. Something like this

Btw, what are you using for a reservoir in that computer? It looks like a little glass bottle?
It's temporary, but very effective.
Its a Patron tequila Bottle. because it is glass it helps cool the water a little.
Think of a glass of ice water, it builds up condensation because it gets that cold. Well a fan blowing on Glass will cool a little as well. Go feel your window, I bet its cool "its just a theory"

I still haven't decided what I want to do for a Res quit yet, I built one out of acrylic but because the joints weren't exactly perfect it had a hair line leek.
Either I will build a new one, or I will buy one form like EK or something. Still deciding

Thanks for the rep, I'm new on here so it helps.
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Well, for tools, I only have a Dremel, and other hand tools. For talents, I don't have many except for basic machining, learned through many high school shop classes. But for time, I already put about 40+ hours in my paint job, so I am willing to put quite a bit of time into this. With money, I am willing to put about $150-$200, I know that isn't much for this, but that's the fun isn't it? Anyway, I am very willing to put time into this, so if I can save money with a bit of extra labor, so be it. And blood, well, I would definitely take stitches for my rig.
high school shop classes, **** are you still in it? I wish I had access to a shop like that. Drill press, ban saw, sheet metal bender. If you are still in it take advantage of it. I took 3 years of auto and wood shop, Learned Tuns. Probably why I have poor grammar.

Tell your Teacher What you want to do, and see what he/she will let you do.
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Nah, I'm done with those classes I'm in that serious phase of high school where I have to take the very challenging classes and no fun classes. Yea, really the only tools I have are the Dremel I got for Xmas and an old hand drill, but it works.
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