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Well as the title says, FannBlade "birthed" this little beauty, and I guess now, I have to raise it.

The case started as a Cooler master Storm Sniper, and well... I guess it still is, with a twist. FannBlade featured this case in How to Paint, and then graciously gave it away in the I Need a New Case" Giveaway. The paint is an incredible work of art, that unfortunately does not completely translate in pictures.

Well, I am currently gathering the parts to put this little baby together. I decided that most of my core components where not worthy of being placed in this case, so I decided that what it really deserved was Sandy Bridge.

Putting together a modest budget, Rusty Metal will contain the following:

Custom Painted CM Storm Sniper
Intel 2600K
ASUS P8P67 Pro
Corsair 750AX Modular PSU
Corsair H70
8 GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz memory

Those are the new parts that my budget could afford at the moment.

So, I will be "recycling" the following:

BluRay/DVD writer
DVD+/- RW drive
2 - WD 500 GB Blue in Raid 0
1 TB WD Black Storage drive

… and unfortunately and for a short term Radeon HD 3870.

The video card will be replaced with a 570GTX or 2- 560GTX's in SLI in the next few months.

I am sitting on everything but the memory and PSU at the moment, and am waiting for them to arrive... hopefully this week.

Anyway, a few initial pictures.





Part of my plan, because I will not be modifying this case, is to sleeve the case's wires and build a front slot USB 3.0 bay insert for the front of the case.

The ASUS Mobo came with a 2 port rear expansion slot add-in assembly, but because there are already two USB 3.0 ports on the rear, I figured I would use the internal header, mod the USB slot assembly, and bring them to the front instead. The P8P67 Deluxe comes with a USB 3.0 bay device, but i couldn't see spending the extra $60 for the Deluxe.

The sleeving of the case wires:
Edited by xandypx - 1/17/11 at 9:42am
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Well as I mentioned, I built a 3.5" USB 3.0 front expansion assembly utilizing the rear assembly that came with the ASUS mobo, and an extra 3.5" front knock out from my old case. I had thought of using the 5.25" adapter, but then, it might look better surrounded by the 5.25" mesh adapter from the Sniper.

Here are the parts:



After disassembling the rear slot connection, I used the rear mounting bracket as a template for the cutout in the front plastic insert.



Then a quick idea of what it will look like slipped into the adapter from the Storm Sniper.



After centering the the "template" to the 3.5" adapter, I drilled the two holes for the screws, and temporarily bolted the two pieces together.




You might ask why did I bolt the two pieces together? I figured I could use a small straight bit on a dremmel, and use the metal as the guide to get a nice clean cut in the plastic. I would also be assured that the cutouts would line up with with the final assembly.



Here's the 3.5" insert cut out and just needing a little clean-up.



I next had to deal with how I was going to mount the 3.5" insert into the 5.25" Sniper's insert. As you can see, the backside clips are different.



I originall thought that I would take plastic epoxy, and build up a lip of the plastic, and then shape it to the profile of the Snipers 3.5" knockout. I was trying to do as little modification to the Storm Sniper's original parts as possible. Looking at the assembly, I decided to take the easy way out. I cut the locking clip of the 3.5" assembly flat with the tab, drilled a couple of holes, and screwed the new 3.5" insert into the Snipers 5.25" insert. This way, if anything changes, the old 3.5" mesh insert will still lock into the 5.25" cover. The only modification to the Snipers insert are the two little screw holes.



And the finished product



This picture also gives you an idea of the actual color that FannBlade painted this case. In the other pictures, it is hard to see the pearl and blue candy paint.



on to wire sleeving.
Edited by xandypx - 1/17/11 at 11:44am
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OK..Unfortunately, I got very excited, started putting parts into the case, and forgot to take some pictures.. here we go.

The final two parts I was waiting for:





The little bit of cable sleeving I had done to the side panel fan, and the front panel wiring that would be seen.











The 2600K in its socket: (probably would have been nicer in focus)



The Motherboard in the case, and H70 mount installed:



The front panel connectors, USB, Firewire and front Panel Audio: (Black sleeving and black shrink tubing made them dissapear)





Don't really want to admit to this, but it is only temporary... uh... the 3870 "borrowed" from the DELL installed (don't ask what the big black thing is, I couldn't figure out what it really did in the XPS case, but since it is screwed into the heat sinks and cooler, I left it there as the card is only temporary. (OK, I said that twice now). just a little while, and I'm definately thinking 570 GTX.

Oh yea... The H70, HDDs and BluRay & DVD/CD+/-RW drives are installed too. (told you I forgot to take some pictures)



I'll finish the wire management tomorrow, and post the final pictures then.
Edited by xandypx - 1/22/11 at 12:13am
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subbed, can't wait to see it.

I see you already go an H70, but i was going to recommend going with a rasa kit.
but either way, should be an epic sweet setup.
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Subbed. You lucky stiff. :
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Awesome case!

Looks like it's going to be a great build.

What color sleeving you going with?
    
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Originally Posted by FannBlade View Post
Awesome case!

Looks like it's going to be a great build.

What color sleeving you going with?
The case/mobo/Fans are so black and blue... I think I'm going to stay with that theme. Plus I probably have enough black clean cut here to do what I want with the case cabling and fan wires. I'm probably going to use blue heat shrinks, just to add a dash of extra blue here and there, and depending on what the actual modular cables look lite on the 750AX, I might not actually sleeve them.. we'll see. I'ts not like there's a window in the side of this case... I'm the only one who will ever really see it, but perfection IS the goal.
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You could always take out the mesh cover, cut the cross braces then cut some plexi to fit.
Edited by FannBlade - 1/16/11 at 8:38pm
    
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You could always take out the mesh cover, cut the cross braces then cut some plexi to fit.

side note: title miss spelled
For the moment I think it is perfect just the way it is... No changes needed.

and thanks for the heads up.. fixed the title.
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