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Albino Black Sheep (An Antec 900 Case Mod) The Final Stretch. Part 2.

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Link to all update's here.

First, an introduction:
Canada? Damn Right Eh!

Why the name?
*This project has nothing to do with real, fake or imaginary sheep. biggrin.gif*
PC enthusiast's call the Antec 900 the black sheep or odd-ball of computer cases. Many hate it and others love it. (mostly hate). It has terrible cable management and as for the looks, again, you either love it or hate it.
however i think it is a great looking case with plenty of potential, which is why im doing this mod. When i think 'Gaming PC', this case is the first image that pops into my head.
The "albino" part came from my idea of painting most of the exterior of the case a glossy White. I think it will transform the entire image of the case. Thus = Albino Black Sheep. thumb.gif
My PC, Currently:
Here are some pictures of my PC in its current un-modded state:
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The Project:
This will be my first case mod ever, and i am looking forward to starting this weekend. Also i am happy to be doing a worklog on post-flame-small.gif so that i can get some feedback and advice from knowledgeable people that have done this before. cool.gif
Exterior:
If you are expecting a crazy out of this world mod, you should probably go to another thread created by someone with more modding experience. If you looking for a nice, clean and practical mod, then read on! As mentioned above i will be painting most of the exterior gloss white, and im still undecided on what color to paint the metal mesh/fan grills.
I am also going to be altering the side panel. It will have a main window and two feature windows.

Here is a mathematically correct example i have created using the latest state-of-the-art 3D rendering technology. *cough*:
albinoblacksheep1.jpg
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Interior:
I will be painting the interior dark navy blue gloss, such as the mobo tray HDD cages ect. (just about everything really). I will also be painting smaller things like PCI-E slot guards gloss black. It will have some carbon fiber vinyl accents as well (don't worry, i wont go overboard with the fake carbon fiber.)

Cable Management:
HELL YES!!!! Still finalizing where i will cut new hole's and cover old one's up, but when its done it will look sooooo clean. thumbsupsmiley.png
However i will not be sleeving the cables. I dont have the knowledge or patience. Maybe another time, on a cheaper PSU. lol.
Upgrades:
Everyone loves hardware upgrades! stay tuned to learn the detail's when they arrive tongue.gif .
- Memory overhaul:
I am going to replacing my 6gb of Kingston DDR3 RAM with 8gb of "super awesome new stuff."
Also i will be getting a "wicked sick mega storage" solid state drive to complement my 1tb Western Digital green HDD.
Case fan overhaul:
I will be replacing my Corsair / Antec tri-cool fans with some "ultra quiet wind tunnels" that will be plugged into a "sleek photo radar gizmo"
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-- I cant wait lmaosmiley.gif
Tools And Materials:

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Tools:
- Pro Pulse 14.4V cordless drill
- Dremel moto-tool model 275 single speed (28 000 R.P.M) with billions of bits and pieces i will probably never use.
- Black & Decker LineFinder orbital jigsaw, model JS680V
-Stanley FatMax tape measure
-square
- Other tools when necessary, such as vice grips, hammer ect.
Materials:
-Optix by Plaskolite, Acrylic sheet. (.220" 18x24)
- Multiple grains and varieties of Norton sand paper
-Painters mate Green masking tape
-LePage no more nails mounting tape
-Cowles Edge Trim U-channel molding

-Rust-oleum spray paints
"Painters touch"
>primer, white
>gloss, navy blue
>gloss, black
>gloss, clear coat
"Universal"
>gloss, pure white

- Spare aluminum from old PC cases
- Carbon fiber vinyl
-Beer, lots of it
- Other materials when necessary
So with a Dremel in one hand and a join... um, beer in the other, i think its time to start this!
next step, dis-Assembly. I will update as often as possible so keep checking in, it should be interesting (good or bad). Should be good, im optimistic.


So, until my next update, enjoy this copyrighted song by a copyrighted artist:
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Edited by SpeacialFeatures - 7/6/11 at 11:42pm
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Update 1. In pieces.

Update 2. Things get ugly.

Update 3. Warranty Void.

Update 4. Cable Management, Part 1.
Part 1, Complete.

Update 5. Upgrades Arrive!

Update 6. Side panel cut.

Update 7. SSD Mount.
SSD Mount Improved! & Complete.

Lamptron F.C Touch. Final upgrade

Update 8. front panel mock-up + more.

Update 9. Side panel 95% complete. Thank you OCN community.

Update 10. Starting Cables and Paint.

Update 11. The Final Stretch. Part 1
Part 2.
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hope u dont want anymore reserves i like your plans, subbed
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Time for my first update. Basicly ive started to take my PC appart:


Getting started:
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Hardware taken out:
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Front panel and top panel removed:
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Close up of my GPU, just because it looks so cool cool.gif.
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Well, thats all for today. Tommorow I find a new temporary home for my PC.

-But until then, enjoy this picture of my little brother rage quiting a game... FOREVER!

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Haha good on your brother =)

Goodluck with the build! I'm interested to see how you modify it for cables (I may try steal your ideas for my build ninja.gif )

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Thank you labbu63 and HSG502 for your support. confidence +1 biggrin.gif

And now for the update. As I mentioned in my last post, i started looking for an old case to put my computer in for the time being.
Just so you know, the following project was rushed and done with little effort. i will be putting 110% effort into my final build.

So... to the graveyard:

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i settled on the one in the middle, its some random mid tower ATX:

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As mentioned in the picture above there is no place i can mount my H70. I cant find the stock i7 heatsink anywhere either. Also since the PSU is mounted in the top of the case, its completly in the way.
So the only thing i could do is break out the power tools and get my hands dirty:

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I found a geometry kit ive had since elementry school, lol. Who knew Grade 6 math was so practical.cap.gif

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Drilling out rivets to remove lower HDD rack:

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Had to Dremel out the top 4 rivets b/c my drill couldnt fit:

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Starting to cut my H70 exaust:

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Not so clean but it will do:

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Starting to put it all back together:

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All hooked up and ugly as hell, but its functional:

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So thats it for today. And again, i wasnt puting all my effort into this, since i will only be using this case for a few weeks or so. Albino Black Sheep will be significantly more professional.

Not to sure when my next update will be b/c i usualy work long hr's during week days.

So until then, have a good laugh at this video by Freddie Wong & Brandon Laatsch:

http://www.youtube.com/user/freddiew#p/c/627F181E0CB37E19/28/k2H-SOqbQoA
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Looking good! In my mod, I learned an annoying lesson of why there is a tool for cutting circles, and rotary tools aren't them =[ tongue.gif haha

But that looks really well done! Keep it up mate.
     
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Looking good! In my mod, I learned an annoying lesson of why there is a tool for cutting circles, and rotary tools aren't them =[ tongue.gif haha

But that looks really well done! Keep it up mate.

In my 902 mod I used the dremel for all the cuts, including bottom psu fan and 240 rad cutout. My hole saw and drill are crap and I figured out that I can cut much straighter with a dremel than a jigsaw. It can be done, but you need a loooot of cutoff wheels thumb.gif

Good luck with the rest of the mod, I checked my build log but I don't have any good pics of my cable management holes to show you. Basically its just two holes on the back of the bay area - one for the hdd cage fan cable and one for the mass of fan controller wires. Might be a little more difficult for you if you're putting windows in front of that area.
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Liking the feature window idea, what are you going to put there?
I was contemplating the same thing, but the side panel is so thin, it would be a little difficult to work with. If you're going to cut it, I recommend doing it from the inside so it's firmly flat on something.

Good luck!
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Looking good! In my mod, I learned an annoying lesson of why there is a tool for cutting circles, and rotary tools aren't them =[ tongue.gif haha

But that looks really well done! Keep it up mate.

Anything but well done, but thanks. I was thinking about getting a circle cutter drill bit, but i dont think my cordless is up to it. Plus i know i can do a way better job with the Dremel if i took my time:)
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In my 902 mod I used the dremel for all the cuts, including bottom psu fan and 240 rad cutout. My hole saw and drill are crap and I figured out that I can cut much straighter with a dremel than a jigsaw. It can be done, but you need a loooot of cutoff wheels thumb.gif


Good luck with the rest of the mod, I checked my build log but I don't have any good pics of my cable management holes to show you. Basically its just two holes on the back of the bay area - one for the hdd cage fan cable and one for the mass of fan controller wires. Might be a little more difficult for you if you're putting windows in front of that area.

Im still trying to figure out the cable management. I have some pretty good ideas, one might be tricky. I will take another good look at my case tonight and i will post my ideas soon
Thanks for your support.
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Liking the feature window idea, what are you going to put there?
I was contemplating the same thing, but the side panel is so thin, it would be a little difficult to work with. If you're going to cut it, I recommend doing it from the inside so it's firmly flat on something.

Good luck!

Its just a cool idea i had tongue.gif. If it works out well i think you guys might like it. Im gonna save it till the end of the mod (close to atleast). Its not going to be anything spectacular, but it should look pretty sweet.
By the way your front panel is looking cool. same with the logo.
Also im kind of freaked out about the idea of taking out the rivets on my case
so i can do a better paint job on individual pieces. Some of those rivets look impossible to replace. Any tips??redface.gif


Today i was going to order my hardware upgrade's, but the internet likes to take my $ to the U.S somewhere and play around with it for a week or so before depositing it into my online account:mad:. So maybe tommorow i can order them.

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