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HAF Sangue - First Timer

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Found a Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition hiding in a micro center last week.
I was planning to mod the original HAF 932, but this one was the same price, and already had a black interior with a full size panel window.

I completely forgot to take a "before" photo and I'm kicking myself now. Oh well. It's a HAF 932, we all know what it looks like. Here are some photos of the disassembly. (I'm such an amateur with a camera and software, please let me know if you have any suggestions.) These will all be thumbnails, some of them cropped. Click on the image for a full version.




I plan to paint all the front mesh. My colour scheme, along with the obvious black and red (blood not candy) with a few grey accents. Removing the mesh from each 5.25" bay cover was fairly simple. There are four pieces of excess mesh bent over slots in the plastic housing:


I just bent over all 4 "tabs" and the mesh slid right out. I was careful not to break any, but they recess so far into the housing, a spot of glue would solve this for an unlucky modder.

I also plan on painting part of the quick locks for the 5.25 bays:

I'll be painting everything from the clasp but the button (same dark red) Removing the button was simple, just pressing on the 4 tabs with a flathead until the spring pushed it out.

I had two casualities so far:
1. Power switch wire got chewed off when removing the front I/O panel.

No issue, just some solder, heatsink, and the already planned sleeving.

2. The other was a small crack in the acrylic near a connector. It's not serious, but it came out of the box with it and that kind of upsets me. I've likely changed my mind about etching anyway.


I'll be painting the Box-X and the HAF text on the side panels:


Other than the panels, here are all the other pieces to be painted:


The two "real" mods I have planned are a rocker switch located near the power and reset buttons: (view of the inside and outside of the panel I plan to install the button at)

This switch will control any ambient case lighting I decide to put in for night viewing. There won't be any LED fans, and I'm desperate for suggestions on how to light up the case with sex appeal! I'm not looking for that "13-year-old discovers LEDs" effect.

Second, I want to swap out the power and hdd activity lights. They are extremely bright and blue:

I'll be using this excellent guide by Touge

Well that's all I have so far other than a few questions:
1. Any recommendation on paint brand, type, or colour? I'm looking to match the non-gloss of the metal pieces and the high-gloss of the plastic ones.
2. Any lighting suggestions?

For those that haven't seen the HAF 932 Black Editions "GPU Shroud"

I wont be going liquid, so I'll likely end up using the 120mm fan bracket inside this thing, essentially creating a push/pull across all the 3.5 drive bays directly into the GPU(s) I dont have a picture of where it sits inside the case, or a a picture of the case itself eh? I'll get on that at a later date.

Cheers guys!
Edited by Geofram - 2/13/11 at 7:32pm
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Thanks budden, I think I found it whilst you were replying. First link on google using "replace HAF 932 LED"
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Short update today, had a run in with a faulty power breaker that required most of my daylight.
Pleasantly surprised at how the LED mod turned out:



Definitely not the best soldering job, but both lights work and I love how flush the comparatively huge Radioshack ($1) LEDs are with the top panel.

My painting area is all ready, but its 3 degrees right now, going to work out a solution for heat or wait until a lucky break in the weather.
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I've also done the toggle switch and HAF led swap. Just so you know, when you install the toggle, the leads will be in the way of the front panel connectors. Make sure the toggle is relatively small.

I used the Radioshack 275-324 SPST Mini Toggle. Good luck and looks great so far.

EDIT: Just saw that you wanted a rocker switch there.
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I've actually decided to throw the LED strings onto an extra fan controller port, giving it dimming capabilities and uses up that last controller knob.

Thanks for the comment. Its slow going now mostly because I'm brainstorming if and what I should etch into the window, plus I'm waiting on Nils sleeving and the leds to arrive.
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Subbed. I want to see how this turns out.
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I think my sleeving from Nils arrived today, but I won't be back home until Monday. Just enough time to have a PSU shipped.

I can't decide between the Seasonic X750 and the Corsair 850HX.
The seasonic is fully modular, which will make sleeving so much easier, but my hardware makes me think I should go the 850 just for good measure.
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