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So, a little brief history, and the story behind this project. Also, a little


Back in October a friend offered his powder coating services for free to showcase his skills. I went out and bought an antec 300, which he said he would strip, and half completed by the Christmas time deadline id asked for. as it was to be used as a gift. Christmas eve i went out and bought another 300 to use for the build, which was for my sister for Christmas. Id asked he cut out hte fan grilles, and even drew with sharpie a rough cut out line, as well as some wire management holes, none of which he cut out.

Anyways now middle of February the case is still only half done, and apart in pieces.

So my goal is a few things.

First up,
*Wire management/cpu cooler backplate. This case is the first rev so no access to cpu cooler back plate.
*hand sand (maybe sand blast if i can find someone CHEAP), and spray flat black. Prob gonna try and bake it as well to harden the paint.
*Considering flipping the psu right side up, and having it breathe in from the bottom, and out the back, ocn's thoughts?
*seperate air channels, similar to that of a mac pro desktop. have the top half split from the bottom half, so the cpu/ram will be cooled independently from the gpu/hdd's. Not a huge fan of the air bubble the normal case flow creates.

Anyhoo, pics to come.


also
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
i7 950
Corsair H50 push/pull w/ Shin-Etsu X23-7783D
Evga Gtx 295
corsair 650w
6gb kingston hyper x 1600mhz
3x hdd
2x disc drive
2x tv tuner
1x wifi card

as for case accessories
5 120mm yate loons
1 140mm yate loon
fan grilles
red rivets
red thumb screws
either red or black hex bolts to hold fans
rubber c channel molding
and a 8" EPS extension.
Edited by Greensystemsgo - 2/28/11 at 10:05am
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heres a quick update. Nothigns been filed yet, just been going to town with the dremel and sander. to cold to paint this morning, barely 50 degrees now, but im no where near that stage yet which is a bummer cause the gpu should be arriving soon.



this was about the only piece worth showing. its blotchy, was full of dust, and has runs. bad powdercoating work



was in the process of being stripped to be blasted?


It actually has rust from being left out in the rain for 4 months.


here she is back together for the time being, just to showcase what ive done SO FAR.












Edited by Greensystemsgo - 2/28/11 at 10:01am
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oh thank goodness you cut the tabs off of the fan holes where the mesh used to be, i have seen so many antec 300/900/1200 mods that just don't look that good because of those tabs.

great work so far and i can't wait to see the powder coating!
    
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oh thank goodness you cut the tabs off of the fan holes where the mesh used to be, i have seen so many antec 300/900/1200 mods that just don't look that good because of those tabs.

great work so far and i can't wait to see the powder coating!
the powder coating was scratched, sorry if my op was confusing. The powdercoater had 2 months to do this case, i even offered to strip it and cut it. He did one side, the top, and the grill, and they all look like crap. now 4 months later im doing this on my own. And using a rattle can :/ flat black is what shes gonna be with a nice anodized red hardware (screws/rivets)
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Shouldn't you post this on the "worklogs" area.
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HAHA sorry but i had to laugh so your Powder coating friend who said he had skills & wanted to show off his work failed so now your stuck doing all the work again?

If you do it right a Rattle can can look amazing.
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HAHA sorry but i had to laugh so your Powder coating friend who said he had skills & wanted to show off his work failed so now your stuck doing all the work again?

If you do it right a Rattle can can look amazing.
yup thats about the sum of it. Really i could just scrap it and buy new but wheres the fun in that?!

on a side note, the case chassis itself (hdd cage attached to mobo tray and front metel bezel) fell off of a 5ft tall shelf onto the concrete bending the front. pics to come, although it can be bent back, its a PITA as ill need to pop the rivets that i had no intention on popping. ugh.
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SO here we go, an update. Had to scrap the red bolts as they were 6-32 and fans are around an 8, and they were not long enough to do a rad, so their sitting in the screw sorter waiting for another day. but a quick trip down to ace fixed it all.

Got the case reassembled after paint, tried the red iodized rivets and meh i guess it was a good thought but the paint peels on install.

the hole i made for the psu is a ...tad to large. otherwise i like where its going. CPU cooler, wifi card, and motherboard are all hooked up. hid most the cables so far so lets see how it continues to pan out.


also, sorry for crappy pics. phone doesnt do so good in dark, and its flash fails (as seen in first pic)













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those cuts look really clean and i like those red screws a lot as well, good job
    
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i like it. gonna be nice and windy by the looks of it
    
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