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Completed _THeRMOnUCLEaR__ 2011 CM Case Mod Competition Nominee

Poll Results: SHould I use overkill fan grills?

 
  • 66% (92)
    Yes
  • 33% (46)
    No
138 Total Votes  
post #1 of 531
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I'm participating in the case mod comp by cooler master this year wish me luck. Here's my work log and please vote for me

Don't need to care for the story on the beginning paragraphs until the objective thingy





Hi guys, sorry for the double post but had some problems with the previous post so I deleted it. Anyways, let's get on with it.......again.

Just for a start, I'm still, a newbie in case modding as I've only did 1 or 2 if i didn't forget for the past few years, only some little cutting and painting. I'm based in Malaysia and getting parts here ain't gonna be easy. Most of the components had to be imported, even the case fans. As all I have to say, this would be my first serious case mod ever and i hope that you guys have fun keeping up with my work logs and sorry to say that, no, no water cooling.

I've say many case mods for the past few years and yet I'm surprised that what we can do to our PC cases. Basically, my current system is a HAF 922 rig ( Big fan of the HAF 922 ) with Intel Core 2 Duo inside but this time, it's going to be an Intel Core I5 Mid-high end gaming rig still with the HAF 922 XD. Anyways, here's my objective( I'm not going to write down all the points but only the concept)

1.Complex and simple machine
--- A case that isn't too complex to build and not too simple looking

2. Function with decoration
--- Most case mods now mostly are onto the decorative side but I'm gonna do both

3.Low on budget
--- I don't need extreme tools to get the job done as they can't be found here much and i use whatever i have at home

Materials
The materials I'm gonna use are
-aluminium
-black paint
-yellow paint
-grey paint
-styrofoam
-tape
-paper
-cardboard
-double sided tape
-blue tac
-sand paper

Concept
First of all, my concepts are from 2 types of cases which are the
-Cooler Master HAF X
+As you all may know, the HAF X has that sort of PSU cover so I'm gonna make it!! From scratch
+It also inspired my to deal with the HAF X Top Body armour, Which is what i call it. Typically it's the plastic thing on top of the HAF X
-Antec Nine Hundred
+it has two fron intake fans which the HAF 922 doesn't so I really wanna try it,no matter what.....

Beside the case, I'll be doing the CPU Cooler as well
- Cooler Master V6GT
+ The V8 is actually a good cooler but I just wanna Improve it by covering up the sides of the heat sink to Improve the air flow inside which will drop temps of my cpu. I'm also gonna add another fan on the side of it which will cool the cpu better.


So my hardware just arrived and here they are
Intel Core I5 760
ASUS Maximus III Formula
ASUS ENGTX 460 TOP 1GB GDDR5
Corsair XMS3 2x2 GB DDR3
Cooler Master Silent Pro 600W
Cooler Master V8
Cooler Master R4's RED LED
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HDD
ASUS X24 DVDR-W

Sorry for the blurry pics, as I only have a 3.2 Mp cam





Unboxed them........



The GTX460 1Gb

And the Maximus III Formula


As for the case, I didn't order it as I just take it from my current pc ( don't have to buy one as I'm not sure I'm going to win or not ), here it is
Yes, it's paint was scrapped off

more views




So I already stripped off the other parts of the case so I don't have to do it when I need to....

Before I forgot, here are the fans....
CM R4's red led



CM Xtra Flo



Edited by O.CModderz - 5/16/11 at 10:43pm
post #2 of 531
Thread Starter 
My tools, from left to right.... Can opener, screw drivers (flat head and cross), pliers, L shaped ruler and pliers again

I don't have a dremer, so I use a can opener to finish the job don't believe it?


Well then, lets start our mod :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:


Stage 1
cutting the bezel off.....
Before

Let's start cuttin'

Believe now?? XD

Yup, I actually cut it off with just a can open, anyways, I am so heart broken whenever I cut one of the legs off, it's like....PLAK!!!........and then.....PLAK!!!
Yay, finished

Let's trim it



Yeah! A successful trimming



Sooooo smooooth XD




Smooth like silk

But......what about these?

Don't worry, my goal is to make this as efficient as possible so everything cut out of the case will eventually come back...

Next up, cutting the bezel at the back exhaust.......
Before...

Let's cut again, with a can opener
http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/...z/IMG_1074.jpg
Some progress....

Almost out......

Finally......



What about those sharpies??
We'll use the pliers for the trimming

Tadaa!!



In depth detail...
http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff504/0CM0dderz/IMG_1084.jpg[/img]
In my opinion, it can still be considered as a good trimming
What do you think?

Still.....every victory has it's own sacrifice....... My hands got loads of bruises from the cutting and swelling from the trimming which took a long time


Overview of today's progress......





FAQ
Why would I cut off the bezel??
1. Those restrict air flow which causes the temps to rise inside of the case which will also increase the temps of my hardware ( CPU/MB/GPU).......
2. You'll have to keep on for it

Anyways, thanks for looking, will be back with more I promise, It won't disappoint you guys out there
Edited by O.CModderz - 4/19/11 at 12:49am
post #3 of 531
i wonder how this ends up. good luck
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First LEGIT Rig!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K @4.5Ghz (1.32v) Asus Maximus V Extreme Asus Strix GTX 1080 OC Edition Kingston HyperX 8GB 1866 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston HyperX 8GB 1866 Samsung Evo 840 500GB Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM Western Digital Black 1TB 7200RPM 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS DRW-24B1ST Corsair H100i Windows 10 Professional Dell Gaming S2716DG 27" 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
BenQ GW2760HS 27" BenQ GW2760HS 27" Ducky Shine II (Red LED,Cherry MX Blue) CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850  
CaseMouseAudioOther
Corsair 650D Logitech G502 Yamaha R-v703 w/ Yamaha Monitors Obbuto Revolution for Desk/Cockpit 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 P45 Neo-F (MS-7519) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460  Value Ram 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Value Ram  Value Ram Western Digital Blue some DVDRW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair A70 Win 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung SyncMaster T260 26" Steelseries 6Gv2 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec TruePower 550 Haf 912 Razer Lachesis Razer Goliathus 
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Blipper
(20 items)
 
First LEGIT Rig!
(17 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K @4.5Ghz (1.32v) Asus Maximus V Extreme Asus Strix GTX 1080 OC Edition Kingston HyperX 8GB 1866 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston HyperX 8GB 1866 Samsung Evo 840 500GB Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM Western Digital Black 1TB 7200RPM 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS DRW-24B1ST Corsair H100i Windows 10 Professional Dell Gaming S2716DG 27" 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
BenQ GW2760HS 27" BenQ GW2760HS 27" Ducky Shine II (Red LED,Cherry MX Blue) CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850  
CaseMouseAudioOther
Corsair 650D Logitech G502 Yamaha R-v703 w/ Yamaha Monitors Obbuto Revolution for Desk/Cockpit 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 P45 Neo-F (MS-7519) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460  Value Ram 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Value Ram  Value Ram Western Digital Blue some DVDRW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair A70 Win 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung SyncMaster T260 26" Steelseries 6Gv2 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec TruePower 550 Haf 912 Razer Lachesis Razer Goliathus 
Audio
Yamaha R-V703 w/ ATH-M50 
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post #4 of 531
They also help stop dust & hair....
    
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Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB (OS) Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB (Storage) Seagate 1TB (Media)  Seagate 2TB (Media) 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LG WH16NS40 BluRay Noctua NH-D15s Windows 10 Pro 64bit ASUS VG248QE 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Magicforce 68 Corsair TX850M Fractal Design R4 Logitech G600 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB (OS) Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB (Storage) Seagate 1TB (Media)  Seagate 2TB (Media) 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LG WH16NS40 BluRay Noctua NH-D15s Windows 10 Pro 64bit ASUS VG248QE 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Magicforce 68 Corsair TX850M Fractal Design R4 Logitech G600 
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post #5 of 531
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ACM View Post
They also help stop dust & hair....
Hmm.....hair? didn't knew about it lol
post #6 of 531
Looks Promising...Although in one shot it looks like you are using a old style can opener. Some of your tools make me want to go get a tetanus booster shot.
post #7 of 531
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Quote:
Originally Posted by NitroNarcosis View Post
Looks Promising...Although in one shot it looks like you are using a old style can opener. Some of your tools make me want to go get a tetanus booster shot.
Haha, yup. I'm surely using a old style can opener, the newer ones can;t fit
post #8 of 531
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Aha, it's day 2 of my case mod progress and let's continue with some more guys

First off, I'm going to be doing a new section which I called
The Pipeline

yea, now let's see what we have here today......
Hmm..... a case?
-3 meters long of PVC pipe
-PVC pipe saw
-sand paper, in this case, I'll be using a 600grit sand paper
-meter rule
-pencil
-PVC pipe elbow same socket, not the diminutival one
and that's it.

here are the materials for the day....



first, I'll measure the length between the end of the case with the end of the hard disk mounts......


32 cm.....


mark it on the pipe and let's start cutting


not a great cut on the first one.......

will it fit?

perfectly

how about the inside?

yup, but I had to cut it cuz there's a bold at the end..


there goes the second piece

all four of them

let's measure the gap.......

12 cm?

I'll kill that ruler of It doesn't fit XD
http://i951.photobucket.com/albums/a...IMG_1053-1.jpg
looks promising.......

sanding it XD with sand on cement

looks ok......

c'mon.. get in

done , but will it fit?? :roll:

it fits

there goes 2....

3......

4!!!

now how does it look ?

time to sand it....

in this case, again, 600grit
post #9 of 531
Thread Starter 
sanding it......

1....2....3......4XD

washing it after the sanding....

kinda blurry here.....

haha! clean inside

out


Looks nice ??


Thanks for following my worklog, will be back for more
post #10 of 531
Thread Starter 
Please do comment suggest anything useful or tell me if there's anything weird.... Thanks.
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