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Deaf-Mute - HAF 922 w/laser etched window [Update 4/26 - Lighting Update]

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"I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes." - Holden Caulfield

3/21 - Stealth DVD drive, modded feet and blacked out fan
3/21 - Cut out window
3/26 - Laser etched window finished
3/28 - A cooling experiment
4/4 - Started Sleeving
4/12 - Testing EL wire/Update on sleeving plans
4/17 - Spending Spree
4/26 - Lighting Update

The case and window as it currently sits:

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Hey everyone! With my new build I got a new case and decided it's time to try my hand at some case modding. This is my first case mod so I'm keeping things fairly simple to start out. The main mod will be an edge lit laser etched acrylic window. On to the case!

I'm starting with a Cooler Master HAF 922. I rather liked the styling of the case, it has good air flow, cable management and it fit my budget. Here it is after I first assembled it.

CoolerMasterHAF922a.jpg

My first attempt at tucking away the cables (yes that's an IDE cable). Down the road I plan on doing some sleeving to clean things up some more.

CoolerMasterHAF922b.jpg
Edited by Philistine - 5/16/11 at 9:36pm
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On to some modding!

The first thing I did was stealth that ugly DVD burner. I blacked out as much of the DVD burner as I could with electrical tape. A bit of trimming with a rotary tool and some Velcro and this is what I got.

SerenityStelthDVD1.jpg

It's not quite flush, hangs out by 1-2mm, but I can live with that for now.

SerenityStelthDVD2.jpg

I often hook the PC up to the big screen down stairs and it sits on the rug. So I wanted the case to sit a bit higher off the ground just to be sure the power supply had adequate ventilation. I found some rubber cups for furniture at Home Depot that fit the feet perfectly. I couldn't find longer screws that matched the ones on the case's feet so I drilled and tapped them out to 10-24 threads. Its like they were made for the case. I may paint them flat black later.

SerenityFeet1.jpg
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Next was the top fan. I really didn't like the manufacture sticker and wires showing.

SerenityTopFan1.jpg

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So I cut out some paper to fit over the sticker and wires and spray painted it black.

SerenityTopFan3.jpg

Much better now.

SerenityTopFan4.jpg
Edited by Philistine - 3/21/11 at 5:33pm
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I'm having an acrylic window laser etched which I should have by the end of the week. In the mean time let's break out some power tools.

I followed the mnpctech.com guide to cutting out a window. Its a great guide that gave me the confidence to cut up my new case.

Lets get started!

SerenityWindow1.jpg

Masking off where the window will go.

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Traced out the window.

SerenityWindow3.jpg

Pizza! Modding makes me hungry.

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After some jig saw action (sorry no pics of the sweet jig saw in action, its kind of hard to cut and take pictures at the same time).

SerenityWindow4.jpg

It came out fairly good. I managed to not wander when making the cuts and it just needs a little cleaning up with a file.

One small concern is that the edge of the window towards the front of the case is now bowed in a little. Hopefully when I put the window in that will reinforce the edge and keep it straight.

SerenityWindow5.jpg

That's it for now. I should have the window by the end of the week along with the cold cathode tubes to light it up.
Edited by Philistine - 3/21/11 at 3:12pm
post #4 of 71
What color lighting are you planning on using, also what method will you be using to attach the window?
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subbed, i like mods that come along quickly (ironically) and this seems to be one of them,
    
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What color lighting are you planning on using, also what method will you be using to attach the window?

I'll be using green cold cathodes (I'm also planning on swapping the red LEDs on the front fan to green too). I'm using Scotch 4010 clear mounting tape to hold the window in place. Hopefully that will take out the bow in the panel. If not I may use machine screws and nuts to secure the window.
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What kind of blade did you use to cut the case? i subbed too biggrin.gif
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I made a slit with a rotary tool to get the blade in the panel and used a very fine tooth jig saw blade (36 tpi). It gave a very smooth cut but it was slow. I think something a bit more coarse (20-24 tpi) would be easier to cut with.
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Word of advice, Dont OC with that MB. Looking good so far.
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post #10 of 71
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Thanks! I'm not planning on OC this build. Its got enough grunt to do what I need it to do.
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