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post #11 of 19
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your false floor that covers the psu is just AWESOME mate..i wish i had the knowledge or tools to do something like that...could u tell us how u did it? it would also be cool if u removed the bottom HDD cages and make a longer false floor that reaches the other end of the case..just under the front 140mm fan..
The false floor wasn't very hard to make, it just took a lot of minor measurements and adjustments to get it to fit right.

- I started with a 12" x 24" sheet of 22ga aluminum (bare, not zinc coated like some places sell) and marking off my rough size, simply it out using a jigsaw and 18 TPI bi-metal blade.

- After getting my rough shape, I used two pieces of wood that had rounded edges similar to the curve I wanted and bent the floor into the shape you see.

- Once the rough shape and curve were there, I simply kept test fitting into the case and marking where I needed to make adjustments. I notched the rear and around the floor to allow it sit flush, and also notched the side near the hdd cages to clear the slight raise.

- To finish it off, I sanded the entire piece with 320 grit paper and laid down a nice even coat of matte black paint to match the interior

I'm working on a second one now that is built like you described. I'm planning to slice a few hdd cages off and add a slight bend to ensure the floor fits right under the 140MM front fan. It should still leave me with 4 hdd slots which is more than what I need.

I may also build one out of lexan. I've been wanting to try it out and use a very dark tint to make it appear black, but add white leds into the lexan to make it glow nice at night. I don't want it to look like a strip club neon sign, but I think I can pull it off.

Thanks and stay tuned for updates. The new motherboard arrived today along with more modding supplies. I'm hoping to spend a few hours on it tomorrow since the weather is going to be nasty here.
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Do you think the false floor though will be a cable management problem? Cause i covers the bottom cable management holes that are used for the power,reset switches and Sata connectors.. Or maybe u could add a second hole on the false floor to allow them to go through there as well.


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post #13 of 19
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The only cable managment hole the false floor covers is the main one directly by the PSU. With a full ATX board installed, it's right at the bottom and still gives enough room for routing all of the cables at the bottom of the board
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post #14 of 19
I really like the mods you did on your case

I'm also considering modding my CM 690 II:
-False floor
-Some extra holes for cable management
-Paint the chrome thingies on the front and top bezel red
-200mm fan on the side panel and a window
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I really like the mods you did on your case

I'm also considering modding my CM 690 II:
-False floor
-Some extra holes for cable management
-Paint the chrome thingies on the front and top bezel red
-200mm fan on the side panel and a window
That sounds like a great plan. I was thinking about painting my chrome strips a nice blue to match the blue on the inside but I started reassembling everything the chrome really grew on me. It doesn't stand out as much as it does when the case is still black, but it's a nice subtle contrast.

I may contact CM and see if I can purchase replacement strips for my case and paint those. That way I can see how it looks and not worry about causing irreversible damage.

Thanks guys. I'm getting ready to start work now, so I hope to have some updates soon!
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Can you please post their reply?

Kind of interested myself if for some reason I would want to change back to chrome.
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post #17 of 19
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I sure will. I e-mailed them not long after my post above regarding the subject, so hopefully I'll hear something soon.

My wife is pregnant and hasn't been feeling so well today, but I've still managed to make some progress. I've been prepping the new motherboard and getting everything ready to drop into the case. I hope to have pics up soon.

My new PSU did not get delivered today, which really kinda bums me out right now. It should be here on Monday though which means I'll just have to keep using the old TT 430 until then.
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post #18 of 19
Great mods love the way you set it up and painted it. False floor looks sweet as well really miss my 690 II.
    
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post #19 of 19
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Major changes have been made

I decided to go a little wild, and so I changed the project name to Arctic Assault and added some digital camo patterns into the front and top mesh. It still needs a little touch-up, but it came out pretty good.

Sorry for the crappy pics. My house has horrible lighting for photographs, so better ones are coming





Also, I've gutted the inside and will be installing a brand new Sandy Bridge setup once my EK CPU block and 6970 GPU Blocks arrive. I also switched the WD Caviar Black 500GB for a patriot inferno 120GB SSD and a 1TB WD Caviar Black.

Stay Tuned...this thing isn't dead or finished yet
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