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Update #2: Cable management and fan holes

I finally did some real work on the case the last couple of days. First I cut up the side panel where the window will go (ignore the motherboard...):



And today I took the case apart and cut a few cable management holes as well as the hole in the bottom for the 240mm radiator:



You can kind of see in the second image what I did to the back panel - the top and side are all one piece, so I cut them apart. The top will be riveted on eventually, and the side will remain removable.

I'm thinking I want to have the interior painted black and the top and side panels white. Then I'll spray the center section of the front panel white and the main piece and other bits red, and maybe use red sleeve from MDPC. Oh, and red tubing of course. ...maybe even a transparent red window.

As I mentioned earlier, I probably will re-wire the power button and get some red LEDs for the power/HDD lights.

Also, I'm leaning towards selling my current system with the 5870 and buying something new/different....

And, I think I might buy a SSD and a 2.5" HDD and put them in the 3.5" bracket (not pictured) with an adapter. It shouldn't be too crowded right under the 5.25" bays, I hope.

This is all so crazy... so many things to decide.
post #32 of 133
^^^ jesus that is coming out sweet, awesome dude.
post #33 of 133
Good choice on the window cut. I was wondering how you were going to avoid the grips.
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^^^ jesus that is coming out sweet, awesome dude.
Thanks. I'm not all that impressed, to be honest. Some paint and hardware should work wonders, though.

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Good choice on the window cut. I was wondering how you were going to avoid the grips.
Thanks. On the first case I cut around them, which left me with some serious issues. I made sure to leave about an inch of clearance this time, and plan on bolting the window on.
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O_O I gotta see what you can do with this thing.
 
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niceone t-ramp, make sure you grommet up those management holes for more looks!
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Nice This looks like it's going to come out awesome The red and white scheme sounds sweet, too
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O_O I gotta see what you can do with this thing.
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niceone t-ramp, make sure you grommet up those management holes for more looks!
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Nice This looks like it's going to come out awesome The red and white scheme sounds sweet, too
Thanks.
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I really enjoy this, I have two 2400 and a 2300 case in my closet and have been thinking about doing something like this to mine. While I don't like the window idea, ( I want to keep mine as close to the original look as possible) it looks quite alright. I can't wait to be able to do a build like this on my own.
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I really enjoy this, I have two 2400 and a 2300 case in my closet and have been thinking about doing something like this to mine. While I don't like the window idea, ( I want to keep mine as close to the original look as possible) it looks quite alright. I can't wait to be able to do a build like this on my own.
Thanks. I used to have the same mindset about the stock look. Obviously not any more, though. I want this thing to impress.

Also, I ordered the base watercooling parts today - a XSPC Rasa RS240 kit and an RS120. I plan on waiting until this stuff arrives to cut the holes for the front radiator. After that I basically just need to finish up some minor modifications and get it painted. Hopefully I can find a good price for sandblasting/powdercoating to reduce the amount of work I have to do.
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