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Good news! The case has arrived in pristine condition thumb.gif

The only thing that is not 100% is that the front sliding door stops sliding down on its own after the 3x5.25 bays. if I put a bit of outward pressure on the right side of the track, it continues down. I'm guessing that the frame of the pc got ever so slightly tweaked during manufacturing or transport. Even if I cant get is sliding down as it should, it's not a deal breaker, as it will probably remained closed 98% of the time anyway.

Lane has also dropped off a new AX-850 power supply which will be powering this beast. We'll be making custom length cables that will be sleeved, after we decide on final color scheme for the inside.

I'm going to be taking a good look and brainstorming tomorrow- and will throw up some pictures for you all.

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PICS!!!
One question are you build this for lane or are you two building it for you?

This rig is for Lane. I'll get some picts up tomorrow. It's friday and one of my friends birthdays, so I'm out of here for some beer smile.gif

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Heh! Beer and modding go together like penut butter and jelly.

So Lane brought over the case last night, and we set it up on my kitchen table so I can gett a better look at her- Shes a big-boned girl but very sexy..
Thats a lot of wires hanging out in there for the case being empty-

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As you can see, the first thing I did was take the door off. I'll be looking at the inside compartment alot to think about what I want to do, color scheme and modding wise. We are going to watercool this monster, and honestly, this case is too mammoth if you just want an air cooled pc. All this room will be nice to work with for watercooling though!

Heres a picture of the side door, removed from the case-

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There's alot more plastic on this case than I would have guessed. Here's a picture of the backside of the left-side door.

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As I plan on placing a window on this door, I need to see whats going on so I can think over my options. After removing 3 screws, I take off the dust filters.

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Next, I take off the black chromed hinge and lock strip.

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Here you can where the aluminum skin has tabs that are bent over, holding it to the plastic frame, 3 on the hinge side.

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Four tabs under the locking strip.

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Alont the top and bottom edges of the door, I can see four more tabs on each side, covered up by these bits of plastic.

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These can (and will) be removed to gain access to the bent over alum tabs-

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Cafefully, I bend the tabs up using a flat screwdriver-

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The aluminum skin is glued to the plastic in addition to the locking tabs, so some special tools are rounded up-

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This part I was as careful as possible, I dont want to damage the very thin alum skin on this $350 case. I work my way around the door, pushing the spatulas in as far as they will go. From the little sticky white boogers that are appearing when i pull the spatulas out, I am assuming that its some kind of double sided tape acting as tha adheasive.

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Whew. I got the skin off without any damage. We're going to have to source some of this type of double sided tape. Its very sticky, and very, very thin. I am pretty sure I know where I can find some, if not I will be contacting CoolerMaster, and beg them for some. Worse case, We can use some other type of adheasive, but from taking this door apart, the tape used is very effective.

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The aluminum is very thin. Less than 1/16th of an inch. At least it will be easy to cut rolleyes.gif
I put my youngest daughter to work removing the sticky double-sided tape mess from the door. She loves getting her picture taken lol.
Modding- fun for the whole family!
I'll probably use goof-off on the tape on the aluminum, but I dont want to damage the plastic, so manual removal then a wipe down with isopropyl alcohol to remove any trace residue.

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Not exactly crapping but it was pretty scary whistle.gif
Well I got the plastic frame all cleaned up with some alcohol.

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I couldn'y find the goofoff so I had to settle for some citrus cleaner. I soaked it and let it sit for a while.

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All cleaned up!

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I temporarily attach it to the door and draw out a couple window lines. One of them has 1.5" reveal from the top edge of the door...

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and I drew a another top line, this one square off the left side line.

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Not sure which one looks better..
What do you guys think?
The bottom line also isn't square, I went with an even reveal off of the line fron the top air vent.

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Yes. theres going to have to be some metal work done on this, as the window cutout does not entirely consume the upper air vents that exist in the door currently. I'm also going to fill in the four detail lines on the right side of the window.

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It can only go forward from here!
I talked to Lane and we decided that it would be better to go square off the sides, so the window will not look out of whack compared to the components inside (like the top edge of the mainboard).

So I took the aluminum panel down to the dungeon and unleashed the dremel on it and here's what it looks like now-

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Then I used a sharpie to trace out the cutout onto the plastic door frame. then I drew another like about 1/2" bigger on the outside of the traced line. I used a jigsaw with a metal blade to cut the abs plastic. Here's what it looks like-

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Now I'm going to cut the intake filter part and do a bit of sanding to straiten things up a bit. After that comes the fun part of filling in the holes in the door that need filled. Going to quite a bit of work. We'll see how much gets done tomorrow rolleyessmileyanim.gif

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