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-
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-
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.
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.
Next, I take off the black chromed hinge and lock strip.
Here you can where the aluminum skin has tabs that are bent over, holding it to the plastic frame, 3 on the hinge side.
Four tabs under the locking strip.
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.
These can (and will) be removed to gain access to the bent over alum tabs-
Cafefully, I bend the tabs up using a flat screwdriver-
The aluminum skin is glued to the plastic in addition to the locking tabs, so some special tools are rounded up-
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.
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.
The aluminum is very thin. Less than 1/16th of an inch. At least it will be easy to cut
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.