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post #1 of 98 (permalink) Old 06-14-2013, 06:21 AM - Thread Starter
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I am new to the forum (well relatively new, have been asking a few questions for the past week) and very new to the computer modding game. I wanted to take an opportunity to share my first ever mod and get some feedback (good or bad) from the community.

Bear in mind, when I started this mod, I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but knew nothing about where to start tor how to do it . . . Google and YouTube are a wonderful thing.

My mod was completed with basic (very basic) tools – jig saw, drill, exacto knife and spray paint. So please do don’t expect a truly professional polish as this in an amateur attempt. To date, I have completed the case only (exterior and interior). Now that I have my build components, I have begun working on the interior – cable sleeving, component mods etc. (will update as I go along). Components going into the computer will be:

MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth X79
CPU: Intel i7 3820
GPU: Zotac 660Ti
PSU: Corsair AX850
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (Olive Green) 16GB
Cooling: Corsair H80i
SSD: Adata 512GB
Fans: BitFenix Spectre LED (red) x 4 (in addition to the 2 existing Corsair white LED)
Fan Controller: BitFenix Hydra Pro

While new and shiny mods are very spectacular to the eye, I wanted something a bit more worn and used looking. Being a fan of all things zombie and a gamer of apocalyptic and military themed games, I wanted a computer that matched my interest. So I went about designing a mod that looked like a military radio which had seen service in a global war, survived and had been repurposed in a post-apocalyptic world. I decided to go with the Corsair Carbide 400R as the start point.

Using my limited knowledge, I added a window (gave it an armoured look – heavy bolts), altered the bezel to look like communication equipment with speaker openings disguising the two existing fans. I added a top control box to give it an appearance of having been re-purposed later on in its life. I also added a cover plate for the top grill (plexi-glass – skulls cut out using a jig saw – going to mount two red led fans below). The whole thing was painted and aged (aluminum brushing for wear, rubbing with ash to darken and age – everything sealed with a clear finish). The camouflage netting was individually glued to each side and top – decals were applied to give it a used look.

Here are a few pictures (sorry about the quality, still trying to learn the ropes with a new digital camera). As said earlier, any feedback is welcome (good or bad) to help me learn as I really enjoy doing this stuff. thumb.gif

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looks really badass!
but i will never in the life of me destroy my computer to make it look like this... tongue.gif
im too scared i would actually break it biggrin.gif

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I thought I would provide some background to the first pictures I posted to show how the case got to its new state before I move forward with the interior build log.

Firstly, the paint and tools used:

The paint
The tools used

The work done to transform the case:

Dial Plate

I wanted to have a place to mount some communication dials while some might say why give up two bays, my thoughts were I only need two (DVD and Fan Controller). The dials were salvage from an electric guitar, the dial pad an old phone and the handles I had lying around.

Front Bezel Mod - making space for radio controls
Giving it an armoured look
Every military radio needs handles
Ready for dials and painting


Every radio needs speakers so I thought the two existing fan openings on the case would do for this purpose. In making the openings, I wanted them to stand out so I cut down two toilet installation brackets (yes toilet installation brackets - anything can be repurposed biggrin.gif), to form the framing of the speaker ports. They were glued in place and then I used caulking to seal and smooth them to the front sheeting. The bolts were used to give the front a rugged armoured look and dials were added for effect.

Believe it or not, this is a toilet installation bracket
Prepping the front speaker (fan) ports

Speaker port mod completed, bolted to bezel ready for dials and painting


All the decals on the computer were printed and glued to the case.

Dials and decals

Control Box

I wanted to add a control box which would look like a retro-fit. This was done using aluminum sheeting, toggle switches, LEDs and cannibalizing an old dial I had lying around. I also wanted to give it a damaged an repaired look, so added some exposed wiring for effect

Switch box construction
Exposed wiring
Damage and switches
Getting ready for the dial control and LED lights

Window Mod

The 400R does not have an existing window and I wanted to be able to see my interior. I cut out a window opening and used plexi to create a frame. Bolts were added to give it a rugged armoured look - I know not exactly something a radio would have but I needed something to go with the theme smile.gif

Prepping for the window
Window complete and bolted for armoured look

Top Fan Grill Plate

Originally I wasn't going to do this. I had seen lots of top grill plates on other mods and thought that would be cool thumb.gif However, I did not have the equipment to mill a metal plate or even a good saw to cut one out of metal sheeting. Then it dawned on me, why not plexi? So I drew the templates for cutting and gave it try with a jig saw. Worse case it would look horrible and I would scrap the idea. I didn't think it turned out too badly - so I kept it. I will be mounting two red LED Spectre Pros below the plate.

Top fan grill plate - did this with a jig saw


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Just completed a few mods of my PSU and fans that thought I would share for comments.

I am using a Corsair 850AX for the PSU and painted/aged it so it would fit in with the case mod. I added a few Mylar decals to cover the Corsair labels (checked with Corsair, so long as I don't destroy the labels when I remove the Mylar, my warranty is still good thumb.gif

Build PSU
PSU painted

I am using 4 BitFenix Red LED fans. The two which will go on the side panel have been painted/aged to match the theme. In addition, I sleeved the cables coming from the fan. Tested out the fans as this was my first sleeving and I wanted to make sure I wired it correctly. Hooked it up to my fan controller and everything works smile.gif

Fan pre-mod
Fan painted
Testing the Fan LED connections


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Originally I wasn't going to do this.

Top fan grill plate - did this with a jig saw

This cool mate thumb.gif
Very well done biggrin.gif

skull.gifskull.gif You've got to have, like, a computer nowadays to turn the TV on and off... skull.gifskull.gif
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Thanks much smile.gif Your feedback is much appreciated as I am not sure if what I have done is good or bad.

In any case, I just enjoy making things look aged and used in an apocalyptic way.


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That's one damn well done mod mate! thumb.gif

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Thanks much I appreciate the feedback. smile.gif


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