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
HD: WD 1TB
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.