A break from pictures and test-fits, as I am waiting for a few extra 90 deg rotaries to complete the thing...
Lets explain the "Armor" idea...well, I got jealous of all those fancy mods I see all-around...
I also got jealous that my big-fat-X79 mobo has no "armor", the new trend Asus tries to push, not just with its Sabert"ee"th line, but also with the latest ROGs...
So, I was torturing myself with the idea of a custom, laser cut "Armor" for my P9X79 Pro, probably out of translucent white acrylic, to add that "original" touch to an otherwise "straightforward" build.
In its simplest form it will be a "white" element in the background of all components - instead of the busy with caps and small chips PCB. It is a black / white heavy theme after all!
The mobo will be secured on the case with M3 threaded standoffs of appropriate height to keep the upper acrylic face height to 11-13mm, so that it is "flush" or just above the PCIe slots, to clear the GPU or other cards in the future.
A wild idea would also be to sandwich a very thin white acrylic sheet over a back-etched, side-lit clear acrylic sheet, to create a light-box effect over the entire mobo / under the cards and piping. Could look sweat...here is a mockup render of the thing.
In a similar fashion, I might cover the whole bottom panel with a properly cut piece, spanning over and hiding the HDD/SSD cages.
Any input on how to properly execute the "armor" for both the mobo and/or the HDD bays, especially for it being a successful lightbox assembly, is more than welcome:
i.e. suggested lighting type / product and the such.