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post #11 of 577 (permalink) Old 06-24-2014, 02:38 PM - Thread Starter
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1. Where Can I Find a Beige Box to Mod? How Much Should I Pay?


For our first "instructional" post, we want to help you find your very first beige box that you can violate, devastate, and/or mod to your heart's content.

So, where should you look to find an old junker of a biege box?
  • You might have one hanging around the house, in the attic, in a closet, or *gasp* currently in use. How easy is that?
  • Universities, Schools, libraries, businesses may have held onto old stuff in a store room or have tossed it outside for disposal. Ask if you can look at their electronics recycling pile.
  • E-Waste Recycling locations. Your ability to dig through these may be limited, but doesn't hurt to ask.
  • Freecycle or other Free Giveaway advertisements/websites
  • Craigslist or international "for sale" site equivalent. (please notify us of equivalents in other countries)
  • Ebay or equivalent. Be aware that shipping costs may make this not really worth the bother. However, often you can filter by distance from you, and you may find one close enough to pick up.
  • Local PC Repair Shops. Note that sometimes they are stingy about them, other times they'll practically give them to you.
  • Local newspaper and online for sale advertisements.
  • Garage/Yard sales
  • Pawn shops


How much should you pay for a beige box?

Arguably, the best price is free. And many of the above you will be able to achieve that.

If the case is completely empty, and they want actual coin, you shouldn't pay more than $10 / 5€ for one. And only that if the case looks to be in good condition.

If the case contains some old components, you may be able to salvage some sheet metal, wiring, connectors, or other goodies from it. In that case, it's not crazy to pay $20 / 15€ for it.

In our next post, we'll talk about what features will make modding easier or more difficult. Stay tuned!
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Great mod! That stencil work Looks the bomb! thumb.gif

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My beigemod log just passed 10,000 views!!!! I can't tell you how pumped that makes me! wheee.gif
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Installation of a Industrial FlowJet Pump instead of the overpriced PC Pumps for a large WC cooling setup, A modding of a busted H100i to use it as a Waterblock.

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Soon I'll be starting my beige mod.
This is the big beauty I'll be using.



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Soon I'll be starting my beige mod.
This is the big beauty I'll be using. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

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Good to see another beigemodder on OCN! smile.gif
That case looks pretty good from the pictures. I think I'd do these mods:
-Window
-New front panel for better airflow
-Remove ODD cage (I never use an ODD, not sure if you do?) biggrin.gif
-Flip MB tray (if panels allow)
-If you flip the MB tray, maybe put a pair of 120mm fans in the top?

That's about all I can think of atm. Which mods do you have in mind?
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Good to see another beigemodder on OCN! smile.gif
That case looks pretty good from the pictures. I think I'd do these mods:
-Window
-New front panel for better airflow
-Remove ODD cage (I never use an ODD, not sure if you do?) biggrin.gif
-Flip MB tray (if panels allow)
-If you flip the MB tray, maybe put a pair of 120mm fans in the top?

That's about all I can think of atm. Which mods do you have in mind?

Unfortunately the bottom and the top and the MB tray are made out of one piece. So that won't be an option.

I was thinking about:
-Window
-Different color
-More/better airflow
-Custom cable lengths

I don't know yet what more I'm going to do with it.

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Unfortunately the bottom and the top and the MB tray are made out of one piece. So that won't be an option.
I was thinking about:
-Window
-Different color
-More/better airflow
-Custom cable lengths
I don't know yet what more I'm going to do with it.
Bummer, it can be a bit of a lottery when you pick up a beige case; that's why we've got an article planned to help potential beigemodders pick the right case. thumb.gif

The mods you have planned look good to me, what are your plans for airflow? If you've got space between the MB tray and the 'back' door then I'd think about cutting some cable-management holes in the MB tray. smile.gif
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