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Antec P183 Case Revival [Build Log]

Hey everyone, i thought i would share my case mod progress, i have been work on for about a months time, my goal is to transform my Antec P183 case into the into the case Antec should have made + plus i'll add some of my own touches to it along the way.



The case is a 4 year old Antec P183 v3 which i have used the past 4 years, but i have grown tired of its ugly grey'ish internal paint job and the lack of a side window. So when i recently upgraded my pc i thought about getting a new case, but i liked the look/design of the Antec P18x series cases, so i thought i would overhaul the case i have and i do it the way i would want it, which is black with white highlights abit like Fractal's cases.

My inspiration to do this mod came from watching this modded Antec P182 case



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Intel I5 4670K I7 4790K with a Corsair H100I GTX, Asus ROG Maximus VII Ranger Z97, Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming, HyperX Fury 2x 8 GB 1866 mhz, Samsung 840 Evo 256 GB SSD, Intel 180 GB SSD, WD 1TB Black, Antec TruePower new 650w EVGA SuperNova 750 G2, Dell U2515H 25" 2560x1440, and a bunch of Noctua NF (S12 FLX, P12 and F12) fans.

This is what my current pc solution looks like for the foreseeable future while i work on/off on my modding project



The mod it self:

Mods done before i decided to make a build log for it:
I have cut a hole in the top of the case, to allow for a 240mm AIO cooler to be installed. And removed the stock fan grills covering the the fan intake and exit, and cut the mid level harddrive cage to allow for the very long GTX 970 G1 it is about 30 cm long to be installed, that more or less the stuff i have done already.

Here i have stripped the case down to bare metal And prepared it for paint by sanding it down.




Later i had the idea to cut away the mid level floor to improve airflow through the case, so i chose to go with a Phobya Hex 280mm radiator fan grill to put instead of the current floor.




With that done it is time to work on the Corsair H100I GTX's radiator mount, i chose to raise the it up by cutting out two 1,2 cm plates of MDF (but made 3 in case i wanted to do push/pul) to get the radiator clear of the motherboard, as the Antec P183 was made before the trend of AIO watercoolers, meaning it has zero support for a 240mm radiator, so i had to make that myself.




Then it was time to paint, because it was cold 6*c outside i preheated my spray can by putting it into a bucket with hot water in, then i gave it a coat of primer waited 2 hours, and then two coats of matt black with 1 hours in between. Painted the PCI-E slot covers and the harddrive cages at the same time.





Radiator test fit - It fits nicely smile.gif



While the paint was drying i made a window in the sidepanel, using some smoked acrylic glass, i will be painting the silver mounting screws black at some point.





Also painted the mid level fan grill black 'n white to suit my build.



I finally got the MDF top toppanel radiator mount glued together, now it needs to dry and then i can sand to down so it will looks good, and i will have to figure out how to mount it to the case.



This is all for now, i'll update the thread once i make some more progress, but it could be a while as school exams are coming up soon... graduated.gif


My system:
Asus ROG Maximus VII Ranger, Intel I7 4790K delid + lap @ 4,7 GHz, Kingston Fury White 2x 8GB 1866 @ 2133 MHz, Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming @ 1580 mhz, EVGA SuperNova 750 G2 + CableMod cables, Samsung 850 Evo 500 GB, 840 Evo 250 GB, Dell U2515H 25" 2560x1440p, Fractal Define S
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Subbed, I love case mods like this. I just finished up my finals a week ago... And now the next term is starting lol

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It looks really nice! What paint did you use to paint the case? I am looking to do some custom paint on my next build and not really sure what to as far as paint or preparing it goes.

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It looks really nice! What paint did you use to paint the case? I am looking to do some custom paint on my next build and not really sure what to as far as paint or preparing it goes.

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Thanks, i first lightly sanded all of the surface i would be painting, then i cleaned it very well with rubbing alcohol, then i sprayed a coat of Motip Primer (automotive), then i let it dry and then sprayed 1 coat of Motip Matt Black (automotive) on and let it dry and then i spray the second coat of black on and let it dry.

As for the white it was a cheap Dupli Color glossy white, which i regretted using it which a paint to work with.

You want to take your time and do a good job of prepping the case, and then maybe watch a few youtube videos on how to use the right spray technics and practice, remember to do light coats or else it will run and look bad.

Good luck with your project smile.gif

Edit. remember the outside temperature plays a big role too, a warm 25*c 'ish paint sprays better then cold does.


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So it took a long time to paint, but i think the result speaks for itself biggrin.gif Black Noctua's look so much better than that ugly beige - i don't know why i didn't do this years ago.

I painted it black with a black permanent marker, think i nearly used it up, so i need to get some more of them, but it was from Tiger (the store) so they should be cheap enough wink.gif



Only 8 to go, 4x NF S12B FLX, 3x NF F12 and 1 NF P12 left to do, but not sure all will be used though.


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I have made some more progress on the toppanel, so now it is all but finished, i still need to get some screws that are long enough to mount it with, but then it is going to be painted black.

I made a curve at the panels front facing side to match the sidewindows angles, i think i did okay but i ran out of patience with it, so it might look a abit rough with some flatspots.





I'll update again once i have made some more progress.


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I'm abit thorn on whether or not to buy cable some white Bitfenix cable extension kits for the 24-pin, 6-pin and 8-pin PCI-E and leave it at that, or sleeve my psu's cables myself.

Saw a few videos of some guys sleeving their psu cables using paracord which looked pretty easy to do, so i'm think about doing a one of these two types of color themes, but i can't decide on which i like the most.

I would just get 3x 30 m paracord ropes from Ebay at around 4 pounds.


or


Which one do you guys think would suit my build best, or do you have a third idea?


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I really like blue and grey/black personally, but the white and black is really cool too. I don't think sleeving is hard just time consuming. I haven't done it though so not positive lol.

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Heh yeah everyone is saying it time consuming, but then again it is alot cheaper than getting some custom made cables biggrin.gif

The blue wouldn't really work here though i like the look of blue cables, but it doesn't match the red and black on Asus ROG Maximus Ranger mobo i have in my system. I'm leaning toward the black/grey/red theme, but it is always good to get a second opinion on things wink.gif


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Oh haha I feel smart. I forgot you had that mobo. Probably red to match it then, although you could do something interesting with white probably.

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