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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 09-02-2010, 04:04 PM - Thread Starter
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Well let's get on with an Introduction:

This is my Antec 300, my oldest model actually (without the CPU Backplate hole, no Cable Holes, and Tri-Cool fans instead of Two-Cool.)
I'm doing this modding because the case needs it and my last project is on serious hold until I can get a job and lots of money. But might inevitably be scrapped.

The Plan:
  • Cut out Fan Grills
  • Cut Cable Holes
  • Paint inside and out flat black
  • Paint Thermalright TY-140 fan for side panel.
  • Whatever Else I think of
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Day:

  1. Cut fan grills out And did some sanding down of the cuts.
  2. Cable Hole Cutting & Cut Sanding


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Alright it's time to get modding:


Time to do my first cuts:





Thanks for lookin at my mod. I know it's nothing exciting for and it's just another silly mod. But hey it's my mod so


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Good start! You can get some very reasonable airflow in the 300 Get some u-channel tubing on those holes and roll! I remember doing this on my old 300... I used a wire cutter to cut out the grills, with the u-channel tubing it covered up the jaggies :3

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Good start! You can get some very reasonable airflow in the 300 Get some u-channel tubing on those holes and roll! I remember doing this on my old 300... I used a wire cutter to cut out the grills, with the u-channel tubing it covered up the jaggies :3
I'll definitely have some U-Channel on the holes. I need to order some stuff from MNPC-Tech that way I have proper modding supplies. Then get some paint.


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I got what I thought was a decent price on u-channel from bestbyte.net, might wanna check there too.

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I got what I thought was a decent price on u-channel from bestbyte.net, might wanna check there too.
I'm gonna do some shopping around but it's going to end up with who I can order the most stuff from.

I'm going to go to Home Depot & Lowes over the weekend to see if they have the U-Channel I want.
And then look into some Aluminum Carbide cutting disks for my dremel.


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Subbed. I love mods on the smaller cases like this.
I just love the Antec 300; if someone would work out the stock config like I plan to finish this mod:
IE: Air filter on the side panel
black insides
cable holes
better fan grills

Then it'd just be a purely epic case.

Right now a CPU Backplate hole is up for consideration. But if I do it, I'm just going to make a mammoth hole and not to any motherboard specifically.


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Always fun to mod an inexpensive case.

One thing I always like to mention is how cheap powdercoating is.

I've done entire cases with accessories for around $25 (as long as its a standard color).

Stripping the paint can be a hassle but places that powder coat typically do paint stripping off metal (either acid bath or sand spray).

Nothing beats a powdercoat finish on a case and by the time you factor in the cost of primer and paint, (not to mention time), its almost the same.

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If I could find a good powder job for $25 I'd definitely go that route.

Right now I plan to paint it myself but I'm going to look into a powder coat as well (see what's available locally so I don't have to shell out shipping.)

Right now though, cutting; polishing, ect is all WAY more important.


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