This is going to be my first proper mod job.
my antec 900 atm has been sprayed the same colour as what my now deceased car was. Cosmo blue metallic. This was done in a kind of tribute to my car. (all the pc modding I have done in my life)
. I know most people feel that flames and lightning are rather generic/un-cool to use . but I quite like flames dragons and lightning (preferably all together but thatâ€™s just being greedy lol). So the idea is to build
•A new side panel
•Cable management system
•Air or water cooling (dependant on money)
•New paint job
•Maybe custom paint motherboard to match design (non conductive paint?)
•Same as motherboard with graphics card and power supply.
•Some sort of cover for graphics card and power supply (may also hide water setup if using)
Now all this is sounding rather daunting to me as I havenâ€™t done much pc modding but I used to do a ton of model painting and customizing when I was a teenager so hopefully I have developed enough skills to carry on my obsession with modification.
Case wise I would like to do this to my Antec 900 but may along the way buy another case as not to disturb my day to day gaming.
Would like to build a fully internal (no outside cables or tubes) water cooling solution but I am slightly hit atm by this current economic climate.
I have read many logs of other peoples mods to Antec 900â€™s so some of what I may be doing might be fairly similar to that but by no means do I mean to copy it just simply use for inspiration.
This may take some time to-do as with Christmas approaching and my new years trip to Blackpool funds are a little tight. Also I donâ€™t want to get anything wrong. Like my tattoo I have been wanting the same design for 4 years now just donâ€™t have the disposable income to get it done. (PC is more important though lol) work will also be getting in my way by taking up most of my daylight but im sure once this project gets into full swing there will be no power in the verse that can stop me!
Enlisted the help of my sister (studying art and design at college) to draw up some designs for either a flame or lightning side window. While I continue on the hunt to finance the project/ find parts cheaply. I have also installed Google sketch-up and pro desktop onto my machine to help with designs of case (over 4 years since I worked with either tools) not really any pictures atm as I have not done anything apart from some idea treeâ€™s.
As I am unsure atm as to whether or not I am water-cooling this, I will have to make designs for both a water-cooling setup and an air cooling setup.
Does anyone know where in the uk I might be able to get spare right and left side panels for an antec 900 other then buying a whole new case. As I may need to get hold of a few to perfect my designs (and for screw-ups lol) This is the main reason for posting now.
Ok have ordered myself some cable sleaving and a new Antec 900 case . now I have been asked by a few friends â€œwhy not just go for the 1200 plenty of space in that.â€ Well I have thought about it but I like the challenge of trying to get everything I want to fit in the 900 plus. I got the new case for only Â£50 of eBay, compared to the Â£120 minimum I would have to play for the 1200.
as soon as I get my new phone (has 12mp camera much better then my actual digital camera) I will get some photoâ€™s of the bits and bobs I have brought. Un-fortunately as it is so close to Christmas I actually have to start tiding the house rather then spreading myself around it. Hopefully ill get cable holes cut before Christmas but not 100% sure that will happen atm.
LOVE the old Kenwood/JVC looking stereo you have on the shelf! I have an old digital Kenwood that will blow away any of these new, weird-brand receivers away. I have my computer and piano run through it.
If you ever need any car help, feel free to PM or email me!
not used cable sleaving or heatshrink a try so here is some pics of my first attempt on some duff cables i had lying around.
to make the heat shrink do its job i used my butane soldering iron with heat blower atachment. (still has a flame though and you can see a couple of scortch marks on the cable so might go and get an actual heat gun)
here is a pic of it.
well thats it atm as nothing else has arrived still and i am off to a lan event for the weekend. hopefully the case should be arriving friday.
just letting people know the case did arrive that Friday. but so did my p45 so until i get another full time job i wont be making much progress. although i will still be trying to do some 3d mock-ups and get the the side window graphics finalized. not much else i can do but keep looking at designs and finalize mine so that when i do go ahead it will be like a lightning storm lol.
ok so here are some of the designs i have thought up. side panel stil needs some work but is getting there and have done some designs for the main part of the case.
I thought a bit about how the outside will be painted. im either going to keep it black or im going to try and do a fade effect like this
or i might just use red and blue still a little un decided about that atm.
because i am no longer going to be using the drive cages that the antec 900 came with i need a way of attaching the front fans. I am thinking about placing a tripple rad grill the width of the fans from the front of the case and the normal grills that the antec 900 has in front of the fans.
the front of the case and the normal grills that the antec 900 has in front of the fans.
And was thinking something like this for said bracket/grill
still alot to do but starting to get a more real idea of how this is going to look. hope you like any comments welcome.
ok as soon as i get home from work with card adaptor ill upload a few more pictures.
stripped the A900 down to nothing but its metal chassis all plastic parts removed but now I am having a bit of trouble with de riveting the case i have broken 2 drill bits and only managed to get through 5 rivets. am i doing something wrong or are they harder rivets in the Antec 900.
also got my cheap Â£10 Dremel equivalent through today so hopefully will start making some progress.
put my spare parts in a cheap case i brought too so if i do take my main rig apart i will have another to post/ light gaming on
I am also looking for a new monitor have these for ideas
all have good reviews and similar specs which is why its getting confusing. im leaning toward the Samsung SyncMaster P2450H as ive had a syncMaster for the last 4 years and its only just come to upgrading it.
Originally Posted by AaronGR
Really nice look, I like the blue and the flames, the black will that be clear? It almost looks like a space ship leaving the atmosphere.
the blue and red will be tinted acrylic with some form of lighting inside and the black is either going to stay black or will become that fade effect pic i posted just not too good at photoshop or sketchup so not sure how to get that on my model.
ok so the cheap version dremel replica is absolute pants. it cut the blanking plate fine that i tested it on but as soon as i went to cut the main chassis it just scratched it. i guess u really do get what you pay for. oh well will have to get an actual dremel later as funds are a little tight.
got a few more pics of progress. this has been very slow as i have been working all over the country the last 6 months.
what is covered in cardboard there will be made out of aluminium
now i made a few holes
also going to cover the psu and cables with the same style cover as the dvd drive
The hole in the top left you can see a little burn mark this is because i had the torque setting wrong on my drill.
need to get a larger hole saw the the bottom hole where the psu is i have found that i would like to make holes with the provision for going water cooling but at this stage i do not have the funds for it going on holiday next year to cancun and is costing me a lot of money
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