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Old 1st Dec 2012, 08:27   #1
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ROG Carbon Fiber Style 16/12/12

Hello Fellow modders,


After months of working away from home and from my family i am back onto the mod scene.

While i was under ground most of the time i had one project on my mind.

Ever since i first seen the Fractal Design Arc Mini case i have always wanted to mod one out.

My goal is to have a Water cooled but Matx case that can still support High End Gaming but also be able to Render my work projects for clients.

The theme is Republic Of Gaming in Carbon Fiber Style.


So lets get things under away with the help from my first sponsor for this mod i would like to say a big thanks to




This project would not be happening if it was not for the great support and also well built cases they produce.


The unboxing of the case.






















Hmm where is my screw driver.

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A look inside of the case and a box of goodies.





I am going to do away with all the hard drive cages to house a 240 radiator at the front of the case.





Took the top hard drive cage out with just a screw driver.




Now just the bottom one to take out.





I have to drill out two rivets here.




Done.



4 more rivets to drill out this is under the hard drive cage.




All done





That's better.




One empty space for the radiator to be mounted in the front.


That is all for now will get some work done on this front of the case in the next few days.

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Old 4th Dec 2012, 07:13   #2
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I finally found some more time to mod out this beast of a case.




I am using a 120mm Xspc radiator bracket and a Xspc EX240 Rad.




I quickly assembled the rad, bracket and fan to get a idea of how much room i got under the 5.25 bays.




I soon worked out that the rad is too tall for to be underneath the 5.25 drive bays i am going to have to remove them.




I am going to drill out all the rivets to get these drive bays out.




Right side panel has to come off.




These have to go as well.




Front panel is removed to locate the rest of the pop rivets.




One side drilled out.




Two sides down front to go>




I found some more on the motherboard tray drill these out.




Did the front no drive bays no more i got something in mind for this area.




Just working out where to mount the rad mount.




I then also thought to leave the front panel alone so i can mount two fans to the rad and two to the front panel.




I drilled some house in the bottom of the case for the rad mount.




I then mounted the Xspc rad mount to the case.




I was glad when the radiator fitted to where i wanted it too.




Front view of the radiator mounted to the case.



That is all for today.
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Old 4th Dec 2012, 10:59   #3
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I'm curious where will you put your hard disk and drives..
ah~ ROG... a little red lines on pitch black case would be awesome..

Out of focus images, I have exact the same problem with auto focus camera
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Could put them behind the motherboard tray, looks promising so far, mod on!
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Old 4th Dec 2012, 16:52   #5
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I'm going to paint some parts of the case red and the rest will be black/ red carbon fiber film with the hard drives i will be using ssd's : )

Thanks for your kind feedback
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nice start - i will follow this mod ROG rocks :P

i have been think about buying the same case and do the ROG+water so i curious what you will do it :P
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At last took me around 3 days to do this with working and setting up Xmas lights.



Right side panel in black carbon fiber.



Another shoot of the right side panel.



Front panel done as well took me around a hour to do this one.



Top panel just need to get the rest of the air bubbles out.



Panels on the case in the sun light.



Front view of the case i actually love the style of the case i think the carbon fiber vinyl makes it more appealing.


Well this is all i got left in the black carbon fiber but i still got plenty of red carbon fiber left i will take photos of me doing the film as soon as i find time.


My order list at the moment is more black carbon fiber.
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Nice and clean! Just one advice, try to follow the same direction of the pattern from the carbon fiver or it will get a little bit weird!
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Hey guys thanks for the great feedback.

I need to buy more black carbon fiber and also some white as well.

My next plan is to make a new motherboard tray and a single 5.25 drive bay to house a fan controller.
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Hey guys i did a bit of more carbon fiber film except in red this time.

I ordered another Xspc Ex240 rad, Two Corsair Fans and a Lamptron Fan controller.




Black hmm.




Now red : )




A nice look fan i reckon.




I used the red carbon fiber on the fans center and then cut out the Corsair logo and put back over the top of the carbon fiber.




Did both fans and mounted the rad at the top of the case to show how it will look and of course to come up with more ideas where else i should put some carbon fiber on.




This has to go i had a idea to put some clear acrylic here after the inside of the case has been powder coated red i will do more on this area.




The pci bracket is gone just has to grind down the tabs.



That is it for now i'm still waiting on some sheet metal to arrive, Black Carbon fiber film and a Asus Republic of gaming Gene Z68 to come.

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I decided to use some 3mm cast acrylic for some mods to be done inside the case.




Cut these pieces out with a jigsaw.




Here is the left side piece.




Bottom piece.




Left side piece to be mounted on the motherboard tray.




Right side piece in.




Bottom piece needs to be fitted flush.




I finally got it all in properly with just chocks of wood and a bit of tape.




Front view this is how i am going to mount my fan controller.




Looks good except i am going to do away with the red carbon fiber film on the fan controller.




Looks better i was thinking maybe use black carbon fiber film.


I will be ordering more acrylic and also some modders mesh to finish off inside the case also i want to mount the acrylic properly inside the case some brackets etc.

I will be using carbon fiber film for the acrylic after i have filed and sanded down the acrylic panels.


I am hoping to order my acrylic and mesh this week.


I will be doing more to the inside of the case during the week with the mounting brackets.


Thanks for viewing.
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Hey guys sorry for the delay just got from xmas break merry xmas to the person or people that stole all my water cooling parts but the case mod will still happen now on a budget.

Stay tuned for some updates in the next couple of days.
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Why in the hell would they do that?90% of people are too inert or too ignorant to know computer make this stuff called het.. they would know how valuable it is and typically is of no use to them... sorry man. Howd they get in?
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Smashed a window sigh has just put me behind a bit but had to change a few things but good news i do have the motherboard a cpu and graphics card plus ram : )

I was thinking now to put a Corsair H100 or H80 in the case and maybe use the Arctic cool gpu cooler for a graphics card.

These are the parts i will be using:

Intel i5 2500k will be overclocked to about 4ghz

Asus Gene z68 motherboard

Corsair dominator 1866mhz 16 gig ddr3

Asus 7850 2 gig gpu x2 for crossfire they will just fit with the lower hard drive cage reinstalled.

Power supply will either be a Corsair Ax850watt or maybe something a bit more big like a Corsair Ax1200

I will be using two Ocz Agility 4 ssd in raid.
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