introduction Hi, i'm Jorrit, 35 years, and from the netherlands. I've been modding stuff since i was old enough to pick up a hammer and was into casemodding around 2003 and left again with a 7 year hiatus persueing other interests. Now i'm back into casemodding again, for the while being, though. I've been lurking around this forum for quite some time, and the quality of builds posted here just puts my skills to shame. But i finally gathered the courage to register, and posting my worklog of my latest build. And the name of the project will be... No fancy Photoshop skillz, just masking tape, xacto knifing away, some paint and pasting some logo's. Unlike the banner suggests, this will not be a ghetto mod, or a sponsored one. The idea I wanted a nice clean industrial/mill-spec styled PC, with black and green accents. At first i opted air cooling, but later on the decision was made to go all the way and watercool this baby! It all started around april 2011, while planning to build a new pc. I was planning to re-use my trusty Lian-Li PC6077 that i have used for years now, and turn the old hardware into a souped up NAS system. While shopping for a case to put the NAS system in, i stumbled upon the Corsair 600T enclosure, and fell in love with the robust yet fluid lines of it. So in the end i have a wonderfull 8TB NAS in a Lian-Li enclosure running Freenas 8.0, and my new hardware in a loaned case. That shamefully looks like this: Don't you just hate it when things turn out different than planned? I did have the new hardware inside the new case for a short while, but unfortunatly after two weeks, the Seasonic PSU died on me. Because there would still be alot of work to be done on the Corsair case, i decided to transfer all the hardware to the loaner case for the time being and RMA the Power supply. In wich it still resides... Hardware specs - Intel Core i7 2600K - Asus Sabertooth P67 - Corsair Dominator 2x 4GB DDR3 Ram - Asus HD6870 Direct CU (will be replaced for a GFX580, one card is enough oomph for me) - Seasonic X-660 PSU - Intel 510 - 120GB SSD - Hitachi 5K3000 - 2TB HDD - Intel X25 Postville - 160GB SSD (optional) - Sony NEC optiarc DVD writer (call me old fashioned, but i still use it from time to time!) - CPU and GPU blocks by EK - Couplings by Bitspower - Rads by Koolance/hardware labs - Sleeving: MDPC-X - Fancontroller - Mcubed T-Balancer The start! First of all i wanted the old HD-VU meter i had in my old case transfered to this one, and since the Sabertooth has a thermal shield, i got an idea... Let's just hot glue 20 3mm blue leds behind the shield, and hook it up to the VU meter... The FDD cable that came with my old Asus P5Q Pro mobo was finally put to good use after sitting over 2 years in the box. Also a connector was needed to hook up the VU meter, and i still had some LPT connectors from my previous projects, so that was used. Not the most clean solution, but it won't be visible so i'm happy with it. Blurry pic... Or would you like to see a video instead? http://youtu.be/vCkfijQyzng After stripping the case down, i also removed the top fan controller, USB 2.0 headers and USB 3.0 and firewire headers. The fancontroller is no longer needed due to the T-balancer i'm going to use, and i have a hate/hate relationship with front connectors. They accumilate dust, and send your precious USB gadgets flying when you trip over the wire. (seeing your iphone taking its first flying lesson is not funny) I also did not like the on/off reset buttons on the case, so i wanted to place them in the middle. Time to mill some acrylic at work on the CNC. Here i milled a on/off button, reset button and a insert that comes where the fan controller used to be. After cutting out the pieces with a exacto knife, we have a nice fitting insert... Glued the insert and some uv-green acrylic pieces to close all the connector ports with some sort of JB weld. (not the same brand, but it's epoxy and extremely good) After curing, its time to apply some epoxy filler, and lots of sanding... Some spray filler, more sanding, more filler, more sanding, well you get the idea... Almost perfect. Not there yet, but this should be easy enough to do prior to painting the outer shell. For color, i was thinking about the paint i used to paint this RC car body... It has a green/purple hue on it depending on how the light reflects, and is backed with black paint. Allthough lime green or just plain olive green would also look nice. Not sure yet on the color though, maybe a dark silver like my Logitech G11 keyboard and MX518 mouse also looks nice on this case. Also i took the liberty of stealing erm loaning a idea from Kier's casebuild, but eventually after hours of work put into it decided to go a different way instead. A bit of brainstorming on how the loop will run, and placement of some of the hardware... And the first goodies are in from Highflow... Few rads, a bunch of Bitspower couplings, some Feser fluid, and Noctua Fans. Either way, I have only been posting this project on tweakers.net and there's still lots more to post to get up to the most recent state of afairs. I will try to update as often as possible to get this new log up to date with the existing one. Thanks for viewing, and happy modding!