I will post links to the updates here so you don't have to go searching through pages of text to find them: 1: Got materials and started frame construction. 1-11-08 2: Completed frame construction and got first package of stuff 1-13-08 3: All panels cut to size, new stuff in the mail and first panel screwed to frame 1-15-08 4: Sacrificed a small goat... I mean old case to get a back panel 1-17-08 5: Made a res and attached the back pane 1-19-08 6: Completed the inner top panel and put in the mesh 1-20-08 7: Working on a new reservoir 1-21-08 8: Finished res and started work on mobo tray and dvd drive casing 1-25-08 9. work on buttons, wiring, bottom case "cover" 1-26-08 10. work on hdd mounts 1-28-08 11. Finished HDD shelf supports 1-31-08 12. Small update of lower-inner panel PSU intake hole 2-4-08 13. Drilled a billion holes, cut hole in side panel for window 2-5-08 14. New front and top fan grill 2-17-08 15. Attached casters and drilled some holes. 2-20-08 16. Finished the back panel. 2-21-08 17. Installed computer components, leak testing. 2-22-08 18. Turned it on for the first time, did more misc work. 2-23-08 19. Completed! Final photo shoot. 2-24-08 ___________________________________________________________________ It's been quite a while since I finished my last case mod in 2004. Here are a pic or two of my old case, so you know where I'm coming from. It was featured on Bit-Tech's front page back in the day. Anyway, on to the new stuff. I have been browsing the project log forums here on and off for the past 4 years and have finally gathered my ideas. Some of my inspiration comes from Apple Core 2 Duo and various other mods. My new case will be aluminum and built completely from scratch. There will be polished copper highlights in choice locations. I intend on polishing the aluminum on the front of the case to a mirror finish. Once the case starts to shape up, depending on how it looks, I might polish the sides of the case as well. Here are some drawings I've been working on in SketchUp for the past few days. The main dimensions are 18" deep, 8" wide and 22" tall. Today I placed an order for the aluminum sheet and aluminum square tubing. I ordered 18 square feet of aluminum .050" sheet, 42' of 3/4"x 3/4" square tube with 1/8" walls, and 2 square feet of .0216" copper sheet. Hopefully that should be enough. The sides of the case will be perforated (lots of 1/8" holes) to allow air to be drawn in. The three 120mm fans on the radiator will take care of pullign the air through the case. The computer will utilize parts that I already have. I will however buy a new radiator, fabricate a new reservoir, buy a fan controller to strip down and stealth, hide some usb ports somewhere and buy some new tubing. The design is by no means final; i've redesined it several times over the past few days. It may look sparse at the moment, but just bear with me here. Comments?