Please note I am relatively new to case modding so this project will be nowhere near some of the ones on here or in CPC. Hello all ! Recently I ended up purchasing a GTX 295. I don't quite know why, because I have two PCs and one of them is well sorted with the latest hardware and the other is a media PC housing a Corsair CX 420 or whatever it's called. It couldn't run an 8800 Ultra and squeaked a bit with a 8800 GTS in so there's no way I would even plug in the GTX. Here is the card. It's a plain OEM and I purchased it from the states as I lived out there for a decade before illness brought me home. I have a good ammount of friends out there (the best I have in all honesty) and one of them comes to visit once a year. He will be bringing it, and other parts, over in September. The card. I wasn't that happy about it being completely OEM (I think it was Dell surplus) but after reading reviews I found one I really liked the look of. It's the Point of view decal one. So, I contacted POV (a really nice bunch of guys and gals) and asked if they had any of the decals remaining. A few days later this came from Holland. But I was still at a bit of a loss as to what I was going to use this card for. Then the idea hatched. I had a Bitfenix Survivor with my media PC in. I also had a Silverstone TJ06 in the loft so I decided to empty out the Survivor and have a bit of a play with it. Then the penny dropped and the idea hatched.... David at Bitfenix has been crying out for some one to mod a Survivor, but no one seems to want to play. So I figured I would. I'm more of a hot rodder than a case modder, having two custom cars under my belt. However, times have changed for me due to illness so I decided it was time to cut and hack around a computer. Firstly I decided to mug the Silverstone as I never really liked it. I took out the side window and transferred (in a quick and untidy fashion) the media PC into it. I then took my hole saw set (£6) and cut in a hole. At the time I had Noctuas due to the very kind people there, but they just wouldn't go. So I sold them and replaced them with Xigmatek Crystals (green). Amazingly it literally fit in width down to the millimeter. Then I took the side panel outside, marked it up, screwed through it (the piece coming out) into 3/4 timber to stop it flapping and cut the window in. Some tapping and drilling later and my window was done. Note, the POV logo is to hide the wire.After a lot of jigsawing, filing and fettling it was done. Then I had a dig around in my parts box that resides under my bed and found a Cooler Master Megaflow (lit in blue) and ten green LEDs. I also decided that the red BF logo would look stupid, so both met the soldering iron. A quick test fit. And I was ready to move on. Then I removed them and broke the case down, removing the hard drive bays. I wanted pure airflow. NB. The LEDs used are the same, but for some reason they look different colours when photographed. They're not.. Really odd ! Then I ordered my paint. The paint is made by a German company called Montana, and the paint is from the 'Black' range. It is a non water based paint so it takes a while to dry. It comes out thick and fast, so it's not for the faint hearted. When dry it takes on an eggshell look, completely devoid of any streaks or marks. Then it was onto laying down some base. I firstly coated the windowed panel with the rust colour (these were left over from a Noctua case mod I did a while back). This would fill in any fine marks and scratches. Into the drying room (AKA the downstairs bog). Then it was onto the other stuff. For this I used beige as a base. And once again it was into the drying room. When I test fitted all of the pieces back after it was dry I noticed a problem. The outside of the case is coated in black cool touch rubber. I wanted it to wrap around the case green. Sadly to the top and bottom of the panels is a 'shut line' and this would also need to be green. Time to begin masking, and thanks to my mother's terrible taste in media publications I had this young lady to keep me company. About an hour later... Base down. The green paint was taking a few days to come, so I moved onto other things. Firstly I braided the fans, SATA cable (only one, laptop drive hidden in the right panel and no optical to keep it clean) And then the SATA extension. Note as I said I have never done this before, so you can consider me a rank amateur. Then the green paint arrived. In the meantime though I had designed and ordered some vinyl graphics in matt black. The green is a bit off as I grabbed it from the paint cap in Photoshop. Then it was onto painting with my graphics now ordered. First the shut lines. Then it rained.. Then the right panel. Then the assorted parts. Then the left windowed panel and flip side of the assorted parts. And back into the drying room.. NB 2, most of the photos were either taken outside in direct sunlight (where I let them flash) or with flash on the camera due to low light levels/crappy weather. The colour is more subtle, but I have warned my friend that he will need factor 80 and some decent shades to prevent third degree sunburns. Now the specs of the system. This is where I explain that the system has been almost made up of completely free parts. Hence why I have used what I had, and, not gone mad on paint. My other PC will obliterate it, so it was literally get it up to gaming prowess and end it there. time I have, bundles of cash I don't. CPU - Intel Core 2 E4500 (free from a dead PC). EVGA 790i Ultra SLI (free, courtesy of my pal who is bringing over the 295). Noctua NH-92 thing (have had this three years). OCZ platinum DDR3 1333 2GB (free, same friend in USA). Bitfenix Survivor (free) Nvidia GTX 295 (£96 delivered to my friend). Rosewill Green 700w 56 amp 80+ Bronze (official) (free). 80GB SATA 2 laptop hard drive (free, it only needs to store a couple of games and Windows). Fan grille, green cathode, LEDs, had them for years. Xigmatek 120mm, £10 for two delivered. Assorted braid and parts £5. Back soon with more adventures !