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Case Mod - In Progress "No Direction" Goodies 8/11

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by nickhelton, 21 Jul 2008.

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Should i completely cut out the Guitar or no?

  1. Keep the mesh little windows

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  2. Make a pickguard shaped plexi window

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  1. nickhelton

    nickhelton New Member

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    Hi guys. Not only is this my first pc build, but its my first case mod, first pretty much anything. So bear with me, and all feedback is great. Positive or negative, i want to hear it.

    Sponsor - MNPCTech
    Id like to welcome Bill over at MNPCTech to the build.
    Make sure you check out his awesome case mod store

    First off...parts list

    CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo
    Mobo - EVGA nForce 780i
    GPU - XFX 8800GS (terrible impulse buy)
    PSU - OCZ StealthXStream 600W
    Ram - 4G (2x2G) Crucial
    HDD - 1 WD 250G (IDE) 1 WD 320G (SATA)

    case = random $50 ATX mid tower

    parts. the PSU and 320G HD should be here, no later then Wednesday
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    after a quick mock up, i realized the IO plate that came with my mobo wont sit in the case. so I will have to make one. I plan on using clear plexi which I will paint black. keep in mind I've never used a Dremel. Speaking off, gotta go get one today
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    And the obligatory 'wish i hadn't bought that' picture
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    The skeleton...naked
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    Then a coat of flat black
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    Sides and top panel taped
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    Thats all for now. Check later tonight, I've gotta get some paint, a dremel, and run some college related errands.
    Maybe my NewEgg box will be here when i get home :D

    Oh yeah! Color Scheme will be flat black, white, and Monster green :)
    Stay tuned!

    -Nick
     
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  2. Blarte

    Blarte Moderate Modder

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    good luck ... don't let yourself get hooked though .its morish!!!!
    Mind you if you manage to get it right first time unlike me ....maybe its not so morish lol..
     
  3. nickhelton

    nickhelton New Member

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    Blarte - what does 'morish' mean?

    Had a little run in with the law today...apparently its illegal to shoot squirrels with an air rifle on public hiking trails :jawdrop: they gave me a warning, so thats good.

    Back to the mod.

    I purchased a Dremel 400XPR today (my new favorie toy!)

    Cut some holes in the side of the case...cant tell you why yet. Only because i cant explain it. But this is what they look like. They need some love yet
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    the dremel likes to jump alot. What is the quickest, most efficient way to fix this (see next pic)
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    I got a can of white today so i decided to spray the top but was in a rush...horrid over-spray accident :wallbash:
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    I think the idea is good however i will have to sand it and try again tomorrow :sigh:
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    I cut the plexi IO plate i was talking about earlier. not so much a plate, but a guard to keep stuff out. needs some love and some paint but i like it
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    My dads cousin gave me this bad boy a few weeks ago. Its sound activated so it hits with the bass from my stereo. its like a rave in my computer :) i think i will get a few more soon :D
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    So as always, feedback. I'm new to this and any help would be appreciated :D

    - Nick
     
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  4. nickhelton

    nickhelton New Member

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    almost forgot

    The cage all painted flat. and an extra HDD cage i also painted. i would like to remove what i have and switch, but i dont want to lose the integrity of the case
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  5. Blue Falcon

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    rofl :p

    I haven't used a dremel a lot, but i think it has something to do with the fact it's going to fast.
    But, like the title says: "what's a dremel" :p, better wait for reaction of the people who have more experience.


    The painting of the cage seems good, nice job on that. :thumb:
    To bad of the over-spray accident on the top.
     
  6. bigsharn

    bigsharn Officially demotivated

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    Dremel jumps because it's rotating against something, you just have to press down a little more (But don't snap your disc! That hurts when it hits you in the face)

    Failing that get a stand for it:)
     
  7. nickhelton

    nickhelton New Member

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    Well i dont think you can stop the jumping, but i want to clean up that edge. should i just sand it down?

    Thanks Blue Falcon. i think the cage is the only thing i like so far lol.
    i HATE those disks man. i broke like 10 yesterday :jawdrop:
     
  8. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    Looking good :thumb:


    I like the flat black
     
  9. nickhelton

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    Thanks beast. i think the cage is the only thing i like (quality wise) thus far


    Today was a long day. As you recall, i screwed up the top panel last night...bad. so i had to do some sanding. that didnt go well.

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    i thought that looked cool, for maybe a...grunge car theme. like death proof. maybe. Idk. This paint was tough. After a bit, i thought i would be fine so i gave it a few layers of white primer. turns out, i wasnt going to be fine. in fact i was going to spend the next 2 hours sanding...what joy :wallbash:

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    After that was done i decided to move on to the side panel

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    my doctors kit

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    after all was said and done, i sprayed them both VERY carefully and was left with this once the tape was removed. (resize is BAD)

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    my idea is to put mesh behind the back like this. the mesh is black and looks MUCH better in real life

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    Thanks for watching. my PSU should be here tomorrow so i will paint that and my top panel if I am home.

    This is addicting. im already planning my next mod. Gotham City themed. :hehe:

    - Nick
     
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  10. nickhelton

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    HELP!!

    Does anyone know how to get these little rivet things off? the drill bit is one of those that sits in the drill, you don't tighten it on with a...whats it called...a collet (?) so i can't slide them off the back :grr:

    I was able to pull a few off but these last couple are being a pain and I'd like to NOT break the bit

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    And does anyone know where I can buy that rubber 'U-Channel' stuff to line the holes in my window? I don't even know what its called. I think its U-Channel tho
     
  11. okapi

    okapi What's a zebra?

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    I've always been able to slide the rivet remains off with my fingers. Maybe twist 'em until they break with a pair of needle nose pliers.

    U-channel is available from MNPCTech.
     
  12. Langer

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    Grab them with a pair of pliers, turn the drill on, and use the spinning of the drill to make it easier to push the rivets forward off the bit.
     
  13. nickhelton

    nickhelton New Member

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    Thanks guys. i used some pliers.

    I was coming home from a college visit and rolled into the driveway as soon as the UPS guy showed up...and what did he bring??

    My Sata HDD and my long awaited PSU!!

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    Off to do some painting. will return with fun stuff :)
     
  14. nickhelton

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    BIG UPDATE

    Big update for yall :D

    I finished the IO plate/shield and painted it.

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    I voided the warranty on my PSU (after checking if it worked of course) and painted the fan guard

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    Masked and painted my cathode

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    And of course, finished the top panel...FINALLY

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    Remember that little 3.5 cage i painted a while back...i have an idea

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    I'm thinking about placing it here: in the 5.25 bay area.

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    And because i hate the face, i will make a new one out of this top which is VERY close to exact size. A little long, but who cares.

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    I plan on putting maybe a 120 mm fan in front of the 5.25 bay. A bulgan switch in the middle and a few toggle switches on the bottom to control lights and other fun stuff. (displayed here with...junk) The racing stripes will continue down the face

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    I also hot glued the mesh for my little windows. what a pain

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    And here it is all mocked up. I'm getting really close, i just need to do that last side, mount my CD-ROM (you'll be surprised where she goes) and make the face plate.

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    Im thinking about cutting out the pick guard completely and just making it a window. what do you think?

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    This modding business is PRETTTTTY addicting. im already planning my next mod lol. a scratch build. (no stealing!!)

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  15. Nolimited

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    Nice work on this case and good Hardware keep it up:thumb:
     
  16. conzy

    conzy SFF!

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    I like the guitar scratch plate, Cool idea :)
     
  17. nickhelton

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    thanks guys! i just realized i made a pretty big mistake...i made the window on the wrong side. so it sits weird :(
    Its not really that big of a deal cause it looks normal...its just...I know. dang. Its a learning experience tho.
     
  18. nikeunltd

    nikeunltd Epic destruction around machinary

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    wow awesome so far!
    are you sure this is ur first built..... and your first mod... ur handling urself very well!
    good looks man, you got some really hard core components!

    im subscribing.
     
  19. Blue Falcon

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    very nice painting jobs, you finished the top panel good :thumb:

    keep the good work up ;)
     
  20. ComputerKing

    ComputerKing <img src="http://forums.bit-tech.net/images/smilie

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    Dude that motherboard is not Mounted right. It's not right. It's like this / not strait. This maybe make problems for you if you are not lucky

    That case steal is weak, The paint looks good no thing wrong with it. You are doing good job with the mod. The top looks awesome. like a fancy racing car. Not bad for first mod. Well done dude.

    Just check the mobo. I'm scared that you burn it or break. Because that happened with me and it's BOOOOM.
     
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