This will be my first “true mod.” I’ve built and watercooled computers before, but I am really looking forward to this mod. I’ve decided to do a Atomic/Radioactive theme for this mod. Before I started, I wanted to set some goals for myself: 1) Complete the mod (Do’h!) 2) Do this mod well enough that I have a chance at attracting sponsorship for future mods (or maybe "fingers crossed" later in this mod). I really wanted to concentrate on #2, as I have some very good ideas for future mods, but somewhat limited funds (Don’t we all ). For this mod, I will be using a CoolerMaster Stacker 830 SE These are some things that I would like to do for this mod: Paint the case interior black Re-work my exsiting watercooling setup by: - Changing the coolant to Acid green - Moving the rad to the bottom of the case - Possibly adding blocks to the NB and Voltage Reg - Possibly adding extra radiators Making a rocker switch panel to control several LED strips and CCFLs Changing the way the computer starts (I have a few surprises up my sleeve here ) Adding LED fans Working on wire management (I hope to have it nearly as good as the MurderBoxes) Sleeve every wire with Murdermod sleeve. Create an acrylic divider to block the 5 ½ bays from view Add a black acrylic side panel to the right (non-windowed) side Modify the exsisting window on the left side Create a acrylic backplate for the HD4870 (red card in a black/green case = ugly) Possibly adding an internal USB hub to minimize the number of leads going to the mobo. Install an Orbital Matrix LCD display To begin, I stripped my case of all of my hardware and dismanteled the case. Then I began to prep the case for painting. Here is how the computer looked before I took it apart: Messy... May you rest in pieces! Nah, just kidding, you will be back in one piece soon. Once apart, I encountered a small problem. In my previous build, I had used sound dampening foam to try and reduce the noice from the pump and radiator fans. But now, I needed to take it off to paint the case. However, when I went to pull if off, the top two layers of foam came off, leaving the bottom layer still adhered to the case. I resorted to using hot water, Goo Gone, a chisel, and a sponge. After about an hour of vigerous rubbing… no no, that isn't right. After an hour of vigorous cleaning (That’s better) and making a huge mess in my kitchen, most of the remaining foam and adhesive were gone. However, it was a very messy breakup. Ouch! Not to worry, the paint will cover it up (I hope...) I took the case skeleton outside and gave it a nice bath. Now it’s ready for some paint! While I was waiting to paint it this weekend, I set my computer up on my desk. I knew I'd find a use for that August Wilson book! The weekend finally arrived, so it was time to slap some case on this baby! I made a makeshift platform out of an old box where I could paint the smaller pieces. Roughing up the case with some steel wool... And another bath... And finally hanging on a saw horse contraption hangy thingy that will allow my to paint more easily. While I was waiting for the larger pieces to dry, I hit the smaller parts with a coat of primer. I managed to get both sides painted, but then guess what? It started to rain! So much for the local weather stations. Anyways, It's supposed to be beautiful tomorrow (like it was today...) so I hope to wrap up the painting before I lose a finger to one of the 1200RPM fans currently sitting on my desk. I've come close too many times already. I will leave you with the mandatory cat picture. Happy modding!