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Case Mod - In Progress Project: Blackout

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Snafu-X-, 8 Oct 2008.

  1. Snafu-X-

    Snafu-X- New Member

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    Hi all,
    This is a fairly quick project log, born out of my need to have a case that's worthy of holding my new system. I did some brainstorming last night, and came up with a few ideas, many of which are specific to the way I use my system. I don't have any fancy sketchups, as I don't HAVE sketchup on this pos old laptop. This is a partial list of what I have planned.
    -Tinted windows on both sized w/ss harware
    -Tinted top window? not sure on this, it may be one window too many, will play it by ear.
    -White led interior, spotlighting a few parts
    -Touch sensitive switch for led's
    -Backlit Motherboard
    -USB and audio ports stealthed under left edge of case bottom
    -White/Amber HDD/Power Led indicator
    -Matte black frame with polished steel highlights -this will be the absolute last thing done, as I will be using this as my main system throughout the mod. Also, painting and then deciding to hack another hole sucks.
    I have a few other cool ideas, but I'm not commited to them yet.


    Here's my case:

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    Note the stupid etching in the side window. This is going away first thing.

    Also, note the blank right side panel:
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    I've got to do something about that.
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    This took a surprising amount of work, as I couldn't simply mirror the main panel due to it being offset for the handles.

    The next step was cutting and drilling the new windows:
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    I actually needed 3 panels, but I cracked one and will have to wait to implement that part of my plan.

    The final step for the acrylic was some tinting:
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    This is actually a prototype I made previously, so don't mind the chipped to heck edges. Shiny, eh? Tomorrow, I will mount the windows.

    For some reason, Thermaltake thinks green and purple are an awesome color combination...not!!!
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    A quick coat of black paint took care of it though.

    Finally, here's a prototype of something I have planned for the front door. I can't see the power and hdd led's from where I sit, sooo.....
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    Until next time.
     
  2. Snafu-X-

    Snafu-X- New Member

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    For those who care, here are the system specs. It arrives today!


    - ASUS P5Q DELUXE Intel P45
    - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core
    - OCZ Platinum 4GB DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel
    - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 512MB Video Card
    - 2 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    - ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe
    - Logitech G11 Silver & Black USB Standard Gaming Keyboard
    -XONAR DX sound card
    -Thermalright "Limited Edition" TRUE Black Ultra-120 eXtreme CPU Heatsink(ooh black, I couldn't resist!!)
    -Noctua NF-P12 120mm fan(for TRUE)
    -2 Noctua NF-S12-1200 120mm Fans (48 CFM)
     
  3. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Nice, but did you know you are pitting yourself against TribalOverkill's "Blackout"? (Yeah, All the good names are taken. That's why I use stupid ones.:hehe:)

    The Soprano is a hard case to mod the front of. Do you have any plans for that?
     
  4. E.E.L. Ambiense

    E.E.L. Ambiense Acrylic Heretic

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    Yeah, I was about to say the same thing, lol. Of course, I don't think we'd ever seen Tribal messing with Thermaltake stuff though. ;)

    It'd be cool to see something custom up front on these. That Wavemaster-style was always interesting to look at, but I can imagine a bit difficult to mod.
     
  5. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Yep the name is taken but oh well. I like this so far. I have only ever seen a few modded Soprano cases. I actually looked at the Tsunami Dream for my first mod, I like it better than the Soprano, it has a full aluminium front door. Sadly the case went obsolete and I couldn't get one in Australia so I settled with the NZXT LEXA instead.
     
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