Hello and welcome to my project log for my still unnamed case modification. I went into this project with all my design ideas in my head. Some things I hadn't planned and others I added. My initial idea for this mod was a gore-themed, something personalized to my dark taste, shock value is always entertaining. The plan was mostly to be a 'bloody' paint splatter on a not yet cut acrylic window, and with some other splatters here and there. I'd add some lighting and the case would have a pretty cool look to it. I had already done the acrylic window modification a few months back and posted a project log on Bit-tech.net forums http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?p=1582623#post1582623 For the sake of a complete log I will include the window mod log here as well. One thing I should point out is I have little experience with metal work and metal painting. My tools were limited to what I could find access to and the Dremel that I have. Another thing you'll notice it after each part of the mod I do I rebuild the computer. Since this is my own machine that I'm modding, I have and will work on it a bit at a time, meaning usually on the weekend when I have the extra time to disassemble and reassemble my computer for minimal down time. Here is the guide I made for making a acrylic window for my specific case. ========================================================================================================================= This is my first official mod and the first run at creating a project log. This is a pretty simple guide for adding a clear window on a Cooler Master Stacker 830. Materials: Acrylic plastic sheet - These can usually be found at chain retail hardware stores, 18''x24'' is more than enough and runs from $5 to $10. Ruler - For straight lines Cutter - If your lucky you might have access to a band saw, otherwise a scoring knife or other cutting tool could be used. Drill - Self-explanatory. The Modding Process: 1. This is the Cooler Master Stacker 830 Evolution, a nice case, but no way to show off the pimp hardware inside.. 2. This is the standard left side door for the case. 3. Cooler Master was ingenious enough to consider the possibility of window modding, on the inside of the side door, are metal tabs which can be pulled back and the mesh window is easily removed. Another nice addition is the fact that there are premade(and tapped) holes for standard pc hardware screws. 4. Now, as lame as it may sound, I laid the piece of acrylic plastic on top of the side-door(with mesh removed) and used the ruler to trace the outline for the cutout I wanted to create. 5. My friend has a small band saw for me to use to cut out the window. It was a bit tricky when it came to doing the corners, but as long as I followed the lines I traced they should have turned out pretty round and close to the final form. As it goes though the corners looked pretty nasty. 6. Using the band saw as a sander I cleaned up the edges the best I could, then used some medium grit sand paper to clean up the edges. 7. After getting the window shape down, I lined the window up with the side-door and marked off where the holes needed to be for the screws. Lesson #1, don't push hard with a drill.. I chipped a chunk out of the window from too much pressure near the edge. 8. After cutting another plastic and going through all the edge work again I finally came up with a finished product. ========================================================================================================================= This is a pretty simple mod, yet it goes a long way. My case looks awesome and I can see all that hardware I spent so much money on. I hope this is helpful to all of you out there with a Stacker 830 who just cannot get past the mesh window. ==================================================================================================================================================== After the window mod I didn't have the time or money put to pick up any other supplies up until a few weeks ago. By the time I got my tools and supplies together my idea of what I wanted to do for the case mode had changed, the basics were still there but there was much more to the plan. I decided since I would like to do modding and building that I'd go all out with this one. I figured I'd be satisfied if I modified every side of the case and gave the interior a really sick clean look. I decided that the gore theme would remain, I would add a watercooling setup with red coolant lit up by red LED fans and lighting. I thought it would also be a wise choice to add some paint to the case, more so than just some blood splatter. First thing is first what I was going to be working with, also a full pre modification gallery. I was definatly becoming very excited to do my first full case mod, so I made some arrangements at my place of work and picked up my paint supplies, spray paint, black primer and matte black, along with a couple tack cloths. I work at a automotive dealership, and by luck this one has a small paint booth so I had a perfect place to prep and paint my case with racks to hang and dry them on. The Cooler Master Stacker naked.. Oh take it off baby! Explicit nudity ahead.. I prepared the metal parts of the case by using a scotch-brite scouring pad, using pressured air to remove the dust then running the tack cloth over the metal to clean up any other clinging particles.. The little pieces prep'd.. Setting up for primer.. I was sweating bullets at this point. I had never painted metal before and I had never used spray paint to paint before. I must admit it turned out a lot better than I had thought it would. I only had one noticable run in the paint and the rest of it looked pretty good for how it was being applied. After the primer had dried I went over each piece with the tack cloth to clean up loose particles and help keep it smooth and clean. I applied a second primer coat, then gave it a couple coats of matte black. Second Primer coat.. Color Coat.. I was amazed on the fact that a spray paint job had turned out so well. This project was going pretty well in my opinion and to top off the day, when I go home the first half of my watercooling setup had been delivered. This is the first time I had seen watercooling parts in person and I have never used water cooling before, so I'm sure you can imagine the excitment. And the water cooling parts.. My cat Corgan was excited too I think.. ============================================================================================================================================================== I started with a simple idea and it has become a project with many different pieces to it. I am having a lot of fun doing this work, the stress makes the reward that much better! I have now cut an acrylic window, painted the interior of the chasis and had my plan for adding a water cooling system to the internals of my computer. I am further on this mod than this point but I will leave you with this for now. I will post more of the log within the next day or two. I will share my plan for what I did for the water cooling setup on my next update, as well as where the project is going next.