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Case Mod - In Progress Project : Panda (Antec 300)-paused for a while

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by k0rben, 24 Jul 2010.

  1. k0rben

    k0rben I use my dremel as a toothbrush

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    Hi guys, I am introducing my first project.

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    It's called panda because of the black&white theme of the project case - Antec 300. Maybe some of you think (I hope not) I am copying b&w theme from Fractal define R2 case, but nope, this was planned about a 1.5 year ago. :p

    First I made a sketchup model of case :

    ITS IN THE LINK so if you want to be surprised don't click :D
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    I edited the antec 900 model and created this 300. Unfortunately I haven't got colour image of this now. I also created the model of scythe himuro which will be used. For those who are interested - models for sketchup can be found on http://scc.jezmckean.com/ .

    My hw :

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    Here is the case in tearing down part :) the new antec 300s are also SSD compatibile and got this nice backplate hole.
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    Unfortunately I won't be taking my camera with me to the workplace, only my phone, sorry for bad quality of some pictures.

    WORK STARTING - UPDATE 0 :

    I de-riveted the top panel and the lower hdd cage

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    The cage - > out and I will use those two cable ties later.

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    The top panel (covered with painter's tape) - gonna spray that black

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    The hole for the front i/o to pass thru

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    The 5.25" cable-hole is here, I haven't got the right tools like dremel or nibbler so I just drilled 1/8" holes and then punched out the circle.

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    Yeah and I forgot, I thought that i will use the hole-saw but then I realised - it cuts only wood :wallbash: [​IMG]

    This is what it does with metal - pretty "sharp" eh? :eyebrow:

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    Now additional holes :

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    Meanwhile I sprayed the 120mm fan cages and the top metal piece :

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    Now to clean this metal madness everywhere :D

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    The first stage of the positioning the himuro box and drilling the himuro holes.

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    The stands were cut by my new scissors for sheet metal.

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    Now back to case, after drilling some additional holes (for himuro etc.) comes first coat of metal primer :thumb:

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    That's it for now, next update tomorrow :rock:
     
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  2. Carl97

    Carl97 Sorry, for my bad english.

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    Nice:thumb:, looking forward to the sequel!:dremel:
     
  3. pimonserry

    pimonserry sounds like a party.

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  4. k0rben

    k0rben I use my dremel as a toothbrush

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    UPDATE !

    Today i did spraying (matt black and clearcoat) :worried:

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  5. dafour

    dafour I hurt my finger

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    Black 300 is awesome.
    Following this one!,not another big budget case!
     
  6. matt_lumley

    matt_lumley You're only supposed to...

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    Just about to buy an antec 300, and was wondering about making it all black! Subb'd :) your work is looking excellent!
     
  7. k0rben

    k0rben I use my dremel as a toothbrush

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    Thanks a lot everyone, i hope today is the fans, coolers and accessories day. :thumb:
     
  8. matt_lumley

    matt_lumley You're only supposed to...

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    Keep us updated Korben I love it :)
     
  9. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Have you thought of a PSU fan intake hole in the bottom of the case?

    I've just done one, well worth it as your PSU gets fresh air rather than the GPU waste and it is easy to do.

    I did mine as a 92mm hole and it is centered on the middle of the 120m PSU fan. I have a grill outside and just sourcing a filter.
     
  10. k0rben

    k0rben I use my dremel as a toothbrush

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    Yes i was thinking of doing it but i'll rather have the psu fan facing up, like this

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    or i'll just flip it down, depends on temps and airflow, i think it has sufficient breathing room when facing down.

    New photos soon ! :lol:
     
  11. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    With the TX PSU, the cables will be on the side farthest from your cable routing holes when the fan is facing up. With the fan face down, the cables align perfectly with the routing hole.
     
  12. k0rben

    k0rben I use my dremel as a toothbrush

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    Fans update!

    Yep i know that, lately i was thinking about some psu covering shroud :) ..time will tell.

    NOW PROMISED UPDATES !

    3x Gelid Silent 12 - 1000RPM fan

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    and Gelid Tranquillo CPU cooler

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    2 Gelids modded (covered wires), removed old stickers and added new ones :D

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    The rubber fan mounts was quite hard to insert to holes, but finally i am out of the dusty room and got my camera.

    see y'all later.
     
  13. Remmes

    Remmes Be One With Your Mod

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    with those stock coolers hot air comes out of the back of your card since there is a blowerstyle fan in it.. also most hot air rises up so the PSU wont make it cooler that way.. but i guess it doesn't affect in a bad way either..
     
  14. k0rben

    k0rben I use my dremel as a toothbrush

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    I still don't know what card i'll use, now i have radeon x800gto which has only shader model 2.0, so i'm thinking about an hd5770.

    And some bad news, remember that hole i made for i/o cables up there?

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    it's too small so i have to enlarge it :duh:
     
  15. k0rben

    k0rben I use my dremel as a toothbrush

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    f****** bad news :miffed: stupid riveter is broken after 2 rivets (powerfix brand) and front usb and audio cables are too short to route behind tray. :waah:
     
  16. TheoGeo

    TheoGeo What are these goddamn animals?!

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    love the sketchup model, very detailed. Looks like a very clean build.

    Whats the block of metal at the bottom/front of the case? A hard drive silencer? Will it get enough air flow there? I'd be tempted to raise it up a bit so its directly in front of the fans
     
  17. k0rben

    k0rben I use my dremel as a toothbrush

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    It's the Scythe Himuro 5,25" Hard drive cooler (it also silences a bit), on my old hdd it dropped temps about 10 celsius :thumb:
    its placed directly to the airflow of down intake fan.

    anyway, tomorrow i must go get new riveter.
     
  18. matt_lumley

    matt_lumley You're only supposed to...

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    K0rben this is an awesome looking build, keep it coming mate!
     
  19. k0rben

    k0rben I use my dremel as a toothbrush

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    Allright fellas got myself a new nice riveter today, the case is riveted back together, now is HW part..
    photos soon :thumb:
     
  20. k0rben

    k0rben I use my dremel as a toothbrush

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    Sorry guys, photos tomorrow, something screwed up, something went out very well, my card reader (sdhc) doesn't seem to work, stay tuned :yawn:
     

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