Secret Project Codename: Sound+Vision Obviously i've had to keep this one under cover as it’s the final stage entry into the Coolermaster competition along with four others but now the comp has closed its time to reveal all. I'll start with a little about the competition and the influence behind the mod. I understood that Coolermaster planed to unveil the winning case on their stand at the CES show in Vegas in January 2006 so the main criteria was to build a free standing system that would first and foremost look fantastic but also be unique and stand out amongst the crowd but not to off the wall that it would be unrecognisable as not being all Coolermaster products. I decided to build a free standing media PC that incorporates a TFT screen to the front and powered stereo speakers to either side panel hence the project name "Sound + Vision" which also features wireless internet so can be used for web surfing on the move (if your eyesight is up to it) and TV card with large storage capacity for watching and recording all your favourite movies, sport etc. Basically the PC can be hooked up anywhere there is a mains power supply and with the addition of the colour co-ordinated mouse and keyboard can run movies, games, DVD's, TV in fact anything without the need for a traditional monitor or speakers. The theme of the case is loosely based on a favourite car, the WRC Subaru Impreza STI so a genuine bonnet scoop was cut down and modded to the top of the case adding extra ventilation that also inadvertently work out well as a sub bass port for the side speakers which are incorporated into genuine Mini GTI vents that hold the three speaker pods on each side. All the hardware including CPU, Chipset, Graphics Card and Hard Drive are all watercooled by the Coolermaster Aquagate that does a great job in keeping everything running very cool, stable and quiet and the addition of Pink UV Dye adds a unique contrast to the Blue, Black and White chassis. Hardware Used: DFI Crossfire Motherboard A64 3700+ San Diego CPU Gainward 7800 GT Golden Sample 120GB Western Digital Hard Drive 2x 512MB OCZ 3200 Pioneer DVD/RW Coolermaster Products: Coolermaster Centurion CAC Case Coolermaster Alu Bezel Aquagate ALC-U01 Va-Aqua GPU Block NB-Aqua Northbridge Block HDD AquaTurtle Hard Drive Block Coolermaster 550watt PSU IDE + Sata Leads 120mm + 80mm Fans Anyway......on with the mod! The pictures are pretty self-explanatory and be warned there are absolutely loads but I’ll try my best throughout to make sense of how the mod all came together! The patient I chose to go under the knife this time is the CM Centurion (CAC 505) which was one of the prizes from round 2 of the CM mod comp and this is how the case looked when it turned up so there was loads of potential there and turned out to be a great case to mod! First of all i took an Impreza bonnet vent and as you can see, marked it out with masking tape to cut the centre 10” section out. After cutting between the two marked lines i finished up with two end bits that needed re-joining together. So using a bit of the cut out centre section i made a piece to re-enforce the two bits and would make for a much stronger join. Mixed up some quick drying Araldite and clamped it all together with a couple of G clamps and after it had dried, ended up with a rather cut down bonnet scoop There is still a bit of a gap in the very front bit as it was a hard job to make an precise cut on such an unusual shaped object but that could be filled later with car body filler once its mounted to the case so I finished off with taking the lip off the bottom as I felt it was sitting a little too proud and not in proportion with the case and then finished off rubbing it down a little with wet n dry….…the main thing was that it was very strong after the two part glue had dried. Next step was to mask and mark the top of the case which was done by just laying the scoop on top of the case once it had been masked up and drew round with a felt tip pen. then drilled a pilot hole to start and cut out with a jigsaw then draw filed the ruff edge down.