Hello all, thought it was about time I posted, since I've been lurking (and admiring the great mods) on this forum for a year. I'm calling this a "quick and dirty mod" because I only had 2 days to do all the work, and I'm only modding the front of the case. This is fine, because where the case sits, you can only see it from the front. I only had 2 days because it's my fiance's pc and she wanted it back RIGHT NOW PLEASE! Furthermore, I will definitely be cutting some corners that other people wouldn't, especially in the areas of polishing and "fit and finish." Hopefully, there will still be some things here that will be useful for others' projects, and/or methods of work. So-- when I decided to upgrade my fiance's pc, I chose to reuse the drives, and what ever I could, but I had to buy new MB, CPU, memory, and case. I found a cheap MB/CPU deal at Fry's (a giant discount store with lots of computer and consumer stuff,) and they had Antec 1600 cases w/ PS on sale. It's a sturdy case with easy to remove sides, and well designed drive cages, so I bought one, even though it is one of the ugliest cases I've ever seen. The photo doesn't even convey the true ugliness of this case. It's smooth and shiney. ***. So the bezel had to go. Looks better already. I didn't really have a plan for the mod, I just knew I'd have to get rid of the bezel. I thought I might just paint the front of the case, or replace it with a nice piece of plexi. Looked thru my scrap pile and found this: It's left over acrylic, 1/8 inch thick, white. What's know in the US as "milk plex" because it looks like milk! It's not opaque, but you can't really see thru it either. So I cut some pieces, big enough to cover the metal front of the case, and while I was at it, I cut some the size of the drive bays. I knew I wanted to stealth the drives, no matter what else I did. Then I had to cut the opening for the drives. I used a technique called "plunge" cutting, only in this case, I held the plexi in place and raised the blade of my table saw thru it. I marked the cutout on the masking tape so I could see when I raised the blade enough to cut the opening. I repeated this for all 4 sides of the opening. WARNING! Don't try this at home! Unless you are very comfortable with the risks involved. There are safer, and easier ways to make these cuts--dremel, drill and jigsaw, file, router, etc. I chose this way because I have the tools, and wanted to work quickly. The table saw makes a relatively clean, very straight cut that needs minimal sanding or polishing. Especially for my "quick and dirty" techniques. Test fit: I'm starting to like how this is looking. I looked at the possibility of pushing the drives into the case, flush with my new plexi, but there wasn't enough room. So I thought I'd try adding a second piece just like the first, maybe with some sort of bolts as standoffs. When I held the 2nd piece in place, I could see too much ugly stuff around the drives, and realised I would need to make some sort of filler piece. I cut a strip of plexi, drilled some air holes, and tried out the look. Hmm, to many holes, and too big. Plus, what was I going to do at the corners? Try again. That's more like it. I had heated the strip with a heat gun for the test bend, but I thought I would need to be more precise if I was going to get all the lengths right, and get the 2 bends I needed in the right places. So I cut 2 peices of MDO (paper coated plywood, smooth and strong) the width I wanted, clamped the plexi strip in between and heated the places I wanted to bend. Another piece of MDO helped me keep the plexi straight next to the bend. Finished corner: Uhh Ohhh. there were little hairline stress cracks in the strip, and they opened up when I made the bend. Superglue closed the cracks, but even though this was a "quick and dirty" mod I couldn't live with that, so I remade the piece, and redrilled the vent holes, and recut the long parts of the U shape to length. That done, I could start thinking about how the new bezel would attach. i realised I would have to have a way for air to get thru my new vent holes, and into the case. So I snipped out the existing case grill: the result was somewhat less than clean. Hmm. Didn't want to use my Dremel, 'cause it would throw bits of metal into my mobo (did I mention that I borrowed my fiance's pc while she was out, and without her knowledge, for it's makeover?) Bits of metal and mobos don't mix well. So I reached for my nibbler. It makes bigger bits, that don't fly all over. Much better. Now to make the corresponding hole in the plexi. Layout, mark and drill with holesaw. Time now to glue the bent piece to the flat piece. I held it in place with a board, and used gel type crazy glue to "tack" the peice in place. Then I went back and added gel glue to the entire length of the bent piece, like a welding bead. Test fit: Up next-- mounting the USB ports, stealthing the drives, LEDs, and buttons, and a surprise!