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Modding Recommended first mods? (Or alt title = What was your first mod?)

Discussion in 'Modding' started by GuitarBizarre, 23 Sep 2007.

  1. GuitarBizarre

    GuitarBizarre <b>banned</b>

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    Much as I love the Project logs here and would love to get into modding proper, I have two problems.

    1 - I'm 18, unemployed, and any little income I do have goes into things like guitar strings and transport.
    2 - My Case is a P180, so its a little much for me to take on as a first modding project.

    I'm sure I could source an old case from somewhere (Or alternatively, if anyone on bit needs to clear one out, I'm here *puppy dog eyes*)

    But that leads me to the next question. Whats a good mod to cut your teeth on? Not a full case conversion or anything, just the one or two things to do that aren't too difficult but'll help me get used to working with the bits and pieces of modding.

    Tools wise I think I can source a dremel from somewhere, and we have drills and saws and files.
     
  2. capnPedro

    capnPedro Hacker. Maker. Engineer.

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  3. notatoad

    notatoad pretty fing wonderful

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    you've got a beautiful case that you can't do much to the outside of, but that doesn't mean you can't play with the inside. try doing the modular power supply thing on the front page. i know my p180 is a jumbled mess on the inside, i bet yours is too.

    i find modding is no fun if you are looking for stuff to do just for the sake of modding. find something that needs to be done, and tackle that.
     
  4. GuitarBizarre

    GuitarBizarre <b>banned</b>

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    Already have a modular PSU...

    Was thinking of engraving something, but I need muchos practice before even trying that.
     
  5. Spaceraver

    Spaceraver Ultralurker

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    practice makes perfect. :)
     
  6. mvagusta

    mvagusta Did a skid that went for two weeks.

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    i reckon half the modding here is done by guys that had no reason to mod, these guys were just looking at their stuff thinking "what can i do to that? hmmm..."
    here's some suggestions for first time mods:

    fit heatpipe heatsinks if not there already
    fit ramsinks, vreg/mosfet sinks if not there already
    before fitting heatsinks roughen up heasink fins & lapp then polish the bases
    fan speed controller
    install leds, led fans, ccfl
    light controller
    improove vents for fans if they aren't free-flowing
    install fan filters that can be cleaned easily
    stealth dvd drive
    rubber mount hdd for reduced noise, hdd heatsinks available aswell

    maybe some of these ^ interest you?

    you could engrave heatsinks, the visible part of mobo tray, drive mount part of the case & psu - you would want to remove all components when engraving, and then clean thouroughly - you don't want particles of metal floating around in your case!
     
  7. TGH-odin

    TGH-odin Swedish Modder

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    I know how it feels to be limited. Myself I am 16 years, with only about 125 USD/month. Though you can build cheap. Last summer i built a case for like 10 usd. I got 3 Meters of steelprofile for 10 USD, cutted in to size, riveted it together. Add to that a soldering station, Dremel copi, and a cordless drill/screwdriver, thats my arsenal, and alot of guts ;) Ill soon start my new building, a chase in a amplifier-style, stay tuned, even brats can do modding ;D
     
  8. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Pvc pipe. You can make anything with enough pipe and glue. I used to pick up construction site scraps and build stuff. (I sold a lot of homemade bongs too.)
     
  9. mvagusta

    mvagusta Did a skid that went for two weeks.

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    for elcheapo modding visit a swap meet - i've seen old but BIG tower cases & desktop cases for like $5 australian.

    The venting is pathetic on these old things but they are perfect candidates for drilling, hacking, filing/sanding & painting. If you have the tools to cut in the garage at home then all you need is like $10 for a couple of cans of paint for a first mod - thats $15 total! You can spend more on paint, even fibreglass, fans, lights, acrylic, etc
    I'm sure someone knows where to get things like fans, leds & acrylic for free.... many different companies & businesses have trash that is a modder's treasure :)
     
  10. mod-zoo

    mod-zoo What's a Dremel?

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    I say use what you have and get what you can afford. I know on trash days around my neighborhood, I scope peoples garbage for cases. Haven't found one yet, but I will one of these days. I've also been in close contact with a local signmaker and when I first met 'em I remember him saying that if I was interested in some scrap vinyl, I could have it for free. Maybe there's a sign shop around where you live that might do the same for you. You never know.

    As far as my first case goes, peep my sig.
     
  11. THEkorean

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    seems like you play guitar.. should mod a computer into an old guitar, ive always wanted to do it to a cello. I saw an acoustic bass (huge mother f**Er) in the garabage at my school today, i REALLY didnt have room in the car :( . The point is, be creative and you can do anything for your first mod.
     
  12. Morphine-Kitty

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    Engravings easy. Just find a picture you like and go nuts. Make sure the picture has some strong points of contrast before you take it on as a first one. You can do photos later. :p

    Although metal might be harder to work with then wood, so I might be wrong here.
     
  13. jakenbake

    jakenbake full duplex

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    sell plasma. or sperm. or both.
     
  14. Morphine-Kitty

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    I'm not sure if that can actually be considered a mod.

    Sorry to rain on your parade.
     
  15. TGH-odin

    TGH-odin Swedish Modder

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    :D
     
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    I hit an old p1 tower with a hammer..

    I like to think i created 'modern art'
     
  17. mvagusta

    mvagusta Did a skid that went for two weeks.

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    i just found out that there's a couple of places you can get heaps of pc parts for free, they are literally throwing it all away: monitors, cases, mobos, ram, psus, the lot, and these aren't all bottom of the range stuff either, much of it was once cutting edge high performance gear.
    linky
     

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