First, a little about myself. This isn't the first case mod I've done, but it's the first that meets two serious criteria: 1 - It will be finished 2 - It will be nice First time I ever did any modding, it was the winter of 2002 to 2003. I got my hands on some old AT cases. I did one up in blue and silver, the other in red and gold. It's the blue and silver one I was proud of. I cut a window (no small task, as it was an full tower of heavy duty steel and I didn't have the proper tools) and gave it a nice coat of silver paint, then did blue accents by hand. I had some thin tape, and masked off some nice stripes. I was quite proud. After that, I got a new computer with a "pre-mod" (back when there was still a distinction) case, which meant multicolored LEDs in the front and a pre-cut window. Cooled me off for a little, and then I went on a series of scratch-build misadventures. A common theme was that I didn't have the tools or experience to do decent metalwork or cut acrylic, so I'd inevitably screw a mobo tray onto a piece of fiberboard or something stupid like that. Then I got an Athlon 64 and a nice Coolermaster case, and that was it for modding for a couple years. I wanted to a good case mod. You guys have stepped it up. When I did my first AT tower mod, it was a new hobby. Some people were good, and some were bad, but the overall quality was much lower. My two favorite case mods were Macroblack by Macroman, and Bliss Unleashed by DDK. They were both off-the-shelf cases, modded without any fancy equipment or expensive materials, just acrylic, paint, and time. By modern standards, they wouldn't have even made "Mod of the Month", but that's a testament to how much knowledge and experience the modding community as gained as a whole. In those days, we were just beginning to see cases in colors other than beige, to see waterblocks sold on websites rather than being built from scratch. Thus, I was quite nervous to begin a new case mod. I don't have any CNC machines. I don't have any training in how to use tools, other than what I've figured out on my own. I'm an engineer, but not a mechanical engineer or an electrical engineer. I used mostly hand tools for this. There were a couple times I was able to get a jigsaw in, but for the most part I used a hacksaw and a little beast called a "nibbler", popular among modders many years ago. It's a metal punch. You put a piece of metal between its jaws, and squeeze, and then it punches out a small rectangle of metal, about 1/16" by 5/16", give or take. It's neat and clean, and allows for straight smooth edges, and right angle corners (you can rotate it 90 degrees very easily). My first idea was to do watercooling in a Lian Li fulltower, but I really didn't need the extra cooling since my PC already runs pretty cool and I wasn't planning on doing extreme overclocking, so watercooling lost its appeal. Then, I stumbled across a PowerMac G5 case. It's old news - they have been modding PCs into them for years now, but it seemed like an ideal project. I had seen the Mac troll one from when they were new and the cases were hundreds of dollars, and liked it, but the cases were hundreds of dollars. Since Apple moved to Intel and the G5s are horribly outdated, they've gotten much cheaper. I was able to pick up a complete system with a dead mobo for $50, which was about what they were going for empty. However, I'll keep the CPUs, GPUs, PSU, and fans and maybe make a few bucks selling them individually on ebay. I thought about just getting a generic nice case like a Silverstone FT02 or Coolermaster Cosmos S or a Lian Li PC-A05B, but I figured "Hey, for $50, why not give it a shot?" knowing that I could probably get most of that back just by selling the extra Mac parts.