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Case Mod - In Progress [Worklog] Project:Black Fire, Update:31 Dec 2007

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by lolhalol, 20 Nov 2006.

  1. lolhalol

    lolhalol New Member

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    Update status...currently at this stage
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    Hey, This is my second mod project. Anyway some info bout the mod, first the case , a 0408-sl i cute aka Aerocool Jetmaster(Aerocool)
    secondly a list of things to do:-
    1)Cut out mobo tray holes for cable management
    2)Make the cd-drive bays shorter
    3)cutout the floppy bays
    4) make a mounting plate for a double 120mm radiator
    5)make divider plate between power supply and the rest of the components
    6)paint interior black as well exterior, but with flame stencils on all sides.
    7)remove front panel
    8)make new front and top panels out of acrylic
    9)get case ready for water cooling

    heres a list of my current hardware:-
    AMD Athlon 64(939) 4000+ Clawhamer (FX-53 Core)
    DFI UT NF4-Ultra D
    mushkin enhance memory Level2 DDR3500 (old skool bh-5)
    HIS X1650Pro 256DDR3
    FSP Epsilon 600wtt(RMA), Currently Acbel 390WT
    80Gb Pata WD Caviar
    LG H220N DVD-RW(coming soon) Currently OEM IBM DVD-rom

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    Cooling:-
    Swiftech Storm g5 Rev.2 (coming Soon) currently i have a whitewatter sitting in front of me,bt using stock hsf.
    Swiftech MCP655 aka Laing D5 and a Nirox p2800
    Swiftech MCR220
    Swiftech MCRES-Micro
    Swiftech Hydrx
    alright enough with the words, lets start with the pictures.

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    first i went to my local hardware store to get some supplies bout 25$USD worth.
    Heres a list:-
    11 cans or Spray Paint (Nippon brand)-3 Tangerine,2 Flat black, 3 Gloss black, 3 Clear Coats
    4 Rolls of 1 1/2" Masking tape/Painters tape
    6 Rolls of 1/4" masking tape /painters tape
    1 Roll of 1 1/2" Double sided tape(thick)
    1 Roll of 1/4" Double sided tape(thin)
    100pcs of 1/2" x 1/2" Pop Rivets
    1 Hand Riverter
    1 Hacksaw blade
    1 800 Grit wet/dry sandpaper
    1 1500 grit wet/dry sandpaper
    1 1/2L Paint Remover
    1 Pair of Rubber Gloves
    1 Dust Mask
    30pcs of tack cloth

    [​IMG]heres the case to be modded.

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    this is a server cube i got for free, dam this thing is heavy as it is large, whole thins is constructed out of 2mm thick steel. Look at the comparison between the case and the spray can.

    [​IMG]bt it has a lot of metal i can use.

    [​IMG]its an old server from a printing company.

    the case needs to be striped down first so after 160(i counted) rivets drilled out
    we have a pile of junk metal on one side, a clean chassis on the other.
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    theres lots more metal but it couldn't fit the box ....

    while de-riverting the case a drill bit broke, snaped actually, with half the drill bit still in the rivet...
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    then i got a knock on the door and a big brown box was delivered to me, :D :D some of my wc stuffs has arrived.
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    sorry for the blur pic's, using a sony clie camera..

    anyway went to ace hardware n got this
    [​IMG]a spray gun ....it really helps with the painting...
    wait n c the pics...updates coming on wednesday.....
     
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  2. Slakker

    Slakker New Member

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    ...Get a cheap digital so you don't have to take pictures with your phone anymore. You can get a decent digital camera that won't be so grainy and blurry for fairly cheap these days.
     
  3. lolhalol

    lolhalol New Member

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    hello agian ... i skipped skool today to mod.... the pictures u c in the first post is yesterdays work....
    neway here we go ..on with the pictures...

    here we go....

    first i wanted to strip the paint before i started cutting

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    heres the cap ayam paint remover...

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    the panels laid out ready for some stripping action :w :w

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    i forgot to buy a brush so i had to use my hands to spread the fluid around, i swear u dun wan to try this at home, paint stripper burns man....
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    all spread out

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    almost there, the paint becomes like wrinkly then u can use a scraper and scrape it off...of the panel there is after 3 coats of flat black.... almost the whole can is finish di coz i painted the other side to...


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    this is after some wet sanding with 800grit on the panel with the window, the other panel is waiting for some bondo to cover up the icute logo :w :w ...

    time to paint
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    my tool of choice.. can gun.... :thumbs: :thumbs:
    my painting area...neway so sorry no close ups coz my camera battery suddenly gave up on me shouting put me back on the charging dock,,,.... :x :x :x
     
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  4. lolhalol

    lolhalol New Member

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    while waiting for my paint to dry.. i took one of the big side panels and started to mask it up... after 3/4 of a roll we have this

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    all taped up...

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    the white paper u c is actually a template i got from acryan.Templates
    they help me line up the holes for the radiator....

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    holes drilled and filled

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    all prepped for cutting....

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    here is my cutting desk, my drill and my angle grinder..u can call this my work space..

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    cutting the outlines....very slow work because i didn't want to over cut...
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    after bout an hour later we have this....

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    cutting out the floppy bays....
     
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  5. lolhalol

    lolhalol New Member

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    then cutting a big hole in the mobo tray for cable management....
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    then disaster struck when i was half way through.. the cutting disc i was using on my angle grinder shattered, spitting the broken pieces at mach1 all over the place... luckily i wasn't hit :sweat: :sweat: B]
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    but when i thought it couldn't get worse the angle grinder got jammed and i couldn't remove the center part of the broken blade... so no more cutting for me for now... maybe ill just get a dremel...

    but in the end i manged to get it cut anyway....
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    after some sawing and filling we have this

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    the radiator mounting plate.. i know it is not straight :w bt it fits and no one is going to see it anyway once I'm done....

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    here we go testing with two fans... perfect fit.. :hyper: :hyper: :idea: :idea:
     
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  6. lolhalol

    lolhalol New Member

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    k here we go again...riveting the case back together...
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    heres the rad plate mounted on....

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    another shot of it......

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    test fitting to c whether the rivets can hold....n it does...

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    final shot for today... did so much work since morning 6 am non stop..u can literaly c my hand shaking ..look at the pic how shaky.......tired like a B****....

    neway want to try n c whether i can cut this .... without rotary tools....(looks up to the sky praying for :help: )
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    comments as usual are always welcome....tell me wat u think... constructive criticism is always good....now time to go play nfs carbon..finnaly ariived my pre order kit.... :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs: :peace: :peace:

    p/s again so sorry for the lousy pictures... im gonna get a sony cybershot ...Sony
     
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  7. JAxen

    JAxen New Member

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    lookin great man! good luck and take it ez
     
  8. OldY

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    Great Work - keep it up :thumb:
     
  9. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    What the heck! Are you painting on stairway or something? And also I would NOT use the paint remover indoors, it's so gonna melt your brains. Terrible stuff.
     
  10. lolhalol

    lolhalol New Member

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    hey guys thx for the compliments.... neway
    @jipa
    yeah that is the staris , my condos emergency stairway... neway i had a delta ffb blowing behind me so i had the ventilation i needed, bt i became deaf after a while...lol
     
  11. lolhalol

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    k as u saw in the first thread.... i had a swiftech mcres-miro with me... n was deciding where to mount it...i decided to mount it near the pci slots... as this case is inverted it is also the highest int in the loop(well almost) coz the rad is bout 2 mm taller....bt if i wanted to mount it there i would need to fabricate the mounting bracket...so here goes....
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    heres the reservoir, to me its the best ever design.... user friendly n good erformance with low pressure drop...
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    thats where i plan to mount it...

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    here i manage to get a aluminum l bar which will donate bout 5 inches of it self for my bracket.

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    :stars: back to using hand tools, after my episode with exploding cutting discs, i went back to using hand tools... :flex: ...

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    here it is cut, ready to be taped off and drilled...

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    the ever useful making tape

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    all taped in it temporary clothes..

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    drilling, i went slow this time as allu is so soft no broken drill bits this time...

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    drilled and fillled

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    test fit and voila, it fits perfectly...
     
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  12. lolhalol

    lolhalol New Member

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    here i scuffed the suface so that paint could adhere to the surface... painted it 3 times before i realised
    alu cant be painted on...without prep work....neway i scuffed it with a sanding bit with the drill

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    painted.....
     
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  13. lolhalol

    lolhalol New Member

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    now i paint the side panel....

    i painted this on monday and left it to dry....
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    we have after 3 coats...

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    aftere 4 coats... the relflections are unbelieaveble the stupid camera doesnt catch the reflection so well...

    anyway
    the rason y this mod is called black fire, flame stecills...
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    first getting the panel orange coat ready....
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    done

    then leave it out to dry....

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    then mask the orange part, and stick the stencil on top and use a knife or blade to cut along the lines....

    peel of the masking tape and u have this [​IMG]
    nice right....

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    then spray the black over it, and voila u have fire....
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    here it is on the case....

    :x :x :x then while looking at it , it hit me that i did a stupid mistake i should have painted the other way round.... black first mask off the black and put on the orange part.... :x :x i think ill just redo it.,.... neway it still looks sweet thogh....

    anyway i put an order through to ppcs
    heres a list ... most of the stuffs are self explanatory and is for this mod...
    1 x Urethane Bumpers Tapered Square - (Set of 4) - Black
    14 x Lian Li Thumb Screws M3 Size - Silver
    1 x Vandal Resistant Illuminated Switch - Blue Ring
    4 x PVC Rubber Grommets 0.8125" I.D. Hole
    1 x A.C. Ryan Toolx™ Pin Remover - ATX / P4-12V
    1 x Lian Li Replacement Removable Hard Drive Rack Base for PC-6X
    1 x Lian Li Replacement Removable Hard Drive Rack for PC-6X
    5 x ClearFlex 60 Tubing 1/2" ID 3/4" OD
    1 x Ultra All Purpose Computer Assembly Screws
    2 x Grommet Edging - Clear
    1 x Swiftech STORM Extreme Performance Universal Water-block - Rev 2
    1 x Swiftech MCP655™ 12 VDC Pump
    total=$usd250

    should be arriving dis saturday or sunday... im going to go get my camera this weekend too... :clap: :clap: :clap:

    neway this mod is stuck for the moment coz i need to go get bondo and sandpaper, and wait for my stuffs..
    u can expect a tiny update maybe on friday the earliest....sorry guys....

    a funky shot....
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  14. lolhalol

    lolhalol New Member

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    k i did some skecthup work and came up with this...
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    this finish product should be something similar....

    neway there is a beter quality one here...
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  15. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

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    yikes using paint remover in doors with improper ventilation, painting on the stairway without covering it??? kids these days lol

    Anyhow man its lookin good, keep it up.
     
  16. lolhalol

    lolhalol New Member

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    man im a smoker so fumes aint much of a problerm for me.... my lungs already dying, anyway i don think of it as vandalism, i think of it as collateral art... man im 16 so i aint so much of a kid anymore....i dun mean to sound angry though....anyway u a nice mod going on urself.... great work..n nice case
     
  17. Javerh

    Javerh Topiary Golem

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    Patronizing talk: Smoke and you'll die before you hit 60. Breathe fumes and you'll die before you hit 30. I'd choose smoking.
     
  18. THEkorean

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    man! lol how can you continue modding if you die @30, possibly sooner because you smoke AND breathe fumes? anyways, nice mod you got there, i like the renderings, the very minimalist exterior is nice
     
  19. lolhalol

    lolhalol New Member

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    ^lol..if i do both? how many years?
     
  20. lolhalol

    lolhalol New Member

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    bro i got plenty years left even if i die at 30, im only 16 man... do bout 14 years left for modding...lol...neway yeah i was actually going for that idea but didnt like the idea of an all black casing,thats where the flames came into play.... hehe actually i got inspired by darkened and his orange monster for this case mod...thx for the compliments though
     
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