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  1. Hey Munkeys! Got another "quick", sponsored project for you all. First off, a huge shout out to all the sponsors, EVGA, Bitspower and TeamGroup Inc.! And of course, a very HUGE shout out to EVGA and their Gear Up with EVGA program for the continuous support! And this project will be a special one because I have finally got my own logo that I have been wanting for quite some time now. I wanted something simple that I could use for designs and cutouts for future projects. Came up with this design. And then asked a friend of mine to put in some touches on it. Since I mainly use Aluminum and Acrylic plastics, I asked him to throw those in, and this is what we came up. And now that that's out of the way, Let's start, shall we? Recently, Bitspower reached out and asked if I wanted to do a project for them using their new TouchAqua Sedna 011 for the Lian Li 011 Dynamic computer case. I have not worked with them for quite a while and since the person who reached out and requested is a very good friend of mine, I immediately took that opportunity that he laid in the table. After receiving the packages, I immediately strip the case down. My plan was to do a quick custom paint job on this project since the Lian Li 011 Dynamic is one hell of an awesome computer case. There's really not much, if nothing, to mod on this case. And this case, by far, is my favorite computer case that I have worked on. After a quick look, some measuring here and there, I started to tear the front, brushed aluminum part of it. I recently found a guy who accepts small custom paint jobs locally, and I immediately contacted him to ask if he can take on a small project. He agreed and I wasted no time and strip the case of it's parts. At the time that I got the packages, I have been waiting for a pc game to come out. Anthem. I only played it once, for a couple of hours, flying around and exploring the open world. I got inspired to do a case mod base on the "Interceptor" javelin class of the game. So I started to draw up a sketch of what I wanted. Came up with a simple one. And when I came up with this, I didn't have any clue that the game is starting to "flop". Sent those over to the paint guy, a couple of changes, just minor ones, and after a week, he came back with this. It was not as perfect as what I was expecting, but this was A LOT far better than what I can produce using aerosol paint. All in all, I am happy with the result! And since the paint job was done quickly, well, I started to put the thing together. I've got to say, Z390 FTW is A LOT sexier in person! One hell of a beefy heatsink!! EVGA's waterblocks for their 2080Ti are one of the sexiest that I have seen in a while. With a beefy card like this and a monster board like the Z390 FTW, adding in a 1000w power supply is not a bad idea. For the CPU water block, I like how it looks, but I was trying to reduce the "dark" colors on the build since the Interceptor character has mostly white and green armor. So I ended up peeling the black top cover of the water block. One of my favorite parts of this project. For quite some time now, I have been wanting to explore the world of custom "distribution plates", unfortunately time didn't allow me to. But seeing this TouchAqua distribution plate in person inspired to go and explore how to make your own plate. I will definitely make one in the near future. TeamGroup was awesome and generous enough to send these out for the project. Assembly time! Now, when I was putting this together, I overlooked one thing. After installing the card, I was planning on the tube route, when I noticed something. I did not realized that the FTW waterblock was too "wide" when using it horizontally. The stock cooler fits in no problem, but since the EVGA FTW waterblock is one hell of a beefy block, the thing was poking out. At that time, it was poking out by around 5-6mm and when I realized it, all I could think of is make a acrylic side panel and make a 7mm spacer between the case and the side panel. But here's the awesome part, EVGA then said "nah, nah, nah, looks like you need a different card that will fit inside that thing. Here, the waterblock for this is not as wide as the ftw block.". They then sent this over! I was damn speechless on the awesome support that they showed. 2 days after that, the EVGA 2080Ti XC and the waterblock for it showed up on my door step. That kind of support, is just, well, AWESOME! And if you are reading this, there's another incident that happened, and yet again, I experienced EVGA's awesome support. Keep on reading below. And after that little hiccup, I started running some tubes in the system. I was actually quite excited about it since this was my first time using a distribution plate on a project. And after that, I did a quick leak testing. No leaks! Now, I was about to wrap the project up. All I needed to do was to put in some green dye on the loop. And here was the 2nd problem. After running the loop for an hour or so, I noticed the LED debug indicator on the board kept on cycling through a bunch of codes. I got curious so I plugged in an HDMI cable from the system to a monitor to see if the thing gets into BIOS. Aaaaaand, nope! I tried all the ports on the card, still no display on the monitor. I tried for a day and a half to see what the hell did I do wrong, no luck. So I reached out to EVGA again, we did some more tests upon their instructions, and we confirmed that I got a dead board on my hands. BUT! Here's where EVGA showed their awesomeness again. 2 days after I reached out to them, they've sent me a replacement board! It still kinda sucks that I have to drain and take the loop out, but that was nothing compared to what EVGA have shown. That will be it for me for now. I will post the final photos tomorrow! Ciao!
  2. Welcome one and all to my very first build log. Hopefully this will be a great experience to share with you all as this is a project of many firsts: first extensive case mod, first foray into custom water cooling, first hardline loop too, and first time putting everything out there for public display! Exciting and terrifying in equal measure Asteria II: Rearmoured is based around the stunning In Win 901 Mini ITX case, and was inspired by Laine's "Clarity". It was great to see a custom loop put into this case, but I felt more could've been done with his radiator placement. A year of planning and exploring later I've bitten the bullet and giving it a shot of my own. The name Asteria was a Greek goddess associated with falling stars and prophetic dreams. She was also a Titan and, frankly, that's why the original Asteria was named as such - all of my computers are female and she had a GTX Titan inside The Titan and a few other parts of being reused in this new project, and hence Asteria II: Rearmoured was born. Hardware i7 6700K Maximus VIII Impact 16GB Dominator Platinum GTX Titan Silverstone ST45SF-G V2 PSU Water cooling EK Supremacy EVO Acetal Watercool Heatkiller GPU-X3 Titan LT with EK FC Titan backplate Alphacool UT60 360 primary radiator Alphacool ST30 120 secondary radiator Alphacool DDC310 pump with Aquacomputer DDC top Aquacomputer Aqualis ECO100 res EK 12mm hardline compression fittings Fans still TBC Since this has been in the planning stages for over a year, there's no starting pics of the case I'm afraid since it's all in bits for measuring! Where I can though I do intend to give some stock shots of components before they're modded. Right now though I only have my phone camera available, some cheap lights and a black bed sheet that refuses to have the creases ironed out of it, so don't expect miracles in the photography department Thanks for looking, progress will be updated as it comes.
  3. Hey Guys! I'm back! What a 2018! And as usual, I just finished another project sponsored by EVGA, Thermaltake and Zadak511, and I am here to share it with you guys. This project got delayed a bunch of times but in the end I got it done before the end of 2018. Let's start shall we? This project is called "WhiteNoise", and the theme of the project is based on a NHL team, the Winnipeg Jets! I got inspired to do this project after watching the Winnipeg Jets go against the Nashville Predators last year in the playoffs. Looking at their official uniforms, I thought, why not make a case mod with their theme? Blue, White, Gray and a little bit or Red? Sure! So, I asked EVGA if they would like to throw in their DG-76 computer case to be murdered by me. A week after asking, well, they've sent me these. They were kind enough to send a DG-76, x2 GtX 1080 with Hydro Copper Blocks, 850PQ power supply, some awesome sleeved power supply cables (blue and white), power links and some awesome poster. And Zadak511 stepped in and threw in a 64GB kit of their Zadak MOAB RGB ram sticks with some swags included! And Apacer global jumped in too and threw in one of their M.2 128GB SSD for the project. Now, for the main "star" of the butchery.. Now, originally, my plan was to flip the whole case so the front panel will be the bottom, Remove the part of the case that has mounting holes for reservoir and slap x2 360mm radiator, which sadly didn't work. This would have work, but if I went this route, I would need to either cut some breathing holes on the right side panel or make a replacement for the let tempered glass with holes on it for exhausting air from the radiator fans. So, I ended up with the easier way. One 360mm radiator on front. And before dismantling the DG-76, someone rang the doorbell, and this was in the front door. And after that, I decided to dismantle some parts of the DG-76, mainly the power supply shroud and the motherboard tray since I wanted those to remain white, and the rest will be blue. Aaaand off to the backyard we go! This was around October, and the temperature around here is getting colder. I was planning on doing some more cutting on the computer case, but if I remembered correctly, I only had 2 more days before the weather goes down to below zero. While waiting for the fresh coat of paint to dry up a little bit, I went ahead and did some cutting on the plastic front panel. Now, I wanted to do a push/pull config for the radiator, and I want to have the fans pulling to be outside the case. That is impossible to do unless you trim off this tab with magnet that holds the front dust cover and trim a little bit of the bottom too. after doing those, well, time to give this a blue bath! Now, a few days after I have torn the DG-76 to pieces, I ordered some White Delrin PC case feet from MNPCTech.com . These looks and feels premium and thought would go nicely for this build. Installing them was a breeze too. The DG-76's original feet has 2 mounting holes for each. Conveniently, those holes are almost the exact, same size as the included mounting screws for the White Delrin case feet! just need to file those hole a little bit and the screws just slide in. How convenient is that! While waiting for the top, front and back plastic panels to dry up, I spewed some paint on the right metal panel and some of the random accessories for the build. The hydro copper block, the Thermaltake CL360 Radiator and the sli bridge. Aaaaaaand.... At this point, there is just no way for me to be able to more paint jobs since the temperature outside is well below 0c, so I opted with using Vinyl stickers for the Winnipeg Jets logos for the build. As much as I wanted to do paint instead of stickers, It just won't work. I tried, but things just got ugly and I ended up sanding the paint down. But in the end, the vinyl sticker worked pretty well. This is Thermaltake's W4 pacific water block. Again, vinyl sticker for the Jets logo. But after doing the logo, I realized I screwed up something. For the logo to stay upright like this, I need to rotate the whole block, which sadly won't work. The mounting bracket and the holes are just waaaaaay off. LOL! Now if I took the sticker off and rotate it upright, well, the logo won't look good anymore. So in the end, I ended up changing the logo. Aaaaaand, after a few days of waiting, everything dried up well. As I have mentioned, after the blue paint job, I could not do anymore painting outside, so I ended up with using Vinyl stickers and a little bit of clear coating. Now, a couple months back before I started this project, I ended up dismantling half of my CNC machine to try to get it leveled as much as I could. Office life got busier than ever, so the cnc was out of commission when I started this project. Now, I am not a huge fan of front panels that doesn't have any breathing holes on it and instead have gaps all around the side for air to be either pulled in or exhaust out. I wanted to make a custom front panel for the project, so I ended up contacting one of my buddies, killRMODZ to do a solid for me and make the custom front panel. After a very short noticed, and a few exchanges of emails about the design, this is what we ended up with. The bottom piece is actually a gpu support in the form of a hockey stick. Now, all I need to do is to drill some mounting holes for the front panel, and the front will be completed! Looks awesome in my opinion! And now, if ever, I will be comfortable using the front as the front intake and won't worry about not having enough airflow! And I think that was all the stuff that I need to do before putting the thing together. Got all the panels painted up, logos on them, why don't we put the thing together then? Shall we? Sooooo, back when I was making a list for the stuff that I will be using for thermaltake, I screwed up that list. Instead of asking 3 sets of Thermaltake Riing Trio fans, I ended up writing 1 set of 120mm and 3 sets of 140mm fans (stupid I know). In this project, I will need at least 6 fans for the push/pull config. It's a good thing that Thermaltake sent me one of the Floe AiO coolers which has 3 120mm fans. So I ended up using those since the 140mm wont fit either inside the case or outside the front panel. Time to do the hard line tubing! Although after finishing up one bottle of beer, I fell asleep and ended up doing the hard line loop the next day. I have a very, VEEEERY low alcohol tolerance, so usually, one bottle of beer is enough to knock me off. Now, after doing the whole loop, I filled it up and discovered I have a bad leak on the cpu block fitting. And by the looks of it, I didn't tighten the fitting enough. The coolant got on the motherboard just a little bit, probably a drop or two. So I needed to drain the whole loop, and blow dry the board. And in hindsight, it was actually good since I realized, I needed to add one more drain valve on the tube from the GPU's going to the radiator. And for the coolant, Thermaltake was kind enough to send these baby for the project. Aaaand after doing some leak test, and testing if the board is still alive (which I already knew the board was fine), it's time to wrap this baby up! Thermaltake's Pacific C-Pro fittings is one of the easiest fittings that I have used so far. And they went really well with the project. They actually sent over some blue fittings too but after asking the wife which color to go, I ended up with the one fitting. Aaaaaand, time to turn this baby on! And that's it for this project! After some delays, small problems here and there, this was still a fun project for me! Now I can officially say, I am a HUGE Winnipeg Jets fan now! To the sponsors, thank you very much for the support! I hope you guys had fun going through this work log and hopefully, learn a little bit too. Have a happy new year and see on the next project!
  4. Been a while since I've posted a project log, so for those who don't know me, or don't remember, Hi, I'm Mosquito, also known as Chris, and I'm a case modding enthusiast A coworker and I were talking about some of the case mods I've done in the past, and as a result wanted to try watercooling his BitFenix Portal case. He thought switching back to the Wraith cooler for the CPU, and doing a custom loop with a 120mm radiator for just the GPU would be all he'd get. I told him I bet I could fit a 240mm radiator in there, so that's what we've decided to go after... It actually took a lot less modding than I thought it might, as we got relatively lucky with the radiator just clearing the GPU block, but we'll get into that more later. First things first, this is the Bit Befnix Portal, for those who are not familiar Something that makes things a little weird, is that the chassis slides out of the main shell, so we had to make sure we allowed that to continue working through all this. This is what the 'stock' build consisted of. ASRock B350 ITX, Ryzen 1600X, and an RX Vega 56. First things first, gotta tear that down. With the case empty this is, roughly speaking, what we intend to make happen. Removing the back fascia gives a pretty compact little chassis. Though with some indexing pins on the bottom, it doesn't sit on the workbench very well! Next up, remove the drive cage. I'm not sure why this wasn't easily removable, as the bottom is mostly held in place by some sliding connections, but never the less there were 6 rivets to drill out After some fiddling around, we realized that it was going to be a lot more work to get the radiator mounted on the outside of the case, so we would have to make fans in front work instead. Next up, we'll have to get it to fit both fans up front, so stay tuned for that, and please ask questions, post comments, and let me know what you think. Forums are about community, whether we all agree or not
  5. Hello Everyone! I'm Calen and better known by my company Envious Mods! I am very honored to be a part of the CaseMOD Invitational and can't wait to show you what all I have in store for you! I will be updating the build log several times per week but, I'll also be updating my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@EnviousMods) in order to give you even more access to what goes on behind the scenes. No matter what happens I promise to bring you all some new mods, new techniques and something you've never seen done. If you need help or advice I'm always available to help fellow modders and enthousiasts. Let The Modding Begin! I want to introduce the "Replicant" Case Mod. It will be inspired by Blade Runner 2049. I will interweave this inspiration throughout the View 91 TG case mod. My goal is to bring you into the world shown within Blade Runner. I will also be employing linear actuators to give the build movement. The Thermaltake Voice activated digital leds (SyncAllSay "Hello, ) will play a big role in setting the scene for this epic mod. Almost every piece in this build will be modded in one way or another. I'm pulling out the stops and playing for keeps. "Replicant" Design Concept Art This concept art serves as a guideline for the Replicant case mod that will be done in a Thermaltake View 91 TG. I purposely left out an awesome feature that will go on the top of the build. I will also be adding lots of other mods and pieces as this build evolves. I'm happy to have you all along for the Journey Into Modding..... Mods Planned (Continually Updated) • Custom dual reservoir combined to make 1 reservoir with 2 chambers • Linear actuators to move front doors and top of the case • Flip up side panel using custom hinges to make a mix of Ferrari and Gullwing doors • Extensive Cable Management that will be fabricated into the rear side of the case • Acrylic & aluminum rear motherboard tray mount • Water Distribution Plates (made in a new way with extensive features) • DiffuseDo light panels found throughout the mod • Scratch built feet, dual watercooling loop; (all hardware will be modded) • Floating fan built from a modded Thermaltake Pure Plus fans. • Modded W4 Plus CPU block & modded pumps More Updates to the Design!
  6. Hi guys, I'm 8-Bit Builder. I've been doing this for about 10 years now and just starting up my newest build. I build cases in the an old pixelated style as you will see shortly :D. I've been wanting to build a Metroid computer case for about 7 years now but plastic was always too expensive ($1 a cube) compared to .08 cents a cube of wood which is what all my previous PC mods are made out of. Once I found out how accessible 3D printers were, I jumped head first and picked up a Maker Select. After a few months of non-stop printing it dawned on me that I could make the Metroid computer case I've been thinking about for such a long time. Normally I spend about 200-250$ in wood/paint but 3D printing plastic is really cheap in comparison, about $80 in plastic. I'm also planning on having a really cool light sequence on the inside of the case to get the red effect of the in game Metroid. Being my first foray into a 3D printed computer I'm sure I'll run into issues but look forward to overcoming them. This will also be my first time with programmable LED's so it will be a learning experience on that front also! I'm going with an ASUS STRIX for the Aura Sync capabilities since this case is going to have a big focus on lighting. The more advanced lighting will be done with the Tinkerboard. Expectations: A strong gaming pc 100s' of LEDs programmed inside for a light show 95% 3D printed Components: ASUS has sponsered/supplied me with components for this mod (Really appreciate it) and also in the past on my Airship PC Case seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz5muWnFMmg ASUS ROG STRIX X370-I GAMING AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 TURBO-GTX1080-8G 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 16 GB of ram 1TB SSD Asus Tinkerboard with a few hundred LEDs programmed in a cool light show And heres some photos of my past work: Airship from Final Fantasy Link from Zelda And a 3D model I've printed, Calcifer from Howl's Moving Castle Ok on to the build! This is what I'm building (modeled in 123Design/Tinkercad): Metroid from ...Metroid! The modeled case My first idea of how the components will fit I started printing and doing test pieces to make sure I had it down pretty good and to test strength of the frame. Needless to say, it holds a LOT of weight (I weigh 185lbs) I've got the printer going in earnest on the final design now. The printer will be going non-stop for about 2-3 weeks to get all the pieces done. I'll be back soon though with photos of attaching sections together with glue and 3D pen welding! If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to ask :D
  7. I got an IBM X200 from 2nd PC market with cheap price. I decide to mod it for my pc case mod collection. I hope you like my project. Some pictures about IBM X200 i got.
  8. Inspiration This build was inspired by the new transformers movie The Last Knight and the design is based around a battle damaged Optimus Prime. I wanted to not only modify the case but the hardware as well, It will feature a Nvidia 10 series GPU, a new Intel Kaby lake CPU and z270 chipset. With all my builds I try to learn new techniques and challenge myself to do more as a Modder.
  9. Finally, I get to build something for myself :D The opportunity presented itself after Cooler Master sent me their new Mastercase 5 ($109.99) to evaluate and brainstorm retail accessories / bolt-on custom parts as part of their "Make it Yours" campaign. The Mastercase Pro is the same chassis as mastercase 5, but includes window panel and top cover for $139.99. If I kept waiting for personal time to build a PC for myself, it would have never happened due to lack of free time. I have to admit, I didn't like the Mastercase at first. I captured mod zoo staff unbox Mastercase 5 / Pro in my VLOG. I feel Cooler Master missed a lot of details that could have made the case even better. Especially since CM marketed it as "modular" and designed for DIY liquid cooling. It falls 40% from it's marketing pitch, but the overall build quality and finish is outstanding and eventually won me over after dismantling and re-assembling the case. Here is my final thoughts about the Mastercase, keeping in mind that I look at cases from perspective as PC Customizer and Case Modder. RAVES: *Overall Build Quality, Fit & finish. *Top panel / cover design options are nice. *Modular HD/SSD tray design and mounting options are best to date. *240/360/280 radiator option for front is nice. My suggestions REVISIONS: *Top radiator mounting location should be offset, to clear DDR slots on some motherboards *100% Riveted chassis?! I understand using rivets over screws to save time in manufacturing, but at minimum, the mid section floor should be removable for better access. *Lack of Water pump and reservoir mounting. CM's competitors started embracing DIY cooling market over year ago, by including mounting options for reservoirs and water pumps. *Mastercase 5/ Pro window panel is very flimsy. The "smoked" poly window is bluish/purple and has very poor clarity for viewing inside the case. Inspiration for the custom painted exterior will be the 1970 Porsche 917 from Steve McQueen's "Le Mans" movie. His 917 from the movie was chassis #022 and purchased in 1970 from Porsche by Steve McQueen's movie production company, Solar Productions. It was also the company that would bring the movie "Le Mans" to the big screen. This is the car that McQueen's character, Michael Delaney, starts the race in, and "crashes" late in the race, "writing the car off." The car that was crashed was really a Lola T-70, painted and rebodied, to look like a 917. Many innovations in cinematography, were first tried in this movie. They even went so far, as to weld brackets to the front frame work of the 917, so they could mount a camera to shoot Steve, and the other drivers, in the cockpit. I'll replacing the #20 with #5 to represent the Mastercase 5 and using this clear side panel. Cooler Master Mastercase 5 Chassis assembled with final coat of Gulf Racing Blue paint from 1970 Porsche 917 race car. Custom paint by Brad Galvin at DirtDesignsGraphic Porsche 917 inspired graphics are finished on the Cooler Master Mastercase 5 / Pro. Next stage is clearcoating everything.
  10. PC case feet will help improve airflow and ventilation beneath your PC. This guide is by request! Mnpctech Custom PC Case Feet installation with a Mid Tower with power supply sitting on small adhesive pads on floor of chassis. In this guide, I'm installing the computer case feet in the RIOTORO CR480 Mid Tower. I've seen this type of PSU mounting in the ANTEC 300 and Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid tower cases. You can cut two of the included 8/32 machine screws to 1-1/16" (27mm) and insert screw into the two rear factory foot mounting holes. Some case designs won't the 1" diameter washers included with "Diamond Knurl" PC case feet, so you may need washer with 8/32 hole and 1/4" outer diameter as shown in these photos for the RIOTORO CR480 Mid Tower. 4x Billet CNC Machined Aluminum "Diamond Knurl" Case Feet b y Mnpctech. Thick hard rubber foot insert helps prevent vibration and protect your desk or work station. Base Diameter = 1- 3/4", Height = 1" Set Includes: 4, billet machined aluminum covers, 4, thick rubber feet, 4, 8/32 machine screw nuts & bolts. Tools & Supplies *Ruler for measuring two screws to be shortened to 1-1/16" (27mm) *Hacksaw with bi-metal cutting blade to shorten *Hand file for cleaning end of shortened screws *Phillips screw driver for tightening case feet screws. *(Optional) 2x 8/32 washers with 1/4" diameter as shown in these photos Shortened 8/32 screws shown with 8/32 hole, 1/4" outter diameter washers Insert the included 8/32 nut into two of feet that will mount under the PSU. Tighten the nuts by turning the case feet. washer with 8/32 hole and 1/4" outer diameter
  11. Since 2007 the Aperture Science Portal Project has been the cornerstone of our aggressive recruitment program. Thanks to the Portal project we have been able to weed out any test subject with any of the following personality flaws; cowardice, impaired motor skills, poor judgement, fear of heights, drowning or fire. Now our marketing engineers have discovered a way to offer consumers a home version the Portal project. We are pleased to announce the Portal project workstation. Hello everybody, welcome to what will eventually become my first build log. I am a Design Engineer in the Sioux Falls SD region by day and avid gamer. My wife and I recently purchased our first home and as a reward I am going to build a desk inspired by the Red Harbinger Cross Desk. One of the things that bothered me about the Cross Desk and other Desk Mods was that none of them were designed for a corner area. With this in mind I wanted a desk to fit a theme I could decorate a man cave with and decided on Portal. I am still in the planning and design phase though I have started acquiring the parts needed to build Project Caroline. Please feel free to ask questions or request information. I love to hear your thoughts and will do my best to offer more specific pictures if needed. The two end legs are in the style of test chamber signs and will be illuminated. I have plenty of access to run wires, cords, or anything else I need: The center is designed to house the surge protector and backup battery: The console part of the desk is going to house access to the power supplies, the 420 Rad, an AV receiver as well as access to run cables and cords. My goal is to have a media server and storage on the left side of the desk and to have the gaming setup on the right side. Both sides will be water cooled with a 360 rad for the media server and a 360 and 420 rad for the gaming station. Is it ambitious? Sure it is, but it will really be a masterwork when completed.
  12. Hi guys, Alex here back with another build log! I think it's been a while since I've been on the forums now, a lot of stuff has been happening! I'm very happy however to bring you guys another build log with the very exclusive IN WIN D-Frame 2.0 NVIDIA Edition chassis! I am super excited to be working on this build as I find this chassis absolutely stunning! I'm not sure if there are many NVIDIA edition versions of this case around at the moment, I definitely know that this is the only one in Australia which makes it a huge privilege so I hope I can do it justice with a nice build in it! The mods are not gonna be anything too crazy as I really don't want to change much on such a stunning case nor do I want to paint or drill into it! I will be creating some custom panels from acrylic and adding some nice vinyl effects as people that follow my work have come to expect from my builds! I'm calling this one IN WIN DUKE, simply because the frame resembles the inner chassis of a Ducati motorcycle so nice and easy with the name there! It's an honour again to be able to do this and have the opportunity to work with such amazing companies. The sponsors on this build are IN WIN, NVIDIA, ASUS, Western Digital, AVEXIR, Bitspower, CableMod and for the first time ever for one of my builds, INTEL, with a very unexpected package as you will from the specs below! You can find more information about the respective vendors in the links below and follow their channels if you wish: Intel - https://www.facebook.com/intelaustralia NVIDIA - https://www.facebook.com/NvidiaANZ ASUS - https://www.facebook.com/asusaustralia IN WIN - https://www.facebook.com/INWINANZ Western Digital - https://www.facebook.com/WDAustralia AVEXIR - https://www.facebook.com/AVEXIR Bitspower - https://www.facebook.com/Bitspower CableMod - https://www.facebook.com/CableMod Hope you guys enjoy this one! SPECS: Case – IN WIN D-Frame 2.0 NVIDIA Edition Motherboard – ASUS X99 Deluxe II CPU – Intel Core i7 6950X Memory – 8 x 4GB AVEXIR Core White & Green LED DDR4 GPU – 2x NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition SLI - NVIDIA 3-Slot High Bandwidth Bridge SSD – 120GB AVEXIR S100 Green LED HDD - 4TB Western Digital Red Pro PSU – In Win S-III 1065W Cables & LEDs - CableMod Radiators – 360mm Bitspower Leviathan Extreme, 2 x 120mm Bitspower Leviathan Slim Fans – 5 x In Win Aurora 120mm fans Pump – Bitspower DDC Plus with Bitspower Premium DDC Mod Top Reservoir – 2 x Bitspower Hexagon Reservoirs Fittings – Various Bitspower Black Sparkle Fittings Tubing – Bitspower Crystal Link 16mm PETG CPU/MB Block – Bitspower AIX99D Full Cover Water Block And without any further delays, here's a good look at the case and fans that arrived from IN WIN! Thanks for checking it out guys and stay tuned for more! Cheers, Alex
  13. Hey guys! It's been a while and my craving to cut aluminum and acrylic had reached its limits! I have an upcoming case mod project for EVGA's "Gear Up with EVGA" program. EVGA was kind enough to support this project of mine with their awesome components. I will call this project "Dark DragonBlade" and this project will be based on the character of the game "Overwatch", Genji. I just started drawing up a concept for the project just last week and this might take a while. I need to get some office stuff/work out of my way before I can go full blast on this project so please bear with me. Here's a quick sketch that I made for the front panel. I will be modding a Cooler Master MasterCasePro 5 for this project. The design is just a week old so it might still change (hopefully not). The color scheme for this project will be black/green mainly because that's my favorite color combination. Genji is the samurai character on the Overwatch game and he has white/silver/green color scheme on him. Since I am using black/green color scheme, I might just called this project "Dark Samurai". I am not sure yet about the name but "Dark Samurai" sounds good. For now. :P EVGA was quick to send their awesome PC components to me. It only took em 2 days (I live in Canada)! EVGA and Thermaltake will be my sponsors for this project. EVGA's 1000G Power supply looks solid and sexy as hell! They have sent me their Super clocked EVGA DDR4 Memory modules too. Evga X99 Classified motherboard. This is one hell of a sexy looking motherboard. This part though, since I am going with black/green theme, I will paint this up to matte black or green. Can't decide yet but will definitely change the color of this to go with the theme. And this guy, when I opened up the box last week, seeing this beast made my jaw dropped on the floor! EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified! Even the packaging is just awesome. Here is the case that will be murdered on this project. CoolerMaster MasterCase Pro 5. I apologize for the smudges of fingerprints around the case. In the next week or two, I will keep on pushing on completing the sketch/concept for this project. Hopefully I can finish some deadlines and other stuff back at work so I can start wildly cutting up acrylic sheets and aluminum for this project. I apologize for the quality of photo, I am still working on my photography skills which obviously needs A LOT of work. :P Well, that's it for me right now, will put up updates as soon as I can. Wish me luck!
  14. "WD Bonk" Hello all, This is my second scratch built case, It's a case that's designed to be a replacement for a friends ageing case, The name "Bonk" is a shortening of his nickname and I thought it was a fun name for a scratch build. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I've been doing a lot of hacksawing, filing and scribing markings for holes and design boundaries. A whole lot of this happened, filing the aluminium for precise edges. Result of a lot more work than it looks, all markings scribed ready for drilling and hacksawing. I'm in for a whole load of filing for this case.
  15. Hello Again Everyone! Thank you for your thoughts and opinions on my previous Worklog, of my first pc case mod, on the old Dell Inspiron. I have finally taken some pictures of my start on this case mod. This build is for my daughter, who loves to play Overwatch... especially D'Va. First, the case I will be using is another of my old cases the Thermaltake Level 10 GTS. I dismantled it and gutted it in preparation for my plans.. And here is the design plans... The left most picture is the right side of the case that has the bump out for cable management. Simple stenciling and painting. The center picture is the left side where I will be using wood to cover the new hole and painting colorful pictures. Keeping the existing fan holes. The right picture is the front. This is the interesting part of my plan. The front will have two panels. The one closest to the frame will be painted in flat black to match the case and have the usb panel, power and reset blinky lights for the hard drives, and a fan hole for a 200mm fan (same as the case came with). Then the second front panel will have the bunny logo on it and be mounted via 4 posts on the square portion. This panel will not be totally flat on all sides. The edges will be beveled on the square portion and the ears will be shaped and rounded on the edges to create a sculptured aspect. Between the two front panels will have approximately 3/4" of space for air intake and be bolted to the frame. I will have to create a new hard drive cage, but am still working out the details since I will have to make it out of wood and attach to the case... unless I find a whole lot of change in the couch. LOL! Might fashion it based on some acrylic concepts I have seen online. Wish me luck!! Icromnius
  16. Thermaltake Case Mod Invitational Build: http://community.thermaltake.com/index.php?/topic/43337-australia-corey-gregory/ Hello everyone and welcome to my build log. Firstly I would love to start by introducing myself. My Name is Corey Gregory and I go by the modding name 'Imfaceroll Gaming'. I am 22 years old from Australia. By day I work in the engineering fields of Surveying. My main hobby's are obviously PC Modding as well as Sports and Gaming. I like to think of myself as being an average Joe trying to achieve his goals. My PC Modding life started 18 months ago with my first pc being a desk pc. Since then I have gone on to build a number of builds for displays at events like PAX. My PC building grew into a passion and having no access to 3D printers, Lathe and CNC machines has really helped me develop skills which have all been self taught with basic hand tools. 'If you do not give it ago you will not achieve' I live by this philosophy, something may look difficult to do but I encourage people to have ago and strive to achieve. As you can see from the banner I am heading towards the SI-FI side of things and in particular Star Wars. I didn't want to revile too much to begin with so I feel a teaser banner is certainly fitting for this PC. Please feel free to have a guess =) It is a privilege to work along side these top modders and I thank Thermaltake and all Partners for making this event possible. I will be video logging Progress here: www.youtube.com/imfacerollpcgaming and posting photos on Facebook as well as this thread www.facebook.com/imfacerollgaming Specs: Asus ROG Maximus VIII Forumla Motherboard Intel Core i5 6600K Asus GeForce GTX 980 Strix x2 Samsung 950 Pro M.2 256gb Avexir Red Tesla 16gb 2666mhz Thermaltake Toughpower DPS RGB 1250w Thermaltake Liquid Cooling
  17. Dark Matter Scratch Build: Who am I? A bit about me; a few years ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury that caused my brain to hemorrhage. After spending a long time in intensive care I kept thinking about case modding. Before long, its all I could think about. After recovering from my injury I was left with epilepsy and brain that no longer functioned like before. I started to look at things differently. Inspiration for mods began to pop up in the oddest places. I eventually became overthrown with modding ideas and designs. Soon I decided it was time to start. Theres nothing quite like being in the grocery store and yelling, “thats it, 45 degree angles” and then running out of the store like a mad man. No matter what I was doing, it all kept coming back to case modding. Today case modding is my life and it allows me to be truly happy. For some case modding is a hobby but, for me its a lifestyle. And So It Begins: Why: I decided to do this scratch build, “Dark Matter” for several reasons. I was tired of limiting my mods to the confines of a mass manufactured case. There are a ton of great cases out there but, I wanted to do something my style from the ground up. The design phase began once I started getting close to completing the StarCraft Day Zero case. However, a lot of the main features for this build have been planned over the last year. During the scratch build I will be using new modding techniques as well as using materials that aren't always associated with case modding. If you like seeing original creations and have a love for the truest form of modding; you're in the right place. Design Screen Shots: I would also like to thank the Sponsors that believe in the Dark Matter Scratch Build • Quad vertical PCI-e slots added • Modded the stock 80mm rear fan into a 120mm • Tons of custom metal fabrication found throughout the build. • 90 degree brackets for the frame of the case • Snap in color matched rings for the 120mm PureWings 2 PWM fans • Gskill logo badge with backlit letters • EK logo with plate on the top grill insert • Extensive cable management setup and cable combs • Case for Arduino Mega and mini TFT touch screen for the animated case badge • 1,200 watt DarkPower 11 Pro BeQuiet Modular PSU • 7 X 120mm PWM PureWings 2 case fans • 16mm angel eye Vandal switch (blue) • 5050 RGB LED strips with wireless remote • Arduino Mega with mini TFT touch screen (animated case badge) • Printrbot various filaments (3D printed plastics) • Large custom lexan water-path behind the motherboard tray • Combination of nickel plated and PETG hardline tubing Main Sponsors: Gigabyte: (SLI GPUs) • 2 x Gigabyte GTX 960 Extreme 4 gig SLI GPUs (8–gig total) Supermicro: (Motherboard) • Supermicro C7–Z170–OCE motherboard G.Skill: (DDR4 Ram) • Gskill Trident DDR4 black & white edition (4 sticks of DDR4) OCZ: (Solid State Drives) • 3 X OCZ Vector 180 SSDs (almost a terabyte Total) BeQuiet: (Power Supply & Fans) • 1,200 watt DarkPower 11 Pro BeQuiet Modular PSU • 7 X 120mm PWM PureWings 2 case fans Ensourced: (Custom Sleeved PSU Extensions) • Custom length cables, sleeving design and cable combs Printrbot: (Filament & Hotend) • 7 rolls of filament and an experimental hotend with a 1mm nozzle EMI Design (lasercut work) • Honeycomb floor panel, 240 grill and bottom door EKWB: (Water-Cooling) • EKWB X3 250 reservoir • EKWB Supremacy Evo CPU block • 480mm radiator (quad BeQuiet 120mm fans) • EKWB Revo pump w/plexi top • Fittings Including: - 12mm HDC hardline fittings - 90 degree adaptors - 50mm spacers - M to M adaptors - 10 & 12mm hardline bending kit - 12mm tubing - Passthrough fittings
  18. ---------------------- As I've watched and learned I've gotten a bit braver and planned a second project that's a bit more invasive than the pimping that I gave my personal box. This one is going to involve some serious restructuring of the case itself as well as a theme applied after. More about the theme later. The PC itself is an unknown box that I got. I've outfitted it with some old hardware for my son to do some light gaming on. The inside itself is pretty nasty. There's an old P5K motherboard & 8800 GTX video card in it. Both actually run pretty decently. Also there are some noisy, nasty 80mm fans in there that need to go. The first item I'm tackling is the CPU heatsink fan. This is a budget build that I'm hoping to spend around $150 on, so I'm not looking to run out and pick up much for internal parts. I have an old 80mm to 120mm fan converter in the closet I'm going to see if I can use to change the fan on it. The idea is pretty straightforward. Take the mount for the 80mm and inset it into the converter. Found a set of hand files for $14 the other day - woot! No more clothespin/sandpaper franken-tool for this guy. I also discovered a workbench in my garage. This is going to be a WAY better place to cut plastic than the bezel I cut in the house last time. (Rotary tools & plastic can really stink up the place.) Some light dremeling & filing later and I had some notches in the converter. And the old fan mount slid right into place. Hmm... might want to dust once in a while. Just another shot of the fit from the other side. From there I just clipped out the old 80mm fan. And I think I'm on my way. Then I snugged up the two with some cable ties. Plopped it back onto the heatsink and it's good to go. Re-installed the heatsink on the cpu. And then clipped off the extra plastic. Popped down to the local computer shop and snagged some PWM fans. Didn't notice at the time that I got some rev 1 & rev 2. They're nice cheap fans (about $7 each) and the white will fit with the motif. I did fire up the machine with this new fan in place. It keeps the cpu at a comfortable 45°C to 50°C. Though running Prime95 it still cranks way up to about 80°C. Between that and the 8800 GTX this may be a box to cut my teeth on water cooling at some point. Now to carve out the drive bays. I only have a single HDD in this box and don't need a CD-Rom in it. I have an external if I need to run a disc on it. With the bays gone much of the gutting is done now. Now I can work on building out the framework of the design. Here's a sneak peek at where I'm going with it. I have some pipe for 'creative' cable management. This is just some plumbing pipe with notches in the back. The wires are a little snug right now so I'll need to grab some 24-pin & 6-pin extensions. That's really the first hint to the theme of the box. I won't say yet where I'm going with it. It'll be interesting to see what people guess that I'm doing here.
  19. I am Daniel, I am 29 years old, I come from Italy and I am known with the nickname Twister, and that's how everybody calls me. Modding is just a very deep passion for me even if I started it casually, but this passion is growing for the people who surrond me. I have won many modding competitions during bit-tech including numerous mentions in Pc Domination, Cooled PC and others in Italy, in the following monthly and annual editions. I made many works like Refl3ctoR, among them one of my most famous Mod is the "Twister mod 8.0.0.D and the last created is Frozen Grey. My most important aspiration for my passion is to be really different and unique in the modding panorama, trying to shape works with "clean techniques" which require costantly new resarches to sharpen my skills:dremel:. My Build Intel Core i7-6700K Asus Maximus VIII Formula Avexir Impact 16GB SLi Asus Geforce GTX980 Strix Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2 Thermaltake Core P5 And Full Liquid Cooling Thermaltake!
  20. Featured Project June 15th 2016 Alex is certainly no stranger to the modding scene. A quick browse through his activity feed, and you can see a slew of other fantastic projects that he's shared on The Mod Zoo. Today we're featuring the latest project that he's completed on The Zoo; Project Isolation. Project Isolation is a mod that uses the Cooler Master Master Case 5, with a theme which centers around the Dead Space games. It was an entry for this year's Cooler Master Case Mod World Series as well. Alex did all of the custom paint work himself, to achieve the rusted effect. He describes the process in his worklog, The technique really seemed to work out great! Packed inside the mod, in addition to an i7-6700k, a pair of Asus 980 STRIX GPUs, and a 1000W PSU, Alex has installed a full custom watercooling loop with copper hardlines. The loop includes both a 240mm and 360mm radiator inside the case. Head on over to the forums to check out the Full Project Log from Alex on TheModZoo.com!
  21. Well here goes my second attempt at a cool Spartan case mod. Some of you may or may not have seen my first one http://themodzoo.com/forum/index.php?/topic/1147-my-first-build-armor-revo-spartan-edition/ I have been saving and buying parts for this one ever since I sold the last one. I have finally got all of the hardware with only the fans, tubing, and fittings left to get. So far the hardware I have is: I7 4790k Gigabyte Windforce 780ti Ghz edition MSI Gaming 5 motherboard 16gb Corsair Vengeance 2133 ram 250gb Samsung 850 Evo 1tb WD Black HD Corsair RM PSU(have a 650 now but will be putting in a 850) EK waterblocks for cpu and gpu EK 400mm res Hardware Labs Black Ice GTX 560 rad Swiftech D5 with EK top Lets begin with some pictures of the hardware ... everyone likes hardware shots right?
  22. Frostnetz

    THE X

    Hi ModZooCommunity,‬ Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Specifications 3. Material 3.1. Tools 3.2. Shape 4. Details 4.1. Questions ‪ ‬ ‬People seem to state their age at the beginning, well I'm 21, and: ‬ I’ve built this case from scratch a few month ago and originally didn’t intend to upload anything. But since I live in a village in germany now and nobody around me really is into computers, I thought I’d share this with you guys, just to maybe get some useful feedback.‬ Enjoy! Before we begin: This was my first ever case modding project, I had no idea what I was getting myself into and I probably won’t do anything like it again (in the near future;) It was so much work. I decided to build a case from scratch also because I wanted something unique, but mainly because I had been waiting and saving up for a new PC for years, traveling with a MacBook. I figured waiting a few weeks more wouldn't make a difference. And I was right: building this was awesome fun and a good decision after all. Specs: Intel Core i7-4790K (Tray)ASUS Z97-PRO GAMER Nvidia Geforce GTX Titan (the one with the GK110)CL9 KINGSTON HyperX Fury Blue Series (2x4GB)Thermaltake Hamburg 530W (80Plus)Cooler Master Seidon 120v (RL-S12V-24PK-R2)WD WD2002FAEX Caviar Black (2TB)KINGSTON SSDNow 120GB (SATAIII V300) Material: Apart from the steel angles in each corner, all the screws, bolts and hinges this case is made entirely from plywood and high-density fiberboard. Tools: I was lucky my flatmate had a miter saw, which was taken into consideration when brainstorming for the initial idea, obviously. Cutting plywood at a 45° angle without power tools wouldn’t have been possible. Additionally I was using a cordless drill and a jig saw for the front- and backplates. Also what would modding be without the good ol’ hot glue gun? The shape: Is it perfect? No! Was it measured? Yes! Well, that’s what happens when you just start doing stuff without worrying about perfection: No symmetry. But I didn’t set out to build a crazy X-shaped case that would be perfectly symmetrical, all I wanted was the X-shape. This is the actual initial sketch that I drew after discussing shapes with a friend. It would have been a boring triangle or something if it wasn’t for him. The next day we went to the hardware store and then had to go back there almost every day for over a week. Because the mainboard needs to be secure and the X-structure needed a bit of stability prior to attaching the front- and backplate one length of plywood had to go all the way through the middle, separating one of the X’s feet. Perfect to use as a PSU compartment. It was about at this point into the process when the whole door-idea came along. The kitchen cupboard hinges weren’t the first idea. I looked around a few scrapyards for some trunk-dampers (car part that holds up the trunk or hood) but they were all really too hard and forceful for my purposes, so I went with something less fancy. The whole thing closes with a reverse ball-shaped door catch: there is a biconcave piece of metal getting trapped between two metal balls. These are in two little pipes and spring loaded, so that you can easily adjust the pressure needed to open it with a small screw on each side. Since there wasn’t a plan or anything, and only that one drawing, progress began slow and I ended up holding pieces of plywood together all the time, just to get an overview and see where holes needed to be drilled or cut. Eventually every piece of wood had been cut out and test-fitted with a makeshift backplate, which was a big struggle. It was incredibly difficult to measure holes for the I/O shield and graphics card because they outreach the backplate a little and I had already fixed the mainboards screws in place; so that the job of drawing a line on the backplate while holding on to everything, including the graphics card (so it wouldn’t snap the PCIe slot) turned into a nightmare of estimating distances and blindly drawing curvy lines. Even though I would have had enough hardboard leftover, I only made one prototype and then one final backplate. When everything started coming together, I was worrying about airflow and opened up my old PC case to strip it of all its fans. Once that was done I modded the smallest of them to have only one side of casing left to mount it, using pliers and scissors. The bottom-intake was a rather spontaneous idea but really necessary, making that giant hole though was quite a task. Jig saws are NOT meant to be used in a forty-five degree angle. Yup, that right there is the start key. It's a proper lock cylinder, works like a push button, turns one way only and is spring-loaded You have probably already figured out the basic airflow of this case by now, bottom sucks in - top blows out through the radiator and then of course the Titan blows out through the backplate. Additionally the red fan on the picture is now located directly above the CPU, these are old pics after all. Details: The choice to go with the perforated frontplate was so last-minute, I had already booted the Build a few times before buying it. After a few weeks of running and benchmarking this beast there’s no denying that dust is a major issue. This I will tackle over the next week, hoping that I won’t create other issues by fixing this one (i.e. temperature rises). And then I’ll hopefully upload a few more pics, I’ve read how much the admins hate it when someone doesn’t update their worklog ^_^. Here you can see the little crack in the plywood caused by my attempt to put a screw in it, with too little predrilling. Just behind, mounted above the CPU there are two cut pieces of 45°-angled timber with rails milled into the inside of them. Originally intended to function as a HDD-slot I had to remove my drive from there because of heat issues. It was fitting nicely in there, with all the cables going up so you couldn't see it from the hatch, but luckily it got too hot, because removing it helped me discover general airflow issues around the cpu. Which is why now my CPU fan from my old case is mounted where the harddrive was. I'ts a tight fit and blows upward, but still it creates enough turbulence in there for the heatsinks to work properly. A closer look on the hinges and the closing mechanism. This was taken after roughly a month of use, you can tell that way too much dust is beeing pulled in. In the background here is the switch for the interior LED's. Found that in an old Lamp, and then I just wired it up to some 12v cable with a pair of scissors and tape, before securing it there with a load of hotglue. Questions: People jokingly called this PC an XBox, or 'the better XBox' but I rather not have that filthy name for my case, "The X" is the first other thing that came to mind, I mean, what else would you call it? Honestly, if you have ideas spit 'em out! Do I need to ground the components, since it's wood? Or worry about electro-static/-magnetic stuff? The PSU is of course grounded via the wall. And the motherboard (aka everything else in there) is pretty much directly connected to it, so no problem, right? Ok, I've tried. Yes, a DVD(/or BlueRay)-Drive would physically fit in there, I don't see the point though, why build one into the X? To me less is more and so far I've just plugged mine in and used it external termporarily. And frankly I'm sure I won't be needing a (permanent) DVD-drive in my PC in the future. Or do you guys think I should do it (possibly even cut an opening into the frontplate) ? That is it. Bye for now ;) frostnetz
  23. Why: I decided to do this case mod after a few people requested a StarCraft (SC) based mod. My other build (Dark Side Case Mod) was a very in depth build. This one will focus more attention towards conveying the SC Terran theme. The timeline to completion will be a lot tighter compared to my other build. I currently don't have the case that will be used for this build but, it will be a previously owned one. I chose to re-use the case because it will save money and it will be completely re-done regardless. Here's what the case looked like before I started: Mods Planned: I have 3 parts that I know for sure that I will be adding to the case. Since this case revolves around the Terran race (humans) I am going to make both of the Terran shields/logos. One for each side and I will also make a SC2 logo for either the front or top of the case. Another item that I would like to add is a custom built dual or triple fan mount bracket. As the build evolves more mods will be added to the list. Mod Ideas: (Will be updated as we go) • Custom battle hardened airbrushed paint job. • Dual or Triple fan mount with SC themed-3D printed grills. (In Progress) • 3528 LED strips with infared remote. (Purchased) • Terran shield made from lexan. (Finished) • Terran eagle logo made from lexan. (Finished) • SC2 logo made from lexan. (Finished) • Complete re-design of the front panel. • 90 degree rotation of HD bays. • Optical & HD bay shrouds with cutouts for HDs/SSDs. • Custom built cable management setup. • One off designed feet. ----Updated Mods---- • Moved the PSU from the top rear to the top front. • Custom hand built cover for the stock PSU mount. • 2X120mm fans added to help air cool GPUs Link to OCN Log: http://www.overclock.net/t/1545635/case-mod-reaper-n1s-starcraft-2-case-mod-terran-day-zero-final-pics-finished/0_20
  24. So I had this crazy idea for something to do with the Lian-Li PC-Q30 case that was reviewed HERE. I decided I wanted to go with some wood on it somewhere. I mean, that's just how I roll. I thought replacing the stock Lian-Li front with a big chunk of figured maple would be a sweet place to start. Beyond that, I'm hoping to have a little fun with the side panels, upgrade the case feet, and see what kind of an HTPC I can throw together. As with most of my other woodworking projects, I'll be doing as much of this with hand tools as I can. At least the woodworking portion of it. Even using a bit and brace for drilling holes. It's just more relaxing that way. Some of the stuff I'm using in this build: Lian-Li PC-Q30 ITX Case MNPCTech White Delrin Case Feet 3M 4010 Tape ADATA 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2400 XPG v2 RAM ADATA 128GB XPG SX900 SSD
  25. Bass Instinct Hey Monkey's I'm finally getting going on a new build. I had a false start on a Corsair 250 D But life got in the way and I'm not sure I'm man enough to do the things I want to do in a Mini ITX case. The Victim of my affection is a Lian li PC-V359. This is a Micro ATX case, but I will be using a Mini ATX board so I will have a little extra room for cooling gear and I like the square proportions, compared to the Mini version of this case. The case I ordered was Black with black Pillars. The Case I got was Black with Red Pillars, I kinda liked that model too so I'm going to go with it. Funny in the Lian li literature the red is more of a fire engine red, but this anodized red is a much better tone of red - Sold. One of the interesting things about this Case is that the top and all four sides slide in and out of the corner pillars to give easy access it opens up a myriad of options for modding. I had a huge sheet of thick Deep Red Acrylic so the first thing i did was make a replacement top window. I know there are a million red and black builds out there, but that's because it looks good, I'll just have to find a way to keep it from being boring. MnpcTech sent me out a set of their beautiful case feet. These feet were made for this case and improved the look over the factory feet, which weren't bad. These may end up getting painted in the end, but I'll wait on that decision until I see how all the colors are blending. I tapped the Case so I could spin the feet on and off easier, but they come with hardware for easy mounting to anything. Ok I admit it, I just like tapping threads whenever possible. My love to thick material is a painful affair when you do your work with basic hand tools. I just like the depth the thick materials add to the look, But there is a price to be paid! I cut out my basic shapes with a Jig Saw and Dremel and then refine the shapes with files and sanding. Not the easiest way to do things, but My setup allows me to watch movies while I'm filling away. My Initial plan for the front was to stack Aluminum on top of the Red Acrylic with the Acrylic just sticking out a little further than the aluminum. Ok planning is not one of my strong suits. What I hadn't anticipated was that my thick stack of materials took away the distinctive angles of the corner pillars sticking out further than the case front. The pillars really make the look of this case, so this wasn't going to work. At this point I am dropping the Acrylic layer and I beveled the edges of the Aluminum to match the angles of the pillars. I had cut the Aluminum wider around the window and now that I removed the lower layer I will have to adapt it to match up better. I started adding some bling to the Aluminum sheet. This is closer than the picture shows, but it was hard to align the camera up perfectly. Not bad considering the tools used to do this with. I really want a Scroll Saw, but I don't want to buy a cheap one that I'll end up hating. So until then I'll just keep doing what I do. I continue to refine this piece. I plan to put lite Acrylic on the inside of the case behind The ROG Logo and Mesh behind the volume bars. I think this piece will be painted in the end. Here is a size comparison between the Lian li case and a 250D. I had originally bought 2 - 250 D cases, I build this straight build in a day, Most of that was hiding wires. I was going to Mod the second case and then transfer the kit, But life got in the way and I never pulled the trigger on the Mod. The New case is more inspiring to me and there aren't 500 of them that have already been Modded. Anyway It is so good to be back into a build, This one is just for the pleasure of Modding, No time limit, no pressure Thanks for checking out the build.
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