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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Transformers Optimus Case Mod

    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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. "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.
  12. 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.
  13. Tie P5 Advanced

    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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Spartan #2

    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?
  18. Please take the time to at least look at the pictures and tell me what you think of my design, if you feel compelled you can read the thread but it is mainly just me talking about nothing. But it really would mean a lot to me if you voiced your opinion on my design as any input could really speed up the process, thank you! Backstory: I'm turning 18 in a few weeks and my graduation party is a bit after that, I'm hoping to use this time to get my dad to take one of my mod designs and bring it to life. He's an airplane mechanic and has been working with engines, metal, and other tools and stuff since he was little, and he knows how to do what I can't when it comes to metal-working and things like that so I was hoping to design a mod for him to create as a father-son project before I head off to college in the fall. Now, I've been giving a lot of thought into what I want to do for my very first mod design and a lot of threads on this site, and a few other ones have shown me that one of the coolest mods you can do is to add a window to your case, right? Everyone wants to showoff the inside of the case and all of your awesome components. So my idea was to REALLY showoff the inside of the case so I started brainstorming with ideas on windowed cases and came up with a few of these: Purely clear acrylic case I'd scrap everything I had and just make a full-case made from clear acrylic. Why didn't I stick with this one? I looked inside my current case and saw how terribly I did with the cable management and decided it wouldn't be a good idea to be able to see everything, so I came up with the idea to "See the Best, Hide the Rest." Clear Acrylic Side Panel So not purely acrylic, but what if I just took my current case, made some more clearance for cable managing behind the motherboard tray, and added a few rubber grommet holes. Then I could take the side panel and completely scrap it altogether, replacing it with a whole side panel of clear acrylic. This just wasn't enough for me, that sounded like baby stuff and I don't want me first case mod to go down in history as a baby mod, I need to design something extreme. Clear acrylic body Essentially what I would do here is create a large enough area behind the motherboard tray to house my psu, pump for water cooling, all my ugly cabling, and my drives and then make an enclosure for the rest of my component that would look just like a normal case, but clear. I just didn't like how this panned out in my head and even though I could get help either here or from my dad (This guy's crazy for taking metal and making things that most people couldn't even dream of making) I just couldn't decide how I would want the panels to all come together and how I could do cooling for when I could finally get around to water cooling it, the only place I could put radiators were the front panel or the top and these would both be clear panels, and I was never a huge fan of exposed radiators/fans. So all hope was lost, after sketching different things for a week or two, I was about halfway through one of my notebooks and I had nothing to show for it, and I know my dad well enough to not just come to him with nothing at least sketched. So I slept on it and I had a dream about my grandmother's old house before she moved and she used to have a fish-tank in it. After seeing the fish-tank I woke up but over the past few days I've looked into different fish tanks and it seemed that a few of the larger ones have the fish tank on top, and cabinets underneath it. I think this is how my grandmother's was but I can't be altogether sure as I was really young at the time. So I decided to do something with that sort-of theme, where I can hide everything in an area underneath, and have a "tank" with all my components in it. So I present to you: "The Fish Tank Build That Doesn't Have Fish, Water, or Even Something That Looks Like Water Like How Some People Have Used Mineral Oil" Another day of brainstorming idea names because God knows that name is way too long and makes more sense than a shark mating with an armadillo. (Although Sharkadillo would be an amazing sci-fi movie and you guys all read it here first.) and I've come up with "All Window" Why? Because It's all window, haha very funny, I'm hilarious, moving on. I've put a bit of thought into radiator sizing, fans etc, but I didn't include perfect sizing or anything like that in my renders because I don't have any of the measurements and even if I did, I'm not good enough at any 3-d modelling or CAD programs to be able to set everything up nicely. All I know about cinema 4-d is how to make text look nice and how to make cool effects for forum signatures. I did put some thought into where everything would go to have everything fit for the most part, but I will have to do more thinking on how I'd fit it all in there. I believe the motherboard in there is m-atx but I honestly don't know I just found it on Google Sketchup's Warehouse and worked off that a bit. I know the modeling isn't the greatest but I'm still learning and this is just an extremely basic rundown of what it could look like when it is all said and done. Unless I have the backing of family, friends, or company(s) I'm unsure of how far I could get this project. Without further ado: "All Window" I know it isn't the best rendering its just what I could do on a short-time frame, I'm hoping to get this perfected and in my dad's head before graduation so we could start as soon as possible. I'll continue to update this thread with anything I think of and I'll edit it soon explaining my thoughts on the render. Edit 1: I decided to put 2 fans in the front instead of 3 on the side, I figured this way I know I'd have enough room for the pump to the bottom left of the res, and all the tubing. I would most likely also put a res in the back exhausting air out of the case with push/pull if I can, if not then I'll live with whatever I can get. I also decided to mess with the colors as well, I decided to keep the red on the motherboard just because that seems to be one of the most common colors, that and blue but I'll decide later what I'd choose if I'm given a few options. Also, I'd like to add that along the outside I will be having quite a few rubber grommet holes (Most likely from Corsair) to route cables, I'm unsure if I would route tubing through those holes, or just circular rubber grommets. Any ideas?
  19. 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
  20. hello everyone here is my 17th case mod whooo yes never stop :) mod idea from the internet a robot head Huge Thanks to our sponsor Biostar with mini itx Motherboard thanks to thermaltake for sponsor this project with 3.0 performer cpu cooler big thanks to seasoinc to sponsor 760w platinum PSU i will make it with acrylic but first make it with cardboard and then cut out on acrylic
  21. Bass Instinct

    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.
  22. Hello zoo people! B) Its time for another mod from me... and this time, a scratch build! I have never done a scratch build before, so any advice is well received. The main theme of the case is going to be "OC-series", the MSI product line. I'm 'tired' of seeing all those Asus ROG and MSI gaming mods(though they are great looking!). Red/black is too mainstream for me!... so I thought it was time for the OC-series to shine! Most of the hardware I will be taking from my previous XB build. I was so happy with the Z97 Mpower, that I wanted to use it in another mod, and this time make it the main theme of the mod. Its definitely the best motherboard I've ever owned. The plan for this mod is of course to build the frame first. Acrylic panels, some transparent, some yellow and some black/tinted. I also want to try and make a reservoir(I might regret that, when I get started). I will be doing custom sleeving of all the cables. Custom watercooling(CPU only). And of course, the motherboard will be mounted horizontally. I don't have much hardware to show off, since its mostly mounted in my "XB-anana Bomb" and my money doesn't grow on trees ;-) The hardware list(will be updated later): - CPU: Intel i7 4790k. - MB: MSI Z97 Mpower . - PSU: Corsair RM850. - RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 2133 MHz 16GB(4x4). - GPU: Unknown. - SSD: Unknown. Cooling: - Fans: Corsairs SP120 and AF120. - CPU Block: EK Supremacy CSQ Clean. - Reservoir: Custom(home made!). - Radiator: Hopefully an XSPC EX240. - Pump: Unknown. - Fitting: Unknown. Now.... Pictures of the materials for the frame. Aluminum! And then i did a little bit of cutting! And then a little bit of sanding to make the pieces almost identical! And BAM!, the two sides for the cubes are almost done(forgot to take pictures). There was a little "wiggleroom" at the joints, so i decided to give them some 2-part metal epoxy, just to make sure they stayed in place. And this is what one of the sides looks like. This mod is going to require a lot of filler and a lot of time for sanding and painting! The 4 small pieces next to it, is going to be the feet for the case. They are far from done though. It doesn't look like much yet, and since I'm no good at drawing, i cant really show you what it will look like just yet. But anyways, this is the beginning of my OC-Series cube...Tell me what you think :-)
  23. Mini Watercooled HTPC It should come as no surprise at this point that I love building small wooden HTPCs; or just adding wooden elements to my case mods, for that matter. When AMD released their 25w socket AM1 CPU’s a few months ago, I thought it would be the perfect platform for building a new low power HTPC. I picked up a motherboard and CPU combo, and went to work. This, however, is where things started to evolve… Once I got the hardware, and found the stock fan, something had to change. I’m sure the stock fan does fine, but I wanted something else. I thought about modding an existing CPU fan to work with the 2-mounting hole configuration, but I quickly came to the conclusion of "Watercool it, because why not". It’s true, I’ve wanted to use one of those 2x80mm radiators for a slim watercooled build for a while, so I thought what better opportunity than now to make that happen. Overkill? Not at all… mostly :D
  24. Prj3 'Athenæum'

    This project will be driven around the build if a NAS box. Since I'm moving my personal machine to the Downtown mod I want to free up a couple of things. Part of it will be setting up backup and network storage for the family and will also take care of the little web server / email server that I run at home. Since I don't feel like I'm done yet with the model-making style of case mod I'm driving this project that direction as well. Throughout the building of Downtown I researched some different architectural styles and found Gothic & Romanesque to be quite really intriguing. Think: Gothic Library. :)
  25. Inspired by: http://rog.asus.com/258342013/news/new-rog-official-wallpapers/ First time I saw this photos, :wub: what if I'll make a case out of this. I started sketching <_< ... several days past..... then it came naturally: WHAT CASE I WILL USED: Probably I will use COOLERMASTER HAF STACKER. But sadly I will hold on to this project until have the right goods ^_^