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  1. I've been following everyone's builds and suggestions on this site, but this is my first post. I must say, everyone here is on a much higher level of case modding that I've ever seen, so now, after finally receiving my new CaseLabs Th10A, I want to mod the case, and I figured this would be the best place to find an answer. Like I mentioned, my TH10A has arrived, and it's still in the box while I finish some painting, sleeving, and other projects. I bought the 120mm extension top for my case, which has ventilation for both 480mm rads up top,but I'd really like to either cut and install a window around the majority of the top or I thought about replacing the entire top with acrylic but leaving the sides of the 120mm top as they are so the rads and fans can only be seen from the top. I curious to know if anyone has done this before, if so, could you please post a link to your build/build log. My only concern is ventilation. Is it possible for me to do this and either cut slits to provide ventilation for my rads & fans or should I cut quarter size holes, maybe smaller or larger, randomly on the entire piece of acrylic, or whatever type of material is recommended, to provide ventilation in the top of my case? I would really appreciate any advice on how the best way to add this see through top. If it's just a window, then I could use the window mounting hardware on the underside of my original case top, but if I wanted to replace the entire top (1 large sheet to cover a double magnum case), what's the best way for me to attach and secure this top sheet to the original sides of the top? Either way, I still face the ventilation issue, so what's the best way for me to provide ventilation, and is acrylic the best to use in this situation or will another type of material work better? The color theme of my rig is white with blue trim, and if I decide to go the route of replacing the entire top, how could I add Edge lighting that will light up the piece of acrylic from all 4 sides. If anyone has any suggestions/input, links to any build logs to someone who might have done this, or something similar before, or if this isn't even possible because I'll need ventilation for 2 x 480mm rads, I would greatly appreciate input. I figured if this job is doable, them someone here would be able to give me a little advice or lead me in the right direction. Thanks a lot!
  2. Hello, New to the forum but found it while doing some searching to get a better idea about some small modifications to my current or possibly a case I might buy for a pc build. These aren't major mods...well maybe the window one but i've never really messed with alterning a case before so... First I was curiuos as far as my current case if anyone has ever added a window to this version of the Alienware Area 51 (P2?) Case. My original plan was to keep my current case and just rebuild/update the interals then it was suggested to get a "more modern" case. I like this case but the idea of a window like on some of the one's I've looked at might be cool. I fear I would just end up destroying it doing it myself if it's possible at all. This is the version I currently have. My second question on the case I was considering since the review's seem favorable and I already have many Razer peripherals is this NZXT H440 Razer Editon. I like the all black case itself without the color accents of the other versions the underglow effect not on the standard but my lighting scheme for all my other stuff is blue...I tend to favor it over green. I was curios as I don't know how everything is lit despite some searching if the green could be switched over to blue without much difficulty? Thanks! Still on the fence as I hadn't really intended to get a new case since my Alienware one has plenty of room but wondered about these things.
  3. 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?
  4. Happy 4th of July monkeys! OK, so here's the plan: I'm wanting to mod my nzxt case with a window, handle, psu cover, and hdd cage cover. (as well as some artwork) It's DRAGON themed (black with red accents). I currently have the idea of doing a chinese style dragon wrapping around the case with a glossy red vinyl (custom made vinyl work). I will also be doing some red LED lighting in the window and possibly in the front of the case where the fans have the little intake grill. For the hdd and psu cover, I was just going to get some black acryllic and do 90o bends to fit around them. I also had the idea of creating an acryllic video card blackplate but i'm not sure how it's done. Currently I'm running into a few problems. I'm not sure what design to use for the window cutout, and as for the handles, I would really like to just have one handle in the center of the case (so I can carry it with one hand and have my other hand free to carry my monitor or suit case) Plus, I have yet to come up with a cool name for this build. Project _______. help fill in the blank :) Tell me what you think. All criticism and ideas are going to be well considered.
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    Hello there Zoo-animals! BitFenix was nice to send me a Colossus mITX to mod it and do something fun with it. So when I received it I started to think about what I wanted to do with it, one thing I wanted to change after reviewing the case was to change the LEDs to another color then blue/red/green. If anyone are interested in doing the same I will post a simple step to step guide here how to do it yourself. Thank you BitFenix and Inet for giving me this case and some fans to play around with. I made a window on the sidepanel that followed the lines of the LEDs. Installed a smaller U-channel around the edge of the sidepanel too, I dont like U-channels but when I found this one I changed my mind, this one is smaller and cleaner. If you remove the frontpanel of this case you will find this small thing installed behind it. This is the LED-chip. And this is what it looks like if we remove it, the entire LED-bars on this case is powered by two single leds. I made my own little plate and lined it up with the lightbars. Then I soldered together my own LEDs that connects to a regular fan-port. And tada, this is the result. I will keep tweaking it so it will be even better. But if you want to do this it is pretty simple. Remove the old LED-chip.Make your own little plate and drill some holes to fit two of your own LEDs.Solder together two LEDs to your connector of choice.Install your new plate together with the LEDs.Done! What do you think? I dont have any hardware right now for this case but I will keep working on it. With kind regards Johan Nyman Minimalistic PC's
  6. 1st water cooling build, any comments, tips, tricks, suggestions / recommendations would be appreciated, thanks! System Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad-CoreNoctua NH-C14Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX LGA1155Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600Kingston SSDNow V+200 240GB 2.5" SSDWD Black 1 TB SATA Hard Drives ( WD1002FAEX)Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB GV-N580UD-15I (rev. 1.0)Antec P280 ATX Mid TowerSeaSonic 750W ATX12V / EPS12VAsus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD WriterMicrosoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)NF-S12B ULN / Noctua NF-S12B ULN 120MM Ultra Quiet Cooling Fan 500-700RPM 38.2-56.9M3/H 5.0-6.8 dbA Molex (x5)Side panel Window Mod 3M Scotch 4010 Mounting Tape (of the Gods)dremel, jigsaw, drill, rivets, rivet tool, u-channel moulding, plexiglass WC Components EK-FC580 GTX DirectGPU Design Only - Acetal ENEK-FC580/570 GTX Backplate Black (not a CSQ)XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock (Intel)DazMode STORM D5 STRONG 8-24V PumpXSPC Tank Reservoir Laing D5 Top ComboXSPC Slim High Density Dual 120mm Radiator EX240EK-CoolStream RAD XT 240 - Dual Standard 120mm RadiatorFittings / Tube 3/8"ID - 5/8"OD Straight Compression Fitting - Silver (x3)2-way L Block Crossconnect Adapter - Silver BP-LMB15mm Spacer Adapter Male/Female - Silver45-Degree 3/8"ID - 5/8"OD Compression Fitting - Silver (x4)90-Degree (45x2) 3/8"ID - 5/8"OD Compression Fitting - Silver (x5)Feser Tube Active UV Hose - 3/8" ID - 5/8" OD -Clear - UV BlueRad Accessories 120mm Dual Radiator GasketGV-CT-7 (FC Touch) - 30W - 6 Channel Rheobus Touch Screen Fan ControllerScythe Gentle Typhoon 1150RPM 37CFM @ 18db Silent Fan (x4)Round Fan Finger Guard - Grill - 120mm (x2)Case / Cable Mod GELID Wing12 1500 RPM UV Blue 120MM 64.3CFM5.25" Bay Hard Drive Mount - Silent Arrow Blue36" SATA 6 Gbps Cable, Straight W/Latch, UV BlueUV Dual Cold Cathode Kit 12" (30cm) Rev.4 (x2)Dual Channel CCFL Power Inverter w/MOLEX cable (x2)4-pin MOLEX DarkSide Single Braid Cable - AquamarineDARKSIDE Front Panel I/O connection kit - Green UV24-Pin ATX 12" (30cm) DarkSide Single Braid Cable - Aquamarine UV4+4 EPS 12" (30cm) DarkSide Single Braid Cable - Sky Blue UV8-Pin PCI-E 12" (30cm) DarkSide Single Braid Cable - Aquamarine UV6-Pin PCI-E DarkSide Single Braid Cable - AquamarineSATA 2-WAY Power Cable XL - Jet Black (x2) full build log album http://imgur.com/gallery/Scbsy
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