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So after a long search for the case of my dreams.

I found a candidate that checked most of my boxes.

Did a search for availability and prices.

Ended up buying a used special edition case.

BitFenix Phenom M (Nvidia Edition)

Can I still message it to fit my dream or it is the sacred cow?

I had dreams of:

> A side window - could get another panel to cut on, but it would loose the eye.

> A 220mm fan in the top - that may get weird.

> Rotating the GPU - That may get ugly

> Re locating the IO side panel stuff to behind the front cover

I really am confused about the etiquette

 

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See writing stuff here helps.

I already see some alternative possibilities.

> Mnpctech's vertical GPU mount brackets may work to rotate the GPU - Hang it from ceiling and still allow a 120mm fan in the top.

Have to ponder that some. Thanks Bill

> IO side panel can flip so no panel damage - Just be upside down.

> Get another side panel to cut a window into.

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Ok; There is apparently no special edition case etiquette.

Got it stripped down. May move over to a build thread.

The top beauty plastic was a pain to remove; They used some kind of melted plastic heads (sort of like rivets) on four posts.

 

 

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Well - It seems there are few here.

My skill level? Old Beginner - Been around the block a few times - First serious case rehab.

How old you ask? Well; I have never had a cell phone and often look around wondering where all the pay phones went.

Bill and the other monkeys have inspired me and opened my eyes to the possibilities. Thank you all :)

 

 

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Back to this mess.

I was all set to construct a hot wire DC acrylic bender.

The power supply selected was old and cheap and would have been around 100 watts of bending power.

The power supply arrived dead.

Being economically disadvantaged sent me back to the drawing board.

I settled on AC powered repurposed appliances. There are some seriously ingenuitive people out there.

So what did I have at hand that could be repurposed? How about an old stove top oven combo?

I was planning for a 24" bed.

It is cold out, Nearly Christmas, so I drug it into the living room and took it apart.

Straightened a coil and used one of the controls and the wiring.

The coil straightened to 30"  - Could have got 36" out of it.

50 ohms at 110v = 242 watts of bending power. I could rewire it to 220v for 968 watts of Binford bending power.

The 242 is enough for now.

The first bending job was a piece to hold the temp control. I thought that was fitting.

This tool is just great https://www.rapidtables.com/calc/electric/watt-volt-amp-calculator.html

 

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Wow!

You peoples are amazing.

Happy New Year. Keep doing what you do thru 2018 and beyond.

Thank you for the feedback and welcome.

I feel kind of faint.

Ordered all the latest greatest (2017) Z370 stuff to populate the case.

$3800 ----- That seems like a lot to me.

Oh well. Now I just have to wait for the packages to arrive.

Lucky I have the case mods progressing well, and so far no case cutting has occurred.

 

 

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I take it you noticed it's kinda slow around here? :lol:A lot of the modding sites get slowdowns in the winter. This site gets hit really hard.

I pulled a dishwasher coil for a bender rig, but I realized I only do big curved bends. The last batch I did got tossed in the oven instead.

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3 hours ago, Cheapskate said:

A lot of the modding sites get slowdowns in the winter.

Having just joined up, excited about an upcoming mod project, I realized shortly after I can't really paint until spring...

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On ‎12‎/‎31‎/‎2017 at 5:45 PM, floatingtrem said:

Having just joined up, excited about an upcoming mod project, I realized shortly after I can't really paint until spring...

You nailed it.

Yesterday I was looking at Plasti dip and then that very reality dawned on me.

Hmmm.

Maybe I will figure out how to post a picture?

My sister gets her grand kids to help her.

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We (The Mod Zoo) don't host images, unfortunately, so you'll have to have them hosted somewhere that you can share to 3rd party sites (which does NOT include photobucket anymore).  I'm not sure how many sites exist for that sort of thing still... I've always just used my own website to host my images, so I've never had to deal with 3rd party sites first hand

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39460562031_b76c7eda74_z.jpgPC BUILD 002

Does that work?

Looks like it posted.

Seems clear polycarbonate does not film well.

Yes; I like to pattern with cardboard.

Am waiting for parts now to try fitments and adjustments.

 

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Awesome, looks like that one worked.  Yeah, trying to get a good picture of clear acrylic, or side windows is tricky, especially when you're taking pictures for a review and trying to keep reflections out of it lol  

 

Looking good.  I template with cardboard all the time, it works great.

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I searched and searched for a marker that was easily removable from acrylic.

Never really found anything.

The lady of the house let me try her sharpie fabric marker.

It wipes off easy to start, as it dries it get's harder, but still wipes off.

Do you have a favorite marker to use on acrylic.

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Apply strong rubbing alcohol to plexiglas, then heat it up. It cracks all over the surface. It can damage a glue seam too. There's some examples of doing it on youtube.

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