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  1. SkyKast

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    Hey people this is my first mod EVER I've never really even done much assembling of computers and stuff but, hey, you have to start somewhere. I have to warn you that this tread will most likely bore you big time but I would LOVE for you guys to give your expertise and opinions. I watched, learned and was inspired to do this by the project logs on this forum.

    I am modding my first computer I had to myself. It is an old Sony Vaio that i never use anymore so i figured I'd practice my first mod on it and hopefully come out with a pimped looking system:rockout:. It looks really plain so i decided i was going to spice it up. Although I am not buying any new performance hardware for it i hope it will at least look sweet.

    I set up a good workstation in my basement with good lighting for pics for this thread.

    I'm just popping in some fans, some neons, LEDs, and repainting it and giving it away for Christmas, I don't mind its old if it looks good lol.

    I hope you guys will give me some ideas, recommendations and the like.

    Thanks, enjoy.
     
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    Here are some pics of what I'm working with here

    my workstation:
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    I'm never out of cyber contact...even when I'm in the basement:
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    My dremel kit:
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    Good ole fation computer repair kit from staples lol:
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    I'll post pics of comp next.
     
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    Ok so this is what I am going to attempt at modding:

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    the front:
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    right side:
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    left side:
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    back:
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    So I have everything out exept the mobo, hdd, floppy and the 2 humungo dvd drives. Im thinking of tossing the floppy drive and putting the HDD where the floppy currently is. That way i can remove the HDD bracket and there will be at least a little freakin room in the thing.

    I like keeping the thread updated with pics so...

    pic update, everything out except HDD, mobo, floppy and 2xDVD:
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    Ok she's empty except the DVD bracket which requires removal or rivets which i don't want to do tonight. I'm too tired to tell you my ideas right now so ill just give ya a pic update an ill hit the sack.

    finally empty!:
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    all the parts laid out with exception of DVD drives and floppy:
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    Cool man, let's see what you got. Good pics btw.
     
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    Since there's no video card you would be installing, because you said the hardware is staying,, you could put two 92mm holes in the front & mount the hard drive cage on the bottom floor of the case, this would bring fresh air into the case & also keep your hard drives cool. good luck with your first mod.
     
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    Subscribed and ygpm. Can't wait to see this! ;)
     
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    hmm interesting. lucky you, you have tools :(

    Good Pictures btw.

    You should put a window in if your adding neons.
     
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    I'm thinking just a clear piece of plastic i will cut out.
     
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    ok time to remove those rivets for the DVD drive!!
     
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    a drill bit bites the dust...
    stupid rivets are steel god dammit, y did i pick a sony they're shit is always high quality

    any hints or tips on removing rivets?

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    I am not an expert on drilling steel, but as far as I know a good bit doesn't snap easily like that unless it got caught up from drilling on an angle. Make sure you drill at a 90 degree angle, use a drill press if you have one available, and secure the case down so it doesn't move around.
     
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    your right i was at an angle i'm using a rounded steel-cutting tip on my drumel and i've gotten 10 out of 12 out so far, thanks though!
     
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    what colour neons? You can get ACRyan coloured plastics.

    Also, see if you can Meshx the drive bays. That'd look cool.
     
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    I'm most likely going blue

    yah where can i get just plain sheets of meshx? i could only find pree-moulded fan grills and stuff

    Edit!!!: AHHHHH THE CASE IS STEEL WTF????????
     
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    I have a question guys, does the HDD need to ru right-side-up or an i put it upside down?

    Thanks
     
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    I beleive just as long as you dont get any strong vibrations from the motor it will be fine.
     
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    Ok its finally completely empty!!:
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    now i took the floppy drive out and stuffed the HDD in there upside down hoping to get fid of this:
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    this is what it came out like:
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    thanks that makes me happy

    :D:D:D < that is me happy
     
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    k what should i do for colors?
     
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    I say something different that I have never seen before on a pc case:

    Black and yellow.

    EDIT Just realized marbleizing would be downright too darn difficult.
     
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    Well by the looks of your pic there your HDD isen't upside down its looks like its the right way to me with that silverish color aluminum top plate is on the top its looks fine to me
     
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    oh well the silver plate was facing down when i opened the case up lol, so i guess they had it upside down, problem solved i guess


    I would love to do a Halloween case buuuut...your right I don't want to marbleize

    I think I'm going pure black, make it easy on myself
     
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    so i finished compressing the HDD and the DVD's and poped it in with the mobo to do a before after:


    [​IMG]

    a good amount of extra space there eh?
     
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