• Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Antec1200 TJHarlow side panel mod

Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
3,046 (0.90/day)
Likes
684
System Name Has and is well
Processor i7 4770K
Motherboard ASUS B85
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory TEAM 1866mhz 8GBx2 16GB
Video Card(s) MSI 980ti Gold Edition
Storage Intel 520 120GB + Seagate 2TB 7200RPM
Display(s) DELL U2713HM 2560x1440 Monitor
Case Corsair 350D
Power Supply EVGA 850W Gold
Software Win 10
#1
Has anyone done this mod to their antec 1200 yet?
http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-work-logs/441651-full-log-antec-1200-window-mod.html

I'm planning to do this as my first ever mod project, I've geeked it out to buy all the baddest parts I could get with my budget and now I need this mod to show em off.

I need tips on what tools I can use other than a jigsaw well any powertools since I only have a drill in my garage. I've already got sources for the U-Channel edge molding but not completely sure if it has adhesive in it and the aclyric im planning to use is 600x600mm can anyone give input on weather coloured acrylic works or looks as good(See through) as just the plain clear colour?

Are there alternate tools I can use for the incision? And is using a hacksaw to cut the steel gonna leave bad scratches around the edges?

I can get materials off www.gammods.com.au
 

viczulis

New Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2007
Messages
887 (0.24/day)
Likes
65
Location
Ohio
System Name Bandit 7
Processor Intel I7 920 (Havent OCd yet)
Motherboard MSI X58 Pro
Cooling Air Black Knight
Memory 6 Gbs of something
Video Card(s) 2 - XFX 5770s 1 Gb (waiting for a price drop to go higher)
Storage 1 - TB Sata Seagate
Display(s) 28" LCD
Case CM HAF , G-5 mouse, Saitek Cyborg Keyboard
Audio Device(s) Supreme FX 2 Audio Card
Power Supply ABS Tagan BZ Series 900 W Modular
Software 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
#2
Yea I did and I love the new look.:D A jig saw would be best bet. Maybe look into renting one at Home Depot for a 1/2 day. A dremmel would also work but cost of disc. Good luck
 

Attachments

Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
3,046 (0.90/day)
Likes
684
System Name Has and is well
Processor i7 4770K
Motherboard ASUS B85
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory TEAM 1866mhz 8GBx2 16GB
Video Card(s) MSI 980ti Gold Edition
Storage Intel 520 120GB + Seagate 2TB 7200RPM
Display(s) DELL U2713HM 2560x1440 Monitor
Case Corsair 350D
Power Supply EVGA 850W Gold
Software Win 10
#3

viczulis

New Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2007
Messages
887 (0.24/day)
Likes
65
Location
Ohio
System Name Bandit 7
Processor Intel I7 920 (Havent OCd yet)
Motherboard MSI X58 Pro
Cooling Air Black Knight
Memory 6 Gbs of something
Video Card(s) 2 - XFX 5770s 1 Gb (waiting for a price drop to go higher)
Storage 1 - TB Sata Seagate
Display(s) 28" LCD
Case CM HAF , G-5 mouse, Saitek Cyborg Keyboard
Audio Device(s) Supreme FX 2 Audio Card
Power Supply ABS Tagan BZ Series 900 W Modular
Software 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
#4
Jig saw with metal blade and some tape. Now didnt even take 1/2 hour to cut out. The trim I got at auto zone, plexi at home depot and just used double sided tape. Worked out real nice and I'm very pleased with results. I just installed my cig lighter and ashtray LOL
 

viczulis

New Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2007
Messages
887 (0.24/day)
Likes
65
Location
Ohio
System Name Bandit 7
Processor Intel I7 920 (Havent OCd yet)
Motherboard MSI X58 Pro
Cooling Air Black Knight
Memory 6 Gbs of something
Video Card(s) 2 - XFX 5770s 1 Gb (waiting for a price drop to go higher)
Storage 1 - TB Sata Seagate
Display(s) 28" LCD
Case CM HAF , G-5 mouse, Saitek Cyborg Keyboard
Audio Device(s) Supreme FX 2 Audio Card
Power Supply ABS Tagan BZ Series 900 W Modular
Software 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
#5
Just noticed u dont live in States. Do u have Home Depots where your at ??? Well u should have something right.
 
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
3,046 (0.90/day)
Likes
684
System Name Has and is well
Processor i7 4770K
Motherboard ASUS B85
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory TEAM 1866mhz 8GBx2 16GB
Video Card(s) MSI 980ti Gold Edition
Storage Intel 520 120GB + Seagate 2TB 7200RPM
Display(s) DELL U2713HM 2560x1440 Monitor
Case Corsair 350D
Power Supply EVGA 850W Gold
Software Win 10
#6
Jig saw with metal blade and some tape. Now didnt even take 1/2 hour to cut out. The trim I got at auto zone, plexi at home depot and just used double sided tape. Worked out real nice and I'm very pleased with results. I just installed my cig lighter and ashtray LOL
Yeah I can imagine I could spend a few hours using a saw lmao, i might go to a hire shop then. Man lol cig lighter and ashtray haha thats too useful, but I gotta go out the backyard to have a durry anyways as im still livin` with tha rents :).

EDIT: We got some warehouses that are local almost everywhere, I think they are able to cut it for me and let me borrow the tools for a setprice so its no problem just finding the easiest way out :D.
 

..'Ant'..

New Member
Joined
Apr 16, 2008
Messages
294 (0.08/day)
Likes
163
Location
█♣█
System Name Anth's Old i7 Monster™
Processor i7 940 @ 3.8Ghz
Motherboard ASUS P6TD Deluxe
Cooling Prolimatech Megahalems
Memory 12GB (6x2GB) G.Skill DDR3-1600Mhz
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 680 2GB W/Accelero Twin Turbo II
Storage Crucial M4 SSD 128GB / 2 x Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB RAID 0 /WD VelociRaptor 150GB
Display(s) Sharp Aquos 40LE700UN LED 40" Widescreen @ [1920x1080] 1080p
Case Cooler Master Cosmos 2
Audio Device(s) Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 + Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speakers
Power Supply Corsair AX1200W
Software Windows 7 Ultimate x64
#7
Yea I did and I love the new look.:D A jig saw would be best bet. Maybe look into renting one at Home Depot for a 1/2 day. A dremmel would also work but cost of disc. Good luck
Wow thats pretty cool mod I like the colour. :)
 
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
3,046 (0.90/day)
Likes
684
System Name Has and is well
Processor i7 4770K
Motherboard ASUS B85
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory TEAM 1866mhz 8GBx2 16GB
Video Card(s) MSI 980ti Gold Edition
Storage Intel 520 120GB + Seagate 2TB 7200RPM
Display(s) DELL U2713HM 2560x1440 Monitor
Case Corsair 350D
Power Supply EVGA 850W Gold
Software Win 10
#8
Hmm I'll have this done by next weekend, though any suggestions on which acrylic windows to use? There are some Uv reactive ones but are green.... my system is blue on the inside so thats a nono, although the 2 mirror acrylic windows look alright though are also more expensive lol
 
Joined
Mar 27, 2007
Messages
806 (0.20/day)
Likes
188
Location
Tampa FL
Processor AMD Ryzen 1700X
Motherboard Asus Prime X370 Pro
Cooling Corsair Hydro Series H110i
Memory 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 Mhz CAS 15
Video Card(s) Asus Radeon RoG RX 480 Strix OC 8GB
Storage Samsung EVO 850 1 TB
Display(s) Asus PB258Q 25" 2560x1440
Case Cooler Master Master Case 5 Pro
Power Supply Corsair HX 850
Software Windows 10 Pro 64
#9
Nice mod, but definitely not for me. It would leave me with nowhere to put my 120mm x 38mm 1.5A 3400 rpm ~150 cfm JMC/Datech 1238 12-hbta-4 fan.
 
Joined
Oct 19, 2007
Messages
6,356 (1.70/day)
Likes
1,110
System Name The Green Knight
Processor Intel i5 8600k @4.9GHz w/ Corsair H100i CPU AiO w/Corsair HD120 RBG fan
Motherboard Asus Z370-E Gaming
Cooling 6x120mm Corsair HD120 RBG fans
Memory Corsair Vengeance RBG 2x8GB 3600MHz
Video Card(s) Asus DirectCUII GTX 980 STRIX
Storage Samsung 960 EVO m.2, Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD, 2TB backup, 16TB Synology DS1515+ RAID-5
Display(s) Acer Predator 34" 3440x1440 OC'd to 100MHz
Case Corsair 570x RBG Tempered Glass
Audio Device(s) Onboard / Corsair Void Wireless RGB
Power Supply Corsair HX750w Professional Series
Mouse Logitech G602s
Keyboard Corsair K70 Rapidfire
Software Windows 10 x64 Professional
Benchmark Scores Firestrike - 11471 @4.9GHz 980 stock @1178 core 1753 memory 1279 boost Unigine Heaven - 1824
#10
Almost makes me wanna do it to mine. I like it.
 

becandl

New Member
Joined
Feb 24, 2009
Messages
17 (0.01/day)
Likes
4
System Name Antec 900
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz - OCed to 3GHz
Motherboard eVGA 750i FTW SLI Mobo
Cooling Zalman CNPS9700 w/ Arctic Silver 5
Memory 4GB (2 x 2GB) OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 800MHz - OCed to 1200MHz
Video Card(s) eVGA GTX260 Core 216 - OCed to 662/1427/1260
Storage Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 250GB + 160GB
Display(s) Dell Ultrasharp 21" Widescreen x2
Case Antec 900
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar D1 7.1
Power Supply Corsair 750watt
Software Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
#11
I just took off the mesh part so you could see more of the case, but still leave in the fan. All you have to do is unscrew the acrylic from the back, take out the mesh, and screw it back on.
 
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
3,046 (0.90/day)
Likes
684
System Name Has and is well
Processor i7 4770K
Motherboard ASUS B85
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory TEAM 1866mhz 8GBx2 16GB
Video Card(s) MSI 980ti Gold Edition
Storage Intel 520 120GB + Seagate 2TB 7200RPM
Display(s) DELL U2713HM 2560x1440 Monitor
Case Corsair 350D
Power Supply EVGA 850W Gold
Software Win 10
#12
I just took off the mesh part so you could see more of the case, but still leave in the fan. All you have to do is unscrew the acrylic from the back, take out the mesh, and screw it back on.
Yeah I don't really like the way its bolted on, the black little screw holders break when you unscrew them so when you screw them back in its more than likely you won't be able to tighten it back at all.

I've done that, took out the mesh but the steel angle slanty bit on the middle is really annoying.
 
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
3,046 (0.90/day)
Likes
684
System Name Has and is well
Processor i7 4770K
Motherboard ASUS B85
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory TEAM 1866mhz 8GBx2 16GB
Video Card(s) MSI 980ti Gold Edition
Storage Intel 520 120GB + Seagate 2TB 7200RPM
Display(s) DELL U2713HM 2560x1440 Monitor
Case Corsair 350D
Power Supply EVGA 850W Gold
Software Win 10
#13
Little update on the project, no picture so far and I'm going to be picking up a jigsaw from my uncle's place. I won't be using a dremel for an incision instead I'll be cutting into the measurement with the jigsaw alone.

Will be ordering the Acrylic and U-Channel next week as shops are closed on weekends. I'll keep it updated.
 

viczulis

New Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2007
Messages
887 (0.24/day)
Likes
65
Location
Ohio
System Name Bandit 7
Processor Intel I7 920 (Havent OCd yet)
Motherboard MSI X58 Pro
Cooling Air Black Knight
Memory 6 Gbs of something
Video Card(s) 2 - XFX 5770s 1 Gb (waiting for a price drop to go higher)
Storage 1 - TB Sata Seagate
Display(s) 28" LCD
Case CM HAF , G-5 mouse, Saitek Cyborg Keyboard
Audio Device(s) Supreme FX 2 Audio Card
Power Supply ABS Tagan BZ Series 900 W Modular
Software 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
#14
Are you done yet ??? LOL
 
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
3,046 (0.90/day)
Likes
684
System Name Has and is well
Processor i7 4770K
Motherboard ASUS B85
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory TEAM 1866mhz 8GBx2 16GB
Video Card(s) MSI 980ti Gold Edition
Storage Intel 520 120GB + Seagate 2TB 7200RPM
Display(s) DELL U2713HM 2560x1440 Monitor
Case Corsair 350D
Power Supply EVGA 850W Gold
Software Win 10
#15
Are you done yet ??? LOL
Lmfao! Nah not yet, I got the jigsaw though and cut the windows.. now hopefully my local warehouse sells acrylic and edge molding or I'd be stuck with a hole in my case for a good week hahaha. I'll post up pics of it soon
 

viczulis

New Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2007
Messages
887 (0.24/day)
Likes
65
Location
Ohio
System Name Bandit 7
Processor Intel I7 920 (Havent OCd yet)
Motherboard MSI X58 Pro
Cooling Air Black Knight
Memory 6 Gbs of something
Video Card(s) 2 - XFX 5770s 1 Gb (waiting for a price drop to go higher)
Storage 1 - TB Sata Seagate
Display(s) 28" LCD
Case CM HAF , G-5 mouse, Saitek Cyborg Keyboard
Audio Device(s) Supreme FX 2 Audio Card
Power Supply ABS Tagan BZ Series 900 W Modular
Software 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
#16
cool :D
 
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
3,046 (0.90/day)
Likes
684
System Name Has and is well
Processor i7 4770K
Motherboard ASUS B85
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory TEAM 1866mhz 8GBx2 16GB
Video Card(s) MSI 980ti Gold Edition
Storage Intel 520 120GB + Seagate 2TB 7200RPM
Display(s) DELL U2713HM 2560x1440 Monitor
Case Corsair 350D
Power Supply EVGA 850W Gold
Software Win 10
#17
Its just been hard to get the correct equipment for cutting the steel, no-one in my fam does construction work except my dad who's 80% overseas so yeah no tools for me to work with.

But hell I can already see how its going to look like in a few days, im excited :D
 

viczulis

New Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2007
Messages
887 (0.24/day)
Likes
65
Location
Ohio
System Name Bandit 7
Processor Intel I7 920 (Havent OCd yet)
Motherboard MSI X58 Pro
Cooling Air Black Knight
Memory 6 Gbs of something
Video Card(s) 2 - XFX 5770s 1 Gb (waiting for a price drop to go higher)
Storage 1 - TB Sata Seagate
Display(s) 28" LCD
Case CM HAF , G-5 mouse, Saitek Cyborg Keyboard
Audio Device(s) Supreme FX 2 Audio Card
Power Supply ABS Tagan BZ Series 900 W Modular
Software 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
#18
Are you painting too ? or just window either way should look good.
 
Joined
Feb 24, 2009
Messages
2,251 (0.69/day)
Likes
1,336
Location
Riverside, California
System Name Red Monster
Processor Intel Core i7 7800X @ 4.7GHz
Motherboard MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK
Cooling Corsair Hydro Series H115i 280mm
Memory Corsair Vengeance LED 32GB DDR4 3466
Video Card(s) evga GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 iCX
Storage Intel 535 Series 2.5" 480GB SATA /WD Blue 1TB SSD /Radeon R7 240GB SSD /1TB, & 4TB HHD
Display(s) Samsung UN55KS8500 55" 4K & Oculus Rift CV1
Case Corsair Carbide Series Air 540
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound Blaster ZX > Pagoda DAC > multiple amps
Power Supply Corsair HX1000i
Mouse Logitech G600
Keyboard Corsair K70 Cherri MX
Software Windows 10
#19

viczulis

New Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2007
Messages
887 (0.24/day)
Likes
65
Location
Ohio
System Name Bandit 7
Processor Intel I7 920 (Havent OCd yet)
Motherboard MSI X58 Pro
Cooling Air Black Knight
Memory 6 Gbs of something
Video Card(s) 2 - XFX 5770s 1 Gb (waiting for a price drop to go higher)
Storage 1 - TB Sata Seagate
Display(s) 28" LCD
Case CM HAF , G-5 mouse, Saitek Cyborg Keyboard
Audio Device(s) Supreme FX 2 Audio Card
Power Supply ABS Tagan BZ Series 900 W Modular
Software 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
3,046 (0.90/day)
Likes
684
System Name Has and is well
Processor i7 4770K
Motherboard ASUS B85
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory TEAM 1866mhz 8GBx2 16GB
Video Card(s) MSI 980ti Gold Edition
Storage Intel 520 120GB + Seagate 2TB 7200RPM
Display(s) DELL U2713HM 2560x1440 Monitor
Case Corsair 350D
Power Supply EVGA 850W Gold
Software Win 10
#21
Lol been thinking about which paint to put on, i don't really have that much experience with painting, do I just use normal paint spray?
 
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
3,046 (0.90/day)
Likes
684
System Name Has and is well
Processor i7 4770K
Motherboard ASUS B85
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory TEAM 1866mhz 8GBx2 16GB
Video Card(s) MSI 980ti Gold Edition
Storage Intel 520 120GB + Seagate 2TB 7200RPM
Display(s) DELL U2713HM 2560x1440 Monitor
Case Corsair 350D
Power Supply EVGA 850W Gold
Software Win 10
#22
Here's Progress update, just need the U-channel to cover up wonkiness and the acrylic window.

LOL its wonky, its my first time to use a jigsaw... IT GETS HOT I BURNT MY THUMB!



 

viczulis

New Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2007
Messages
887 (0.24/day)
Likes
65
Location
Ohio
System Name Bandit 7
Processor Intel I7 920 (Havent OCd yet)
Motherboard MSI X58 Pro
Cooling Air Black Knight
Memory 6 Gbs of something
Video Card(s) 2 - XFX 5770s 1 Gb (waiting for a price drop to go higher)
Storage 1 - TB Sata Seagate
Display(s) 28" LCD
Case CM HAF , G-5 mouse, Saitek Cyborg Keyboard
Audio Device(s) Supreme FX 2 Audio Card
Power Supply ABS Tagan BZ Series 900 W Modular
Software 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
#23
Looking good:) As for painting yea pretty much any spray paint. I always go to car parts place. But if you paint the plastic you'll need different paint. :D Just scuff up (sand) prime and paint. A couple coats a clear coat if you like. :toast:
 
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
3,046 (0.90/day)
Likes
684
System Name Has and is well
Processor i7 4770K
Motherboard ASUS B85
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory TEAM 1866mhz 8GBx2 16GB
Video Card(s) MSI 980ti Gold Edition
Storage Intel 520 120GB + Seagate 2TB 7200RPM
Display(s) DELL U2713HM 2560x1440 Monitor
Case Corsair 350D
Power Supply EVGA 850W Gold
Software Win 10
#24
Looking good:) As for painting yea pretty much any spray paint. I always go to car parts place. But if you paint the plastic you'll need different paint. :D Just scuff up (sand) prime and paint. A couple coats a clear coat if you like. :toast:
I'm gonna copy your scheme if you don't mind, as in spray paint side panel and the front of the HDD cages.

What color suits blue and black!? :S BLUE?
 

viczulis

New Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2007
Messages
887 (0.24/day)
Likes
65
Location
Ohio
System Name Bandit 7
Processor Intel I7 920 (Havent OCd yet)
Motherboard MSI X58 Pro
Cooling Air Black Knight
Memory 6 Gbs of something
Video Card(s) 2 - XFX 5770s 1 Gb (waiting for a price drop to go higher)
Storage 1 - TB Sata Seagate
Display(s) 28" LCD
Case CM HAF , G-5 mouse, Saitek Cyborg Keyboard
Audio Device(s) Supreme FX 2 Audio Card
Power Supply ABS Tagan BZ Series 900 W Modular
Software 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
#25
Not at all LOL I went with blue because all the blue case fans. I'm going to be water cooling here soon so now I got to decide red or yellow tubing. decisions decisions. LOL