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Modding the Cooler Master Q500L

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Cooling Noctua s12 Chroma
Memory GSkill 32gb 3000mhz Cas 15
Video Card(s) Sapphire RX580
Storage Samsung 960 Evo, WD and Crucial SSDs
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Case CoolerMaster Q500L
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Keyboard Corsair K65 LUX RGB
I get bored with my rigs (and collect cases), so I swap cases pretty often on several of my pcs. I haven't changed my main workstation's case in two years, so it was time for something new. I have really modded a case in a while and wanted to do some real carbon fiber on it, so I wanted to start cheap with the case. In comes Cooler Master's Q500L Atx pc case. Its tiny for an atx case, which I like a lot. It will fit all of my hardware as I have gone air cooling for this update.

So I get the case and yeah, its cheap all right, but I do like it. I like that it uses a plexi window instead of glass, has movable I/O and has some nice flat surfaces that I can cover with carbon veneer sheets (the real stuff).

First thing I did was take a dremel to the top 140mm opening I need and also the rear 120mm opening. At this time, I should have cut the holes for the bottom fans as well, but I didn't, so when the carbon fiber comes, I will empty the case and do that.
I did add feet I stole from a Silverstone FT03 case which raises the pc another 3/4" off my desk.
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As I use this PC on a daily basis, it had to be thrown together before the case was done. Right now, I am using a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO with push pull Corsair fans. That is getting replaced with a Noctua U12S in black. When I order that, probably next week, I will order the carbon fiber sheets from Dragonplate Carbon too. Then I will spend the weekend finishing up this simple mod.
Here's a pic of the inside of the case atm.
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Processor 8700k
Motherboard ASRock z370 Fatal1ty
Cooling Noctua s12 Chroma
Memory GSkill 32gb 3000mhz Cas 15
Video Card(s) Sapphire RX580
Storage Samsung 960 Evo, WD and Crucial SSDs
Display(s) 24.5 HP Omen 144hz
Case CoolerMaster Q500L
Audio Device(s) Presonus Studio Monitors, Shiit Modi 3
Power Supply Seasonic 650w
Mouse Corsair Harpoon
Keyboard Corsair K65 LUX RGB
More holes!DSC00242.JPGDSC00272.JPGDSC00275.JPG

Final look.CM case mod 2020 120.jpg
 
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Motherboard ASRock z370 Fatal1ty
Cooling Noctua s12 Chroma
Memory GSkill 32gb 3000mhz Cas 15
Video Card(s) Sapphire RX580
Storage Samsung 960 Evo, WD and Crucial SSDs
Display(s) 24.5 HP Omen 144hz
Case CoolerMaster Q500L
Audio Device(s) Presonus Studio Monitors, Shiit Modi 3
Power Supply Seasonic 650w
Mouse Corsair Harpoon
Keyboard Corsair K65 LUX RGB
Couple more pics, almost finished.DSC00309.JPGnewrig1.jpg
 

FreedomEclipse

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Simple but effective. Needs dust filters though
 
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Cooling Noctua s12 Chroma
Memory GSkill 32gb 3000mhz Cas 15
Video Card(s) Sapphire RX580
Storage Samsung 960 Evo, WD and Crucial SSDs
Display(s) 24.5 HP Omen 144hz
Case CoolerMaster Q500L
Audio Device(s) Presonus Studio Monitors, Shiit Modi 3
Power Supply Seasonic 650w
Mouse Corsair Harpoon
Keyboard Corsair K65 LUX RGB
I've never really liked dust filters. They suffocate the intakes. I don't mind using some canned air once and a while to clean it anyway.
 

FreedomEclipse

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Cooling CPU: BeQuiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 {1xCorsair ML120 Pro|5xML140 Pro}
Memory 16 Corsair Vengeance White LED DDR4 3200Mhz {2x8GB}
Video Card(s) Gigabyte 1080Ti Gaming OC|Accelero Xtreme IV
Storage Samsung 970Evo 512GB SSD (Boot)|WD Blue 1TB SSD|2x 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300
Display(s) Asus PB278Q 27"
Case Corsair 760T (White)
Audio Device(s) Yamaha RX-V573|Speakers: JBL Control One|Auna 300-CN|Wharfedale Diamond SW150
Power Supply Corsair AX760
Mouse Logitech G900/G502
Keyboard Duckyshine Dead LED(s) III
Software Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻
well thats your call. Ive always been a fan of demcifilter - extremely fine mesh and dont restrict airflow too much
 
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