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Taking a reg case and making it ROCK!

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Did you end up trimming the wires and re-soldering or not? And how long did that take you? I honestly haven't sleeved an entire PSU in less than like 4 hours, but then again I've only done 2 or 3.
I cut ALL the wires and made the exactly the length needed to get to where they needed to go. Il post more picts but I am trimming the mobo tray to run the front panel wiring now.

It takes me a couple of hours but I keep changing stuff so that adds a bit.;)
 

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Soon Grasshopper, soon....
 

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Ok here is what I got so far..


I need to order some better Sata cables but at least I can get back to getting my clock cleaned in TF2.

PS:to Fitseries3, ur right looks cleaner without the sticker..

Oh, yea.. you know how the back of the mobo tray is always messy with the extra wiring.....

Pretty sweet for a $19 case.
 
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Dude thats amazing! Nice work, one question tho doesnt painting the heatsink on the cpu make it run not as cool cause the fins cant dispense heat as fast?
 
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Ok here is what I got so far..


I need to order some better Sata cables but at least I can get back to getting my clock cleaned in TF2.

PS:to Fitseries3, ur right looks cleaner without the sticker..
man what a transformation! i love it! excellent craftsmanship and originality, my hats off :rockout:

thanx for posting the process and sharing with the community.

i know i was inspired
 
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It's only the top fin. No difference.;)

Yes very nice mod if i may say so.:respect:
 

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Dude thats amazing! Nice work, one question tho doesnt painting the heatsink on the cpu make it run not as cool cause the fins cant dispense heat as fast?

This is one I did a couple years ago for a SFF case.
(DO NOT USE THE WHEEL PAINT ON THE CPU COOLER)

Nope measurable difference, the color coat(several layers of paint) is only the top plate and I have checked the temps every time and there is no difference.

You cant see but I also painted the fins and the fins of the AC Accelero black(very light coat of a black Lacquer). The trick is a light coat and there is no performance lost.
Remember if you use Enamel and a thick coat ur gonna mess it up.

I still have a bunch to do, Sata cables, Side panel window, front panel (gonna use modders mesh for the face) also I need another PS so I can pop in the other 8800GT(Corsair 620 wait for me, Il be with you soon;))

Another thing, I dont know if you noticed but I sure did. usually I wait to paint the inside till the end because I always scratch it. This time I painted it first and I must say the paint used held up 1000% better than any other Spray Can paint I ever used.
 
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i'd have you do mine but the shipping cost would KILL me. this TJ07 with everything in it is over 100pounds easily.

looks amazing! every little detail has been though out and looks great.
 

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You know MK? Thats one of the best mods I've seen in a LONG time! really great work and it deserves a 25/10! :rockout:
 
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+1 on the duplicolor excellent paint.

its the only spray paint i use
 
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Ok here is what I got so far..Pretty sweet for a $19 case.
:respect::respect::respect:one of the best case reworks I'v seen this year :toast:
You should be well paid by anyone who contracts for you skills:rockout::respect:
 

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You know MK? Thats one of the best mods I've seen in a LONG time! really great work and it deserves a 25/10! :rockout:
I absolutely agree!

Mk, you think you could give us a full 360 on the case?
 
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This looks like a brilliant build. Make sure you put it in the TPU case gallery.
 

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Thanks a bunch guys.. This is kind of a simple mod that I used to show just the basics.
Originally the cooling was terrible, now with the addition of a few simple ideas its MUCH better.

A few points..
The exhaust, Before

The perforations are better than most here but still restrictive

After
You dont need the fancy fans or cover, but 2 beats 1(and removing the perforations helps a lot to aid airflow and reduce noise)


Air Intake
Before


After


Hdds
Before(in the way of GPUs and wiring also restricted airflow)


After
 

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this is amazing :eek:
 

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Thanks cdawall,
usually this is where I start tearing it apart and making the next, but with this case/comp I am going to refine it. I will keep posting as I make improvements down the line so stay tuned....:toast:
 

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you have turned case modding into an art ;) i am definitely keeping up with this thread!
 
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Oh, I will be! one of the best! and can't wait to get it in the case gally! I'll try and force that 25! :toast:
 

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