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Tutorial Project: Nº2

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Honestly, In my opinion, I think the case is ugly STOCK, But you did a great job at flipping it around. Fantastic project! Love every bit of it!
 
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I couldn´t agree more with you mdnelson09 but that was the point really, to show in the tutorial that even the cheapest case you can buy can be redesigned in to something of one´s liking.

thanks : )
 
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* RESERVED FOR PSU GUIDE TUTORIAL *

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With this we finalize the how to paint components thread and we continue here on the main thread with the build.
 
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nice thread!!
 
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Final post before the end result : )

Today we´re going to do the windows. The material you need to use is plexyglass, it´s cheap enough to buy and you can normally find it in any building supplies or DIY store, I payed for a piece big enough to do 3 side windows on this case 12€ Have in mind there are two types, the normal one and the one prepared for exterior which is a lot more expensive and we don´t need so go for the first one.

Do not cut it with any sort of power tool as it will melt like plastic and make an awfull mess and you´ll find you will spend more time cleaning the piece up than if you cut it using a different method. A cutter for example (a decent one) will do the job. I find that to get a straight line, a metallic ruler does the job but of course feel free to use anything you feel comftable with to get a straight line.

So yeah, do a few runs with the cutter until you can see from the plexy border that you´re about at least half way there. Then you can bend it both ways (with care) until it snaps and you will have a clean cut. If need me you can sand the border down.

It goes without saying that you will have to measure the piece before you cut it so you know how big it needs to be. Have in mind to leave a decent space on each side if you´re going for as big a window as possible or you´ll find it prevents the side from closing on the case.



Once we have our piece ready we need to attach it from the inside side of the side panel. There´s several ways of doing this but I find the cleanest way is using decent double sided tape, for example, the 3M one is extremely strong and will do the job just find.



And we´re done, we can repeat the process for any and all windows on our case.

On a final note, if you decide you want to mount a fan if your sidepanel has the grill to do so, I would suggest you fit the window first (without the tape) and then measure where you need to cut to fit the fan. Personally I won´t be fitting a fan, I checked I didn´t need to temps wise and as a personal taste decision, I preffer it without one.
 
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And here guys is the final post of the tutorial. I´m sure some of you will have different ways of doing certain parts of such and if they work for you then that´s really what is all about, right?

For the rest of the people I hope this helps you with any doubts you had about doing certain things and for people that have never tried, I hope this entices you to join the fun world of customizing your PC : )

Following you will see a mix of pictures, each of them has a flash and non flash version (camera flash).

I didn´t see any point on making a tutorial on how to put all the parts togueter as I assume that if you attempt pc customizing you know the basics on how to put one togueter.

Thank you for reading and I hope you´ve enjoyed it. Once again I´d like to thank this project´s sponsors; Lamptron, Antec, B-Move & Benchmarkhardware.com





















































 

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I hope you will never need to RMA the hard drive. :)
Very nice looking case, you did it justice because stock it looked pretty boring.
 

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Great job Luciel! :toast:
 
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Looks sharp! Definitely gets me in the mood to mod that old IBM Server on wheels I've got upstairs ;)
 
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Thank you Mindweaver!

Thanks Ahhzz. The main idea of this project was to show that even the most simple or ugly case can be turned in to something nice and that we don´t need to spend a fortune to do so.