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Old 2nd October, 2005, 06:32 PM
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Mat's new modded case, Not Blue!

Well my son sold his old system. The "FireBird" And was shopping for cases online. He found one at Anamax he really liked. It was only $39US delivered. It was pretty pre-modded. Which I don't like but, it is his case bought with his money. I decided to not judge til it showed up. Well it showed up.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2..._157533670.jpg Is it just me or are mid-tower cases shrinking? OK well I'll tell you it is put together well although very compact.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1000Ab.jpg Mat and I dropped in the mobo and hdd's just to get an idea of how they would fit together As you can see with the fron fans installed it shoved those 2 hdd's so far back into the case that they overlapped the motherboard
when we pulled out the fans it was still tight. Even with short IDE cables. We decided the only thing to do was change the arrangement!
So we took an air cut off tool (larger air powered dremel) and cut the HDD rack loose. Left the top 2 slots for floppy drive and stability. Then turned the rack sideways and pushed it as far forward in the case as possible. This gave a lot more room between the mobo and the drives.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1004Ab.jpg It also put all the hookups off to the backside meaning there would be ho IDE or molex wires hanging out into the case when it was all hooked up!!
Then Mat pulled everything out of the case so we could poke a few holes in it!! Top, bottom and side.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1005Ab.jpg
We put a 90mm hole in the top for a fan and we put 2 38mm holes in the top also. More on those later. Then it was time to prime and paint.
NO BLUE paint here!!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1006Ab.jpg
Now without flash, the Paint is cherry red!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1007Ab.jpg You know there is just so little room above the mobo to the psu and he has a Zalman Heatsink/Fan for it. Hmmmm? Stay tuned.



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Old 2nd October, 2005, 06:54 PM
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Should be an interesting conclusion to this one Daniel. Here is a pic to ponder it is an old axel off a toy truck mat got for Christmas about 6 years ago. Life was hard for the truck and it died a slow death. I noticed one time when Mat was playing with it and my best flashlight. (yes he killed it too) That light passed through the plastic chromed wheel hubs and it was kinda cool how it looked doing it. Here is a pic of the hubs. The one we have left and the one we cut off.
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Old 2nd October, 2005, 08:32 PM
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Well Mat decided that there just was not room enough inside the case for the PSU. So we pulled the clear plexi cover off. Placed it over the top back of case and drilled 4 holes through plexi and case. Mat then mounted the plexi to the case While I did a little sleeving to the psu. Unfortunately we were short of sleeving. For some reason we thought we had more. So we worked with what we had!! One of the 2 38mm holes is to accomodate the psu wiring passing through and into the case. I used a sleeve from an electrical box to protct the wires from sharp edges. After we fed the wires into the case we screwed the psu back together
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1010Ab.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1009Ab.jpg
Yeah I know but save it til you see it at the end. I think you are going to like it!!
Part of Mat's reasoning for this was also the fact that the psu has blue lights and he hates the way blue lights and red lights look together in a case!! We are putting it to gether slow so as to keep the witing neat. The sata cable and everything that does not apply is getting tie strapped to back ot mobo try abe the height of mobo
this is not a race.
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Old 2nd October, 2005, 09:13 PM
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Thanks robbie. you know this has been quite a process. build a little snap some shots. Download them, the make tham smaller with photo resizer. Hey that is a handy little tool that is completely free so I uploaded it to AOA files. then I do a little post and get back at it. Mat does most of the work but,he wants me right there!!

you know I did not like to see the top of the top hard drive there sticking out and clashing but, I did not want to paint it so I use a piece of wood panel to make a hdd cover. And painted it!! then placed it on the rackl over the drive. Much better have a look......
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2.../IMG_1014b.jpg
[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2.../IMG_1017b.jpg

well I was doing that Mat got the DVD-Rom and the DVD-RW painted. He took some spray paint and shot it into the paint lid and then used a brush to touch up where some of it got scratched off while sliding them in. By the way he wanted you all to know that I installed the Zalman.

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Old 2nd October, 2005, 10:11 PM
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I just noticed were you used the wheel hubs at!! Nice!! I've been kicking around the idea of painting the inside of my case, I think your post has probably put me over the top!!!
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There looks to be enough of room for a PSU in there. I guess it's decieving?
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Old 2nd October, 2005, 10:53 PM
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Well there was enough room. But it left things so tight!! Made wire management more difficult!!.

robbie I got to tell you I am now a fan of red!! I love the inside of Mat's case!! Stay tuned for the effect of all that red when the lights hit it.

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Old 2nd October, 2005, 10:55 PM
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And now the time is near, this build is about ready to spring to life!!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1023Ab.jpg
You will see exile that we did the right thing putting that psu on the outside. Not mixing the light colors in the case. The effect of the blue mingled with the red outside on top of the case. As it makes for some blue chrome on top of the red.


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Alright mate. I have faith in the Red Monster. I think it would have looked nicer with the PSU inside, but hey, I'll be open minded.
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Old 3rd October, 2005, 01:32 AM
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Here we go. Ready to light the fire!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1026Ab.jpg
No mixing of colors!! let's open it up and take a look.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2.../IMG_1050a.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1034Ab.jpg Mat is ecstatic with it!! Heloves the way all the red makes the Zalman look red!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1039Ab.jpg
See how nice it looks with no blanding of colors. Now lets take a look at the top!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1031Ab.jpg
Woohooo!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2.../IMG_1030b.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1044Ab.jpg
Now here is a daylight type shot
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1042Ab.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1043Ab.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...IMG_1041Ab.jpg

Well there you have it. This baby took about 7 hours to assemble together.
Mod time was 2 nights after work. Do this with your kids and you will be glad you did!!

His case is 24 and his cpu temps are running from 30C to 41 uder duress!!

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Yup. You were right. Looks amazing and sounds like a blast!
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MAN!! I freaking LOVE that!!! Looks like it's shooting out fire!!!
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Change this to make it like that if you get a chance. I just think it looks so awesome when the grill is flush.
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You know robbie I saw light shoot through those wheels some years back. I forgot all about it til we were modding Mat's case on the table on the back patio. I just happened to notice that axel, only it was bent in half. I recognized those hubs!!
I cut the one end off that night and played with it with some lights. Me and Mat oohed and awed and knew we were on to something!!

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you know guys the fact that the case and build came out very well is secondary to the time Matthew and I shared dreaming it up and building it. We really had a ball. From paint on us to the liteon DVD-Rom Drive that went flying across the back patio and on to the concrete. May it RIP. Death was instant so it did not feel a thing we don't think. We stared kinda shocked at each other then laughed our selves half sick.
There is alot of out takes on this project!! But that is what helped it to be so fun. We still have all our fingers!!

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