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booman 23rd January, 2006 10:42 PM

fixing up an old case...
 
I just finished modding an old Gateway case. Made a "gear" window by cutting it out with a jigsaw and filing down the edges. Painted a cool glossy rust color with hammered finish and painted the old face black.
It turned out pretty good for my first mod. The plexi-glass fits perfectly between the door and the case so I don't have to glue it in, and can remove it at any time. Then I installed all my second-hand parts- cd rom, hard-drive, floppy, powersupply, and cables. Got the new motherboard.....
and trouble....
I didn't check the sizes of the motherboard and the case. the MOBO is too big for the mid-size case. I've learned my lesson, allways measure the case and check the MOBO sizes. If the board just had 3 PCI slots instead of 5, I would have been ok.
But, as luck would have it, I had just received another old Gateway case from work that is a full-size, and BINGO!! it almost fits perfectly.
The only thing is that those cases have pre-cut In/Out panels. So I had to cut a rectangle out of the case to fit the IN/OUT panel that came with the motherboard.
But I don't just want a regular Gateway case, so I am modding this one also.
I'm cutting out a window tonight. I'll add some pics tomarrow to show you guys.

captaincurran 23rd January, 2006 10:45 PM

how bout some pics of the case that was too small?

Favu 23rd January, 2006 10:47 PM

Can we get some pix of your first case mod also? :)

*EDIT* Snap captaincurran !! :)

booman 23rd January, 2006 10:57 PM

that was quick! I just wrote that about 5 minutes ago....
Yeah I'll attach some pics of the old case tomarrow.
I'll have to remind myself.

captaincurran 23rd January, 2006 11:00 PM

snap?

yeah, the only thing to go faster than warp speed is news of a mod

Favu 23rd January, 2006 11:04 PM

Snap!

Snap is also said when two people have the same idea :)

captaincurran 24th January, 2006 03:14 AM

ah, yes the card game. i knew of that, but i had no idea what you were meaning by it. well they do say great minds think alike

booman 24th January, 2006 04:42 PM

Here's the pics
 
Got the pics up on the old case and the new case in progress
Case Mod

kellamne 24th January, 2006 05:58 PM

Looking pretty good - did you say this was first mod? Is a nice colour.
You know you can put pictures in the forum?

booman 24th January, 2006 06:10 PM

Thanks for the compliments...
Yep, that was my first mod. I don't know what to do with it because
I don't have the cash to spend on more hardware and I am modding
the new case. So I guess I may give it away or something.
I figured the forum has to link to a photo from a server and the
my.homewithgod.com server will not out-source pics, so I just made
my own html.

Phat Pat 25th January, 2006 04:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by captaincurran
snap?

yeah, the only thing to go faster than warp speed is news of a mod

What about ludicrous speed?

THE'VE GONE PLAID!

Back on topic:

The original case looks really nice, and the new one seems to be off to a great start. I look forward to seeing it completed!

booman 25th January, 2006 04:09 PM

Just added another coat of appliance epoxy spray paint to the chassi last night. I will probably add another coat tonight to make the coats even. I painted the face plate, but because it was windy I had to spray closer than 12 inches which caused some of it to drip. I'll probably sand it a little and coat it again.

captaincurran 25th January, 2006 06:59 PM

i really like the copper colour. it's a good looking case. Are you doing the same coppery colour on the second case as well?

booman 25th January, 2006 07:03 PM

Yup. I was at Home Depot looking at other colors of the same finish,
they have grey, silver, dark green, a darker copper, and black. They all look very cool, but since I allready have copper I figured I would just use that again.

captaincurran 25th January, 2006 07:06 PM

what was the brand of the paint you used?

booman 25th January, 2006 07:13 PM

Man, I'll have to check at home. Home Depot didn't have too many brands to choose from. If you go, just look for the ones with the "hammered" finish. they are all glossy (I think), and easy to use.

Rhodesy@uk 25th January, 2006 07:36 PM

nice case for the first attempt." like it "

got to have a go at case modding once ive got every thing i need to o/c my cpu a lot more:)

must say though there is plenty of insperation coming from these forums

Favu 26th January, 2006 12:01 AM

Dude! This is some awesome stuff! :thumbsup:

Staz 26th January, 2006 05:47 AM

That bottom case with the Gear window is a Micro tower, not a mid tower. It is for mATX motherboards.

booman 26th January, 2006 06:16 PM

Thanks for the tip Staz. Now if I decide to keep the case I know what size of motherboard to get. I ordered a regular ATX style thinking it would fit in that case. But it didn't. It fit well in the new case though.

On another note:
does anyone know about any complications with painting the inside of chassi? I just painted one with an epoxy appliance paint that is non-scratchable. And is there any issues with coloring the powersupply and/or drives to match the chassi. I know that some of those get pretty hot and I don't want boiling or cracking paint on them.

Last of all, to answer your question captaincurran... the "hammered" spray paint is made by Rust-ol-eum. I think thats how it is spelled. Home Depot mostly had Rust-ol-eum spray paints.

benighted 27th January, 2006 01:56 AM

Cool! Thats one of the best looking mods I've seen in a long time.

booman 27th January, 2006 05:59 PM

Thanks!!!
My new mod is going to be WAY better because now I previous experience.
I'm painting the chassi this time and the power supply. Everything is going to follow the color scheme and the theme. It should work out great, but it will take some time. I am taking pictures all along the way.
Thanks again.

danrok 27th January, 2006 09:06 PM

I like the sort of "junk yard" or old industrial look to it.

Would look very cool if you could use some scrap copper for the case instead of copper-look paint, or a combination of the two.

BTW, you can attach images to your posts if you want to.

booman 27th January, 2006 10:52 PM

Thats a good idea too. Get some sheet copper and hammer it down and polish it off. I could even hammer a design in it.
I would put up the images here but my server doesn't out-source images. I know because I tried using the images in another forum and no one could see them. So it is just easier for me to create an html and just add to it.

Phat Pat 28th January, 2006 11:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by booman
Thats a good idea too. Get some sheet copper and hammer it down and polish it off. I could even hammer a design in it.
I would put up the images here but my server doesn't out-source images. I know because I tried using the images in another forum and no one could see them. So it is just easier for me to create an html and just add to it.

What he means is that you can get pics from your computer to the forum by using the "manage attachments" button under the posting window (only in advanced mode, not in the quickreply dealer). That way you upload them to AOA and all is swell.

booman 30th January, 2006 04:23 PM

Ok I'll try it.
Here are some of the new pics of the new case in progress.
http://my.homewithgod.com/inthered/newchassi.jpg
Here is the finished chassi with drives and powersupply. I even painted the power
supply with the hammered copper paint. I had to re-install all the chrome metal
pieces that were for holding the panels on and PCI slot covers


http://my.homewithgod.com/inthered/newpanel2.jpg
Here is the Almost finished panel cut-out. I used the jigsaw to cut
most of the cuts. The jigsaw cutting radius was perfect for the corners
I decided to do that instead of the "bricked" corners because it was a little
easier. Now I am working on filing down the detail and the edges for painting

http://my.homewithgod.com/inthered/newiopanel.jpg

I also had to cut-out the rectangle in the chassi to fit the I/O panel in.
The Gateway had pre-cut holes for I/O and didn't fit the new motherboard.

captaincurran 30th January, 2006 04:43 PM

The files didn't attach correctly Boo. Wanna try again so all of us can see them?

booman 30th January, 2006 05:02 PM

4 Attachment(s)
Ok I figured it out. When you "insert" image it only links to an image on another website and that won't work with my server because they don't out-source. But, when you "attach" and image it will allow you to download from your computer. Thanks, Here you all go...

http://www.aoaforums.com/forum/attac...1&d=1138636543
Here is the Almost finished panel cut-out. I used the jigsaw to cut
most of the cuts. The jigsaw cutting radius was perfect for the corners
I decided to do that instead of the "bricked" corners because it was a little
easier. Now I am working on filing down the detail and the edges for painting

http://www.aoaforums.com/forum/attac...1&d=1138636784

http://www.aoaforums.com/forum/attac...1&d=1138636784
Here is the finished chassi with drives and powersupply. I even painted the power
supply with the hammered copper paint. I had to re-install all the chrome metal
pieces that were for holding the panels on and PCI slot covers


http://www.aoaforums.com/forum/attac...1&d=1138636784
I also had to cut-out the rectangle in the chassi to fit the I/O panel in.
The Gateway had pre-cut holes for I/O and didn't fit the new motherboard.

captaincurran 30th January, 2006 05:28 PM

looks good! can't wait to see 'er all together!

Favu 30th January, 2006 05:30 PM

Lookin' good! :thumbsup: I would place a 120mm fan in the rear mount if you can, though :)

booman 30th January, 2006 05:41 PM

I don't have one, but could easily get one. I'm sure that would just add better airflow right? I could move the fan allready installed to the front of the case.

Staz 1st February, 2006 08:38 AM

Yes, place the fan you already have in the front in front of the HDD cage and put a 120mm fan in back. If you really want to help out airflow and cut down on fan noise, cut out the gan grills made from punched holes and use a wire fan grill. It really cuts down on fan noise.

benighted 1st February, 2006 09:26 AM

I'd use 120's for both the front and rear. Then maybe run them on a rheostat or 7 volts to be near silent.

booman 2nd February, 2006 07:35 PM

2 Attachment(s)
Man, I'm afraid the case may TAKE OFF! with such large fans.
Heres some new pics of the panel and installed hardware...
Attachment 16591

Attachment 16592

booman 7th February, 2006 07:32 PM

All right...
Here is the finished case:
Case Mod
No processor yet, but I do have a heatsink/fan ready to be installed.
I just ordered a Celeron 3.0Gig for my old computer and I will move its Pentium 4 2.6Gig hyperthreading to this one.
Both are 533 FSB.
When its all installed I will take some pics of the lights on too.
Enjoy

booman 20th February, 2013 06:26 PM

Wow, my first post in 2006, I still have this case too!
Now its on the shelf waiting for some new hardware... maybe I'll give it away.


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