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Guide: Desktop case modding
Written by Rondog   
Saturday, 08 July 2006 01:00
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This guide shows you how to carry out some basic case modifications, including cutting holes for fans, cold cathode lighting and case painting. See how Rondog transforms a boring beige case in to something more eye catching!

Case mod

Warning: I am not responsible for damage to self or hardware that may be caused directly or indirectly from this guide. I have stated all safety precautions.

There are many case mods available that one can attempt. The limit of a case mod is the modder's imagination. Some of the simpler mods include cutting windows, adding cold cathodes (neon lights), adding fans, cutting blowholes, painting (basic and intricate designs), and finally the easiest, tidying up those messy cables. In this guide, I’m going to take you step-by-step through all of them as I embark on by far my most involved case mod to date (I’m only a beginner too!)

  • Time taken: One week
  • Difficulty: Simple to medium
  • Cost: Medium
  • Effect: Increased attention to your beloved beast at the next LAN!

Now, without further a do let's get moddin'!

Tools Required

  • Soldering iron
  • Mini-angle grinder and/or dremel tool
  • Screw driver set
  • Drill with steel bits and hole saws
  • Coarse and fine files
  • Scissors or wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Anti-static wrist strap
  • Molex plug remover
  • Gloves
  • Goggles for eye protection


  • Spray gloss paint ($5 a can)
  • Spray paint primer ($5 a can)
  • Lighter ($3)
  • Case ($20)
  • Superglue ($5)
  • Mesh or acrylic window ($36 for 500mm x 500mm)
  • 1x cold cathode light ($11)
  • Cable sleeving ($4 per metre)
  • 2x 120mm fans ($13 ea)
  • Heat shrink cable wrap/electrical tape ($2 per metre/$3 per roll)

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