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 Post subject: New to case modding
PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:06 pm 
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Are there any "easy" projects that someone could suggest, I would like to try my hand at case modding. I am under a strict budget, but I do have a full workshop at my disposal. Is there a specific case that modders like to use? I also have no idea what I would make, so any ideas would be appreciated.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:38 pm 
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I guess what you call "easy" is relative to your skill level, because a pro might consider a full case mod that was takes quite a bit of skill easy, but someone who is new to modding might think drilling holes and adding fans might be stupid hard. Its your pick. As a beginner, I'm still working on making things look neat. Try adding a couple fans or two, maybe a low level water cooling mod if you up to it, but as I said, its all relative to your skill level. Make sure you don't overload yourself and take things one step at a time. I really like the Cooler Master stacker 690 or something like that. I can't seem it find it anywhere on Newegg.


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the best "first mod" project that i sugest is a simple window mod.


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jacob938 wrote:
the best "first mod" project that i sugest is a simple window mod.


Word. Should've mentioned that.


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and how would I do that...?


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Grim Tuesday wrote:
and how would I do that...?


Cover your side panel in masking tape.

Trace out where you want you window to be.

Start cutting with your Dremel or die grinder.

File down the edges.

Cut Plexiglass or fiberglass to size.

Use rubber edge molding around the edge to get it looking the best.

Screw, glue, or tape the window the side panel.

Step back.

Admire. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:21 am 
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that Linux guy wrote:
Grim Tuesday wrote:
and how would I do that...?


Cover your side panel in masking tape.

Trace out where you want you window to be.

Start cutting with your Dremel or die grinder.

File down the edges.

Cut Plexiglass or fiberglass to size.

Use rubber edge molding around the edge to get it looking the best.

Screw, glue, or tape the window the side panel.

Step back.

Admire. :D



aka, the scientific processes of case modding.


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I would start with buying a cheap old case or even better if you have a old case just sitting around not being used,if you have some experience with power tools it will be allot easier.
Like That linux GUY said a simple window mod or a respray is fun too.
Just make sure you use a old case for your first mod,you don't want to mess up a brand new case! :wink:

Have fun and good modding! :D


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I'd get to know your tools and methods on scrap that's laying around, not cases.

I learned painting in the 80's by practicing on the metal left over from conversion van windows. Hit it with a hammer, you learn to pull dents. Want to practice cutting holes? Cut away.

Computer casess are pretty much sheet metal working. Drill, rivet, dremel, whatever...if you can do it on scrap, you can do it on a case.


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Jigsaws are better for case cuts IMO. I can not keep a dremel steady enough.


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xveganx wrote:
Jigsaws are better for case cuts IMO. I can not keep a dremel steady enough.
A cure to that could be cutting inside the lines, then finishing with a fine file or the drum sander attachment. A jigsaw can get crazy if it's a flimsy material. Might end up with a very wavy cut edge.


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