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 Post subject: Hurv's first Mod
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:45 am 
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Here are pics of the side window I put into my Antec Three Hundred. I used a tin snips on the side vent to start the hole, and cut the window out w/ a jigsaw. The green plexiglass was ordered from mcmaster.com, and I used car door molding from Advance Auto Parts for the molding. I eventually plan to paint the inside and back panel of the chassis, as well as cutting a few cable routing holes inside to hide cables better. Let me know what you think, and I'm all ears for suggestions for future modding!

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Nice. Simple, clean, and good looking. Bravo.

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looks pretty nice- I like the unique placement and shape, as well as the unified green theme. by the way, how did you secure the plexiglass to the side panel? I'm stuck on that problem on my own first case mod, and I don't want to have to drill more holes for screws.


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Thanks guys, for the mounting I used the 3M double sided mounting adhesive that Bill Owen recommended on his how-to video (I found it at Home Depot). Since the molding was thicker than the standard U channel, I had to stack the pieces of adhesive 4 pieces high, but it fit well and that adhesive is strong as all get out.


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thanks for the advice- I'll give it a shot- nice start to the mod, it looks great.


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It's simple and yet quite nice looking. You should add some green cold cathode lights to the inside of the case.


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Nice job. I love the green window. Do you have any pictures of the making?


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I did install a green 12" cold cathode on the top, inside the chassis, I didn't think to snap a pic of it. Unfortunately my camera is on the fritz, so I wasn't able to take pics of the building process. I had to borrow a friend's camera to take pics of the finished product.
I will try to have a working camera for the next stages of the mod, and post shots of the work as I go. So far I'm thinking of painting the inside and back panel green, and thinking of making the top into some kind of grill. Thanks for the feedback, and I'm all ears for more suggestions!


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Well its finally finished! Since I started this project I've been gradually dremmeling cable routing holes, removing the mesh from the intake fan cages, and finally stormtroopered it inside and out using Krylon Fusion gloss white spraypaint. This paint worked great- it can be used on metal and plastic, and doesn't require primer. It also dries enough to handle in about an hour. Here's the pics!

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Just curious, what software are you using to make your taskbar look like that?


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white? :?
looks very nice. Just white isn't my favorite color for cases. BUT, it's a great paint job. Nice work.


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Thanks Spartacus, and guoruiwu1994- no software for the taskbar, just Vista 64 bit OS.


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Vista 64 doesn't have those icons, but windows 7 does.





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one somewhat unrelated question: why is the CNPS9700 placed in the wrong orientation? wouldn't fit the other way? just curious.


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I read somewhere that in cases w/ top exhaust fans you get better cooling w/ that orientation, so I rotated it, and I did get a slight decrease in temps that way, only 1- 3 degrees, but improvement none the less.


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I've seen several cases over in the help buy/build section where people placed Xigmatek HDT coolers the way you have yours, and when told to put them the other way, performance improved. I guess for the CNPS coolers it's the other way around. interesting. It's probably about the heatpipe orientation- in the CNPS's, they're oriented the other way then in the Xiggies.


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Yeah thats weird. Some interesting little tweaks we learn hanging around here.


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Tedster wrote:
Vista 64 doesn't have those icons, but windows 7 does.





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Most of those are program icons Ted, w/ a few exceptions- but that is vista 64 bit that I use, I havent even touched 7 yet- still have about a week till my copy ships


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Tedster wrote:
Vista 64 doesn't have those icons, but windows 7 does.
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That's his Quick Launch Bar, not open programs. Looks like the icon size was adjusted.


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Nice clean smooth looking paint job :-) On your first set of photos I was wondering about the stock Intel CPU cooler, but you redeemed yourself with the nice Zalman cooler, lol

What kind of video card cooler are you using?


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