After reading several threads about some of the wicked mods around here, I think I'm ready to start my own, and, after discovering a quite old but still workable Mid-tower case, I actually have a test subject (pictures of everything to come).
I'm not looking for anything super complicated, just cutting out a "window" (I don't really want a window, but something that air can pass through (Modder's Mesh or a substitute that I found taking out the trash at work today, like round modders mesh but with much smaller holes). I was thinking of writing the word "CLIMB" at the bottom of the "window", in a positive-negative sort of fashion, rather like hurv did with his stormtruper helmet in his STORMTRUPER mod.
My case also has no bezel, and I was thinking of using either wood (to model a climbing wall at a summer camp I've attended) or using the pink foam as hurv did to model some sort of climbable cliff face. I may take the DVD Drive and rig it up vertically, to fit better within the wooden scheme. Would this have any negative effects on drive performance? The case has no fans, but I was thinking of adding 2 or 3 or 4 (120 mm's on the front and back, and maybe 80mm's on the side and/or top).
After reading the Cooler Master 840 thread by MNPCtech
, I bought some 20ish TPI jigsaw blades (already own the jigsaw) and, I believe, have found a Dremel that I can borrow when I need it. I also have a mouse sander, belt sander, and a sanding block.
Does this sound entirely too complicated for someone who is new to mods, dremels, and working with metal in general? I'm pretty good with wood, but I have no experience cutting sheet metal, etc. I think this'd be a great way to revive this old case, possibly for use in the gaming rig I'd like to build in the next year or two.
I'd say my priorities for this mod are:
1. Gain experience
2. Don't have it look awful
3. Have good cooling and air circulation
4. Make the case look good.
Looks aren't the biggest deal here, I'd rather have well-performing case than a "dude--that's sick" case.
Any general pointers, comments, questions for me, etc? As I said, pics coming soon, hopefully by the beginning of next week.