So I am getting a second computer, and I wanted to do something interesting with it so I decided to case mod the hell out of it. I decided on a Steampunk theme since that is what my apartment decor is already heading toward. Specifically I settled on making the PC into a Industrial Revolution era Blast Furnace.
The case I am starting with is a <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811103016">XCLIO 6030PLUS Black 0.6 mm SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case</a>
Since I don't have any of the materials in my possession ATM and since I am antsy as hell to start I did some planning mockups in Photoshop. They aren't great but they give the general idea.
The case has a side mounted 350mm fan. By changing the colours of the 4 LEDs on it I hope to get something like a flame effect. Then I am adding copper plumbing for just the general feel of things.
Putting in front 120mm fan, again replacing the LEDs for the fire effect. I also am going to put some acrylic flame gobos in front of the fan to make it even better.
Replacing the power switch with an antique two-way toggle from RadioShack. Same with the Reset button. The Ignition toggle will control all of the fans and LEDS
One 5.25" is for the DVD drive, but another is going to be a coal (or coke) hopper. I am getting a 5.25" storage drawer from CompUSA and filling it with model railroad coal.
There will of course be more pictures as the work progresses. I welcome any suggestions and creative input.