today I picked up a few goodies, and boy am I exited. of course as soon as I got home from school I tore right into it all
(sheet of thin, clear acrylic from a local shop[$15], cheap case w/PSU, resident evil 3-games-in-1 package. Have to catch up on lots of PS2 titles before MGS4)
a nice black canvas! there was a cheaper pre-mod at the store(a blue "Blaze" case, but it was butt-ugly)
starting to take it all apart
the 450w PSU doesnt seem half bad, 24 pins and everything (no SATA, but i've got adapters i never used for that)
the front panel came off easily enough using a screwdriver without a bit (worked PERFECTLY)
a surprisingly well designed front panel
and the flimsey frame (the front panel makes up for it)
most of the cut-outs taken and piled up
the I/O ports were also well thought out and a good touch (easy to remove and work with)
also the buttons and LEDs are quite nice
the front, stripped down
dremeled out the rear grills (roughly)
a tiny bit of nibbling later, I found a use for that U-channel I got from MNPCtech, its great stuff!!
the front grill was going to be a problem, because its obvious i'll use a 120mm fan, but the grill isnt perfect for one. Look hard and you'll see a fake CD (the kind at the bottom of spindles) and theres a fair space around it with no airflow!
carefully marked out some cuts....
I must say, i love the dremel right-angle attachment. thanks Fusionmods.net and faceless105!
(before nibbling and filing)
then covered with more U channel
Now; i'm not sure what to do with this case yet, all i know is i really wanted to mod something, relax after school starting up and so on.
I've never worked with plexi before, so this is going to be a very fun mod, but i'm thinking of doing a themed case.
Being a creativity-deprived individual, I'm stumped on what to do next. Its pretty obvious a window needs to go in, but maybe one at the bottom (cut out the pattern thats already there) and maybe something at the top.
Theme options so far are: Gundam (the only anime that i've liked) or metal gear solid (should lend itself easily enough)
All input and suggestions are very welcome
(pictures should be proper size, but theres always the chance resizing didnt work, someone please verify this for me, thanks)