Over my holiday break I decided to catch up on my own projects that were shelved while I concentrated customer projects. One of these personal projects was "the Ghost of the Red Baron" I've always loved the box artwork on Dynamix's Red Baron flight simulator game. (1990)
I'd like to twist this painting and imagine Manfred Von Richthofen's ghost is coming back for revenge!
For fun, I made this "Fokker DR1" inspired blueprint for the case mod
The case I've used is my all time favorite, the AMS CF-1009 gtower. You've probally seen this case used in my past projects here in my worklog section. I had bought several of these case after hearing that AMS has discontinued them. My mod formula, new bezel for 2x 120mm intake fans has never changed. Unfortunately AMS no longer makes this case.
CoolTechnica is the only e-retailor I've found that has them in stock, here
Why I liked this case.
1. You can remove the 2 piece acrylic bezel and plate for cutting fan holes.
2. LED and PWR/RESET buttons are screwed in versus glued
3. The 7 HD cage is removable. (+ 3, 3.5 bays = 11 HDs mounts)
4. It can be modified to accomondate modify Front and Rear 120 fans. (2x 120s in front)
5. It's painted aluminum, not anodized so less prep work painting
I'd still choose this case over any Lian Li or Coolermaster for modding. The simplistic plain jane design makes it a great blank canvas, plus it's sturdy!
The clear acrylic bezel and alum backing plate are fastened on with 6 large flathead screws.
The CF1009 arrvies with 2 puny 80mm intake fans. There is a lot of wasted real estate in the front of this chassis. As soon as you remove the front aluminum backing plate, you can visualize 2x 120mm intake fans.
The rear of the CF1009 has 2x 80mm exhaust fans above PSU and 1x 120mm exhaust fan
One of the biggest complaints about the CF1009 was the lack of a removable Motherboard tray. A removable MB trays are nice, but I've been building PCs before the case aftermarket exploded, so I've grown accustomed to cases without them.
My first task was to make a new mounting plate for 2x 120mm intake fans. I grab my trusty Jigsaw with 18 TPI cutting blade and remove the front mounting wall in the chassis.
You can breath in plent of air now.. lol! ...Ok, I better make you a new mounting plate ..heh
The new front mounting plate will be cut from 20 gauge sheet metal.
Here, I'm using a measuring Square.
To attach the new front plate, I used 1/8" pop rivet fasteners.
I'm measuring out the location for two 120mm intake fans. These 120mm wire fan guards will make great templates for tracing my fan hole & screw locations.
To make my 120mm fan holes, I use my Greenlee Knock out Punch.
This is the most efficiant means for cutting a clean, flawless hole.
More information about Greenlee knock Punch
Greenlee part # 730EBB-120 Last time I inquired, they were around $450 in the states + Large 3/4" socket wrench, and 2" socket. I wouldn't use anything less than 19" long socket wrench. Estimated purchase price of $550 new.
I first make pilot hole with a 1.5" hole saw attachment that allows me to fit the shaft of the Greenlee Knockout Punch
The shaft of the Greenlee Punch goes through 1.5" pilot hole. The threaded circular (stationary) cutting blade is pulled inward as you tighten the socket wrench.
The new 2x 120mm fan holes are made. The fan mounting holes were cut in a similar fashion with with a Roper Whitney Hand punch.