The case and accessory maker Raidmax started a case mod competition on their new forums around a month ago, and I discounted the opportunity because I do not own a Raidmax case. But then my friend came to me needing advice, and it turned out that he had a raidmax case. I proposed a mutually beneficial arrangement where I mod his case and we split the winnings. Unfortunately, due to the immediate nature of the contest (I first spoke with him about it last wednesday 5/7) I had to shelve all of my other projects and go full-bore on this one.
Here is the case when I received it:
According to my friend, the pci bracket did not line up with his pci cards, so he removed it. This left an interesting and frankly undesirable task, as I enjoyed Raidmax's hinged removable mobo tray and was not able to recreate it with the same function in the time alloted.
Here are the bent/mangled edges left from when he forcefully removed it.
Because of a variety of circumstances I was forced to start work on Friday at his house using his father's tools instead of working in my own workshop with my own modding implements. I wasn't able to accomplish much for lack of tools and for need of mobility. I wanted to paint it, but then I wouldn't have been able to move it to my house to mod it more.
When I got it home I figured I may as well start by removing the grills.
I cut it out with tin snips initially then filed it down. A rough file is actually faster than a dremel.
These are the shavings:
At first I was going to use an aluminum bracket:
But it didn't really work because the new pci bracket needs space.
The weather was good, so I partially painted the front bezel.
Drawn and cut out:
I must have redrawn each lick at least twice - it takes practice to make flames.
Normally I would have waited to remove masking, but I had to use a pic of this in a presentation on why my needed art credit should be waived - a little late with only 6 days of high school left. I told my mom that modding would help me somehow :P. Anyway.
The back panel cut out:
In place with the fan hole traced:
I then started sanding the panels for painting:
The top panel isn't sanded in these pictures.
Then I drew flames on the sidebar thing and cut them out:
So that's where I am now. Well, there's a couple things I didn't post, but I'll catch you up as computer availability allows. My main comp died, so I have to use my dad's for pictures.