I have decided to rebuild my system from the ground up. After looking at modding options, I decided to go with a simple and effective scheme. I am bad with power tools and DIY projects, and I am not interested in major external case modifications anyway. I opted for a lighting-centric design with emphasis on displaying the internal components. I am currently looking at clear acrylic cases with room for expansion, but could go with a clear side panel approach. Essentially, it would focus on color scheme over decals and art.
I have three themes in mind. First is the basic solid color approach. Second is a scheme based on the Mass Effect holographic art style; predominantly orange with blue highlights (or vise versa) in a clear case. Third is a Matrix style computer, the industrial feel set to a green scheme.
I have about 200 dollars to kick off the project. Is this enough? The clear cases I was looking at on Xoxide were around the $60.00 price range, and the cold cathodes, fans and wire management should come to around $40.00. I would also like to save some money for hardware upgrades and peripherals. I just ordered an Eclipse II illuminated keyboard and am currently running a 1680x1050 monitor, so factor those out. This comp is going to be set up with gaming in mind. (WoW, EVE Online, Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed and Portal are the range I'm looking to run well, I think Crysis may be serious monetary overkill) Will this work on a $150ish budget? How much does a basic clear-case overhaul end up costing? Will I have to do a lot of cutting or power tool work? Also, any ideas on the scheme, what would/wouldn't work, what sounds cool? Thanks!