Hey guys, it's time for another case mod project! This will be for my daughter this time (if you recall I did a Minecraft R2-D2 mod last year for my son).
I'll be using the Suppressor F51 for this build, as it lends itself well to the sleak and elegant design my daughter and I came up with. She wanted a pink rose themed build, so I will have a beautiful rose-shaped reservoir in the front, and all the hardware will be openly displayed on a custom one-piece angular chassis insert. All plumbing will be hidden behind the insert, except for an elegant curved water channel that spans over the motherboard to the GPU...
Here's a breakdown of hardware I'll be using in this build:
EVGA X99 microATX motherboard
EVGA GTX 970 with EK block
EVGA 550w Supernova GS PSU and X10 Carbon mouse
Crucial 250Gb SSD, and 16Gb DDR4 Ballistix memory kit
EK Supremacy Evo CPU block
EK D5 Pump top and chrome cover
EK 280mm Coolstream Radiator
EK 45º and 90º elbow fittings
Primochill Revolver fittings & fluid
Huge thanks to Primochill, EVGA, Crucial, EK, and of course Thermaltake for their continued support!
So let's get to some actual modding shall we? Seems lately I can't help but to hack into a case first thing. So after stripping it down to the frame, I taped off the area that will be cut away to make room for the new one-piece insert...
I made a cardboard template to see how the pieces will fit together. Only three pieces make up the entire insert: Back piece, angled center piece, and front piece.
After some initial attempts at bending the center piece myself, I realized I wasn't going to be able to produce the results I was looking for, so I sucked up my pride and brought the cardboard template down to the local metal fab shop and had them weld it up for me.
They did a nice job bending and tack-welding the pieces together. I can now go in with the bondo and smooth out the panels and fill in the corners.
I'm hoping to have this case done for PDXLAN 28 in July, my daughter's first lan. Stay tuned!