this is my first PC mod and i have decided to use an old compaq mini ATX case.
here is what it looked like stock, sorry i forgot to take pictures before i started modding:
here is what i have done so far:
i cut out a view panel, i actually messed up on the middle corner on the left side. i cut a little farther than i planned but i think i like how it turned out better than the way i have planned it
i also gridded away the "q" and i will grid out "compaq" from the other side before i paint the whole thing.
that is the optical drive cage, with a toolless install method, it works great but the stubs would scratch up the acrylic on the view panel
see now it is nice and flat and i can still take my drives out with some pliers pretty easily
now the beige thing under the DVD drive is what i use to hold my HDD, it was original for a zip drive and my HDD happened to fit it so i ripped it off one of the old PCs. i am going to cover up the hole with something but not sure what.
where my HDD should be but is not:
i use it to hold all the wiring for my fans, lighting, etc. i am also going to mod the area below it to fit a 92mm fan
this is my front panel, i have cut out some plastic that goes behind it as you can see from the empty space near the gray area:
also the gray section is detachable:
parts i currently have:
parts that where part of the PC already:
120 GB HDD
2.7 Ghz celeron
pre-installed coolermaster heatsink
a 512 MB stick of DDR RAM
parts i already had:
a 265 MB stick of DDR RAM
soundblaster PCI card
kingston PCI NIC
stuff i bought:
550w ultra PSU
100mm neon green case light
92mm fans X 2
a big sheet of acrylic from homedepot, i will see if it comes out nice or not
parts i need:
dremel, jigsaw and razor blades(i ran out)
one X1550 PCI graphics card(no AGP slot on this thing)
2 X 80mm fans and grills
a big roll of adhesive tape of the gods
and some painting stuff
the theme for this mod is the borg from star trek, hence the name "UNIMATRIX 001" i also picked the name since it is my first PC mod.
i have plans to carve a new power button out of red acrylic to go with the borg theme and put a LED in it so when it powers on it lights up. i am also going to mod the front panel to have headphone, mic and power buttons all together.
i am also going to get some of that special paint for plastic so i can paint the front panel easily. then i am going to remove the rivets and replace them with screws when i go to paint it.
any suggestions guys on else i should do to it?