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Casemod Project 'DAMY'

A first decent casemod done by me and my good friend Thomas. We're taking an old Aopen case that I had lying around somewhere, and turn it into a 'new' Gamer case. We've got lots of ideas and we're going to keep you up to date with videos and pictures on YouTube and here on the website.

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The main idea:

This is the case. Simple, old, boring.

We've been debating a lot about this frontpanel. What should we do with it? Keep it and mod it? Throw it away and make a new one?

We decided to make a new one. Probably out of wood as that might be interesting with the idea we have.. But we'll see how we'll do that exactly, when we get to it.

 

Not much will change here. A bigger exhaust fan, some nicer PCI brackets and a couple of nice thumbscrews which will fit the Black&White colour scheme we finaly went for. So not anything funky like we first had in mind, but rather something more sleek ;)

 

Basicaly, this will change. A lot. 240mm Radiator in the bottom, pump with reservoir somewhere else.. We're probably going to go for a smaller than standart size ATX motherboard too, so that should give us a little extra room aswell.

 

This is going to be one of the interesting parts of the case. As you might know, we like good cable management. It's not really possible here with this case. Certainly not for a gaming system; because there just isn't any room to hide any cables. So we've come up with an idea that will fix that problem.

 

On the bottom we'll have the intakes for the 240mm rad, but we're still wondering what we're going to do with those feet. They definitely got to go. What will we replace them with though?

 

This is the first piece of hardware that has arrived for this mod. The Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850 Watt power supply.

More to come!

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A little investment in some

A little investment in some better equiment can never hurt.. :) The Dremel 300

We got some interesting tools with this Dremel. We can cut, polish, sand, engrave,...

 

Our first little steps have been taken. This is the start on the new front panel :D If you wonder whether it'll keep its wood colour.. well no, it's going to get painted aswell.

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Good Luck ^_^

Good Luck ^_^

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that picture truely fits the

that picture truely fits the comment :D

Just another gamer who enjoys messing with his PC.Rig: Phenom II 955 BE (3,4 Ghz), Asus M4A78LT-M, Sapphire HD 5770, CoolerMaster Elite 333.

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Wow slow down. You are going

Wow slow down. You are going way to fast ^^ 
On a serious note, looking forward to see what you're gonna make of this ;D

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It's going fast indeed :P I'm


It's going fast indeed :P I'm actually looking forward to what the result will be. We have all the ideas in our head, some on paper.. but I'm most interested about the frontpanel atm.. It's going to be an interesting challange :)

More pictures and a video soon btw, I received the watercooling parts and coolant today from EK ;)

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A new video! If you can't yet

A new video! If you can't yet load it, it's probably still processing..

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Today I finished the biggest

Today I finished the biggest part of the frontpanel. I made the hole for the 120mm fan, another small hole for a 19mm power button and I sanded down some edges aswell. As I don't have a drill bit for making holes, I actualy used a jigsaw for that.

 

I used this part on my dremel to sand down the edges of the opening for the 120mm intake fan and also the top and bottom edge of the hole for the 5.25" devices. I helt it in a 45° angle with the folowing result.

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You coud use Bitfenix Alchemy

You coud use Bitfenix Alchemy caels and maby Alchemy led strip inside the case.

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led strips and sleeved cables

led strips and sleeved cables will be used ;)

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I had some time left

I had some time left yesterday and today, and I finished making this wooden structure (made from scrap wood) for the cablemanagement system on the right side panel. See my idea there? I made sure the planks all have the same size, then gave them 45° angles at either end and put them together in a square. :) Eventually an acrylic panel will finish this off.

 

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And our order which has been

And our order which has been partially sponsored by IT-service.be has finaly arrived. We will now be able to continue!.. After our exams though ): unfortunately those are coming up in a few weeks and we don't want bad results. After that though, it's GO time!

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Got a new video for you guys

Got a new video for you guys :) Showing you all the new stuff It-service sent us aswell as a little update on how the mod's going :)

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Another video can be expected

Another video can be expected soon. Here's a sneek peek picture!

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There we go the new video is

There we go the new video is uploaded:

I'll now also be putting all videos from this project in a playlist on our channel, here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE95F941A4DDE887B&feature=plcp

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And here's another video

And here's another video update! :)

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Allright so we've made a lot

Allright so we've made a lot of progress the past days. We've drilled out all the rivets, taken the case apart and did all the final cuts that needed to be done. We also started sanding down the parts and putting primer on them. Here are some images:


Thomas did a very clean job at sanding down most of the panels like this.

 

I've also made the window panel, so that's ready to be put on the sidepanel when that's finished after painting.

 

Then we've got this acryl panel which I've cut out and drilled four 8mm holes in. This is for the cable management system as you can see on the following pictures.

 

As you can see, we've used the same kind of screws as we use to keep the frontpanel on the case. Only these are double the size, 8mm screws. The compartment for cables here is actually how it's going to be. The only difference you have to imagine untill it's completely finished is that the wooden frame will be black, the sidepanel white and the acryl panel's edges will be a little less sharp and the protective film which is still on it will also go off of course. ;)

 

And these are all the parts (expect for the wooden frame) painted with primer. The wooden frame will get its primer soon when I'm done with the body filler I am using on it.

We put about 1-2 layers of primer on the parts. On the wooden frontpanel though it's 3 layers, the third one will be put on soon aswell.

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There we go! The case is

There we go! The case is finished! Now to wait for the hardware to arrive... :)

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I have mostly been making video's. So here's the latest YouTube video of the mod! :) I often do post many pictures of this mod on facebook these days aswell ;)

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Currently filling the

Currently filling the watercooling loop.

Received some parts from alphacool through aquatuning:

I thought these fittings should probably get closed better but it seems that's as far as I got them. So I used them like this..

The result is this! The loop works, in this image you can see that we're letting the pump run by itself (using an external PSU) and test the loop for leeks. It seems there are none. Perfect!

Tomorrow, time for some cable management and first boot... finaly.

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Done!! Thanks again to all

Done!! Thanks again to all our sponsors! Without them this wouldn't have been possible.

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Enjoyed this project!

You did good on this, real good!

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Nice build,

Nice build,
What did you use for your power buttons?

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