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Adding Style - My First Case Mod

Discussion in 'Build Log' started by 123beta321, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. 123beta321

    123beta321 New Member

    Hi guys
    Before I start I'd like to say I've been following Singularity Computers on youtube for a couple years now and I love how informative and how great the content is.



    My doner case for this project is a CiT Vantage (Blue Edition)

    Original Case:
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    Stripped Down:
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    This is the case I used for my old PC whose guts will be going back into the case after this is all done to be turned into a media PC.

    The Hardware in nothing to rant and rave about; i5 2400 generic m-ATX motherboard 1TB HDD 450W PSU 8GB 1333MHz RAM

    This project is mainly for fun and "because I can" but also to give me a little more specialised experience using the tools before I start my university degree in September

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    I'm still waiting on a few more things to arrive like a couple bew drill bits and the acrylic for the future window.

    Just because I'm waiting on these tools doesn't mean I can't let you guys in on what my plans are;

    Initially all I wanted to do was to make a window in the side panel and make fan holes in the top for a dual radiator.


    Rough shape of the window;
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    As you can see from this picture the new window will be the same shape as the old plastic shroud on the side pannel which covered the pre-existing fans. I always thought the shroud was ugly so its about time it goes.

    Rough position of the new fans;
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    I wanted to put these fans on the top pannel of the case but unfortunately the case currently has a top-mounted power supply. Because of this I'm going to be flipping the rear pannel and motherboard tray (giving me an inverted motherboard)

    To do this I'm goin to have to drill out most of the rivets in the case and fabricate a piece of metal to secure the motherboard tray after it has been flippe (probably out of the metal I cut out of the side-pannel)

    The red rings indicate the rivets which need drilling;
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    Unfortunatly this is all I can do until my bits arrive so until next time guys!

    and once again
    Love Singularity Computers and hope this becomes a thriving comunity!
     
  2. MrMhmToasty

    MrMhmToasty New Member

    Haha I remember having to wait on my tools to arrive looking forward to finding out what you're going to do! Keep us posted on here!!
     
  3. 123beta321

    123beta321 New Member

    Things are finally here! Still waiting on my acrylic for the window my new electric hand drill and the 240mm fan grill for the two new fan mounts but here's the start anyway!!!

    <strong>Starting masking off for the new window</strong>
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    <strong>Tracing around the old shroud for the shape of the new window</strong>
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    <strong>The First Cut</strong>
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    <strong>Half Way There</strong>
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    <strong>One To Go</strong>
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    <strong>BREAK THROUGH</strong>
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    <strong>After Filing the edges and scuffing the side panel to start painting</strong>
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    <strong>Paint Plan</strong>
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    Matt Black with white stripes (where the masking tape it)

    <strong>White First</strong>
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    Did 3 coats of white before I put the masking tape back on to start the black
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    <strong>And here goes the black coats</strong>
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    <strong>Drilling out the rivets</strong>
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    <strong>Back panel off</strong>
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    <strong>Two to go before the mobo tray is free</strong>
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    <strong>Aaaannnnddddd they're out</strong>
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    <strong>The drilled rivet heads</strong>
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    Any tips of getting these suckers off?

    <strong>Test Fitting</strong>
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    <strong>Time to start riveting</strong>
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    <strong>Mobo tray and back panel are attatched</strong>
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    <strong>Having to drill a couple new holes to secure things to the rest of the case after flipping the mobo and rear panel</strong>
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    <strong>New rivets going in</strong>
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    <strong>Test fitting with the plain side panel</strong>
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    Both fit amazingly!

    <strong>Final position for the top fans</strong>
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    Now just waiting for the last couple bit to arive before I can finish
     
  4. Hybrids

    Hybrids New Member

    Looking good mate will be really nice to see the final results of your work! Where in England are you from and how the hell is it so bloody sunny where you are? Has been pouring it down in the Southwest...
     
  5. 123beta321

    123beta321 New Member

    Hopefully the last couple bits will arrive by Monday

    Dude I'm about a 10 minute walk from the South coast. Guess I was just luck yesterday for the 5 or so hours I was out there
     
  6. Hybrids

    Hybrids New Member

    Ahhh fair! Anyway keep up the good work mate will wait patiently for the updates!
     
  7. 123beta321

    123beta321 New Member

    The acrylic for my side window arrived today wasted no time in getting it installed

    But firstly after the paint had dried on the side panel there was a bit of overspray where I hadn't applied the tape securely enough (oops!)
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    So time to do some touch ups good thing I still have my paints from when I used to collect Warhammer
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    <strong>Now its time to do the window</strong>

    I've gone with having a completely clear window
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    Measuring up the window and drawing in the cut lines
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    Masking up the holes to drill in the side panel to secure the window. I decided to rivet in the window because mainly I think it looks cool
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    Holes drilled
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    Time to cut the acrylic
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    Test hole and rivet make sure I can actualy rivent the acrylic without it cracking
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    Now to drill into the actual window
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    And the final window riveted into place
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    <strong>Finally here's the case so far</strong> just waiting on my hole saw and the 240mm fan grill to arive (any day now) then I can do the final touches to the case and put a rig into it
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    So as always thanks for tuning in
     
  8. 123beta321

    123beta321 New Member

    Hey guys sorry its been SO long since my last update but a combination of internet issues and moving to uni and getting used to everything I just haven't had the chance to breath let alone post anyhting

     

    The huge update begins

    After my hole saw bit arrived I started by punshing the guides into the pannel I wanted to drill

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    The I drilled some 3mm holes as a pilot hole before I move onto the 5mm holes for the fan screws and the hole saw

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    5mm holes drilled out

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    Hole saw time

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    aaannnnddddd my drill isn't powerful enough to get through the metal with the 120mm hole saw...

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    ...so I had to borrow my step dad while I send my drill back and get the beefier model. My step dad's drill requires a cord so inside I go

     

    Once inside I drilled the holes for the 240mm fan grill's securing rivets

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    Now to finish drilling the fan holes

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    Drilling the holes took longer than I thought but its all drilled out now and time to clean up the edges

     

    Quickly make it into one larger cleaner looking hole

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    Using the cutting bit on my dremel left the edges a bit rough so I changes to a sanding bit to smooth it all down and make the singilar edge "flow" and get rid of any leftover metal shards

     

    Adapting the fans

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    The fans which were behind the original plastic shroud had been wired to this ugly green PCB. So I decided to get rid of it completely (along with the switch)

    So I had to get my souldering kit out for the first time in a long while

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    Because its been a while the solders weren't as clean as I had hoped

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    Testing the connections

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    Using a 9V battery connector I salvaged out of an old RC toy which brok and they work! My connections are solid and both fans are working great

     

    Covering the connections

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    To prevent shorting out on the case and eachother I wrapped the connections with electrical tape. The wires are going to be run behind the modo tray so they'll hardly be seen but I'm planning on eventually sleeving the wires anyway - as well as the wires on the front panel connectors.

     

    Rivited on the grill and installed the Fans

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    In my opinion the fan grill gives a clean look the top fna mounts and a big up to Phobya on their craftsmanship! The rivets I feel also really pull together the look of the case.

     

    As said above I've got plans to sleeve all the ugly coloured wires. I've also got a plan to make a PSU shroud to again make things look cleaner and pull things together. However this is how the case is going to stay for now I've got an absolutely hectic time ahead of me. But I'll be back this isn't the end of this project of mine.

     

    Please guys any constructive critisism tip and suggestions are more than welcome. And as always thanks for tuning in
     
  9. kennethblanchard

    kennethblanchard New Member

    good on ya yoou have done a good job there
     

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