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Completed CM - The Reform 1.0

feerof

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Hey guys, I thought I might as well share my progress with my case mod. Honestly I was inspired by the fact that I had a case that had so much potential but yet... due to the design, it wasn't very useful... Also I was inspired by MNPCTECH because of their awesome tutorials! I got myself a dremel (what a dream tool. seriously. awesome. best tool I've ever got.) and I decided to use this time to practice some of my never used, never learned, solidworks (non existent) skillz. I looked up some tutorials and went from there... so far solidworks is by far the best program I've ever used.

So here it goes! I'll update as soon as I get more ideas out of my head.

Checklist:

To do:

In progress:


Done:

- Top mounted interior radiator

  • fixed some missing cross members
- A bracket for 3 intake fans at the front of the computer.
- Mobo tray hole for back plate
- Buy caster wheels and install them
- repaint the case
- Install crossbar to support the radiator
- install the whole water cooling setup
 
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feerof

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In my opinion this case looked pretty ugly =(... Here's how it looked like back then:

The front and side view:

side+front_sealed.jpg


The side of the case:

side_sealed.JPG


The side panel removed:


full_side_panel_off.JPG


Yeah... pretty ugly right? Lets see if I can improve it or worsen it... lol =P
 
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feerof

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This is how the case looked like when I removed the PSU cage up top, and painted it black with the help of a friend. This was how the case looked like last year during the winter.

Side panel removed:

black%20interior%20flat%20on.jpg


Side panel still in place:


black%20isometric.jpg


front + top view:

black%20top.jpg


Just for the comparison sake of how my rig changed from the past to the present:

comparison%202.jpg
 
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bkh2

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Hey look, it's me sitting on the flex ball lol

Looks really good so far. Maybe add a little more pizazz to the vents to make it look cooler. Can't wait to see the loop up and running.
 

Lpfan4ever

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Holy crap that rad is huge. Also, did you do all the cuts on the top with just the dremel? I assume you fixed them up before taking those last couple of pictures. Either way, looks good. Always nice to bring new life to old stuff.
 

feerof

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Holy crap that rad is huge. Also, did you do all the cuts on the top with just the dremel? I assume you fixed them up before taking those last couple of pictures. Either way, looks good. Always nice to bring new life to old stuff.

lol thanks!

Umm... yeah I had to do a lot of filing... probably 45 mins - 1 hour worth of filing (as you can see in one of the pictures with the aluminum filings. Oh and I was soooo tired afterwards.

To tell you the honest truth I would not have done this case mod if it wasn't because I was on budget LOL but as it turns out, the time cost of modding a case would have bought me a HAFX lol... worth it? hell yeah, it's so fun and I get some tools and experience out of it!:thumb:

Fun is what matters =P
 

feerof

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Obviously modding requires a bit of preparation, so here goes what I did to prepare.

This is how the top of my case would look like if I isolated that specific section of the case:

solideworks%20original%20top%20panel%20with%20rad.jpg


After numerous measurements and redesigns, I decided to stick with this one because of simplicity and easy of cutting with a dremel:

solidworks%20new%20top%20with%20rad.jpg


Now to set up the cuts on the actual case... boy was a nervous... even when planning:

cut%20setup.jpg


Size comparison of the radiator that has to go in the case:

rad%20top%20setup.jpg


Final setup before I cut it:


cutting%20setup.jpg


Because I don't have a workshop, I had to do all my cutting outside:

cutting%20in%20progress.jpg


After a longgggg while of filing the rough edges (notice the filing bits at the bottom of the case =P ), the final product looks like this:

cutting%20done.jpg

Hopefully it's looking good to you guys!

Give me suggestions if you'd like! It would be greatly appreciated!
 
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feerof

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As a bonus, I decided to cut a CPU backplate hole... lol... since it was so easy to do with a dremel, here's how it went:

The setup to cutting:

mobo%20before%20cut.jpg


Because the metal barb for the radiator was in the way of one of the mobo support sections, I had to improvise and cut a small slot into that support... just enough so that I can fit tubing:

mobo%20slot.jpg


I had to sand the mobo tray down, however I got lazy and didn't take pictures of the painted version of the mobo tray:

mobo%20tray%20with%20hole%20paint.JPG


Since I was painting the mobo tray, I decided to paint the radiator also since it was a little beat up (again I forgot to paint the final product, but you guys will see the final product in the water loop setup pics):

rad%20setup%20paint.JPG
 
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feerof

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Now if you guys noticed that there was a missing hole at the top of the case... well that has to be filled in. So here's a ghetto way of doing it... Krazy glue!

Replacement cross members:

replacement%20cross%20members.jpg


Installing one of the members:

cross%20member%201.JPG


oh boy this took a long time... constant filing without a dam vice... horrible. Can't wait to finish up my garage. All of the members in there:


cross%20member%20full.JPG


How the case looks like without the paint:


cross%20member%20full%20case%20pic.JPG


After numerous coats, and mistakes ... like putting primer on the old paint... BIG mistake:

cross%20memeber%20full%20case%20black%20pic.JPG


For the people with sharp eyes out there, yes I did install caster wheels that I bought from my local Canadian Tires (suggested by another HWC member)... no locks though =(.
If you guys noticed a reformat in my postings, you're correct, I decided to change the format because when I looked at the bunch of pictures, it didn't really appeal to me... I mean who would want to look at a bunch of pictures with no logic in organization? =P So hopefully you guys like this format more.
Again please post responses of what you guys think! thanks!

Cheers
 

Pine

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Looks a ton better than what you started with.
Loving it so far.
 

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