Redean's Case Mod Project

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So i'm bored and want a project to do of the next few weeks so...
I'm going to mod my CM690 case! Armed with zero experience and some advice from Ren-dog I set out to do what millions have already done, but probably just at a lower quality.

Just quickly here is my case currently unmodified:

Top Panel:


Fan-side Panel:


Side Panel:


Front panel:


Back panel:


Under the hood:

I prefer to ignore that wire clutter at the bottom. Will look at sorting that out later.

From the back:


So i'm wanting to splash some red and possibly silver some where on the outside with a black interior. I want a window of some shape on the inside and led lights placed to have a nice effect on the view of the window. I may also consider creating a see-though symbol with lights behind it. Since I love Dawn of War so much maybe use this symbol?


Heres a quick plan I drew up:



I also might want to stencil in some sort of symbol (the same one of the fan-side panel?) on the other side panel.

And I want to keep this on a fairly small budget but with what i'm doing that shouldn't be a problem (right?)

So remembering I have zero case modding experience anyone have suggestions in terms of materials, paint types ect.

Also any comments are welcome, i'd love too see what you guys think of it.
Anything you are going to paint.
How far have you progressed with this project so far?
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Please don't tell us you've given up
Ok so i'm so slack I still haven't got any paint yet @_@
But... I quickly did this up in google sketchup:

Thats the fanside panel. It helps you visualize what I hope to do.

Just so you know I haven't progressed very far with this mainly becuase i've had almost no time to spend on it. I'm slowing forming my ideas together and in the future (distant or otherwise) there will be a result.
Sketchup!!!!! i like it.

Now finish this project.
Also anyone able to make a 10mmx10mm stencil of this emblem:
It would be a major help to me. Also if your interested I can post up the sketchup file somewhere if you wanna mess around with it.
10mmx10mm is tiny 0.o

Thats 1cm squared...

I may be able to do up a sketchup one for you but if you want it printed i dunno...
Do you mean 100mm x 100mm ?
Yes sorry 100mm x 100mm.
I just want to make stencil so I can cut it out of the side and put windows and lights through it ;)
Not so related to your build as much as your case:

Have you been able to get your front panel off? I have the same case and can't seem to get it to budge. Feels like I'm going to break the frame. :E

OT, nice design for the side panel. ;)
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Either I never need to get it off or it was very difficult (I remember having to undo clips)
Ok so I made up a Stencil, I did it in the form of the Guild Wars 2 logo since when it finally drops I will be moving permanently to Tyria.

Heres some pictures:

The initial paper cut-out:



The Final Cardboard Stencil:

Image wont work so heres the link:
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A quick highlighter test of the stencil:



The cut out cardboard which I have kept just in case:

This image is broken as well :(
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Overall i'm extremely happy with how it turn out and i'll have it give a proper paint test when I get my paint so stay posted!

I'm about order the Perspex for the window, grabbing a 3mm thick sheet that will be 300mm x 400mm.

And on Sunday i'm will most likely be able to grab my paint! Things are starting to take off!
if you want me to, i cand o a paint test of that stencil os you can see wot its like. i love stencils [Derp] wot colour?
Tip: use contact for the stencil!

I have some low tack shit that designed for it. Can't remember the name but its awesome, sticks flat as flat can be with a dead sharp edge without actually pulling paint off when its removed ^_^

EDIT:
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Thats it! Frisket!
tip: use overhead projector sheets!

contacti s good, but its one use only. using overhead projector sheets you can use it over and over again, i usually get 5 sprays out of one stencil made from overhead sheets.
That Frisket stuff looks expenisve, especially to my lowly kiwi dollars. But overhead projector sheet now thats a great idea, cheap and easy to use. Oh if you want to try the stencil have a go with red but I cant link you any copy or anything since it was all hand made but i'll find a link to a logo.

Edit: Have a go with that
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My mod is moving faster then this... Cmon red, get out of wow and do something awesome :P
ill see if i can find my can of red, and i made a stencil from your cut out stencil you posted. just got to print and cut it out.

EDIT: CHECK OUT MY KUDOS BEYARCHES =D

Ren-dog said: My mod is moving faster then this... Cmon red, get out of wow and do something awesome



Getting paint and perspex tomorrow. Will just need to grab a rotatory drill attachment and I can get started.
Awesome. I will be watching... next week i dont like my pc without the sound card. Onboard audio is up to ****.
Good to see some progress on this project of yours, for a while I thought you abandoned it.

Guyver said: Good to see some progress on this project of yours, for a while I thought you abandoned it.



Well as of late I have had no time. Just in the last week a lot has freed up.

Redean said:

Guyver said: Good to see some progress on this project of yours, for a while I thought you abandoned it.


Well as of late I have had no time. Just in the last week a lot has freed up.




Yeah gets like that, I've had my PC in bits for weeks because other crap keeps getting in the way.
Bought some red spray paint today and found some black spray paint in the garage. They are both enamel gloss but as far as I tell its appropriate for what I need. Will add some pics later and right now i'm drawing out the area that needs cutting for the window.

I only need to get a rotary drill attachment and have my perspex delivered and i'll I have everything I need. Just while I have your attention LED lights or Tube like neon lights for the inside of the case? I'm assuming LED's are cheaper but neon's light up a larger area and look better.
 
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