And here's the white exterior;
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Posted 26 October 2016 - 09:13 PM
I had one of these cases back in the day.
Thermaltake Xaser II
AMD Althon 2500+ Barton( I cannot for the life of me remember if I had an unlocked one or not)
1GB dual channel ram
Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe
Asus 9600XT(Came with a free copy of Half-Life 2)
I miss that computer.
This thread is getting me all nostalgic
If you look below the case in the first pic you can see top my "server"
AMD Athlon 2500+ Barton
Biostar M7NCD Pro(this motherboard had so many issues, if I tried to update it to the latest bios it would refuse to load windows, my cpu ran super hot all the time)
nVidia Vanta something or other.
Amd FX 6300 - Asus Sabertooth 990FX - 8GB Team Dark - Dual Sapphire Radeon R9 270x Vapor-X - Samsung 850 Evo
Posted 27 October 2016 - 05:42 AM
Nice! Yea these cases are quite old but they were the best for a while. I see yours is also the steel version. So much heavier than the aluminum models but feels more 'solid'. Was a bitch to work with when cutting parts and sanding down but now that I'm past those parts I'm happy to have only aluminum side-panels.
Posted 29 October 2016 - 11:20 AM
Had some nice weather today and didn't have the daughter so did the red stripes... Had a little bit creep under the tape on the bottom piece by the corner... I'll probably just touch that up since it's the bottom piece and only a bit at the corner.
Posted 01 November 2016 - 03:39 PM
And finally enough paint completed so people can really see what I'm going for. Next I have to revisit the front grill that has been neglected.
Posted 02 November 2016 - 10:33 AM
I miss the case modding days.
-i7 4790k @ 4.9ghz 24/7 - Asus Sabertooth Z97 MK1 - 2X4GB Patriot Viper Extreme - RX580 8GB - 28" Samsung 4K - Dual PSU CM SilentPro M 1Kw Main/OCZ Z-Series Z850w Slave - Custom MM Extended Ascension - Logitech G502/G710+/Homemade Stainless mousepad -
CPU Cooled by: 2x MCP655 pumps, Archimedes TEC Waterblock w/TN669 TEC, Dew Point controller, 2x Black Ice GTX Gen2 480 Quads, 33x 80cfm 120mm Server fans, DD dual bay res w/XSPC Res plug Temp probe
GPUs Cooled by: Modded MCP655, 2xModded Enzotech Sapphire CPU Waterblocks, Zalman RAMsinks, modded stock plate VRM cooling, Phobya res, Aquacomputer AMS 280 Rad
Wow, puck just kinda summed that one up for most of us lol. I agree with puck.
Man Puck... I couldn't have said it better myself!
Current Rides: 93 Medium Patriot Red NA 383 Z28 - 2012 Metallic Spark Black Nitrous ZX14R - 09 Victory Red Z51 6sp LS3 Corvette
Posted 07 November 2016 - 09:22 PM
I miss the case modding days.
Thank you! Wish I had started sooner. There are definitely a few things I would do differently but for a first try I'm happy with how it's turning out.
Ended up using the dremel on the plastic which was an interesting experience. Cut out the inside curved vent bars to leave it completely open. Left enough edge of the plastic so I could sand it down to the right spot and not have to worry about rough cuts along the inside.
You can start to see the sanding on the bottom. Finished sanding the entire piece and a few drive bay covers. Leaving a 5.25" and 3.5" bay open since whatever I put in there will get another one of the USB3 + Audio jack front panels and at least 1 disc drive.
Posted 08 November 2016 - 03:12 PM
Got the front pieces painted... The white has a tendency to run more than the red or black which is kind of a pain in the ass because I had to spray a little more than I wanted in-between certain crevices to make sure the paint got in there. Still, wiped away some excess and re-sprayed certain areas shortly after a first coat to make sure it didn't run TOO bad.
Posted 14 November 2016 - 03:11 PM
Finished the clear coat on the exterior pieces. The main thing I'm realizing after this is that you would really benefit from having a specific place that is ventilated and CLEAN to paint. There are a handful of imperfections that are triggering my OCD to want to do more. I'm going to stop myself though and call it finished as far as paint goes. I am still very pleased with the outcome. Will let everything dry for a couple weeks before re-assembling. Will be back for more updates when the time comes.
Posted 01 December 2016 - 08:36 AM
Now that I know everything has dried *enough* I went ahead and put on the u-channel rubber edging in the cuts I made on the motherboard tray. Later today I'm going to try and rivet the case back together as well.
Worked out really well and it fits well enough that I didn't have to use glue;
Posted 13 December 2016 - 12:01 PM
And here are the final pictures taken outside for better lighting.
- I waxed the case... I didn't like the 'painty' feel that smudged and scratched easily so used some Mothers Carnuba Car Wax I had laying around and it worked great!
- Added a DVD drive I had laying around to fill in the top 5.25" drive bay slot
- Added a 3.5" 4x USB 3.0 + HD Audio front panel bay
- Re-connected the front panel power button and reset switches
- Added a 4x 2.5" SSD bracket that is meant for 2 3.5" bays. Used 3M Velcro tape so I can easily remove it to add SSD's but keep it secure when it's in. Notice it on the bottom near the front fans.
- Bought some m5 x 8mm screws and m5 nuts to secure the old Alienware fan grill to the side-panel so I don't have to have a fan installed. Without the side fan installed this case can support heatsinks ~165-170mm in height.
This will be the last update for a while until I decide on an actual computer to put in it... I know, why go so far to not even have a computer lined up to use in it? Curiosity.
Edited by xenkw0n, 13 December 2016 - 02:05 PM.