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Old 15-11-12, 08:47 AM
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The Chess-Machine

Hey all,
this mod is for my brother who loves chess .
the case is going to be set in the living room so I'll have to make it look nice and match with the rest .

unfortunately it's going to take a while to finish cause it needs too much work to be done on it and lack of cash to spend on it .
I will try to do my best with the hardware I can afford and the skills I have.
it will also include a water cooling loop .it's my first time so please be gentle and patient with me

enough with talking .... lets mod!



the victim this time is a tt armor va8003bws which I had laying around unused collecting dust. I chose this because I like it , it's huge and the other case are even older than this :P . I bought it 3 years ago and since then I had always been wondering what could I do to make it look better.
this time I have a clue

here r few pics of it.








first thing to do is to turn upside down the motherboard-tray and the back side of chassis . why? because I want the psu to be at the bottom of the case and have plenty free space at the bottom. this means that the motherboard will be at the left side and the side panel window at the right side.
stripped it down , removed all screws and rivets and turned the mobo tray and back chassis upside down.
unfortuantely few pics r missing because of a faulty micro-sd card

a little obstacle



issue solved with the dremel :P



need to make it steady and attach it the hdd rack.








the ugly hdd cage




we need to cover it asap










opened few holes and screwed it on


nice , clean and steady


I got a 360 rad which will go at the front.



chassis at the front it totally open so we will need a surface where the rad will be attached



sanded it to make it smooth
next step is opebibg holes for air
printed 2 templates and stuck it together







rad screws are thick



had to strech the holes I did before






lets make a test with the fans and rad on








plenty of room above the rad for the buttons panel or res , haven't made up my mind yet









fortunately it's exactly where I wanted it\




next step is to make a cover to hide the psu and more




bend it to 90 degrees angle










damn , never thought I would succeed










kudos go to B_Negative for his how-to-bend-acrylic tutorial
and to SEBAR for his useful info about turning the mobo-tray upside down


that's all for now .
any comments (even the bad ones), tips , ideas, feedback much appreciated
thanx for watching

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Old 15-11-12, 05:25 PM
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Looks good so far mate! Can't wait for MOAR!
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Old 16-11-12, 03:07 PM
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Looks good so far mate! Can't wait for MOAR!
thank you!


back to the mod

open 2 more holess at the mobo tray for better support against movement and added 2 pairs of stand-offs
rock steady!




the front panel will be changed , it will be covered by a secret material
for now it stays like this






a test fit for the bottom cover



this will hide the psu and the hdds .
do you think it's way too much? make it smaller maybe?


opening holes for cable management












also opened a hole behind the cpu position



the mobo tray was pretty [email protected] to cut




filed all the holes to make it look better








next step is secure the 90degrees-angled-cover
but first I have to remove the "lip"



with the grinder (love the sparks and noise!!! )






ready for the cover.



drilled both metal and plexy together. used a 2.5mm drill first . with a 2.5 hole u can put a screw in and it makes threads to the metal . unfortunately acrylic can't be threaded , it cracks .so used a 3.0mm drill for the acrylic



finished for now



thanx for watching!
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Lookin' good, can't believe how peppered with holes that motherboard tray is...
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Loving the build.. Waiting for updates
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Old 16-11-12, 06:37 PM
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Looking great so far dude
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I love the look of the plexi, thought about lighting it up with some leds?
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Love the HDD and PSU cover, nicely done
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Very nice build. I like how detailed you are with your mods. I cannot wait to see what you do with the front panel.
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Lookin' good, can't believe how peppered with holes that motherboard tray is...
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Loving the build.. Waiting for updates
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Looking great so far dude
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I love the look of the plexi, thought about lighting it up with some leds?
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Love the HDD and PSU cover, nicely done
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Very nice build. I like how detailed you are with your mods. I cannot wait to see what you do with the front panel.

thank u all guys . I'm glad u like it so far.
there's gonna be an update tomorrow
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