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Mod By: Ryan Williams [06.16.03]
Edited By: Trevor Flynn

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An Ode To Hardcoreware

This Mod began way back in the spring as a March Break project.  I was going to be home for a week and figured it would be a good time to take advantage of the fully equiped shop which my father keeps for car restorations. From the outset I had no real idea of what I was going to do, just that I wanted to take the cheapest, ugliest little duckling of a case I could find and turn it into a shiny beautiful swan.  Scratch that, make that a Hardcore Swan!


What it Was

Mr. Vanilla Case in all his glory.  This was the abolute cheapest case I could find at my local computer shop.  Now before you start to get bored with it's overt plainness, let us get on to the choppy choppy.

My cutting tool of choice: 

The first thing that had to be done was to completely remove the bottom front bezel area in order to make way for a radiator to be used in one of my patented custom water cooling setups.

As you can see the front of the case is now fitted perfectly for a standard sized radiator.

At this point I was starting to get pretty sick of looking at that boring grey and beige paint job.  Time for some serious powder coating.  The entire chassis was done with a base coat of Argent Silver powder and then everything except the motherboard tray and bottom panel was topped with translucent red.  Powder coating gives a nice equal coat over the entire part and it's quite thick so it tends to dull any sharp edges that usually come standard on el-cheapo cases.

Here is the back side of the case hanging to cool, fresh out of the oven.  In order to fit the case into the oven to cure the powder (curing takes 20 minutes at 425 F) I had to take it apart into it's individual sides and then rivet it back together when I was finished.  It was a little extra work, but definitely worth the time in the end.  Here's a pic of the case chasis all coated and riveted back together.

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