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2012/09/06 17:40:30 (permalink)
Well could not bring myself to possibly ruin my HP BB 002 case so I got my hands on a Dell XPS 710/720 full tower case.
Going to fully tear it down, cut out some of the fat. Paint in green, should be fun. Going to go with the xbox 360 halo 3 colors, will paint with spray paint, a lot of wet sanding, acrylic, stencils and finally clear coat. But its a work in progress and it getting there=)
 
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Gigabyte G1.Assasin X58 
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 48gb 
EVGA GTX 680 w/Backplate & highflow.
ARCTIC COOLING Accelero Hybrid Fluid Dynamic VGA Cooler For the GTX 680
EVGA GTX 560 for physx games/cg apps, and extra displays Thank you aozborne218
COOLER MASTER Seidon 120M
BitFenix Recon Fan Controller 

Bit Fenix Spectre LED Fan Series - Orange 120mm
BitFenix Essentials Pro Pack - ATX 24pin, EPS 8pin, 2x PCI-E 6pin Set
Bitfenix Alchemy Connect 6 LED Light Strip - 120mm - Orange "for front of case leds still need to get"
BitFenix Molex/Sata/Power/Reset/HD LED Extensions   "still need to get"
Keyboard Logitech G110
Mountian Mods Modular Motherboard Tray 10 PCI (XL-ATX)
Seasonic x750
ASUS DVD Drive
Case Dell XPS 720
Samsung SyncMaster T240
Still need to finish hand painting on line art then spray on the stencils.... 



 
Testing on a box atm. 
 




 
 

 
 
 

 

 


 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 

 

Dell's leds i figured out

  
 
 

 

 

 
   
 
Things left
Glowing Geforce logo in front to replace Dell logo.
Finishing the back plastic panel
Line art drawn then painted on, Stencils painted on, Clear coated
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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/06 18:55:41 (permalink)
    Looks like mounting the motherboard could be a pain. I dont see any standoff to screw on the mobo.

     
                   
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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/06 19:13:32 (permalink)
    they are there. these cases had 680i and 780i nvidia motherboards in them.


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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/06 19:17:10 (permalink)
    Alright, looking closer i see them now! Dell cases have huge potential for modding. Here is my modded dell case :D

    Good luck with your mod man! Halo colors should look sick

     
                   
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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/06 19:21:02 (permalink)
    yeah i have modded alienwares, dell xps, and hp bb's lol, They can be alot of fun or you are scared to mod them when they are a rare case that goes up in value because collectors will pay more.
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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/06 20:34:14 (permalink)
    Um, that is a BTX case (the extruded H bracket that holds up the CPU socket location in the inside view gave it away, here a picture of an older Antec mBTX case).  The standoffs locations as well as I/O port won't align with ATX no matter which way you orient it.  You're in for some serious effort to make it happen.  I wish you luck and I will watch this closely.
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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/06 20:41:27 (permalink)
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    Um, that is a BTX case (the extruded H bracket that holds up the CPU socket location in the inside view gave it away, here a picture of an older Antec mBTX case).  The standoffs locations as well as I/O port won't align with ATX no matter which way you orient it.  You're in for some serious effort to make it happen.  I wish you luck and I will watch this closely.

     
    Trust me, an ATX will go in there with some work of course=D
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/Forums/....php?p=3182911
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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/06 22:04:37 (permalink)
    Dude i can't wait for the final pics of this mod. That is a killer color to go with.

        
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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/06 22:47:26 (permalink)
    That XPS case is a great looking case. I look forward to seeing the finished system.
     
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    here a picture of an older Antec mBTX case

     
    Wow... I had a build using that Antec case back in 2007. Eventually ended up trading that build for a laptop around 2009, and the person who ended up with that build was still using it until earlier this year.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/07 00:01:51 (permalink)
    Good Luck
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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/07 10:23:41 (permalink)
    Going to be fun honestly, got the power tools warmed up and waiting.


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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/07 10:31:34 (permalink)
    Looking forward to pics of this build

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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/07 11:07:20 (permalink)
    Taps foot waiting for UPS truck. come on Mr UPS man I want my Gigabyte x58 G1.Assassin hahahahaha


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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/07 17:56:22 (permalink)
    motherboard is here, and had to order a mm Modular Motherboard Tray 10 PCI (XL-ATX)


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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/08 13:06:25 (permalink)
    well motherboard is up and running on a box for right now and got the spraypaint, ordered the orange cable extensions, and the MM XL ATX motherboard tray...
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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/08 15:37:51 (permalink)



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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/08 17:17:59 (permalink)
    I think this will turn out nice!
    *waiting for more pics* :D

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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/09 10:39:15 (permalink)
    hopefully i get some bites on my WTB post for the rest of the BitFenix stuff I need to get. Otherwise I am going to have to buy them all brand new.


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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/10 16:37:53 (permalink)
    Oh..yess. That mobo looks awesome!

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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/11 07:52:35 (permalink)
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    Oh..yess. That mobo looks awesome!


    Yeah man loving it
    Almost have all on my list it all needs to hurry up and get here.=D


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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! 2012/09/12 19:28:17 (permalink)
    Bitfenix Orange 24pin, 2x 6pins, cpu pin extension cables, 2x of the 120mm Bitfenix 120mm orange led fans, and the Bitfenix Recon Fan controller got in today=D Case tomorrow, and MM XL-ATX motherboard tray this saturday.


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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! Heavy Crazy modding to a Dell XPS 720 Case BTX to XL-ATX 2012/09/13 04:59:17 (permalink)

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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! Heavy Crazy modding to a Dell XPS 720 Case BTX to XL-ATX 2012/09/13 05:06:22 (permalink)
    Case gets here today
     
    motherboard tray not until sat=/

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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! Heavy Crazy modding to a Dell XPS 720 Case BTX to XL-ATX 2012/09/13 17:03:58 (permalink)
    All I can say is damn dell and their automated assembly line. Three screws took me forever to get to... But its fully torn down. Now waiting on the motherboard tray and deciding if I should pain the inside orange or the same green as the outside. Next will be cutting out the back some sanding, then welding in the XL-ATX motherboard Tray "on hold atm until it gets in". Then its down hill from there with painting.
     

     
     
     

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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! Heavy Crazy modding to a Dell XPS 720 Case BTX to XL-ATX 2012/09/13 19:44:53 (permalink)
    Nice, looking forward to this mod.  I just returned my dads XPS system.  They are nice solid cases but crap are they heavy... not exactly a LAN Party friendly case but for a stationary machine they are a nice set of armor for any rig.  My opinion I would paint the inside orange to give it some nice contrast to the outside.  I really hope you do a nice window mode cuz it would be a shame to hide the guts, especially with that nice looking mobo and GPU!
     
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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! Heavy Crazy modding to a Dell XPS 720 Case BTX to XL-ATX 2012/09/13 20:42:27 (permalink)
    Yeah just going to be hard to find a peace of plexy that i can mold to the inside of the case's side panel=/ been thinking about that=) Not to heavy really light once you gut it. its all aluminum


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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! Heavy Crazy modding to a Dell XPS 720 Case BTX to XL-ATX 2012/09/13 21:42:06 (permalink)
    Yeah that bevel in the middle is pretty quirky to work with.  Perhaps have a multi-window deal (like an older TT Armor) that would get worked into the techy graphic lines that avoid it?

    I never gutted one of those machines.... maybe its the PSU and that gigantic cooler they throw in there that makes it heavy or something.
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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! Heavy Crazy modding to a Dell XPS 720 Case BTX to XL-ATX 2012/09/15 12:01:32 (permalink)
    Maybe not sure yet. My Mountian Mods XL-ATX tray just got in :D


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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! Heavy Crazy modding to a Dell XPS 720 Case BTX to XL-ATX 2012/09/15 16:19:29 (permalink)
    Case cutting starts tomorrow!
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    Re:New Build Go Green Machine! Heavy Crazy modding to a Dell XPS 720 Case BTX to XL-ATX 2012/09/16 15:56:18 (permalink)
    Didnt get to the case yet crazy day but ARCTIC COOLING Accelero Hybrid Fluid Dynamic VGA Cooler is on the way! I ordered it in my sleep litterally....
     


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