At the Micro Center where I work, we usually have a computer with great specs on display for the customers
to check out and enjoy. At the moment we have nothing on display, but the manager wants us to throw something together. He
also wants it to be "different", so I'm doing a custom Mustang Cobra GT500 theme case with the dual white stripes going up
the front and across the top. I will be painting everything else flat black.
I chose the Coolermaster 690 since it's a case that we sell and it's not all that pricey. The retail price
is about $85.
Here it is unwrapped
This is the inside top panel
I took out the inputs as I prep for painting
The whole interior will be flat black. There's a lot of painting left to do once I get some more!
This is the goofy pattern on the inside top and front
I used a wire cutter to remove the pattern and then a sanding block on my dremel to smooth out the edges
Then I taped up the top for painting
And added a few coats of flat white paint
Three hours later the tape came off
Next, I removed the filters from the front bay covers so when I paint on the other side it doesn't
And I peeled off the Coolermaster logo on the front
The front is then taped off too
I also taped off the side panel where I'll cut the window
I put the inputs back into the top panel
And then reconnected the painted panels on the case
Now that the paint is dry within the case I put the bay clips and screws back in
The blank retaining brackets are getting a coat of paint too
And put them back
I got an actual Cobra logo from Ford
The lettering is 2" and applying it is easy
This is the same striping used for cars
I carefully cut more than enough to mold
I was happy to get a flat edge with the striping
Now comes the big one. I had to cut it from 6" to 2"
We're nearing the end
I taped off the side panel where I want to put the window and then clamped a ruler along its edge to keep
my dremel on the right path
And it only takes about 10 minutes
Then I grab a large piece of plexi to size up
Once the window edges are filed down and the holes for the rivets are drilled, I add a coat of paint
While the paint dries I go back to the other panel and use an epoxy to add an automobile filter that will
later be used in conjunction with an intake fan
Now that the paint is dry I can add the window I cut with rivets and these little pieces of metal I cut
from the old side panel
They'll take the pressure from the rivets off of the glass to prevent it from cracking
I still have to be careful putting them in because I could easily scratch the glass or damage the paint
Here's where I'm at right now
So, I've been thinking that plain old thumbscrews weren't going to be good enough this time
Then I found that they actually sell cool cobra tire valve caps. I'm going to make my own thumbscrews!
I just have to add a little QuickSteel and a regular case screw
Now I just have to let them dry
The next day they are dried and put into the case
For the most part, the store will supply the inyards, but in this case I had to supply the fan for the rear
of the otherboard/processor. I needed it to be a thin 15mm fan to fit behind the right panel and it had to light up to make
good use of the air filter on the side of the case.
It lights up the filter very nicely
Even when the room is in complete darkness
My Ford window decal arrived
And my cool Cobra Engine decal arrived too
All of my mods are artistic, so I always sign the inside panel
Thanks for tuning in....