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Old 09-04-02, 09:59 AM
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The Buffy Case...Redux (lots o' pics)

Well, I had five days off from work a few weeks back, and I got to thinking about my case mod. My first attempt was fairly successful, but since then I've learned a lot, done some other mods for myself and my friends, and decided to revisit and update my Buffy computer case. I stripped it down, repainted both the exterior and the interior, along with the motherboard tray. I also added an ignition switch, which is something I've always wanted. I took my time and did it right.

I've finally got everything back in and I thought I would share the pics. My last thing is to clean and loom up the cords. I'll get to that eventually. Questions and comments are always appreciated.

Here is how it used to look:

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And here is how it looks now:




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Pretty damn_cool. I think I have the exact same case except for the lock at the top of the case - did you add that? And the handle on the side - another addition, I'd assume?

I love the black peripherals on the front and the window is awesome. I've been thinking about doing something similar to mine, but it's under my desk 99.99% of the time, so the payoff just isn't there.

Here's a professionally done casemod I saw on [H]ardOCP yesterday - really cool stuff:

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Whoa...nice case...

Thanks for the nice reply

The lock at the top is an ignition switch to turn on the comp. I got it at Pep Boys. I had to Dremel away part of the frame up there to make it fit. You put the key in, twist it to the right and then back to the center.

The handle on the side is there because I hinged the panel to swing open. It is held closed with magnets. It's REALLY handy when I hook my floppy cable up upside down (I always do this.)
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The ignition switch is the best part! The rest of it looks pretty dang cool, too.
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I was wondering what exactly you meant by an ignition switch in the first post - great addition.

Now that you said that the handle was added for the hinged cover - I'm convinced we have the same case. Pretty nice mods. I wish I had 1) the time and 2) the money to do something like that. But before I go into modding my case, I want to get water cooling in along with some nice new IDE cables - rounded perhaps.

Then the light & window would go in.
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OH yeah, I need a better power supply, 2 more hard drives to hook up in a RAID configuration a new CD-RW (my 1x is kinda slow ) and I would like to upgrade my processor (XP1900 to XP2400 or 2600)...

So you see - it might be quite a while before the case gets modded.
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That would take awhile ")

As far as cost goes, the biggest outlay was the window and the light. I suppose I could lump the Dremel and some other tools in with that, but those things are useful regardless, so they don't count. I would guess I only sunk, at the most, $150 into the case.

BTW, it's an InWin Q500. Great, solid case.
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Yup - that's my case - just looked it up Q500. And yes, very nice case - great features, lots of space. Only other thing I could ask for would be aluminum.
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nice case
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That is really cool!
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I love the ignition switch!
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Now this is just awesome...

http://phlux.co.uk/articles.php?aid=41
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