How To: DIY Modded Computer Case

Introduction: How To: DIY Modded Computer Case

About: I am an electronics wiz.

I was bored and decided to make a modded computer case. I did all of this by myself with the help from a few people for cutting the case and plexiglass. I hope this helps anyone wanting to mod their computer, but are a little skeptical. This is my first instructable so please comment and tell me how I did. I am only 15 so it may not look professional.

Needed materials:

Plexiglass - about 8 bucks (Local hardware store)
Screws $1.00 (Local hardware store)
Jigsaw (You can buy one online if you don't have one)
Drill (I had one)
Electrical Tape (pretty cheap at target)
Cold Cathodes, Lazer LEDs, and a LED Fan - with tax and shipping, $19.97 (www.jab-tech.com)
A computer hopefully and some hard work and time. :D

Thanks for checking it out and I hope you enjoy.

Step 1: Start Making the Window...

The First thing you need to do is measure the case and find a good size for the window. Then decide how big you want it to be, I chose 10 x 9 in. for my window. I went to my local Ace Hardware store and got a piece of plexiglass cut right there for me.

Step 2: Who Cut the Case???

Now you need to cut your case to fit your window. Make sure you outline your window with pencil and then take a ruler and go about 1/2 inch in the outline of your window so you have room to drill holes to attach it to the case. Then drill the holes and place screws in with nuts on the other side to keep it in place.

Step 3: Add Your Case Fan If You Have It.

I had a fan with a direct port to my cpu so I needed to add holes for that. If you look at the pictures, I drilled holes for ventilation, but decided to use mesh afterwards.

Step 4: Place Your Lights Into Your Case.

*Unplug you computer from all cords and power supply.*What to get: Cold Cathode (CCFL) Lights, LEDs, LED Fans, and what ever else you want. I bought these from www.jab-tech.com they have very good prices, and fast delivery. To install just connect the plugins to the right spots on your motherboard.

Step 5: Testing! Check, Check, 1,2,3?

Okay now that you have all your lights hooked up, plug in the power supply and test this baby out!

Step 6: End Product.

Well there you have it! A wonderful Mod for under 30 bucks!

Happy modding, Please post any computer mods that came to mind from this in a comment!

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    80 Discussions

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    jadowyn
    jadowyn

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, this was the simplest tutorial I could find on the subject.

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    eomonkeyboi24
    eomonkeyboi24

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Your welcome! I'm glad this old tut can still be of use to fellow diy'ers. :) Got any pictures of the build?

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    kve23
    kve23

    8 years ago on Introduction

    What are the specifications of that computer?

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    robots199
    robots199

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I have a Dell Dimenmsion 4550 and the side of the case is impossible to make a window in. Help please!

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    eomonkeyboi24
    eomonkeyboi24

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    What is the material made out of? A dremel should work with most cases. Note that my case is made out of steel. At least I think it is. It was pretty tough to cut.

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    robots199
    robots199

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah I is steel but the side does not come off. It is a clamshell case. Google it. Thanks

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    eomonkeyboi24
    eomonkeyboi24

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    My best bet would be to buy a cheap case and replace it. Sorry if I'm not much help. I don't really know what else to say. Good luck.

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    robots199
    robots199

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Where can you get a cheap case. Please point 1 out

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    theg00ber
    theg00ber

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Geeks.com. They have a load of cases, some with PSU's. A couple even have huge case fans and/or 11 bays!

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    FuzzyBearGeek
    FuzzyBearGeek

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    xoxide.com has a ton more. Starting at 32.99 many more cheap places. Just search around. So much info out there. google computer case. You'll find plenty of places. I got a nice case for 24 bux shipped just by digging around on the net.

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    conrad2468
    conrad2468

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    real life storm trooper meets animated storm trooper!!!!

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    eomonkeyboi24
    eomonkeyboi24

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    LoL nice, I need to make more instructables...I haven't since summer.

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    markmc99
    markmc99

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Dell motherboards and components are proprietary and you will have a tough time putting them in a different case.

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    robots199
    robots199

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Never heard that before. Hmmm forget that. Thanks

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    acaz93
    acaz93

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    You may want to do what i did , I made a Big hole (1 inch) and with tin snips and a nibbler , cut all around were you want a windows , by this method I achieved to install a case fan into an HP pavillion PC , (belive , The metal of that case is really, REALLY though!)

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    robots199
    robots199

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    HMMMM.. That is a good idea... goes out to buy a new pair of tin snips

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    acaz93
    acaz93

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yo may also want the nibbler , since cutting with tin snips leaves sharp edges