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What was your first mod?

Posted on 29th Jul 2009 at 10:36 by Antony Leather with 21 comments

Antony Leather
Bit-tech is full of modding. In fact our forums are brimming with countless different types of mods using an even greater number of different materials. Some are simple, with modifications to improve cooling or allow installation of hardware that otherwise might not fit, while others completely transform the look of an entire case or are even built from the ground up.

I bet there are many different reasons people take to modding. Personally, my modding experience began ten years ago with a high end system in a Chieftec Dragon. It's a poor case in terms of airflow compared to modern cases like the Antec Twelve Hundred, and I was finding the temperature inside the case was nearly hot enough for hydrogen atoms to start fusing together. I decided to cut a hole in the roof and mount an 80mm fan which actually worked really well.


What was your first mod?
The original Chieftec Dragon - one of the first cases designed for enthusiasts - unfortunately, cooling wasn't particularly potent

Things have progressed from there of course and fan holes, side windows and radiator vents as well as half-decent paint jobs are nearly second nature. That first mod always sticks in my head as a great achievement for me, not only because Chieftec used such thick steel it took over an hour to cut through with a power drill, but because I had done it and it actually looked good and made a difference to my case temperatures.

What was your first mod?

So what was your first mod? Why did you do it and was it for looks or some kind of performance enhancement? And if you’ve never modded a case and have good reasons for not doing so, feel free to speak up as well!

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steveo_mcg 29th July 2009, 12:09 Quote
Similar to yours except it was a cheap cheap cheap case from the local computer store. I cut a vent hole in the top with a jigsaw and bolted a fan to the top didn't bother with such cosmetic touches as a file or tape. I also hacked into the front to put a intake with out a fan but with a tube from maplin to hide my dodgy jigsaw work. Another one in the side with a fan which tbh made the temps worse.

A week after all that cutting i made a bay bus with a bank of funky switches mounted to a blanking panel to switch the fans on/off individually. That was before i realised this was a common occurrence on the web, i felt really pleased with my ingenuity, this was in '01 ish

The best bit about all that was it proved an excellent hand warmer for the winter in my student flat with virtually no heating and cold fingers try to bash out a dissertation. If only i'd had a P4 back then i could have heated the whole house.
Megabyht 29th July 2009, 12:35 Quote
I was, what, 11? 12? I had seen these fancy moddicles on some random intertubes site and i told my dad that we needed to do a casemod. It was some old P2 hardware that nobody used so we built it into some kind of foldable crate which was painted in a bright yellow and blue and red. It was hideous and the crate didn't fold very well after. The PC itself also didnt work - while my dad was great in teaching me the basics of alt-tab and ctrl+c, he wasn't, and still isn't much of a modder himself. We built a couple of fans on it and covered it up with a piece of wood. Ugly, sharp metal bits sticking out which scratched my table to hell, unstable, but fun :)
Jamie 29th July 2009, 12:49 Quote
I had a massive tower case which I painted, cut out a window, wired in a blue cold cathode and added a air intake in the front with a maplin bass port tube. and a fan behind it.
steveo_mcg 29th July 2009, 12:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jamie
I had a massive tower case which I painted, cut out a window, wired in a blue cold cathode and added a air intake in the front with a maplin bass port tube. and a fan behind it.

Thats what i used. Thanks
Sifter3000 29th July 2009, 12:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
I had a massive tower case which I painted, cut out a window, wired in a blue cold cathode and added a air intake in the front with a maplin bass port tube. and a fan behind it.

That sounds like the very definition of big pimpin :p
matee 29th July 2009, 12:59 Quote
First was a massive no-name steel case with PII in it. The fans had steel with few little holes just in front of them. I cut a proper hole and put some garden mesh on them. Second was the Chieftec Dragon sold by Enermax (with its PSU in it). I drilled 2 120mm holes on top for my first watercooled setup. Had that case for ages and loved it.
ry@n 29th July 2009, 12:59 Quote
This thread needs pics!

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/ryanggg/pc%20case%20project%20R/stealth5.jpg
My first mod back when I first joined this forum, I was only 13/14 at the time but I was so happy with the end result. I look back now and its quite garish to look at :D

Mods included a huge window, 3x120mm blow holes, 2x80mm holes, underglow green lighting, a volt meter from a car, car bonnet vent on the top and a switch panel to control the blue, green and UV cathodes.
kenco_uk 29th July 2009, 13:26 Quote
One of my first mods was the reason I came to bit-tech. cheese was running a thread on the Noritake VFD and it looked über, so I bought one and mounted it into a drive bay. I also painted my gw802 blue and put a window on the side with a bloo cathode hidden away inside. Pimpin'. Might even have a picture of it somewhere.

You'd better sit down for this..

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=299&pictureid=4144

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=299&pictureid=4145

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=299&pictureid=4146

The last mods I did were to change all the leds on the front to bloo. I then used two vandal resistant switches with bloo leds in - one was for power and lit up when it was powered on. The other was used as a reset button and the led showed hdd activity.

As far as I know, that PC ended up in a member of the clergy's office at the back of a church.
pizan 29th July 2009, 13:42 Quote
Mine was very similar to the one mentioned in the article. I cut a top 80mm blowhole in a Raidmax Scorpio, which is like the chieftec but a midtower. Too bad i got started late at 19.
Sebbo 29th July 2009, 14:22 Quote
my first mod involved the first computer i bought with my own money (or the case at least, the hardware saw a couple of complete upgrades). The case was a generic, and had no extra cooling. So, I bought a cheap 80mm and 2 60mm (screamer) LED fans, cut off the grill at the back of the case (didn't like it much) with an angle-grinder and ruined a 60mm hole saw (it was a throwaway anyway) cutting two holes at the front, immediately behind a molded grill on the front bezel. The problem there was the grill didn't have any gaps, so out came a drill press and a 2mm drillbit, drilled holes into the recesses so i could start a cut, then moved onto cutting out the recesses with a small coping saw, then finally filed off the rough edges. Then, to get rid of the ugly beige drive covers and bezels, i spray painted them with a mixture of metallic dark grey and silver (for highlights). Finally, to complete the look, i bought a pack of pop rivets, cut the tops off them all with the coping saw, and superglued them around the edge of the bezel.

Pictures:
http://www.wayne.sebbens.com/v3/pc_imgs/Phto0002.jpg
http://www.wayne.sebbens.com/v3/pc_imgs/Phto0003.jpg
http://www.wayne.sebbens.com/v3/pc_imgs/Pic_0704_010.jpg
http://www.wayne.sebbens.com/v3/pc_imgs/Pic_0817_012.jpg

Sadly, i don't have photos showing the front lighting effect, the closest i have is a header image i designed for my site at one point, intended to achieve the same look (and is quite an accurate representation of the effect)
http://www.wayne.sebbens.com/v3/header.png
Combatus 29th July 2009, 15:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kenco_uk
One of my first mods was the reason I came to bit-tech. cheese was running a thread on the Noritake VFD and it looked über, so I bought one and mounted it into a drive bay. I also painted my gw802 blue and put a window on the side with a bloo cathode hidden away inside. Pimpin'. Might even have a picture of it somewhere.

You'd better sit down for this..

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=299&pictureid=4144

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=299&pictureid=4145

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=299&pictureid=4146

The last mods I did were to change all the leds on the front to bloo. I then used two vandal resistant switches with bloo leds in - one was for power and lit up when it was powered on. The other was used as a reset button and the led showed hdd activity.

As far as I know, that PC ended up in a member of the clergy's office at the back of a church.

Whaaaat!
Journeyer 29th July 2009, 21:09 Quote
My first mod took place about 16 years ago, and consisted of modding an extra PSU into my case. This gave me two PSUs, one ATX, and one of the old AT types which needed to be manually turned on by a toggle switch. That was the first time I ever took a hacksaw to a computer. Good times! :D

The computer consisted - if memory serves me - of an AMD K6-2 350Mhz, a Voodoo3 card, SCSI RAID on two 6.4Gb SCSI HDDs and a bunch of other harddrives (this was what made the PSU upgrade necessary). Can't remember how much RAM it had, but I think it was in the region of 128 to 256Mb.
Furymouse 30th July 2009, 06:06 Quote
Stealthed my cd roms with velcro, a magic marker, and cardboard. That I believe is still my most aesthetically pleasing mod Ive ever done.
B3CK 30th July 2009, 07:07 Quote
First mod I ever helped with, was adding a switch to the side of 32 individual floppy drives, (the old 5 & 1/2 floppy drives), to designate the drive 0 or 1 when turned on. This cut down on hours of designating the drives through the OS, (commadore 64's and 128's). While I didn't know exatcly what I was doing, it was easy to replicate after my dad showed me how to do it on the first 5 or 6. I was 8yrs old.
The first mod I did on my own was to add some led's to the underside of an xbox badge on the top of the xbox, and paint the case with dark green base, and a crackled bright neon green topcoat. My friend still has the xbox to this day.
As to the commadore's, well, they went to a friend of the family after my father died. I so wish I didn't give em away, We had so many great games that didn't rely on graphics to sell them.
NiHiLiST 31st July 2009, 22:48 Quote
Two 38mm thick, 130CFM, 120mm YS-Tech fans in the side of my steel beige full tower. Combined with the Delta on the CPU heatsink it made my room sound like a wind tunnel but kept my KT7A-mounted Duron 800 nice and cool as it blitzed along at 1066MHz. I even slept with it on once, somehow. Halcyon early-bit-tech days that will never be recaptured!
leslie 1st August 2009, 21:04 Quote
Adding fans. Case cooling wasn't a big priority in the early days of overclocking. This was shortly followed by voltage drops to said fans. :|
knuck 1st August 2009, 23:10 Quote
Quote:

oh yes I remember those decals !


This is the only photo I found from my Pc back in january of 2002

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/812/monpc.jpg

It was basically just a window made of real glass and not plastic, which made the thing heavy but the panel was still as rigid as before it was cut. The whole thing is strong as it's still holding today and is my sister's PC
The neon was home made and I used different color plastic tubes to change ambiance. Thinking back, that was quite cool. I could switch between green , pink, red, orange,yellow and my favorite; purple.

the whole thing was very basic during the day but looked quite nice at night

Like everyone else, it was one of the reasons why I registered to BT. I didn't visit the forum much however because my english was quite bad and because I was more involved in french forums
g3n3tiX 2nd August 2009, 17:06 Quote
Cutting down parts of a Netfinity 5000 server case to make it fit a P6T deluxe and a good PSU.
Just used a metal saw held in those handheld plastic supports.
Great result, although could be even more perfected.
Added some metal studs (and removed the previous ones) to affix the MB to the retention plate.
Wanted to add SATA backplanes/brackets but didn't find individual ones.

Also, replacing thermal paste on my laptop (put some artic silver 5) in my dell Inspiron 1505.
Volund 2nd August 2009, 17:47 Quote
Turning one of these-

http://jadedgamerblog.com/files/page0_blog_entry13-416005565_dd851a2af3.jpg

into a garbage can.... it's heavy, ugly, and a pain in the ass to empty, but it's all it would be good for :P
Xir 3rd August 2009, 19:24 Quote
My first feat was replacing the twin-60mm screamer el-cheopo ballbearing fans on a slot1 celeron with a single 120mm fan.

Not near as loud and just as cool.

And yes, only half the fan actually covers the heatsink, the rest blows towards a grille at the back :D
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