Foreword by Richard Swinburne.
As much as we love mods of all types, it's good to see a classic case mod now and again. The skill of trying to hone ones personality into an already constructed frame is just as great as designing something from the ground up with all custom dimensions.
Magnus has taken the popular Cooler Master ATCS 840 as the base of his build. We've seen modded before, but this time Magnus has his own black and blue take on things.
Coupled with some awesome hardware from Intel, Asus, Kingston and Sapphire, it's both desirable in build and sharp aesthetics.
ATCS 840 Blue Power by Magnus Persson
Its time once again for a mod project and the starting victim is now a Cooler Master ATCS 840 full tower. This build is a bit more laid back for me, as it's geared more towards the classic old school mods that complement the original case, rather than an all-out cut-fest. The design is aiming for a clean but high tech look, or at least it is for me since I normally prefer a lot more outrageous things like the Biomech or the Pentagram HTPC that are built from the ground up. This will be a high powered gaming rig - sponsored by Intel, Asus and Sapphire - that can actually be used every day, and while special it won't be too out of place.
The first thing I did was to pull off the sides, and use a lot of masking tape and tape down all the surfaces. I then sketched out my desired window shape before cutting it with my Dremel Scrollstation.
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I also cut some extra designs that will be covered with blue anodized aluminum, but at the time of cutting the ACRyan panels hadn’t arrived yet so I did it with silver just to get an idea of the design.
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It was also time to get rid of the top mesh and replace it with a design of my own that reflected the side cuts. I also did this to with silver backing for the first try but the top was later remade with a new design in blue. I was still in two minds of what I really wanted, and while the silver looked good I still wanted to come back to it with more blue.