A customer asked me to upgrade a G7700 Predator recently because the machine had a bad motherboard. After examining the case and seeing its horrible airflow, typical of off-the-shelf computers, I told him I did not recommend using the case for the parts he wanted. We were going with a 3770k, 32GB DDR3 2133 (don't ask; he insisted), GTX 680, 4 HDDs, and 1 SSD. I offered to try to cut holes in the side and top of the case to add fans, but he just decided to go with a HAF 932 case and said I could keep the predator case.
Here's a stock photo of it:
I didn't think about taking a before picture of the actual case to show what poor shape it was in, because I wasn't confident that my mod plans would really take shape.
It's a "neat" looking case, I guess. It would have appealed to my 15-year-old self, but the orange is just too loud. Plus, this one had some scratches and cracks after years of abuse.
So, I got out my dremel and bought a bunch of rustoleum spray paint, clear coat, sand paper, and bondo, and did an overhaul.
The front cover was nearly cracked in half, so I had to repair it with glue and Bondo. I also filled in the Acer logos.
As I'm sure many of you auto enthusiasts know, using rattle can paint for a flawless car shine is pretty much impossible. It was a lot of work to get it to look this good, and there are still imperfections that the grainy iphone camera hides well.
I used the money I made from the build and other parts I had lying around, and built a secondary "gaming"-ish computer. The case now has:
8GB Corsair Vengenace 1600
XFX 7770 GHz edition
Patriot Wildfire 120gb SSD
1TB WD Black
Some old DVD burner
Raidmax 630w Hybrid PSU
Now I'm not sure what to do with this perfectly capable gaming PC. It's sitting in the living room unused.
This post was edited on 1/17 at 6:20 pm