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    I like the idea of the two new cut outs for case fans. The only problem I see, and this is just from the pictures posted, is that there are no intake vent on the from case cover to draw in clean cool fresh air. Other than that, those are some nice mods.

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    Does anyone know if you can get laptop case mods?

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    Aaaaaaa, you don't really GET case mods, you Make them!

    Just about anything you could do to a Laptop, would have to be on the outside and Cosmetic in nature.
    Like some Stick-On decals, labels, etc.

    I have slightly modded the cases on some laptops, by putting stick-on FEET under the bottom corners of the laptop to raise it slightly, for better cooling.

    That's as Crazy as I've ever gotten with a laptop.

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    Hi TM,

    I have an HP i5 system which I've upgraded a lot already. I've added a lot to it and now it's time for a bigger case (yeah, I've also tossed away the original PSU becasue of the add-ons). I've never built a PC on my own. I am planning to get a new case for my current PC and I am just wondering what things should I consider in buying a new case. I've checked and I verified that my mobo is a micro-ATX. Are all cases that are described as micro-ATX the same? Would the openings at the back of the case match the I/O configuration of my mobo? Planning to get a gaming case, not because I am a PC gamer but becasue of the fan options and more space for future upgrades.

    I am looking at this one:

    Newegg.ca - Thermaltake Commander MS-I ID VN400A1W2N Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    and this one:

    Cooler Master K350 Micro-ATX / ATX Computer Case (RC-K350-KWN1-EN) - Black : Computer Cases - Best Buy Canada

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    Thermaltake is a great choice....I have the Overseer RX 1 Full tower, great case. My only suggestion for a case is if you have the space for it, go full tower...you wont be sorry. When picking a case just make sure it will fit what ever form factor (size) mobo you have. The beauty of full tower cases is that they will work with just about any form factor out there, from micro ATX to extended ATX. Also, if you have any external 3.5" drives you'll need a case that supports 3.5" external bays....eg card readers. Another thing I like to look for in a case is cable management, where you can re-route the cables for better aesthetics and air flow. Also with full tower cases, most come with 200mm fans (they're big) and run at a lower RPM and much quieter for better cooling and air flow.

    For the I/O sheild of the mobo, it's a standard size, it will pop off and you just pop it in on the new case.

    Youtube is a great source for checking out hardware or anything for that matter. You'll get to see how other case owners have their hardware mounted and installed, especially cable management. At least it will give you some ideas.
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    It also helps to have a modular PSU, this greatly helps with cable management. This prevents a mass of wires from being in the way. Plug only those you need in.

    Cat

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    Thanks for the suggestion Bass. I got a Thermaltake Commander MS-1 with plenty of options for fans that wouldn't need modifications.

    Cat, at this point I am just gonna use the PSU I have. But the case I got have a neat cable management feature.
    Cheers!

    Here's the "before" shot of the case. Will post an "after" shot later.

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    I thought I don't need a mod but I have an extra twin fan lying around so I put them in front (hd bays):

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    And i has a nice effect on front grills:

    Attachment 2452

    I also replaced my CPU fan:

    Attachment 2453

    and added one more exhaust fan on top:

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    I am happy with the case I got for only $59.99. And hopefully in 4 weeks I'll get $10 back in the form of rebate. Cheers!

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    Looks good dude...nice job!

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    That is nice & it was good that the current PSU would work. The thing with PSU's is, getting a quality one. Many of the upper end models has a surprising number of "DOA" arrivals. That makes it hard for a first time builder to decide. Same with cases, though not as bad as PSU's.

    I haven't fully made up my mind on building or buying a pre-built PC this fall, however if I buy a pre-built one, it will have a 3 year in home warranty out of the box. There are many such models with the i5 CPU that I want available. That's also a must, a quad core i5 (minimum) w/Intel 4000 graphics & if the price is right, a 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GPU & room for 16GB of DDR3 1600 RAM (though I understand there's varying opinions between 1333 & 1600 with 16GB is installed).

    The SSD, I can & will take care of myself.

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