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Updated 7/22/2015

Hi all, this is actually a work in progress and a test for my first post. Her name is Vivian.

Build from early 2013, just a side-grade. (Move into a new case with a new PSU). The old case is a Cooler Master Cosmos 1000... a true work of art and quiet, but poor air flow and PITA cable management made me change after all these years. (Got it in 2008.) I'll definitely keep it for a home server upgrade down the road.

Anticipating a full rebuild near the end of the year, probably Skylake based. Currently uncertain on the video card front, would like to see what HBM2 and die shrink do for performance. Planning a 3440x1440 gaming build and I just don't like what I'm seeing price/performance wise from red or green at the moment.

Slightly modified the case, added a 2-way mirror tint to the window along with some remote controlled LED strips inside. The window is opaque until I turn the LEDs on which acts as a nice back light and shows off everything beautifully.

Update: Fans and PSU came in... so much better. The old PSU was unbearable in the new case. That old Cosmos did a good job muffling the sound. Temps are better, airflow is great. The GT's are amazingly quiet but you can tell they don't move a huge volume of air. The DS fans are a little louder at full speed but shift a ton of air. I used the low vibration rubber fan screws to mount all the fans, which was tricky with the GT's but it worked in the end.

Was in a rush to get everything in this afternoon so I need to do a little cleanup, and the PSU side is a mess of cables... Basically, it's the never ending struggle.

Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice job on the one way mirror! That has to be one of the more original idea's I've seen!

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow that side window is beautiful can you give me some instructions on how to recreate it please? That is amazing

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

Most certainly:

First of all, I just used off the shelf adhesive privacy film. Mine was from Gila, just standard mirror finish film. You can find it on amazon. I got a small roll and the application kit. Installed pretty much according to the manufacturers instructions.

Here's the link to their instructions: Gila Film Guides

I also got an RGBW 5050 adhesive LED strip kit with an included remote. Also from amazon...

Installed that along the inside of the case, not on the side panel itself. I also modded the power cable to work off a molex connector from the PSU. (Not necessary, just didn't want another cable coming out of my case.)

Here's my specific tips: This film is not for plastic/acrylic windows and the manufacturer advises against using them this way. I've read stories about bubbles forming from outgassing but I don't think it will be an issue since this isn't being exposed to direct sun or heat. Time will tell...

I installed the film on the inside of the window, this gives a darker limo-style finish. If you want more of a standard mirror effect just install on the outside of the window.

Measure twice, cut once. Make a mock up and see how it looks before installing.

Make sure you have a lot of clean, flat space and a towel. This is a very wet process.

When you get to squeezing the water out from under the film, really do a thorough job. All the little drops and bubbles will make small imperfections later. Take your time to do this right, believe me.

I bought a second side panel from Corsair, just in case something goes wrong.

There are online shops that sell acrylic 2-way mirror panels, some even cut to whatever size you want. I didn't go that route because I'm lazy and didn't want to heavily mod the case.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Great thanks can you send me the link to the film you bought as I can't seem to find any that seem right? Can't wait to try this out! Hope I don't ruin my case

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Here you go:

Gila Privacy Film

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect thanks a lot :) do you have any other leds in your case btw? As my asus motherboard has a few dim leds and I wondered if these would glow through?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no permanent LED's on the motherboard but there is an LCD display for error codes that lights up briefly at boot or shutdown. I can see it pretty clearly through the film so you'll probably see the LED's on your board.

Lot of forums suggest electrical tape to mask them. Some even use a few coats of black nail polish for a permanent "fix".

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

Really love the side panel window mod! +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, just updated the build with a few more pictures.

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

I love the mod and impressed with the whole build altogether

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome side panel mod!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the Air 540 Ive heard it isnt that good by comparison to the Air 240

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't speak from experience with the Air 240, it wasn't an option because my system is full ATX.

The 540 is a big, wide case and very little is done to dampen any noise. That being said, if the cable management and airflow are anywhere near as good in the 240 as they are in its big brother then I would recommend it for m-ITX/m-ATX builds. Really can't overstate how easy this case is to work in for a basic air cooled setup.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! It's an impressive yet subtle effect for such a simple mod.