Wireless Network Adapter
Hello PC part pickers!
My GF had been wanting a Windows desktop PC for a while now. She owns her own business so she needed something to do her books, keep records, ship orders, edit some pictures, write emails, and all the usual things one might do for a business. She's only going to do some mild browser-based gaming so she didn't really need a GPU. Her requirements were mainly aesthetics and I had to look for middle grounds in some instances. She wanted a cute, small form factor case. She originally wanted it pink but I couldn't find a decent and affordable pink case. (I should have painted it, like someone else did on here recently for their gf. I might go back and do that at some point). She also wanted LEDs. Then, she saw UV lighting on Newegg and was adamant about wanting those. I told her that she would need a side panel window to show it off but side panel window cases were an extra $30... I ended up cutting a side panel window into the case myself. ^'
I installed two UV cold cathode tubes. Going back I would insist on using LEDs since these are a bit too bulky for the case. I had to install one of them bridging between the PSU and the HDD cage because it wouldn't fit on the bottom. I used 3M double sided tape to hold the tubes and the inverter in place. They UV tubes have a switch on the back to turn them ON/OFF. I also wrapped the cables from the inverter in black electric tape because they were really unsightly in black/yellow/red.
The front panel audio cable had both the HD Audio and an AC'97 audio plug. I just snipped off the AC'97 connector and used electrical tape to make it look as clean as possible. I also did this on the back fan which had a dual molex/3pin connector. (I snipped off the molex, insulated and covered everything with black electrical tape).
The side panel widow: my GF was kind of bummed out that there were no small form factor cases with a side panel window at our price range so... I had never modded a case this way before so I figured I might as well have a little fun with it. I used one of the many tutorials online and a rotary tool to cut the case. I flat out cut off the perforated part of the side panel since I wasn't going to install any fans there. I used a hooked blade on my cutter to dig grooves into a piece of acrylic and then bent it along those grooves until it snapped off clean. A bit unorthodox, but I didn't want to go buy another power tool. I picked up the acrylic at a local plastics store. It was actually a piece I dug out of the scraps bin, priced $2/lbs! I bought some u-channel (or edge trim) to hide the rough cut edges and make it look a little more professional. I got the u-channel off of bestbyte.net for $0.75/ft + shipping. The acrylic piece is just taped with 3M double sided tape to the back of the panel. I think it came out looking pretty good for a first mod. I could have done a little better with the u-channel on the corners. 3/4 came out a little uneven.