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Old January 4, 2012, 05:20 PM
Ryknw01 Ryknw01 is offline
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Post Antec P182 Case Mod -Home Media Server

Happy New Year everyone!

This will be my first post and my second case mod. I did not make a log of the first one because i just didn't think about it.

Anyways, i have this old Antec P182 that i have not used in a while and it is just sitting there collecting dust so i thought i would update it to have better cooling, better cable management and give it a nice paint job. I was also thinking of cutting a window into it but i have heard how tough they sides are and i am undecided on this for now. I'm not sure what i will do with the case yet, i might put my main rig in it or maybe build a home server in it. I guess i'll figure it out as i go along.

First some pictures of the case after pulling it out of my storage closet

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Not sure how this side got scratched but oh well, this is why i want to paint it.

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I figured i'd start with the front bezel. I don't really like the front bezel door, so i will be removing that

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The lock and power/reset buttons are raised and higher than the left side so i will be removing that side and mold it to match the other side.

After using my rotary tool

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Then after placing some Bondo fiberglass filler and putty (the putty is where the red marks are)

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All it needs now is some primer and paint. But that will have to wait till i can go purchase some.
I also removed the fan filters as they did not fit anymore. I will be creating some new ones out of acrylic to go over the front fans.

Next i decided to take the case apart, so off i went with the drill and a 1/8" bit to de-rivet the case.

First some pics of the case without the sides and front.

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And the 3.5" Drive Bays and PSU Holder

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Then after some power tool action

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What i plan on doing is getting rid of the middle support, reversing the lower 3.5" bay, cutting some holes on the motherboard, adding a 120mm fan hole in the bottom and cutting out the built in grills for all the 120mm fan spaces. Hopefully i get some time to work more on this tomorrow.

Last edited by Ryknw01; April 6, 2012 at 05:34 AM. Reason: Completed
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