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Old May 17, 2010, 11:13 AM
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MSI will be using this PC for demonstrating their new Big-Bang Fuzion Motherboard at trade shows this year.

My canvas will be NZXT Adamas aluminum mid-tower case. Currently at Newegg for $169.99

Motherboard Compatibility ATX, Micro-ATX
External 5.25" Drive Bays 4
External 3.5" Drive Bays 1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays 5
Expansion Slots 7
Front Ports 2 x USB2.0, 2 x Audio, 1 x IEEE1394
Ac'97 and Intel HD audio support for 5.1 and 7.1 audio
Dimensions (L x W x H) 19.29" x 7.48" x 17.13"
Extra reinforced structure using welding technology
3mm top and bottom aluminum frame
2mm aluminum construction
Patented screw-less side and front panel removal mechanism four included 120 mm ultra silent fans

Before we get to moddin this case, let's take a brief tour. If you hate flimsy cases, you'll like the Adamas, it's 100% aluminum mid-tower is remarkably sturdy. NZXT incorporated a lot of extruded aluminum into it's design. The bottom and top panels are extruded aluminum that look very stylish. The structure of the case except for the bezel and side panels is entirely welded together.


NZXT includes 4x 120mm NZXT factory fans pre-installed in the Adamas.

1x front intake.
1x rear exhaust.
2x access panel.


The exterior finish is Matte Black powdercoat.


Extruded aluminum top panel is stylish. It's welded onto the chassis.


Front Ports 2 x USB2.0, 2 x Audio, 1 x IEEE1394. Ac'97 and Intel HD audio support for 5.1 and 7.1 audio




NZXT At the top we have four 5.25" drive bays, with the top bay being used as a stealth drive cover for your optical drive






The chassis frame consists of "L" shaped aluminum that is welded and powder coated Black. I will be removing the HD cage to accommodate larger video cards
The Adamas has been on the market since Oct 2006, back when video cards were much shorter.


Both side panels have unique spring loaded release latches. These work really nicely for quick access.


The case feet are threaded into the chassis and incorporate Black rubber on the bottom.


The quick-release bezel is slick. The intake grill is made from extruded aluminum. It can be removed as well.




After "quickly" removing the bezel, you can access the front filter.


To help dampen vibration, NZXT inserted rubber strips into the 5.25 optical drive bay slots.




I like seeing the switches and led lights fastened into the bezel and not glued!


The floor of the extruded aluminum optical bay slides out after removing 2, screws.

The first step in creating my FUZION theme PC is giving the Adamas a new exterior. Both side panels will show MSI's logo graphic of the exploded fragments. This design will be made 3D, by milling it into new panels that will start from 1/4" thick aluminum.


The right side edges of the exploded fragment will be slotted openings, so they can be illuminated from behind. This will create a shadow-like effect onto the design.

Intel Core i5 750 / 2.66 GHz processor
MSI BIG-BANG FUZION Motherboard
MSI N260GTX, Twin Frozr, NVIDIA GPU
MSI R5770 HAWK, ATI Radeon GPU
OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
PSU (tba)


Intel Core i5 750 / 2.66 GHz processor


OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


MSI BIG-BANG FUZION Motherboard


MSI N260GTX, Twin Frozr, NVIDIA GPU


MSI R5770 HAWK, ATI Radeon GPU





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Old May 17, 2010, 11:14 AM
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cut out the rear 120mm perforated grill







Here is the bezel...It's purty, but don't get too attached to the "bare billet" pron. It may get painted....












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Old May 17, 2010, 11:16 AM
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Awesome stuff! Think I'll just ask you to build my next rig.

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Old May 17, 2010, 11:19 AM
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Too much MSI for me....but I look forward to seeing you work your magic Bill!!!! Subscribed!
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Old May 17, 2010, 12:00 PM
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Oh man, sweet work, love the logo cut out of the alu. Looks amazing. How long does it even take to mill out one of those panels?
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Looks like a fun case to mod! What's the name of the machine you are using to create those aluminum panels?
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Old May 17, 2010, 08:33 PM
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Another MNPC build! This looks promissing and exciting. I especially like the 3D side pannel, really adds a nice touch.

Can you give us some benchies when it is done to see how ATI/ NVIDIA work together?
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Old May 17, 2010, 09:19 PM
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I love the slogan: Voiding your warranty is our business :)

Please don't paint the front panel, it looks clean and beast.
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Old May 18, 2010, 04:05 AM
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Another interesting build by MNPC. I look forward to more pics and another awesome mod! Keep those pics comin'.
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Old May 18, 2010, 05:32 AM
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there's only so many time you can say the same thing. WOW but that is why i like you guys because it never gets old I am always impressed
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