Archive for Category: "Case Mod Projects"

eSATA Drive Enclosure Power Switch Mod

eSATA Drive Enclosure Power Switch Mod

Today we mod a cheap eSATA hard drive enclosure found on eBay to upgrade our existing drives and provide a 500% performance boost.

Build Your Own Watercooling Reservoir for $10

Build Your Own Watercooling Reservoir for $10

If you have ever built a watercooling system or researched prices and components you know that it can get pretty expensive. Not everything has to be expensive though; with this guide you will be able to build a reservoir for around 10 dollars. The reservoir cost me $4, the barbs were $1 each, the J-B […]

DIY Heatcore: Inexpensive & Great Performance

DIY Heatcore: Inexpensive & Great Performance

With the heat levels produced by most modern processors, watercooling is gaining more and more attention in the mainstream cooling gear market. Of course, the appeal of more efficient cooling that can be had through watercooling, as opposed to traditional heatsink and fan cooling solutions, has drawn overclockers to it since its inception. The reasons […]

How to Etch a Printed Circuit Board

How to Etch a Printed Circuit Board

The first question that I can hear u thinking is what’;s a PCB? PCB stands for Printed Circuit Board, for example your motherboard is one big PCB (just multilayered) obviously a motherboard is way out of our league, however with some household equipment and some chemicals we can make ourselves some great casemodding PCB’;s. Just […]

How to Re-Edge Your Speakers

How to Re-Edge Your Speakers

A good set of speakers is one of the few hardware items you can buy that can last several decades.  While the speaker cone is pretty reliable, you will eventually have to service the foam that surrounds it.  Over time, the foam becomes brittle and flakes off, or (in my case) you have some pesky […]

Intensafire Xbox 360 Controller Mod

Intensafire Xbox 360 Controller Mod

BGRMods was at PAX 09, and was showing off their Intensafire mod. This product is essentially a pre-printed circuit board that is installed into any wireless Xbox 360 controller to give it enhanced fire abilities. Unlike other modding products, the Intensafire was designed to be installed quickly without any soldering. Coy Christmas (yes that’s his real name) […]

My Popsicle Stick Case Mod.

My Popsicle Stick Case Mod.

I had this idea a few weeks back about building a PC case entirely out of Popsicle sticks.  A few of my esteemed colleagues and friends have expressed their opinions on the matter.  So to all of you, especially Trisha who is worried about me burning down my house, I just want you all to […]

How to use an Xbox Controller as a USB PC Gamepad

How to use an Xbox Controller as a USB PC Gamepad

Just like I am an obsessed casemodder I also love to play games, I usually play FPS games but now and then I like to play something else. When I bought Tony Hawk Underground 2 the game simply wasn’t playable with a mouse and keyboard so I needed a gamepad. I had a lot of […]

Mod Your Own USB Woodstick

Mod Your Own USB Woodstick

On my normal day to day web browsing I came across a news post about wooden USB sticks, I was intrigued by the idea of incorporating wood into a pc and it sure was a fashion statement… As was the price! A 1GB wood stick costs 70 Euros (or about $90 US). So why not […]

Clean up power with additional cooling

Clean up power with additional cooling

Kicking up the voltage to CPUs, chipsets, memory, GPUs and just about every other imaginable component has become a fairly common tactic in overclocking. Motherboard manufacturers have made increasing voltage above and beyond recommended levels easier than ever by including higher voltage settings in the BIOS options of the more popular motherboards aimed at the […]

How To Clean Copper Waterblocks

How To Clean Copper Waterblocks

If you’re a serious computer enthusiast, there is no question you have a computer with a liquid cooling system somewhere. Liquid cooling is a very efficient to remove the heat from your screaming processors while keeping noise levels down. The majority of liquid cooling systems use a combination of aluminum of copper radiator and aluminum […]

Fush Zero Case Project – Part 1

Fush Zero Case Project – Part 1

If you had told me back when I started building custom computers that any of my handiwork would be graced comments such as, inspiring a modding culture, or, truly beautiful. I would have laughed. It was just 8 months ago that comments such as these graced my ears as I undertook the construction of a […]

Black acrylic window

I like the idea of an acrylic back window. You could even use it as the I/O shield for the ports and to hold the cards in place with bolts epoxied into place on the other side of the screw holes. What I’m worried about is that bar that’s flapping in the breeze near the […]

Fush Zero Case Project – Part 2

Fush Zero Case Project – Part 2

  If you have not already read the first article about this Fush Zero project please do so by clicking here. From this point on, planning has been completed and the parts have been ordered. So the fun part begins. What will follow in this article and others is a step by step account of […]

Power supply sleeving

Power supply sleeving

  Looking for a sleek way to present your power supply’s ugly cabling? There are several methods of cleaning up the wire jungle, be it electrical tape, split loom, wire wrap, or expandable sleeving. This guide will assist you in your quest for a case with higher performance, and much better looks, especially if you […]

DVD Drive Painting Guide

DVD Drive Painting Guide

Today we are going to discuss Painting a DVD-RW drive. First we must get the formalities out of the way. I nor OCModShop are responsible for anything you break, burn or otherwise destroy when attempting to duplicate what is described here. You take sole credit for your actions, mistakes, destroyed property and dead kittens. That […]

Black and Decker vs Dremel

Heh, I used a Black and Decker 18V cordless drill with rotary cutter attachment from a dremel. This thing, literally, blows the doors off of the dremel in sheer power. Also, I have a drill press and alot of hand tools at home. If I’m doing delicate work, I use a hand tool.

Exhaust Only for a Case?

Exhaust is always better. Remember the el-cheapo whiteboxes (and even some name brands with micro ATX cases), or even older systems? One cooling fan, and it exhausted air. And brute force (aka the “Get a Bigger Hammer” approach) does work, but only use it when brute force is absolutely necessary, such as in a fully […]

VIA Chipset Idle Temperature Hack

VIA Chipset Idle Temperature  Hack

I decided to write a guide on this subject, since I haven’t seen a decent one around for a while. The last good one I found was on viahardware.com, which is now www.sudhain.com. They still have their article, if you wish to read it. I just felt I would allow people who have never had […]