Going Mod: 9 Cool Case Mod Projects by Russ Caslis

By Russ Caslis

  • Get cracking! this is the hacker's consultant to banishing dull beige bins
  • ExtremeTech readers aren't timid approximately cracking the case and voiding the guaranty, and they will love those precise directions for workstation severe makeovers that upload lighting, shapes, home windows at the works, and extra individuality to plain computer instances
  • Modding is sizzling; a multimillion greenback has grown up round the hobbyists who alter their computing device situations with way-out home windows, neon and lights screens, customized cooling structures, and extra
  • Modding is additionally mainstream-major machine outlets now inventory mild kits and fan kits, whereas a few computer proprietors supply out-of-the-box circumstances with character
  • Written via a major modder who took a Dremel to a working laptop or computer case lengthy sooner than it used to be trendy, the ebook offers fabrics lists, identifies worthwhile instruments, and provides all of the instructions for over a dozen cool case mods

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This was a somewhat difficult mod in that you have to plan for the fan blades spinning and what will happen to the wires when the blades spun. Now many manufacturers sell fans with LEDs already attached. In addition to having multiple LEDs attached to the fan, the manufacturers also make the fan and fan blades themselves clear to help the light shine through. This leads to another variation of fan lighting—the use of UV-reactive substances. As you probably already know, ultraviolet light is the blue/purple light seen in novelty stores used for lighting up glow-in-the-dark paint and other items.

Supposedly, this leads to greater airflow and lower noise, but only 70-mm fans are available with this configuration. Chapter 2 — Cooling Getting Your Bearings All fans use bearings of some sort. Bearings are what allow the fan blades to efficiently rotate and cool a computer. The concept behind a bearing is very simple. Things roll better than they slide. When things slide, the friction between them tends to slow them down. But if the two surfaces can roll over each other, the friction is greatly reduced.

Many people feel that the best part of modding is being able to show off the work you yourself did. Whether the case turns out like a work of art or looks like a hideous deformed monster, have fun in the process of creating something. Don’t be scared off by modding; it is fun and not as hard as people think. Throughout the rest of the book, you’ll learn everything you need to get a solid footing in the world of computer modding. Cooling chapter T oday’s computers are an amazing collection of microscopic electronic pathways literally pulsing with energy.

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