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When I first received the package, I had a
pre-determined notion about it. It's going to have the basic
window and the other goodies. Nothing that I haven't seen
before on other cases. This notion was smacked back into my
face when I opened the box and saw the paint job. The marble
look was created flawlessly, no area had more layers than another
and everything was created equally.
I will be moving my from my old case, which is the
original case I hacked
a year and a half ago.
I took some temperature marks right
before I disassembled it. After getting everything inside the
CDI case, I'll see how much of a difference this new case can make.
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Right out of the box, this is what it
looks like. The marble finished is hard to distinguish in these
shots, but click on the second picture to see it in full size.
Custom full tower with the works!
You can see from these pictures the black grills, baybus and window
kit with molding. Our logo is air brushed onto the side panel as
well on the front bezel. From the feel of things, a lot of
layers went into this to create the design.
The front bezel has one of the 80mm fans,
protected by a black grill. There is a 33CFM Panaflo behind
there pulling cool air into the system. I was taking a look
around inside and the 80mm was the right size apparently. Sticking a 120mm
in there may prove too large or bulky to do anything in there.
What I did find strange was why the inside metal piece was not cut out
to allow more air into the case. The case speaker holder may
have been a little too close to that area to do any real altering, but
it is still a odd that it wasn't cut out or modified. Not a major annoyance in my
Right above our small logo, we have CDI's
case badge. Below that, we have the reset button and the 3
system lights. The reset light was painted nicely, poked it a
few times to see if any paint got in between the button and would
to get stuck, didn't happen at all. The leds must have been covered
very securely because there are no traces of paint on them either!
Here is the PCmods.com baybus installed
on a painted plastic cover. The cover for the Evercool bay
cooler is also taken care of in the air brushing. The Evercool
unit pushes out about 14CFMs in two tiny 40mm fans. Right behind this unit you can
place a hard drive utilizing the 3.5" to 5.25" adapter that