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Restoring a Xaser III
bnew 
23/5/08 9:59:58 AM
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Hi guys,

I'm soon getting a pre-loved Xaser III, the black version as featured here:

http://www.overclockercafe.com/Reviews/cases/Tt_Xaser_III/index.html

Having seen the case in the flesh, I know that the black paint has a few scratches and marks. Also, I'm not a big fan of the hardcano fan controller it comes with.

Some questions for you all:

*What is the best type of black paint to respray the case with? Other than get rid of the marks / scratches, I'm thinking of getting rid of the red on the front of the case- doesn't go with my black-with-blue-lighting theme.

*Is it possible to easily remove the hardcano and replace it with something else? From what I've seen, I'm hoping that it's just using a standard 5.25 bay and I'll easily be able to put another fan controller of my choice in there.

*Best way to clean out a dusty, dirty case? I've used compressed air to good effect in the past (only when its a bare case- don't want to damage stuff). Any hints / tricks you have used or heard of?

Thanks

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Hardware: the parts of a computer that can be kicked. ~Jeff Pesis

beatshoes 
23/5/08 1:01:17 PM
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Quote by bnew
*What is the best type of black paint to respray the case with? Other than get rid of the marks / scratches, I'm thinking of getting rid of the red on the front of the case- doesn't go with my black-with-blue-lighting theme.



usually best to sand the whole thing back. wash with thinners. then repaint.

everyday rattlecan paint works well.
provided you follow the standard procedure of clean, spray many fine coats instead of one thick drippy coat, and if you want smooth and shiny, sand back between each coat.

Quote by bnew
*Is it possible to easily remove the hardcano and replace it with something else? From what I've seen, I'm hoping that it's just using a standard 5.25 bay and I'll easily be able to put another fan controller of my choice in there.



the hardcano's can be purchased as a separate unit, so 90% chance just un bolt it, and pull it out.

Quote by bnew
*Best way to clean out a dusty, dirty case? I've used compressed air to good effect in the past (only when its a bare case- don't want to damage stuff). Any hints / tricks you have used or heard of?



wet cloth?
if you sand back the paint and clean it down with thinners, this wont be an issue.
be liberal with the thinners. just.. remove the plastic first (ie front panel etc)

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bnew 
23/5/08 1:34:57 PM
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Thanks for that. Yeah, that was more or less what I had planned.

Regarding the cleaning- I was more thinking about cleaning the interior of the case. Fair bit offine dust buildup that can't easily be cleaned by normal dusting. I usually use a combination of a can of compressed air to get the dust out of hard to reach places, and vacuum it up.

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Hardware: the parts of a computer that can be kicked. ~Jeff Pesis

beatshoes 
23/5/08 6:47:38 PM
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Quote by bnew
Thanks for that. Yeah, that was more or less what I had planned.

Regarding the cleaning- I was more thinking about cleaning the interior of the case. Fair bit offine dust buildup that can't easily be cleaned by normal dusting. I usually use a combination of a can of compressed air to get the dust out of hard to reach places, and vacuum it up.



si

well if you are pulling the thing to bits, could always hose it out. and leave it to dry in the sun for a bit

-----
He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is
intelligent. He who overcomes others is strong; he who overcomes
himself is mighty. He who is satisfied with his lot is rich; he who
goes on acting with energy has a (firm) will.

mohawk 
24/5/08 5:08:45 PM
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Quote by bnew
Hi guys,

I'm soon getting a pre-loved Xaser III,



What happened to the one you got off me many moons ago?

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Atomic’s most recommended PSU’s thread.
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=19&t=1587

bnew 
25/5/08 2:06:38 AM
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Quote by mohawk
Quote by bnew
Hi guys,

I'm soon getting a pre-loved Xaser III,



What happened to the one you got off me many moons ago?



Mate! It's the same one. I wasn't using it, gave it to a mate. He's not using it now, asked me if I wanted it back.

-----
Hardware: the parts of a computer that can be kicked. ~Jeff Pesis

mohawk 
25/5/08 9:07:44 AM
Guru

Quote by bnew
Quote by mohawk
Quote by bnew
Hi guys,

I'm soon getting a pre-loved Xaser III,



What happened to the one you got off me many moons ago?



Mate! It's the same one. I wasn't using it, gave it to a mate. He's not using it now, asked me if I wanted it back.



LOL. I sometimes reminisce about that old tank. Good to see it still troopers on. All I can say is, that case will probably last longer on this earth than the both of us. : )

-----
AM2 5000+@3.0Ghz,GA-M57SLI-S4,2x8800GTS,2gb geil ultra,Corsair HX620w,22" Acer AL2216W,Antec 900
Atomic’s most recommended PSU’s thread.
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=19&t=1587

bnew 
26/5/08 9:30:42 AM
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Quote by mohawk
Quote by bnew
Quote by mohawk
Quote by bnew
Hi guys,

I'm soon getting a pre-loved Xaser III,



What happened to the one you got off me many moons ago?



Mate! It's the same one. I wasn't using it, gave it to a mate. He's not using it now, asked me if I wanted it back.



LOL. I sometimes reminisce about that old tank. Good to see it still troopers on. All I can say is, that case will probably last longer on this earth than the both of us. : )



Totally in agreement. If there's nuclear war afoot, you can find me trying to sqeeze myself into the Xaser.

Although to be fair, my current case is a bit of a tank too:

http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_photo.php?pno=tj05&area=usa

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Hardware: the parts of a computer that can be kicked. ~Jeff Pesis

mohawk 
26/5/08 9:19:40 PM
Guru

Quote by bnew
Quote by mohawk
Quote by bnew
Quote by mohawk
Quote by bnew
Hi guys,

I'm soon getting a pre-loved Xaser III,



What happened to the one you got off me many moons ago?



Mate! It's the same one. I wasn't using it, gave it to a mate. He's not using it now, asked me if I wanted it back.



LOL. I sometimes reminisce about that old tank. Good to see it still troopers on. All I can say is, that case will probably last longer on this earth than the both of us. : )



Totally in agreement. If there's nuclear war afoot, you can find me trying to sqeeze myself into the Xaser.

Although to be fair, my current case is a bit of a tank too:

http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_photo.php?pno=tj05&area=usa



Very true. : )

-----
AM2 5000+@3.0Ghz,GA-M57SLI-S4,2x8800GTS,2gb geil ultra,Corsair HX620w,22" Acer AL2216W,Antec 900
Atomic’s most recommended PSU’s thread.
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=19&t=1587

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