This was my first computer mod ever. I wanted to build a compact gaming PC using an old Apple Mac SE-30 case. I renamed it to SE-3000 once I was finished with it. It took me about 4 months of working in my spare time to completely finish the mod. Since the Mac SE was the first computer I ever used I decided to find an old (non-functioning) one on eBay. Once I received it, I carefully gutted the computer, and figured out which parts could be reused to complete my mod.
I wanted the computer to be authentic looking so I decided against replacing the existing monitor with a functioning LCD panel. Instead, I had a friend of mine cut off the back side of the monitor using sand-blasting technology, and used the front side as a window for the case.
In order for the Gigabyte Micro-ATX motherboard to fit in my SE case I had to use a skill-saw & cut a big hole in the back of the case. I also used a Dremel & cut a hole in the front for the DVD/CD combo drive. I cut holes for my fans also. I used an older PC case to design the back of my computer & my Motherboard tray. In order to cover up the mistakes I made in cutting out the back I used metal carpet trim around the newly created opening. I also used the power/reset buttons of that case and attached it to the back of the SE. I found a perfect sized toilet rubber gasket seal in the local hardware store to place around the power button.
I spray painted a 400W power supply black and attached it to a custom-cut aluminum diamond-plate then attached my new Seagate Hard-Drive to the power supply.
I used silicone-washers to separate the power supply, from the hard drive and the hard drive from the aluminum diamond plate.
I placed a super-quiet intake fan in the back of the case and placed an outtake fan in the top of the case to blow out the warm air.
I cut off the old case feet and designed my own clear acrylic ones with an opening in them for a small blue LED light.
At the end I sanded the whole case down and sprayed it white Krylon primer & metallic-silver spray paint. I also painted the inside of the case, and all the metal brackets used to keep the components together. I wanted to keep the original Apple logo, so I masked it off with Play-Doh while painting the outside of the case. I also spray painted the front bezel of the DVD drive.
I designed all my logos in Illustrator & had vinyl stencils cut out at a local sign shop. I used those stencils to spray-paint the logos on my case & PSU. After it dried I used clear-coat to finish the case.
For the logo on the window I used a clear vinyl cutout to get that nice window etching effect.
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