Computer Cases

  Home arrow Computer Cases arrow Modding 101: The Basics
Watch our Tech Videos 
Dev Hardware Forums 
Computer Cases  
Computer Processors  
Computer Systems  
Digital Cameras  
Flat Panels  
Hardware Guides  
Hardware News  
Input Devices  
Mobile Devices  
Networking Hardware  
PC Cooling  
PC Speakers  
Power Supply Units  
Sound Cards  
Storage Devices  
Tech Interviews  
User Experiences  
Video Cards  
Weekly Newsletter
Developer Updates  
Free Website Content 
 RSS  Articles
 RSS  Forums
 RSS  All Feeds
Write For Us 
Contact Us 
Site Map 
Privacy Policy 
  >>> SIGN UP!  
  Lost Password? 

Modding 101: The Basics
By: Remco Degooyer
  • Search For More Articles!
  • Disclaimer
  • Author Terms
  • Rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars / 6

    Table of Contents:
  • Modding 101: The Basics
  • Basic Tools
  • Tools Continued
  • Safety Precautions and Materials
  • Safety Continued

  • Rate this Article: Poor Best 
      Del.ici.ous Digg
      Blink Simpy
      Google Spurl
      Y! MyWeb Furl
    Email Me Similar Content When Posted
    Add Developer Shed Article Feed To Your Site
    Email Article To Friend
    Print Version Of Article
    PDF Version Of Article


    Modding 101: The Basics

    (Page 1 of 5 )

    Before anyone starts a modding project there are a number of basic things that need to be done to make sure that the mod is a success. These include: planning, a basic set of tools, and safety precautions.


    Every mod starts as an idea, and it is always best to figure out the entire mod ahead of time so that you know in what order things should be done. Naturally, a mod evolves as you’re working on it because even the best laid plans can’t anticipate everything. However, having a solid plan ahead of time avoids wasteful gaps in production as you try to remember what exactly you were thinking when you cut apart the 5.25” optical drive cage.

    Typically, I sketch out my ideas on paper in my sketchbook in very general terms and make notes to myself. However, some pieces of the mod can be very complicated, and detailed drawings are needed. It helps to have a solid plan to start with and an inventory of materials and tools in advance. In this way you can hopefully avoid the inevitable experience of forgetting to drill the blowhole in the chassis before it comes back from being painted or anodized.

    While some people can get away with “winging it,” it’s always beneficial to develop a workable plan in advance.

    Basic Tools

    There a number of tools that have come in handy over the years that every first time modder should have on his workbench. Most are basic tools that can be easily found around the house, others are a little more specialized. Basic tools include:

    Drill (corded or cordless) and drill bits
    The basic drill is your most commonly used tool. The drill, either cordless or AC powered, helps you make small, precise holes in virtually any material that you may be using in your modding project. In addition to be able to drill holes most hand drills can accommodate a variety of accessories like buffing and grinding tools and polishing heads.

    Sanders (electric and hand)
    It is best to have both an electric sander and a hand sander available for use. An electric sander is the fastest way to sand through the baked on factory coating on most cases, and for prepping an area for paint. When looking to purchase an electric sander, look for a variable speed random orbit sander. The random orbit sander allows you to sand in irregular patterns for a more uniform sanding on the surface without deep scratches or gouges in the metal that a reciprocating sander can cause.

    More Computer Cases Articles
    More By Remco Degooyer

    blog comments powered by Disqus


    - Finding the Best Skins for Your Ultra Thin L...
    - InWin BL631 mATX Case
    - Cooler Master 690
    - Enermax Phoenix Review
    - Cooler Master ITower930 Review
    - Thermaltake Tenor VB2000
    - Thermaltake VC2000 Series Mambo Review
    - Silverstone LC20 Case Review
    - XG Viper 2 Case Review
    - Thermaltake Shark Case Review
    - Silverstone Temjin TJ05 Case
    - MGE XG Dragon Case Review
    - Raidmax Sagitta Gaming Case Review
    - Project Sinister: Once Upon a Midnight Dreary
    - Project Sinister: Out Comes the Evil

    Developer Shed Affiliates


    © 2003-2019 by Developer Shed. All rights reserved. DS Cluster - Follow our Sitemap
    KEITHLEE2zdeconfigurator/configs/INFUSIONSOFT_OVERLAY.phpzdeconfigurator/configs/ OFFLOADING INFUSIONSOFTLOADING INFUSIONSOFT 1debug:overlay status: OFF
    overlay not displayed overlay cookie defined: TI_CAMPAIGN_1012_D OVERLAY COOKIE set:
    status off