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How to Build Custom Computer Cases

    • 1). Add fluorescent lights to make your case stand out in a dark room. Lighted tubes and fans are a great way to do this. Always buy lighting made especially for a computer; never use lighting made for general use.

    • 2). Improve your front panel. A front panel full of displays and inputs not only looks great, but is functional as well. Install a digital thermometer to ensure that your computer stays within safe operating temperatures. Install a front panel all-in-one card reader or USB ports to expand your system's compatibility with external cards and drives. Consider installing front panel microphone and headphone jacks for easy access while gaming.

    • 3). Buy a custom case. Some cases are designed not to look like computers. Instead, they look like stereo components or other electronic devices. Many cases come packaged with lighted accessories and front-panel accessories. Visit your favorite brick-and-mortar computer store to see all of the different choices available to you.

    • 4). Add a side window so you can see the interior of your computer, and to show off any added lights. Either buy a side panel made especially for your case, or cut your existing side panel and add Plexiglas or a similar see-through material.

    • 5). Build a custom case from scratch. If you are tech-savvy and understand the needs of your motherboard, drives and cables, then choose a design and built it. Choose a chassis that will fit your motherboard and hold it securely while leaving room for cables and expansion cards. Ensure the chassis has proper airflow, fans and ventilation. Make sure the motherboard, power supply and drives are secured tightly with screws and mounting brackets so they are grounded.

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