Case mods are something we love to see here at Corsair. One case modder we have seen progress a lot the last few years is Justin “MetallicAcid” Ohlsen. We recently got the privilege to talk to him about one of the mods he finished last year: Redefined.
Tell me a little bit about yourself?
Sure! My name is Justin, known as MetallicAcid on forums and social media. I am father to two great kids and a husband to the most supportive (and patient) woman in the world. I am from Australia, but I live in Sweden with my wife's side of the family.
When did you start modding and what got you into it?
I started PC modding around 3 years ago when I started checking out all of the awesome rigs people created. I was a lurker at overclock.net cable management forum, and some people posted their sleeved cables and cable management in their beautiful custom rigs. I started to look a little closer at some of the details and noticed that modifications had been done. I started subscribing to mod build logs, and was soon thereafter to make my own custom masterpiece!
What tools do you use when modding?
My go to tools are the rotary tool, jigsaw and metal files. I recently invested in a circular saw with guide rail in an attempt to save time on getting straight cuts when compared to the jigsaw. So far so good!
Most instrumental is the ruler, and a pen + paper for creating “To-Do” lists and sketching design ideas.
Where did you find your inspiration for Redefined and where did you get the idea to use leather?
A friend of mine was showing me his dream car, which was a McLaren Spider. We was browsing the image search when I spotted a white McLaren with tan leather trim inside, and I had the idea of dressing the inside of the chassis with custom faux leather panels. I personally had not seen it in any projects I had come across, and thought that I would like to give the idea a try.
What has been the biggest challenge with this project?
The biggest challenge was correcting a mistake that I had made...
I had went ahead and ordered a discrete GPU for this project, but only upon installing the GPU inside the chassis on the motherboard, I noticed that I would no longer put on the side panel as the heat pipes from the GPU stuck up too much.
I thought of taking the easy way out and just cut a hole into the acrylic side panel, but I thought I would go with the flow and take this as an opportunity to get innovative, and create a series of panels so that I could mount the GPU vertically, and have it shown off in all of it's glory.
What is your favorite Corsair product?
My current favorite Corsair product is the Carbide 600C chassis. This chassis reminds me of my very first chassis that I had ever purchased (The SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E) as it has almost the exact same layout but in ATX format.
The front and top panels are really nice with the sleek design and monolithic vibe they give off. This is the chassis that I have chosen for my current work in progress modding project.
Besides modding PC’s, what do you do on your free time?
Modding, designing and planning and posting my projects takes up almost all of my free time. This is because I love to do what I do so much. Sometimes though, and can just think “meh” and literally do nothing, disconnect and indulge in a good book. Game of Thrones is currently my favorite series.
We want to give Justin a big thank you for taking the time to talk to us and for sharing these amazing photos!