When Thermaltake released the Xaser III I was delighted to see the changes they implemented in the case design. The whole front panel was made out of several rather thick aluminum layers which formed the iconic x-shape of the Xaser series. It now also included a built-in 4-port fan controller on the top 5½” drive bay, which to be honest wasn’t very uncommon these days, but still a nice touch. The overall construction was still very sturdy and robust, but also quite heavy – not only due to the thick front panel, but also due to the inner structure of the case. The Xaser III also housed my first custom built water-cooling. A pretty uncommon if not rare thing back then (and even today to some extent, if you don’t count All-In-One coolers). It was done with soft-tubing and most off-the-shelf parts, but the CPU cooler was created by a machinist since there no fitting ones for my board/CPU. As for the case-modding, I managed to find some pictures of the building process. Some key points:
ripped out the original glowing “Thermaltake” logo at the front and replaced it with custom lettering. I had to replace the backlight foil, because the original only illuminated the letters directly.
cut out some scratch marks on the left side panel and installed a sandblasted acrylic plate behind it which was illuminated by some LEDs.
installed an engraved and illuminated acryl glass plate on the bottom of my mousepad.
My mouse was spray painted as well.
created a multi layered acrylic glass side window which was illuminated with different colors.
I am also pretty sure that I had a Noritake VFD display in the top at some point, but that might have happened after those photos were taken. You can also see a bit of the water-cooling loop in some of those pictures (the blue tubes with the springs attached around them).