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marius_mym 18th Nov 2012 15:50

Noir - by marius_mym
 
Hello guys, I'm Marius and I'm from Romania.

I'm a member of this community for almost 2 years, but I didn't have the guts (until now) to post my previous projects. This is my current project, I started this project because I had some hardware components from my previous rig.

I already made an ITX case, and also a full tower case, so this time I decided to base my project on a micro tower case.
The name of the project represents, as you already figured out, the main color of the build.
I wanted a stylish case, but I didn't have enough money for a Lian Li so I bought a Fractal Design Core 1000, and also a mATX motherboard
(I sold my previous motherboard because it was ATX form factor).

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN5973.jpg

After I took the photo above, I "strip" the case to do some measurements.

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN5975.jpg



I already knew that I want to install two 120mm fans in the front panel of the case (maybe for a water block sometime). In order to do that I had to cut the original face of the case chassis, and build a new one.

After I finished the front piece I cut a second piece of aluminum to "extend" the motherboard tray, then I took the pieces, plus some hardware parts and I painted them.
I used a thermo resistant paint because is more resistant that the normal one and also you don't have to apply primer or lacquer. The disadvantage of this paint is that you have to heat the painted piece up to 160-200 C in order to obtain a full dry of the paint.

Because I don't have an oven to dry the parts, I heat the pieces with my heat gun :D. For ram radiators I used a "normal" paint.
The results are below :

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN5984.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6022.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6030.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6023.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6037.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN5978.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN5987.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6015.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6002.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6046.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6074.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6102.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6094.jpg



The next parts that received the "thermo resistant paint treatment" was the rear brackets of the case, the bracket of the GPU and the top cover of the PSU (because I scratched when I removed the stickers:wallbash:).

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/IMAG0297.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6108.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6111.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6113.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6115.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6119.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6143.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6134.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6338.jpg



When I finished with the painting I took the left panel and cut a hole for a windows. I cut the acrylic piece and I sanded the edges to obtain that "frozen" effect. The windows looks good but I'm not 100% happy with it and I think I'll change the acrylic piece with a dark one (to fit better with the theme of the project).

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6194.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6197.jpg


The next step was the sleeving job, but before anything else I would like to thank to sleeve-modding.com for sponsoring my project.
After I received the package I started to sleeve the front panel connectors, and then the PSU.
I wasn't happy with the long and useless (for me) cables of the PSU so I decided to short some cables, and get rid of other and make my power supply semi-modular:D.
Because the space inside my VX450 was very tight I was forced to mount the connectors for modular cables outside of the PSU. Overall I'm pretty happy with the results:).

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6161.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6181.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6183.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6201.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6202.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6218.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6221.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6222.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6276.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6272.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6238.jpg


And some garbage:lol: :

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6227.jpg


After I finished the work with the PSU I started to work at the front panel. I didn't like the original metallic mesh of the case so I asked a friend to help me with a piece of black (matt) acrylic in order to replace the metallic mesh.
The shapes were cut with a laser, because I was afraid no to damage the acrylic.

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6283.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6290.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6297.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6315.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6316.jpg


This is the current state of the project, I'll make an update as soon as I manage to do some progress.

Hope you like my little project !

P.S.: My english isn't perfect, but i did my best :blush: !

Hanoken 19th Nov 2012 00:47

your English is fine :) understandable and clear ha ha ha, I love your black theme that you have going at the moment! can't wait to see what you have in store for this project and good luck !

jay2 19th Nov 2012 03:57

molex and sata cable? gone?
well, i'll sit here and wait for your next update

makarov7 19th Nov 2012 09:02

Very cool side panel windows - frosty :brrr:

Noir = black , it will be a dark build i think :D

LukeDaly 19th Nov 2012 09:35

I think a tinted window would look great ;)

Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2

biojellywobbles 19th Nov 2012 11:23

Wanted to see one of these modded for a while, gives me ideas on what to do with mine!

jamsand 19th Nov 2012 11:53

Fantastic finish on that paint work!

[ZiiP] NaloaC 19th Nov 2012 11:56

Great work so far, love the effect on the side window!

SilveR_172 19th Nov 2012 12:09

looking promising =) Love the Ram photos

dream1 19th Nov 2012 12:58

Comme une nuit noire. Me like it :)

timerhan 19th Nov 2012 13:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by jamsand (Post 3216814)
Fantastic finish on that paint work!

+1 :thumb:
Very cool!!!

marius_mym 19th Nov 2012 13:49

Woow, thanks for the kind words guys, I didn't expect to see so much replies in a such short time.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hanoken (Post 3216539)
your English is fine :) understandable and clear ha ha ha, I love your black theme that you have going at the moment! can't wait to see what you have in store for this project and good luck !

Thanks:thumb: !

Quote:

Originally Posted by jay2 (Post 3216584)
molex and sata cable? gone?
well, i'll sit here and wait for your next update

Well, I had to get rid of those "tentacles", because they were useless:D. I only need one sata power connector (for HDD), and maybe another one for an SSD, but I'll make my own extensions:).

Quote:

Originally Posted by makarov7 (Post 3216675)
Very cool side panel windows - frosty :brrr:

Noir = black , it will be a dark build i think :D

Quote:

Originally Posted by [ZiiP] NaloaC (Post 3216817)
Great work so far, love the effect on the side window!

I'm glad you like my side window guys ! I've been waiting for a long time to use that "effect" and this project offered me the perfect opportunity, because the window is pretty small and I can change it very quickly without wasting too much acrylic (in case that I don't like the way that looks:D).

Quote:

Originally Posted by LukeDaly (Post 3216698)
I think a tinted window would look great ;)

Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2

I agree with you:)! The tough part is to find a tinted acrylic window in Romania, but i'll do my best.

Quote:

Originally Posted by biojellywobbles (Post 3216784)
Wanted to see one of these modded for a while, gives me ideas on what to do with mine!

Well, I hope that my project will give you some ideas :naughty:! I can't say that this case offers unlimited possibilities, but there are couple of things that you can change :).

Quote:

Originally Posted by jamsand (Post 3216814)
Fantastic finish on that paint work!

Thank you, sir :D ! I did my best, but the paint helped me a lot. The entire process (from the first layer of paint until full dry) took about 2 hours :cooldude:

Quote:

Originally Posted by SilveR_172 (Post 3216838)
looking promising =) Love the Ram photos

Quote:

Originally Posted by timerhan (Post 3216889)
+1 :thumb:
Very cool!!!

Thanks :thumb:! I love them too:lol: !

Quote:

Originally Posted by dream1 (Post 3216883)
Comme une nuit noire. Me like it :)

Glad you like:) !
P.S.:My french is even worse than my english, i had to use translate google to understand :blush::lol: !

Parge 20th Nov 2012 17:30

So far, so awesome!

KidMod-Southpaw 20th Nov 2012 17:32

Agreed! Not too keen on the window style though, takes away from the minimalism of the build.

You're awesome with spraypaint though! Look like you've powdercoated everything! :thumb:

marius_mym 20th Nov 2012 18:48

Quote:

Originally Posted by Parge (Post 3218016)
So far, so awesome!

Thank you Parge:)!

Quote:

Originally Posted by KidMod-Southpaw (Post 3218019)
Agreed! Not too keen on the window style though, takes away from the minimalism of the build.

You're awesome with spraypaint though! Look like you've powdercoated everything! :thumb:

Totally agree with you:thumb:! Even if the window looks fine, it doesn't fit 100% in project. I'm going to change it as soon as I find a tinted acrylic sheet.
I'm glad you like my spraypaint:D !

On the other hand today I made some kind of "splitter" to power on a stripe of LEDs and also a fan controller.
I choose to power on the fan controller with a 2 pin connector because in this way i can reduce the number of cables (I'm going to use 26 awg wire and only one sleeving wire for both cables of the fan controller).

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6355.jpg

marius_mym 27th Nov 2012 16:27

Last time I show you the splitter that I'm going to use to power the fan controller and a LED stripe. In the previous weekend I made a cable to connect that splitter to the power supply:p.

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6362.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6363.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6372.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6370.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6371.jpg


After I finish the cable I made a backplate for the GPU :D. I know, is pretty simple, but I like that "clean" look.

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6435.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6443.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6465.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6466.jpg



Ohh, I almost forgot, today I receive a small package form my sponsor sleeve-modding.com.

I'll use a part of these items to build the fan controller.
The other part (the rubber grommets and the switch) I took it "just in case" :D :hehe:.

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6468.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...r/DSCN6470.jpg



P.S.
: I'm still searching for that tinted acrylic :worried: !

KidMod-Southpaw 27th Nov 2012 16:44

More great stuff!

By the way, what I meant about the windows was that the smudged style border doesn't work. The actual clear plastic is fine and probably better. :thumb:

k.3nny 27th Nov 2012 19:47

that window! Mind = Blown!

marius_mym 27th Nov 2012 21:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by KidMod-Southpaw (Post 3224085)
More great stuff!

By the way, what I meant about the windows was that the smudged style border doesn't work. The actual clear plastic is fine and probably better. :thumb:

Glad you like my little update !
Regarding window panel... meh, it would be to easy to mount a clear acrylic :hehe: !

Quote:

Originally Posted by k.3nny (Post 3224244)
that window! Mind = Blown!

Glad you like it mate :thumb:!
It looks good indeed and also is easy to obtain (you only need a 300-400 grit sandpaper, a piece of acrylic and.... some imagination :D) but unfortunately it doesn't fit perfectly into the project:duh:.

marius_mym 23rd Dec 2012 14:07

Hello guys !
I know is been a while since my last update, but i didn't have anything "cool" to show.
As I said before i wanted to made a different type of fan controller for this project, so i asked a friend to help me (i'm not very good with the solder gun) and this is what we manage to do :

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps61f028a1.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps926f51d5.jpg
The "fan controller" has 3 positions : 12V=>off=>7V.

After I mounted the fan controller, I also mounted the cpu cooler and i manage to do some photos :D.
Unfortunately i still need an SSD , but the good thing is that the lack of the SSD didn't affect the "design" of the interior, because the SSD will be placed under the GPU card, and as you can see the Sata power cable for the SSD is already in place:thumb:.
So... enjoy the photos ! Hope you like :blush: !

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps6239850b.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps00901989.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...psa6b956b4.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1639ebd1.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3f9f411a.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps41ce1578.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps5902f5ed.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4407882e.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3631b4a8.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps02e5a685.jpg

After i did the photos i realized that i don't like that "code" from the fan of the cpu cooler, so i rotated the fan by 90 degrees :D, and I made some "indoor photos", because outside is veeeery cold :D.

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps29e5aff5.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8166b6cf.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...psfafee305.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps40384b93.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...psceef6620.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8a393614.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...psea8f4279.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...psc5448e63.jpg

http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/...ps35468c01.jpg

Hope you like it guys :thumb: !


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