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Old 3rd Dec 2012, 23:35   #1161
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I just gave my teenage daughter a look at your case so far and she says it is "totally crazy and totally cool." She is impressed, as am I. This is looking outrageous Wayne. Just wow.
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Old 5th Dec 2012, 14:11   #1162
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Ohhh, those last few photos made my day already
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Old 6th Dec 2012, 00:54   #1163
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Fantastic, man! I love the look of that naked aluminum
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Is any part of that case gold already o.r is it just the light? Cause I gotta say, gold anodizing would look amazing:thumbup:

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You totally gotta take the final pics with that dual-color lighting. It really brings out the shape.
And yeah, you gotta put mounting points in the model early. That's when you are figuring out the problems, after all.
-For me it's like, "Ugg, that guy who has to build this is going to kill me."
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Old 10th Dec 2012, 23:18   #1166
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Yeah I like the look of those panels where the light is such that it looks like some parts are orangey gold while other silver. Looks like your gonna set a new case weight record with all this nice thick alu
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Old 20th Dec 2012, 13:27   #1167
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Sorry for taking forever on replying, I needed a bit of a time out, this is mostly a status update & an early look at something I'm going to make as an interval project.

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i have to admit; when i first started reading this log i stopped for a while due to my admitted prejudice against non form-factor cases, then i started agian and fell in love with it when i saw all that brushed aluminum gorgeousness... and it looks better IRL... much better.
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I just gave my teenage daughter a look at your case so far and she says it is "totally crazy and totally cool." She is impressed, as am I. This is looking outrageous Wayne. Just wow.
Thanks voigts & voigts daughter only problem with this project is it will make everything I do in the future look so bland, possibly.

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Ohhh, those last few photos made my day already
Awesome, thanks Bill.

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Fantastic, man! I love the look of that naked aluminum
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No it's all plain alu at the moment, just using a daylight bulb & a regular one which creates an interesting 2 tone effect, accidental cheesecake.

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You totally gotta take the final pics with that dual-color lighting. It really brings out the shape.
And yeah, you gotta put mounting points in the model early. That's when you are figuring out the problems, after all.
-For me it's like, "Ugg, that guy who has to build this is going to kill me."
I considered buying a couple of those mood lights so I could make any colour, I'll be putting some decent effort into the final shots though, there will be so many interesting points of view to shoot on this when it's done, looking forward to it.

And wow, yeah I'll always include mounting points from now, will save sooooooo much messing about.

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Yeah I like the look of those panels where the light is such that it looks like some parts are orangey gold while other silver. Looks like your gonna set a new case weight record with all this nice thick alu
The bottom half has definitely got a heavy bottom like predicted but I will run through the whole design after it's all made to reduce weight where I can.



OK something new to add to the log.

Here is a preview of a HTPC I'm going to make before I continue with lean & green, it's for my dad & I want to get it completed before he gets home from Australia in February.

It holds mini-itx, sfx psu, 2x 2.5" HDD, 1 3.5" HDD, 140mm fan & marble power button new improved mini version, the form is simple & the cut work isn't complex so should be able to get it done quick once I start.

Because of where I made the psu sit I went with regular expansion slot height.










Slot for ventilation under the motherboard.










Got all the hardware & aluminium ready & waiting for action, everything in the design is covered this time so it should be a nice enjoyable project that I can quickly do before I step back into steep challenge mod lean & green.


I also upgraded my main rig to 2 670s in SLI after selling a bunch of parts I had getting no use but I lost my SLI bridge so had it performing as 1 card for a week, the SLI bridge I ordered came today though so I'm eager to have a good play with it, tried a run of 3dmark11 & heaven & wow it kills my previous 580, gave something like 3x the performance, so is an awesome upgrade.


Designed a dual layer homer eating his way out of the rig grill but I made the mesh holes too big so doesn't look too great, much smaller mesh holes & it should look OK, requires quite a bunch of hours to do though so some other time for perfecting this grill.




In more neutral colours.


With just getting the SLI bridge I'm going to resume modding on new years day or when the acrylic tube arrives so I can be 100% sure of accurate measurements, was going to get right onto it today or tomorrow but I only just completed this side project design & it would do me good to take some more days off so I can go at this new project mentally energised & not neglect my gamer side, would you believe I still haven't played all the way through the witcher 2 & I bought it on release day.
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Old 20th Dec 2012, 20:17   #1168
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Liking the design bud!! Super nice an compact! Looking forward to seeing this come together, enjoy the break and all the best for the festive season!! Now.. Go find you some nice whiskey to relax with ;-)
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I have those two MSI cards in my PC! looks great, I'm really excited to see the miniature version of the marble power button. I used to watch a lot of the simpsons when I was younger
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Old 21st Dec 2012, 21:50   #1170
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Liking the design bud!! Super nice an compact! Looking forward to seeing this come together, enjoy the break and all the best for the festive season!! Now.. Go find you some nice whiskey to relax with ;-)
Thanks Squigly I've tweaked it more & pretty drastically too, typical thing I do when showing a new rig lol.
I figured having 2 2.5" drives was a bit stupid so I've made the bottom level to have 2 3.5" drives with 1 of them being an internal HDD dock while relocating the SSD to the upper area, it's more packed out now & very nice.

All the best to you & family mate, I've not been a drinker since the turn of millennium though, been rare when I drink, pretty much always wired on coffee.

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I have those two MSI cards in my PC! looks great, I'm really excited to see the miniature version of the marble power button. I used to watch a lot of the simpsons when I was younger
Yeah nice cards multi GPU has come a long way since I tried out crossfire when it was new lol, total rip off leaving me with a bad impression of multi GPU, you pay double now, you pretty much get double.
The mini marble button will be a very cheap to reproduce button too, 16mm marble, tiny piece of acrylic tube & a few layers of acrylic sheet glued together with acrylic adhesive with basic cheap momentary switch.

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Old 21st Dec 2012, 22:27   #1171
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yeah, world of patience to try making that Homer grill by hand, but sweet design dude!
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yeah, world of patience to try making that Homer grill by hand, but sweet design dude!
I must have just got bored waiting for the SLI bridge with doing the homer grill, thanks Bill.

Here is the tweaked updated model with scrapped double 2.5" drives, relocated SSD which will also make cooling better & internal e-sata HDD dock replacing the double 2.5s which can be switched on/off with easy remove mini side panel, side & top panels plug in place with little rod stumps by the way so the slots cut out will provide grips to pull them out, front, back & bottom are screwed in place.

The rearrangement gave some more breathing space too.




SSD relocation which will also aid in directing incoming air down to the motherboard.


HDD dock side has 2 side panels for quick easy access to the dock.




The sliding spring loaded block with gripper.


Bit of structure hidden to show it better.


One more look before I do this thing.


I'll make it printable & then enjoy the rest of this year before getting into it, I might or might not start before new years day, depends on if I get a sudden urge to make something or game on until new year.

All the best everyone.

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Calling this next mini project "Break time" & might even start it in the next days.

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I'll be watching...
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Old 25th Dec 2012, 22:57   #1174
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Love the Homer grill. Maybe just make much smaller holes on the surface of Homer?
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Thanks voigts, it'll be on before new year.

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Thanks Mads, yeah, needs smaller holes, maybe even 3mm holes.
Main plan is to do no homer grill first though & to do that one if I really feel like it after making the new project but if I do do it I'll definitely include the update.

It's all ready for the printer, all 16 sheets.
This can start any day now.

But assassin's creed 3 is shouting play me now, so I will, I just went sli 670s & they might be relics by the time I complete this lol.

I'll probably OD from playing too much today & then get onto the break time project tomorrow.

Thought up a better name for it too, it has more relevance to the pause of this project.
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Love the homer grill I quite like the small case. Planning a build of my own, just need to get some time to actually start
Hope you had an awesome Christmas
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HTPC looks cool, maybe do the Homer grill for a birthday present, or something down the road if you didn't want to do it right away, or ran out of time before he gets back?
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- Do i see rust on the enermax metal plates around the TB silence fans ? It looks like there in rust on the inside of them.


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- Do i see rust on the enermax metal plates around the TB silence fans ? It looks like there in rust on the inside of them.
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