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Case Mod - In Progress BIO-MECHANICAL KHAOS: (thank you Nvidia & EVGA!)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by mnpctech, 22 Feb 2009.

  1. mnpctech

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    This build utilizes the EVGA X58 SLI CLASSIFIED Motherboard!

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    We are using Nvidia 295GTXs for triple SLI!

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    Thank you very very much to Nvidia and EVGA :rock:

    The KHAOS case arrives at Mnpctech from NZXT!



    In the video, I was debating about Watchmen or Bio, I'm definately doing a bio-mechanical with the Khaos. I actually like the case stripped down to it's shell. It's the extruded aluminum surface I dig. I ordered this medical model skull as my starting point. I also contact NZXT about getting another HD cage (shown here).

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    I ordered this medical model skull as my starting point
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    The skull is mounted in the top 5.25 bay. more on why later

    Heres the entire bay assembly removed from the chassis.
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    Whats your remedy for a headache?!
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    Everythings growing out from the skull, it's my starting point for everything morphing out. This is the housing from a small motor I found. I love the design. The skull will be hosting the system Power & Reset switches (22mm & 16mm lamptron vandal switches, w/orange leds) The mounting plate I made (below) attaches to the upper half of the skull.

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    I'll be implementing a lot of plastic wire loom, heres 1" loom inserted up the nose, HR GIGER style :D
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    Adding more mechanical details to the skull, 1/8" Black opaque acrylic will serve as skull plate
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    Holding over heat gun
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    After the acrylic is flexible, I can bend it to follow the curvature of it's forehead
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    8/32 socket head screws fasten on the skull plate
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    The skull model needed help. The factory's casting process isn't very good. theres gaps between the individual pieces. but what do you expect for $30 from Ebay?!

    Notice the dry wall bit planted behind the eye sockets? another giger idea at work!
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    The 120mm intakes are finished. Milled from 1-1/4" thick, 6061 aluminum. 6.5" O.D.

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    The grills served as prototype for new 120mm fan grills Mnpctech will be offering in December 2009

    One of the designs, 1/2" thick aluminum "Overkill Grills" by Mnpctech, $49.99

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  2. Guest-23315

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    Go Bill! GO!

    I like that NZXT case, but its just far too pricey...
     
  3. skullen

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    Nice intake Bill,very very nice :thumb:
     
  4. camera man

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    this looks awsome cant wait to see more
     
  5. mnpctech

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    Thanks dudes yes, very pricey case..*gasp

    The machined aluminum 120mm intakes, with fresh matte black paint.. love it

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    whats this hole for?
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    Ohhh... it's for the ribbed plastic loom.
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  6. barry99705

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    Heh, ribbed, for her pleasure.... :D
     
  7. mnpctech

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    lol, I knew something like that would be stated. I was just telling the guy from NZXT that they probally wouldn't recognize the case after it's finished, a pre-warning if you will. I already pissed off Thermaltake as a sponsor. "Can you make it look more like the original?" They told me this after the project was finished. :hehe:
     
  8. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    If these companies want their cases to look more like the 'original' the first rule would be:

    Never send one to a modder!

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  9. Brian E. Hanson

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    If you're talking about the AMD Phenom masterpiece you did with the Thermaltake case, funny thing is, that Phenom case got more attention then all of the lifespan of their SwordM case.

    It was interesting when they unvieled it as a new case but, it was awsome when you finished it...:jawdrop: :clap:
     
  10. Sir Digby

    Sir Digby The Supprising Adventures

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    Those intake surrounds are very, very nice :thumb: guess I don't want to know how much they cost though :hehe:
     
  11. brinkz0r

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    Really like the video, and I'm sure I will be liking the end result :)
     
  12. jodah175

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    dude, this is gonna be sweet. Gonna have to keep the g/f from seeing this, lest i be dragged into a Giger themed mod (i already made that mistake with her RB2 guitar)
     
  13. mnpctech

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    @ John, you would think Piss-take would take that into account...lol

    @ Brian, thats the case.. they complained after they saw it on Engadget!! :duh:

    @ Sir Digby, I can make more, $125 apiece + shipping

    Thanks everybody for the comments!

    I'm kicking around the idea of bringing out left over Owens Corning insulation foam from Ghost Rider build, sculpt a bezel frame around the intakes, and maybe making a top panel with it too.. when I did GRPC I used 1/8" thick sheet of 6061 aluminum for the base, the foam is epoxied onto the base. I cover the insulation pores with fiberglass filler, sand the cured filler by hand and use a dremel for carving intricate details. It's time consuming process, but yields a very strong piece that won't crack or chip if dropped. It will also lighted up the overall weight of the Khaos case.

    Here I'm working Ghost Rider bezel made from insulation foam and fiberglass
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  14. sixfootsideburns

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    that paint job is unreal mate... soooo sick.
     
  15. NysoO

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    Lots of cool features in the KHAOS case. Seen by your previous work Bill, this'll case will look astonishing.
     
  16. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    We can't afford the aluminum. -make casts!:hehe:
    Those are freakin' cool.


    -And you had better put a pop-o-matic bubble in the top of the skull.:nono:
     
  17. mnpctech

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    and I can't afford to make the casts :worried:, pop-o-matic bubble..? my brain's search engine just pulled up an image of big daddy's Mysterion...

    In order to reach my vision for this journey, some things on the Khaos will be sacrificed. The overlapping edges of the side panels for starters...Good grief, these panels look cool, but they hang out in the wind... Maybe keep them and do BATMAN theme mod...? Nnnope!

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  18. Reverse

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    What the overlapping panels need to go?
    I will go cry in a corner...

    Curious... but crying :)
     
  19. Cheapskate

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    A snowglobe in there probably wouldn't fit your theme, but what about turning the brainpan into a reservoir?:D
     
  20. mnpctech

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    swirling around, remember "brain wash" pop? I loved that stuff... and that idea would be sweet, but you wont see it.

    Pre-fitting skull and intake covers.. I need to fab a 5.25 cage above the skull, thinking I may salvage a quick release style 5.25 bay from the old chieftec dragon tower.

    Imagine if the skull matte blackalready.. Yum, but I'm still working on detailing the skull, so it will be awhile before I paint it.

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