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Scratch Build – In Progress Carbon/Wood-scratch build

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by InsolentGnome, 8 Feb 2022.

  1. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    The final result is great. All the suffering paid off in the end. :D
    -I'm not sure that I like that you spent $100 on a single piece of plastic, though. Please tell me that included shipping.
    It also amuses me you laid a tarp down on bare concrete, then sprayed the only finished wall in your basement. :lol:
     
  2. InsolentGnome

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    Thanks!

    It was like $90 shipped. I don't remember exactly what the upcharges were, but it was like $30 for the rounding and polishing, which beats me going at it with a router and polishing wheel.

    I spent 2 days a while back going at that floor with a sander to get all the paint buildup off of it. It was impossible to sweep the dust up which sucks in a paint room. Hence the tarp. That's the only 'finished' room left in my basement, I pulled the rest of them down because of water seepage. The only reason they're still rocked is to keep the overspray in and they're great for testing out spray patterns!
     
  3. Cheapskate

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    That makes more sense now. :thumb: I figured you left it unfinished because of the type of work you were doing. Spongy sheetrock sucks. I have a house that was left vacant for a long time before we got it, and I've had to recently scrape the ceiling and re-plaster it because it was peeling.
     
  4. InsolentGnome

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    Yup, water where you don't want it is the worst. It's also the only walk out portion of my basement, so if I did pull the rock down, I'd have to put something up to cover the insulation. It's all a big mess, I need to live in a pole barn.
     
  5. InsolentGnome

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    As you can tell by the last pic I posted, I 3d printed some trees. You might ask yourself, "Why did he print some trees?" A totally valid question. Well...

    This build is sort of themed around trees and carbon. Maybe not overtly themed(yet) but it's been in the back of my head during the build. Wood panels, carbon fiber tub, so I wanted something to be the bow that sort of tied it together. And since I needed grills for some airflow, we printed some trees.

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    And you might ask, "Why do you have a view from the top and one from the side?" Also a good question.

    And the answer is, in my head, that seemed cool. If you look at the front of the case, you get a side on view of a tree, from the top of the case, you get a top down view. Sort of like if you were to have a tree in the case and project the views to the acrylic panel these are going into. I'm weird, but it works for me.

    The next question is most likely, "What are those two bumps on the side profile?" Well, that is a little personal bit I put in for me. Just before I started working on these, I had to put my 16 yr old lab down. I thought it would be nice to add a little reminder of her into the build, since this is a personal rig. Now it's very personal. The silhouettes are for her and her brother, who she's buried next to under a tree on my property.

    And now I have something in my eye, I swear.

    There was a whole process of finding pictures for the shape, fixing them in an editor, converting them to .stl and taking them into fusion. Needless to say, they ended up on the printer. And like most printed parts, they are a bit rough. Some because of the printer, some because of the design. To clean up the prints and hide my sins, I decided to silver foil them to match the foil I used in the carbon fiber.

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    Now all I need to do is put them in the acrylic panel. Break out the power tools!

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    I cut the acrylic a little tight and filed and sanded till I got a good friction fit with the grills. I didn't want to have to add brackets or mounts or glues that would mess up the finish or look, and I also wanted the option to change them out in the future. Now the case can breathe a bit better. I wanted them just for general airflow, but I did place them so that the front grill would give the PSU somewhere to pull air from and the top grill is over the GPU fan, which I think is an exhaust???

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    While I was playing around with Fusion and the printer, I decided to knock out a handle/latch for the acrylic panel. Something to open it without getting a bunch of oily fingerprints all over the acrylic and kind of hold it in place. Not that I expect it to really fly up at any time.

    To mount it to the acrylic, I decided on screws. Adhesives would have worked but screws would allow me to change it out if I ever wanted to. For the mounts in the handle, I used push in inserts and epoxied them in.

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    And handle!

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    Thanks for following along. Next update will be generic putting things together I think. Not exciting, but you kinda gotta do it.

    Thanks to GeForce Garage for sponsoring this build!

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  6. InsolentGnome

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    So lets get the boring stuff out of the way so we can get to the cool stuff at the end of this update.

    Putting parts on the motherboard.

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    I was gonna tape up the CM cooler so that I could paint the pump, but I got to looking at it, and the top pops off. Sweet.

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    Not only did that make it easier to paint, it also gave me a spot to hide the wires so I didn't have to cut them down and put new connectors on.

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    I didn't get a picture of the top after paint, but I painted it with Killer Chrome paint, which does give a good chrome finished on super glossy parts, but on parts with texture, it has a cool metallic look that matched the motherboard. So I went with it. I've got some other parts coming up that I painted with it, so you can see how it looks.

    Some things are coming together.

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    I was ready to mount my switches but I needed to lengthen the wires and sleeve them with the reflective paracord I went with.

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    I was gonna epoxy them down, but there was no real good way to hold them in place while it cured, so I used super glue. Hey, it works!

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    And the wires ran right through my nice little inset on the bottom of the tub.

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    Next up are some fans. Can I just say, WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH FAN PRICES??? $30 a fan and nothing was what I was looking for.

    With a bit of hunting I did find these and I like the look. Just a simple LED ring, one color, with the LEDs tied into the fan power so no extra wires. Almost perfect. Granted the LEDs will dim with the fan speed, but I can work with that.

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    And 5 of them...$27. I got all I needed and an extra fan for less than one LED fan. Now I will let you in on a secret, I did change the fans out later for more expensive units(still not $30 a pop though). Not because they didn't work, but in this case with all the reflections, it got super busy so I went with non-LED fans.

    But getting down from my soapbox...one pair of fans got wired together for mounting on the AIO, the other pair, I sleeved the wires to run them behind the mb to their own fan headers. I mean, I've got like 4 extra headers, might as well use them.

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    And with most of the hardware in the case. Looks pretty solid.

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    While I was doing all this plugging things together, I decided to try something different on the fan grills. I like the look, but the foil wasn't the cleanest way. I debated going with a painted finish, but since I would have to print another set to paint anyways, I tried a silver silk PLA on the print. I think it came out pretty good for no finish work.

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    Less sparkle, but way cleaner. I was really impressed.

    I was debating on putting the wiring in this update, but I'm trying to catch you all up, so here we go with what I think is the coolest bit.

    It starts simple enough. Sleeving my wires with paracord. I used a reflective paracord cause it was a simple pattern that went well with the build, but part of me was hoping that it would add some sparkle.

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    I hate using cable combs, as some people might know, but since the wires were just going to be hanging out in the open and I planned on them being a feature, I figured I should round up some combs. Round being the key word there.

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    3d printed with the same silver silk PLA as the grills, they have a nice metallic look.

    I didn't give myself enough room to slip the wires through easily, but I managed to mangle my fingers getting them in the combs. Are they combs if they're round???

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    With the round form, it took a few more combs per cable than normal to keep it all in check. It all looked really cool till I had to put the other connector on. Silverstone is a one to one, so the other connector flops over. It took a few tries to make it look like something, but I wound up weaving them back across each other to make it work.

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    Lets just say the 8 pins were a joy compared to the 24 pin.

    Although I like the fact that the round combs are different, there was another reason for making round cables.

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    Those are LEDs and 4mm side lighting fiber optic cable. It looked cool on the website so I thought I'd try to put it to good use. Just a warning, avoid Adafruit if you value your wallet.

    In every comb, there is a middle hole just for the fiber optic so I can run it down the center of the cable. It winds up being invisible.

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    Until...

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    The LED's do require a bit of infrastructure so I built a holder for them that includes a spot to hold the wiring.

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    It just sticks to the back of the PSU and plugs into on of the extra peripheral connectors. The tape is to mark the bit of fiber optic that I need to cover up with heat shrink otherwise that open bit would drown everything else out in the case.

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    And the full set of cables. The 24 could have used some extra space to shine light through, but it's already bulky enough. The 8 pins are just about the perfect spacing though.

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    And of course I had to try it out in the case. Ignore the multiple colors on the LEDs, this is before I could go in and set it all up.

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    See what I mean about busy with those fans? But I think the cables look awesome! Like they're glowing! I ran all the wires long so they could meander around the case and be a feature. The best way I can describe the look I was going for is a high tech interpretation of the branching of a bristle cone pine. You know the super old trees with the windswept branches? I just didn't want the cables running straight to the components. It would have been boring.

    Thanks for following along! Next time I'll start all the tweaking that I'm going to do. Normally I have to hurry and finish for a deadline. This time around I can take a minute to tweak things and change stuff that doesn't quite work. Such a luxury!

    And thanks to Geforce Garage who had no idea that a main feature of this case would be...wires.

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  7. Cheapskate

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    Extra-thick fiber added to mod stuff possible materials list. :thumb: Brilliant! Something like that would be handy for cyberpunk / dieselpunk.
    The last pic reminds me of an amusement park after a rain.
     

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