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Scratch Build – In Progress Combine Ceiling Turret

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Mindphaser, 11 Apr 2012.

  1. Mindphaser

    Mindphaser New Member

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    Hi everyone.
    I am an entry-level modder from Ukraine.
    This is my second modding project, the first one http://forum.coolermaster.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=14808.

    I have no sponsors, so project budget is limited and hardware is not state-of-the-art.

    Here is the hardware list
    CASE: full custom
    PSU: Flex-ATX Seasonic SS-250SU
    MB: Gigabyte H55N-USB3
    CPU: Intel i3-550
    CPU cooler: Intel box (fan replaced)
    MEM: Hynix DDR3 2x2G 1333MHz CL9
    GPU: Asus HD7750 512Mb GDDR5
    HDD: SATA 160Gb Samsung SpinPoint F1 8Mb
    DVD: DVD-RW SATA Sony Nec Optiarc AD-7690H (slim slot-in).

    Concept.

    If you ever play Half Life 2, you have to remember Alliance turrets, including Combine Ceiling Turret:
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    So I’ve plane to make the case not in the style of the game but highest possible close to original source.

    Also inspiration objects photos:
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    Layout

    2D layout:
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    3D layout:
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    Here are the initial set of materials
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    So, the frame made from aluminum angle bars, side panels - glass-fibre plastic, and the rest during the process.

    Getting started.

    Install the CPU cooler – its height is not very pleased. Have to replace the fan by low-profile one.
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    To initiate the process make a power supply unit angular mounts:
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    Adjust the attachment holes and fan cut-out:
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    Time to handle a framework. The problem is that the case almost have no right angles, all surfaces are sloped - will have some fun.
     
  2. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    Interesting.

    I watch.

    john
     
  3. dirky90

    dirky90 Member

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    haha, this is going to be so good!! amazing concept drawings!! and you cant beat half life!!
    if you are struggling for space you could drop to a 2.5??

    rob
     
  4. Guest-23315

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    Very much liking the idea of this.

    :thumb:
     
  5. Mindphaser

    Mindphaser New Member

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    It's no sense to replace the 3'5" HDD to 2'5" one. In that place enough space in all dimensions. Anyway thanks for comment :thumb:
     
  6. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Interesting :) your other project looked crazy, good crazy. :D
     
  7. Mindphaser

    Mindphaser New Member

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    Yeah, really? ;)
    I think that every techno geek should have a cyber monster like this :naughty:
     
  8. Mindphaser

    Mindphaser New Member

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    Let's continue.
    The pair of rear frame’s profiles:
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    Manual bending:
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    Angle revision:
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    Forming the rear side of the frame:
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    HDD mountings treatment:
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    Mid frame profiles cutting:
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    Trying on the motherboard:
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    Rear panel cutouts:
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    Have to make cutouts for memory modules too:
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    Frame assembly.
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  9. dirky90

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    wow, it looks so good so far!! I cant wait to see how this turns out. keep up the good work!!
     
  10. Samrobmoe

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    This is looking truly EPIC, I literally cannot wait to see this finished in all it's combine-y glory
     
  11. Mindphaser

    Mindphaser New Member

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    dirky90, Samrobmoe Thanks guys, you will not be disappointed :naughty:
     
  12. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    This is shaping up absolutely awesome mate, sweet bar work. :dremel::rock:
     
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  14. Mindphaser

    Mindphaser New Member

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    The frame is almost ready, can place the hardware.
    Installing PSU:
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    PSU cable assembly:
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    Here is the secret ingredient - furniture hinge.
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    “What for?” you can ask.
    The fact that the lid will be a separate structure that is rotated forward relative to the frame.
    Lid close position:
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    Lid open position:
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    So, a furniture hinge serves as a pivot joint.

    A video card housing will slide back through the guide:
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    The conclusion on the results of fitting the power supply - there is a problem with wires.
    In the sense of wires packing in a tight inner place.
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    P.S.: I almost forgot to say - no machinery tools used, except screwdriver. All works done by hand tools.
     
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  15. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    A whole lot can be done with hacksaw & files & some random bits from a DIY shop :) very nice work mate. :rock:

    I would only get a manual drill if I wanted to do a blackout mod though, a mod without the aid of electricity, nice bragging rights come with that I think. :clap::D


    Edit: powerdrill :hehe: still nice though & repped earlier. :)
     
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    Anyone else getting dead pics? :(
     
  17. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Don't know but I can see them.
     
  18. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    Pics work for me

    john
     
  19. Mindphaser

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    The next assembly. Now the PSU fixed.
    Graphics card and cooling system added for the sake of completeness:

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  20. kinghong1970

    kinghong1970 Just a Clumsy Ape

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    lol!

    cabinet hinges, aluminum, computer and modding!

    LOVE IT!
     

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