Case Mod - In Progress ⭐ Disco Scorpion (Compaq'D)

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  1. DÈF¥âÑt¸.·´¯`¤

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    Latest Build thumbs here...


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    *Name change to suit to mod better and keep the modding fun and light hearted*


    It's been a long time between mods but of late ive caught the RGB sickness..
    A plague that seems to be spreading thru the the modding community like wildfire.

    It started years ago in a modding community far far away with a single LED light tube here and a bit of lit plex there to what i'm about to now share.

    I'm not proud of it and it's almost a piss take of what i see happening in modding today :)

    So sit back and watch what might be my final modding horrah and have a bit of a laff at what has come full circle :)

    This old banger started life as a Octek branded Compaq midi tower (P3 i think) it was a bin find i had plans to do some thing with it just never knew what that actually was going to be.
    Until one day i sat the chassis back down upside down and had a moment of madness.
    Warning.... pic flood inc. Put yer welding gogs on things are ganna get bright.


    Almost sad.

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    This is all i want

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    Then it's over to the disco for some boogie action.

    The chassis gets FLIPPED + some dremel action, loosing its front and top. Add a few coats of base white to hide the old grey for now.

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    The first mod will be the PSU cover it's as good a place as any to start.

    The old DIY line bender from the old days is dug out and fired up .. ahhh it's starting to come back to me now :)
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    WOW that's the first mod out of the way :)

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    Lets Do another ! A Mother board tray cover! <<<< poetry too!

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    Maybe some thing to hold the fans... i got an idea ! :)

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    Prolly about now your thinkin......" this guys crackers"

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    May as well make a back one too!

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  2. DÈF¥âÑt¸.·´¯`¤

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    Righteo! that's the basic internal panels outa the way ..... I hope yer still werin ya weldin gogs.

    The real sickness begins....

    Some RGB action for the PSU cover.

    This is a basic light edge. To stop the LED bleeding like mad thru the white plex some white paint and block out vinyl is used. Very artsy and craftsy.

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    As yas can see complete block out

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    Some Glue..... snif snif

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    Oops i snuck in an LED strip in the break.....

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    Beeeep beeep (add in crane lowering sound)

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    Snug as a bug in a......

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    RGB disco rug!

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    Theres a million of these... but i think yas get the idea :) and your starting to see the extent of my sickness!
     
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    Next is some of the same sickness for the back panel. All done the same way using clear plex white paint blockout vinyl and some imagination.... snif snif!

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    And some final shots for the night :)

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  4. Cheapskate

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    I've never seen a case of RGB-itis hit so fast! It looks lovely, just avoid the rainbow strobe option. It's key to you surviving this.
     
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  6. DÈF¥âÑt¸.·´¯`¤

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    That strobe option can cause fits! Cheers mate tyvm :)

    Heya mate ty :) PM sent
     
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    Back to the Front!

    The front panel will be an open fan type, old skool all show and no go! thankfully i dont have a dust problem.

    Anyways hygiene aside lets mod....

    The front will be a chunk of plex and then some.... 5 layers total of 6mm and 2mm plex.

    First job on the agenda is to drill the centre holes

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    Then it's time to make some holes...

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    Channels are added for the LED strips to sit in

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    For power and reset im adding this old block salvaged from and old ship wreck

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    back form some more router work

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    An exit channel is added to rout the wire out.
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    A qick fit up and test. As yas can see the LED strips can be easily slid in and out for qik replacement or upgrade.

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    For the back-est of the panels ive used an old speaker grill trick from my speaker building days adding some magnets
    to help hold the unit in place. A top and bottom bracket will be also used.

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    Then its time to add the block out film Laura Palmer style!

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    All the layers can now be sealed and clamped

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    Then it's back to the router for some sexy edging work...........

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    1 input to 4 outputs and it's Disco!

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    The blockout film does its job of not allowing any light thru the front panel.

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    And the same for the back

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    5 layers- It felt good to hear that. :lol: It seems like everything going up lately is stingy with the plastic. Looks awesome.
     
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    Cheers mate, the secret so far is that this whole mod has been done with left over scraps. @ some point it looks like im going to have to hit the hip pocket for sides...


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    Dude I've learned more about adding light strips to mods in this one thread than the last 9 months of trial and error. I'm definitely copying you on that PSU cover :p
     
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    Cheers Dietec ty mate :) have a look in this one too it shows some trial and error with a fix .. imo it's a better look :D https://defyantmods.smugmug.com/FractalizD/
     
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    You may have more plexi than me. -Although I keep finding stuff like pvc and corian.
    You could either get creative with the layering, or look behind furniture a little more. I swear I have sheets tucked behind cabinets I completely forgot about. :lol:
     
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    LOL cheers mate :D

    Did you say layering!

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    :lol: So I'd say you locked down what board you want. Planning on a GPU cable too?
     
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    Naaa that's just a quick mockup to see if i like the idea the ... still waiting to see what MB i go with.

    With the gpu i think im going to try and sandwich it using the same technique kinda box it like a Disco Vega gpu! :D

    Moving onto some concept mock ups for a diy res :)
     
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    ohh it truely rocks:rock: glad to see you back, your old skool modding tickles my brain, I love the way you turned that old chassis into a real modern concept...amazing ideas with lighting effects too...I'm following delightfully :thumb:
     
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    Cheers Kim tyvm mate it's great to be modding again :)

    A bit more old skool otw :)

    Defyant Style Side mounted res.

    This is a modern twist on my old skool side res's ..

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    Beautiful, and looking forward to talking to you more depth about this mod!
     
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    How on earth did i miss this Bill....... i scan thru the thread so fast i never gave the pic enuf time to load.....

    They are stunning! absolutely pro work as always.

    I'll be posting a link in my local Audiophile forum :)



    Cheers Bill i had a blast mate tyvm for the invite it's been 10yrs in the making :D

    Better at least play catch up here Updates INC...
     
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    Back Panel Update.

    This was one of those mods i wish i never started..... a real fiddly pain in the royal @ss.....

    It starts with a single layer then 3 more are added.

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    That's then routed while on the case


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    PM if you have a use for this crap/./.....

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    Next is to "hollow out" 3 layers 20mm +solid plex................


    And glue it to the inside of the back panel


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    Then add some LED's!

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    And Presto! Some more RGB magic

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