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Case Mod - In Progress Eden Final Pictures :D

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by alain-s, 29 Jun 2014.

  1. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    Hello Fellow modders !

    I have bin asked to join for the new edition of Modding Trophy 2014 organized by:
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    With already working on a project Purpura I couldn't resist this change to join the event.

    For this edition fractal has chosen me to mod the Define R4

    The hardware and water cooling will be provided by different partners
    :clap:Witch I want to tank for making it possible to make a second edition of Modding Trophy 2014:clap:

    Hardware:
    Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gamming 9
    Graphics card: MSI GTX 770 OC
    Processor: Intel I7-4790
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X 4x4GB 1600Mhz
    Solid State Drive: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
    Power Supply: Fractal 1000W Newton

    Lets start with progress.

    As you already know the PSU will be the Fracral 1000W Newton. The Design of the PSU looks great the only minor point is that it is not a full modular PSU. This little problem I will change in the future. The cables come is a organized bag where every cable has it own place.

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    Next the case it self, the Define R4 is build for silence and anti dust with all the filters.

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    Lets start stripping the case and remove everything that is not needed anymore.

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    This is what is left from the case a naked frame.
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    Time to rebuild the Define R4!

    Till next update. :D
     
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  2. siliconfanatic

    siliconfanatic Johny-come-Lately

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    Tip: Make sure to post some modding in the first post or a mod will swiftly move it to the modding sub-forum.

    Don't mind my half-brained post :worried:
     
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  3. Hukkel

    Hukkel James' minion

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    Another great project by Alain.
    I call dibs on this seat right here, y'all scram!
     
  4. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    Well we all have one of those days :)
    Thanks Tim :)
     
  5. Meelobee

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    Oh another Alain build!

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  6. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    Thanks Martijn :)

    Lets get started!

    Got my self some MDF panels to get the shape of the case back.

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    Lined up the pieces

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    Adding some glue and pressure.

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    First new pieces are for the case are being made.

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    Need some extra adjustments to shape.

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    Much better.

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    Next update you will get to see a small sneak peak of the materials that I will use to give the mod a prefect finish.

    Mod On !
     
  7. AlderonnX

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    Oh, wood being added! I like that
     
  8. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    Thank you AlderonnX :)

    Time for a other update.

    Made a extra wooden part for the back of the case

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    And something little to make the MDF look like real wood. Got my self some wood veneer this type is called zebrano.

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    adding some pressure so the veneer and MDF

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    This can rest for 1day and then I will do the other pieces as well.

    Next up is the Motherboard tray.

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    The new tray will be made from 5mm plexiglass with some bend in.

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    Adding the pci slots.

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    Installed it in the case.

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    Next update you can see the result of the veneer on the MDF pieces.

    Stay tuned!
     
  9. Monsieur R.

    Monsieur R. In cornichons I trust.

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    Hum, this zebrano looks yummy :blush::thumb:
     
  10. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    Mmm. Veneer.

    Really looking forward to more!
     
  11. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    You turned me off when I saw the MDF.
    Then turned me on when I found out you are veneering it.:D
     
  12. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    Thank you Monsieur :)
    Thx More to come in this update KidMod
    Lol lets hope you stay turned on then :)

    Small update.
    The first panels are done they just need to small detailing and then I can add some clearcoat on the wood.

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    Painting the borders black that didn't got any veneer.

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    Till next update.
     
  13. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    Nice work! This is starting to look real good!
     
  14. alain-s

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    Thanks KidMod-Souithpaw :)
     
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    alain-s Active Member

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    Small update

    Continued the work on the panels. Starting with some clear coat on the veneer.

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    Also started to make a mold for top and bottom of the case.

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    The rest will be for the next update.

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  16. Kerroin

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    Woaaah! So great!

    I was wondering, why did you put the screws from outside and not from the inside? (so that we won't see them)

    And one question i'm practically sure I know the answer, but Clear Coat is like Shellac?
     
  17. OrangeClockwerk

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    Nice work!!!
     
  18. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    Thank you Kerroin, the reason for this is that the wooden panel on the inside is much thicker then on the outside. So I could hide a nut in the wood that can keep the panels together.
    Thanks OrangeClockwerk :)
     
  19. Furball Zen

    Furball Zen Shut up and Mod

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  20. alain-s

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    Update

    Lets continue with the motherboard tray first. Finished all the cable routes and mounting places so time to polish the borders of the plexi tray.

    To refresh you mind this was how it looked like.

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    And here is you can see the finished tray. Left the protective foil around to prevent scratches.

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    The SSD will be mounted on the back of the tray with these holes.

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    You just have to slide the SSD on its place easy to remove or install a new one.

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    With the new shape of the case I had to make some new pieces so I can easily remove the casefeet from the frame.
    made a few spacer and glued them on the bottom of the case.

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    and on that I mount some L pieces.

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    Next up is the body work of the case.
    To get the right shapes I made a mold out of MDF wood. Using 2 heatblower I heated up the plexi so it can fall in to shape.

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    cutted of the extra material and filed and sanded the border in a straight line using a steel bar as guiding line.

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    Mounted it on the bottom of the case.

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    I repeated the bending for the top panel and glued 2 plexi panels to the side panels.

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    sawed out the new shape of the case.

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    Just need to file the edges straight and continue the work on the other parts.

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    Thank you for reading.
    And see you in the update. :)
     

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