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Case Mod - Complete Harley Quinn - Custom Loop with vinyl detailing

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Ben Smith, 24 Mar 2020.

  1. Ben Smith

    Ben Smith What's a Dremel?

    9 Dec 2019
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    I am very proud to show my Harley Quinn themed build. This was my first build from scratch and everything was done myself except for the main stickers which i had made up by a local company. Please forgive some of the imperfections but i was learning my way through this and how to bend hard line tube, how to cut vinyl etc.

    I do just want to say, this was all paid for myself, no sponsored parts and no parents input (i am 32 after all haha) but this was done with a lot of hard work in both learning how to do this and also working hard to fund.

    The only sensible place to start would be where it all began i guess. I was always a keen console gamer but a little over a year ago, a friend invited me over to try out his PC as suggested i would like it if tried it. Well that was my first mistake, i was hooked instantly and went home that evening and ordered a pre-built system from PC specialist, I had no idea about anything spec wise so took advice on what would be an ok gaming system based on a budget of around £1k (including screen, keyboard, mouse, desk etc). I settled on a Ryzen 5 2600 and GTX 1060.

    I was like a child at Christmas waiting for my delivery but (and of no fault of PC specialist) i can only say i was disappointed when arrived, not because of performance but more visually. I had envisioned something much nicer looking when spending out that amount compared to console.

    Prebuilt PC.jpg

    This is where my journey really began, i used that system on a small desk for around 8 months while i researched and learn how to build my own and saved up to build a PC that i was happy with aesthetically as well as performance.

    I went through a couple colour options and tried different bits but eventually i found my theme.... the one and only Harley Quinn.

    I worked out what i wanted, did some searching around for best prices and factored in that i will also use the setup for work (data analyst) so wanted multi screen and an easy method to dock in my work laptop and make use of the station with minimal effort each time dock. I achieved this by using a 4 in - 2 out usb dock and a lenovo docking station to allow me to plug one usb lead into laptop and with press of a button the keyboard/mouse etc all switch between the PC and laptop.

    I settled on the following spec:

    Thermaltake View 71 Snow Edition Case
    TUF Gaming X570 Plus Motherboard
    Ryzen 9 3900x CPU
    Aorus RTX 2080 Super GPU
    16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro Ram
    EKWB Velocity Acetal CPU Block
    EKWB XRES Revo D5 Res/Pump Combo with 250 glass and Multiport top
    Corsair 360mm XL7 Radiator
    Mayhem Pastel Pink Coolant
    Corsair QL 120mm fans (x9) 3+3 push/pull on front, 3 exhaust at top + Corsair QL 140mm fan x1 as rear exhaust
    Corsair LED Lighting Kit
    Corsair RM850x PSU
    Custom PSU Cables from ReaperCable
    Raspberry PI 5” Screen (with long runner surround that had to modify to fit)
    NZXT USB Hub
    M.2 nvme 500gb (x2)
    HDD - Seagate 2tb

    ASUS VG278Q 27" 144hz 1ms response
    ASUS VS248HR 24" 60hz 1ms response (x2)
    TekBox Triple Monitor Mount

    ROG Horus GK2000 RGB Keyboard (with double shot white keycaps)
    Corsair M65 Elite Mouse in White
    SteelSeries Arctis 5 Headset
    Thermaltake E1 RGB Headset Stand
    Bose Solo 5 Soundbar
    Divoom Pixoo 16x16
    Cable Guy Sonic Controller Holder
    Glorious PC Gaming Race Mouse Bungee
    Paladone Game 8 Bit RGB Light
    Govee led desk lights

    I knew i would need some space for this so i went on the hunt for a desk and found a right bargain on good old ebay, an office clearance meant i picked up an 8 foot desk (white top and very sturdy black metal frame to support the weight) for £50!! Finished off with a couple of sets of Argos Malibu Drawers (x2) and cube storage unit.

    The last piece of the puzzle was the chair as we all know how long we spend at desk and comfort and style really was key for me here. I loved the secretlab chairs as soon as i saw them and it was worth every penny. I went for the Secretlab Omega 2020 Chair in Ash colour and it is a dream to sit in.

    So the build (nervously) began.....

    Delivery.jpg Delivery 2.jpg Case 1.jpg

    I drew up the design to have a plan to work from and sent my sticker designs over to a local company who delivered exactly what i asked for. The last bit was those little finishing touches i wanted so I went on the hunt for a few little quirky props to include. I managed to find a Harley Quinn figure that i liked for the case, along with a "puddin" neck choker like seen in the film and a very tiny replica of her bat to sit inside the case.

    I took my time and triple checked everything but it was coming together well. Then the daunting time came that i had to try my hand at hard tube (PETG) bending. This was the scariest thing as knowing the value inside and one leak could cost me the lot. So i checked everything (alot) and leak tested well with as little hardware as possible in the case.

    PETG Bending.jpg LCD Screen Mod.jpg

    The last little custom mod i attempted was to the GPU. I love the Aorus card but I wanted to have a little more white on the GPU and didn't want to spray paint so it would be reversible/changeable in future or if i didnt like the outcome so i tried my hand at vinyl wrapping a couple of sections on the shroud just to give it that mix of black/white to go with the case.

    GPU Vinyl 2.jpg GPU Vinyl.jpg

    She was almost there, stickers arrived and really finished the design off perfectly. I had used cable extensions previously but knew i wanted full length custom PSU cables in this build and I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to be one of the first to use Reaper Cable's custom cable service and with the great support from Alex there i settled on a design which they managed to get out to me even in the midst of everything going on and while they are still finishing off the custom tool.

    Sticker Design.jpg

    With the PC finished, i set to work on the set up and tried to keep it clean but with some little touches to give some character and used 2 sets of the Govee lights so i could keep the pink/blue iconic split through the desk as well.

    And here we are, i can only say thank you to all the great videos online that i watched and helped me learn how to do this and it really is a proud feeling to look upon this and know i put it together myself.

    I know the theme wont be to everyone's taste but i wanted something different and i really like the way it stands out from the norm.

    Apologies for some of the picture quality but i am limited to a phone camera.

    Thanks all for looking, happy building and keep safe :)

    Finished pics below
    Last edited: 24 Mar 2020
  2. Ben Smith

    Ben Smith What's a Dremel?

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    Ben Smith What's a Dremel?

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    10 Divoom Pixoo.jpg 11 Keyboard and Mouse.jpg 12 Headset.jpg 13 Controller.jpg 14 Game Over.jpg 15 Sound Bar.jpg 16 Mouse Bungee.jpg
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  4. wpk136_STT

    wpk136_STT Sorry, my English is translated by Google.

    26 Mar 2020
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    soooooo cool!!!
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