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Case Mod - In Progress "No Direction" Goodies 8/11

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by nickhelton, 21 Jul 2008.

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Should i completely cut out the Guitar or no?

  1. Keep the mesh little windows

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  2. Make a pickguard shaped plexi window

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  1. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    The bend didn't look too bad. I've seen mega-heatsinks bend boards far more with no problems.
     
  2. nickhelton

    nickhelton New Member

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    thanks for the heads up computerking. what had happened was when i screwed it all down the mobo was shorting and there were sparks so i unscrewed the top couple of screws i doubt it is gonna stay like that tho.

    Oh, okapi, thanks for the help. mnpctech's u channel is MUCH cheaper then CrazyPc's. Thanks :)

    and yes guys this is my first lol :D

    i appreciate all the compliments. im really excited about the face and ive got a sick idea for mounting the CD drive so just keep checkin back :)

    - nick
     
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  3. ComputerKing

    ComputerKing <img src="http://forums.bit-tech.net/images/smilie

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    Dude it's simple put that thing that comes with it. It's soft and stop the shorts. That thing is black or gray or red. I don't know what they call it but it come with the mobo

    or maybe you can get it any were. They are in A\C too It's like filter but not thing
     
  4. nickhelton

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    oh and it lifts the mobo off the tray like an eigth of an inch??
    THATS what those are for?? lol thanks!
     
  5. nickhelton

    nickhelton New Member

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    So, about 5 minutes after putting up the poll i went downstairs and got to work cutting the window
    Since I have never tried to cut something like that i was obviously a little skeptical about doing it but i took my time and cut WAY away from the actual edge...just to be safe

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    Selling metal pickguard for custom guitar build :D
    jk

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    I then went back and cut it cleaner since i felt confident in my skills

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    Here you see the arsenal of files in which i used to clean it all up. It looks about the same but the details are cleaner and since i plan on gettin some U-Channel, it doesn't have to be perfect.

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    Thats about it for now, i need to sand it, the other side, and my new front so they can be painted flat and not gloss. I hate ordering online, so if anyone knows where i could pick up some of those kick-ass bulgan switches, it would be appreciated.

    - Nick
     
  6. THEkorean

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    Good ideas but you need to slow down! some of the work is kinda sloppy, especially that IO sheild thingy >< it's very... not straight. Sanding and some loving will fix that right up though.
    Also, I agree with computerking, either that mobo is mounted wrong or that case is buckling which it shouldnt do.
    Finally, the most effective way to remove rivets IMO is just grab it with some pliers and reverse drill, works for me.

    Slow it down! you have the potential to make something really unique here (love the guitar idea, are you going to give it a fret board in another color or anything? I'd love to see it continued, you know? Unify the theme)
     
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    nickhelton New Member

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    @THEkorean

    I talked to a friend and he said i could borrow his scroll saw, so the IO plate will be fixed and straight. I don't know if this computer has a theme. What do you mean by unify it? The mobo was mounted fine, the problem was that it was grounding so i removed the top few screws and because of the way i had it sitting for the picture gravity was pulling it down. I plan on pulling it out and lifting it with those rubber things computerking had mentioned. for the guitar thing, i doubt it will continue throughout the mod, i just thought it would be a unique window shape. Maybe i will incorporate a pick into the front of the case somehow. Maybe a plate under the on switch. Anyways, thanks for the feedback. I have found that i AM slowing down a lot, just focusing on the cleanliness of my cuts and what not. I think i was just really excited at the beginning and jumped around a lot.

    - Nick
     
  8. ComputerKing

    ComputerKing <img src="http://forums.bit-tech.net/images/smilie

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    I agree with THEkorean man slow down don't do same **** I did. I was like you, In a rush and every thing turned crap. I used Tape on the top panel.
     
  9. nickhelton

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    Its not that I'm in a rush I am just doing a lot at once...but not rushing it. lol. However, I DID put the cart before the horse and i wish i had painted the cage last because its got a bunch of little scratches in it from pullin stuff in and out. But other then that I am good. Looked around for some sponsors, hopefully my inbox will be full of good news. I would like to get some work done on a case front and possibly a custom bottom to mount the PSU and my HDD's in. I don't know yet. Playing around with some ideas right now.

    - Nick
     
  10. okapi

    okapi What's a zebra?

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    That's a lesson I think I've finally learned: Paint Is Last.

    It's natural to start painting things first because of the drying time involved, but it's a mistake. From now on I will never paint anything until I make sure the entire case can be assembled. And with a bit of play. Coats of paint have thickness, and a good paint job will have several coats.
     
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    I was using a cheap flat black and you can see where it scratched thru like 3 layers to hit the white primer. I suppose it is a good thing that i need to repaint, now i don't feel bad about wanting to hack up the drive bays :dremel:

    It is so hard to finish this because i keep wanting to make the case taller but I have to tell myself to save it for another time. I did buy a metal break today so you should see a nice little CD-ROM update soon :)
     
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    Since i got a metal break last night, i picked up some metal to well...bend :)

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    I found this old heatsink in my box of stuff and its awesome.

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    Its almost the EXACT width of the CD drive. It is unbelievably close, its like it was meant to go there

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    Just to let yall know, I plan on having this drive on the OUTSIDE of my computer. yes...I said outside. I have to measure, cut, and bend the mounting brackets. So make sure you stay tuned for that one :)

    - Nick
     
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    CD ROM cover FAIL!!

    This is a complete failure for me. I marked, measured and measured and marked some more to find out...i measured wrong like 100 times. Not to mention my lack of metal bending skills. wow. I didn't take into account the fact that the cover sits OVER the CD ROM so the tabs don't sit all the way down on the case :duh:. The initial plan is to cover the case, stealth it, and install it on the Right side of the computer however THAT is easier said then done. I need to find a new way to make the case...one that doesn't involve bending :(

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    After the bending and hammering...not good. not good at all... They aren't really like 90 degree bends but more like...rolls.

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    I think i will just get some L bar and cut the pieces to size and rivet the L bar over it. What do yall think?
     
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    I think the bends were round because of the repetitive bending back and forth. Anyways, i didnt like it so i bent them until they broke and hammered them on the side of my motorcycle lift with a ball peen hammer. i like the way they came out MUCH better then having it in one piece. These are garbage so i will remake them with a rubber mallet to avoid the nasty dents.

    The break i had used

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    And the mock up

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    All of the joints will be cleaned up with some L brackets. A lot has yet to be done on this. I need to make the back piece and a slot for the stealth tray to come out. I am hoping to re-wire the eject to a switch on the front of the case as well.
     
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    Sponsorship!

    Awesome news! Today, I got sponsored...by Bill Owen at MNPCTech!!
    His store is amazing, so make sure you swing by and give it a look at!!

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  16. bentleya

    bentleya Lian Li Snail :)

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    ermm congrats on mnpctech as a sponsor you must of told the some wicked plans to have got it :D
     
  17. ComputerKing

    ComputerKing <img src="http://forums.bit-tech.net/images/smilie

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    DUDE YOU ROCK~!!!!!! You have some secret plans you tell to the sponsor and don't tell us. mmmm I'm mad.

    WOW man mnpctech , that is awesome. You really can talk with people and make them love you and get what you want :)

    SO what you will get from them?
     
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    -ComputerKing
    Thanks man!! The plans are simple...but classified :D

    I was thinking about what I was going to do with the front of the case and after looking at the MNPCTech store, I got this...however...I suck with sketchup :sigh:

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    The design calls for removal of the 5.25 bay hense the side mounted CD drive :)
    the two 80mm fans will be covered by these Urban Assault Grills [​IMG]

    For instillation of the Fan controller, I will need to mod the 3.5 bay. Lots of work coming up in the near future, so stick around and be sure to tell me what you think. I love bouncing ideas off of people, so give em a throw :)

    -Nick
     
  19. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Congrats on a sponsor. -Bill is a regular here. Now you have to be nice to him.:hehe:
    A little advice: Never use a powertool between your legs. -especially one that makes flying shards of dremel discs. I assume I don't need to draw a picture?
     
  20. bentleya

    bentleya Lian Li Snail :)

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    ^^ just wear a cup, full chainsaw helmet, saftey boots :D safety trousers :D and anything else safty and you be fine but the cup is a must ^^
     
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