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P_R_I_M_E -- Completed.. 12/24

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by scopEDog, 29 May 2003.

  1. scopEDog

    scopEDog Minimodder

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    And so it begins...

    After months of planning and bashing my head against the wall (oh that was the fun part) I've started my venture into custom case building. The reason for the word PRIME? Simple...one of the greatest superhero's of my generation was optimus prime (you know you cried when he died in transformers the movie!).

    This case is going to be a sort of artistic interpretation of the big guy himself so you'll see some resemblances. I also wanted to go back to the old days of computing. You know, when PC's weighed a ton and were built like tanks (you know...REAL PCs :)).

    (First I must say thank you to dutchcedar from athlonxp forums. Without his help this would not of been possible) I started the design process and ended up with a very nice model in sketchup:

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    I haven't fully decided on what hardware to use, but I will definitely go with dual xeon. Same with the watercooling gear but I have an idea on what parts to use.

    The case is 18-1/2" cubed and will be made with 1/4" aluminum panels. The frame itself will be made out of 80/20 extruded aluminum parts and the panels were sourced from customwatercuts.com (A BIG thanks to Chris for helping me with the panels!). They use an OMAX waterjet to cut my panels...pretty slick stuff.

    So I leave you with this shot, more to come soon :)

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  2. Neema12

    Neema12 What's a Dremel?

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    I was going to do a project like this, a custom HUGE cube case. Good luck;)
     
  3. zackerouac

    zackerouac bring it

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    very...colorful :D
     
  4. Penguin4x4

    Penguin4x4 What's a Dremel?

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    Re: P_R_I_M_E

    Might I reccomend:

    Chevette heatercore, Eheim 1250, Iwaki MD-30RZ or Danner Mag#3, 1/2" Clearflex 60/70 or 1/2" Tygon.

    :cooldude:
     
  5. daydreamingknight

    daydreamingknight What's a Dremel?

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    WOW!

    I hope it turns out as good as the rendering! I'll be following this log closely!

    :)

    DDK
     
  6. Giggz

    Giggz Minimodder

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    hope it works m8
     
  7. Mhiran

    Mhiran What's a Dremel?

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    On the cut out with the E, is the cutting at 2 levels?

    ColoUrful.

    :lol:

    Mhiran
     
  8. ReFredzRate

    ReFredzRate Relix Headshot!!

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    looks like quite a sweet design man :) I think I should be getting me sketchup as well!
     
  9. eddie_dane

    eddie_dane Used to mod pc's now I mod houses

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    ScopeDog!!!! you have the nerve to take a hiedus and then return in true nature bay knocking down a brick wall announcing a rockin project with pictures and popping our eyes out?

    alls I can say is :thumb: :rock: :rock: :rock:
     
  10. scopEDog

    scopEDog Minimodder

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    Mhiran - Sorry it sorta looks that way. Its just one panel on top of another.

    eddie_dane - Man I've been up to my neck in work! Ugh, but now since summer is coming around I'll have more time for more important things ;)

    Heres a quickie update:

    Just in case, for those of you not familiar with 80/20 this is a company that sells extruded aluminum framing and assorted parts. Sorta like legos for grown-ups :D So I ordered round edged extrusions:

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    They really look great in person, nice finish and perfect for my project. They are fastened with these corner pieces:

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    You put them together and forms a sturdy frame for the case:

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    ....and if you keep going you get the basic frame for PRIME:

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    So here are a few shots of the panels, just raw aluminum:

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    I was looking for something that stood out so I thought why not waterjet cut the project name into the top panel? Well this was a bit tougher than i thought, i mean choosing a font was so difficult. After finding the right one the end result was great:

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    The detail work is amazing! Looks great on the thicker aluminum panels. I did a quick test fit to see if the panels fit properly:

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    Perfect! So now comes the arduous task of wet sanding each panel smooth before I send them to get anodized. I'm really not looking forward to that (for those that have wet sanded before, you know what i mean :() but it needs to be done ;).

    So what do you guys think so far? Any recommendations? Am I totally off my rocker? :D
     
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  11. Shadowspawn

    Shadowspawn Another hated American.

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    This is going to be a sharp looking project. Looks like you've got some money to play with (/me is jealous). Its an original subject to - looking forward to this.
     
  12. Morphine

    Morphine weeee!

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    :eeek:


    I know I said this on MSN, but dude.... thats gonna look badass when its done. A big blue and red tank!
     
  13. Phire

    Phire Performance-PCs.com

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    :drool:

    omfg Ed this is f00000king sweet!

    Primenews.com
    TeamPrime.com
    PrimeHardware.com
    TechPrime.org

    you get the idea :D
     
  14. ouija

    ouija Trust me, I am doctor!

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    Good work on the sketchup drawing, I wouldn't mind having a look at that in detail ;) The curved corners are possible to draw by the way. Or you could wait for Sketchup 3.0 :clap:

    Excellent text, I love it. The design is awsome, and I am drooling because I spy radiators :D

    Keep it up, this project is gonna be cool.
     
  15. hk

    hk Powered By Duracell

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    WOW ... that looks impressive already :) Love the lettering *keeps an eye on this one*
     
  16. olv

    olv he's so bright

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    :jawdrop: one word... BEAST! hehe this is gonna be awesome.

    What sort of extreme tasks are you doing that need a dual xeon rig, u certainly got some power there!

    looking good, that aluminium certainly is thick! nice work so far :thumb:
     
  17. NiHiLiST

    NiHiLiST New-born car whore

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    Oh yes :clap: 1/4" alu is the case material of a real man :) Seriously though, that'll be one beast of a case and if you keep up the high quality work it'll look absolutely stunning.

    :thumb:
     
  18. [GiB] Spawny

    [GiB] Spawny Xqpack Lovin

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    what can I say?

    Looks great and the first post was awesome :rock:

    Posted my interest and whish you well in your quest.
     
  19. fivecheebs

    fivecheebs Dont panic!

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    Wow, looks great :clap:

    One quick Q. How do the corners attach? Do they snap together or use some kind of fastners? Can we have a close up?
     
  20. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    Hmmm... sexy aluminium... :brrr: (drools over keyboard, which shorts out in a rain of sparks)...

    Of course, I knew about this project all along :D and man it was hard to keep quiet! This project is going to be so huge it has its own gravitational pull! :rock:

    ...and by the way, I received the flow switches today. Want some with that, sir? :D
     

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