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Case Mod - In Progress Project ALIENBASE - Alienware Aurora R4 Case ATX mod

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by 4LIEN, 10 May 2020.

  1. ivory2k19

    ivory2k19 Member

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    Nice work with your PSU cover i like it :thumb:
     
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  2. 4LIEN

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    Thanks guys, i have to say that these PSU covers aren't 100% finished, so in the next days i will post the final look.

    Today i post a new work done on the other side panel shield of the case!


    In this side panel i will put the original Alienware control borads for LEDs and FANs + a little mod....
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    Modified the molex to horizontal to save space
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    I've make and hole in the panel and installed a plexiglas sheet
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    Over the plexiglas i've sticked mirror chrome vinyl and filled all the gaps with putty.
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    Prepared the wrapping vinyl and the backlight panel parts
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    Started the wrapping! It was very hard because this vinyl it's not easy to apply, and also it was difficult to center the ALIENBASE logo.
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    After about 2 hours this is the result!
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    And the illuminated logo, very smooth!
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    In the back we have all the control board installed
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  3. Defyant Mods

    Defyant Mods Well-Known Member

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    That really does look amazing! :rock::rock::rock:
     
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  4. BHB Mods

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    Looking good!
     
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  5. kim

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    Fact is, your worklog is a riveting journey through what I would call : some genuine old school modding :dremel: :grin:...perhaps it's only me who is kinda nostalgeek :lol: furthermore, I always had a crush on those Alienware cases, especially modded with talent like you did, I 've been watching it from the start once again this morning, because I really love your ideas and the way you bring them to life...:rock::clap:
     
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  6. 4LIEN

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    Thanks guys, and thanks @kim ! I really appreciate your comment! You are right, i like the old school style, and especially create these lights effects!
    When all the parts will be ready, you will have a more clear idea of my vision for this project, and also i have to say that there are a lot of other special things to do!
     
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  7. cobalt6700

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    Nice work dude, just read through from the start. Looking really nice - the hex wrap is cool!
     
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  8. 4LIEN

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    So guys finally i can show all the case shield painted! It was a long process and with some errors and unexpected events, but in the end the result is really satisfying!

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    The rear shield of the case was painted with bi color, matte grey and glossy black, and it was very difficult and take me a lot of time.
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    The new front face finally painted and illuminated it's really mesmerizing!
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    Some photos with games of light and shadows, to show better the effects of this paint.
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  9. b1g-d0g

    b1g-d0g Well-Known Member

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    Cracking job mate looks 100% better now it's painted.
     
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  10. Defyant Mods

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    I gave up "modding" Cases cause i just ran outa cool ideas .... You haven't ! and i'm soooo glad :rock: This is like old skool case modding at it's very best and i really enjoy seeing your techniques and end results.


    The front is truly "really mesmerizing" ... i could stare it all day :rock::rock:
     
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  11. 4LIEN

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    Thanks a lot Defyant!
    Today i have some middle week updates!

    So i decided to make holes in the feets, initially i don't want holes, but after i realized that they are better with holes, so i maked by myself!

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    After i finished the side PSU panels, installed magnets and covered some hex holes to hide the PSU
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    Also as you can see, i started to install some interior parts, like radiator and bottom cover (where i maked a big hole), because i need them for take measurement for the next special object.....you will see in the next days!
     
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  12. Defyant Mods

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    Good decision for the holes they look way more pro now :thumb: but that psu side cover still blows me away! :rock: being able to see the power cables like that is one of the coolest ideas ever. Are you going to light that area up??
     
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  13. 4LIEN

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    Thanks! Of course the cables are already illuminated by the ring around the connectors on the PSU, but i will make also an extra illumination system....
     
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  14. Jean R built

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    Nice feet 4LIEN, the old school holes to lighten them look really good :dremel:
     
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    Thanks, but it' not about weight of the feets, but it's about aesthetics! Also i have to say that they are not completed at 100%, i have to refinish the holes and probably sand blasting them!

    I have some update today!
    I've started to assembly the reservoir tank to the radiator, i have to make a L shape bracket with aluminium to support it...
    I choose this reservoir because i really like the aluminium ends, and also have a the famous t-virus spiral to put inside, really old school!
    :grin: But i don't know if in the finish i will put it inside.
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    And this is the pump, 18W PWM by BarrowCH, really big and powerfull
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    Initially i've planned to place the pump over the cover and simply fix it here...and this pump it's already beautiful with a very good aesthetics....But in the past days i found a special thing (that i will show in the nexts days) and so i maked the big hole in the cover for the pump.
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    So these are the finals position of the reservoir and the pump. You can also see that i placed under the reservoir a valve to drain the system for maintenance.
    I've also wrapped the interior cover with the same vinyl used in the outside panels.

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    The reservoir support bracket itàs not finished yet, but at the end will be painted black
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  16. Defyant Mods

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    I was going to ask about that little bit you had stuck on the res before :D The texture of that vinyl really does look fantastic :rock: Love the ends on that res!
     
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  17. ivory2k19

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    Nice work :dremel:
    What kind of reservoir is this? I have never seen one like this :oldconfused:
     
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  18. pccustom

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    very good job!
     
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  19. 4LIEN

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    Thanks, the reservoir it's made by Bykski
     
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  20. 4LIEN

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    LOL it's just a rubber eraser!:lol: And also in the last picture there is a white foam to keep the reservoir straight. It's all temporary, also the pump, because before i have to place all the clables under the covers...
     
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