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Case Mod - In Progress Project Aurora (New Direction 20 Feb)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by confusis, 6 Dec 2009.

  1. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    Planning:

    Huge problem - i'm half way through cutting the hole for the top fan and theres no way a fan will fit there with the psu or the optical drive! unless I can find a 10mmx120mm fan!

    edit: wtf posts reversed!
     
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  2. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    Javerh Topiary Golem

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    Can you do without the top fan? The psu fan should be enough for exhaust.
     
  4. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Scythe makes a 12mm fan. can you fudge it a bit?
     
  5. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    will have to make it work - the holes already there now! yeah i'm looking at the scythe - page 3 :)
     
  6. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    The graphics card in your render looks like gyped low profile card.
     
  7. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    it's a 4850 but the texture's gone weiiirrdd in kk
     
  8. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    Not much been happening, but have ordered one of these:
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    So work will begin soon! The hacksaw i've been using takes ages and is very very innacurate!
     
  9. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    Tools have arrived! Have also bought a can each of orange and white paint!
    Will have a go at cutting tommorow, the tool kit came with 36 regular 0.6mm cutting wheels and 30 heavy duty 0.8mm wheels... should I try the regular wheels first or just save any hassle and use the heavy duty .8mm? the case is 1mm steel I think.. with a layer of a black plasticy powdercoat..
     
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  10. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    Poor quality picture but window hole is cut.. Although I did fail at marking it up, the side won't fit on the case due to this:
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    Dremel-clone time! :dremel:
    Also going to have to do some decent internal lighting, the smoked acryl is quite dark!
     
  11. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    Painting has commenced!
    First here's a couple of better pics of the new window, the holes for the 2x80mm fans still need to be cut.
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    And some painted bits!
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    Here's a better representation of the colour. The parts still need a few coats (the top piece might need to be sanded and re-done as some paint was removed to due to my carelessness checking the paint dryness.. :duh::wallbash::waah::sigh:
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    The main chassis is still needing to be painted once I cut the cable routing holes, and the two side panels need to be finished, then the NEC logo bogged in (NZ term for what US folk call 'bondo'?).

    Progress!:clap:
     
  12. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    No comments?
     
  13. Fazanitar

    Fazanitar What's a Dremel?

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    That colour looks great, and the design is fantastic - it's great seeing mods using what would otherwise be normal, uninspiring case and turning them into a unique work of art.

    Just an idea for the top - instead of having a fan there, what about having a fillport? Or if there is enough room some kind of reservoir? A res may be pushing it but having a fillport put up there would certainly be useful if you are looking into watercooling further down the line.

    Anyway - great work and I look forward to seeing more updates.
     
  14. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    Yay comments!
    Not sure about watercooling - I just don't think there's room for more than a 1x120 rad in there! Unless i build a custom rad based base.. I don't think a 120 would cope with an o/c'd Athlon64 (or a phenom when I can afford it) and an o/c'd 4850. Even finding a good block for the gpu will be hard as my 4850 is a shorter version from HIS. (not a full length reference style card)

    I'm very happy with the orange paint, the prefect colour I had in mind!

    More cutting planned for the side tommorow, and will be buying some filler and a few nuts, bolts and screws on wednesday!

    After looking at the case again the 12mm Scythe 120mm fan should fit! Maybe a fillport will be added if I get the watercooling bug.
    Res would be easy: http://www.dangerden.com/store/danger-den-single-5-1-4-bay-reservoir.html
    With a fillport from dangerden too.

    new base hiding rad:
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    Not quite right... hmm
     
  15. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    And yeah I realise the sidepanel has deviated from the original plan! Oh well :)
     
  16. Fazanitar

    Fazanitar What's a Dremel?

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    That looks pretty cool - if you were gonna extend the bottom like that though, to make it look 'complete' it should go back out around the base kind of like a foot... does that make sense? That way you get a cool base all around the bottom - but yeah the orange definitely works really well.
     
  17. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    More pics of the work as it is now. The front has since been cut back to fit the acryl sheet in.
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    Found some orange SATA cables and a couple 80mm fans in my huuuuge collection of spares! Awesome!
     
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  18. Fazanitar

    Fazanitar What's a Dremel?

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    That contrast is awesome looks really clean.
     
  19. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    Thanks dude! Off to buy some more screws and panel filler today! I think I figured out how to mount the top panel as well. Will update that next time. Also ordered a Scythe 120x12mm fan. Hope it fits!
     
  20. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    More updates!
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    To do:

    Faceplate
    Trim the side window acryl so the panel will close
    Fit the acyrlic
    Fit the fans properly

    Install the system!
     

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