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Case Mod - In Progress [project] Black Zipper - 22nd Feb 2009

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by bentleya, 15 Feb 2008.

  1. bentleya

    bentleya Lian Li Snail :)

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    How It All Started:

    before 24th December 2007 at least 2 years before

    Well after looking on the forum for about a year and other forums like this (bit-tech, TBCS and a few others) i wound pluge in a build a custom rig, but haveing not much money a no pc building experience, i went looking for old system to rebuild to get to know the parts (only none two so till a begner), then i started to read the magerzine, Custom PC which iterjucied me to the big e-tailor (such as scan, misco, dabs and novatech) from there i've been added items to the shopping basket and designing a computer though my head. i then relished when i start to build all of this most of the products will change (new products, old products cheaper and so on) so i decide to stop with that and to customize the begie case i had salvage from my works skip, and then think about the inside, and after some thought and buying the books "pc chop shop" and "dightal hot rods" the designs started poping into my head, but before i got carried away in doing a complete custom design, i shound start at the bottem, and work my way to the top, and on that i have decide to do a morden/idustrail looking case with an orignal fell to it, lain li interia parts (because i love there hard drive cages) and a fast slick looking paint job.

    Brief:
    To customize my boring standed beige case, to a high performance computer with a morden and idusrail theme. With a fast slick pant job, Water cooling and Lain Li interior parts.

    Plan:
    1.To paint the case fully black including interior, including the lain li parts which will be black powder coated
    2.Twin Turbine Fans in front of case (2 120mm)
    3.2 custom resvires with led's and mesh in side panel
    4.Lian Li Wheels, Removeable MB Tray, Hard Drive Rack and DVD Drive Rack
    5.9 White LED's in bottem of case to give glow afect and 4 led's in each resiver to give glowing
    6.White stipes along front, top and side panel of case
    7.Remote DVD Drives 2 In Total
    8.All Cables to be Sleeved In White Sleeving
    9.cpu and gpu watercooling
    10.Custom Usb Hub In front Of case
    11.custom name on left side panel
    12.Mesh around componants

    Products Brought So Far:

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    23rd December 2007

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    Case Taken Apart


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    Iv'e drawn around the parts on the bezal that need filling and cutting

    24th December 2007

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    Iv'e cut out the side panel that will hold the resivrs

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    and heres the panel back on the case

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    29th December 2007

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    i've appled the first layer of filler to the other side panel to make it smoth to get rid of the horribly x, and it's ready to be sanded down and a nother coat appleyed

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    and heres the case with only the cut side panel on

    31st December 2007

    i've sanded down the first layer of filler and have appled the secend coat, i think i only need 2 more layers after this one

    i went shopping i brougt myself a nice new shiny dremel 300

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    and some more filler and some nuts and bolts

    1st January 2008

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    and i have sanded down the filler on the side panel, one more layer shound do the trick now

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    18th January 2008

    i've marked out the front metal before the plastic bezel and on the plastic pipe.

    i'm cutting the metal so the a can place a sheet of aluminm in there so i can cut holes for the fans because at the moment the is holes and inlets everywhere. and i cound leave it but it wound be better if i made it fresh.

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    26th January 2008

    i have Solded all the Resistors on to the LED's for the bottom

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    ready for the black wires and heat shrink

    all solded up now just need heat shrink and test fit

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    With heat shrink Added

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    and a little test fit

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    all wired up

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    1st February 2008

    i have cut out and grinded down the front metal panel before the bezel

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    i am buying a fan grill for the 2 triple rads, thanks marcus00 for this

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    4th February 2008

    i got home from work and my parcels had come

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    1 big box and a screen


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    and now for the contents of the box

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    thermaltake TR2 - 500W PSU

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    OCZ DDR2 Ram

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    EVGA 8800gt 512mb

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    intel core 2 quad


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    ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard

    32bit Vista OEM

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    Samsung 500gb Hard Drive


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    Logitech S510 Keyboard and Mouse

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    7th February 2008


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    5m of 1/2 tubeing
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    2 swiftech pumps
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    2 black ice 360 rads
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    2 ek 250 res
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    6 fans
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    ek 8800gt block
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    barbs and paste
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    rad brackets and hose clips
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    1/2 gromets
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    and my d-tec block and kit are on back order and shound be here the end of next week

    17th February 2008

    my d-tek fusions came this week and the other screws for the rad, thanks rob, i also got sent a little WCUK badge with that

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    front perpex panel instead of the metal one i made which will in cooperate led's

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    these will hold the tubes which i will much up to 4s, i have designs theres as thee is going to be a hell of a lot of tubing and once again led's incorporated into the perspex

    i have also designed some for 2 lots of tubing, and again with led's

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    First of I wound like to thank Paul at CCS Windscreens for sponsoring me for this mod

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    I have applied another coat of filler on to the side panel

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    When I cut of the excess plastic on the front bezel it left the area around it ugly and rough so I put a sanding disc in the dremel and sanded it down.

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    I’m going to include a quick safety message in here, about safety items when dremeling, due to the fact I spent 5 hours in A&E on Thursday, I was dremeling out some metal sheeting when the disc snapped and landed in my eye,

    I have got a cut my the side of my left eye, a scratched eye and there was dermel dust in there

    There lifted up my eyelid and shoved a cotton bud up there to remove the dust, which was really wied then the put some orange dye in my eye to make sure it was all out,

    Now I’ve got a half orange eye, which I can’t see, propley out of, and have to put eyedrops and cream in for the next week

    So I recommend now that you where there’s dust masks

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    And some goggles

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    After that now for the dremeling

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    as you can see from the picture above that I have rounded off the bottom of the bezel for the lain li ports that I am going to buy

    I am also going to change the design of the side panel, due to the fact that I put the res’s up onto the side panel and the angles didn’t look right, so I am going to put 3mm Perspex under the side panel and then cut out the new hole and filler up the holes after I have installed the Perspex surroundings

    Like THEkorean did with his black and which wavemaster

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    I will be doing something like that but with two res’s instead of one

    I have also changed my mind on the front fans I will now have two 120mm fans together instead of a 92mm and a 120mm

    Here is the new design

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    I will make a fan box to go in the front of my case for this and will make a turbine style front bezel as before for the fans, which I will filler up.

    I am also deciding on if I if should put a 7’ screen on the bezel of the case.

    Well after them changes I had some more,

    I’m going to get it spayed my by mate Colin and then get it airbrushed with lightin stripes.

    That’s it for now happy modding
     
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  2. Fused

    Fused Minimodder

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    Snap on the keyboard and mouse! I love the keyboard using it right now, dont care for the mouse buts it alrite. Good luck with your mod thats alot of nice parts I wish I had that money to spend on my mod
     
  3. craig_h

    craig_h What's a Dremel?

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    Well thought out project, keep it up.
     
  4. C:\Joshy

    C:\Joshy How much cake can you eat in a min?

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    and you said you dont have much money, it looks prity alryt stuff to me
     
  5. zwiks

    zwiks My avatar: :D

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    yeah ,.. nice heardware.. i like it :D its the same MOBO i would like to have :D
     
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  6. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    Looking good. any sketch-ups?
    Nice hardware too.
     
  7. E.E.L. Ambiense

    E.E.L. Ambiense Acrylic Heretic

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    Great work so far!

    I have that mobo! ;) Odd; During all these years I've never actually seen any of Hardware Labs' stuff in retail packages before. Huh. :rock:
     
  8. bentleya

    bentleya Lian Li Snail :)

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    thanks guys for the comments, :D

    i brought that mobo because it's a striker extreme really, and i am getting another 8800gt for my birthday
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  9. zwiks

    zwiks My avatar: :D

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    uhh nice :D
     
  10. PrometheusCon

    PrometheusCon What's a Dremel?

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    Wow! Great hardware. I like the design of the side window so far.
     
  11. bentleya

    bentleya Lian Li Snail :)

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    yep i'm working on them today so i'll post them up this after noon :thumb::hip::dremel:
     
  12. bentleya

    bentleya Lian Li Snail :)

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    here are a few designs will be more this afternoon,

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    front perpex panel instead of the metal one i made which will in cooperate led's

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    these will hold the tubes which i will much up to 4s, i have designs theres as thee is going to be a hell of a lot of tubing and once again led's incorporated into the perspex

    i have also designed some for 2 lots of tubing, and again with led's

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  13. bentleya

    bentleya Lian Li Snail :)

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    just updated a bit more
     
  14. bentleya

    bentleya Lian Li Snail :)

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  15. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    I like the design and the sketches. Heal the eye and then back to modding:dremel:
    Notice the goggles on the smiley!!!
    John
     
  16. bentleya

    bentleya Lian Li Snail :)

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    thanks man :thumb:, modding resumes on friday, when my perspex comes in :D:D then it's out with dremel :dremel::dremel: and this time with goggles :lol:

    i should have some more sketches uploaded my the end of the week, of all the perspex work i gotta do
     
  17. bentleya

    bentleya Lian Li Snail :)

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    23rd February 2008

    In this update I have gone Perspex mad, and I mean it, Paul hocked me up with my Perspex and loads of off cuts to, so a big thank you to him.

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    Look at all that Perspex, I sorted though what he gave me, to the stuff that he cut for me

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    all the Perspex there is for my 2 120mm fan box that will sit in the front of the case

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    smoked Perspex for the back of the case

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    3mm clear Perspex for the new front of the case

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    the new side panel

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    and all of that is for spare, which I will use, he he he, secret plan



    Now we got all that out the way, I went down the local screwfix on Thursday to get some new toys, for the Perspex

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    Tap and Die set

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    And some new self centering, hss extreme 2 drill bits

    And I did order a nice bench drill press but there didn’t have it in stock, ooo well I check back next week for it

    Well guys my dads got this secret stash of sand paper filler and filling equipment from when he was a body repair and spay expert

    Gave be some stuff for me to work with

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    Some nice filler knife things, and some silicon carbine paper better know as wet and dry, a tip for all the people doing there technology GCSE, You have to say glass paper instead of sand paper and silicon carbine paper instead of wet and dry, as both of them are trade names.

    All right on to the front panel, Paul cut all my Perspex to size, all I had to do was trim a few edges at the bottom and the side

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    I have drilled the six holes for the bolts that will hold it to the front metal of the case, plus the 4 big holes for the brackets that connect the bezel to the case

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    and a little test fit

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    I have drilled out the 3mm holes for the leds, which will light up the centre hole for the 2 120mm fan intake

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    That’s it for now Happy Modding
     
  18. bentleya

    bentleya Lian Li Snail :)

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    24th February 2008

    After drilling most of the holes yesterday for the front plexi I am now moving on to the fan box which is going to be made out of 6mm clear Perspex, I haven’t finished the front plexi, due to the fact I a m waiting for my 114mm hole saw to be delivered

    I checked over the measument for the fan box, in which got cut out, and I forgot when I designed it that it wound be 10mm, so I have drawn out the new lines to be cut

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    As you can see in the picture below where the blade got hot when I was cutting it with my jigsaw, it has melted it a bit leaving the sides stringy a bit of sanding should solve the problem

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    I will not start to drill the holes in the box to my hole saw comes, so I am just going to sand down the edges to make the fit better

    As I have got to sand the edges down I fort I wound give it a little test fit just in case I sand to much off

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    I told you a few updates ago that I was changing the side panel, I have cut out the centre of the side panel ready for Perspex

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    I have marked out the Perspex that will go on the side panel ready to be cut

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    All clamped up ready to be cut

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    All cut, time to mark the new design

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    A little test fit, WOW perfect first time, me happy

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    New design marked out, and ready to me cut

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    A little test fit, just gotta cut out a bit more on the real side panel

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    Sorted now for the cutting of the Perspex

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    A couple of holes for the jigsaw

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    Centre Cut Out

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    All Cut Out

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    Another Test Fit

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    ok on to the sides of the side panel, I will cut this pipe into 4 to make the corner sections of the panel

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    and here it is chopped up

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    that’s it for now happy modding, and there might be an update later, I’ve had to stop cos it’s started to rain and my work area is outside
     
  19. bentleya

    bentleya Lian Li Snail :)

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    :clap::clap: the rain has stopped so hopefully i will get the side panel done, :D:D what do you guys think of the side panel :thumb::thumb:
     
  20. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    Coming along nicely!:clap:
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