Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by CobraMods, 5 May 2008.
CK sit back, sip a brew and watch the show bud. this build has a long way to go before its done
just a bit of a quickie for today
bodywork is done on 3/4ths of the case so far.. all complete except the flamed side window side as i havent had time to do the necessary sanding to flaten things out yet but that wont be too much hassle.
since the rest of the case is matte black right now from the guide coats of paint i am going to use basic black as one of the main undercolors on the paint scheme.
on top of the black base i need white as what i have planned will need a very light background as a canvas later
i grabbed some 2 inch masking tape and covered the exposed areas.
than i grabbed my flamed side window panel and used it as a template for the flames on the other side just so everything ended up in scale and matched.
once the flames were traced on the panels
i grabbed a generic razor knife and cut out the pattern little by little
flames started to take shape the more i removed masking
figured while i was at it i might as well throw in a foot shot so no one felt left out or neglected since there haven't been any new sightings in the past 2 weeks or so =oX
the layout for the top panel
i am not real worried about symmetry as flames aren't perfect anyhow and it wont really have an effect on the overall appearance once its done
grabbed a can o trusty Halfords white primer and layed on a light mist coat
i hit the front panel with the white again as well
i hit the panels with a few more light coats till i had even coverage
then let it dry about 20 mins before removing the masking tape
this is what i am left with atm
as i said.. the side window panel isnt finished yet and needs to be sanded and painted to match.
kinda my queue to go buy some more black and white primer lol.
both cans started sputtering out a bit by the end of their sessions.
its prolly gonna be about 2 weeks till my next update only because i have a bit of a full workload on the homefront and work in the near future so mod time will be limited but i will get "something" done in that time.
cya when i can =o)
Nice one Cobra,looking good
Yes the flames have a nice effect , keep on modding =)
Looking nice I love the floating hard drive idea
AWESOME flames dude. That is pimpin' !!! Keep it going I can't wait to see the hardware on that hell case
Very nice, but:
1. You should fix the flames where the panels meet so they flow together.
2. NO MORE FEET!!!!
3. NOOOO MMMOOORRREEEE FFEEET!!!!
yea i will tweak the flames a bit..
on the feet front i cant promise anything lol
sorry for the long delay in updates guys. real life is infringing on my modding time again (how dare it) ..
i am tryin to clear a bit fo time in the near future to atleast get an update up.
i have done a bit more wrk and have pics so i have to clear 30 mins before this weekend to toss em up here.
hopefully see ya then.
sorry for lack of updates guys n gals, this project is not dead, its on temp hold till after the holidays.
cash and free time are both in short supply until after xmas. i have done a bit of work with wiring and the development of a couple minor alterations in which i will try to get atleast a few pics up in the wee hours of the the weekend.
Hope everyone has had a good christmas and santa brought them some bits to help the modding days to come.
Santa (wifey) was good to me this year on the PC bits front.
while i am still sorting out components for the hellfire mod , she picked me up some good bonus bits to hold me over till i can grab the hdwe to continue on the mod.
one of the things i had planned was to pick up one of these and Mod it
wifey clause took care of the "get one" so now i am gonna have to figure out what i want to do to mod it. might actually only get a matching paint job because to be honest it is one of the best keyboards i have used and the laser cut backlit keys are awesome for gaming in the dark.
next thing wifey clause picked up for me is another Saitek toy =o)
works great but somehow it annoys me that it does not have a blue led option for the backlight.. only yellow,green or red (hint at a mod there)
one other thing that i have to work on is how to program the thumb joystick properly because following the destructions didnt help much to get it to yse the common wasd keys.
if i can do that then i can use the command unit to play the 3rd gift wifey clause got me for xmas.
yea yea i know. its not "Official internet crack" like all the WoW fanatics out there but in the short time i have been playing it, i love it. and with no monthly fee's it suits me just fine for the long haul =o)~
last bit of pc gear wifey clause got me was this lil thing here.
22' monitor for me to play games on.. beats the hell out of the 19 i had lol
i think once hellfire PC is done this may have matching paint scheme cause i just hate to have things look out of place hehe.
i can feel wifeys eyes burning into the back of my melon right now at the thought of me taking all the new bits apart to "tweak them" but she knows thats kinda what i do with everything =oX
few short weeks and i should be back to regular updates on the main build again. pissmas is over and most bills are paid so we can afford a bit of playtime here and there to work on the Mods.
cya in a few days and have a Happy new Year!!!!!
nice screen man!
Xmas is over and a new year has begun, time to fit some modding in =o)
decided to install the side window into wifeys machine permanently so lets start there.
her self etched dolphin side panel:
double sided tape from homebase:
a bit of extra protection just because i dont know how much i trust the tape on its own to keep it in place for the long haul:
started with a strip of tape all around the edge of the opening
placed the window where i wanted it and stuck it in place
then followed it up with some epoxy on each corner:
then a bit more on each edge ( i dare this to fall off on me) lol
all installed and waiting on hardware:
speaking of hardware, wifey and I did a bit of thinking, since neither of us does extensive gaming or other extreme bits on the PC we have decided to drop a touch in the proginal hardware list i had first hoped for.
it will still do way more than what we ask of it and believe me they are worlds better than the current 4 and 6 year old machines we are currently using.
and to be totally honest alot of this decision was the money factor.
we have settled on this hardware setup and its all been ordered and on the way for me to mess with hopefully by this weekend.
OCZ GameXStream 600W SLI Power Supply
Thermaltake CL-P0333 Blue Orb FX
Kingston KVR800D2N6K2/4G / 4GB DDR2 800Mhz PC2-6400
5600 Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core ABIT Board Bundle + 1GB Memory
the memory that comes with the bundle will be set aside for a future build as we will be using the matched pairs from kingston in these builds
since they didnt have heatsinks on them and i am a sucker for add ons i also ordered a pair of these
Geil EVO CYCLONE Memory Cooling System
Nvidia® Geforce 9500GT 1GB PCI-E Graphics Card
overall thats the layout of the hardware on the way.
with a bit of luck i should be able to have wifeys machine up and running in about 2 weeks while mine still needs some paint work before i even think about assembly.
cya in a few days as hardware rolls in and i start installing to get atleast one of these 2 builds tucked away.
have a good one.
That's a sweet etch of the dolphin! Congrats to the wifey! (and you for having such a talented woman!)
You might look into some of this tape for future window use... strong as!
3M #4910... aka "Tape of the Gods" (copyright, bill owens)
Man I like that memory cooler and it's temp display on the fans! Sick!
thanks for the tip on the tape bud. i might have to grab some of that for the hellfire box as i dont see the stuff i have holding each flame secure and there will be no where for me to lay any epoxy as an alternate backup.
hmmm had a look at mobo last night and may have some issues fitting the mem cooler and cpu cooler onto it. i think i am gonna have to do a bit of fin trimming on the cpu cooler to get both of them to fit on it.
eh should be an adventure anyhow. i will snap some more progress pics over the next few days and throw em up here on the weekend.
PS wifey said TY as she stuck her tongue out at me and giggled. great now she has a big head /facepalm =o)
Window looks awesome with the flames, can't wait to see it finished. Great wip log though, loads of pics!
You going to cold cathode light the flames like the dolphin?
i have a few ccd's and a few lasers. havent figured out best placement for them yet but thats part of the adventure .
i know the look i want to accomplish.. just a matter of getting from point A to B with as few cuts and bruises as possible along the way =o)
decided to return the mobo bundles back to maplins for 2 reasons.
first off there is no way in hell i can make both the cpu cooler and mem cooler fit in it as the memory slots are too close to where the cpu sits on this board. (pics follow)
secondly come to find out this is a B grade setup (previously used and returned) funny how it doesn't say it on the site when you order unless ya read the real fine tiny minuscule print. grrrr
no biggie, we are opting for a different setup now. just have to wait for the maplins refund so we can reorder the different set.
heres some pics i snapped last night
Damn this cpu cooler is huge =0)
memory cooler is pretty cool as well
motherboard, layout is just a bit too compact =o/
here is where the problem was:
no way i can trim either bit to make them both fit on this board.
heres a few pics of the PSU's
these things are pretty heavy, felt like i was holding a brick lol
wifey wanted me to leave the stickers on here as she is not bothered by them, I on the other hand cannot stand stickers, so they just had to go.
here we go, much better looking now ( atleast i think so)
the bits we have decided on now are
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66Ghz LGA775
along with this mobo
Asrock 4Core1600-D800 LGA775, DDR2,VGA,SATA2,7.1Snd,mATX
that setup gives me atleast workable clearance for both the mem and cpu coolers and to be honest i kinda prefer intel anyhow.
hopefully things work out better with this one once its delivered.
i plan on some more tweaking this weekend so i will hopefully have something more for you by sundayish.
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