1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Case Mod - In Progress Project "CRYSTAL"

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Deblow, 21 Oct 2020.

  1. Deblow

    Deblow Active Member

    Joined:
    12 Dec 2013
    Posts:
    468
    Likes Received:
    37
    Small.jpg

    Welcome to my latest project log, The project name i've gone for is "Crystal"
    The name and the whole concept is based on some new products that's coming/come to market this month
    that i'll be using in this build.
    The Game Rock 3080 from Palit is one of the inspirations for the theme.


    I like to try new things with every build and hopefully learn something new, so along with the usual painting, 3D printing and other techniques
    I'll also be using texture plastics and resin for the first time as the main 3D printing material.
    This allows for lots of clear detail and very solid parts when using the correct resin kindly supplied by monocure3d.


    The case i'm using is a Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M, mainly aluminium with a glass window on the main side.
    I plan to sand, polish, paint and try some other things with the aluminium parts and any plastic.
    Plenty of space on the inside for water cooling however, I will only be water-cooling the CPU for now with a Cooler Master AIO
    and might do a full custom loop when GPU blocks are available.

    Wouldn't be a crystal build without some Crystals, so I will be making some from resin and possibly standard filaments like PLA.

    The lighting is alway an important part of my builds, I'm not a rainbow RGB lover however I do love RGB for the amount of colour options it gives

    you without needing to replace all the parts when you fancy a change.


    Thanks to the timing of this build i'll be entering into the Case Mod World Series 2020 #CMWS2020.


    Hope you enjoy the build log and final result.



    Full build specs to be updated,
    CPU - TBC
    MB - ASrock B550 PG Velocit
    GPU - Palit OC Game Rock RTX 3080
    RAM - Team Group T-Force XTREEM ARGB DDR4 Gaming Memory
    SSD - Team Group T-Force Delta Max RGB SATA SSD
    M.2 - Team Group T-Force CARDEA Liquid M.2 PCIe SSD
    PSU - Cooler Master V850 GOLD-V2 WHITE EDITION
    CASE - Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M
    FANS - TBC
    AIO - Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360P Silver Edition
    LIGHTING - TBC
    3D RESIN - Monocure 3D


    Thanks to the sponsors who've been working hard to get things arranged swiftly during difficult times.
    #asrock #coolermaster #palit #teamgroup #monocure3d #tforce



    Parts, will be updated as they arrive.

    20201008_205447.jpg
    DSC_7039a.jpg
    DSC_7097.jpg
    DSC_7105a.jpg
    DSC_7158a.jpg
    DSC_7197a.jpg
    DSC_7113a.jpg
     
    Last edited: 30 Nov 2020 at 07:29
  2. 4LIEN

    4LIEN Active Member

    Joined:
    4 Jan 2020
    Posts:
    133
    Likes Received:
    225
    I'm really curious to see this mod!
     
    Deblow likes this.
  3. Deblow

    Deblow Active Member

    Joined:
    12 Dec 2013
    Posts:
    468
    Likes Received:
    37
    Starting off with the case, mainly because it's the first part to arrive, meaning I can start work on some of the main parts straight away.
    The SL600M has the PSU at the front, this means I can have most the wires hidden in the front and try to keep the main window free to display the GPU, MB and most the components without having to remove much.

    The case comes with 2 big 140mm fans on the bottom, I might keep them as this first part of the build will have the GPU air cooled, I will if I get time and a block becomes available then go for a full custom loop for the GPU and CPU.

    20201008_205548.jpg 20201008_205553.jpg 20201008_205607.jpg 20201008_205701.jpg 20201008_205908.jpg 20201008_210038.jpg 20201008_210351.jpg 20201008_210707.jpg

    Case fully stripped down ready for stage one, sanding and painting.
    20201011_152933.jpg
     
    Last edited: 30 Nov 2020 at 07:42
  4. Deblow

    Deblow Active Member

    Joined:
    12 Dec 2013
    Posts:
    468
    Likes Received:
    37
    After I stripped the case down I got to work sanding and priming the plastic parts and the main structure of the case.

    1st coat of silver, started to rain so quickly moved it all back in the shed for the second.
    20201014_132853.jpg

    20201014_132858.jpg


    The external metal panels are getting sanded down, although the paint on the metal is very nice, I need it a bit more reflective.

    Original paint on the right, sanded one the left prior to buffing.

    20201016_183001.jpg
    20201012_180109.jpg


    Painting it chrome was considered, however I will also be working with very high heat on the panels along with cutting and this would damage the paint.



    So only the plastic around the metal panels will be painted chrome.

    20201011_160347.jpg
    20201011_174407.jpg 20201015_165540.jpg 20201017_210452.jpg 20201017_213714.jpg
     
    Last edited: 30 Nov 2020 at 07:47
    Jean R built and Cheapskate like this.
  5. Deblow

    Deblow Active Member

    Joined:
    12 Dec 2013
    Posts:
    468
    Likes Received:
    37
    The main GPU for this build, and the inspiration is the Palit OC Game Rock RTX3080

    A very solid card and a nice change from the normal black plastic, especially as this wont be watercooled for now.
    Comes with a nice plexi brace, manual and a PCIE adapter.


    DSC_7052.jpg DSC_7057.jpg
    DSC_7063.jpg
    DSC_7067.jpg
    DSC_7071.jpg
     
    Last edited: 30 Nov 2020 at 07:51
  6. Deblow

    Deblow Active Member

    Joined:
    12 Dec 2013
    Posts:
    468
    Likes Received:
    37
    The motherboard is a ASrock B550 PG Velocit, also got a nice surprise hoodie :D

    Wanted a silver board for the same reason I painted the case silver and polished some parts, to help with lighting and background.

    DSC_7106.jpg DSC_7107.jpg
     
    Last edited: 30 Nov 2020 at 07:52
  7. Deblow

    Deblow Active Member

    Joined:
    12 Dec 2013
    Posts:
    468
    Likes Received:
    37
    Working with new materials on this project, the crystal style plastics im using on this build are a bit tricky to bend but easy enough to cut and sand.

    For the feet I went with fake diamonds, was going to use real ones but couldn't find a sponsor unfortunately :(
    20201004_200351.jpg

    20201012_193214.jpg


    the front looks great, some nice texture to it and some added depth thanks to the metal polishing, without that it looked too milky.


    20201013_142316.jpg

    20201017_203845.jpg



    Display window cut for the crystal display that will be the main focus on the front of the case.

    20201026_173655.jpg

    20201026_182340.jpg


    The power button also got a makeover, the metal will be painted dark chrome to match the corners and a couple of other parts.

    20201016_205217.jpg

    20201016_210405.jpg

    20201016_210719.jpg
     
    Last edited: 30 Nov 2020 at 07:56
  8. 4LIEN

    4LIEN Active Member

    Joined:
    4 Jan 2020
    Posts:
    133
    Likes Received:
    225
    That plastic sheet it's really cool!
    You can use quartz crystal, they are cheaper than diamonds! :grin:
     
  9. Deblow

    Deblow Active Member

    Joined:
    12 Dec 2013
    Posts:
    468
    Likes Received:
    37

    Thanks :D
    Had a look at them and some other options but for full control and hopefully better lighting options I went with resin printed ones, along with the sheet instead of paint and some fake diamonds for the feet.
    the resin tests so far are very good but im awaiting some more resin that should be spot on.
    Bit of a noob with resin but getting the hang of it and luckily most of the things I needed to know like 3D modeling, id already worked with on the last project so that made it easier.

    Loving your build btw, as a massive alien fan and fellow PC modder :)
     
    4LIEN likes this.
  10. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

    Joined:
    13 May 2007
    Posts:
    11,289
    Likes Received:
    1,216
    :lol: is that lighting diffuser? Tread carefully. It was used on everything in the '50s. You could accidentally be doing a retro build.

    If this is going to be RGB'd, covering the motherboard tray with fiber optics would be neat too.
     
  11. Deblow

    Deblow Active Member

    Joined:
    12 Dec 2013
    Posts:
    468
    Likes Received:
    37

    Hi mate :)
    Yes and no, its more like backing/covers instead of wraps and paint, although under most of it will be painted apart from that power button thats backlit, the main lighting will be the 3d printed crystals, lighting the back of the covers will takeaway some of the effect from the crystals.
    Will post some crystal progress later today.
    Awaiting some new resin for the final crystals but plan to post what i've done so far later today.

    Plan to cover some of the MB, had some lighting planned for it but not fiber, some retro LEDs lol
     
  12. Deblow

    Deblow Active Member

    Joined:
    12 Dec 2013
    Posts:
    468
    Likes Received:
    37
    For the main window crystals I worked on 2 options, they'll be printed in resin and for the smaller ones that's also getting done in resin I printed some tests as I await the crystal clear resin from Monocure3D, far as I know I will be the first to use this new resin so im looking forward to seeing the results.

    bandicam 2020-10-26 20-29-15-077.jpg bandicam 2020-10-27 21-43-45-471.jpg
    20200929_184857.jpg


    Another 3D part is the hole surround for the front of the case, printed a test again then a better detailed final part that will be sanded, primed, gloss black then airbrushed.

    bandicam 2020-10-28 01-25-49-608.jpg
    WhatsApp Image 2020-10-29 at 03.08.17.jpg

    Thanks to a clever design by cooler master this panel can be in the standard position or turned 90 degree, so I'll be spinning it around so I have more options for positioning the GPU.

    20201023_183241.jpg


    Cut most the front away as it wont be needed and leaves me with a bit more space for wires and other things.

    20201024_175020.jpg
    20201024_175020.jpg

    Paint for the top of the case is also now completed, forgot to take a photo of the mesh on the top of the case thats also been done in silver/chrome.

    20201025_175738a.jpg
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: 30 Nov 2020 at 07:59
    4LIEN and Cheapskate like this.

Share This Page