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Project -KirKas- Plexi case (Case working and phase one completed!).

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by marcoboy, 6 Mar 2005.

  1. marcoboy

    marcoboy New Member

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    OK, so first off: This is my absolutely first "proper" mod/case building project ever. So if anyone has any pointers and/or advices for better working methods etc. PLEASE do post ;)

    I'm NOT posting this to project-logs -section because I'm only planning here :) (when I start to actually do the case i will post a project-log).

    I have toyed around with computers for 15 years now (I build my all computers by my self), and I've planned this project for half a year now.


    What to do:

    - Build a Plexi-case from scratch for my computer, and paint it in chrome or pearl white from INSIDE. To get kind of mirror/glitter effect.

    - Build extremely quiet air cooling for my case.

    - Stealth: mobo, drives from inside of the case, cables etc. I will try to achieve extremely clean look for my case.

    - As smooth front panel as possible, so no actual power button, I'm going to use a "electro-magnetic?" approximity switch with actual small round plate KEY, similar to some offices etc.

    - Smooth frontpanel also means no fan/water controls! found PCI interface with software for that job.

    - Put lots of shiny things everywhere I can ;)

    - Oh, and mandatory 5.5" TFT for frontpanel.... behind the plexi, with some kind of optical stealthing. Haven't figured out how to do that one yet.


    Components:

    - Asus A7V880 & Spare DFI Lanparty II rev A (with bad BIOS-update)
    - 1GB 400Mhz DDR RAM
    - AMD XP 2500+ Barton
    - 350W not-any-specific-brand-and-absolutely-crap-super-silent-psu.
    - 3 HD's all 80GB Seagate ATA, will buy one larger seagate later.
    - LG CD-R x40
    - Toshiba SCSI DVD-player
    - LG Flatron L1811S 18,1" TFT



    Now here are the preliminary pictures i did today (in bad/quick anti-aliasing renders). I have used a littlebit darker plexi on drive-area, so that you can get better picture of what's going on in the case... :


    Edit: added mobo stealth picture.

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    Sideview

    So, any comments and/or ideas are more than welcome !!! :clap:
     
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  2. j.rhy@n

    j.rhy@n New Member

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    Awsome sketches man...how do you make them..

    I want to plan my next project and need to know how to do somine like this ...

    great Job so far...
     
  3. marcoboy

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    Thanx :)

    I use 3D Studio MAX v6 and Splutterfish Brazil renderer plug-in. (Brazil makes rendering transparent materials & shadows quite fast).

    I have modelled just about everything with basic box, tube and cylinder shapes... and used boolean operations for holes etc.

    Took about 6 hours...
     
  4. marcoboy

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    Now, i'm doubting my plan... :confused: :

    Do you guys think the airflow would be good enough in my plan?

    1. Air in from front bottom, thru those two intake holes. -->
    2. To HD section thru inner two intakeholes. -->
    3. To motherboard section by the first fan. -->
    4. Airflow out of the box by the second fan.

    Allso theres the powersupply fan and processor fan.

    There's ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER air holes in the case and those two intake holes on the bottom will be equiped with dust filters.

    Would the airflow be even remotely sufficient?
     
  5. -x-hellfire

    -x-hellfire New Member

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    great looking project you got...

    i like...



    was that rendered with the AXP 2500 ?


    rendered this water cooling case door which took 10 hours with 3d studio max 7 and the default Line renderer...


    haven´t done much more as i got fed up with the long rendering time


    tried the mental ray but it looked terrible...

    maybe brazil would be good enough for my project


    the demo of 3DS7 has probably expired by now :waah:


    ... no 6 days left :D
     
  6. marcoboy

    marcoboy New Member

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    Thanks :) I try to keep my project up to date as I proceed...

    And to your question: yes I used XP 2500, an those pictures took only about 5 to 15 minutes to render !!!! :rock: I used that 6 hours to modelling... :sigh:

    I really recommend you to use brazil's complitely free version called RIO!
     
  7. -x-hellfire

    -x-hellfire New Member

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    ... my model in that link there is a bit harder to render with raytracing and glass material and som bumps and air bubbles, and i sux at 3DS7 :D


    i like the minamlistic style with the stealth motherboard... me like :D
     
  8. -x-hellfire

    -x-hellfire New Member

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    are there any free brazil plugin to try with 3DS7 ?
     
  9. marcoboy

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    As I mentioned in last post: Brazil RIO is free... ;)
     
  10. -x-hellfire

    -x-hellfire New Member

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    but it is so limited in the FREE version...

    ---> link
    "What's Not In This Build

    This build is based upon the current version of Brazil r/s, but is selectively feature-limited so as to make it primarily usable for educational and testing purposes. Rio is not designed or intended for use in professional or production environments and will not work well in a mixed "Brazil r/s" and "Brazil Rio" environment. A list of disabled features and limitations would include:

    * no support for network rendering
    * image size has been limited to 512x384 maximum
    * file saving/loading limitations:
    o scene files can be created/saved/loaded freely between Rio versions
    o scene files saved in Brazil Rio will be loadable/savable in Brazil r/s
    o scene files saved in Brazil r/s will be loadable, read-only, in Brazil Rio (meaning you will not be able to re-save the loaded file)

    This version is much faster and more complete than previous public test builds and contains the same features that were used to generate all the images in the gallery at splutterfish.com. "


    will try it out and see if it´s good enough to render my project
     
  11. -x-hellfire

    -x-hellfire New Member

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    it renders much faster :D

    ...but now my inspiration is gone :sigh:
     
  12. marcoboy

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    ohhhh... :( But, you will find it again, yes you will :)


    I'm doing some more planning on my project on coming weekend, mainly lighting, fiberoptics and stuff...
     
  13. -x-hellfire

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    sounds great... fiberoptics... jummy :D

    looking forward to your update :)
     
  14. Phaeton

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    i can only see a couple of minor problems with your air flow: Considering the number of hard drives you have in that case having your only air that comes in flow through those that area it will pretty warm by the time it gets to your CPU. Also, having such small hols might add to the velocity of the air coming in thus adding to noise. Maybe add another hole towards the back of the case will help with those problems.
     
  15. WormSnot

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    is that bottom space like another compartment or am I just seeing the images wrong?
    how about keeping the different components in different sestions. like one airflow for the HDs and another for the MB/CPU and one for the PSU (in the bottom compartment is what I was thinking.

    since you are buildint it from scratch there is little reason to set it up like every other case. but I agree with whoever posted previously, by the time the air gets to the CPU its already warmed by the other components. I'm sure if you use water cooling that really won't matter at all sine the air flow will just be cooling your HDs and your MB.
     
  16. marcoboy

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    YES! really good idea! I will add more holes in the bottom.... about middle of the bottom. That way I can get fresh air to mobo/cpu... Perhaps one more fan on the new holes at the bottom?
     
  17. marcoboy

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    Yes, there is actually two compatments on bottom.... one below mobo and one below drives. I'm going to use the space under the mobo to my hidden "junctionbox". and as stated on previous post i might add holes to that compartment under mobo too.

    Thanks for really good ideas !
     
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    Hi all!

    I have first actual pictures of my work on this project:

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    Sideview

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    Topview

    What I have done here: :dremel:

    - Build a board with 9 blue bright leds (5 large and 4 small, because I had small ones allready before starting this project, but desided to go with 5mm ones when buying new ones). Filed 5mm led heads flat and drilled small holes for fiberoptics.

    - Used "shrink tube?" to connect fibers to leds. And soldered little metal wires to keep shrink tubes at place.

    - Reused old floppycable and placed white fillers in two holes on sockets to prevent disasterous wrong placing of connector.

    What this really is: :confused:

    - This board will be placed on bottom of my case in to small plastic box and it will be the "optics center" for all hd leds, power leds etc. placed to the frontpanel via optic fibers.
     
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