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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: MCE V.2 [Update - May 19th - Matrix Orbital mayhem!]

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Sleepstreamer, 20 Nov 2007.

  1. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    what kinda hardware will live inside that beautiful beast!
     
  2. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    I've tried out the rounded nuts, and they actually don't look bad at all (not after I gave them some black paint anyways). I think I'm going for them after all, but I'll post a couple of pics tomorrow to hear your thought about it :) One thing I do know: I really don't want a permanent solution (such as solder, glue, or welding). Dude, you should start your own project to get to use all the great ideas you have :clap:

    Thanks mate :) Yep that's how I like it (Futuristic industrial... Well put!)

    I had actually bought an AMD X2 4800+ for it earlier, but it's currently in use in another computer so I don't know really. I'm just hoping I can raise the money to get a decent Mobo+Cpu for it at the moment.

    Thanks for all your wonderful support! :blush:
     
  3. Macros_the_Black

    Macros_the_Black Yup.. I'm a f-ing reptile

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    Great, simple solution! Looking forward to seeing those pics. ^_^
    Hehe, yeah I really should get started on my own project.. problem is I don't have any money atm, so I can't. :waah: Sorry for littering your log with my frustration born ideas. <=)
     
  4. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    are there plans for a HD-DVD or Blue-ray drive to sit in the top of this bad boy?

    you should also mod a HDMI port on to the side, even if it means hacking a DVI>HDMI adapter up....
     
  5. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    Nope, that's just way too expensive :waah: I don't think I need to since the outputs from the graphic card will be easily accessible :)

    Hey Macros,

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    I'm satisfied! :lol:

    This is what I did with the tubes on the sides (the pic does'nt really need an explaination).
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  6. Angleus

    Angleus New Member

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    Fricking awesome man, an inspiration to us all
     
  7. Angel OD

    Angel OD Pump Killer

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    Looks crazy cool!!! :thumb:
     
  8. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    I really liked the "vent" theme I did around the PSU on the back, so I decided to use it on the stand aswell.

    I bought & cut a M8 threaded bar, and I milled a hole pile of small black pieces of acrylic.

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    Made my own nuts for this part aswell, the rounded ones I had just did'nt look good enough. These are made from steel, not aluminium :) I wanted a bit more industial look to them, that's why I did'nt polish them more.
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    I thought it would look really cool to put a 128x64 LCD display down there too, and this is what I came up with (only a mockup, the lcd in there is broken). Sorry about the crappy lighting in the pic too...
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    I really liked this idea so I went into construction mode :lol: Made two holders I can mount the display on from some acrylic, an aluminium frame and an alu cover.

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    Everything put into place, not bolted on though. I think I'm going to cover up the sides a bit more...

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    Lastly, I made the PSU a bit safer by putting on a cover made from ACRyan MeshX. I think the pic is a good enough explaination of how it's made :)

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    It's on it's way to completion I'd say :rock:
     
  9. Teknokid

    Teknokid Well-Known Member

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    *picks jaw up off desk*
    man that is so nice....
     
  10. Dark~3nergy

    Dark~3nergy what was dat sandvich ?

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    wow nice !
    That psu is realy looking great.I'm soo jealous that you got a mill for that price, you can realy do amayzing thing with it !
    are you still going to have an lcd at the back ?
     
  11. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    Oh yeah, it's the best toy a modder could ever have :clap: Yup, I'm just adding another one.
     
  12. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    Been really busy at work so I've not been able to work that much on the build. Though I've actually done a small amount of work in the last week or so.

    I've put a mock-up mobo in it, and this thing is so incredibly crammed! But that's what SFF is all about I guess :)

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    Cut out a piece of aluminium for the Bottom. Yup, it's 2mm.

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    I can't really test if the hole for the graphics card is in the right spot until I get the right mobo for it, which kinda sucks... but at least it looks okay.

    Made a panel for the Screen control-panel :)
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    Plus a couple of tiny-tiny buttons :eeek:
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    One thing I've started to think about is the sides where the four LEDs are situated. When you sit in front of the computer you actually get blinded by them, so I needed something to block the light some (or at least diffuse it). I do want the light to show from the front though. So I threw a piece of transparent 10mm acrylic into the mill and got to work.

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    I also took a can of black paint and gave the back of it the full treatment. I honestly have no idea how this is going to look, I guess we'll see when paint has dried :)

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    I'll check it out tomorrow, stay tuned!
     
  13. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    There, the paint has dried :)

    Here's how it looks:
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    Now I just have to make a second one :hip: I'm confident this will look really good once the front frame is in place, and the lighting is in "working order" :thumb:

    Stay tuned! :lol:
     
  14. skullen

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    :jawdrop:Awesome :thumb:
     
  15. Teknokid

    Teknokid Well-Known Member

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    Thats just wierd, i have just posted images after ive sprayed some clear acylic black...
    Nice work, i look forward to seeing both sides on the case..
     
  16. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    Some more work done :)

    Second acrylic panel is done :rock:
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    And while the paint was drying on the second piece of acrylic, I cut out the Front panel from a sheet of 1mm aluminium.
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    And this is what it looks like mounted:
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    There, it's time to actually mount the black acrylic panels onto the sides :)
    Drilling some holes
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    Had to cut down the bolts a bit, but after that it worked like a charm :)
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    Opinioins wanted! Do you guys think I should paint the aluminium behind the acrylic aswell? I mean I'm very satisfied with how it looks right now but... It could never look "too good" :hehe:
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    Some random angles:

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    That's it for now! Bring on the commants :rock:

    ps: I'll try to bring you some pics when the lighting is on asap :)
     
  17. Dark~3nergy

    Dark~3nergy what was dat sandvich ?

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    :jawdrop: That front looks realy nice !
    I would realy be proud to have a computer like that on my desk ! :thumb:
    But I don't think you should paint it in black.
     
  18. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    Thanks dude :)
    Okay, thanks alot for your thoughts :) I'll just post a pic to clarify my thoughts some... This is the part I'm talking about:

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  19. Dark~3nergy

    Dark~3nergy what was dat sandvich ?

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    yeah but with the black mesh behind, it would maybe look "too" black.
     
  20. mansueto

    mansueto Too broke to mod

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    Damn, that is one huge awesome box. I think your screen is on steroids :O Nice job, looking really cool.
     

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