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project: not another rusty computer

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by swan, 7 Dec 2005.

  1. Yiping

    Yiping New Member

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    i love your switch idea :)

    very industrial
     
  2. Dj Ovin

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    Nice, keep it coming : )
    I really like this case, a rusty computer, will maybe have some "rusty"(old) hw then? :p So it will fit to the mod;p

    The switch were cool : )

    Kutgw!
     
  3. matu

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    The case is just great.
    Have you considered giving it a clearcoat at the end? It would also protect the paint.
    It's too matte in my opinion.

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  4. swan

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    also thanks to everyone for all the support. if all goes well, tomorrow will be the final "construction" day. i plan on adding odds and ends along the way, and as new ideas come to me. in the beginning it was a project that was supposed to take only about a month, hahaha. there are still many possibilities with this case, but the fact of the matter is i just wanna get this thing running some games!!!

    after school tonight i came straight home for what i thought was going to be a quick build before the leak test. well, there i was about two hours later still putting the thing together. my major battle is wire management. i want to keep it as clean as possible because its such a small case. normally i would have just split loomed all the peripheral cables as well, but it would have turned out looking like some kind of centinal gave birth inside my computer. (doesnt actually look to extraordinary in this case does it!?) anyways, so most of the time i could have been bolting away i spent managing wires. i got a few pics up just for a teaser. all that needs to be done tomorrow is connect the fans to the fan controller, and add hardware. ill probably leak test for a good twelve hours also. after that i can see if i jacked anything up.

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    so here she is. i really didnt spend much time trying to make the photos look incredible. ill definately make some good shots when its complete.

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    cannister side. i think it looks great. this side actually turned out better then i expected. ill take the razor blade to the sticker on the fan tomorrow. i couldnt get it off with my fingernails.

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    im really excited about the way the lcd turned out. i cant wait to get it displaying some info.

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    ooooohhh, aaaahhhhhh. i thought this pic looked really cool. anyways, ill probably have some better pics up tomorrow night.

    as for the harry potter pc to come; you can expect to see a few of the following in the mod: homebrew waterblocks, bubbling culdren res, wand rack with wands, and potion supply motherboard cover. this is to be my nerdiest undertaking to date. that being said, im going to shoot for my best project to date as well.
     
  5. swan

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    ok guys, thanks for all the support. its really great to hear all the comments about the almost completed case. alot of times you will like some things someone is doing, but in the end everything just works against eachother. ive tried really hard to maintain a balance in this mod, and i think its paid off. again thanks for all the support.

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    a pic of my under the hood. my dad took another of me beside it, but i had a horrible grin. shirt makes me look fat, but im really a little guy.

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    almost all the tubing routed.

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    im a little bit scared becuse the tubing became a little bit stubbern. the heat gun was my friend when i was installing, but im afraid that it might be putting a little bit more strain on the cpu/gpu then i want. im gonna see how everything works out, but if it doesnt ill have to switch to tygon.
    [​IMG]a blurry shot, but i liked it none the less. it really hacks me off that my uv cathodes are already shot. now my "radioactive" fans just look out of place. im going to have to get some more soon. anyways, hopefully i can get my leak test on tomorrow. more pics to come. discuss me!!!
     
  6. swan

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    thanks guys. i dont think im going to add clearcoat just because i think it would make the rust look kinda painted on. im not planning on leaving it in the rain, so i think it should be fine. if not ill give it clear to two for protection.

    as for the components. the dvd drive had been modified, an the motherboard cover was also a measure i took in trying to create a "worn" look. i wanted those to be hidden, but i didnt want them to be exclusively for this mod. eventually im sure that i will get tired of this case, and if that is the case im not going to want to put nasty components into a shiny case.

    tell me what you think. hopefully tomorrow i can get my leak test on, and that means thursday ill probably get to run some benchmarks. :rock:
     
  7. AlexB

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    I wasn't sure at the begining of this project, but I really like the way its turned out. Good job!
     
  8. Drexial

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    there are a few things that they may have said are used up. But they really are thigns you cant avoid in a mod like this. as many times as the mesh has been used, i know ive seen plexy about ten more times over. when you have a theme im mind, there is only so much you can do with things. parts have to be there and to be doing a theme for somthing thats suposed to apear to be like 50-70 years old, you cant really have a motherboard standing out or plexyglass in there.

    unfortunetly when my turn comes around, im gonna have to take the same issues into concideration, mesh is probly my first option. But its how you over come the obsticles with out looking exactly like everyone else. which to be honest is alittle harder with the rusted abused looking PCs. there have abeen a few that have stood out quite wel, the HL2 box from like 2 years ago is an example.

    i think you handled the mod quite well and i like the look of it. the breakout box for the power switches was definetly a nice touch.

    i do have a question for you now, i remember asking earlier how dificult that braided tubing for the liquid cooling was to work with. i see you needed to use a heat gun on it, i was afraid of the same situation. i think i might resolve it by sleveing it with somthing to get a simaler effect without having to wrestle with getting it in place and risking EXPENSIVE components.

    its been a good time watching the components come together, good job.
     
  9. swan

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    drexial i really appreciate the kind consideration. i think alot of times people are really judgmental when it comes to someone elses work, and thats definately something im going to work on after this mod. you are 100% correct in saying that there is only so much you can do with this theme, but im very interested in seeing the way yours will turn out. i really started this mod because i always considered a look that was supposed to appear well... rough, would be something that i could do in a flash. it turns out i spent just as much time on this as everything ive done in the past. i loved the psu you were working on, and im sure the rest of your mod will be just as satisfying. all i can say is that i wish i had used more rivets. they go really well with the theme. i had never worked with high quality tubing before tonight, and i have to say that if its not what your using you need to at least try it. i can say that the braided tubing is probably ok to use if you are planning on using it the same day you buy it. the tubing was decently flexible, but as soon as it set overnight it was so incredibly stiff that it really did make me fear for my components. i definately think it would be worth it to use tygon sleeved in something else.

    again id like to thank everyone for all the support. i know this mod has alot of potential even past the point i took it to, but i would like to invite everyone to watch out for the harry potter mod to come. i plan on going all out on it, and hopefully i will be able to show you what im really made of, rather then what i can do in a limited time frame. God bless, and good night.
     

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