Project Perspiration : Log Entries 1. The First Cuts (March 1st 2009) 2. The Lian-Li PC-10.5 (March 11th 2009) 3. The First Front Filtered Fan Mount (March 15th 2009) 4. Second fan mount (March 22nd 2009) 5. I get all the grills... (April 4th 2009) 6. Seven Scythe Slip Streams... (April 4th 2009) 7. A photo sesh... (April 4th 2009) 8. Cable Routing and some testing (April 10th) 9. Top panel and case feety weeties. (May 10th) 10. Load my slot. (June 7th) 11. Stop: window time! (July 21st) 12. Testing my brass inserts. (August 4th) 13. A few designs(August 29th) 13. Still alive (Oct 28th) 14. Front panel supports(Dec 14h) 15. Testing - cutting persepx(Jan 7th) 16. The acrylic arrives! (April 8th) 17. Cutting the side window. (April 22nd) 18. Two steps forward... (May 3rd) 19. Some odd jobs... (May 29th) 20. Rebuild... (May 30th) 21. SSD funtime!(Aug 29th) 22. GPU Woes (Jan 1st) 23. 2 Years Old! (Feb 19th 2011!) 24. At the end of a long road... (March 29th 2011) The Plan The Result Hello folks. Picking a name for this project took me a while, much time was spent in the office staring into space thinking along lines of "white", "perspex" or some automotive theme. I think the name popped into my head whilst in the toilet, strange fact, but that's the creative process! So, Perspiration? At least it's different, I think all the cool words have already be used by other people for their project titles. After a little thought I found some logic in it - it's a combo of three things. Inspiration I've this mod in the planning stage since August last year but have been slow to start after estimating the budget! Now I've graduated and got a proper job I've got some spare cash to burn each month, and maybe it's time to do my bit to help our computer hardware shops through the recession - that said, rising prices because of exchange rates is really a killer and I'm putting off buying any watercooling stuff for now. I spent a lot of time modelling my plans for the case in Rhino 3D, and have been tweaking the design for both styling and practicality as I think about it more. The styling is roughly inspired by the Golf GTI, an example of which parked itself across the street from my flat whilst I was at the concept stage. The red trim round the grill really grabs me - maybe I'm just a big chav at heart. I don't want the mod to get too automotive, there are quite a few car themed mods (and a few motorbike ones too) but I don't want this to be a tribute to anything as I'd get obsessed with the details - where can I get the mesh they use for the front grill? - and feel creatively constrained. Perspex I'd used perspex sheeting to put a window into my PC back in the dizzy days of 2003, but at the time the best I could find was a 6x4ft sheet of clear, probably extruded acrylic in in B+Q. When I wanted to fit a side fan to my Nine Hundred this time last year, I had to make a new window panel because my TRUE120 got in the way of the original mounting hole. This time, I found it much easier to get hold of acrylic on-line, and the array of colours and opacities has been the building blocks for my modding aspiration since. A certain guide on acrylic was also very helpful. With my new Q6600 based system running nicely, I wanted to do something with my old 1.3Ghz Duron system. The result was the A3 Media PC, which was far from a master piece, but it taught me a lot about working with perspex. If you haven't worked with it before, it's truly lovely stuff. However, in doing the A3 PC, I realised why most people just seem to buy a big Lian-Li, stick some wheels on the bottom and a rad in the roof and call it a day. Building a case where the walls are the structure, along with the only thing to mount stuff to, is hell. For this project I've had the sense to start with a pre-built case... or two. Perspex plating on the outside gives the finish and styling I'm looking for, with none of the hassle. Perspiration Much sweat has/will go into this. Whether it's from hacksawing a case in half by hand (the manly way), or sweating anxiously as I cut into my lovely and expensive perspex for the cooling holes. The title also allows for some alliteration, which amuses me often, particularly with P's.