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Case Mod - In Progress Project Proteus

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  1. Ianovski

    Ianovski Rawr!

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    Project Proteus

    Hello there! Welcome to my buildlog. I've been working on this project for quite a while now (bit over a year) but it's almost finished and time to show it to everyone. It has also been a while since I was active on this forum. Here's a small reminder of what I did before.

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    Now why have I been working on this for so long you might ask? The reason is that a couple of months after I started planning everything out, I moved from the Netherlands to Sweden to start working for Ubisoft Massive, very exciting! I've also moved another time within Sweden and there's hasn't always been space for pc building. But nonetheless I continued building, slowly that is.

    A bit more about the project then! Why Proteus? Proteus is the god of constant change in nature. Mods often have a very strong theme or style. You look at the mod, see the theme and look away, there's no change..
    With this mod I want to change that, I want the theme to be flexible. To do this, I will place a monitor inside the case, behind the motherboard. By playing different kind of video's or showing images, the theme of the mod can change on the go. If I combine the monitor with some RGB lights, I can fully change the appearance of this mod (at least, that's the idea)! Hence the name "proteus", there's a constant change in the nature of this mod.

    Next to that, I really like wood (check two of my previous mods) so I'm going to upgrade the front of the case with some nice hardwood! I'll add some lighting to it as well. I think that the Lian Li PC-A77F is a very solid case and it allows for some strong shapes. It's my favorite case of all times btw and I picked it up second hand a long time ago.

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    And last but not least, I would thank the sponsors of this project for helping me realise it! A special thanks to Dave from Alphacool and Katharina from be quiet! They truly helped me to bring this project to a next level! More about the sponsors soon but here's a banner!

    Specifications
    Lian Li PC-A77F
    Intel Core i9 7920X
    Asus x299 Prime Deluxe
    HyperX Fury 32GB
    PNY RTX 2080
    be quiet! Straight Power 11
    be quiet! Silent Wings 3 120mm PWM high-speed
    Samsung 970 EVO 1TB
    2x WD Black 1TB (These are getting a bit old..)

    This is the case!
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    I'll post more about the watercoolig in another update. I think it has been a rather long update but don't fear, the following will be filled with images!

    That's it for the intro, thank you!
    Ian
     
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  2. Ianovski

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    Creating new panels for the case


    It's time for some building. I know that, in order to support the monitor, I need to get rid of pretty much everything that's inside the case and replace it with custom panels. Since I also want this case to support watercooling, I need place to mount radiators. I'm going to use a 360mm in the top and a 480mm in the front of the case.

    I created the designs in 3d, translated that to 2d so that I could have them made out of plexi.
    I also created a design for the front of the case. The classic front consists of many little mesh covers that can be removed if you want dvd drives or whatever (it's a classic case alright). I knew that I wanted to replace this with wood and I already found some pretty nice hardwood for it but I'll show the front conversion in another update. Here's an image of the design so that you can get an idea!

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    With all the panels being cut from plexi, I still wanted everything to be sturdy. This is why the biggest panels that will replace the motherboard tray, are made out of 10mm plexi. The piece that's holding the motherboard is 3mm and so are the radiator parts.

    Radiator panels. The one on the left will fit nicely in the top of the case. The front one needs some mounting holes but those will be figured out upon fitting it inside the case.
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    Replacement for the motherboard tray. The bigger/thicker pieces are supposed to give the case rigidity and make sure it doesn't all break once I lift it.
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    The monitor will be squeezed between the two panels. I'll have to see if it needs something else to keep it in place or whether or not this is going to be enough.
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    All the parts. They will be painted black.
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    That's it for this update, more coming soon! Next I'll show you the first steps of creating the wooden front!

    Thanks for watching and let me know what you think of the idea, designs and process so far!
     
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  3. Canardwc

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    I don't know why, but it smells quite good ! :grin:
     
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  4. Ianovski

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    Well, one thing that I know for sure is that this wood smells amazing!
     
  5. MADPC

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    wood holy wood..
     
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  6. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Paint it black? Boo! :lol: It feels like a crime since the cutter got the edges so perfect.
     
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  7. Ianovski

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    I just love wood. I just HAVE to use it in every build. I promise you, it's not an obsession (or is it?)


    Haha I know! But the idea is to keep the colours of the case black. I think it will help selling the overall idea and I just like dark builds :p
     
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    Wooden front panel

    Oh do I have a big update in store tonight. It's about 30 images of how I replaced the front mesh with wood. I'll be short on words and let the images do the talking for me. They might not all be in the right order because there's a lot of them, I'll do my best. Grab a cup of tea, sit back, and scroll!

    The wood! Not entirely sure what kind of wood it is but it looks pretty :D
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    Cut to the right shape. I decided to get away from the original design just a little bit. This design is inspired by the more recent Lian Li Lancool One. I thought that would be a nice touch.
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    Dry fitting the wood, I had to do some customisations to the front panel for this, I'll show those in a bit.
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    Ready for some woodstain!
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    Adding mounting holes.
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    Here's part of the front panel. The wood would not fit with those in place so they had to go!
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    Ready for paint.
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    And time to put the front panel back together.
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    We're still missing a part though. I want to light up the opening in the front. For that we'll be adding a piece of frosted plexi behind the wood. This should give us a nice and even spread of the light.
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    And here it's mounted behind the wood.
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    So the LED strips we're going to use for this are given to me by Alphacool. They're part of their sponsorship for this project. I'm very grateful for their help! :D
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    Snug fit!
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    And a final picture.
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    After compiling all of these pictures I came to the conclusion that I completely forgot to take a before picture... Well, I guess you have to look at the previous update if you're curious.

    I'm rather pleased with the result, I think it looks stunning and very classy. Now lets make the build as good as this!

    Let me know what you think!
     
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  9. Dr. Coin

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    Looking good.

    You could have saved yourself some trouble and not tapped the frosted plexi. When screwing two items together you typically only want the bottom piece to engage the screw. The top layer the screw should pass though. Then when the screw is tighten it pulls the top layer down as the screw is drawn into the bottom layer. If the top layer is tapped then it moves with the screw and a small gap potential can form and no matter how tight you turn the screw it will not pull the top layer down.
     
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  10. Ianovski

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    Thanks! And that's actually a very good point. I've been doing it more often in this build and I'm not sure why :p But that's something I'll definitely remember for the following builds!
     

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