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Project: Radical Fusion [10th June 07] Finishing the windows

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Bas van der Werff, 17 Apr 2007.

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What to do with the grill???

  1. Paint the mesh and polish or chrome the grill.

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  2. Do it the other way around.

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  3. And other nice idea.

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  1. Bas van der Werff

    Bas van der Werff New Member

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    Hi Guys, Welkom to my first project here on bit-tech!

    As you can read above my project is called Radical Fusion, the cases i'm going to use are 2 CM Stackers (STC-01) they are going to house my current system (that will be converted to surfing & file storage) and a new gaming system.
    The mod is going to get a industrial feel to it so the main color will be black (matt) and it's going to get some features like a keypad and a "ignition" key.

    I'll just do a little fast forward with some photo's and explanation to point were i'm now cause you have to show some modding in your first post, the first pictures are a little bit low quality but they will be better as you can see further below.

    Also all suggestions and comments are welcome :D


    The design
    A part of the sketchup model i'm working on:
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    Don't mind the colors, all that black made it confusing :cooldude:

    The hardware
    System 1 (gaming)
    MOBO: Asus...
    CPU: AMD...
    GPU: Asus... in SLI
    RAM: Corsair...
    HDD 1: WD 36gb Raptor (os)
    HDD 2: WD 74gb Raptor (programs)


    System 2 (file storage and surfing)
    MOBO: Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe
    CPU: AMD 4800 X2
    GPU: Asus EAX1800XT 512mb
    RAM: Corsair TWINX1024-3200XLPRO
    HDD 1: WD 36gb Raptor (os)
    HDD 2: Maxtor 160gb (programs) (will be replaced later on by a raptor)
    HDD 3+4: 2x WD 500gb in raid 1 (file storage)


    This is one of the stackers fresh out of the box:
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    Nothing special just waiting for some :dremel: action.


    A first mockup:
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    Just simple cardboard gives a nice idea how it's going to look before any real modding, and also the huge stacker box got a new life.


    And here are they stacked for testing:
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    They don't sit as flat on each other as they are going to be but this was just a test, so there are still some rivets that will be drilled out.


    One case took apart being rebuild on the other to get it completely flush:
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    Rebuild and as you can see no gap between :naughty:
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    As seen on the panel at first the project was going to be called Red Fusion (and it would have been one stacker) but the design of the letters is going to be used again.


    I'll leave the cases alone for now, after i recieved the second PSU for this mod (Realpower 850W) I switched it with the one in my current rig for testing and so i could start modding the first PSU.
    Some of the photo's below are made in a lightbox that i'll be using for the rest of the mod for the smaller parts.


    It's a Realpower 550W a good PSU that has done it's job well in my current rig:
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    The Watt meter is a real nice feature the will return.


    Took it apart to the bare chasis:
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    The strange holes in the back are from the first time it got modded but those will be covered up.


    Also i got the Watt meter out of it's casing:
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    Ready to recieve a green LED instead of the standard blue one:
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    These boxes are going to be used for the wiring:
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    All of them taped up for easy marking.


    But offcourse the one i needed now couldn't be taped complete because i ran out of it :wallbash:
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    The first cut for the hole were the wiring will pass through from out of the PSU.


    And the second hole that will house the Watt meter:
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    After some filing it looked like this:
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    Meter back in place:
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    Sitting really snug so no glue or anything needed to hold it in place.


    Replaced the blue LED fan for a much quieter Papst fan, also the stickers of the fan were removed, the black grill replaced with a chrome one and some nice hexhead bolts:
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    Here put together for a overall look the chrome hexheads will probably be replaced with with the same kind as used on the grill.
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    So that was the first part off the mod the PSU unit is going to be painted and and the wiring has to be resolderd and sleeved but first i have to see wich wiring is going to be needed and how long they have to be.

    Later this day i will post another (small) update because some components arrived today.


    Regards, Bas van der Werff.
     
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  2. Bas van der Werff

    Bas van der Werff New Member

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    I hope this first post is a little clear? sugestions on how to make my posts better are really welcome :D
     
  3. derbaum

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    absolutley clear ... but what do you put in the seconds case ?

    btw ... omg huge!
     
  4. Bas van der Werff

    Bas van der Werff New Member

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    The upper case is going to house my gaming system, the bottom one my file storing and surfing system.
    It is really huge standing next to it you can lean on it.

    BTW your carbon fever is :thumb:
     
  5. Mr-IK

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    Foxy curtains!
     
  6. Bas van der Werff

    Bas van der Werff New Member

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    So here for my first update!


    2 of those boxes joined together:
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    In here the some electronics are going to be housed, mainly for the front controlpanel.


    Some standard prints cut up to be able to slide in those boxes and test fitted with the relais i'm going to use:
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    These relais are salvaged from a lightning control system that was going to be tossed away in a building were i was working at the moment (i'm a electrician)
    They are really nice they work on 12V and can switch up to 16A at 230V :D


    An other part off the print with some kind of legs to fit nicely it the boxes:
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    It fit's :D
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    I needed two letters for putting on 1 of the boxes.
    Her are they marked up on a small piece of 1mm alu i had laying around:
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    They are the same "font" i'm going to use for the logo on the outside.


    Roughly cut out the rest will be done with needle files:
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    For size comparison a 1 euro cent coin next to it.


    A little fine sanding and polishing later:
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    Tomorrow i'll post a better sketch.

    Regards, Bas van der Werff
     
  7. x06jsp

    x06jsp da ginger monkey!!!!

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    omg this looks like its going to be an awesome build!!!!
    love it already!!
    and that thing is massive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    cheers josh
     
  8. elbarto241

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    wow those letters look amazing. im wondering how are you going to mount them....
     
  9. zhangmaster12

    zhangmaster12 New Member

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    why suck small cases?

    lol jkjk. this is gonna b HUGE!
     
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    This thing looks nice. I think i'll keep an eye on this :).
     
  11. Techno-Dann

    Techno-Dann Disgruntled kumquat

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    This is looking really good. And huge.

    (And by the way, the plural of "relay" is "relays", not "relais".)
     
  12. Bas van der Werff

    Bas van der Werff New Member

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    I think i'm going to use some kind of glue cause they are very small

    Thanks :thumb: i couldn't find a plural of it so i used the dutch word.


    Later today i'll post a small update on some off the materials and a sketch of the front.
     
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  13. Bas van der Werff

    Bas van der Werff New Member

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    Hi Guys!

    In the first post i added a sketch of a part of the front panel, but it's the same as this one:
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    This is how it will work
    1: You turn the key (the light grey is the key hole) to activate the keypad.
    2: Give the correct 4number code.
    3: flip one or both of the (dark grey) toggle switches to turn on 1 or both systems.



    This is the keypad that will be modded to fit the front i designed:
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    Normally it's used to unlock doors but the contacts work on 12v so perfect for switching my relays.


    Tomorrom out of work i'll post some more :D
     
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  14. itsjustacompaq

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    that is a really cool idea, man. its good that the keypad is pre-existing and you didnt have to scratch-build your own, that would suck! im very interested in seeing where this is going. :thumb:
     
  15. blue_fusion

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    looks amazing man...wish I could learn to use sketchup to model my current case project like that...
     
  16. Raziekiel

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    Very nice looking letters! And the keypad idea is interesting, can't wait to see what comes next!
     
  17. Bas van der Werff

    Bas van der Werff New Member

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    Project: Radical Fusion [20 April 07]

    Thanks for the reactions :D

    Scratchbuilding would indead have taken some time but if thought i had a schematic but this saves much time but i'm thinging of replacing the buttons for nice metal ones.

    I never used sketchup befor and after the tutorial it's easy to use but a lot of work if you want to match the orignal case.

    And what comes next wiil be some work on the case removing parts i don't need, the PSU cage(s) are allready removed so i can mount the top radiators.

    Also today i recieved one 120 radiator a aquatube and some connectors so i can work out the dimensions.
     
  18. TapperSwe

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    This really look interesting ,i also like the keypad. By the way the aluminium letters did look very good and some Epoxy glue should be more then enough to hold them.

    Regards.
     
  19. elbarto241

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    wow. that keypad is gonna look sweet on the case. keep it coming ^_^
     
  20. Bas van der Werff

    Bas van der Werff New Member

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    They took some time to make but it's worth it, just like your incredible fanguards :thumb:

    Al lot of time to do some modding today so later an nice update.
     

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