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Case Mod - In Progress Project: SpeLL7 (COMPLETE 7/28 - FINAL PICS POSTED)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by blackflag, 5 Sep 2008.

  1. Bad_cancer

    Bad_cancer Mauritius? 2nd speck east of africa

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    well i don't have much to add but id like to say great job,
    Will Murphy's law never spare us modders? :(
     
  2. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    Thanks guys, for all the MDPC talk. It makes me feel all warm inside :).

    So...

    Sorry for the lack of updates/pics...

    I've been busy with:

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    Side panels. All that's left is to color the silver edging exposed by the cutting black to match the other panel.

    I was staring at the panel one day last week, and thought, F it, taped the thing up and broke out the scroll saw. And here we are.

    Shot of it solo:

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    I messed around with the extra lighting up top in the case, and didn't like it... it seemed too "spotlight-ish" so out it came.

    The top panel is on, as is the front. I need to redo my photo booth setup (as you can see in the pics, the white background has gotten pretty dirty) and I need to do final shots once I get everything all cleaned up.

    Speaking of which, what do all you guys use to remove the fingerprint grease from the anodized panels? I need to do that pretty bad... :lol:

    I have some plexiglass and a new 40mm fan for the RAID card on their way to me... should be here Monday so that's when the panels will be installed.

    :thumb:
     
  3. GuyInTulsa

    GuyInTulsa Dremel Molester

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    This is one of the most beautiful mods I have seen. I really like the contrast between the red and black.
     
  4. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Told ya you could cut the panels out perfectly ;). They both look great.
     
  5. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Thanks for the update. :)
     
  6. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    GuyInTulsa: Thank you very much.

    The boy 4rm oz: I knew it could be done, I just didn't feel like doing more metal work. :lol: Surprisingly, the scroll saw cut it well enough that not a ton of filing was needed.

    stonedsurd: I hope to have another update possibly Monday or Tuesday once the windows are bolted on.

    :thumb:
     
  7. Eugeny

    Eugeny New Member

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    That's the most outstanding mod I ever seen! Great work, blackflag.
    The quatlity mod is being done with is just amazing!
    Waiting for next update :)
     
  8. bagman

    bagman Well-Known Member

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    looks awesome
     
  9. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    Eugeny & bagman: Thanks!

    For anyone who's curious as to the lack of updates, it boils down to this simple fact.

    I may well be the worst photographer in North America.

    The PC is completely finished, assembled, and running, and has been for a while. Yes, I suck. I am seemingly incapable of getting decent enough final pics of the PC. I've taken over 200 pics in a variety of backdrops and lighting settings and have only gotten about 40 *decent* pics to narrow down, but of that 40 there is not a single one that truly blows my skirt up and says "THIS is what I want to represent 9 months of hard work". Even if I were to 'shop the hell out of them, they're still not good enough.

    So, I'm still working at it... hope to have some progress soon.

    :duh:
     
  10. AnG3L

    AnG3L Ultimate Modder

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    Man your photographic skills are awesome!!! You dont have to worry about it, the log pictures are so nice! Watch mine and you will feel wayyyyyyyy better!!! :)
     
  11. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    AnG3L: Thanks. The "in progress" pics turned out ok, but I am having a bear of a time getting lighting and color reproduction right. I'm getting glare all over the place, and as usual, instead of appearing blood red, 99% of the shots look pink, which it totally is not.

    Throw into the mix that the 343B is a friggin massive box, and try to accommodate that into a photobooth. It's been tough to make a space large enough to show the whole case without the bare walls showing behind it, etc. :sigh:
     
  12. Nutman

    Nutman Never stuck with stock

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    There MUST be a local club of photography enthusiasts in your area.

    How about donating a crate of beer to one of those in exchange for some semi-professional pics of your rig?

    Note: Just don't let the guy drink before he shoots the photos. :D
     
  13. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    Don't worry about the photos. We all love them so they can't be too bad. :p
     
  14. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    You just give us what ya got. Save the fancy-schmancy for MDPC :p
     
  15. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Yeah man I can't wait to see how it all turned out, just post up a few pics, we will love ie regardless ;).
     
  16. Bad_cancer

    Bad_cancer Mauritius? 2nd speck east of africa

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    i agree to all the above, i mean you can post some finished shots then do another update for the money shots right? we don't mind its an awesome mod afterall. :thumb:
     
  17. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    Nutman: I was actually thinking of doing that. Oddly enough someone gave my wife a gift certificate to the photo place in the mall, probably for the purpose of us posing for some family shots with our little boy... how funny would it be to see a dude rolling a giant computer case through the mall on a cart into the photo place? :lol:

    perplekks45: :D

    stonedsurd: I only want to take pics once. You have no idea how heavy it is to move this thing!

    The boy 4rm oz & Bad_cancer: I'll try to pick out the best ones from the lot I took and post them up either today or tomorrow.
     
  18. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    In the meantime, while I get the case pics finished..

    As I mentioned earlier, I replaced the loud whiny RAID card fan with a 40mm Scythe that is totally quiet. It also blows a lot more air.

    This is what was on there originally:

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    VERY thin and loud. I can't see how much air this thing pushes anyway...

    Now, with the Scythe on:

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    Just a BIT thicker, don't you think? The case is actually really quiet now, despite all the fans it has.

    More to come soon (I hope)...

    :thumb:
     
  19. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    I like the subtle lighting. :thumb:
     
  20. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    I hate stock fans YUCK!!!.
     
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