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Case Mod - In Progress Project: Steampunk'd TJ11 DONE!!! October 2012 MOTM Winner!!!

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Fuganater, 20 Aug 2012.

  1. Fuganater

    Fuganater New Member

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    Time for a good Steampunk mod. And what better case to use than the awesome Silverstone TJ11!


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    Big shutout to my sponsors!!

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    Performance-PCs is providing me with the BP mod kits, 240 and 360 rads and the Silverstone slim DVD bay.

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    EKWB is providing me with a EK-Multioption 250 Res and 90 degree fittings.

    Hardware
    Mobo: Asus Sabertooth P67
    CPU: Intel i5 2500K
    GPU: Unknown
    RAM: 16GB Corsair Dominator 1333
    SSD: Curcial M4 128 GB
    PSU: Silverstone Strider 1200W
    Fan Controller: Lamptron FC10

    Cooling
    XSPC EX480
    EK-CoolStream 360
    Another 360 rad
    EK-Multioption 150 or 250
    EK-RAM Dominator
    EK-MOSFET Sabertooth P67
    EK-Supreme LTX
    2x XSPC 120mm radiator stand

    Misc
    Sleeving: MDPC-X
    Yellow SMD LED Strips
    Yellow LED bulbs
    Sophisticated Finishes Rust Effect Kit
    Old Vacuum Tubes


    Lets start working! The first thing I did was do some testing with LEDs in the Vacuum tubes. Here is what they look like with an Orange LED in them. Orange is not the final color, yellow is but at the time I didn't have the Yellow LEDs in yet.

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    Next up was to see how the rust effect paint would workout. First lets try some fan grills.

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    The Grills
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    Primer and Iron paint
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    Rust Paint
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    Since that test was successful I thought I should try an actual piece of the case. The dual PSU bracket seemed like a good test subject.
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    And the result
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    I am very confident in the results so I started doing more, but that's in the next update. Stay tuned by subscribing so you can see all the updates!

    Cheers till then,

    Fuga
     
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  2. Darkwisdom

    Darkwisdom Level 99 Retro Nerd

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    This rust effect looks awesome. I love these steampunk builds and those vacuum tubes look great too. Lets hope we see some creative lighting ideas.
     
  3. Fuganater

    Fuganater New Member

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    Thanks. I hope the rest turns out just as good.
     
  4. crashy1984

    crashy1984 New Member

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    yes, i will. i was very happy and exciting when i read the headline for your Log. The TJ11 is the finest case in my opinion...
    i will follow up, so i dont miss an update.... keep on working!:rock:
     
  5. Vetalar

    Vetalar *learning english*

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    looks good!!! keep it up!!!
    for me rust is more about pos-ap/biohazard builds. for steampunk i see wood, copper, brass and patina:)
     
  6. Fuganater

    Fuganater New Member

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    The Case

    Since testing is over its time to start on the case.

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    Its actually a good thing I'm modding this case because I got it used for pretty cheap. You would never get a good looking build out of this beatup case unless you paint/modify it. There are several screws missing, HDD bays missing and the front bezel was bent. I was able to fix the front bezel mostly and I ordered lots of new screws.

    First thing to do is remove all of the buttons, connectors and cables.
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    Remove the mobo try and fans. I was going to not use the fans but I decided to make a midplate to hide them and that has cutouts for the fans. There will also be some Bitspower passthrough fittings for the tubing.
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    5.25" bays gone and mobo tray rails are out.
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    And here it is in pieces.
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    The first thing to do before you paint is get a nice coat of primer on the parts.
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    Next I started painting all the parts with the Iron base coat. This actually has iron particles in it which react with the Rust paint.
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    All the small bits.
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    And the large ones.
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    Next is the Rust paint. Its actually not paint. Its a chemical which looks more like blue water but you get the picture.
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    Just after 1 coat you can see it starting to work.
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    2-3 coats
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    5ish coats
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    And the first coat on the 5.25" bays
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    It starts the reaction only after maybe 5 minutes after being applied.
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    Lastly I'll leave you with some of my grill plans. I have a friend who does my laser cutting and he will do up a sick CAD drawing for me and I'll share it with all of you.

    I'm going to install the 50mm fan on the motherboard so I need a grill to make it look nice. Also since I am keeping the internal 180mm fans I have to keep the side panel vents. I want to dress them up some otherwise they just look funny.
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    His will obviously look better than what I can draw :p


    Cheers till next time,

    Fuga
     
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  7. xSoMBrAx

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    Top rust effect!
    Keep us posted and don't let this build "die"!
     
  8. Luciel

    Luciel Needs more rust

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    Lookgs good however this seems more post-apocalyptic than steampunk :S
     
  9. Baguette

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    Shocker on the looks this is....Very intruiged as to where you'll be taking this :)

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    That's interesting. That means that the solution is probably Copper Sulfate (Copper in sulphuric acid) diluted in water. Probably cheaper to directly buy copper sulfate crystals and add water :p Especially since a bag of 1kg of the crystals would set me back 13€ here in France, and make at least 50L of the stuff in high concentrations...

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  10. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    This is not the typical case for doing a semi damaged look on & steampunk incoming also, keenly subbed. :D:dremel::rock:
     
  11. Steve_of_Death

    Steve_of_Death New Member

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    Definitely can't wait to see this finished
     
  12. CptGooch

    CptGooch New Member

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    As of right now I would have to agree. However this project is young and I will definitely be staying tuned.

    The paint looks great.
     
  13. Pfaffen

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    I agree, the paint job is fantastic. I have to admit, looking at the fan grills I thought they were old and rusted and was wondering why you were using them. Well done!
     
  14. Fuganater

    Fuganater New Member

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    Never! I should be able to finish this in just a few months.

    Steampunk is what you make of it. There is no set style for Steampunk and there are no "must haves".

    Cheers for the info!

    Thanks!

    Thanks! I hope I don't dissapoint.

    Thanks. I have a few ides how to spice things up. We will have to see how they turn out.

    Haha!
     
  15. damien c

    damien c Mad FPS Gamer

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    Going to be a interesting mod.

    I do like the Steampunk stuff but I am not sure if I will like it on a TJ11.

    Sub'd to see how it turns out though and hope it looks amazing in the end.
     
  16. Sarakon

    Sarakon The German

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    Cool start to a promising mod! Looking forward to what you have in store for us :thumb:
     
  17. dbradford32

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    BAD ASS! lol
     
  18. alexvdl

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    Looks incredible Shane! I'll be keeping an eye on this one :) And ignore what Toby said, your sketches look great ;)
     
  19. Ripitup121

    Ripitup121 MMMMMMm watercooling....

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    Loving the rust effect, subbed. +rep
     
  20. Fuganater

    Fuganater New Member

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    We shall see :D

    Thanks

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    Hahaha thanks!

    Thanks!
     

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