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Case Mod - In Progress Project Styx - Updated 4th March

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by stonedsurd, 30 Jul 2009.

  1. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Thanks a lot Ang3l, much appreciated.
     
  2. Mach

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    Wow, I wasn't sure where you were going with the aluminum stand but wow, the switch plate turned out great!
     
  3. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Thanks Mach :)
     
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    Good job so far :) How's the mesh coming along?
     
  5. woody_294

    woody_294 Wizard Ninja :P

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    Looks nice! Liking the orange and black theme idea, thought I was the only one doing it then I find loads haha! Don't suppose its the DFI Lan Party DK P45-T2RS by any chance? That's what was going in mine until I decided to go AMD :D
     
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  6. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    That's EXACTLY what it is woody :thumb: rep for the smarts

    My dad thought I was bananas when I asked him to let me get a motherboard to match a MOD. :hehe:

    Oh, and on that note, I'd like to take a moment to thank him. My biggest supporter and financier (even if he thinks his son is a nutcase :lol:)
     
  7. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    I like to think innovation is my middle name. But honestly, the best I could probably do would be to dig up an ancestor from a few hundred generations who was related to someone named 'Innovative'.

    With that out of the way, I have a bit of a solution for the side panel. I thought of it while playing HL2 a few minutes back. One of those Mark Twain-esque epiphanic moments, if you will.

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    Bear with me a moment. The light grey circles are the bolts, the side panel and the aluminum frame-thingy are colored different just to separate them visually - they will both be powdercoated the same color.
    Obviously, the uneven rectangular thingies are inspired by the citadel and those weird ground-muncher machines.
    It'll be cut out of aluminum, by HAND, because the router/mill I have access to simply sucks donkey nuts. After drilling the required holes it'll be sandblasted/wire-brushed and them powdercoated matte black.

    All going well, this case should be *structurally* complete by the weekend. Then it's paint/plumbing/putting her together.
     
  8. woody_294

    woody_294 Wizard Ninja :P

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    Woo thanks :D

    You know what? Your mod is starting to sound a lot like mine :p

    Black and orange, HL2 inspired. Great minds think alike! I chose the DFI for it's colours too haha. It looks awesome, but the AMD version is yellow instead :( And it's not v.good by all accounts :( :(

    Good luck on the building, side panel looks cool!
     
  9. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Welcome to the 'we buy hardware to fit our mods' club. Head over to the log for 'Spell7'. We convinced Blackflag to get a Foxconn BloodRage to mach his case :p

    I started some cutting today but my camera seems to have run out of charge. I'll try and finish up tomorrow and post a few pictures before I head off for the weekend.

    Hah, good to see you here too mate :D I'm trying to ghetto a brake so I can bend the damned stuff :p
     
  10. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Sorry for the lack of updates. I've actually been busy as a bee, just lazy/forgetful with regard to taking pictures :(

    Got my side panel back from the powdercoaters. Looks very good. I'll be getting everything done in this finish. It's a gorgeous matte black, with just a *hint* of orange peel, just enough to give it some texture. I love it.

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    Poor pictures, hardly do justice to it.

    I've been working on wiring LEDs, sleeving the big 230mm HAF fan, soldering stuff. Hopefully should have an update when I get more stuff back from the powdercoaters. Side panels oughta be complete by tomorrow evening :)
     
  11. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Made a mesh shelf out of a ghetto'ed bending setup - sandwiched it between two strips of wood and beat it with a hammer :hehe:

    Here's the mesh:
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    Down the side:
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    Strips of scrap aluminum that'll hold it in place:
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    Then I realized I would have to attach it to the chassis somehow (duh) and ghetto'ed some right angled brackets from some old 80mm holesaw cutouts lying around from ages ago.

    First bash it:
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    Then get this:
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    Then turn it around and cut it up:
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    End up with these:
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    Oh, and I finished (finally) filing and cleaning up the front panel
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    It's long because it is (6.25" x 27"). Six inches at the top will fold over the front of the chassis to lie flat against the top panel.

    Random angled shot:
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    Should have some painted stuff tomorrow along with a lot of marking and drilling of holes for bolts and the like.
    Can't seem to get my paws on a decent soldering kit, so the hunt's still on for that.
     
  12. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Looking really good mate, keep at it.
     
  13. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Thanks mate :)

    Here's a pen-sketch of what it was envisioned to be (sort of) before I cocked-up the side panel:
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    And the innards:
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    Of course, things are constantly being adjusted/refined/changed. I tend to a work a little more 'freehand' than most :p
     
  14. stonedsurd

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    Moar updates today. Mesh is DONE. :D

    Test fit:
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    Attached to aluminum support strips with rivets:
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    And with socket head bolts on the wider section:
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    Sideways, with the right angled mounting brackets visible (somewhat :p):
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    Clearer picture of the mounts:
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    Bolted in from the bottom:
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    From the motherboard tray:
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    And the last one just below the expansion slots:
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    In place:
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    Long shot:
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    More as I have it. Tomorrow is no-work day, people to meet.
     
  15. woody_294

    woody_294 Wizard Ninja :P

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    Looking good man! Like the PSU compartment great minds think alike :D
     
  16. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    PSU *and* pump go under there. I had a HELL of a time figuring out how to squeeze the drain port a 180mm PSU and a MCP355 into that little space.
     
  17. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Okay, I've done a lot, just waiting for daylight (tomorrow) to take decent pics.

    Here's some of the top I/O plate (this is just the mount - lots of Araldite and two bolts holding it together), cable cutouts in the mesh and the powdercoated parts that I've received thus far.

    Top I/O (yes, it will end up looking much neater :p):
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    Mesh:
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    Closer look:
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    Parts all lined up (excuse the noisy pictures, my camera sucks donkey nuts):
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    With flash:
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    Top panel:
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    'Citadel'-esque side panel thingy:
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    Left side panel:
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    Right side panel:
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    More as I have it. :)
     
  18. woody_294

    woody_294 Wizard Ninja :P

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    Nice, I'm guessing the side panel is gonna be a panel-acrylic-cityscape sandwich?
     
  19. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Actually, cityscape-panel-acrylic sandwich :p
    Yep
     
  20. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Ok, tonight's update - everything is ready for the powdercoaters. I just finished the last of the place-testing of the hardware and everything fits as it should, unless I missed something (which, sadly, is very likely because I have a memory like a sieve).

    All fitted up, minus a PSU :wallbash::
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    Obviously, the pump isn't going to sit like that - it'll be isolated using rubber bushings or cured rubber slabs. And it's not really visible, but the hose going from the radiator to the reservoir needs a little trimming (to cut some slack, as it were :p):
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    Artsy shot :D:
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    Ah, that last picture has no noise! :clap:

    More tomorrow :dremel:
     

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