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Case Mod - In Progress Purple Rain / CustomPC 'Readers Drives' - Issue 81 / Apr '10

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by mrdbristol, 3 Jul 2009.

  1. mrdbristol

    mrdbristol Voided my warranty years ago

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    Sponsored by ;

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    ( www.tacens.com )
    Tacens Ventus Ice 120mm fans

    ( www.techflex.com/prod_PTN.asp )
    FlexoPet 'Uptown Purple' Braiding

    ( http://www.phenoptix.com/shop/ )
    LED lighting supplies

    http://www.chilledpc.co.uk/shop/index.php
    (Chilled PC Aluminium Case Feet - 4 Pack - Black )

    Hi all.

    New build time, so welcome :D

    Not sure how long this build will take, but it'll keep me busy anyway.

    Nothing hi-tec in the hardware department, so attention to detail will be my main priority.

    The Case :

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    Doesn't need an intro. , a MM U2 UFO.

    Never worked with one before, so looking forward to it. Bit scratched at the moment, but not a problem.

    The Colour :

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    Thanks to Craig / Madcat for the piccies.

    Hoping to match the purple metallic finish in the above pictures by stove enamelling.

    The Hardware :

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    Q6600
    Asus Maximus Formula SE
    4g OCZ Reaper
    Nvidia GTX 285
    Asus Xonar D2X
    74g Raptor
    500g Samsung F1

    Watercooling :

    Single loop - CPU, NB, SB, Mosfets + GTX 285


    CPU Block - To be decided
    Swiftech Komodo Water Block for gtx 285
    D5 vario + EK top
    Clear Dual bay reservoir
    XSPC RX240 Radiator
    XSPC R120-T Crossflow
    Compression Fittings
    White Tubing
    Purple coolant

    Smoked/Tinted Acrylic Windows.

    Tacens Ventus Ice 120mm fans.

    Stealthed DVD drive.

    Stealthed Rheobus fan controller.

    Possibly some custom Acrylic work inside, similar to my Dark Water build from last year, plus whatever else springs to mind along the way.

    Thats the plan anyway.

    Thanks for looking.

    Mark
     
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  2. ry@n

    ry@n Well-Known Member

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    That colour is tasty :p Really liked your Dark Water project so this should be good.
     
  3. Editor22

    Editor22 E22 | Hex-Gear

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    wow now thats a sexy colour! just took a look at dark water and if this is up to the same standard its going to be awesome... :rock:
     
  4. mrdbristol

    mrdbristol Voided my warranty years ago

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    Thanks for the comments :thumb:

    A few weeks have passed since i started, so time for an update.

    The initial idea was to stove enamel the case in a metallic purple.

    This proved an expensive idea !

    The case would of needed to be stripped back to bare metal for the enamel to take. Bead/shot blasting would have twisted the panels, and chemical stripping was too expensive.

    After a chat with the local powder coaters we decided on this colour. The best i can describe it as is 'Cadburys' purple.

    Inside my front room :

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    As it wasn't raining for a change, i wheeled it outside for some shots ( not sure what the neighbours thought ! ) :

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    Close up of the colour :

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    So far, so good :)

    Cheers,

    Mark
     
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  5. mrdbristol

    mrdbristol Voided my warranty years ago

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    I knew the fans i wanted for this build - Black casing, white blades with white Leds.

    Enter Tacens who very generously sent me 9 of their Ventus Ice fans for my build.

    MM cases need alot of fans, so a huge thanks to Tacens for their support :)

    Some pics of the beauties :

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    They ooze quality.

    Whisper quiet whilst shifting alot of air ( I've been using 2 today plugged into my mobo as air conditioning as we've had some sun ! ) .

    Great finishing right down to the black sleeving ( no thin fishnet stuff here ) and black fan plug :

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    Saves me sleeving 9 fans :D

    Things are beginning to slot into place :)

    Cheers,

    Mark
     
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  6. DonT-FeaR

    DonT-FeaR I know what a fk'n Dremel is ok.:D

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    this is really cool but thats an odd colour :p
     
  7. null_x86

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    nice, cant wait to see whats going to be done with the MM UFO... doesnt it fit standard ATX?
     
  8. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    I like those fans :naughty:
     
  9. ry@n

    ry@n Well-Known Member

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    Never seen those fans before, is there a switch to turn off the LEDs?

    At some point I want to do a project based on a MM case, great project!
     
  10. null_x86

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    I would so get a MM UFO case for my server, but I think my server wont fit cause of all the stuff in it lol
     
  11. mrdbristol

    mrdbristol Voided my warranty years ago

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    Don't see many purple cases around i agree, but i wanted something different :D

    Those pics were taken in bright sunlight, so the colour isn't quite right. In normal daylight its darker. I'll get some 'decent' shots of it near the end of the build.

    Yep, standard ATX mobo

    No switch, the LEDS are hard wired to the fan.


    Cheers,

    Mark
     
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  12. mrdbristol

    mrdbristol Voided my warranty years ago

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    Update time again :)

    Braiding, a neccessary part of any build.

    But what colour ?

    Black was too obvious. Purple would of been too much for my liking. So i set off to search for a mixture of both.

    Techflex came to my rescue :)

    Saw this braiding on their website and decided that it was perfect.

    They very generously sent me a reel from America for this build, so a massive thanks to Techflex for their support.

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    120 foot of top quality braiding goodness.


    Now the time consuming part :(

    Braiding an entire PSU, Sata cables, molexes, fan extension cables...........the list goes on and on.

    Old school braiding workshop ;

    Stanley knife
    Very small precision screwdriver ( for pin removal )
    Lighter ( for heatshrink )
    Insulting tape ( to wrap around the pins to stop snagging when threading through the braiding )

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    Purple Heatshrink

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    Many hours later, and very sore thumbs :

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    1 double Pci-E cable and a molex chain done......... Well, its a start !

    Plenty more to keep me busy.
     
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  13. mrdbristol

    mrdbristol Voided my warranty years ago

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    A few pics of the build, as it stands.

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    New PSU ( Birthday present to myself ! ), Silverstone Decathlon DA850.

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    The next 2 show the fixings i am using ( simple screw covers ) as i was not keen on the look of thumbscrews, something different anyway.

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    Replaced the original silver switches with black vandal switches with white LED rings. (Will be fitting white 5mm LEDs in the 2 small holes)

    Had a Fansis fan controller powdercoted at the same time, just need to change the 3mm LEDs from Blue to White to keep the theme going.

    And finally the stealthed DVD drive ( test fitted - Will need to either spray the bare grey casing or hide it as you can see it inside ).

    Thanks for looking, and any comments or critique are always welcomed.

    Cheers,

    Mark
     
  14. null_x86

    null_x86 Thread Closer

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    nice job on the PSU sleeving, and purple heatskrink to boot, this is going to be good. Maybe purple coolant?
     
  15. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Nice colour, you don't see many purple cases around lol. I really like those fans, you got a link to the product page?
     
  16. mrdbristol

    mrdbristol Voided my warranty years ago

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    Thanks.

    It takes time, but worth it in the end.

    Yep, looking at purple coolant, mainly to show in the front dual bay res.

    But i think i'll be using white tubing to match the fans and give it some contrast.

    I agree, i went for purple to do something a bit different, and i think the colour has worked out well.

    Its a bit tricky to get the colour photographed to the exact colour ( due to my camera skills ! ), but its very close to the bit-tech logo colour purple.

    The fans are here : http://www.tacens.com/ > Products > Cooling

    Cheers :thumb:
     
  17. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Thanks for the link :thumb:.
     
  18. The Twisted One

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    Nice choice of purple there mate , and the sleeving has to be some of the best Ive seen .Pity i cant get quality stuff like that in N.Z. (BTW fan of Prince? )
     
  19. mansueto

    mansueto Too broke to mod

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    The color is awesome! I can't wait to see this progress!
     
  20. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Good job on the sleeving :thumb:

    I gotta get my DA700 as soon as this month's check clears so I can get sleeved and then post up pics of my own (stagnating) mod :p
    Aren't they great PSUs?
     

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