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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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    Time to get this finished, at long last !

    After the disaster of the failing motherboard, everything had to be stripped out.

    Gave me a chance to sneak a small upgrade in :)

    So now its an Asus Maximus II Formula with a QX6850 chip.

    Damaged the perspex rad shroud during the strip down, so that has gone.

    Not such a problem as it was kinda dark, so it gave me the option to get some light in there via some extra fans:

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    Button head bolts and dome nuts for fixings.

    New CPU block has been added, probably the nicest looking 775 block that i've seen, a Swiftech Apogee XT Extreme Performance CPU waterblock Rev 2.

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  2. mrdbristol

    mrdbristol Voided my warranty years ago

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    At the moment it sat on the kitchen table, with 2 china cats for company :(

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    Just waiting on a Mips NB block from Germany before i can finish the loop, as the Swiftech one i was going to use soaked me and the mobo when i plumbed it in, dodgy thread i think.

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    A rough idea of what the reservoirs will look like, excuse the dust and stuff - Still needs a decent polish ;

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    Lastly, something for the top window, a name :)

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    Printed onto the back of some window frosting film it will give the effect of etching on the inside of the acrylic window.

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    Just need to have a steady hand cutting it out with my scalpel.

    Cheers for popping by, back soon.

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  3. Combatus

    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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    Nice! Glad to see it nearly finished. You might be interested to know that as well as the NB block you can also remove the top left VRM heatsink. I slapped an EK block on it on my Maximus II Formula. You just need to pop some little nuts out of their holes for the block to fit.

    Make sure you PM me when it's done so we can get you in the mag ;)
     
  4. mrdbristol

    mrdbristol Voided my warranty years ago

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    Cheers Combatus, it's a date :D

    Seriously, it would be an honour to feature somewhere :jawdrop:

    Sadly, i've run out of money for anymore blocks, main thing is to finish it now .

    Well the window went far easier then i thought, just finished it.

    All cut, ready for the window :

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    The finished article, roughly lit to show the effect ;

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    1 block to fit, then re-sort the wiring :)

    Cheers.
     
  5. dakota67

    dakota67 SOUTH DAKOTA MODDER!!!

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    I liked your mod both ways. The original white tubing and the modified look. I keep seeing guys put pictures on the mod threads and say..it reminds me of this... I say. SO WHAT. Not all of the mods are exactly alike and the use of color is always repeated. I am going to do another mod where at least 3 good mods are on the web using the same theme, I dont want to be compared to them either. They all had visual appeal. I like your work.
     
  6. Raiden

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    Awesome job your doing !

    I liked the tubes better whith the sleeving why did you change it?

    Keep up the good work !!!
     
  7. Validus

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    Oh wait, whoa... you printed the words onto window frosting material... how do you print it? Is that a laser printer? ink jet? I think it's fantastic!

    Really great job and can't wait to see it in it's 100% completed, final glory.
     
  8. mrdbristol

    mrdbristol Voided my warranty years ago

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    Thanks dakota.

    Unless you are doing a scratch build, then you are bound to be compared as its the same case or colour or fans as others are using.
    How you put it together is the individual part.
    Until you're able to fabricate everything yourself then people can always draw comparisons to other builds.
    Is doesn't bother me either, i just enjoy building, and i try and introduce some individuality along the way.

    Hi Raiden,

    The braided tubes, whilst still an idea i will use again, were blending in too much with the inside of the casea it was getting too dark. The white brightens things up.

    Thanks Validus.

    An idea i had to look like etching, first go at it.

    Printed onto the backing with a standard inkjet, but because the backing was slightly plastic the ink didn't dry. This made the cutting very messy as the ink was virtually wet.

    A laser printer may be better, or just print to paper and stencil around that.

    Just an experiment really, but it turned out OK i think :)

    Cheers,

    Mark
     
  9. coolamasta

    coolamasta Folding@Home CC Captain 2010/11/12

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    Great work mate, shame you had hardware problems but your practically there now :clap:

    I soooo want a MM case for my next hex-core project but not sure the funds will allow it! :worried:

    Look forward to seeing it mag featured :thumb:
     
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    Finishing touches :)

    Thanks to Tom @ [​IMG]

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    The wheels were looking a bit worn, so ChilledPC very generously sponsored me a set of their own milled aluminium case feet .


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  11. mrdbristol

    mrdbristol Voided my warranty years ago

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    Thats about it folks :D

    Thanks to my sponsors, and all your support in the last few months.

    Whats next.........................?

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    Cheers for now,

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    Nice box. I like your choice of fan grills and the wire mesh behind them. And you did a nice job w/ the "Purple Rain" graphic.

    Looks good. :thumb:
     
  16. Bad_cancer

    Bad_cancer Mauritius? 2nd speck east of africa

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    Very nice! and good pics too! :D
    great project! :thumb:
     
  17. Validus

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    Wonderful work! I think it looks great. :thumb:
     
  18. M7ck

    M7ck Ⓜod Ⓜaster

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    Looks brilliant mate, well done.
     
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    Looks amazing man, hope to see u back with another soon :thumb:
     
  20. b1g-d0g

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    Nice one mark when you doing another build :p
     

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