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Case Mod - In Progress Skyrim: Dwemer's Build - Big Update

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by TheGreatSatan, 2 Sep 2013.

  1. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    Have you ever played Skyrim? If you have, then you've seen what the Dwemer race is capable of. They are an ancient lost race of elves who built machines and robots out of copper that were powered by steam.

    Makes you wonder, if Dwemer's ever got around to building PC's. What would they look like? Edit Text

    "A race of stonecutters, artisans, and engineers. They invented machines and built elaborate underground cities where they researched powers to rival the gods themselves. And then, at a time we are still not sure when, they disappeared. The whole people, all at once. Leaving behind only their works." - Calcelmo

    I've been wanting to do my own Prodigy case mod for the last 6 to 8 months at least. I will be converting it to mATX too, and I know I'm not the first to do this.

    Regardless, I need to do my own version!

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    I like the footprint, but hate this case

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    I removed everything that can be taken off with a screwdriver

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    Then about ten rivets to remove the drive cage

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    I need an mATX frame.....

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    Next to the Asus Vento, this is the ugliest case. Although it is only $13!

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    Besides the frame, I get a crappy 230 Watt PSU for testing cathodes and fans

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    Here's what I needed

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    I'll be putting the motherboard in the middle of the case and the PSU behind the motherboard tray. I'm also pushing it against the rear of the case, so I can fit a 200mm high air flow fan as an intake

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    The case came with a handy PSU back plate which lets me plan out where it will go

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    Here's the 200mm NZXT fan I'm going to use. It moves 160 cfm's!

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    I'm going to be putting mesh over the top of the fan, so the mesh that's there now has to go!

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    The back plate and PSU holes get cut out too

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    I'll be adding Bondo soon

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    I wanted to see how it looked, so I put a power supply in

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    This is not going to be the back anymore and it's got to go

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    Here's the mesh I'm using

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    But I have to cut it to size

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    And neatly cut the edges

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  2. Azariel

    Azariel What's a Dremel?

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    Haven't played skyrim, but a quick google shows that that race has enough distinct features to make a great case :) Very curious what you will make of it!

    And you should really keep a 'mod counter' in your signature if you ask me :p
     
  3. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    @Azariel - There's a text limit on signatures.:lol:
    I don't think it counts as a prodigy mod if you discard everything but the basic frame dimensions.
    $13 + a power supply? China doesn't have a word for "metal foil" do they?
     
  4. jrs77

    jrs77 Modder

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    Why didn't you just buy the µATX Prodigy-M ?
     
  5. jokkos

    jokkos too busy to mod *sigh*

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    Another Prodigy...damnit this case is growing on me...

    What would be the fun in that? :dremel:
     
  6. KayinBlack

    KayinBlack Unrepentant Savage

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    Don't let it, my wife has one and I'll never touch another one. It's crap. It took so much modding just to put in a power supply that was decent that I could never recommend it again, not even for modding.
     
  7. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    I can't find it

    That's why I don't have "Prodigy" in the title
     
  8. VipersGratitude

    VipersGratitude Multimodder

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    Excellent premise...can't wait to see the execution
     
  9. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    I put a crappy dead board in so I get the measurements right

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    Like this exhaust fan.

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    The fan grill is just to measure out the hole

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    No Dwemer construction is complete till you add copper

    So, I picked up this 5 foot piece of copper

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    And cut out two pieces for the bottom of the case

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    I also picked up some elbows and t-sections

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    I pieced together an "H" to start

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    Now that it's set on the bottom of the case, I know it needs to be a little taller. I want it to lift the case about two inches off the surface it sits on just like the previous feet did

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    I'm not sure yet, but I may use this shower drain as a fan grill

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  10. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    I picked up four dowels

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    and candlestick holders

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    First I drilled out the candlestick holders

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    Then I ran a threaded rod through the holders into the rod

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    Then taped it so the glue could dry evenly

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  11. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    Do-be-doo.. copper piping, cool! Heh, gold fan, nice!

    Dowels and.. candlestick holders? :eyebrow: The what now?
     
  12. DeltaFX

    DeltaFX What's a Dremel?

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    Dwarves. Not elves. Ancient lost race of dwarves.

    Copper piping for the win.
     
  13. Darkwisdom

    Darkwisdom Level 99 Retro Nerd

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    Technically the Dwemer were an elven race, like wood elves, dark elves, high elves and Orcs; they all descended from a common ancestor.
     
  14. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    While they dry, I mark and drill holes for them

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    The dowels are all dry now

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    Now it's time to add them to the case

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  15. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    I got my 2nd Prodigy!

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  16. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    The 2nd one needed to be stripped down too

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    Then dropped it on top of the pillars!

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    Then secured it with bolts

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    It will need a bog fan too

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    But first they both need to match the theme

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  17. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    I painted the pillars copper

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    Then I started to rock out the case....

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    I picked some hydrocal and rock molds

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    And after hours of screw-ups and dry time, I made quite a few molds. They're heavier than I expected they would be

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    Here's a sharpie next to it so you can see how thick they are

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  18. AlienwareAndy

    AlienwareAndy What's a Dremel?

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    Awesome stuff !
     
  19. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    At this point it's OK to mount the top case

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    Now that the first coat of paint has dried on the rocky panel

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    I can start planning where the copper pies go. More rock coming too!

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  20. AlienwareAndy

    AlienwareAndy What's a Dremel?

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    This is really cool. It kind of reminds me of making scenery for my train track :)

    Good going dude. I always like it when people do game tribute builds. One day I'll finally do a Fallout 3 build :)
     

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