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Scratch Build – Complete The Monarch

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by LickenMicks, 4 Sep 2019.

  1. LickenMicks

    LickenMicks New Member

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    My previous builds have been named after animals. As in I build them and it reminds of this animal so that's its name. But I decided to go all out with my first water cooled PC and also scratch build it. So sketched.

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    Then I rendered (kinda, I'm definitely a beginner)

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    Then I built. It's mostly fabricated out of 1/8" aluminum sheet.

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    I built the wings out of poly carbonate (scrap from work, I paint for a sign company)

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    And then I painted the main case with a marble and candy paint job.

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    It's a wall mount that I didn't build "desktop" feet for so it sat on my office couch for a while during the build process. Here is a final leak test. Later on first boot found the GPU was defective and had to wait a few weeks to receive it back after an RMA.

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    Here is a picture of the "front" I/O. This was a pain to cut out and I wish I had planned it out more and CNC'd all the holes. But I had to learn the hard way and every hole in this case is routed out by hand because i thought it would be easier this way. HA!

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    And finally, the finished product!

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    With the PC and RGB on.

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    The wings are both etched on the backside with a jewelry sand blaster (think airbrush that shoots baking soda instead of paint) and lit from the edge under the aluminum embellishments. Then the top wing got a couple layers of tinted clear coat. The bottom wing was covered on the whole backside with a white vinyl, then I used pearl mid-coat on the front to almost hide the etching. The effect turned out better than I could have imagined! I will be making a video on how to do this, but not sure how soon.

    The final specs:

    ASUS ROG X470-F Gaming MoBo
    Ryzen 7 3700X
    MSI RTX 2080 Seahawk EK X
    500GB WD SN750 NVMe boot drive
    2 x 2TB WD Black HDD in Raid- 0
    Silverstone 800 watt SFX PSU
    HardwareLabs 420 Radiator
    Misc. water cooling parts (EK, Alphacool, Bitspower, Thermaltake)
     
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  2. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Fantastic results. :clap: The paint work is awesome.
    Thanks for sharing, and welcome to Bit-Tech.
    -Free paint and plastic? :worried: I missed my true calling.
     
  3. LickenMicks

    LickenMicks New Member

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    Thanks! A lot of great work on this forum! Excited to be a part of it!

    For the most part. Lol. It would have taken a lot longer if I hadn't had access to the shop. Took me about 6 months of staying after here and there.
     

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