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"Unbridled Mayhem"

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Skullpopper, 3 Oct 2003.

  1. Skullpopper

    Skullpopper What's a Dremel?

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    This is the case I started with.
    http://just4pc.com/766.htm

    I bought one of these fan controllers from PCToys.
    http://pctoys.com/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=646
    I did not like all the white text on the plate so I repainted it.
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    I was able to purchase some red 3v 3mm led's at radio shack for about
    $0.45 a piece. kind of high but i wanted them now. I unsoldered all the
    original blue ones took them out and replaced them with the red ones.
    I left the little plastic spacer out for easier installing. I heard that the red
    ones are not as bright and now I believe it...they are less intense but that
    is ok..I did not want them to light up the room anyway. I think It all came
    out pretty well. It looks like a blank custom type job with professional
    quality hardware.

    My digidoc 5+ is great. however it is begging to be modded. I’m thinking of
    putting the faceplate of the unit in the top window and or redoing the entire
    face to use a tinted plexiglass face.
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    The kits for the switches and vu meters are exactly what I expected.
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    This is the completed PCB for the touch switches. Little blury, sorry.
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    My PSU with fresh chrome paint. Purchased red plastic replacement cover...
    they sell them with the fan holes pre cut but I wanted to do it myself. Clear
    80mm fan with 4 led's. The best side shows right through the hole on the
    mobo side perfectly.
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    Projects on the drawing board:
    1. Painting exterior of the case-Metallic black with a showroom shine.

    2. Modifying CD-ROM to contain a 4 slot AA battery charger on a still
    operational CD tray.

    **this is done**
    3. Modifying Digidoc 5+ so that the faceplate is mounted in the top
    window...this reduces the visual damage to the front bezel design.

    4. Creating a light switch/timer completely from scratch based on my own
    original design that will fill in the remaining room in the top 5.25" bay
    behind the Digidoc 5+. It is a mostly mechanical design that will use an LED
    fan for its power supply and a series of axels, gears, hand made pullies and
    rubber bands to tranfer power from one lightset to another on a rotational
    curcuit switch for a specific period of time. There will be 4 lighting schemes total.

    **This mod uterly failed and is being replaced with simple bubble engraving**
    5. Lava type bubble window. Currently trying to configure a way to stage the
    bubbles similar to the way one of those treasure chests works in a fish tank.
    The bubbles will build up under some sort of containment device and then
    be released when they reach a certain size. Also, have to create an air
    release system to reduce the number of bubbles forming at the top of the
    window and to reduce the risk of overflow.

    **this is half done**
    6. I have two portions of plastic that were used as the 3.5" drive bay covers
    that I need to epoxy together and the devise a hinge system for so that my
    card reader and floppy drive will normally remain hidden behind the flip
    down door with my case badge on it.

    **done but not wired up yet**
    7. I have to put together the kit for the two touch switches that i intend to
    use for the Sony DVD-burner and my battery charger tray.

    **the idea for this has been modified as far as positioning**
    8. I have to put together the kit for the VU meter. Also I intend to modify
    the output by placing each LED on the scale in its own small block of acrillic.
    These blocks will be placed in a similar fashion to the original VU design and
    mounted behind the two (its a stereo meter) large plain surfaces on either
    side of the power/reset module. I will drill a series of small holes in the surface
    so the lights will show through. Have not decided on the design to
    be used for the small holes.

    9. Adding a key switch to the power button circuit so that the power cannot
    be turned on or off without key in on position.

    10. Adding LED's to the molex connectors at the drive bays.

    **done**
    11. Adding blowhole fan to top plexi window.

    **done**
    12. Adding a mirror to the bottom of the case placed at an angle for better
    viewing and also for wire management underneath.

    **done**
    13. Modifying the feet on the rig to account for undercarriage fan intake.

    **not doing**LED's in feet instead.
    14. Adding two CCfl's under the bottom for running light's.

    15. Tinted Plexiglass stealth faceplate covering the entire drive bay area.

    **done**
    16. CCFL toggle switches mounted 2 on either side of the 3.5" drive bay area.

    I dremeled out the holes for the four toggle switches in my CCFL lighting
    scheme. They came out very well.
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    I glued the two 3.5" drive covers together that will form the flip cover over
    the seldom used floppy and memory card reader. Will also hold my case badge.
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    This is the top and two side panels primed and ready.
    Waiting for humidity to come down. The paint came in already but the humidity
    is way too high.
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    I got my Motherboard in and did a dry run with it. It all fits great. I’m going
    to have to make a lot of cables longer though. I'm gonna have 6 USB
    ports, 3 Firewire ports and a game port mounted along the left edge of the
    front bezel. None of the cables reach so I'm going to use this as an
    opportunity to route all the cables through a single connector on the bezel
    so when I’m done I can still remove it.
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    I'm also stripping and converting an old ATX psu into a "test PSU" that will
    eventually be used to power my accessories in the case. I took the entire
    case off except the bottom plate which I used for mounting. I also removed
    (unsoldered) all the ATX wires and other unnecessary connections so that
    all that remains is the 4-pin molex's. Also remembered to short the green
    and black wire so it thinks there is a mobo attatched. It will be hardwired to
    the main PSU so that they come on simultaneously upon start up but will
    also have its own switch so that it may be turned off if necessary.
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    Now due to this new development it seems I am in need of some more
    intake fans because the front bottom one and the lower side panel one
    both aim directly at the PSU ...SOOOO I decided to add two new intakes
    on the bottom. Now remember the bottom will be covered with mirrored
    plexi so it will make for some interesting fan grills in the plexi I think. I
    also cut out the stock grill on the rear case fan.
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    Oh and Im getting my hard drive for my b-day on the 5th.

    I installed my red LED 120mm fan in my top window. Thing is I did not want
    to add one of the metal fan grills on top of the case. Nothing sticking up.
    So I cut the grill directly into the plexi window. And to keep things together
    I used the same design from the side panel fans. This one is 120mm
    though not 80 so I had to use a projection method with a flash light to
    enlarge it. Then I dremeled out the openings and sanded it all down nice
    and smooth. I engreved the area inside the fan housing but with the clear
    fan it was barely visible...So I colored in the engraved area with a black
    sharpy. Then I covered the manufacturers sticker with a piece of yellow
    construction paper. This is what I ended up with.
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  2. Skullpopper

    Skullpopper What's a Dremel?

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    OK I was able to finish doing the interior painting of the case.
    Im not too worried about the finish on the inside so I ignored the humidity
    problem. This allowed me to start installing fans and components and stuff.
    I have not hooked anything up and there is still a whole lot of work and
    planning and other things to do, but I figured I would post some pics of
    what I have done since it looks a lot more like a PC now instead of a hunk
    of steel and a pile of parts.

    Bon-a-petit:

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    OK guys brace yourselves....this is not pretty.

    Look at your own discretion. I spent a few hours this weekend going through the manual (remember this is my very first PC build) and connecting wires and mounting brackets and memory and hooking up fans and thermistors and all kinds of stuff.

    Thing is I made no attempt to hide anything for this is a dry run so to speak.
    I want to hook everything up and make sure it all works before I go hacking at connectors and cut and splicing wires. Im gonna do every wire one at a time until there is virtually nothing visible except the IDE cables and the MOBO power connector (wrapped of coarse). And I dont mean with the panels on....that would be too easy. Panels off is my plan.

    Anyway for anyone who dares to look here is my wirey death...
    AKA "All the colors under the sun"

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    I've been a little pre occupied. My wife and I
    both lost our jobs within 4 days of each other.

    Anyway, I did do a little work to the bottom with the feet and the mirror.
    The feet are solid acrylic and will each have a red LED embedded inside for
    great lighting. and the mirror has two custom (hand spaced and drilled
    fan grills. I had a little cracking between a few of the holes but it wont be noticeable
    when all is said and done.

    Enjoy the pics.

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    This was compiled from my work log on another site.
     
  3. Dad

    Dad You talkin to me?

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    Sorry to hear about both of you losing your jobs within 4-days of each other. That really sucks and I can sympathize... We've all been there at one time, so don't feel like you're alone!

    How are those cases? I've been looking at them since they're so inexpensive, but am concerned about the quality.

    It looks pretty good so far - I like the Dremmel work and am anixious to see how you pull off the bubble side panel thing!

    One word of advice though, clean up the wires ;)

    Oh, and welcome to the boards (eventhough you are from Florida ;) )!
     
  4. Skullpopper

    Skullpopper What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks for your concern. We'll be fine. Im working again.

    Actually the bubble window was a complete flop and I used it for target practice...being replaces with a simple bubble screen engraving. :wallbash:

    The wire clean up comes after the successfull dry run.
    There will be no wires visible when im done.
    Except maybe the main atx cable.
     
  5. bsodmike

    bsodmike Banned

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    I avoided the digitaldoc for one plain and simple reason...well actually two.

    a) it adds a f*** load of cables to your system, making it looking a little like Zap's brain :naughty:

    b) A fan dies...wow, what does it do? Nothing. Nothing to shut your computer off. Make your own little circuit and you can pull this off easy, armed with a PIC and an optoisolator...

    Still lookin' nice. Love the mess :hip:
     
  6. Twernmilt

    Twernmilt What's a Dremel?

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    I haven't seen a case that colorful in a while. It's looking very good so far. Keep up the good work.
     
  7. pranks7er

    pranks7er mange tout

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    wow colourful :D
     
  8. Darkangel

    Darkangel What's a Dremel?

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    it bleeps, and on the lcd the fan number flashes... it usually helps if u av a bit of paper next o you showing which numbers are which fans tho lol
     
  9. Wolfe

    Wolfe What's a Dremel?

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    What company made the touch switch and the VU meter PCBs? or did you make them yourself?

    Thanks.

    The dremel work is great!
     
  10. BioSniper

    BioSniper Minimodder

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    It reminds me of Mecano (I really dont know how to spell that)
     
  11. Skullpopper

    Skullpopper What's a Dremel?

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    I have had no trouble with this case at all. dissasembly requires drilling the rivets and as far as sturdy...well it was till I cut most of it away. Originally it was as sturdy as any other case (biege box) that I have had. However, it does have some twist factor now. I have not completely riveted it together yet though since the top will still need its final paint coats when the humidity here comes down.

    All the cables will magically dissapear with my integrated wiring plan.

    Fan dies I get a warning. I don't want the thing messing with my computer just gauging the heat and fans.

    Alba-electronics...They were kits. There is a pic in the above post.
    I'm not that electronically capable yet...but I'm learning.

    Thank you all for your comments...I'm really not all that sure about the colors yet. It may be too much.
     
  12. NzC

    NzC What's a Dremel?

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    Very nice project!!!! I would suggest fan filters for all of the bottom fans considering a lot of dust collects on the ground!! Or are those taking air out of the case? Nice paint job. I am anxious to see your wire clean up. I am working on cleaning mine also.
     
  13. The Cleaner

    The Cleaner What's a Dremel?

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    Skullpopper,

    Have you got the web address for Alba electronics where you got your kits. Thats exactly what I'am looking for.

    Cheers.
     
  14. Crass

    Crass What's a Dremel?

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    Now THAT is a multi colored case. Amazing.

    Keep It up. :clap:
     
  15. Skullpopper

    Skullpopper What's a Dremel?

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  16. Starbuck3733T

    Starbuck3733T Look out sugar, here it comes

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    Exposed PSU. :worried:++

    If you're going to have so many fans and goodies in your system that you need a SECOND PSU let me highly recommend just getting a bigger ATX PSU. that 2nd exposed psu is dangerous, IMHO unsightly, and definitly adds a lot of clutter.
     
  17. Fatboy

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    Yer i second the idea of not having the exposed, and second psu.
    I have one 360w chieftec, running an 80gb hdd 2 cd/cdrw drives, 3 80mm fans,, 3 120mm fans , my KD7, AXP thoroughbred 1800+ overclocked. gf4 Ti4200. It way enough, no instability at all from power issues, that i can tell. So it aint really needed.
    As for safety, ts not too bad, as you dont have it touching metal things, and also you (hopefully) dont have your hands near it wen its plugged in/on anyway.

    As for the rest of the project, its grooveh. :rock: :thumb:
     
  18. Skullpopper

    Skullpopper What's a Dremel?

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    The second PSU is not "needed" per say. It is more of an Isolation method as well as a "because I could" thing. I have a 425 watt Main PSU, which is plenty for all.
    The "clutter Issue" is really negligable because all the wires will be managed and the Auxillary PSU will only be visable from the right side panel with the covers on. From that view it actually looks pretty neat I think. No more cluttered than looking at your MOBO.
    As for the case thing it was easier to accomidate the fans that will cool it by not using the PSU's mounting positions. Instead I have one on bottom and one on side aimed directly at it. Oh and it is only dangerous if your dumn enough to stick your hand in there and wiggle things around. :hip:
     

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