Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by haofeng, 23 Mar 2009.
well, first off, i got the case sent of to the powdercoaters at WCUK, who were excellent in their service. I'm getting it painted satin black, and ive been informed that it will all be coming back tomorrow, so hopefully lots of juicy pictures soon.
Sorry i didnt get many pics of the bare alu before i sent it all away- i was in such a hurry getting the last few bits and pieces done in time. i promise to make up for it
well, anyway, my motherboard
I decided my mobo, the ASUS striker extreme (for which i paid a ridiculous, unjustified amount of money at the time) needed a bit of a clean and some new TIM
Here it is before i started on it
Off comes the heatsink
the board in all its naked glory...
my Q6600, which unfortunately is the B3 version...been trying to trade it for a G0 to no avail
for some reason the etched on writing is invisible...
All replaced with the Scythe Mine on top, which is my temporary replacement before i can get my watercooling in place.
well, after the mobo, it was time to put my temporary rig together
Graphics cards- 2 nvidia Geforce GTX260 216's, one of which is 65nm and the other 55nm, both EVGA
RAM- Patriot Viper 2*2GB DDR1066 sticks with pretty green heatsinks. Got them for a measly $38
WD Raptor 74GB's- I was going to RAID0 them, but the RAID drivers on the striker extreme are a nightmare, and windows kept on BSODing, so i decided to stick with one for the moment. Will get RAID0 going once I upgrade to i7/i5/i9.
Samsung Spinpoint 1TB for storage
I put them all in a HDD rack that i was going to use for my case, but it was a little flimsy and askew, so i made another one thats been sent of to the powdercoaters.
And my Coolermaster M1000 PSU- this thing is a beast
Well, this is actually some modding, rather than just showing off hardware, so i thought id start a new post.
I just did a little fan painting with some Plasti-kote.
I have 6 120mm's in the case, 4 of which are xilence redwings and 2 of which are yate loons.
The yates were easy to take off, but the redwings werent so good- you had to basically yank them off, so i managed to break one in the process. £6 down the drain...*sigh*
I've decided a black/white colour scheme in the case, its just going to be a couple of white highlights...
My Xilence "Whitewings"- sorry for no before/after pics, though its quite self explanatory. They used to be red. Now they're white. Yates on the right.
Back and reassembled
Thats it for now, will have some stuff on the case when its back from powdercoating
This is a monitor of such epicness that it deserved its own special post...
It came in a frigging huge package, i mean seriously...thats my trusty not-so-old lian li PC-8 next to it.
I cannot stress how big this thing is, it absolutely dwarfs my 19 inch Samsung...these rather shoddy pics really dont do it justice...
Up and running- it feels so good switching from 1440*900 to 1900*1200- just all that desktop real estate...uum, im not professional, so I have no idea how good really the colour quality is, but looks pretty good to me- and the reviews have said some good things about this panel, so im happy
Oh, and some frankly ridiculous viewing angles
Oh, i forgot...
I think its perhaps time that "watercooled aluminium cube case" got a perhaps more exciting name- any ideas?
I don't think asking a forum with people like me lurking here is a good idea.
Lucky for you my naming-fu is out of whack today...
haha...always open to ideas but ive decided WaterCube will be sufficient for now...pity its not quite as beautiful as its namesake
The case didnt come back from the powdercoaters today...a little disappointing, but hey, ill live...just as long as it comes tomorrow. after all, i did pay for next day business shipping!
So instead, ive been cleaning my watercooling stuff with some distilled vinegar...will have some pics soon.
Update 12- All powdercoated!
the case came back today all powdercoated in satin black- it was beautiful. This was my first experience with powdercoating, and im very pleased with the results. Another big thank you to Marcus from WCUK for putting up with such a picky/impatient customer
Well, here r the pics then...
First, the main bit...(different backgrounds just for the hell of it...)
(slightly dirty) mobo tray complete with neoprene trim...
side panels (there r a few dents near the bend where i hit it with a rubber mallet during bending )
bits and pieces
will have it all put together soon
Very nice. Is satin black a color that is going to be common for all powdercoating? I ask because I might need a little powdercoating attention soon...
Well, I'm going back to school this evening... i realised last night that no way was I gonna be able to get this thing finished by then, especially considering all the watercooling to be done. so i decided to shove veryhting back into my lian-li pc-8, and thats what ive been doing today.
Looks likes WaterCube will have to wait till christmas, or at least until half term Though, at least it wont be a rushed job then...I'll see if i can get some more pics up before i go
@shomann- yeah, i think satin black is a very common colour to powdercoat, Marcus said that WCUK runs satin black every week, so i guess there are plenty of people who do it.
wow! looks factory built. very Awesome case.
I love this project so much.
that is fantastic. looks straight off the production line
A PC-case can be of any color... For as long as "any" refers to black Looking good!
Looked nice. Good work.
Nice work and being perfect ain't where it's at. It's what you do to fix all the problems that come from modding that make you shine.
Really cool design for it Some nice skills with the bending aswell
P.S. Useless info for the day. In the UK the 'right angle' is predominantly known as a 'set-square'. No idea why it's different so don't ask lol and i really don't know which makes more sense either
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