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Case Mod - In Progress ZdMods | Project 180 | Final Pics 20/12/13

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Meelobee, 27 Dec 2012.

  1. Furball Zen

    Furball Zen Shut up and Mod

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    Man, i love sleeving :)
     
  2. siliconfanatic

    siliconfanatic Johny-come-Lately

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    Very good idea for the atx cable. That's a genius's mind at work if I've ever seen it! :thumb:
     
  3. Meelobee

    Meelobee What's a Dremel?

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    Furball: You're welcome to come over and sleeve the cables :D

    Siliconfanatic: Thank you sir :)


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    Made a cover for the PSU/Pump bay
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    Made a window in it, the rectangular hole on the left is for the latch of the sidepanel. I'll glue a piece of rubber behind it, so the hole is covered when the sidepanel is removed.
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    Did a quick and dirty manual polish on the bar in the midplate, it still needs a good finish
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    Tried brushing the midplate, looks ok-ish, but I need the lines to be more straight if I want to keep it blank like this. Otherwise it will be painted white...
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    Pump/res/flowmeter combo
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  4. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    Late to the party, I know, but damn this mod looks really good. Subbed.
     
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  5. NoobNeb

    NoobNeb Enthusiastic Lurker

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    Think I see a back plate in that graphics card's future ;) I like the finish on the midplate I think it'll be easier to decide if it needs paint when some of the surfaces around it have their final look, you have some pretty creative solutions to problems you encounter, lovely work :)
     
  6. siliconfanatic

    siliconfanatic Johny-come-Lately

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    Don't you just hate it when the first person to post sums up your thoughts exactly? And a new techie no less! :p have some rep, the both of you!
     
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  7. Meelobee

    Meelobee What's a Dremel?

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    In this build I wanted to use hard tubing, and what do you need for that?! Fittings...loads of fittings!

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    Bitspower Matt Black fittings come with a bright green O-ring, I swapped them with black O-rings
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    Like this
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    Then I cut 4 holes in the midplate
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    And installed the fittings and tubing
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    The sides of the radholder were polished (see 2 pics above) and the plastic pieces from the sidepanels and front got their first coat of primer
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  8. Pranja

    Pranja Blackwolf

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    Looks beautiful-those clear tubings are perfect for your build.
     
  9. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    Looking awesome Meelobee. Great work.
     
  10. YEHBABY

    YEHBABY RIP Tel

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    This looks amazing!

    I'm glad I subbed this the other day.
     
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  11. Meelobee

    Meelobee What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks Pranja, I'm very happy with the looks too :)

    Thanks Crapman :thumb:

    Thanks YEHBABY, glad you're aboard :D
     
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  12. WaRn00b™

    WaRn00b™ bit-tech addict

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    Wow man!! Looks really good!!
     
  13. Meelobee

    Meelobee What's a Dremel?

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    Been a while since the last update, haven't had much modding time in the last weeks, only the last few days I found some time to work on this build. I did however have time to clear out my basement (which was filled with junk that we needed to throw out.) After cleaning the basement, I claimed it and made it my man/modcave:

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    I also got a simple beltsander, this baby is gonna save me alot of manual filing. :)
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    After doubting what to do with the front. I really wanted to brush it, but after about 15 tries I still couldn't get all the brush lines equal/straight. Knowing I would keep noticing the wonky lines I decided to paint it.

    First I've painted the bars of the front with primer
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    Candy Red / Metallic Red. For the accents; The plastic parts of the front and the plastic on the sidepanels
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    Radiator cover
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    Right sidepanel, the alu panel will be painted white, like the front.
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  14. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    Good work meelobee. So jealous of you man cave! I'm a little disappointed you had to paint the front. A bit late now, but could you not have rigged up a brushing device to help? U shaped wooden piece that you can put the scothbrite pad under and guide along the sides to ensure it's straight.
     
  15. Meelobee

    Meelobee What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks crapman, I tried it with a guide, but I just didn't get a decent finish with it. The lines weren't all straight and the edges just didn't look right (To avoid this the bars should have been brushed first and then cut, which is a bit late now.. ) That said, I think it's going to look cool painted too :)

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    Had some time to continue sanding, priming and painting. Most of the parts are sanded to p600, p1000 and finally p1500 and received a layer of primer. Some of the smaller parts are done, the bigger parts are ready for paint.

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    24-Pin ATX cable cover
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    Shiny! :cooldude:
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    Front, back and bottompanel in primer and sanded to p1500
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  16. TadZilla

    TadZilla tadbitnerdy

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    Great looking project! Perfect job on the paint, too!
     
  17. Maki role

    Maki role Dale you're on a roll... Staff

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    Wow this is really looking fantastic! Been following for a while now, that paint has a really wonderful finish. Looks like this is going to be supremely clean on the inside too :D

    2013 should be known as the year of the acrylic tube, it's really taken off, which is fine by me as it looks amazing.
     
  18. Meelobee

    Meelobee What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks guys :)

    This weekend I finished painting most of the parts, here's a small teaser, I'll add all the pics tonight:


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  19. Meelobee

    Meelobee What's a Dremel?

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    So 'I'll post more tonight' became 'I'll post a few days later'.. :D Anyway, after hours of sanding and painting most parts are done. The paintwork is not perfect and unfortunately there already are a few scratches, (Don't ask, lets just say I didn't really like the cat at the time I noticed.)

    The sidepanel is in primer only, that's why there still are dark spots on it. Final paint will be done this weekend

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    On the 3 pics above the sidepanel thumbscrews aren't installed, when they are the gap between the panel and front isn't there. Same for the pic below, once the screws are all tightened the gap between the front and top will be gone

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    Painted the CPU bracket, heatsinks and I/O panel red
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    Aaaand... I got a new sponsor! drumrollls.......

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    Plextor were kind enough to provide me a M5S 128Gb SSD for this build!

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    Thanks alot Plextor, especially Tiffany and Maarten!

    Using spraycans to paint heatsinks doesn't really work well. The fins on the heatsink are too high/deep and paint hardly gets in between them, the pressure on the spraycan doens't really help. From up close it's noticable, from 'normal distance' the heatsinks look ok. (Would this happen with an airbrush too?)
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    Modkitty present! :dremel:
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    Backside of the mobo tray
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    And placed the first ledstrip on the top of the case
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  20. OrangeClockwerk

    OrangeClockwerk Clockwerk Industries

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    Awesome work dude. I really like the white and red, I was planning that as my next color combo. The flipped motherboard is awesome and original. Keep it up!
     

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