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Old 01-22-2013, 07:31 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Finally home again, will begin working tomorrow.

A ton of packages were waiting for me though, after opening them all:



Geil Enhance Corsa DDR3 1600 16GB (4x4) Quad Channel with Orange HeatSinks


OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD (something tells me ima like this, wish it was bigger though)


Asus external BD Burner USB 3.0


4x 140mm Yote Loon 140CFM fans


280 Filter by Silverstone (magnetic)


Custom Etched Acrylic (looks amazing in person, great job by my source to be unnamed just in case of copyrights) (will demonstrate the effect tomorrow)


Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1300w PSU





Kraken X60 AIO by NZXT




Power Switch


Harley Accessories ($80 for these ;/)


Also in but not worth a picture "yet":
Clear Acrylic Panel
Amber Acrylic Panel
3mm Amber Sleeved Led's
3mm Amber Spotlight
5 Led Lazor Light (to shine down the seem of the etched window)
3"OD Racing Pipes (these will not be used in this build anymore)
120mm COUGAR fan (rear exhaust replacement)
2'x4' Brushed Aluminum Panel (will cut this up in 3 parts tomorrow)
4x Bullet Style bolts
2tb HD by Toshiba
Windows 7 OEM
3" and 2" etching letters/numbers

cant wait to get started again tomorrow.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:23 PM   #32 (permalink)
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32 incoming photos of my progress this mid day and last night:

first thing I could do last night was to remove the front panel ports

I decided I may need the usb connectors, so I took those out

the rest of it will be tossed

did a little measuring for my 3 panels side/side/top


tested out my rad filter

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it holds very well

the magnetic design

close up


then I began planning my new design for the front panel since I will be scrapping my previous design.


I will try to perform a miracle and set the power button inside of the willie skull

for a look of something like this:
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front panel work began this morning:

I really wish I could get straighter lines with a dremel... but I guess that will have to do

cut completed

panel fitted in place

mounting holes


I cheated a little, ididnt need to measure here, I just used the outline of the holes that were never drilled into the backside of the front panel
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holes completed

those bullet style bolts I bought, just a tad too big, my attention to detail failed me again here, they hang off the edge just a few hairs, so I will need some new bolts for the front panel, oh well


next up was to figure out just where to drill my 5" holes for the fan mount grills


with the help of no template, I had to rely on good old fashioned mathematics, I think i got it right


all in place so far

so now I could mark my grill mount holes

plan seems to be coming along well


now for some experimental cutting, never tried anything like this before

I was very nervous about this, as there wasnt any room for error because there were the only two flame cutouts I had

I first started with a grinder, using the dremel, but that was getting very hot, it didnt like the chrome. so I broke out the old strait line metal cutter and tried to work wonders, I think it came out well

sanded the edges a lil to get the rough out

did i crop this photo wrong?

both pieces done, woo

as you can see, I need to go back and grind a lil on the right piece, no biggie

front panel nearly completed

just need some sanding, some priming, some painting, and some polishing (and a few drill holes)

will update with more later on today hopefully

enjoy
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:16 PM   #36 (permalink)
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side panel vent work:

here are how they look out of the package


what I needed to do was to remove the middle so that they would work as actual vents

so I began cutting from the backside on the first piece

turns out, i didnt need to cut anything, the only thing holding the middle in was that 3M double sided tape, boy these were made cheaply, but I had already cut into the first one and saw some blemishes that would be hard to fix since these are ABS plastic

wish I would had known before hand that the middle inserts just pushed right out with some elbow grease

so anyhoot, I went to buy a new pair so that I would have 4 perfect side vents with no blemishes

the one on the far right has been replaced, that was the one that I took the dremel to.

this will fit on the side panels above the exhaust pipes, I will be using part of the front panel modders mesh to use as my screening behind these after they are mounted.

will update later on
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as promised, I would hook up the lazor light to my current rig to show effect on etched window.

boy am I disappointed to learn not only was the so called "spotlight" a crap shoot, but 3 of the 5 bulbs in my lazor (i know im spelling it wrong, its just how the makers spell it) light are dead,

so with only 2 working bulbs, this is all it could do, I really need another solution, something stronger.


2 working bulbs, 3 dud bulbs...or im doing something wrong?


not the effect I was looking for, a stronger light(s) would help out.





so can anyone link me to a good quality orange/amber light that will illuminate my window the way it was meant to be?

thanks all.
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Looking good so far! Keep us updated.
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