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AMD Project: Omega - Reviving an Old Mod.

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  1. Yukikaze

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    Project: Omega - Reviving an Old Mod.

    Introduction:

    A while ago I modded an old Acer case to look cool and have a few extra fans (Front 120mm, rear 92mm, top 92mm).

    This is how it looked back when I started:
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    This is how it looked when I was done:
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    A closeup of the insides:
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    And this is how it looked running in the dark:
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    It didn't look like much back then (I screwed up on the paint, pretty much), and I disliked it.

    The specs on it were:
    Intel Celeron Dual Core E1200 @ 1.8Ghz (Crap board, it ran at 3.15Ghz on my Abit)
    Zalman CNPS7500 Cooler
    Asus P5KPL-CM
    2 x 1Gb DDR2 667Mhz
    Powercolor HD2600XT 256Mb GDDR4
    200Gb HDD
    300W HEC PSU

    Then I gave it to my friend, whose laptop fried, and he needed a computer. It stayed over at his place for a while since I gave him my Mass Effect DVD to play (He completed two playthroughs at 1680x1050 with nearly maxed out graphic settings - not bad for this thingie). Then the computer got back to me.

    It looked like this (OMFG !!!):
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    Needless to say I was displeased, but oh well. I love the case itself, though, so I decided to revive it.

    Present Day:

    I haven't owned an AMD rig since the dawn of time (My last AMD was an Athlon XP 1700+), so I decided to sell off all my Intel spares (E1200, E2200, E5200, two mobos, a P4, what not) and build a new AMD rig into this case.

    Current specs hover between a Phenom X4 9550 (They are very cheap here, the same as the E7200), or a Phenom II X3 720 or 710, with a 780G mobo, and probably, at least for now, reusing the HD2600XT. I have a HDD and 4Gb of RAM waiting for it. A slightly more grandiose plan calls for HD4830 in CF and a Phenom II 920. Stuffing all that in here will be quite a challenge (and keeping it cool even more so, but it would be an amazing rig if I'd pull it off).

    The Plan:
    The case is undergoing disassembly right now. When I am done, I will wash it, scrub off the old paint and spray it with a base paint in a few coats, letting them dry out well between layers. I hope this will avoid my earlier problems with painting it.

    Then I plan on spraying the cage itself with Red, the cover with Black and the front panel will be replaced with a custom one I intend to make out of wood, and which will also be Red. It will have the fans in the same locations as now, with one 92mm on the top, one 92mm on the rear (both red led Zalmans) and a front 120mm fan (probably my spare Thermatake Cyclo 120mm - the same one as in the shots of the case right now, or a red led Zalman 120mm). I intend to spray several coats of paint onto it, and then finish it up with something protective so it doesn't scratch easily. The end result will have one 3.5" bay and one 5.2" bay and will be a tiny, tiny case full of goodies, and hopefully, looking good.

    I'll post up the front panel layout I plan on when I design it.

    Wish me luck !
     
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  2. crtecha

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    Dang man thats not cool. I hate seeing people let rigs go to waste. The amount of dust in that kills me.
     
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    I think I see some shrooms growing on the pci slot lol
     
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    :roll: well revive it or start cultivating
     
  5. Yukikaze

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    I just pulled out tons of dust and crap from the HD2600XT's cooler. Looks like half a Chinchilla got sucked into that thing or something (my friend has two of those). I'll call him and ask him if he's missing a rodent :cry:
     
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    You could have cleaned the case before putting everything in also. :eek:
    Or are my eyes deceiving me ? It may be the paint job that's making the case look as if it's covered with dust.
     
  7. Yukikaze

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    It was perfectly clean and freshly painted when the stuff went it, obviously...
     
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    Oh my, are you implying that all that dust came off the computer components ?
     
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    thats what i say lol
     
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    I love that case! i would go for a deep blood red with white lighting.
     
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    Quick Update

    Bought the spray paints today and the wood for the front panel:

    2 x Red cans (For the cage and front).
    1 x Heavy Duty Black can (for the cover).
    2 x Primer cans (for everything !).
    2 x Transparent protective cans (for all the metal parts).

    I might be able to get priming done today on the metal parts, if my homework let me, that is.... currently writing a UaRT driver for one of my projects.

    If I do, I'll snap a few quick photos. If I don't, this will wait for next weekend (Damned exam coming up on Friday !).
     
  12. Yukikaze

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    Okays. Getting most of the paint off the case cover was....hard. The sander didn't work very well, so it went by hand. My arms hurt like heck.

    Here's the process and result:
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    Sorry for the shitty second pic. I hope this is good enough for the primer to take hold well. I washed it with serious cleaning stuff to make it as clean as possible, now it is drying up. I might give it a first coat of primer tonight before I hit the sack.
     
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    looking forward to watching this progress.
     
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    Update !

    Networking exam has come and gone, and now I got some free time. So here's a pic of the primed case, still waiting to dry. The cage itself still needs another coat of primer, while the cover is good to go for paint. I should have the first paint on it tomorrow.

    I have sold a tons of my spares:
    E1200
    E2200
    E5200
    HD3650AGP
    P5KPL-CM
    And some other minor things.
    If this P4 I am selling here will be sold, I'll be able to afford an HD4870 or GTX260 for this build, too. The case is just long enough to accommodate them.

    This gives me enough money to get a Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition for this thing, which means that the only investment in this thing will be the motherboard, and if that is the case: I'll be able to get a good motherboard (Like the DFI LanParty JR 790GX) for this, unless my economic situation changes in a non-predictable way.

    Anyone knows of a good cooler that is not very tall ? Under 14cm tall to be precise ? If I am getting the Ph2-X4-940, I want it to able to spread some wings :rockout:

    Here's the pics:
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    nice man, that blows your dude didn't take care of the case, but hey now you have a project to do in your spare time:laugh:. I'm interested to see how this ends up, keep her up man :rockout:
     
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    She's almost ready to take paint. I hope to have some nice pics of it later today, when it isn't gray and boring anymore.
     
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    Okay. Here's how it looks after it got some paint. Another color coat is coming next Friday and then a pair of transparent protective layers goes over that on Saturday. Then I'll start on the front panel.

    My Tempest is in the background to give it some scale:

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    I used one of these
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835887002
    Good points are it can be mounted 4 different directions (good mounting on AM2)
    a couple deg cooler than a Freezer
    Low profile (same as AC freezer)
    Blue lighted fan (dont know if you want it with the red theme)

    but this is 13CM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186028
    Looks cool if it will fit
     
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    I was always under the impression the Freezer Xtreme was bigger. But this looks like it might be what I am looking for !
     
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    looks like there is now an AC Extreme and Extreme V2. Seems like they are both the same physical size.
     
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    oldschool case.. still sexy..
     
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    Okay, updates at last:

    First, no AMD rig. My Q9650 and mATX P45 mobo will relocate to this case. A DFI X58 mobo along with the Core i7 920 will take its place as my main rig.

    Second, here's the front panel:

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    Going to prime it now, then pain the front panel in red. If I don't like it, I'll just paint over it with black. That way I can see what I like more.
     
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    Here's a quick snapshot of the fans mounted, but without the front panel (Currently drying out after another coat of paint - It is almost ready for the final transparent protective coat):
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    I love how the paint on the cage came out, it is almost blood red.
     

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