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Hallow's End - HTPC Style

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by ChaoticG8R, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. ChaoticG8R

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    This thread will be a Jack-O-Lantern style HTPC. Hope everyone enjoys. This will be entered into NZXT's Halloween Contest, I hope it gets your vote!!

    MY ENTRY - Appreciate your support! Voting is from October 29th-November 2nd

    AND NOW FOR SOME MAGIC.....
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    ABRA-KADABRA...

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  2. ChaoticG8R

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    And here we goooooooo.

    So first is first, I'm going for the NZXT pumpkin competition, and I would appreciate your vote!!!
    On this note, please provide feedback as to what my final picture should look like for submission. Any additions? Should I paint it white? Should I carve some TPU/NZXT into the "door"? THANKS!

    My goal was to change my little HTPC into a Jack O' Lantern version.

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    Precisely one that mimicked a NZXT Switch 810. So the design first!

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    Fairly simple enough, now to cut n' gut.

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    Next I made a little template out of cardboard for my ECS H67H2-I with Sandy Bridge Celeron G550. Then I dug out my motherboard tray area.

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    I then measured up with the backplate and cut out the motherboard access.
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    Lined up the motherboard on my cardboard cutout and tested the fit.
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    Satisfied with the results, I went ahead and screwed it in using some long wood screws, holds extremely well!

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    Next big cut would need to be the vent fan. Decided to use a lighted fan to help demonstrate that the rig is fully functional in its pumpkin body.

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    Now its time for the uncritical, but makes it look very computer-y...CD-ROM DRIVE! For this I have an ASUS 24x DVD Burner that I need to actually do something with after this project, but this drove me to actually dig it out and get that going lol!

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    The last picture was disappointing for me, I tried to make the drive slot tight so it wouldn't sag, but nonetheless that couldn't happen. So, I made a Pumpkin Drive Mount :toast:

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    Before this mount picture was taken, I put down a protective coat of Vaseline on my pumpkin. This will help keep the moisture in the pumpkin (not rot immediately) and away from my components.

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    ANYWHO, that was simply a test to see who actually reads these logs and doesn't just scroll through looking at the pics.
    I decided that mounting the PSU actually against the rear of the pumpkin would be close to impossible due to size, but luckily there is a good amount of room due to the size of this ITX board to have it rest in the pumpkin and just run the power cable out the motherboard hole.

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    All that's left is "install" the Vertex 3.

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    Little touch up things...instead of leaving the drive sticking out, I took shavings of pumpkin and covered the exposed areas.

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    So thats about it. I booted it up, it runs fine. I had to pull the power button out of my HTPC and just "flash" a power-on signal to the motherboard then remove it lol. I don't plan on this being a long term installment.

    DAY 2: Did some additional features, including "ribbing" the top to give the grated appearance of the Switch 810, and carved out the NZXT.TM logo. I think this really helped with the overall goal. Added those additional pictures after the initial Glamour Shots. Happy Halloween!
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  3. ChaoticG8R

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    Here are my final glamour shots. Let me know what you think!!
    I will be numbering these for people voting on which I should use for my submission!

    Initial shots:
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    "Final" shots:
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    If you are curious about Hallow's older brother, look no further then here: Goðafoss - Waterfall of the Gods
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    Interesting... Can't wait to see how it looks/works when it's done... :toast:
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    God damn, cleaning that thing must suck.
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    Organics and electronics? The world's first cyborg-pumpkin! Now if only the pumpkin were still attached to the vine and still growing, and you could provide electricity to the powersupply through it.
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    Actually, this has been done a ton already, but it's nice to watch.
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  8. ChaoticG8R

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    Yep, but mine is going to mimic an NZXT Switch 810 :)
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    Yes, Vaseline is a horrible lube. :slap:
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    A tip....just the tip :)
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    I like the angle of shot number 5, probably my favorite, but it would be nice if you shimmed the pumpkin so the DVD drive looked more level from that perspective. Other than that I like 6 and 9.
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    Its not everyday you see a computer shoved into a pumpkin :D
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    And you talk about me making silly posts!!!! :nutkick: :roll:
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    If it weren't for this damnable flu, I'd be super excited. Really nice work :)
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    He went there.......
    All it needs now Is a window :p
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    stinger608 Dedicated TPU Cruncher & Folder

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    Awesome job Chaotic!!!!!!!
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    So recommendations on the submssion? Should I use flash, should I have it/them powered on? Should I do any last minute edits/changes? Should I leave the door on, which angle looks best?

    Thanks again everyone, I hope to get your votes!!
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    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    Put a link to vote at the VERY top of the thread so you can get more votes.
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    If you had any orange LED's, that would be the finishing touch.
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    Damn G8tor it looks like Ray Charles made some of those cuts in the pumpkin.
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    I like pic 5:)
    Nice mod:toast:

    What Brandon said:
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  22. ChaoticG8R

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    Got it down to two now:
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    If you could have carved out some sick design into that pumpkin you would have truly used it to its full pumpkin potential.Even have it light up with some LED fans.

    Sill clever idea.
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    I like the perspective of A, but I like the way the NZXT logo looks on B.
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    I also like "B", The SSD looks sorta thrown in in "A"

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