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Discussion in 'techPowerUp! Club Forum' started by MKmods, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. Silverel

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    Electrical tape ftw! I've oft been a fan of that stuff. Get it put on nice and tight, and you'd hardly notice what it actually is. Is that duct something you fashioned yourself?
     
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    it came with the case lol, needed taped in place as it was too short,
    here is the original case,
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    i stripped then painted it, sleeved the cables etc, still to buy more stuff for it, just wanted to get it operational for now.

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    msi k9n neo v3 mainboard
    x2 4800 cpu + stock hsf
    2x 1gb ddr2800 elixer ram (getting another 2)
    80gb seagate sata (getting 500gb or something)
    my spare 7300gt (probably getting a 4870/50)
    cheap 400w psu ( getting replaced with something else)
     
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  3. Snipermonkey2

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    Ok so here is the PSU case after painting. I still need to put it all back together.

    [​IMG]

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  4. Solaris17

    Solaris17 Creator Solaris Utility DVD

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    totally sick
     
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    what colour is that?

    is it just metallic blue or.....

    :toast:
     
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  6. MKmods Case Mod Guru

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    you have the gift of making the metallic particles even, Nice.

    Do you have the Rustoleum Crystal Clear?
     
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  7. Snipermonkey2

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    The can of paint calls it Cobalt Blue Metallic


    Thanks man painting with that stuff is so hard. Na I don't have the crystal clear stuff is it really good for finishing?
     
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  8. MKmods Case Mod Guru

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    heck yes, a few coats will add a lot of shine and depth. I spray the clear on after about 30min of the color drying.
    (people will think ur a pro, especially since you have the skills to lay the color coat so nice)

    http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=166&sid=
     
  9. Snipermonkey2

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    Sounds like im going to have to pick up a can of that tomorrow.
     
  10. Snipermonkey2

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    Done :rockout:

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    nice dude!!
     
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    Nice work Snipermonkey2...

    Very Sexy...
     
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    Ok... so I have this idea I want to share with all of you. I recently purchased a Dell XPS 420.

    Now I know you are all aghast to that comment so let me address your "WTF" real quick. I bought it to serve as my HTPC. I had little choice on the matter since I needed the ATI cable tuners in order to have access to HD and subscriber content. Over the air HD content isn't even remotely sufficient. So Dell's XPS 420 is on the list of systems certified by cable labs to fully use the ATI cable tuner. I would have loved to build my own system, but it wouldn't have been worth it if all I could watch was degraded basic cable.

    So anyways, about my idea. Although this Dell case is actually quite attractive, there is just so much more to be done with a case these days. I have a vision of a home made HTPC case that is as absolutely flat as possible and hangs on the wall almost as if to be a piece of art. Considering who is writing this post, water cooling should not really be a question on your mind... plus it would pretty much be a requirement for a case this thin. I would only require 2 cables be running from it, a power cable and a HDMI cable. Obviously the power supply is what poses the biggest obstacle, but the more I think about it, I think the PSU's girth could actually be incorporated as an asset and increase functionality of the case from the user side. So imagine a shadowbox type of enclosure about 2.5 to 3 inches thick. All the PCB components would be laid flat. The center of attention would be the motherboard obviously. Below it would be the video card mounted flat to the back of the case and connected by a ribbon cable riser device (thanks for the find Mark :rockout:). The HDDs and cable tuners would be mounted above the MB with all wiring run exposed but with razor neatness. At the very bottom of the case the PSU would require additional thickness, obviously. For this I would exploit the space and mount the XPS's sideshow screen, power button, light toggles, card reader and BD ROM in the wider area. Externally this area would make a sort of shelf that would be perfect for setting an IPod/IPhone on and perhaps some sort of geeky trinket (like a ridiculously polished CPU or sumpin' :D). At the very upper portion of the case would be a radiator/ran/grill setup most likely semi flush with the rest of the case. Something like Koolance's EHX-1020 with shroud.

    The case would be of metal construction on the chassis with thick Plexiglas dominating the large front panel, thus displaying everything. Subtle indirect cathode or LED lighting would gently illuminate things.

    I know it's hard to visualize it with only words to go on, I'll try to draw up a sketch while at work tonight.

    What are your thoughts and what potential pitfalls do you foresee?
     
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    I have always thought about building a HTPC into the wall, with a plexiglass cover. but I rent so I have to wait,
     
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    cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    i should have one to post in here soon i'm going to water :D
     
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    Hallelujah. The Cosmos 1000 triple loop project is drawing to a close. I tweaked the ports on the res and masked it off and etched it and got the clips made and mounted it and filled it and am currently running in all three loops. No issues at this point. Everything is work as planned...

    Just wanted to announce that since it has been like a damn Albatross on my neck...expect an explosion of projects now that I have broken the logjam...this hypoercomplex build has been sapping my usual frenetic energy.

    I am looking forward to desigining some new styles of techstation...which is always a lot of fun for me...
     
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    congrats, looking forward to the new projects.
     
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    I am always interested in trying out new things...my latest sweetheart is optical clarity 1/4" wall acryic cylinder/tube. I thought I might remake the res so I bought a 5' length of 2" OD...the stuff is ridiculously strong...so it would be ideal for "corner posts" on a tech station...and could double in function as a reservoir :p

    Something about a tech station makes me want to tinker more...just seeing the guts exposed:D
     
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    Got my ATX de-pinning tool from Arctic Mods. That was fast. Expensive shipping but fast. Thanks for the link.
     
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    that sound's cool Cyber!
     
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    see for the back exhaust fan... I cut out the original, and threw in a grate.

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    I just threw this together. cable management soon to come

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    Yep, you guessed it, it's a screen. I like these better than plexi because you can still see in the system, and get intake all over in the side. And yes, that IS rust. I was sanding outside, and forgot about it. It rained, and was humid outside. I forgot that dampness and bare metal = fail.

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    It's rather plain, and the power led burned out (on the right) A little soldering, and a new LED, it'll be back up in no time :)

    What do you think?

    These are the specs:
    Asus? A7V-VM HP mobo
    AMD Athlon XP 2000+ T-bred
    1GB SDRAM PC133
    FX5500
    80GB Seagate Barracuda EIDE
    1 samsung DVD drive & 1 HP CD Writer Plus
    Generic Emachines 300 watt PSU
     
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    I think you have your work cut out for you ;) Looks like a good project: lot's to do.
     
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    I want in. I have some small mods done to my case. You can see them if you click the link in my sig. :)
     
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    Thanks, sometimes its worth it to pay a couple bucks not to have to wait an extra day or so.
     
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    you guys make me interesting in my case , thanks , i want to join
     

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