Weighted Companion Cube (mediaBIN3.0)

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January 6th 2010
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Key Features:
High Rated Intel CPU Scratch Build Custom Paint Job Small Form Factor
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System Specs:
  • Upgraded*
  • Intel DH67CF LGA1155 Motherboard
  • Intel i5 2500S 2.5GHz Low-voltage Quad core CPU
  • 8GB Corsair DDR3-1333
  • 108Mbps Wireless
  • 1TB Samsung F2 Low-power HDD
  • Pico-PSU 120 w/ 110W Adapter
Performed Mods:
- Made everything but the hardware from scratch and the list is too long to name everything here. Adjustable colour home-made LED strip system. Almost exact replica of Portal cube. ALL sides are lighted (including bottom)
Whole system is 230x230x230mm SFF! Look at the worklog for a complete detailed guide on how the mediaBIN3.0 Weighted Companion Cube was built :D - http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=108257
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69 Comments on Weighted Companion Cube (mediaBIN3.0)

#1
Fourstaff
But no cake D: Post pic of cube with cake?
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#2
mlee49
Needs link to project build log. Def 10/10 work mate. :toast:
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#3
t77snapshot
Yeah where's the cake you promised? This case mod is absolutely awesome! 10/10

Portal Rocks!
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#4
zAAm
mlee49
Needs link to project build log. Def 10/10 work mate. :toast:
Added :D
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#5
t77snapshot
Wow! lots of work was put into your companion, I dont know how I missed your project log in the past?! I really like what you did with the LED's too.
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#6
Fourstaff
Lies! Fake Cake! Need real ones! anyway still 11/10 for ingenuity.
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#7
KieX
Absolutely love this mod! 10/10
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#8
Phxprovost
Xtreme Refugee
Thats pretty amazing, looking to sell it? lol
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#9
MilkyWay
Really nice, i remember glancing at the project log.
I can appreciate the hard work put into projects like that.
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#10
Soylent Joe
10/10 here. Practically perfect design and form, just wish it had a little more power than an Atom :/
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#11
MRCL
I already told you how great this is in the worklog, so I'm leaving you with a perfect 10/10. Actually 10/10 does you nowhere near justice. It should be ∞/10.
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#12
Dippyskoodlez
That is outstanding.

Mad props. Beautiful work with the LED's too.

WOW is really all there is to say.
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#14
MT Alex
That is some kind of wonderful. 10/10
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#15
ChiSox
Well, get on mass producing these would you...we all want a companion

Flawless

What are your temps??
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#16
zAAm
Soylent Joe
10/10 here. Practically perfect design and form, just wish it had a little more power than an Atom :/
Thanks! The original purpose of the cube is that of a media server and firewall/router. So I went for quiet, low power and decent performance. The Atom 330 dual core fitted the bill :D
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#18
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
grandmaster work of art :D.

10/10 superb!

Is it a wireless router / firewall / media server? lan socket seemed to be obstructed
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#19
zAAm
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
grandmaster work of art :D.

10/10 superb!

Is it a wireless router / firewall / media server? lan socket seemed to be obstructed
Yup. In the worklog I also commented on that, the back heart will normally not be removed as the server won't be needing a screen (but it's removable if I have to attach a screen for troubleshooting and installing new software for instance).
The network cables will be plugged into the sockets and bent 90 degrees down into the cube, coming through the spacing between the heart cover and the panel at the bottom towards the switch and WAN connection. So there's not going to be any wires on any side of the cube except the bottom :D I didn't want to cut a big hole anywhere on the cube for wires so this way all the sides look identical.
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#20
zma
I voted 6/10 because:

Absolutely love this mod


User withdrew this vote on: Jan 10 2010 06:33
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#21
zAAm
zma
I voted 6/10 because:

Absolutely love this mod
Haha, of course you're entitled to your opinion, but I'm just wondering if you're normally this pessimistic or do you just have very high standards? :D "Awh, that's absolutely awesome! Nah, I'll give it a 6". Haha
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#23
CALIBRE
I voted 1/10 because:

Cuz it is ugly


User withdrew this vote on: Jan 8 2010 09:32
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#24
(FIH) The Don
CALIBRE
I voted 1/10 because:

Cuz it is ugly
if you dont have anything worth waying then keep it for yourself

10/10 from me
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#25
zAAm
CALIBRE
I voted 1/10 because:

Cuz it is ugly
Although you're entitled to your opinion, I can't help but notice that there's always one guy voting 1/10 for most of the really great mods in the gallery? I'm not saying it's you, but one can wonder... ;)
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#26
MRCL
Jealousy? I mean I wanted to vote 1/10 too, but I clicked the wrong number :D
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#28
SRoode
I voted 10/10 because that was as high as I could vote!!!

Wonderful!!!
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#29
KieX
CALIBRE
I voted 1/10 because:

Cuz it is ugly
That's just poor really. How could one of the most memorable game characters ever be considered ugly?

I bet you are the kind of person to throw your companion into a furnace just to get out a door!

No cake for you.
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#31
mlee49
Lolzers Mussels! Wish I could thank you on that one!
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#32
codyjansen
dude, that is one of the coolest cases i have ever seen. lols thats tight.
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#33
Wile E
Power User
It goes without saying that you get a 10/10 from me. Now sell it to me dammit. lol.

And somebody spam CALIBRE's case with 1's
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#34
steelkane
I gave you a 1 with a 0 on the end for STELLAR Craftsmanship & AMAZING Detail to the true to life vision. AWESOME & one to remember, Also adding to my Windows 7 changing wallpaper RIGS pack.
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#35
CALIBRE
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Really nice build man!8/10
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#36
CALIBRE
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Wile E
It goes without saying that you get a 10/10 from me. Now sell it to me dammit. lol.

And somebody spam CALIBRE's case with 1's
Real mature man haha
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#37
MRCL
CALIBRE
Real mature man haha
Your 1/10 vote was "real mature" to begin with.
But lets not bust out a fight.
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#38
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
I don't usually vote on projects, but from conception/design through execution, you did a superb job. 10/10
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#40
zAAm
Thanks guys! I'll add some more photos a bit later when I show the cube in operation ;)
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#41
CALIBRE
:-(

Yeah well u ppl can continue to vote my pc 1! i apologized . and i dnt even knw what the Weighted Companion Cube is so can any1 tell me?
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#42
MRCL
CALIBRE
Yeah well u ppl can continue to vote my pc 1! i apologized . and i dnt even knw what the Weighted Companion Cube is so can any1 tell me?
It is a metal cube that appears in the game "Portal". It is an aid to solve the puzzles in the game. It is implied in the game that this cube is your only friend. Its tragic death touched the hearts of many, thats why its so popular, thus the build.
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#43
CALIBRE
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MRCL
It is a metal cube that appears in the game "Portal". It is an aid to solve the puzzles in the game. It is implied in the game that this cube is your only friend. Its tragic death touched the hearts of many, thats why its so popular, thus the build.
Thanks man! an im sorry i didnt knw that! thats sad:-(
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#44
AndreaSilverEye
WHAAAAAAAAAA!!!! Awesome ME LOVES IT! T_T; ME WANTS!

Thaz tha first thing that went in ma mind when i first saw this Cute rig.
Tha heart plaque thing is removable OMG!

Ten/Ten
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#45
roast
I love it. 10/10

Well done sir, really, that is a pure work of art. You may want to post this at thebestcasescenario.com - the guys there would be interested.

-Mick.
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#46
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
11/10. Amazing work. Possibly the best custom PC Ive ever seen.
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#47
mlee49
Hey zAAM are you planning on entering this in some contest? It could really be a contest worthy build.
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#49
zAAm
Thanks again guys! I didn't plan on entering any competitions just yet - it's just nice to see people appreciate your work ;)
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#50
MRCL
Have you shown it to the Valve guys yet?
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#51
Mussels
Moderprator
MRCL
Have you shown it to the Valve guys yet?
^ agreed, do it
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#52
DonInKansas
MRCL
It is a metal cube that appears in the game "Portal". It is an aid to solve the puzzles in the game. It is implied in the game that this cube is your only friend. Its tragic death touched the hearts of many, thats why its so popular, thus the build.
Oh noes! Spoilers! :laugh:

This is teh awesome.
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#53
Wile E
Power User
CALIBRE
Real mature man haha
Learned your lesson, didn't you?
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#55
CALIBRE
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Wile E
Learned your lesson, didn't you?
Yeah i did!
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#56
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
CALIBRE
Yeah well u ppl can continue to vote my pc 1! i apologized . and i dnt even knw what the Weighted Companion Cube is so can any1 tell me?
Thats no f*cking excuse. Even if I didnt know what it was meant to be, I would still give it high marks for the sheer quality of it.
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#57
Mussels
Moderprator
HookeyStreet
Thats no f*cking excuse. Even if I didnt know what it was meant to be, I would still give it high marks for the sheer quality of it.
he's apologized, and isn't doing anything wrong anymore. let it be.
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#58
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
Mussels
he's apologized, and isn't doing anything wrong anymore. let it be.
Im not trying to continue a lame argument m8. Just stating that people shouldnt really comment on things they dont understand. But then again, the net is full of idiots, no one can change this.

Anyway, back to the case. Its stunning!
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#59
rekekjeks
Best casemod I've seen

OK, pardon my language, but HOLY FREAKIN' SHITBALLS!!
This is absolutely amazing! I read your worklog too, and that's some serious business right there =P
I wish I could order one x]
Unbelievable good work!
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#60
CALIBRE
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Case does look amazing! and ppl make mistakes:-(
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#61
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
10/10! I LOVE THIS! once i get my cooling loop i will post my PC
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#62
Cuzza
Mate I have followed your worklog very closely and enjoyed it a lot. I know you put a truckload of work into this and it has definitely paid off! 9/10 from me.

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#65
Ubeogesh
this is incredible!
btw when i first time played portal - I've thought of this idea
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#67
Wile E
Power User
This is still in the top 3 for my all-time favorite case mods.
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