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"No Direction" - Custom PC
« on: July 26, 2008, 07:03:13 PM »

I started this log at bit-tech about 5 days ago so I am just going to catch yall up real quick…

7/21

Hi guys. Not only is this my first pc build, but its my first case mod, first pretty much anything. So bear with me, and all feedback is great. Positive or negative, i want to hear it.

First off...parts list

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo
Mobo - EVGA nForce 780i
GPU - XFX 8800GS (terrible impulse buy)
PSU - OCZ StealthXStream 600W
Ram - 4G (2x2G) Crucial
HDD - 1 WD 250G (IDE) 1 WD 320G (SATA)

case = random $50 ATX mid tower

parts. the PSU and 320G HD should be here, no later then Wednesday


after a quick mock up, i realized the IO plate that came with my mobo wont sit in the case. so I will have to make one. I plan on using clear plexi which I will paint black. keep in mind I've never used a Dremel. Speaking off, gotta go get one today


And the obligatory 'wish i hadn't bought that' picture


The skeleton...naked


Then a coat of flat black


Sides and top panel taped


Thats all for now. Check later tonight, I've gotta get some paint, a dremel, and run some college related errands.
Maybe my NewEgg box will be here when i get home :D

Oh yeah! Color Scheme will be flat black, white, and Monster green :)
Stay tuned!


Had a little run in with the law today...apparently its illegal to shoot squirrels with an air rifle on public hiking trails :jawdrop: they gave me a warning, so thats good.

Back to the mod.

I purchased a Dremel 400XPR today (my new favorie toy!)

Cut some holes in the side of the case...cant tell you why yet. Only because i cant explain it. But this is what they look like. They need some love yet


the dremel likes to jump alot. What is the quickest, most efficient way to fix this (see next pic)


I got a can of white today so i decided to spray the top but was in a rush...horrid over-spray accident




I think the idea is good however i will have to sand it and try again tomorrow :sigh:


I cut the plexi IO plate i was talking about earlier. not so much a plate, but a guard to keep stuff out. needs some love and some paint but i like it


My dads cousin gave me this bad boy a few weeks ago. Its sound activated so it hits with the bass from my stereo. its like a rave in my computer :) i think i will get a few more soon :D


So as always, feedback. I'm new to this and any help would be appreciated :D

almost forgot

The cage all painted flat. and an extra HDD cage i also painted. i would like to remove what i have and switch, but i dont want to lose the integrity of the case


7/22

Today was a long day. As you recall, i screwed up the top panel last night...bad. so i had to do some sanding. that didnt go well.



i thought that looked cool, for maybe a...grunge car theme. like death proof. maybe. Idk. This paint was tough. After a bit, i thought i would be fine so i gave it a few layers of white primer. turns out, i wasnt going to be fine. in fact i was going to spend the next 2 hours sanding...what joy



After that was done i decided to move on to the side panel



my doctors kit



after all was said and done, i sprayed them both VERY carefully and was left with this once the tape was removed. (resize is BAD)



my idea is to put mesh behind the back like this. the mesh is black and looks MUCH better in real life





Thanks for watching. my PSU should be here tomorrow so i will paint that and my top panel if I am home.
 

7/23

I was coming home from a college visit and rolled into the driveway as soon as the UPS guy showed up...and what did he bring??

My Sata HDD and my long awaited PSU!!



Off to do some painting. will return with fun stuff :)

Big update for yall :D

I finished the IO plate/shield and painted it.





I voided the warranty on my PSU (after checking if it worked of course) and painted the fan guard



Masked and painted my cathode





And of course, finished the top panel...FINALLY



Remember that little 3.5 cage i painted a while back...i have an idea



I'm thinking about placing it here: in the 5.25 bay area.



And because i hate the face, i will make a new one out of this top which is VERY close to exact size. A little long, but who cares.



I plan on putting maybe a 120 mm fan in front of the 5.25 bay. A bulgan switch in the middle and a few toggle switches on the bottom to control lights and other fun stuff. (displayed here with...junk) The racing stripes will continue down the face



I also hot glued the mesh for my little windows. what a pain



And here it is all mocked up. I'm getting really close, i just need to do that last side, mount my CD-ROM (you'll be surprised where she goes) and make the face plate.



Im thinking about cutting out the pick guard completely and just making it a window. what do you think?



This modding business is PRETTTTTY  addicting. im already planning my next mod lol. a scratch build. (no stealing!!)



7/24

So, about 5 minutes after putting up the poll i went downstairs and got to work cutting the window
Since I have never tried to cut something like that i was obviously a little skeptical about doing it but i took my time and cut WAY away from the actual edge...just to be safe



Selling metal pickguard for custom guitar build :D
jk



I then went back and cut it cleaner since i felt confident in my skills





Here you see the arsenal of files in which i used to clean it all up. It looks about the same but the details are cleaner and since i plan on gettin some U-Channel, it doesn't have to be perfect.



Thats about it for now, i need to sand it, the other side, and my new front so they can be painted flat and not gloss. I hate ordering online, so if anyone knows where i could pick up some of those kick-ass bulgan switches, it would be appreciated.

7/26/08

Since i got a metal break last night, i picked up some metal to well...bend :)



I found this old heatsink in my box of stuff and its awesome.



Its almost the EXACT width of the CD drive. It is unbelievably close, its like it was meant to go there



Just to let yall know, I plan on having this drive on the OUTSIDE of my computer. yes...I said outside. I have to measure, cut, and bend the mounting brackets. So make sure you stay tuned for that one :)

This is a complete failure for me. I marked, measured and measured and marked some more to find out...i measured wrong like 100 times. Not to mention my lack of metal bending skills. wow. I didn't take into account the fact that the cover sits OVER the CD ROM so the tabs don't sit all the way down on the case. The initial plan is to cover the case, stealth it, and install it on the Right side of the computer however THAT is easier said then done. I need to find a new way to make the case...one that doesn't involve bending :(



After the bending and hammering...not good. not good at all... They aren't really like 90 degree bends but more like...rolls.





I think i will just get some L bar and cut the pieces to size and rivet the L bar over it. What do yall think?

---Later that night---

I think the bends were round because of the repetitive bending back and forth. Anyways, i didnt like it so i bent them until they broke and hammered them on the side of my motorcycle lift with a ball peen hammer. i like the way they came out MUCH better then having it in one piece. These are garbage so i will remake them with a rubber mallet to avoid the nasty dents.

The break i had used



And the mock up



A lot has yet to be done on this. I need to make the back piece and a slot for the stealth tray to come out. I am hoping to re-wire the eject to a switch on the front of the case.

« Last Edit: July 26, 2008, 09:22:48 PM by nickhelton »
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Re: "No Direction" - Custom PC
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2008, 11:37:21 PM »

Awesome news! Today...I got sponsored...by Bill Owen at MNPCTech!!

His store is amazing, so make sure you swing by and give it a look at!!

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Re: "No Direction" - Custom PC
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2008, 04:41:48 PM »

Nice!
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Re: "No Direction" - Custom PC
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2008, 07:51:19 PM »

Thanks :)
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Re: "No Direction" - Custom PC
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2008, 09:18:03 PM »

I was thinking about what I was going to do with the front of the case and after looking at the MNPCTech store, I got this...however...I suck with sketchup



The design calls for removal of the 5.25 bay hense the side mounted CD drive :)
the two 80mm fans will be covered by these Urban Assault Grills

For instillation of the Fan controller, I will need to mod the 3.5 bay. Lots of work coming up in the near future, so stick around and be sure to tell me what you think. I love bouncing ideas off of people, so give em a throw :)

-Nick
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Re: "No Direction" - Custom PC
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2008, 10:48:29 AM »

Hi guys. Just a little update for now. Last night at midnight, Georgia started their back to school tax free weekend. This meant no sales tax on PCs, laptops, monitors, and accessories. Best Buy opened at midnight so I got there around 11:15 to see what kind of deals they were having. At around 12:03 I fell in love with this beauty.



Samsung 22" wide screen monitor. $249.99. amazing. My crappy JTX sits next to it, pale in comparison. I am working on removing the 3.5" bays right now and will post some HDD mounting pics later tonight

-Nick
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Re: "No Direction" - Custom PC
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2008, 11:07:10 AM »

Random question. Why not just paint the I/O shield that came with the mobo?

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Re: "No Direction" - Custom PC
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2008, 01:55:10 PM »

It doesn't fit in my case :(
I am going to make a new one probably
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Re: "No Direction" - Custom PC
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2008, 03:53:44 PM »

Interesting, i have worked with that bare chassis (only difference was the bezel) many times before and never had an issue with the I/O plate not fitting...

You got to push on it pretty hard before it will snap in. Nothing like generic cases that are stamped out by the thousands, they never really pay attention to ATX spec thresholds.
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Re: "No Direction" - Custom PC
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2008, 07:53:15 PM »

You got to push on it pretty hard before it will snap in. Nothing like generic cases that are stamped out by the thousands, they never really pay attention to ATX spec thresholds.

I know. I pushed on it and it wouldn't snap. It fit in my other crappy mid-tower but not this one  :-?

Got a little work done today. I ran my PC at idle for about an hour and the CPU was running at 120F+ and my 8800GS sounded like an airport on Christmas Eve. So thats not good. Looking into that :(

First of all, I needed to remove the 3.5" bays so I could put the fan controller on the bottom of the case.



Then I noticed that my poorly made case was missing holes for intake...so i fixed it. As you can see, I still had the rivet ends on so it messed the paint up. But its cool cause shes gettin a few new coats anyhow.



This part got me. I needed to rivet the 3.5" cage to the top of the case. Which sounds easy...it wasn't. I had riveted the 3 holes that I am using to Hold the cage up and realized that one of the rivets hadn't gone all the way through. It was holding the cage at an angle so i had to remove it. The drill couldnt seem to get it out so I had to bust out my Dremel. Even with that it took me 10 mins. Well after all was said and done, I got 'er fixed.

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