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Show us what the mesh/acrylic will look like in it place. Looks odd with the just the mesh alone.

 

That said, Nice update/s. Case looks amazing!

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You might want to look in to http://modelersbrand.com/ I just got some and these things are bright! I'm going to be doing a full review on them. They are a one man shop and his web site could use a make over but he's really good to work with and shipped my order same day. You will need to solder but looking at your case, I'm guessing you can handle that.
Here is a couple posts of it being used in a Trooper
http://www.overclock.net/t/1104349/the-official-cooler-master-storm-trooper-club/1360#post_16506856
http://www.overclock.net/t/1104349/the-official-cooler-master-storm-trooper-club/1500#post_16561547

I just ordered 3 feet of warm white, and 1 foot of blue smooth double density tape. It's probably more than I need, but better to have a bit too much than not enough! I'll have to wait until I get home from work to get a return email from him or paypal.. had to email in my order request. Thanks again for the link Goodink!

Like I said small one man shop with a bad website but I'm really impress with his product, I'm sure you will be too. He also tests the strip before he sends it out. I think once the word gets out on here on how nice they are everyone that can solder will be getting some. He's got UV ones too, and they really are UV unlike most led's out there.
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stunning

the mods are so clean and the paint is gorgeous. well done. can't wait to see the hardware and lighting go in this thing!
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I'm in love with it! I sent you a text asking you about the lengths of cords so I can order/start the sleeving, it's pretty hard to get anything from mdpc right now, but it will totally be worth the wait!! I've also been debating upgrading to the 2700k, I've seen some pretty good numbers from it on a WC setup.


Not sure the lengths that will be needed.. Just order a bit extra sleeving and shrinkwrap. after all, were bound to have to redo a few as neither of us has ever sleeved anything lol. I'm glad you like everything so far- we have to get together real soon and order some watercooling stuffs biggrin.gif

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I saw the orange...and was intrigued
Then the immaculate worksmanship started unveiling
Then the MadKat logo...
Then I realized you also made the gaming / racing booth...
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Good work, it looks amazing thumb.gif


Thank you very much for the kind words and for taking the time to comment!

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Show us what the mesh/acrylic will look like in it place. Looks odd with the just the mesh alone.

That said, Nice update/s. Case looks amazing!


Will do, but I'm going to wait for the lighting for the full effect-

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stunning
the mods are so clean and the paint is gorgeous. well done. can't wait to see the hardware and lighting go in this thing!
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Thanks and I can't wait either! This is going to be a tough one to give to Lane when the times comes.. watch me cry lol

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Like I said small one man shop with a bad website but I'm really impress with his product, I'm sure you will be too. He also tests the strip before he sends it out. I think once the word gets out on here on how nice they are everyone that can solder will be getting some. He's got UV ones too, and they really are UV unlike most led's out there.

Yeah, I was pretty impressed with the service. I was installing win 7 on one of the shop computers (after I had to replace a dead dvd drive) this morning, so I ordered some light strips from that guy's site. I had to email in my order, which was kind of strange, but he responded in like 5 minutes to my bosses email that I used. He said he sent a Paypal invoice to my home email (which I gave him in the order) and if I could get payment sent within a few hours, he would make sure it shipped the same day.

Later, I got ahold of my baby sitter and had her forward me the email from home, and made a payment. Again with a short time, Tom responded and said it had been mailed, and supplied a tracking number. Hopefully I will be able to get in by the end of the week.

So Monday at work was pretty painless, so when I got home I still had plenty of energy for modding. As with many good mod sessions, I kick it off with a cold brew- notice the bad@ss pint glass!

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First thing I did was to grab the pieces that I painted white last night and removed the masking-

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When I flip the two haves together, heres what the outside is looking like. The white should help reflect the lighting.

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When I was looking at the other side, I liked how the shadows cast from the light above made it look like the flame was dancing wink.gif

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Well, next was the simple fan swap on the hot-swap cage I got for the case. I wanted to swap the loud stock black fan with a nice orange xigmatec fan with leds. Except that the stock fan is only 20mm thick, and the xiggy is 25mm.... what to do?

You can't fit a square peg in a round hole... or can you?

Here's a picture of my roto-zip rotary tool with flex wand attachment, and the partially 'cut' fan-

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This plastic melts more than it cuts, at least with a dremel cutoff disk. What a mess!

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After melting my way around the fan it looks like so-

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Next I use some small wire cutters to snip off some of the slag-

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Then I clean it up further with a razor blade, and put some tape on the blade to protect it from damage.

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It was still pretty far from flat, so I compressed the fan blade to the support brackets with some tape pulled tight, and taped some 80 grit sandpaper to my kitchen countertop. I learned this method from a lapping tutorial here on OCN smile.gif I sanded the frame down using 80, 220, 400, 800...


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Then I wet-sanded with some 1000 grit.

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Next victim-

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using the snips, I remove the fan grill.

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I clean it up further with a razor blade- that looks good...

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...but not good enough! I eye my empty beer glass and bulb.gif

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action shot!

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thats better thumb.gif

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Next I cut some fan cables, plug in a soldering iron, and round up some needed items. not only is the xigmatek fans cable too long, it has the wrong end on it to plug on to the hot-swap circuit board. Flux, solder and heatshrink all present.

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I warm the insulation with a lighter, and pinch/pull the ends off with my thumbs fingernail pressed against the side of my index finger. I have a nice pair of wire strippers, but it's only 6 ends. I then dip the ends of the wires into the flux.

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before soldering, I slip on two skinny pieces of heatshrink and one fatter one, then solder the wires to their color-coded counterparts.

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I heat the skinny-shrink over the positive and negative wires using my trusty heat-gun (bic), then slide the larger diameter piece and shrink the yellow wire (rpm monitor) to the heatshrunk (is that a word?) wires.

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As you can see, the frame of the xiggy fan is still a little bit taller than the stock fan, and if you look closly, the fan blades are taller yet.

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I solve this problem by flipping the fan over, so it pushes air from inside the case out the front (thank god for those meshed chevrons haha) instead of the way the unit comes, sucking outside air in over the drives. It should perform quieter, and definately look better at the trade off of slightly warmer hdds.

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So that's how you fit a 25mm thick fan into a 20mm housing lol. I realise that was a pretty long post for not too much impact, heck, you wont really be able to see this fan except for when the door is open, but it's the little details that make special builds, well, special.

Here is the hot-swap cage installed and looking all sexy with its new orange fan thumb.gif

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Let me know if you guys actually read all that haha.
Thanks for looking!
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I saw a huge post and thought that it's going to be some huge update. But it was about mounting a single fan. biggrin.gif lol cool nonetheless
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I saw a huge post and thought that it's going to be some huge update. But it was about mounting a single fan.
even better lol
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Nice fan mod.

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Great paint, and the attention to detail is amazing! This is one of the first major Cosmos II mods I've seen, so I'm excited to see how it turns out. Subbed!
Oh, and dremeling plastic is hard- I'm sure there's a way to do it right but I've never found it.
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...but not good enough! I eye my empty beer glass and bulb.gif

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action shot!

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And I thought you needed a full work shop to mod stuff, I will say that was brilliant and I will be using this in the future thumb.gif
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