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[Project Build Log] I can't believe it's not copper

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" In Roman times, it (copper) was known as aes Cyprium, aes being the generic Latin term for copper alloys and Cyprium from Cyprus, where much copper was mined." -wikipedia entry for copper


Status

Current Phase:
Phase 3: Cutting -trimming out the fat.
Future Phases (Click to show)
Phase 1: Planning -finalizing 3d model, making adjustments and measuring. Gathering materials and tools for build.
Phase 2: Front Panel -cutting all the fins. Filling in the sides,
Phase 3: Cutting -trimming out the fat. This is when I'll start cutting all the metal pieces down to size and dissasembling the case. Cutting the new back panel, mid panel, and cutting the SSD area front panel.
Phase 4: Welding. My roommate has a welder and is pretty good at it. Will be figuring out exactly what needs to be welded or pop-riveted.
Phase 5: Prep - Sanding everything down and getting ready for paint
Phase 6: Paint
Phase 7: Reassembly

Somewhere in these phases I'll be ordering parts and sleeving the PSU.

Intro

Thanks for looking at my build log. The goal is to transform my AMD edition HAF 932 into a good looking, minimalistic yet still functional case. The motivation for this build is mainly credited to the murdermod cases and their minimalistic and clean design. I hope to get the majority of this build done during spring break so be sure to keep checking back.

The Plan

The theme will be copper and black.

Phase 1 - Planning - I'm still familiarizing myself with Google Sketchup and working with 3d models in general. I am about 75% complete in sketchup and still have much more to learn and design for this build. If anyone knows of a good free rendering program please let me know. The case mods I have planned so far are to eliminate the front grill and smooth the sides of the front panel which will probably be done with fiberglass. HDD bay will be removed and the motherboard tray flipped upside down. The motherboard tray will be cut down to size and the back panel will be a custom design. A 480 radiator will sit at the bottom along with the psu mounted vertically.

Components
** The asus board is just a place filler to give me an idea of fitment.

This build is for my upcoming water cooled Ivy Bridge build. I plan on getting a Z77 mobo (still undecided) along with the new kepler gpu's (pending review) and a 3770K with hopes of running a high daily overclock. Many of the parts I plan to use in this case are undecided so I'll keep updating as I decide what to use.[/CENTER]

Almost finished 3D Model
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Edited by thx1138 - 3/21/12 at 7:03pm
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The victim
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As my pc sits right now
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Testing mobo tray placement
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Edited by thx1138 - 3/15/12 at 7:42am
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Looks nice! Can you tell us a little about how the copper will be...formed?
    
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Sorry I should have mentioned I'll be using copper metallic paint. Thanks for looking smile.gif
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Looks sweet. thumb.gif
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going to be nice thumb.gif
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Are you wanting to have a polished copper look? Or just a raw copper ore type look? I know with Metallic paint, you don't really get the polished, reflective look you might want. Great color choice though, keeping up with this one.
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Originally Posted by nickbaldwin86 View Post

Looks sweet. thumb.gif
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going to be nice thumb.gif

Thanks guys. I changed the gaudy pic at the top to a more... refined pic. Also you'll noticed I flipped the bay rack 90 degrees and will be showcasing 2 ssd's in the front now. I'm going to make a panel and cut out the area over the ssd's and put acrylic in there, might even add some LED's.
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Are you wanting to have a polished copper look? Or just a raw copper ore type look? I know with Metallic paint, you don't really get the polished, reflective look you might want. Great color choice though, keeping up with this one.

I'm still debating on whether I want to go with reflective/polished copper or raw copper. I'll be using automotive paint so for the polished look I would paint a layer of chrome and then a layer a transparent copper over it. The reason I might go with the raw copper look is because I'd like to do the black parts in satin and it wont be so flashy with a raw copper/satin black vs polished. What do you guys think I should do? polished copper/gloss black or raw copper/satin black?
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