OK so I just heard back from the engraver. It looks like he won't be back to work till the 30th! That's gonna make it seriously hard to finish the mod in time for QuakeCon. It only give me 2 days to finish things up and one of those days I will have to be at work! This is going to be a serious challenge...
Also I spent the better part of this weekend trying to get the incandescent bulbs to work, but I just can't figure it out. When I wire everything up according to that guide I found (and this one too: http://bildr.org/2011/03/high-power-control-with-arduino-and-tip120/
) the light remains on ALL the time, not just when it gets the signal to light up. I think it has something to do with the way the door lock circuit works on the same ground line that the high voltage line goes to or something. I don't have any electrical training, so I'm really stumped by this one. If there is an electrical genius reading this; please help me. I may have to fall back to the original LED design to get this completed by the deadline.
After the lighting problem I only have to figure out how to mount the nixie tubes, the cpu meter, the keypad and the top fan grill. Everything else is panel mount and super easy. Also I have to get the top HD slot rigged with a sata and power port, although I think I have the perfect solution for that.
Then I have to wire everything together. This include the front audio ports to the front panel audio headers on the motherboard, the power button to door lock NO circuit. the cpu meter to arduino, the lights to their respective controllers, the switches to the ground lines of the temperature and door lock circuits and then finally the usb ports to a motherboard usb header.
Also at various point throughout this build, I need to re-mount things with pop rivets.
Lots of fun ahead and not a lot of time. I feel like I'm forgetting something...