OK so we worked on it till 5am last night and then even more today. Had tons of problems, and I didn't take a lot of pictures along the way because I was very frustrated with the build problems I was having. For instance around 6pm things it was nearly done except for the buttons on the keypad. While I was securing them with hot glue, the number 6 key got some glue down inside the mechanical switch. We wasted over an hour getting it out. I got a text from my friend that is also attending quakecon that they close the registration at 7pm. I thought he meant for people that were not already preregistered, but apparently not. Even though we payed for preregistration months ago, they gave away our seats because we didn't get there in time. That was a pretty low move for them to make IMO. I didn't know anything about this being that I've never been to quakecon before. I must say that I was more then a little pissed about that. We decided to just go home and game from there tonight and then tomorrow go back before noon and get our seats. Before I go to bed I wanted to finally post an update on the build.
The fan grill was quite a pain to get mounted right. I finally had to bend it ever so slighting to get it to fit without filing down the sides.
This is my idea I came up with for the screw mountings. I would make a large base with steelputty.
Then screw in the screw mountings
Then mount the whole thing in place using JB weld.
Same thing for the nixie tubes, but this time I used a crose bar to hold on to the nixie tube socket tabs. Unfortunately one of the mounts on the nixie tubes broke off when I put too much pressure on it. I had to leave it that way because I didn't have 4 hours to wait for the jb weld to cure to try again. I plan on going back later and fixing this.
The underside of the top HD slot also broke free from the jb weld, so I made it permanent with steel putty.
For the mounting of the CPU meter I used an L bracket mounted to the case with jb weld then hot glued it in.
Here is all the hardware mounted and the wires connected. This went really fast surprisingly.
All the hardware connected. It looks like a mess right now. I need to do some serious cable management to clean this up.
The build as of 5am Friday morning
Here's how it looks right now.
I had to drop a few features temporarily to get it operational for quakecon. Here's what remains:
Install other two hard drives
Hook up the top HD slot with power and a data cable
Clean up and sleeve all the cables
Mount electronics box
While the computer is functional, it's not complete yet. It will be a while before I have more updates. Thanks for the subs everybody. I will return soon!