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The Concept

Futuristic Steampunk.

So what is Project [Black Box] Cosmorama all about? Its about non standard and unusual,I realized after my last mod that anyone could build it and although its wicked cool I want something much more.

The Plan

Find a oddball metal cabinet and stuff fairly high end parts in it.

All wires will be paracord sleeved in a black and green color mix

All parts will be found on a budget watching newegg sales and ebay as well as local hardware and thrift stores.

Edit: Budget seems to be growing

Black and green are the colors for the project. EDIT: Also a small amount of Brass or Bronze.

The only standard PC case parts to be used are the MoBo tray and I/O shield. The rest will be fabricated at my work or here at the house.

All parts will have some sort of a mod done to them.

The Parts

So far I have:

The "case": 1900's Stewart Warner Series 900 Radio housing (Ebay $18.20 with shipping)

The CPU 2500K


The MB ASRock Pro3 Gen3


The Ram Gskills DDR3 1600 4x4 GB


The HD 500 Seagate F3

The GPU Sapphire Radeon HD 6870


The PSU: Rosewill Hive 650 Modular (with newegg coupon $63)


The CD/DVD Drive: LG CD/DVD OEM($15 newegg coupon)


The Paracord: 2 rolls of 550lbs (1 green, 1 black $16 bucks at local Military Surplus store)


The Fans: Two 80mm green led Thermaltake Thunderblades and two 120mm green led Thermaltake Thunderblades (paid about $6 bucks each from Newegg and Bestbytes)

The Old Cases: Going to cut up a couple old cases for the metal and Mobo tray and I/O sheild. (Free)


Stuff still needed

Straps for the latches

The Teaser Pics

Antique Radio case on top of a Redneck Beverage Temperature Regulating Device. (a R.B.T.R.D for short)



Ah, what a more cultured person would call "Patina"



Gotta love the little stamped out corners!!



The Porch Dog approves of my purchase, Or maybe he thinks it contains food?



Progress



More Progress



After slight redesign


Current State


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Edited by AlderonnX - 3/23/14 at 7:08pm
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Will be posting final build picks here...

Reserved..

Some Almost done pics..









Its Alive!!!


Edited by AlderonnX - 10/29/12 at 9:56am
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That needs a serious bit of work doing to it.

The plan sounds good!

Rowey
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looks like a cool project.
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Thanks for the comments guys.

Ok, so more parts were ordered today

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005Z7IHHQ/ref=s9_simh_gw_p60_d0_g60_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0SB0SKZ6ZYNJW8DH2EPZ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

Green LEDS!!!!

The idea is to have the inside of the case VERY bright.

I also got my front fans and u-channel in today.


Pics
Its hard to hide the costs of a build from your wife when all the parts keep showing up in boxes and then you pile them on the dinner table and start snapping pics

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Green And Black Para-cord is gonna look awesome.

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Look guys plenty of room. Why I have a Matx Mobo, A 650 watt PSU, 1 old hard drive, 2 spiders, And eleven-ty seven pounds of rust in here all at once!!
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Edited by AlderonnX - 5/10/12 at 8:41am
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Ok, I made a mess. I decided to try some paint stripper and rust remover before I go as far as sandblasting. I now have it soaking. If anyone else is thinking about using paint stripper my advice is use gloves and do just 1 side at a time and do it outside.

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After letting it soak for 10-15 minutes I attacked it with Chuck Norris' Toothbrush (heavy duty grout brush)


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85 years of grimy paint dissolving off the side. Somewhere a antique dealer is crying in pain.

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I got 99.9% of the paint off, But now there is still the rust to deal with... I'm back on the sandblasting train.
Edited by AlderonnX - 5/10/12 at 8:35am
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Ok, So I removed the 85 y/o case feet. And the bottom of this thing is now removable!!

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Only a hammer could love this job.

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Ok, clearly its more of a Vice-Grips job.

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I'm still amazed at the quality of Steel used in a RADIO back in the 20's....Look its as thick as a cross-cut circle saw blade!!! I'm fairly convinced that this thing could survive a "weather balloon" crash into the New Mexico desert just fine.

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Ok, enough pics, back to modding... I'm about to embark on a sleeving adventure.
Edited by AlderonnX - 5/10/12 at 8:08pm
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As is standard I got side tracked. Wile in the storage room looking for all my sleeving stuff I found 2 or 3 of the old cases I'm planing to use on this build for parts. I selected a unwilling victim,
It seems Dell over builds these 2001 era PC's a bit. This is a old Socket 478 P4 with a 160 GB HD and about 10 pounds of plastic cladding.

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After I pried the side open I found a mess.

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I had to deploy a side cutters and a hand held socket driver to remove the Matx MoBo

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Whats this??? Jackpot.. A removable Motherboard tray with green latches? Yes it is.
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I will have to cut off the socket 478 mounting points and make a CPU cooler bracket access hole to this tray as well. (unless I liked the smell of shorted out components anyway!!!)

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I also found a tool-less DVD drive bay cage
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And a matching HDD bay. I should be able to cut them down and mount them in the new case just fine. This will be cut down to fit.

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EDIT: went ahead and cut down the base from the case to make the removable tray.

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Ok, now that I am covered in metal dust and the bodies (and quite possibly Souls!!) of a large number of dead spiders, I'm ready for a shower and a break.

I think its time for a new made up phase. "Its now time to Para-crastinate " (thats cronic avoidance of sleeving with paracord due to lazyness)

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Edited by AlderonnX - 6/23/12 at 3:25pm
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"Its now time to Para-crastinate " (thats cronic avoidance of sleeving with paracord due to lazyness)
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wow! thats hilarious! thats the stage i'm in now on my build (sig rig)

Your computer is looking freaking amazing though!!!! NICE JOB!
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I'll have a update tonight. I got the bottom of the case sanded and primed. Also tested the PSU for 24 hours in my [Orange Box] rig. I will began the PSU sleeving tonight. I will also be posting all those pics. thanks, and bring on those comments and questions.
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