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good luck man! btw, just saying, but i saw you on tony's forum too. great OSX data base man tongue.gif (that if you use the same nickname)
     
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good luck man! btw, just saying, but i saw you on tony's forum too. great OSX data base man tongue.gif (that if you use the same nickname)

That would be me! I go by Jeffinslaw on most forums.

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Thanks alot Jeffinslaw I will definitely be getting in touch with you soon. And don't worry like I said I'll be using it as a guide for the technical parts as in mobo tray fitments and things of that sort. I definitely wont copy your style. If you look into some of my past builds you'll see I like having thins that have all their own look to stand out from the crowd. I just like following logs like these to see what not to do and what will save time and headaches along the way.

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Thanks alot Jeffinslaw I will definitely be getting in touch with you soon. And don't worry like I said I'll be using it as a guide for the technical parts as in mobo tray fitments and things of that sort. I definitely wont copy your style. If you look into some of my past builds you'll see I like having thins that have all their own look to stand out from the crowd. I just like following logs like these to see what not to do and what will save time and headaches along the way.

Good luck! I'm here to answer any questions.

Guess what guys, it's update time! Big update too!

Update 13 - Fan Painting/PSU Modding

So the first part of this update I will be going over the painting of a few of my case fans.

Here are the fan blades popped out of the frame.

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Taped up.

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Prepped for painting.

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First coat for the backside.

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First coat for front.

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That's all the pictures I took of the fans. I didn't take a final picture of them all together, I can do that if people are interested.

Next was to do some minor cutting on the PSU housing. I cut a slot for all of the cables to go through. There will be quite a few cables going through this slot.

All taped up and ready to go!

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All cut!

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Here is my PSU. It is a Silverstone Strider Gold 850 Watt. It is a pretty awesome PSU.

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Notice the size difference from the Apple PSU?

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Plenty of room that way though. I'm going to put my pump in the empty space.

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Here are the internals.

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Moving it out of it's housing.

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Had to cut the power plug in order to get it out. I knew there was no turning back after that cut.

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Power plug freed! I bet some of you guys are wondering how I did that. Welllll, I didn't cut the PSU housing at all to get it out. I was able to slide it out from the socket very slowly and carefully thus preserving the original housing.

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Had to file some standoffs down.

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I needed to lengthen the wires from the plug to the PCB of the PSU. Stripped the cut wires.

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Soldered. Please excuse the crap job. I just can't figure out why the damn solder won't flow like in ANY of the videos I have seen. I am using resin core solder and the only way to get it to even slightly flow is if I dip the tip of the soldering iron in some liquid flux first. Very frustrating.

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Very ugly solder joint.

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Luckily I was able to hide it...

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Tried the second one a different way. Results were similar, it looked like crap lol.

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Hidden...

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So after I was extremely disgusted with those results, it dawned on me, why not just desolder the old wires from the board and solder new ones?? DUH!!

Old solder.

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My solder joints. I am actually pretty proud of these. They look pretty decent IMO.

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Hmmm... I need to do something about all that extra copper wire sticking out...

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Heat shrink it!

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Soldered on the wires to the plug. These results were decent as well.

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This is how I had to wrap the wires around the PSU.

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So... after all of that, I didn't like the way the modular plug board thing was acting. It won't bend the way I want it because of the massive amount of wires to it. So I decided that I will have to get a non modular PSU and make it modular for my needs. Yep, that's right folks, I am actually going for a non-modular PSU over the Silverstone one. I picked up a Kentek 850 Watt PSU from Amazon for $45. I'm going to desolder all of the wires from the board (12V, 5V, GND etc.) and solder on the number of wires I need and in the lengths they need to be.

And now on to the good part... I picked up the case from the powder coaters on Wednesday. Oh.... my.... gosh... I was speechless when I saw the parts laying on the table. My pictures do not do it justice AT ALL. I will try and get a better camera for my projects this weekend. Here are the pictures of the case.

Side shot.

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You can't tell because of the crappy iPhone picture but I got all of the main case pieces powder coated in glossy black and the internal stuff powder coated in matte black. It is just simply stunning.

Here is my favorite part, the back... I find myself just staring at it in awe for awhile.

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It is just so smooth and so perfect. It flows together so nicely and it just makes my mouth water. Sorry guys... haha.

Anyways, that's it for this update! I PROMISE I will get better pictures of the case. It is just simply beautiful.

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This is looking gorgeous! The gloss black looks ****ing SWEET!!! I love it. And yeah the back looks awesome.
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Soldering: I'm no expert but it looked like the tip of your iron needed cleaning. For some reason, it took me the longest time to remember to heat the wire, not the solder. Another possible issue could be that your iron is just not strong enough for wire but will work great for PCB connections.

Anyway, looking good.thumb.gifthumb.gif
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This is looking gorgeous! The gloss black looks ****ing SWEET!!! I love it. And yeah the back looks awesome.

Thanks! I'm glad you like it! I think it just looks absolutely amazing and I just can't stop drolling over it!

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Soldering: I'm no expert but it looked like the tip of your iron needed cleaning. For some reason, it took me the longest time to remember to heat the wire, not the solder. Another possible issue could be that your iron is just not strong enough for wire but will work great for PCB connections.
Anyway, looking good.thumb.gifthumb.gif

Thanks for the tips! I will try that out next time when I solder my new PSU.

Another update! I promised better pictures and hopefully these are better. I tried to set up a photo shoot thing but idk if it turned out the way I would have liked it to. I prefer to take pictures outside because there is better exposure but up here in the Pacific North West, the weather is currently crappy right now.... Hopefully there will be a break in the weather with a little bit of sun to take some proper pictures.

Anyways! On to the photos.

Update 14 - My First Photo Shoot

Please be gentle... these pictures aren't the best....

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Changed the setting on the camera for these pictures. The shutter speed is at ISO 100. Gave it a golden color too...

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I like this picture.

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Last picture. Changed it back to the old setting.

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Hope you guys enjoyed my mediocre pictures haha.

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OMG! This looks great!!!
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Looks very very nice in black. good job on that. thumb.gif


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Next time you're soldering the wires together add a little flux to both sides first and tin them (put a little solder onto both ends of the bare wire) as this will make it much much easier to get a good contact and will also look much cleaner smile.gif Also make sure that your soldering iron tip is really clean because if it's dirty it wont transfer the heat as easily to the wires thus the solder wont flow as you want it. thumb.gif

Example of the tinning process below randomly ripped from google

Edited by BeardedJesus - 11/18/12 at 3:37pm
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