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post #31 of 97
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That's a really great build you've got there. The paint work is just superb, not OTT like i've seem on some builds. All the little details like the radioactive symbol on the fans are top notch too thumb.gif

Thanks much . . . it is the details that consume me sometimes and probably the main reason it took me so long to finish. Oh well, functional obsessive compulsives thrive on detail biggrin.gif

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post #32 of 97
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Nice detailing work.. i like it

Thanks much for the feedback thumb.gif . . . glad you enjoyed it.

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post #33 of 97
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WORK LOG - UPDATE

Sleeving and Cable Management: The surest way to insanity for a noob

Right, so one day I hit on the brain storm idea of trying my hand at sleeving. I went online watched the YouTube vids, Googled myself silly and found out as much as I could . . . I mean how hard could this be . . . right? I soon found out that not all wardrobes lead to Narnia and some come out just this side of h#%$

I had bought the tools and decided on various subdued military colours (para cord) and it all seemed so simple. That was until I pulled apart my first connector and discovered the wonderful world of Corsair PSU proprietary rights and double wires . eek.gif

Luckily I didn't run in all ham fisted and take every wire out, and decided on only one wire at a time. So, when I was finally able to breath again, I started the long process of finding out what to do . . . it was my PCI-E cable. In the end it turned out. Although, I have to admit it took every ounce of control not to throw it across the room and run out screaming.

I next tackled the molex and SATA . . . and I thought double wires were bad. In the end they all turned out relatively well and colours match the build nicely. The head shrink could be better but even my functional obsessive compulsive idiosyncrasies were no match for the h@%$ that is heat shrink . . . So I admitted my weaknesses and moved on.

I will admit that I chickened out on the 24 pin connect as I noted multiple double wires crisscrossing back and forth. In the end, I decided to give the Corsair cheap OEM sleeving a quick blast of spray paint (very light) in various camo colours . . . not the best way but I needed to recoup some of my sanity at that point.

I turned my attention on the front panel connectors which were sleeved in paracord. However, I found there was nothing I could do with the USB 3 cable as it was a sealed casing. So I paid a visit to my favorite modding store - Home Depot - and walked around until I found something to hide this ugly cable which would have to go straight through the case to the USB 3 slot on the mobo mad.gif. I found plastic cable sheathing which resembled the metal electrical conduit I used earlier. Not an exact match but close . . . so with a little work and of course paint, I was able to make it fit in and in the end give this ugly cable a new look and exercise some cable management.











I tested out the other sleeving projects in my case to measure for fit so the photos below are just temp cable management. My intent was to keep only the sleeved wires visible.



That 24 pin connector still pains me to look at though frown.gif







So with the above experiment in all things insane . . . I now ready to move on to the wonderful world of hardware and what not. Unfortunately, work will take me away for a week, so I will have to wait until next weekend frown.gif

Hope you enjoyed

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post #34 of 97
Very nice work. I probably would have tried sleeving the double wires and then wrecked something xD but yh the look all fits together nicely. I look forward to seeing how this turns out.
post #35 of 97
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Thanks much for the feedback . . . as a noob, I am never quite sure if I am doing this right or not. However, as I sit here and stare at that 24 pin point connector, I am overwhelmed with the urge to just go ahead and do it. I guess I'll have a week in my hotel room to ruminate about it before I get back home confusedsmiley.png

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post #36 of 97
You will want to sleeve them, believe me! I was going to on my main computer, but I decided not to. After I got it together, it just didn't look right. Do yourself a favor and do it now, I had to take mine out again...and redo all my cable management again...
On another note, I really like how you hid the SATA cable! I'm a stickler for keeping a theme in my projects, and that one cable really makes yours! Can't wait to see the final project!
post #37 of 97
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Thanks much for your suggestion . . . I'm convinced and will just bite the bullet and do it biggrin.gif

It took me a while to figure out how to hide that cable but in the end it workd out well.

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post #38 of 97
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Work Log: Part 5

Corsair H80i Cooling - The art of rusting

Hello all:

I am beginning to work on some of the internal hardware mods in an effort to make them match the theme (old an worn). I have been experimenting with rust effects and after a bit of trial and error, I have come up with a method which I think provided good results . . . Let me know what you think.

I started with the Corsair H80i Cooler.





As this was going to be mounted toward the front back of the build I wanted to show some real rust damage (think eaten away). My normal mode has always been to paint and age via rust colour model paint and brushed aluminum. This would require a different approach. I started with a base coat of "ruddy brown" primer (light coats so as not to clog up the fins)



The next step was a very light coat of colour (olive drab). I did not want to overpower the base coat so it was spray sparingly to give it the appearance of having been worn away over time and use.



In order to create the illusion of metal which had been corroded by rust I used liquid adhesive which I sprayed in various locations on the pieces ( I did not spray the adhesive into the fins . . . biggrin.gif). Once the adhesive began to set, I took ground fire place ash and rubbed it into the adhesive to create a rough surface. Once the adhesive set, I brushed off the loose charcoal and then lightly sprayed the pieces with the base coat primer and olive drab to seal the rough surface.





To provide a final rust appearance, I used acrylic paint mixed to various orange textures which I applied on the pieces. Initial painting was smudged in using my finger and a latex glove. I continued this process to create varying shades of orange to provide depth. The final light orange coats were applied lightly on the rough surfaces without smudging.





All I have left to do is to sleeve the fan cables and it is ready for mounting into the unit.

Hope you enjoyed. smile.gif

Cheers

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post #39 of 97
Man, that was wicked! I'm really liking how this is turning out! Very interesting idea on how to do the rust look, I never would have thought how to do it.
post #40 of 97
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Thanks much.

Yeah, it took a bit of trial and error but I think the rust effect turned out okay.

Cheers

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