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[Build Log] Project "nV" mini-ITX build

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Ok guys, this is my first ever post and first ever build log. I needed something small in my garage for music, looking up parts, etc. So far, these are the parts:
  • CoolerMaster Elite 120 Advanced
  • Biostar A681-350 Deluxe (AMD E-3500 dual core CPU)
  • 4GB MicroCenter RAM
  • Inland 400W PSU
  • Cheap DVD Drive
  • 250GB SATA Hard Drive
  • Couple 'o fans

The beginning:




I have been running it now for around 1 1/2-2 months with no problems. I looked at it and decided I needed a project for the summer...so here we go!
Decided to do 3 window cuts with plexi behind them, and paint every last part of the case and accessories. My colors will be green (like a lime green), perfect white, and black (with a little flake in it). The picture doesn't do the colors justice, but here:


Entire case apart (rivets and everything), windows cut, and beginning of masking:





Primer will be laid down hopefully tomorrow for everything, but there's a LOT to clean off before I can do that!

MY ONLY PROBLEM: I can't figure out what I want to etch in the plexi!! I have done a few computers and many Xbox 360s with window cuts and plexi etching, but I'm not sure what would look good with this one. Open to any ideas, I know that on the top, I am going to etch "nV" in it, but on the other sides I can't think of anything.
post #2 of 9
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Ok, primer is on most of the parts. All that is left is throwing a coat of primer on the power supply and I'll be ready to prep for the color! I'm hoping to do the rest of the primer tomorrow, and start prepping later that day. Thursday will probably be a lot of prep and hopefully the coat of white over everything!



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That's a lot of work for a build that's going to be trashed in garage... I like it thumb.gif
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post #4 of 9
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Haha thanks! It won't be ruined in the garage, it sits up on a ledge on my tool bench. I'm still working on the white basecoat, seems to be taking forever with the lack of spare time I have for it right now. I am actually considering takin my monitor apart to paint it too, but I'm not sure just yet. I'm gonna see how this turns out first, it's been a while since I've shot paint...kinda feel rusty at it right now.
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Well, due to the rain that hasn't stopped the past two weeks, I haven't been able to paint. The humidity is drying the paint faster than it is sticking to the case...

So in the meantime, let's void the power supply warranty even further! I have decided that desoldering the wires from the board and sleeving them will be much easier than trying to cut them in half and hoping the sleeving fits. I also cut the power supply wires down a little so there would be less slack in the case. All the sleeving is white, and each individual wire is being sleeved. I'll get pics up when they're done, I'm about halfway through the 24 pin connector right now.

post #6 of 9
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FINALLY!!! The rain has stopped on my days off, I spent all day painting today (still not done with my gun yet). I wish the green would show up in the pics better, it's a wicked color in real life.




Oh, and of course I ran out of sleeving when I was ALMOST done, all I need is about 8 more feet...I'm hoping to get some more soon, and I have next week off so I should be able to finish this thing off!
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MORE!! Couldn't help myself, woke up early before work and sprayed the clear coat. When I get home tonight I'm putting all the rivets back in (got some white ones). Only things left to do: 1) need to figure out what I want to do on the side panels, and 2) I still have to wait until I can order the rest of the cable sleeving to have it fully assembled but I am going to have everything else done by the time it gets here. More pics!










PLEASE if anyone has ideas on what to etch on the plexi, I could use them! I know I want to do nV on the top (and put my logo on the side, but it will be very small) but I don't know if I should leave the two side pieces clean or to etch something in them. I'm thinking I want to do white lights, but I might be able to figure out how to do green LEDs on the top plexi and hope that the white doesn't flush it out.
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Beginning of assembly! Clear coat was dry after work, so I decided to get the body put back together, then decided that I wanted to see the (almost) complete product.






Did some thinking at work and decided just to do "nV' on the top (which I have discovered has a very small amount of room to work with as far as mounting plexi), light that up green, then leave the two side pieces clear and just do white LEDs on them. May do some highlights on the case (positioning LEDs in spots to get a little better glow), but I haven't decided. Fans are going to stay black unless I can find a good deal on some green LED fans (I'll change the LEDs to white to see what they do). I think I got the OK from the wifey to order the rest of my sleeving too! Should be here early next week so I can work on it on my staycation.
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