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post #21 of 175
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While I'm working on the plans for the case modules in Sketchup, the white LEDs arrived on Saturday and got to work on replacing all the case LEDs.

The I/O PCB removed from the case. The two LEDs have a plastic circular base to align them in position. There's no adhesive in between, so replacing them was easy to do.



When I took the case out of the box, the USB 3.0 inputs were upside down. This kind of annoyed me having to plug stuff in the "wrong" way. So while this was out, I flipped the connectors around.

Bottom: original blue LED with circular base removed. Top: White LED with circular base.



New LEDs replaced, before I clipped the pins



Bright white LEDs in place. Looking better now!



Here's the Logisys LED light bar I ordered from Xoxide.



The lights powered from the PSU after splicing the cables




I found that the best spot to put the light is the top left side of the case (not in the left side panel).
Left view of the case with the lights on



More purchases and talk about the HDD mod coming up ahead biggrin.gif
Edited by ccRicers - 11/3/13 at 5:23pm
post #22 of 175
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Sketchup mock post. Here's my hard drive module in progress.
Fans and hard drive model are from Sketchup Components Collection. I made the enclosure and HDD sleds myself.

The completed module will make an 'S' shape, so two more bends will curve the metal to cover the hard drive sleds. They're just exposed here for visual clarity.

The front part enclosing two 120mm fans, and the hard drive sleds




Size comparison with case



How it'll be placed inside. Looks like there will be a tight fit with the hard drives and USB cables.




Rendered in Blender

post #23 of 175
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Finally got around to do some painting. The weather's getting colder and it's not ideal but there were worse days to go out, so decided to try on a few parts before I get the major stuff done.

I started on the hard drive cage and ODD bay. The hard drive cage won't be used on this build, mostly as a spare really.




Next to the aluminum drive sled for comparison



I had a few problems with one of the plastic handles. It was gusty outside and made a couple of noob mistakes with the paint blowing against the wind and pointing it farther away. Clogged the nozzle and left a bunch of specks on the surface. It also left the texture rougher and more sandy.



I used Liquitex silver rattle cans but they're kind of expensive and nozzle kind of not good for the price. Originally I was going with Krylon and Krylon Fusion for the plastic handles but the closest art store did not have Fusion. I also got some Rust-oleum chrome if I choose to add some chrome accents.

Tomorrow, gonna start on the main chassis and side panels! I'm definitely keep in mind the spray direction with the can I haven't used yet. Would you prefer have the case all silver or use the Rust-oleum on the side panels for a chrome look?
post #24 of 175
paint looks awesome
post #25 of 175
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Thanks. Here are the rest of the case parts that I've painted today.







Close-up view of side panel. It actually looks good when viewed head on but the coats came uneven so it looks more spotty from an extreme angle.




However I'm really satisfied with the main part of the case.






Although I'm gonna re-do the side panels, here's just to show how a silver prodigy looks assembled.



The silver paint really goes well with the aluminum, but as I've said before, the side panels came out too uneven. I'm gonna do somewhat of a do-over with the painting on them, and decided to go the distance with gloss mirror finish. So I'm gonna get more serious with sanding and prepping these parts to make sure things will go more smoothly from here on smile.gif
Edited by ccRicers - 11/10/13 at 6:46pm
post #26 of 175
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Originally Posted by ccRicers View Post

Sketchup mock post. Here's my hard drive module in progress.
Fans and hard drive model are from Sketchup Components Collection. I made the enclosure and HDD sleds myself.

The completed module will make an 'S' shape, so two more bends will curve the metal to cover the hard drive sleds. They're just exposed here for visual clarity.

The front part enclosing two 120mm fans, and the hard drive sleds




Size comparison with case



How it'll be placed inside. Looks like there will be a tight fit with the hard drives and USB cables.





Rendered in Blender


very cool idea for the drives...do you have this fully made yet? would love to see how it turns out.
post #27 of 175
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very cool idea for the drives...do you have this fully made yet? would love to see how it turns out.

I haven't many any of the actual parts yet, but the design is still a work in progress. The single piece is more S-shaped now, with a vertical wall that has a bend at the bottom of the case where it'll be held using existing screw holes for more stability. The hard drives will also be moved out by about an inch for two reasons: 1) to make it easy to pull them out from underneath and 2) to allow more room for the USB cables and other ports on the other side.

Aside from the aluminum sheets needed for this, I have all the parts for the hard drive module now. I'll show these later.
Edited by ccRicers - 11/11/13 at 10:12am
post #28 of 175
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Originally Posted by ccRicers View Post

I haven't many any of the actual parts yet, but the design is still a work in progress. The single piece is more S-shaped now, with a vertical wall that has a bend at the bottom of the case where it'll be held using existing screw holes for more stability. The hard drives will also be moved out by about an inch for two reasons: 1) to make it easy to pull them out from underneath and 2) to allow more room for the USB cables and other ports on the other side.

Aside from the aluminum sheets needed for this, I have all the parts for the hard drive module now. I'll show these later.

ok yeah...just keep me updated. thumb.gif
post #29 of 175
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Change of plans with the casing! I guess this is turning out to be more of a case mod log, huh biggrin.gif

I decided that I will make a unibody aluminum piece for the enclosure just like the guys at that big fruit company did. But I'll make do with a Dremel and a low-tech bending brake. Ultimately this means that painting the handles and side panels was a waste, but it was a nice learning experience on how one should properly paint a case.

I found this handy modding guide for a G5 case (which the Mac Pro also works with) that gives specs for the aluminum casing. Cutting the holes to make the handles and bending it into one large 'C' shaped piece should be relatively easy, but I need to get it right the first time so careful measurements are a must.

Gonna order a sample pack of aluminum from Metals Depot today, to make sure I get the right kind before I splurge on the larger sheet for the case.
post #30 of 175
Sounds EPIC! Can't wait to see what it looks like tongue.gif
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