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post #201 of 232
OH MAN! That build logo is sick! I wish I could do detailed work like that on my rig but right now exam time so gotta hold off for a bit frown.gif
I'm thinking of switching out the panel on my S3 to switch out with smoked black panel. Where did you buy your panel material and what is it?
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OH MAN! That build logo is sick! I wish I could do detailed work like that on my rig but right now exam time so gotta hold off for a bit frown.gif
I'm thinking of switching out the panel on my S3 to switch out with smoked black panel. Where did you buy your panel material and what is it?

http://www.estreetplastics.com/ is where I got all the acrylic. I got a sheet of 1/4" clear @12" x 48", a sheet of 1/8" white @12" x 48" and a sheet of 1/8" red @ 12" x 36". Cut it all myself using a table saw and a blade designed for plywood. Reading online you will see it say 80+ teeth blade that's carbide tipped and triple chip. I think the blade I ended up using was 60 teeth.

As far as the logo is concerned, I designed it in photoshop(gimp would work as well) and took it to a sign and decal shop. I'm sure I could have done something similar on my PC but it would not have the finished quality that the decals have. I just have to figure out what to do with the other 9 lol.
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All I can continue to say is thank you for all the replies and for liking my work!! I really appreciate everyone who has followed this build so far. As it is beginning to come to an end I am beginning to think of how I can totally rework my evolution build into something different also. I think the modding bug has got me and there will be more to come from this user thumb.gif

Your evolution build looks nice but this build is on another level altogether... very nice work on this one.
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All I can continue to say is thank you for all the replies and for liking my work!! I really appreciate everyone who has followed this build so far. As it is beginning to come to an end I am beginning to think of how I can totally rework my evolution build into something different also. I think the modding bug has got me and there will be more to come from this user thumb.gif

Your evolution build looks nice but this build is on another level altogether... very nice work on this one.

I'm saying evolution will be evolving again smile.gif. There is a lot i wanted to do with it when I first started watercooling it but I didn't want my main PC down for a long time. Now that I will have another machine that can play all my games I will be able to do something completely different with evolution. It will keep its name just gain another point in the upgrade. Or maybe call it Evolution its over 9000 lol. We will see what happens when I finish this build.
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I'm saying evolution will be evolving again smile.gif. There is a lot i wanted to do with it when I first started watercooling it but I didn't want my main PC down for a long time. Now that I will have another machine that can play all my games I will be able to do something completely different with evolution. It will keep its name just gain another point in the upgrade. Or maybe call it Evolution its over 9000 lol. We will see what happens when I finish this build.

I'll be happy to see how far you can go with both builds. thumb.gif
post #207 of 232
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Just another small update biggrin.gif I don't think much needs to be said about it.



























All the work here was done by me. I attempted to do one of the trim panels for the side windows and what I thought was going to happen happened. It cracked exactly where the piece I tried for the cooler master case did. On one of the side strips. So looks like I have to get it laser cut. Hopefully the shop I go to has some of the same acrylic or a thinner one and will sell it in the size I need cheap.
post #208 of 232
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MAJOR UPDATE


I FINALLY got my pump back. It took 3 weeks but it's finally back. Some of you may say, what 3 weeks for a replacement pump? Well I have to give some props to Geoff over at @FrozenCPU since in my opinion it was not their responsibility to replace or RMA my pump/res combo in any fashion. It was well over the standard 30 day exchange/return policy most sites and stores have and EK has the most retarded RMA system in the world. Apparently unless you buy an item directly from the EK webstore they are in no way responsible for the performance of said item regardless of how long you have owned it within the warranty period. Does that make sense to anyone else? If I as a customer go to best buy or any store and buy an item, after the initial store return/exchange/refund policy expires it always falls to the manufacturer to handle process at that point. Well according to EK it was the responsibility of the shop I purchased the pump from which is just dumb. Well in the end since EK would not do any sort of RMA with me, @FrozenCPU agreed to not only replace the pump,but they replaced my EK DDC 3.2 PWM pump with a Swiftech MCP-35X. Technically they are the same pump(different PWM profiles) but after hearing an audio file of my other swiftech pump compared to the EK pump Geoff or Geoff and his boss decided to give me the swiftech pump instead. Most likely since swiftech will actually honor a warranty claim on an item of theirs purchased from another company. So even though from time to me shipping it out and getting the pump/res back took 3 weeks, I couldn't be more than ecstatic about my experience with FrozenCPU. I had 2 items from 2 seperate orders go bad. 1 was a recent order that had my temp gauge on it and the other was the pump. The replaced the temp gauge no questions asked and didn't even ask me to send them back the original item. This was actually the second time they did that form of replacement for me. First time they sent me the wrong type of switch. I ordered some rocker switches for CCFL inverters and they sent the PCI bracket ones by mistake. Send replacements without me needing to send the wrong parts back(they would lose the money on shipping i guess since I said I would not pay to return the item they sent wrong biggrin.gif )

So, the shop I was told to go to by some other shops around town to have my panels custom cut wanted $75 per design just to make up the plans for what needed to be cut. So like a CAD drawing like these that I made Friday night.







So at a minimum to make the borders for the side panels and to bond together my other parts(which they wouldn't actually do since it wasn't their material) I would of been spending $150 and that would not include the cost to make the actual cuts on the panels. So like I said I made my own CAD drawings. Now I either have to find a place in town that will take my drawings and just charge me the time for making the cuts OR send my panels off to Pulolo.com and have them do it. If I'm not mistaken @cyphon used them when he had panels cut for his Crowbar build and said that they had reasonable prices and turn around time. I just ordered 3 more pieces of acrylic so everything will be freshly cut and I will be getting some proper acrylic cement to use to bond the parts together, unless they will do some of them for me. I still need to order the cements so I can do some future projects I have planned.

Since I couldn't get the panels cut how I wanted and since I am going to have all the panels remade I made some temp side panels and super glued all the parts together for now. I messed up the alignment for the red part of the front panel a little and it is sort of on a slight angle. You may or may not notice it in the pics. So, other than getting the new panels cut this build is basically finished. The finished side panels will have a larger border than the ones I currently have. It will help to hide some wiring and stop me from having to make an over elaborate custom shroud to cover the wires for the 3 buttons on the front. I am also still working out how I am going to get the 2 or 3 USB connections mounted to the front panel. I can get nice sized cutouts made but its a matter of securing them to the panel that I am sort of having trouble with. In the end I may break the PCB that all the original buttons and lights were attached to just so I can use the mounting location that they provide. I'm not worried about reusing the original front IO connections anyway. There is some room below the 3 buttons but there is a LOT more room below the temp gauge display. So they will most likely end up on that side.

Without further ado, heres the PC as she sits now. I do plan to get a black or white sheet to use as a backdrop and then I will take some more professional looking final pictures. I have a DSLR so I might as well get some really good shots biggrin.gif


































































Apparently I didn't take any shots of the res side with the lights on in the dark. I will get some taken tonight and post them up once its dark outside. I also need to make sure to leave some of the backing paper on the new panels so that the light doesn't shine through the white as much.

Lastly for this update the final designs for the CAD drawings.

New red panels with fan grills built in. Will be removing the wired ones that I have now.



Finally the white panels. The Clear version will be the same dimensions the whites ones are but the pieces that have the boarder for the windows are just a single outer line for the clear. Like the pic in the top of the post.


Edited by Stuntfly02 - 4/29/14 at 4:54pm
post #209 of 232
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The res side of the case. I will be tightening up some of the wiring and tucking as much as I can away before I get the new panels made and take my final pics. I do still need to finalize my mounting system for the doors but the back will at least mount up the same way the original doors do.















post #210 of 232
Looking great.

After some of the cables are tucked away I am sure it will look even better. thumb.gif
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