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Getting closer and closer to those final pictures guys. biggrin.gif

I'm in the middle of trying to figure out my cable management plus slight wire training and decided to clean up the wiring in the back of the case. I started by making a brushed black aluminum cover to hide most of the motherboard wiring going into the rear of the case. Included are the 24 pin, sata cables, pcie sata power.



The screw holes were counter sunk a little larger than needed to give the screw heads a nice outline, and all the edges were sanded over a bit to give the whole piece a bit of an outline.



Now the cover needs to be held on somehow so decided to go to the hardware store and pick up some allen head screws. I also purchased some metal pins that I cut down to size to provide proper spacing.




The outlined look makes a nice contrast against the brushed black aluminum cover plates.





I only had to make 2 cover plates to help me guide the wires to where I wanted to go. Unfortunately I ran into a little snag. Thanks do these guys right here:



You see the Cooler master V1000 has a lot of double wires for the 24 pin harness. It's usually not a problem except the spot where I decided to join the double wires will make them look a little messy. With the help of some E22 Cable Combs (small size 3mm for paracord) this is what I have so far:




Unfortunately I will NOT be remaking the 24 pin and will simply live with it. I think I can make it look better and at the very least decent looking but I have to wait for some more cable combs to come in. Other than that small issue I think it looks fairly decent so far. redface.gif





Now if any of you are saying to yourself, "That's nice and all but where did you score the black brushed aluminum panels for your covers?" Well guess what..... after all these weeks of saying I was going to get the case some side panel windows done, I finally did. tongue.gif I used the leftover material to make these. Here are the side panels in their current form:




I actually had the holes cut by water jet (found someone close by that charges pretty cheap), then sanded the cut edges a little bit and painted black to keep the raw aluminum from being seen. The unfortunately I simply used some cheap plexiglass from home depot attached with double sided tape. Not bad, but could have done better. The rear panel actually looks pretty decent with the window back there:




I'm hoping I can get the rest of that 24 pin in order so I can finish training these wires and have the rear looking spiffy. biggrin.gif

As of now I do believe the only thing I have to do is make the power supply area cover. If that's the case there should be final pics very soon! Stay tuned. wink.gif
Edited by sinnedone - 9/19/15 at 4:42pm
   
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I tried to clean up the cables a bit today while I wait for some cable combs to arrive. I managed to get them a little better, but hopefully I can do better when the cable combs come in.






These damn GPU cables are such a pain. Definitely gonna have to plan a little better next time to get them how I want. It doesn't really help that this case is not particularly big either. It's considered a full size case, but that was like 5 years ago. By to todays standards it's more of a skinny mid tower lol.






Just about finished now tongue.gif




I also managed to make the bottom section cover plate. It's basically just a piece of plexiglass with countersunk magnet to hold it in place.



Unfortunately I ran out of the black paint I needed and tried something I had in the garage that looked close. It wound up being a little bit too glossy for my taste and will get repainted before final pics.

What yall think? I figure I'm about 95% done. I want to see if I can find someone to cut me some vinyl circles to put over the back of the 3 fans that are visible. Then just fix the cables, a quick detail and I think final pictures should be inbound.

As of now the i7 3770k is at 4.7ghz at 1.3 volts offset, and gpus are at 1050/1300 stock volts. My average temps while gaming for a couple of hours have been around 65-67 cpu and 50-54 on the gpu's. It's not bad really especially since the pump at full blast and fans at full (1000rpm) are about as loud as my ps3 at idle.....lol
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amazing. I love when people take the time to make sure the cables behind the motherboard tray look nice a neat... then you go and cut a window to show it off! stunning!
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amazing. I love when people take the time to make sure the cables behind the motherboard tray look nice a neat... then you go and cut a window to show it off! stunning!

Thank you thumb.gif

Part of the reason oddly enough is symmetry. Even though you can't really see the backside of the PC where it sits, my ocd kicked in and decided to go with a more balanced look of windows on both sides. I had originally planned on keeping the wiring as nice as possible back there, but not really showing it off in that way. Sadly that's why the splices for the double wires are visible and not even at the very least. That was bad planning on my part, but already thinking on how to improve for the next case I want. biggrin.gif
   
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So guys/gals, I'm doing the final detail work this week hoping to get some final pictures by the end of it.

I have one small issue with the color of the fluid. redface.gif

It is the correct color but, while the coolant in the res is the color I want the rest of the tubing is a little lighter than I would like. (remembering Listerine coolant lol)



I have a couple of choices:

1. I could leave as is. (don't think so)
2. I could darken slightly leaving the res darker than I want but the tubing closer to the color I want. (tubing still to light, but more of a balance)
3. I can say screw how the fluid looks in the res and just darken up the fluid to be the color I want in the tubing.




This isn't a great picture but it does do a decent job representing the colors that I see.





SO any input as to how much I should darken the fluid? thumb.gif
   
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I would go with option 3, res will be darker anyways, but doesnt seem to be a deal breaker thumb.gif
    
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I would go with option 3, res will be darker anyways, but doesnt seem to be a deal breaker thumb.gif


Thank you. thumb.gif

I think this will be the option I lean towards in the end.
   
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Looks great sinnedone!

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Looks great sinnedone!

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Thanks Jeffsinlaw. thumb.gif

Just trying to figure out my lighting/backdrop situation so I can get some final shots. Haven't gotten it down yet but I think I'm narrowing it down. Out of 100+ shots only liked these 2. lol tongue.gif



   
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excellent craftsmanship!
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