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My First Build And Fully Sleeved

post #1 of 11
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I don't know if this is the right area to post since my build is a full-size ATX case, but if it isn't could someone please point me to the right forum and I'll post there. I just completed my very first computer build and I fully sleeved it, too!

I started this build two years ago using this case right here:


(this computer was built by my brother in 2004 lol.)


I stripped and cleaned the case smile.gif


Here are the components for my build. I bought these in November or December 2013 (Ivy Bridge i5 processor and Hackintosh-compatible motherboard). The case is over 10 years old, and I found out no one makes good-looking 4-pin fans in 80mm size anymore!


... So I had to buy an external fan controller to control the 80mm fans I was able to find. I bought the Akasa All-In-One (not my pic)



closer look at the mobo


test-fitting mobo and drive wink.gif

It was very difficult to build an acrylic computer for my very first build because you can see everything I mean EVERYTHING. There's no place to hide excess wires LOL so everything has to be tidy and neat! Looking back, it was waaaay above my experience level, and so I got discouraged lots of times and for months did nothing and let it sit but I'm glad I finally finished it smile.gif I spent lots of time measuring and cutting wires to precise lengths and sleeving them so they look neat. I'll post more pics later; I have to organize them first.

Has anyone else done a full acrylic build? If so, post pics! See you tomorrow with more pictures thumb.gif
Edited by phuture - 1/15/16 at 2:45am
post #2 of 11
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Some more pics.

The motherboard was anodized blue and dark gray, so as much as I could, I wanted to color-match all components. I painted both bay drives metallic blue, and I got sleeving to match.

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The bay drives were painted blue and silver.

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Fully painted DVD drive and my first sleeve lol

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(I didn't paint the hard drive because it was already silver) Here I am measuring all the wires before sleeving. Notice the smaller power supply cable and the CPU fan wires have masking tape on them - that's where I'll cut.

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Here are better pics of my first sleeves, the wires I'll need to cut, and the completed bay drives.

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Then, Lutro0 generously gave me his quality sleeving in blue and gray (2 shades each!) heart.gif My build took a whole new direction with his generous gift!!! I wanted to thank him for his generosity and share pics with him but his website no longer worked. I saw his gallery on this forum so hopefully he sees this thread and I can finally thank him proper and he can see how I did with his sleeving!!! biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
post #3 of 11
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Custom wire length and sleeving. My PSU was only semi-modular.

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Color pattern on the PSU cables wink.gif

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close-up of the color-matched drive and fan controller.

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I wanted lighting to be subtle and unseen. I settled on +12v blue LEDs tucked under the bay devices. I used bullet connectors for easy removability. I painted all connectors gunmetal to match the motherboard.

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Light test.

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Light test in the dark thumb.gif
The LEDs were extremely bright, so they were tinted with a black Sharpie to just the right brightness.
post #4 of 11
What would really make this build look good is an M.2 SSD... That'd fix all your issues with SATA cables and SATA power cables...

The clear case isn't my forte but it's definitely looking good! Keep up the good work! Great job with the sleeving so far!
post #5 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cakewalk_S View Post

What would really make this build look good is an M.2 SSD... That'd fix all your issues with SATA cables and SATA power cables...

The clear case isn't my forte but it's definitely looking good! Keep up the good work! Great job with the sleeving so far!

Thanks Cakewalk_S! thumb.gif I'd it would have been ideal but this was a budget build so I was limited (budget build is also why I went with a used case and no graphics card). I didn't want to use expensive parts on my very first build just in case I screwed it up lol. This was a great learning experience!

More pics:

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My goal was to make this build as clean as could be without any cable management whatsoever, and I wanted to include an ATA legacy device that required a fat ass ribbon cable I couldn't sleeve lol. So I painted it brushed gunmetal with black accents to match the build, then I routed it behind the motherboard.

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My legacy ATA device. It was an external drive I made internal. I dremel'd the faceplate to fit. Anyone know what it is? lol

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Here is a sleeved and molded power cable. Because all (I mean ALL) cables are exposed in this build, I made certain cables moldable in order to keep the design aesthetic interesting and somewhat clean.

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In this pic, you can see the brushed gunmetal ATA cable with black accents (right), PSU cable, and certain molded cables.

In molding the cables, I was inspired by the wire and hose routing in the engine compartments of luxury cars and by metro maps where angles are 15, 45, 60, or 90 degrees usually. I took some fresh pics tonight and will post them tomorrow. Thanks for looking!
post #6 of 11
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Well, that's it for my very first build. Hoped you liked it and thought it was cool. Final pics:










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Edited by phuture - 1/20/16 at 6:33pm
post #7 of 11
The only question I have is, why a Zip drive??
post #8 of 11
Is that really a Zip drive though? I had one around 1995, and it looked differently.

offtopic - Zip drive was super convenient back in those days. With recordable (not even re-writable) CDs still rare, and flash memory being some Sci-Fi stuff, 100 MB on one removable media was an enormous step up from floppy disks.
post #9 of 11
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It's not a ZIP drive, it's this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWYutpa6UEk


cmpxchg8b, do you remember when 4x CD burners came out and they were a big deal? My first CD burner was a 8x firewire unit that cost an arm and a leg! Ah... those days when the 56k modem was king lol!

This drive is fully functional and the Mac OS even recognizes it natively, which was quite a nice surprise:

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post #10 of 11
I still have ATA ZIP drive somewhere, and a pack of ZIP diskettes. All this probably works but was not used for years. My first CD-ROM drive was 2x, and I could never afford a burner until way later, and the first one I got was 8x I think, by which time they were affordable already. Oh and upgrade from 8086 8 MHz to 80486 DX4 100 MHz was the biggest upgrade in my life. Both those CPUs were made by AMD, by the way.
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