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post #11 of 17
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Thank god my X-Carve is up and running again. First it decided to change COM ports on me and threw me for a loop. Then after that, I broke the only 1/16" bit I had. But, with 4 new bits in hand, I can start finishing my back panels.

Both the Man in Black and the Gunslinger will have similar exhaust ports on the back side of the MB tray. I'm going to use the symbol for Ka, or destiny there. Unfortunately it's not a big as I'd like so there isn't crazy detail. Took a couple of tries to figure out the best way to cut it, you can see under the test where I started to profile the cut but that was taking forever.

With everything figured out, it was time for the real deal on the back panel. For the Man in Black, the MB side of the tray gets the eye of the Crimson King since the Man in Black is acting as his agent.

A little prep and a little paint and this will be ready to install!

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post #12 of 17
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OMG! Does wiring ever end???? Apparently not, but I have made some progress. Extensions, sleeved.

But before we get into running the fans, I need to do something about the power and reset buttons. Although I like having I/Os on the front of the case, I hate the mess you have to deal with on the inside, especially in a mod, so they've got to go to be replaced by a simple power and reset button pair. First off I need to make a plate to cover the original I/O plate. Using a pencil lead, I rubbed the outline onto some paper.

I could then cut that out and transfer the shape over to some 1mm Al to cut out.

Then some mounting holes to hold the Al to the original plate and while I was at it I notched the plate out with a dremel to allow my switches to run through.

Voila! Switches! Totally looks like an upside down smiley face! tongue.gif

I'm painting the plate to match the rest of the case and the switches are red LEDs to match the color scheme.

So there's one thing that any self respecting Dark Tower build needs, and that's a rose. The Dark Tower is surrounded by a field of roses and in one of the multiple worlds, there exists a rose that is the tower's counterpart. So rose=important. I had thought about putting a rose in the back panels, but liked the idea of Ka and the siguls of the King and the Deschain's better. So another place that was begging for a little love was the grill cover on the top panel. It's kind of bland and boring up there and I'm hoping that the LED fans shining up through a silhouette will look pretty cool.

ABS on an X-Carve is like going through butter with a hot knife. A nice change from dealing with aluminum, and probably a whole lot better than what is coming up, a steel side panel. Not really sure how that one is going to work out. But I got a nice vector drawing of a rose, set it all up, and let it eat.

I taped the hell out of the first one to keep stuff from flying around and was a bit scared of breaking something taking it up, so the next one I went easy on the tape. That was a mistake as one of the thinner sections let go and garbled the design. Not bad and I could live with it, but I'm still going to look into a replacement.

And speaking of milled parts, I just got some awesome milled parts in for the cooling loop.

MNPCTech 1/2" hardline fittings. A bunch of them! Can't wait to get these babies in and start planning the loop.

And a big thanks to my sponsors:

and now,

post #13 of 17
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I want to take a sec to look at the paint, since it doesn't really show in the pics.

First up is a a coat of rattle can black over primer.

It's got a bit of orange peel but that won't really matter. Next is a medium scratch pad to rough up the surface so that the next layer has something to grab on to.

The top coat is a textured paint from Rustoleum that's supposed to look like rock??? Kind of? It really isn't bad and basically turns the finish into coarse sandpaper.

It's not the slate brick that's in the story, but it looks kind of rocky. One nice thing is that as long as the base was black, it all pretty well matched, so I just top coated the parts of the case that didn't need paint and it matched the parts I painted black just fine. Another is it'll cover blemishes in the base and doesn't scratch unless you really go at it.

Since most all the painting is done, it's time to start the final assembly.

Wired the fans and switches.

And I weathered the wires on the back side to make them look past their prime.

Next up was the putting the mb in.

And cleaning up the wires.

Then it was time to slip the GPU in.

I went with red lighting because the Man in Black serves the Red. Though I'm gonna have to tone it down a bit, sort of drowns out every thing at 12v.

And a few shots with it's protagonist twin.

All that's left now is the loop!

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Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post

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Holy crap, it's a build themed after you! Hahaha!
post #16 of 17
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Now it's time to finish the loop and get this thing done. Or so I think...

I started the loop like it's twin, in the front on the res. That bottom line was the tricky one and once I got it done, it was smooth sailing. Amazingly enough, on both builds, that piece went off without much of a hitch. I think I had to redo it once between both builds.

And the rest of the loop was A to B making sure to keep everything straight.

I filled it with Mayhems Dark Red. It just looks so nice in a loop.

While doing the loop, I was also cutting out some acrylic side panels. They came out mostly OK. I've still got some measurements to work out to get the magnets to press fit, so I wound up gluing these.

And then things got interesting when I booted the system. Everything worked, which is always a bonus, but...

It's hard to tell, but I forgot to swap the colored light bar in the GPU block. Red fluid+green GPU lights is not an attractive thing. And if that wasn't enough.

I swapped one of the original blue fans I bought for the Gunslinger in without knowing it. Not a big deal except the res pins the fan to the radiator. And I soldered the fan wires together. And there's no slack. It all amounts to a clean build, but a PIA to fix. So I drained the loop, pulled the GPU block and swapped the strip and then spliced in the right fan. Then filled it all back up.

Little bit of drama, but in the end...perfect. And next up are final shots!

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post #17 of 17
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And now we're at the end of our journey. I want to thank Swiftech and MNPCTECH for sponsoring this build and it's twin. They really made these possible. Also, I know a lot of people don't know the story these cases are based on, but hopefully they're cool enough to still be appreciated. smile.gif Now on with the pics!

Once again, a big thanks to my sponsors:

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