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Project P1, Mclaren Paint, Alcantara, Hex Gear, custom parts!

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Hello everyone! Welcome to Project P1!

This build was inspired by this car:
Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

I hope everyone is doing great  This build log is for the Hex Gear R40 case. I was inspired by the Mclaren P1 in the Black Amethyst color with the Mclaren Orange calipers. I have been working on this build for many months and I would like to share it with you my journey with this build thus far!

First off, as much as I love the Hex Gear cases, their Acrylic panels are not very rigid and they break easily. I needed more structural integrity in the case due to how I was going to orientate it.
So I had the acrylic pieces sent off to get laser scanned and had 6mm thick aluminum pieces constructed and modified without the hexagon cutouts. This is actually 1mm thicker than the acrylic pieces and a billion times stronger, so strong in fact if you tried to break or bend them it is near impossible without heavy machinery, so just what I needed!

Getting ready the acyrlic with parts taped up to not be laser scanned or cut:
Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr
Bottom:
Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr
Then I had all of the parts powder coating removed as I was not satisfied with the powder coating used on the cases. I have them redone in Solar Black Flat Matte powder coating, this is the same coating Charles Hardwood would use on his Murdermod cases and it is a luxurious looking powder coating that has great texture and look!

Parts after original powder coating was removed and then re powder coated Solar Black Flat Matte:
Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

For the painting I took my parts to a nearby place that specializes in Porsche Concourse restorations and have access to a very high end paint machine. In this machine they indeed had the paint codes for Mclaren! So I had the aluminum posts painted Mclaren Amethyst Black which is a violet black metallic with pearl. Then those pieces were wet sanded and flow coated again to give a near perfect clarity with NO orange peel!

Very hard color to photograph:
Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr


The Corsair AF120 fans had the fan rings painted Mclaren Orange. TIP: if wanting to get the Corsair fans painted, I recommend drilling little holes where the fans clip in, this made it so the fan rings front and back were painted and they now look like they came this way 

Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr
All of the screws were replaced with Black Oxide ones that as these were SUPERIOR to painted black screws the case came with and relaly add a nice touch to the case when you get up close with it, they are just such nice looking bolts!! It is the little things that make a difference and really add up in a build.
I then got 3M Di-Noc dry Carbon Fiber Vinyl and redid the inside acrylic parts that are in the inside front and back as you will see in the images, make sure your 3M is not a knock off! This stuff came straight from Japan and it is wicked nice!

A real challenge to line up perfectly but can be done:
Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

Next up was the Alcantara! I went with Anthracite like the car I was inspired by had. This is real Alcantara from Italy and again not a knock off,. I wanted this to be as authentic to the original inspiration as possible. I used 3M 300LSE in sheet size 24inches by 36 inches. This was not cheap but I need a double sided adhesive film that would adhere the Alcantara to the aluminum pieces. I got this idea to do this by how some car makers apply fabrics like Alcantara to interior parts. It would worked out perfectly! I had to hand cut all the Alcantara and the 3M adhesive and it was a very time consuming process  Parts that I put the Alcantara on was the bottom piece, the top piece, the side door ( both sides of the panel ), the res mount and the SSD mount inside.

Bottom in Alcantara:
Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

Top and side in Alcantara:

Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

Photon Res mount in Alcantara:

Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

Now onto the PC parts. The PSU is a Corsair 860I with all of the stickers removed. The motherboard is a EVGA X99 Micro 2 with custom motherboard waterblocks for chipset and mosfets. All I/O ports I did custom matte black vinyl wrap from Avery on them, this was VERY time consuming, but I think it helps set it off inside as a nice little touch.

MOBO showing I/O wrapped in Avery Matte black vinyl:

Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

The Radiators are from Aquacomputer and I had the bare aluminum sides powder coated like the rest of the case. A XPCS Photon Res was installed.For the GPU it is a Titan X Pascal that I removed the DVI connector and custom made a one slot gpu pci slot cover for it ( of course powder coated like the rest of the case). The GPU and CPU water blocks are from Aquacomputer ( seeing a trend here tongue.gif ). The CPU is an Intel i7 6850k that I was running at 4.5g. The ram is Hyper X DDR4 at 3200 with a total of 32gb.

Installing Aquacomputer rads:

Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

Some pics of the mobo :

Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

Test Fitting the Res mount: Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr
AND Finally…..
This is the current pics of the system as of today:
_MSW6893 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

_MSW6892 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

_MSW6900 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

_MSW6906 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

_MSW6915 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

_MSW6904 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr

_MSW6921 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr
_MSW6905 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr
_MSW6919 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr



Currently I am going to do custom length cables and individually sleeve them with MDPC-X sleeving from Germany and the tubing will be Glass with lots of black or black nickel fittings ( ideas as to what would look better ?). I can’t decide which would look better in this build yet. The pump will be a D5 and I have a cool idea on where that will be installed in the case tongue.gif
Thanks for your time if you read through all of this! I plan to add more soon! Until then buh bye!
Project P1 by CoolHandsM3, on Flickr
Edited by Blackvette94 - 4/15/17 at 7:03pm
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OCZ RD400 256GB NVME lol 
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i5-4690k - 4.6GHz @ 1.250V ASRock Z97M OC Formula Sapphire R9 290 G.SKILL TridentX (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 
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