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Looks good dude.
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This is awesome. Welcome to OCN!!

Glad to see another case modder. The stuff you and your kind do is fantastic!! +rep
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*LMMFAO* That was pretty much my reaction after I got it back together!

Think I'm gonna sig that once I figure out how... that's for another day.

Thanks for all the positive support, guys! I look forward to checking posts all day at work ~ all those pats on the back really drive me on, and all the helpful suggestions inspire me to do my best. I've always been a small-time tinkerer, but honestly, I never thought I'd do as well as this has been coming out so far. Guess it just shows what you can do when you set your mind to something!
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As expected, my Delvies Plastics order came in - YAY!




1 sheet 24x24" Light Blue Transparent Cast Acrylic
1 sheet 12x24" Light Blue Transparent Cast Acrylic
1 sheet 12x24" Dark Blue Transparent Cast Acrylic
Novus Acrylic 8oz Polishing Kit

I taped up the top panel a couple of days ago and traced an outline of what shape I wanted, but once I got the chassis reassembled, I realized that I'll have to change the layout a bit, as there's a top support that will get in the way of the acrylic due to clearance reasons. Sooooo, it's back to the drawing board. I was going to put a pair of 120mm fans on the top panel centered in the window, but because I have to make the window smaller, I think I'm gonna go with a pair of 80mm's instead. Unfortunatly, I don't have the time before work today to sketch it out, and I'm out bar-hopping tonight for my B-Day, so hopefully I'll be able to post pics and get to hacking with my Dremel tomorrow. *crosses fingers*

Here's what it was gonna look like...


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post #45 of 49
Mmmmm... Christmas time in Summer (Northern hemisphere).

Hey!... that is the same acrylic that I use. Great stuff!
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Today's time was devoted to modding one of the fan controllers I got delivered the other day. Named the "Noise Isolator," it's a 6 fan / 3 channel PWM with 2 integrated 12v push-button switches. It's got a nifty Blue LED effect that glows brighter as you turn the fans higher, and each power switch has 1 Red & 1 Green LED to indicate On/Off status. Might have to mod those LED's later ~ STILL waiting for my LSDiodes order... gettin kinda pissed it's taking so long.

Anyhow, I got this unit because I'm gonna have it running 2 rear 120mm's, 2 top 80mm's, 2 window-mounted 120mm's, a pair of 15" UV CC's, and a pair of 4" UV CC's. I wanted to make it match my bay covers and figured it would be a good project for the afternoon.

First I disassembled it and used painters tape to mask the front of the device. Using a hobby knife, I cut the tape out of the holes, making a template which I then removed and placed on the front of the bay cover. This was a bit difficult to center, but since the tape is low-tack, it was simple to coax it into position and smooth out the wrinkles.



To drill out the holes, I used the smallest drill bit I could find and drilled out the mesh a hole at a time. Once I removed the material in the center, a Dremel and a sanding drum made things nice and smooth.

The plastic part the mesh clips onto to needed some material removed, and this was done with a cutoff wheel in a few moment's time. At first, I wasn't sure how I was going to mount the PCB of the controller into this plastic bracket, but after looking at it I realized it would friction fit. I just had to file down the edges of the PCB a bit, but it worked quite well.



The bay cover is curved versus the flat face of the fan controller, so when the controller was mounted behind the mesh of the bay cover, it appeared that the 2 outside fan knobs stuck out above the mesh. I shortened the posts a little bit, so now everything looks sweet.

Plugged it into a test PSU and the 120mm fans in the back of my case...


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post #47 of 49
If you have all that free time to work on this really nice project, you should have a few mins to sign on AIM and talk to me.. I'm working on getting you some hardware for that sweet box your building.
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post #48 of 49
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If you have all that free time to work on this really nice project, you should have a few mins to sign on AIM and talk to me.. I'm working on getting you some hardware for that sweet box your building.

Woohoo! I just scored a 2.2ghz chip and board from a long-time friend of mine, although I'm not sure of the make and model #'s yet. But whatever it is, it's better than an ASRock running a 1.8ghz Athlon, to be sure. This is the buddy I'll be moving in with in the next week or 3. Can't wait to get there... Then I can start the windows and exterior painting, along with fleshing out the interior with some actual hardware. I'm still waiting to win the lottery so I can afford some sick quad-core system, but until then I'm happy with whatever runs stable.
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Due to an impending long-distance move in the next week, I've had to pack everything up mid-project. This is a good thing, however, as the place I'll be moving to will afford me better workspace and resources to complete my dream case. I crated up the Stacker, now that it's rivited back together. I'll be driving the 850+ miles from Michigan to Massachusetts, so I packed it up with towels and shirts to prevent things from banging around in the box during transport.

Here's a shot of 85% of my worldly posessions... the only things that are missing from the shot are my current rig (which will stay set up until day zero), a few boxes of PC parts/accessories/mods, and some more backpacking equipment.



Some would consider the sum of my worldly goods pitiful, but it works for me...

Computers, Tools, Backpacking, Books, and some clothes. Simple things amuse me.

Anyhow, due to the move, I doubt any progress in work or posts will be accomplished in the next 2 weeks

Wish me luck!
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