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Tip O' the soundx98 hat
Very nicely done prosser
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Cheers =]

Still need to finish this

It's not been working for a while, so I might take some free time tomorrow and reinstall Windows on it..that seems to be the problem.

All I need to do is to get round to buying a cheap thread tap so that I can fit the front panel and then drill and tap the holes for it and it'll be pretty much finished
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Nice job
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Woha, it's been a while!

Anyway...

Kai is getting there. I suppose you could kinda say its finished, but it's not, because I've decided to go a bit further even though it probably should be called finished now

I had a deadline of Monday noon to finish the case, and guess what - come Sunday night, at about 7pm, I had a mate round, parents were away, and the case...well, it was kinda dismantled and lying on the dining room table in bits

So, I pulled an all nighter, and got it done about 5 minutes late, but it was done I filed the front panel to the right size, drilled some holes for the front, replaced the ugly silver bolts on all the panels with countersunk black allen headed ones, sleeved a few wires, and removed as many scratches as possible from the aluminium angle using Scotch Brite pads, which is not something I am looking forward to doing again.

I'll get some pictures of it up later, all together, but on Friday I'm going up to my grandads (and taking the pillar drill back up with me It's on top of the tumble dryer in our tiny conservatory at the moment and it's damn handy!) and making a new back panel out of black acrylic, hopefully putting in a form of fan control too if I get a minute.
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OK, picture update time!

Some of you may notice a difference between the quality of the pictures in my previous posts compared to this one. That's because of...a new camera My sister won a Sony DSC-W90 which I have now commandeered in the name of modding and all things holy (or something) and it takes excellent photos, even in VGA mode (which I admit to using because I was running out of space). Expect some more arty photos from me in the future...

Anyway, pictures!

Front on:



You can see:

The new bolts and mounting holes
The mesh at the front - secured with double sided tape. It's AcRyan HEXX mesh and is very nice
Brushed effect on the aluminium
Nicely sanded acrylic edges!

There is a bit of an AcRyan theme going too...

AcRyan HEXX mesh
AcRyan 120mm Blackfire fan
AcRyan GlowFX
AcRyan UV Green sleeving

Luckily, their products are great quality, which is probably why I use them so much

Side on view:



Because I blew the first PSU, I had to use another one (got it free from work). However, the ATX cables weren't long enough because of the slightly unthoughtful placement of the plugs on the motherboard, so I bought a molex to 4-pin ATX adapter (couldn't find a cheap extender...) and a 20 to 24-pin adapter even though both the PSU and the motherboard are 20-pin...

I sleeved the molex to 4-pin adapter in green to add in a bit of "exoticness" and you can see the 20-pin adapter in the centre...more on that later. Acrylic is a pain to photograph, damn reflections *grumbles* Something needs to be done about that plain grey PSU too...

Arty photo!



Shows the two sanded edges, the one remaining edge which needs doing (but will be a pain because of the poor cut), and the countersunk black screws...they are 1cm long, and while they ain't cheap (about 20p each delivered in packs of 10) they are well worth it

From the top down:



The 20-pin adapter can be clearly seen - it needed some modding, as it wouldn't fit onto the motherboard because of the cap next to the connector, so I just cut off the last 4 connections and cut the wires right down so they wouldn't get in the way I used some blue spiral wrap, meant for 1/2" watercooling pipes, which I bought off marcus000 months ago and hadn't found a use for There's also a ghost of me...freaky :|

The hinge with the new bolts:



This is about how far the hinge lifts up at the moment, so while I'd like to make it a bit more of an angle it's fine for doing stuff inside the case, and it's easy to prop up with an old processor or hard drive or something

I got some more black allen headed screws (have you noticed how much I like them?!) from tinytomlogan over at WCUK and they will be used to secure the new acrylic backpanel if they are long enough, and if not I'm sure I can find some other way to use them



Overview at a slight angle...the two screws on the top left piece of angle need replacing with some black countersunk ones, but I ran out so need to order another pack of 10 on pay day.



At the moment, there are no fan controllers...let's just say airflow is reasonable:





The top one is pushing out the back (it's a 80mm fan on the front of the heatsink, airflow goes through the heatsink (about 8cm thick), over the VRMs, through a 64mm hole, and then out the back of the case, and I was trying to keep the piece of paper straight!

The front fan is an AcRyan Blackfire4, they are extremely nice - good quality, scale with a fan controller well, and aren't *that* noisy on full blast. It pulls into the case, and as you can see it's got a bit of oomph too

Three arty photos to finish...

Side on, showing the black sleeving on the heatsink's 80mm fan, the green sleeving on the ATX connector, and the screwdown mounting system:



I am so getting a larger picture of this for my background, the AcRyan parts ooze quality:



The power button is from MNPCTech, and I stole some wires from a dead fan and sleeved them black. Still needs an LED on the front, but the hole is ready and waiting for either a blue or a UV 3mm...



And a shout out to finish this update...

marcus000 - he sent me a load of M3 nuts for these screws free of charge, and they have been so amazingly handy. Thanks man

One thing I didn't mention - the reason for the deadline on Monday was a photographer for a big PC magazine over here (CustomPC) came to take photographs - Kai is getting a double page spread in their Readers Drives section, which I have always wanted to be in since my first issue (which was Issue 17 or so, about 3 years ago!)

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Awesome!
And congratulations on the magazine spread to ya.
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Thanks man
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post #98 of 125
This log had eluded me Prosser. I just read through the whole thing tonight.

Great Stuff!

Congratulations on the magazine piece too! That's awesome.
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Awesome work prosser.

Heh... When I forst looked at the pic with the paper I had yet to put 2 and 2 together... I was all... "Huh?!?! Did he mod a small printer into the case"... then I realised what was happening... lol @ me.

Congrats on the Magazine spread

Well-deserved.... well-deserved indeed.



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Thanks guys

The finalish piece of work was done on Friday - the black acrylic backplate has been made, rough acrylic edges smoothed...the only thing to do is sort out the speed of the fans and then I think I'll be completely happy with it

Couple of poor pictures I took last night...



Remember that top edge which desperately needed filing?



Done I like the finish - it isn't mirror, reminds me of frosted TBH...I just file the edge done, and then sand with 100 grit followed by 240 grit and leave it there

TBH, I'm quite tempted to remove the 80mm fan on the heatsink and see what happens...I mean, there's not that much of a gap and the 120mm AcRyan fan kicks out a lot of air



I'll get some pictures tomorrow
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