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I have been attempting to build a case entirely out of acrylic. Well, that was never going to work, so I'm using acrylic, aluminum, and some old computer parts.
Now seeking sponsors to get me going on this again. I really want some nice piece of hardware to show off in this, but I've got nothing worthy of such an honor. Color scheme will be picked for/at the request of a major sponsor.

Original Plans:

What I have so far:

using batteries to weigh down the aluminum

The Top:


Arg, well my dremel motor burnt out (and one of the brushes is actually stuck inside) so I'm waiting to return it. It actually burnt out a while ago, which, in addition to school, is why I haven't posted here in like a month.

Table of Contents:

  1. January 2008, March 29: Starting out and construction
  2. May 16, 2009: Laying it all out, CD Drive, tapping
  3. May 19, 2009: Motherboard tray building...
  4. May 19, 2009: Motherboard tray completed + motherboard mounting.
  5. Progress as of June 30, 2010: upper Rear Panel completed sans polishing edges.
  6. July 3/4th: HDD fiddling and side supports.

Edited by nategr8ns - 11/11/12 at 1:33pm
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About a week ago I tried to fix a neighbor's computer. I got lucky when they ended up buying a new HP and giving me this:

The Dell I got:


I will be using this back (probably) as it has 7 expansion slots.


The Guts:


Taken Apart:



I've never actually seen a pentium 3 like this, it resembles the old AMD processors.

And of course, good old Dell only has one fan in the entire case, which also happens to be a total pain in the arse to get out.




March 29
Ok, front, back, top, bottom, and motherboard tray/side panel are now cut, but only the front and back are epoxied to the frame. You may notice that one of the cross-beams is kind of... off. Thats because I was trying to get the snuggest fit for the mobo tray, and I kind of forced it off . Will be fixed by the morning




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May 16th 2009

Made a newer mobo "stencil" and layed out some components.



For the CD drive, I like it at the bottom.

Here is one of the reasons for putting it at the bottom. I've got a plastic window (1/16ish) to put in there and it will be painted or given a brushed look. (if I get a sponsor it will be up to them, I'll start emailing manufacturers and retailers when I need hardware)

I can still put it at the top. I'm not sure what I really want for the case.

An old project that requires better soldering skills than I have (the remote control sort of fell apart, and I can't figure out how to reconnect the antennae)


Here are the good pics from tapping.



Practice makes perfect.

I was also experimenting with different drill sizes.
The top three holes are all using a 3/32 bit.
Then, the bottom four go:
o - 3/32"
.o - 7/64"
o - 1/8" (no pilot)
.o - 1/8" w/ 1/16" pilot

The 7/64" worked the best, so that's probably what I'm going to use on the case itself.
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amazing title....

ROFL LOBSTER
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it is the deepest title for a case evar
    
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Thanks, I spent like 8 hours last night thinking of it

jk, like 30 minutes while playing counter-strike

uploading pictures now, imageshack is a tad slow though
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Quote:
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Thanks, I spent like 8 hours last night thinking of it

jk, like 30 minutes while playing counter-strike

uploading pictures now, imageshack is a tad slow though
XD while playing CS

I like the case, good luck. I'll continue to watch like an eagle.
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XD while playing CS

I like the case, good luck. I'll continue to watch like an eagle.
thats how I do most of my... well, pretty much everything
Not really, but I do play a lot.

I probably won't get to work on it until next weekend, we shall see.
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you inspired me... to launch steam and play some Condition Zero
    
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