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I never fully explained it, but there will be a panel with connectors on it for the secondary mobo mounted on the PSU bracket. I'll be mounting the various ports (DVI, USB, audio, etc...) and then using extensions to connect them to the i/o panel on the secondary mobo.
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WOW - only just found this thread nad .....WOW

love the acrylic idea....

for the second board - are you planning on running the 2 systems completely independent of each other (separate everything?)

This is looking really good and has given me some ideas for my new case - when i get the time

Are you going to get the rear of the acrylic lasered out? as that would lower the chance of breaking it i think.
I think even if you just made each panel separate (top, back, front, bottom) and joined them at the corners it would still look pretty neat - the 2 edges would make another effect entirely

Thanks mate and goodluck with it - its looking GREAT
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Originally Posted by scottath View Post
for the second board - are you planning on running the 2 systems completely independent of each other (separate everything?)
Sorry it took so long to reply. Yes, both systems will be separate. I only have room for one optical drive so I'll just have to switch back and forth and the fan controller will be run off the secondary mobo, but everything else will be isolated. Each will have their own PSU and the HDDs will be split between the two.

In the process of ordering a harder grade of aluminum, I also unthinkingly ordered a less malleable grade as well. You can't believe how much time I have spent wresting this aluminum into shape and I still only have one satisfactory bend. Since I have the house to myself tomorrow evening I will be beating the crap out of it with a rubber mallet and see if I can get it to submit. If it doesn't work out I'll have to think of some alternatives. Maybe I'll just forgo the aluminum and paint the acrylic, not the edges of course. That would be a last resort though. And of course we are getting slammed at work so when I am home I'm too tired to do much.
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TBH m8, why paint the acrylic? If you are going to ditch the aluminium, it looks kick-ass just with that acrylic. I think it would look worse if you painted the front.
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TBH m8, why paint the acrylic? If you are going to ditch the aluminium, it looks kick-ass just with that acrylic. I think it would look worse if you painted the front.


The acrylic might be a bit beat up since it was supposed to be covered, but there isn't anything I can't buff out. I think you might be on to something. I was having an internal debate on whether the brushed alu would look good at all. Doing just the acrylic is contingent on the lighting. I had planned on embedding one 4" ccfl at each corner, which I don't think will work. I'll have to experiment tomorrow to see if just having the two on the bottom would sufficiently illuminate it. I think I just may be able to run with this...

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You are in the US so you can get Novus plastic polishes Start at the courser one (3 or 1, i can't remember) and work up to 1 and you will have no more scratches Also for the top acylic parts, use LEDs. On thing that might be perfect for this project is LED tape.



It is 1cm wide and 3mm deep. Expensive, around £18 for 30cm, it uses SMD LEDs and resistors and is completely flexible. You could run a strip underneath the acrylic or something.

Either that, or use 3mm LEDs and drill small holes not all the way through in the acrylic and poke them in.
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post #177 of 326
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I'm liking this. I polished up the two ends on the bottom and taped a 4" ccfl to each end [edit* I polished the edges to make sure all of the light was transmitted to the acrylic]. As always, I apologize for the poor photography, it's all I've got. I tried the night snapshot setting with a low exposure time.



That wasn't quite as bright as it was IRL so I switched back to manual and bumped up the exposure time. Of course since I don't have a tripod it got a little blurry, I couldn't help it. These shots are a little brighter than IRL, but it should give you an idea.









Then I turned a couple small lights on.



If the ccfls were just a little bit brighter I could have gotten away with just the two. But I do have some ideas on how to fit a couple more in there and still look good. Remember the acrylic fan grill I messed around with? This one:



I can make one like that out of the good 1/8" alu I got from work. I know I can polish it and if I make it little longer I can tuck in two more ccfls. They'll be covered by the grill and won't shine out. I'll also try to polish the PSU bracket again since it is also the good aluminum. I'll have the acyrlic shell with a few polished accents instead of the whole thing covered in alu.

How's that sound?...
Edited by shinji2k - 10/28/09 at 5:07pm
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Damn shinji that lighting looks amazing!
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I really like it.
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Seeeexy time!
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