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post #211 of 313
I haven't even started my first build yet, so I can't really say anything useful, but...
This looks SO awesome O.O
Thank you for providing us with so many pictures. I can't wait to see what this will look like when it's finished.
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I haven't even started my first build yet, so I can't really say anything useful, but...
This looks SO awesome O.O
Thank you for providing us with so many pictures. I can't wait to see what this will look like when it's finished.
Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with your first build.
post #213 of 313
This project is pulling together wonderfully. Love the theme! Great job so far. Can't wait to see the rest as it unfolds.

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I just picked up the panels from the etcher....wow!

I'll put up a few teasers tonite. I'm a happy modder right now!
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Update 18 - Window etching mock up

Good evening all

I couldn't wait for a proper length update, so this is just a short one tonite. The etching has been completed, and I couldn't wait to see how it looked. I mocked up a couple of the panels on the ICE side - the rest will wait for a proper update

First thing was to jump start my Corsair ax1200. With most power supplies that have multi-colored wiring, you would jumper the green wire with any black wire. This tricks your PSU to believe it has been turned on.

Green = power supply on
Black = ground

On the Corsair ax1200, all the wires are black. Corsair doesn't provide a pinout for their cables in the manual, so a few minutes with my buddy Google, and I found it.

Pin 16 = power supply on
Pin 17 - ground

(There are several ground wires in a PSU - any one will do)

You then jumper the two pins with a paper clip or wire. I chose a length of wire



Flip the switch, and the power supply fan spins up . . . we're in business!

I've used several types of lighting in builds, and I didn't quite know what I wanted to use in this one. So I tested a sample of El Wire, a pair of 12' CCFL, a Lazer LED module, and a 12" Sunlight stick led.


The El Wire I had never used before, but it was an intriguing idea. It was crap. Period. The pic above is as bright as it ever got.

CCFL's are well . . . CCFL's. They produce a good amount of omni directional light. I tried them for lighting the panels and they just didn't push light through the panels enough

Both LED modules were VERY bright. The white sunlight stick almost too much so. I'll probably run with LED's fully in this build, but I'm still fooling around with the CCFLs /shrug

No pics of the tests - it would be just a lot of the same. Here are the ICE panels using a single 5 LED Lazer blue





Sorry for a bit of blur in the last pic - camera kept focusing on the res in the back and not the etching. When I'm done, the res will be center lit as well as background lighting through out.

I hope you enjoyed this mini-update. More to come this weekend. It's a four day weekend, and I'll be getting a lot done.

Until next time . . .
/Bear
Edited by Bear907 - 9/1/11 at 8:43pm
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I'm blown away by thy skills sir. Very uber awesome
post #217 of 313
On the front of the case (with the grills) I totally see a brick toy store window on a wintry day with icicles.
Or
I also see a crazy mad scientists laboratory with lightning everywhere and a generator staring at me.

Very cool stuff =D
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Man, I am blown away. That what we call putting in work. SKILL. Very nice


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what about lighting the ice side with white leds? or a mixture of white and blue ones? Lazer is BRIGHT!
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I'm blown away by thy skills sir. Very uber awesome
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Man, I am blown away. That what we call putting in work. SKILL. Very nice


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On the front of the case (with the grills) I totally see a brick toy store window on a wintry day with icicles.
Or
I also see a crazy mad scientists laboratory with lightning everywhere and a generator staring at me.

Very cool stuff =D
I've been playing with mixing white and blue light, and the white definetly makes it look more like lightning rather then ice. Might be an idea for another build . . .

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what about lighting the ice side with white leds? or a mixture of white and blue ones? Lazer is BRIGHT!
I've been trying different combo's of white and blue light, and am finding that the white is simply too much for the panels. It completely washes out the blue - mainly because there are 3 times as many led's on the white sunstick then the blue Lazer.

I think I'm going to stick to my original plan in having the panels lit one color and the background lit another. So on the ICE side, the panels would be blue, but the background would be white. FIRE side the panel will be red and the back ground amber. That was when you look through it, you still see the two tone color effect . . . in theory.
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