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[Completed]Fixing a big problem. v8 Case Mod.

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The big problem I'm talking about is the V8 I bought without doing any research. I never really used computer forums or youtube for reviews guides etc before buying the parts for my PC, so my first build was a terrible mistake as you can see below, the mobo is more expensive than the CPU... The gfx cards are sub-par and a waste of $, the ram was terribly expensive. Pretty much the only thing I like in the case is the V8, but I want to get rid of that for water cooling. So I want to sell this PC, although I'd be lucky to get close to what I've spent on it I want to start again.

Case: No idea it has no brand on it, It has a card reader and temp gauge built in. It's approximately 185mmWidth * 430mmHieght * 460mmDepth and the V8 sticks out about 25mm or thereabouts from the side of case.

My initial idea was to mod an acrylic window with a hole where the v8 sits. Mod the V8 so it has exhaust pipes coming out the side and paint it all so it looks like a Hot-rod. I got this from Bills V8 mod where he did a red teeth like design, I think it was a ferrari or porche mod? Can't remember. This is kinda taking that idea to a whole new level.

Ignore my terrible Sketchup skills. Just imagine some exhaust pipes coming out of what looks like a 8 cylinder engine. Will post a couple more pics later tonight when I get some more time to design the base of the V8.

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Then I had another idea of cutting a window in the shape of flames, and so I did, using my drill and jigsaw, because I'm too poor to buy a Dremel/angle grinder at the moment. Because it was something I could do then and there I did it. It looks good, but then I ran into the same problem, I can no longer fit the v8. Additionally I felt annoyed because I still want to do the V8 exhaust, I think it would look sweet. So this is still on the TO-DO list. Possibly the Antec or I may revive some old Pentium 1 cases I have.

So I gave up and went and bought a Antec 300. This case will be something else very soon but here is the no-name case design side panel. My 2 year old helped draw out the pattern as you can see. Everything done by eye, I had no idea what I was doing as this is my first case mod. But after buying a large set of quality files it turned out OK, then steel got a real bad workout from the jigsaw. It was bent and twisted all over the place, luckily I managed to hammer out most of it.

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Edited by gcampton - 4/14/11 at 4:44am
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That's a nice job on the flames, especially for your first time. People love their Dremels but you can do a lot with just a jigsaw.
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I think using sketchup is probably harder than just modding it, but whatever... Didn't quite turn out how I pictured it, I think I need to go watch some tutorials on sketchup or something to be able to use it efficiently. I have to incorporate the fins and pipes from the original V8 as well I guess... or the fan will have a hard time doing its job. sozo.gif
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An intriguing Idea. So basically you will be modding the plastic top of your CM V8 CPU cooler?

What is the current plan?
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An intriguing Idea. So basically you will be modding the plastic top of your CM V8 CPU cooler?

What is the current plan?

At the moment I'm just looking for a theme I want to go with and trying to figure out whether this will work or fail miserably. I cut the window out the the noname flame box today, and found out why most people go with acrylic over PVC. I had bought a sheet of PVC because it was $35, and the acrylic was $47 same size sheet.

After I cut the PVC I decided to heat up the edges to make it look pretty I had got this cheap ass heat gun a few months ago but never used it before, So I stuck it on was heating the edges it didn't look like it was doing anything then where I was holding the window about 10cm/3" from the edge where I was heating it the heat ran down and blew over my hand and scolded it. It only took a second, and the gun had only been on for about 5 seconds.... so I dropped the window which in turn bent a corner of it up, I heated it for a second and it got really floppy really fast, so I flattened it out. I'm guessing that either my heat gun is super good, or PVC heats up A LOT quicker than acrylic. Which could be why people use acrylic in computer cases rather than PVC, it does get relatively hot inside.

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Edited by gcampton - 4/10/11 at 2:40am
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Ok. So I think what I'm going to do is model a large intake like the last pick you see on top of the V8, I'm going to paint the case that dark purple in pic4 and have the V8 matching. The heat pipes on the V8 I'm going to use as the exhausts and extend them out of the case and widen the diameter so they look like curvy sexy exhaust pipes.

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Well it's looking a lot better, but I still can't figure out how to shape the pipes to get bigger at one end like an exhaust. If anyone has any idea how to get sketchup to do this please let me know because it's driving me crazy mad.gifthinking.gifconfused.gifeek.gifdrunken.gif
I basically want the exhaust to look like the above motorcycle image.

EDit: I just noticed something wrong with the whole idea... anyone got it yet?

No? pipes will get in the way when trying to take off the side panel, so they have to be removable for this to work, which mean they will be weak and fall off easy.

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Edited by gcampton - 4/10/11 at 9:25am
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very interesting concept, will be watching to see how this turns out.
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Ok seems I have to give up on this case, Unless I can find a window that will fit. You can see from the picks, I took the flames too close to the back of the case, in fact I even bent down the back thumbscrew side with a hammer so I could maneuver the jigsaw around without it bouncing up and down on the metal and tearing it to shreds. This was problematic though, even though I had sketched an image on the inside the jigsaw doesn't like sharp turns. So I ended up much closer than anticipated and due to having no working edge as a guide, I completely forgot that I needed room for the window AND THE CHAISES.

But I will continue on with the Antec case I got some ideas for that as well, I think I'm just going to go something simple try to keep it elegant as it possible, do a square window. And chrome Deceptercon badges on the front bezel and side window. Make up some Deceptercon thumbscrews and fan covers as well. Not sure what color the case will be yet. It's simple done 101 million times before. But what they hey... buttkick.gif
I might chrome up the window border too, I'd like to go purple, but that paint is hard to get... especially in spray can variety. See what happens when I get payed on Thursday.

I may just see if I can mount some exhaust pipes onto a window and panel, so that way when you remove the side panel the pipes get removed as well. If I can achieve that then I will definitely get another V8 for that purpose and finish the design. But I really need to sell this PC ASAP, or my chances of selling a dual core PC when 8, 10, 12 core CPUs are on the market will be grim.

http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-work-logs/990049-300-300-mod.html

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