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Detail of the HDD tower top panels:









Detail of the optical drive slot:



Detail of the loops (essentially the same as Gemini was):



Detail of the rear HDD chamber door and the fan contols:



Lights Out:





















Another Member chided me about
that I was even building something....


Okay...okay. Here is a "silent" photoshoot of some basics.











Please excuse the acrylic dust, fingerprints and unfinished quality of some of the components... WIP.

 

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I'm a bit confused, is this a case from scratch, an external cooler, or a radical case mod?
Beggin' yer pardon holtzman.... I kinda just dropped in without any preamble.


This is a complete re-build of the Gemini project. That case was simply too big, and rough around the edges.

This is an attempt to scale it down, and end up with a cleaner finish and improved case performance insofar as air-cooling the motherboard module. Gemini had a passive intake/active exhaust. Although not a complete debacle, it was not nearly optimal.

In short... I am correcting some errors.

 

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That is some thick acrylic in some places. I love it! Makes me want to build a acrylic case...
 

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and why do you have Latin in your sig Syrillian?! I'ma shoot myself by the end of the vacation if I dont understand my Latin crap b/c mid terms are here.
 

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This little thread has made my day


It looks awesome already Syr, nice "teaser" pictures


Have you finished the article? Still slated for January?

Just looking over the pictures I'm inspired, really want to build a case using acrylic now. Obviously I wouldn't be able to post it up on this forum in fear of embarassing it compared to yours though


Anyway, keep us updated, and take care of yourself. And most of all, enjoy it, even when things go wrong
 

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That is some thick acrylic in some places. I love it! Makes me want to build a acrylic case...
Go for it Bro!


Carpe Diem!

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and why do you have Latin in your sig Syrillian?! I'ma shoot myself by the end of the vacation if I dont understand my Latin crap b/c mid terms are here.
Hi, Omega!


My Parents were Professors.... My Father spoke Latin (I did not), and My Mother taught Literature (i.e. The Iliad, The Odyssey). I have had a fascination for the Greek Empire for a long time now... A few years ago I took a vacation to Greece and travelled out to the Ionian Islands to walk in the footseps of Odysseus... incredulous, beatimus... just being there sets the imagination on fire. ...and oh so beautiful.

I saw the place where the Spartans made their last stand, the Death Mask of Agamemnon, and countless other wonders...

Seems I lhave a fascination for the dead....

"Semper Fidelis" is the Creedo of the United States Marine Corps - I am a Marine.



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This little thread has made my day


It looks awesome already Syr, nice "teaser" pictures


Have you finished the article? Still slated for January?

Just looking over the pictures I'm inspired, really want to build a case using acrylic now. Obviously I wouldn't be able to post it up on this forum in fear of embarassing it compared to yours though


Anyway, keep us updated, and take care of yourself. And most of all, enjoy it, even when things go wrong


My Brother from another Mother - prosser...

...this is your fault.... you know that right? Well M8...here is your proof


lol.... J/K

Yah. I was able to get the stuff that Mr. W needed (thanks for your help +
). I think that the date is still January... we shall see...

More soon, guys.
 

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My Brother from another Mother - prosser...

...this is your fault.... you know that right? Well M8...here is your proof

You trying to make me feel bad?


Because it's not working, the special feeling those pictures give me override all my other thoughts


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Yah. I was able to get the stuff that Mr. W needed (thanks for your help +
). I think that the date is still January... we shall see...
Haha, is it Syrillian the drug dealer talking?


"Yes, Mr W., the package will be in a black suitcase on the corner of West Avenue at 8pm sharp. If your late, your dead. You have 3 days to make the money drop at the arranged location. If your late, your dead"



Good to hear it's going well, and keep the pictures coming! xD

 

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*backside smarts from whiplash*....

prosser... you feelin' bad yet?

Don't lie, since when did those sexy women I send over for you make you feel unhappy?!


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*Look at all the extra work you are making me do...meany!
It's not work man, it's fun
Treat it like that and enjoy yourself, and if you don't finish it for 4 months it doesn't matter =]

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lol.... Happy Holidays guys!

You too dude!
 

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Makes me see double @[email protected] ...but I like that.
Yeah kinda like...One for you and one for me...Thanks Syr...jk
Looks like a big puzzle...I like puzzles.
 

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Subscribed. Man, that black acrylic is just freakin' sexy!

My Wife just walked into my office and see me glued to my monitor, bug eyed, big grin...

[her] Are you lookin' at nekkid girls?
[me] nope, better...
[her] What are you gawkin' at?
[me] Syrillian's latest case mod....


Preach on, my brother!
 

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*giggles*.... lol?

Thanks for the levity guys.


On to the matter at hand....

Here are some images of techniques that might be useful to modders:

This is why I really need a table saw.

Using a level, a 90-degree angle, C-clamps, and the end of a tape measure is not the most efficient or accurate of way of cutting panels made from any type of material.

<OT> &#8230; that is what I have until I can clear the cupboards for the DeWalt table saw that I have my eye on&#8230;next week, maybe? *hopes*

Again&#8230; an overly-complicated way to match dimensions whilst ensuring 90 degree angles while bonding. Lol&#8230;.


When possible it is a handy and extremely accurate to use existing hardware as templates&#8230; please note that this should be done with great care unless the component is dispensable.


Here is what Santa brought me for Christmas:

Ha! No more buffing large areas with that Dremel&#8230;yay!

But in situations like this the Dremel is once again in the limelight.


When cutting multiple holes at one time, I have found it to be a good idea to mark which holes are which&#8230;. I have erred here on several occasions&#8230;D'oh! Marking the holes saves me from a lot of aggravation and embarrassment.


For larger holes (> .50") I use a Forstner bits. These bits must be started slowly until the bit has started to shave material and has seated itself inside the hole that is drilling. If care is not taken, then the acrylic can chip or crack and the bit may also have a tendency to travel.


Tower top panel windows:




Tower Assembly


Completed Tower


Raptors (taken from Gemini) and Zalman coolers (lol&#8230;mounted upside down intentionally).


The stock anti-vibration bushings were great and all if they were to be used in a stock case. For what I hoped, they proved to be as useful as a flaccid member in dire need of Viagra. I dug through my hardware cache and was able to come up with 8 sets of hardware that might do the trick. I apologize for the lack of quality on the close-up&#8230; erm&#8230; I had turned the Macro function off and did not realize it until it was too late.






Case Fans

One of the gripes that I had with the Gemini project was the cooling for the motherboard module. I was determined not to make that mistake again. This iteration will have dual 120mm intake fans on the front. Most of the time I use filters on intakes (rads are the exception) as my cat sheds at an alarming rate. I decided not to use filters, but acrylic grills instead&#8230;. this was a choice based on vanity; I hope that I do not regret the choice&#8230;

Too complicated:


I simply need the fans to run at full power when plugged into a 3-pin connector. A quick mod will take care of that. Note that staggering the connections in the line will alleviate the "Boa constrictor that just ate" look.






ah. That is much better:


I have had to re-fabricate some of the panels. I messed up the rear doors to the HDD chamber something fierce, and the front window panel for the mobo module was a little skewed&#8230; nothing a Dremel or Cordless can't fix&#8230; I hope.
 
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