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  1. Thanks for that That would be good but don't go to any expense doing so please.
  2. Having been impressed and inspired by the many Steampunk PC builds on the net, I figured I've have a crack at one myself. First thing was to decide on a theme. I love maritime history, as well as the mythical Kraken so that tied in well and I decided to go with a maritime theme. I made up a Steamship Line which I have named the "Kraken Pacific Line". Thanks to a great graphic artist I found via airtasker we worked together to come up with a logo for this fictional company. I got an old PC case for free from another forum - an Antec VSK2450 and started attacking it almost immediately..... I have lots of ideas for this build and it will take quite some time to get all those together, but I'll update this thread as things happen.
  3. Thanks, yes that had occurred to me but I'm not sure the 'overspray' would show up very well. Perhaps if I used a different colour - perhaps a black base and overspray with a bit of dark grey (for ash) and a bit of red brown (for some rust).... hehehe I might give the fire painting a miss on a thin alloy case....
  4. Envisage the dirty / blackened colour of a steam rail engines firebox, or a boiler in a ships stokehold. I want to simulate that texture/colour. Thoughts?
  5. Following this with interest, good job so far, and a fantastic cause I hope some more sponsors get on board for you. (hmm, maybe that's a bit navy-centric). I hope it takes off. Hmm, how to keep the grunts and marines happy....? Nah, they're never happy... :D
  6. This isn't a case mod thread as such (in essence that case is 'modded' from the factory!) but I thought it would be of interest for anyone else silly enthusiastic enough to do something similar themselves. There are pitfalls along the way which I discovered through trial and error, and there are very few dual system builds to be found via the Google Monster. Hopefully others can go into such a project "eyes open" and avoid making some of these same mistakes. To that end I am quite happy to field enquiries people may have. Ideally by PM to keep this thread clean ( yes, I've read the forum rules ) and I'll incorporate the Question and any answer into this thread if it will be helpful generally. One of the challenges in a dual system build is powering both systems. The Mini-XL case is theoretically capable of running one full size PSU and one small form factor PSU but for various reasons (not the least of which was tidyness) I elected to use a Phanteks Power splitter, designed for just such occasions. (http://www.phanteks.com/PH-PWSPR.html). Cable management was a bit of a nightmare, so I got some customised cables made up to suit, which worked out OK (I still have a bunch of pics to download from my camera and will post those in due course). Getting back to the nomenclature for my system.... A dual (or twin) system build deserved a worthy name and, as an Ancient History enthusiast, what better than the twin founders of Rome - Romulus & Remus. I continued the theme for my other devices too. My UPS is named "Juno". As well as the Queen of the Gods she was the Protector of Rome. So Juno protects Romulus and Remus... My LAN/WLAN is "Mercury" (messenger of the gods) My chromecast device is called "SQPR" (the people and Senate of Rome) because it's the recipient of the benefits provided by Romulus and Remus.....
  7. The Plan: A dual system build in the one case – a gaming/office PC ("Romulus") and a FreeNAS / Media streaming system ("Remus"). Why a dual system build? Because they are fairly rare, and why the heck not ! Background My synology thing crapped out and I got sick of the whole lack of support / interest from them. The people over on the FreeNAS forum are very helpful so I decided to go that way. After much deliberation and mind-changing these are the specs I finally went with... So, to keep everything together - these are the specs I am running with. Specifications CASE: Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-MiniXL-DS.html "Romulus" (Gaming/Office system) MOBO: Asus Z170I Pro Gaming LGA 1151 Mini ITX https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z170I-PRO-GAMING/specifications/ RAM: G.Skill 32G (2x16G)F4-3200C15D-32GTZKW PC4-25600 DDR4 3200 Mhz CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K Quad Core LGA 1151 4GHz CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360mm AIO http://www.thermaltake.com.au/products-model.aspx?id=C_00002775 GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX970 FTW SSD1: Samsung 950 Pro Series 512GB M.2 SSD (boot/system/office) SSD2: Samsung 840Evo 500Gb (game library) HDD1: WD Blue 6TB Optical: LG 16x BluRay R/W & DVD R/W (LG-BH16NS40) OS: Windows 10 Home "Remus" (FreeNAS system) Mobo: Supermicro X11SSL-F http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Xeon/C236_C232/X11SSL-F.cfm CPU: Intel i3-6100 RAM: 32Gb Samsung ECC unbuffered RAM Boot / System drive: Kingston V400 120Gb SSD NAS drives: 6 x WD Red NAS 3TB in Raid Z2 (2 drive failure tolerance) OS: FreeNAS (ZFS) UPS: Cyberpower CP1500EPFCLCD https://www.cyberpower.com/au/product/sku/CP1500EPFCLCD (Australian version thereof)
  8. Hello Everyone, My name is Michael, and I live in Brisbane, Australia. It's a glorious sunny but cool-ish day as we head into summer here.... jealous much? I joined here after asking the google-monster to find me the best case modding forum.. this seemed to be it. This forum seems to be really good when it comes to having lots of reference material, "how to's" and supportive constructive members. I hope it's sufficiently active. Project wise I have just built a dual system/one case setup in a Phanteks Enthoo Mini-XL case. What an absolute pain. Nothing wrong with the case itself but I still have issues to solve around case fan controls etc.... Vlad's advice No 1 : if anyone suggests you do a two system/one case build.. run screaming. Or just cut yourself repeatedly while flushing money down the toilet. It'll be less painful and cheaper in the long run. I'll do a thread on the joys of it at some point.... This left me with my old system and an unrequited urge to build a steampunk computer. Now I have seen a few of the SP efforts on this forum - particularly EVIE - and very much doubt I'll achieve that level of awesome but I'll give it a good go. Currently just in the concept stage, collecting ideas etc, but it will have a steamship theme. I was going to do a railway theme but this lets me work in the 'Kraken' a bit better.... So... G'day
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