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I love painting through things like that. I haven't got it down yet though, I sprayed some areas at to much of an angle and didn't get a clean pattern.  Looks like you have it worked out!  waiting for updates. 

 

It takes a bit of practice and patients. 

 

First time I've seen anyone modify that motherboard shield. Lots of original ideas brewing!

I just keep trying to think of things I haven't already seen done. Not so easy sometimes.

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This is an Epic Mod!!! :o  More than meets the eye. Loving it!!!!

Hopefully, I'll have more to show soon. I just keep plugging away at it and reminding myself take pictures, while I'm at it.  ;)

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CHAPTER V: Grease Paint

 

"Man, there's a lot of people who are running now. You think it's right to run?" - Dawn of the Dead (1978)

 

 

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Time to paint the fans. I started with a darker hammertone for the frame.

 

 

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I then painted the blades and hubs in a nickel color.

 

 

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I only painted the parts of the fans that are visible once mounted. This allowed some of the fan's led light to continue to shine through.

 

 

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I had previously drilled out all the chassis rivets and broke the chassis down. I cleaned up all the cuts and then gave the inside a nice coat of the darker hammertone paint.

 

 

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Next up was creating the floor for the "reservoir room". Again I used polystyrene and made allowances for the window that will be installed later.

 

 

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The "reservoir room" floor is slightly elevated above the rest of the basement floor, allowing some overlap. It also helps in making this section of the case feel unique from the rest on the interior.

 

 

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The reservoir finally gets mounted for the last time.

 

 

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I decided after I started the assembly of the case, that I didn't like the paint scheme, so I changed it. I reversed the colors for the floor, to give it a darker feel.

 

 

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I tapped several of the original rivets holes for M4 screws. This will allow the case to be disassembled much easier, should a competent need servicing.

 

 

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I also repainted a few other pieces. The SSD mount and the reservoir mount received a new coat of stainless steel colored paint.

 

 

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I also installed cable looms during the repaint. The SSD mount features two 20 pin motherboard contectors that have been cut down and drilled out to except sleeved cables. The reservoir mount features Lutro0 Customs / E22 four 24 pin cable combs.

 

 

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The pump has also now been mounted for the last time. Here you can also see the elevation difference between the main floor and the "reservoir room" floor.

 

 

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The Alphacool radiator was re-tapped for M4 screws.

 

 

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All snug as a bug in a rug.

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The closer this comes to completion, the better that floor looks, wise Idea!  Planning, I'll have to learn that someday!

I wouldn't call it planning, as such. Sometimes I just wing it. The floor would be one of those cases.

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Looks really good, you have made something very small look very "roomy" There's quite a few builds out there that do the exact opposite :D

 

good luck in the competition ... I'm looking forward to seeing which case mods come out on top, I have a feeling yours will be right up there

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Looks really good, you have made something very small look very "roomy" There's quite a few builds out there that do the exact opposite :D

 

good luck in the competition ... I'm looking forward to seeing which case mods come out on top, I have a feeling yours will be right up there

I think the HAF XB has 7 drive bays in it. Once you remove those, you can practically drive a car under the motherboard tray. I think the symmetry of the components in the basement of the case really helps the area feel larger and more open then it really is.

Thanks for the well wishes. This is my first competition and I really hope I do well. I'm up against some pretty good builds. As far as I can tell, mine will be the only build using hydrographics, so that should at least set it apart. B)  

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CHAPTER VI: Blur the Technicolor

 

"Well, why not? The world is full of inconsistencies. Unnatural things. Nature's mistakes they call you for instance!" - The Haunting (1963)

 

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The 24 pin sleeved with Lutro0 Customs Teleios using the heatshrink-less method.

 

 

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A thing of beauty.

 

 

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The 8 pin looks just aa great.

 

 

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Because of the space limitations, I had to be rather creative with the cable management.

 

 

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All the cables hug the bottom of the motherboard tray.

 

 

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Time to try bending some of that Primochill Rigid acrylic tubing.

 

 

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The first bend didn't turn out to terrible.

 

 

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On second thought, maybe it did. After bending the second tube, the first tube just doesn't look right to me. I'll revisit it later.

 

 

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The LED lighting has arrived and I just couldn't wait to play with it. I choose a "warm white" color. This should give a feel of the case being lit by incandescent lighting.

 

 

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A quick lighting test with my freshly cut side door. So far, so good on both the door and the lighting. Wow, I really need to clean my table.

 

 

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I turned off all the room light and behold, the exact look I was going for.

 

 

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The lighting is quite even and with them turned down, the glow is a bit creepy. I like creepy.

 

 

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Because of the current low temperatures in my area, paint takes quite a bit longer then to dry, so I need to get the final painting started now. Here is the inside of the side door that I had cut earlier. That hammertone paint really sets it off.

 

 

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The whole outside of the case will be painted in the stainless steel color paint I used in many parts of the interior. This will be the basecoat for the ShawNaughty Designz hydographics that will be applied later.

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CHAPTER VII: Where the Sidewalk Ends

 

"This is no dream! This is really happening!" - Rosemary's Baby (1968)

 

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All of the wiring is finally coming together. So much of it. I've used almost 100 feet of sleeving.

 

 

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The final basecoat gets put down. I chose a nickel color, like I used on the fan blades.

 

 

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I think the color will work great for the water transfer graphics that will be applied.

 

 

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I think the nickel color was a great choice. The graphics need some touch up work, but Demon Speeding is due to debut at PDXLAN 23 in just 2 days, so I grab some Monster Energy drinks and get to work. All the outside panels need to get a satin clear coat to protect the graphics.

 

 

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With PDXLAN 23 only 24 hours away, I'm running short on time. I know turn my attention back to the interior. The original motherboard shroud I made just wasn't working. I broke out some acrylic and created something new.

 

 

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I decided I didn't just want it flat and that it needed to come apart easily, if needed. Solution, make it in three sections.

 

 

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I took some Lutro0 cable combs, cut them down to length, and then added tabs to them. Earlier, I modified the case by tapping all the the rear rivets holes 4mm. This allows me to removed the back of the case and access the wiring without having to do a complete disassemble of the case.

 

 

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I think the new design turned out good. I actually like this design better then my original idea.

 

 

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I painted the center section in the dark hammertone paint and then used the stainless steel color paint for the out side rails. 24 hours till PDXLAN 23.

 

 

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The XSPC waterblocks are in their final positions. Final plumbing, system flush, and leak testing time.

 

 

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Details, details, details. I made up a cover for the rear IO. It doesn't seem to matter how much you spend on a motherboard, they all have those ugly flash chrome IO parts.

 

 

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Still some sleeving to be done, but it's getting there. Less then 16 hours till PDXLAN 23. Rush, rush, rush.

 

 

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12 hours till PDXLAN Everything looks good, but isn't. Somehow in my energy drink fueled fervor, I forgot to install two o-rings. : face palm:

 

 

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With the o-rings fixed, I can now fill the loop with the custom tinted Mayhems Pastel fluid. PDXLAN 23 opens in 8 hours and I'm so tired.

 

 

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The lighting is all installed and the leaks all fixed, but an electrical bug takes me 4 hours to track down. I am finally booted, but now I'm late to PDXLAN 23 and the case windows aren't even installed yet. I'm exhausted. I give in and sleep.

 

 

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I made it! Demon Speeding isn't finished, but I made it to PDXLAN 23. 

 

 

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Even unfinished, she looks the part and draws quite a bit of attention. Her spot light will have to wait till another day.

 

 

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The silver plate on the back of Demon Speeding covers the original power supply hole. It will become a "Thank You" plaque, for all those who made Demon Speeding a reality.

 

 

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I also treated the keyboard, mouse, and Xbox 360 controller in the same water transfer graphics as the case.

 

 

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I didn't have time to change out all the LED's in the peripherals before the LAN. I think red would look nice.

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Great work Tek! Glad you made it to PDX. My goal is make it to some conventions and LANs in 2015. This year is gonna be way too busy. Cant wait to see your totally finished result here!

Thanks, Got to do the LAN thing. I went once and was hooked.

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worth re-posting, well done dude!

 

 


 
 
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With the o-rings fixed, I can now fill the loop with the custom tinted Mayhems Pastel fluid. PDXLAN 23 opens in 8 hours and I'm so tired.
 
 
P2220027_zps6215b525.jpg
 
The lighting is all installed and the leaks all fixed, but an electrical bug takes me 4 hours to track down. I am finally booted, but now I'm late to PDXLAN 23 and the case windows aren't even installed yet. I'm exhausted. I give in and sleep.
 
 
P2220035_zps72da6731.jpg
 
I made it! Demon Speeding isn't finished, but I made it to PDXLAN 23. 
 
 
P2220041_zpsd87fa56f.jpg
 
Even unfinished, she looks the part and draws quite a bit of attention. Her spot light will have to wait till another day.
 
 
P2220042_zps1f6e29ef.jpg
 
The silver plate on the back of Demon Speeding covers the original power supply hole. It will become a "Thank You" plaque, for all those who made Demon Speeding a reality.
 
 
P2220042b_zps38b8d245.jpg
 
I also treated the keyboard, mouse, and Xbox 360 controller in the same water transfer graphics as the case.
 
 
P2220042a_zps047d2d48.jpg
 
I didn't have time to change out all the LED's in the peripherals before the LAN. I think red would look nice.

 

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