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Bill Owen

Project Log Completed: Fractal-Design "Dirt Showdown PC" for AMD

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Posted Video of our "DiRT Showdown" Gaming PC Case Mod for AMD, revving up the FX-8150!

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I love building theme based case mods! and I'm having a blast with "MAYHEM" aka "Dirt Showdown PC" which is inspired by Codemasters’ new DIRT spin-off racing game for AMD Giveaway on facebook. You can enter the giveaway here

I'll be modifying Fractal-Design's Artic White" Define R3 mid tower. This is my 4th time modding a Fractal-Design case. I really like the overall craftsmanship of their cases and their prices are easy on the wallet.

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Fractal Design Define R3 White case, Only $99 at Newegg

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Features:
Improved model over Fractal Design Define R3
Stunning front panel design
Patent pending ModuVent™ design - removable vents!
Pre-fitted with dense, noise absorbing material
Motherboard tray cut-out, allows easy access to rear of motherboard
Eight HDD-trays, with silicone mounting
Can accommodate up to seven 120/140mm fans, two supplied
PCI fan controller for 3 fans included
Easily removable front fan filters with clip-on holders for 120mm fans

Specifications:
Dimensions 207.40 x 440 x 521.2mm (WxHxD)
Weight 12.5 Kg
Motherboard Compatibility Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
Power Supply Compatibility Standard ATX, can accommodate long PSUs
PCI/AGP Card Compatibility Full size (up to 290 mm long)
3.5" Drive Bays 8, all SSD compatible
5.25" Drive Bays 2, one bay converts to 3.5" for floppy or card reader
Roof Cooling Fans Space for two 120mm, none supplied
Rear/Side Cooling Fans Rear - space for one 120mm fan, supplied; Side - space for 140 or 120mm fan not supplied
Front/Floor Cooling Fans Front - space for two 120mm fans (both with filters), one supplied; Floor - space for one 120mm fan (with filter), not supplied
Expansion Card Slots 7, with sleek white painted brackets
Front I/O Ports 2x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA and Audio I/O
Accessories PCI fan controller, controllers up to 3 fans
Warranty 24 months

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The "Dirt Showdown" PC will be powered by an AMD 8-core FX-8150 3.6GHz processor

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It will be cooled with AMD's new Liquid CPU Cooler. Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 and Pure Black 990FX motherboard. 16GB of AMD "Performance Edition" Memory DDR3

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First step I made was modifying the front door of the DefineR3 for an intake grill that looks very aggressive like the modified Derby cars. I used a Dremel cutting wheel to cut rectangular opening in bezel door.

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Expanded Steel for the front grill was bent in bench vise.

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Let's test fit the grill before making final adjustments.

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The front grill fits perfectly. It will be epoxied onto the back side of the door, once the door is repainted.

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I love the night driving stages of the game, which gave me idea of implementing mini halogen projector lights, that will reside behind the front grill.

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1.5W Pair High Power LED "Eagle Eye" White Lamps. Power: 1.5W X 2, 110LM, 8000-10000K are available on Ebay in the states here

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I fabricated mounting plates for the Mini Projectors located onto the edge of the Define R3 front bezel.

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Mini Projectors behind the Expanded metal front grill.

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120mm Turbine Fans

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The 120mm Turbine fans measure 120mm x 25mm. The Evercool fan frame is machined aluminum that has been polished. The plastic fan blades are electroplated chrome. The fan is rated at 2000 rpm with 79.4 cfm and 30 dBA.

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To emulate the look of an engine inside the PC. Each side panel will utilize K&N single carburetor covers. A 92mm cooling fan will reside in each cover. The dense filter inserts will be removed from each cover and replaced with Round Modders Mesh for maximum airflow.

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The K&N filters will utilize Round Modders Mesh

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Using Tin Snip to cut the Round Modders Mesh for each of the K&N air intake covers.

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The K&N filter covers were modified for 92mm intake cooling fans.

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Drawing out the window design on the Define R3 side panel.

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Customized Define R3 side panel with K&N intake.

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All of the chassis modifications are made before sending it to paint booth for "House of Kolor" brand Tangelo Metal Flake Orange paint.

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Custom pcb made by Twizted for "Tachdunio" HDD activity meter that will be mounted on top of the PC.

 

for the top, I'm installing Mnpctech machined aluminum and Black anodized 2x140mm (280)

 

http://mnpctech.com/pc-computer-alphacool-ek-bitspower-hardwarelabs-heatkiller-liquid-cooling/dual-240-2x120-240-mnpctech-billet-rotating-aluminum-radiator-grills.html

 


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I used a Dremel and Jigsaw to remove the factory grill perforations for improving airflow.

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Using Measuring Square to center the location of the 280mm fan/radiator grill, then trace the hole locations with a pen.

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I drilled the grill mounting holes before cutting outline for fan holes.

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Using Dremel with reinforced cutting wheel to make initial cut before using the Jigsaw.

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Using Jigsaw with 18 TPI bi-metal cutting blade.

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The perforated factory fan ventilation holes were removed to improve airflow and allow for 280 cooling fan / radiator grill.



The Toggle switch for the carry handle has a Red LED for Power On. This will be used for the mini Halogen lights.

 

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Wiring diagram for Fighter Pilot Toggle Switch with LED. You can use this switch to power on any accessory in your PC like cooling fans or lights.

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Toggle switch is installed and tested.

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Top carry handle...

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The top carry handle was fabricated and welded from 1/2" square Steel tubing.

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The HD activity tachometer will be located in front of the top carry handle. The next stages include velocity stack style fan grills, installing the Tachometer, custom paint, airbrushing, and more hot rod stuff :D/>

Update: 6/2/12

Here is both single and dual velocity stack fans finished. These will be mounted vertically behind the front intakes.

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Update: 6/11/12

Next step is Hot Roddin the Tachometer gauge face with fire, with Brad Galvin behind the IWATA airbrush....

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The sponsors graphics are created with a vinyl overlay, which is made with vinyl film plotter, the overlay is placed over the panel, so the open portion overlay is painted with Black enamel paint.

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The Showdown graphic was done the same way, but in 3 different steps for Black, White and Yellow paint.

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Graphics are finished... next step is using a small detail paint brush to add dirt specs around the graphics, and paint scuffs to the side panel.

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Small detail paint brush with Black enamel paint...

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The specs flow toward rear edge of the case to stimulate motion..

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AMD logo was painted in top center of the bezel door to emulate a car emblem.

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next step is clear coating the graphic, which requires clearing the entire panel.

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Using large paint brush to create scuffed paint effect.. "Rubbin's Racin" :cool:

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Finished wiring mini headlight projector lights, and assembled the front bezel and door with "bruiser derby" front grill.

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Started the system install last night and finish everything today for photos at 8pm, I'll be editing video of the project Saturday, so I can have it posted for AMD on YouTube on Monday. The "Dirt Showdown" PC will be powered by an AMD 8-core FX-8150 3.6GHz processor. It will be cooled with AMD's new Liquid CPU Cooler. Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 and Pure Black 990FX motherboard. 16GB of AMD "Performance Edition" Memory DDR3

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What's painting the front bezel of one of these Defines like?

If you look at this image, there's a lot of little lines and surfaces meeting.

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I shall levy my 500th post and confess this is certainly my all time favourite build of yours Bill  :wub:

 

You enshrined DiRT Showdown to perfection, the paint job, K&N carburetor covers and tachometer just topped it off B)  

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Why didn't you bring this to the dirt showdown lan we had a month ago? ;)  Great work as always.  Wish i had half your skills and all your shop.

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Why didn't you bring this to the dirt showdown lan we had a month ago? ;)  Great work as always.  Wish i had half your skills and all your shop.

 

It was built for Codemasters promotion with AMD last year..

 

man, I LOVED that Orange paint..

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Randomly Googled modding cases and this was one of the thumbnails

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not surprised, 15 years of modding chronicled on the internet 

 

*Looking forward to meeting your on Friday!

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