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We modified the PC-7 plus aluminum mid tower from Lian Li for our good friend Ric Mirto!
Case accessories made for this build, included machined 120mm Dragon fan grill, fan control knobs, and Mnpctech Gaming PC aluminum handles, black anodized
Mnpctech Gaming PC aluminum handles
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The grill was laser cut from 14 gauge steel. I picked it up yesterday afternoon. I'm playing around with some different ideas I have for mounting it. Elevated looks cool, because it creates a shadow
It's 14 gauge steel, we'll be painting it
Mnpctech milled two different versions of a 120mm Dragon grill. So you'll see some slight differences between the two designs around the Dragon's mouth, the concern is support with being attached to the outter ring. One will be used for the rear exhaust. The other as the intake grill. These were cnc milled from 3/16" thick 6061 aluminum. The multi-hole fan grill version we're used as a bottom layer in these pics is "Brain Drain"
"Brain Drain" 120mm Machined Fan Grill
"Brain Drain" 120mm Machined Fan Grill
Anodized Black Hardcoat Finish
1x 120mm RED led fan from Mnpctech, http://www.mnpctech....mputer_Fan.html
2x Lamptron Vandal switches, here Black with Orange Ring & Dot illuminated
Installing the 120mm floor intake fan, first I installed U-channel and fan grommets
1/2" grommet I found in my parts bin, may have come from one of my old cars
ACRyan "BlackFire" 120mm fan with aluminum mesh filter I painted. You should always filter your intake fans to prevent dust & dirt build up in your PC
Black Hardcoat Anodized 120mm machined fan grill, sold here at performance-pcs (Made by Mnpctech)
Ric sent along these Rocker switches and wanted them mounted in the floor, keep in mind the chassis will be elevated with platform shoes... what?!... you'll see
Dressed up the rocker switches with 1/8" thick carbon fiber plate
Elevate our chassis for the floor intake fan, I used Beefy Case Feet with Anodized Black Machined "Diamond Knurl" Aluminum Feet
The Diamond Knurl feet have Thick Rubber PC Desktop Case Feet attached on bottom, to elevate the chassis for better airflow
Somewhere we're going to incorporate the logo for Bruce Lee's martial art, Jeet Kune Do. Most likely on the right side panel
photos from yesterday
Marking off 6/32 screw fan mounting locations in the grill before drilling,
HoK Yellow Pearl on top panel
Front 120mm intake grill, masked off the center Dragion design
Close up of HoK Yellow pearl paint
An heres up to the minute Update straight from Brad!!! He airbrushed the laser cut fan grill to look like sculpted Granite!
Custom Airbrushing for the huge fan grill!
The shell design is inspired by Bruce Lee's track suit from that scene in "Game of Death" Instead of painting a black stripe, we're gonna step things up a bit and "shred" Black cloth over the case. Imagine Black satin cloth being shredded to reveal a yellow case. On the right panel under the shredded cloth will be Bruce's Jeet Kune Do logo.
You can just make out the Jeet Kune Do logo under the shreds
After masking off the shreds, Brad airbrushed drop shadows beneath them, when the shawdowing is finished, another coat of clear is applied.. After that has cure, the top coat is sanded and buffed out to a glossy mirror finish
Drop shadows are airbrushed on, beneath the shreds of Black satin cloth
Black Satin cloth shreds
The panels are finished, so our case is ready for assembly today!
Top 5.25, fan controller will go here
Bruce Lee's "Jeet Kune Do logo" embossing effect with airbrush
Front 120mm intake fan, painted to match the exterior
I received the custom HD LED activity meter (DragonMeter) from Vern Gibson, aka Twizted
They install whatever colors LEDS you want, I oredred 5x UV, and 5x Orange 5mm LEDs
I didn't have much time yesterday to get the entire case assembled, but I got the 250mm dragon fan grill mounted on the side panel. I'll post more updates as soon as I can
some pics from the bench this evening, dragon meter is installed, but not finished.
To add a nice finished touch to the "Dragon Meter" custom HD activity meter, I used this machined aluminum 3.5" bay cover made by Mnpctech. I first measured the distance between the center of the leds, then drilled the holes on a drill press using 3/16" drill bit.
3.5" machined aluminum bay cover dresses up 3.5" bays
Heres some shots I took of the cpu grill and exhaust....
Ric's kenpo patch recreated as fan grill on top,
Ric Mirto configures his desktop after loading OS