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  1. Hey Munkeys! I am back with my 3rd project! This time, I will be doing a scratch build case for a Gigabyte Brix 4570R. And the theme will be CL4P-TP from the game Borderlands. I will be adding up a twist (again) in this project. (Hint: the twist is in the title of the project! :D) This is definitely not going to be a high end build since the GB 4570R is not made for playing AAA games on everything max, but for 720p medium settings or 1080p low settings, this system will just do the job fine. Here's the specs: Gigabyte 4570R Seagate 500GB thin laptop SSHD Crucial Ballistix Sport SODIMM 8GB single DDR3 1866mhz RAM CoolerMaster Blade Master 92mm fan Satechi 10 port USB 3.0 Hub (since the 4570R only has 4 usb ports, I decided to add in a hub for a bit more storage expandability) For the case, I might use aluminum and maybe some HDPE plastic sheet for the top cover. This project will be a great (hopefully) learning point for me when it comes to paint jobs. I already got all of the components that I will need for this build, well, except for the right angled USB cords. Here we go! This fan will get modded so it can be plugged into one of the usb ports of the brix. It wont be much of a help for heat dissipation but it's always better to have something than nothing. A few weeks ago, I started sketching up the case that I wanted to do and draw it up in AutoCAD MEP and try to see what will be the dimensions of the case that I will end up building and looks like the dimensions of the case will be 6"x 6"x 7". Last year December, I purchased a desktop CNC machine, Shapeoko 2. It came around 1st week of January 2015, took me a week to assemble the darn thing ( I could only work with the assembly for 2 hours everyday), which was very fun by the way, and I have it completely assembled by mid January. After hours and hours of calibration, I finally got it to do a "test cut" using a marker instead of a rotary tool. Since I am a newbie with CNC machines, I still needed to learn how the machine works. When I got the machine working, I accidentally broke the cutting bit that came with it. While I am waiting for the new cutting bit that I ordered a few days ago, I went ahead and started to do the cutting for the case using my dremel. Last year, I bought a 22 gauge 12"x 24" sheet metal from home depot. I was planning on making a 240mm fan grill out of it, but I completely forgot about it. I saw the sheet metal in our basement last week when I was about to start to cut the aluminum sheet that I have and decided to do the test cut on the metal sheet instead of the aluminum sheet. The "Pro" for using a cordless rotary tool, you can bring it anywhere without worrying about the length of the cord and you can use it to any position you want. The "Con" would be the battery life kinda drains out quickly, well, depending on the speed that you are at. I couldn't complete the whole cut since I need to recharge the battery every 45 minutes of straight use at around 2000-2500 rpm. Charging takes a little while, 1 hour 18 minutes to get it fully charged. Hopefully this week, the cutting bit for my Shapeoko 2 that I ordered would arrive so I could continue cutting the metal sheet. If not, well, back to the dremel and hand file. That's it for now. Till the next update! And if you have any suggestions, or questions of violent reactions, please feel free to throw a comment down! :) Happy Modding Munkeys!
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