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Project: Empire State Boxen

Discussion in 'Modding' started by sammy_b0i, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    Picked up a Aopen H700a full tower case off of Mark_Webber a few weeks ago. I've got a few plans in mind for it, so this work log was made to show what I'm doing with it.

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    Now to removing the internals.

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    So, that is the case as it stands. Plans are to

    - Dremel out the front bezel
    - Mesh it
    - Cut dual 120mm fan holes behind the mesh.
    - Cut a window
    - Do something with the top panel (window/exhaust)
    - Paint inside and outside

    More to come as it progresses. Suggestions/comments always welcome :)
     
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  2. slamaa

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    alot of people are modding this case at this time, it has great potential, god luck mate, what colour are you gonna do it?
     
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    sammy_b0i

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    Well, I kind of want to stray from the standard "black" look that seems to be popping up everywhere as it is so common. But the reason why it is so common, is that it can look so good if it is done right. So the final colour is yet to be decided.

    Any ideas/suggestions, slaama?
     
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    You could put some checkerplate inside the case like on the mobo tray and on the floor and the drive bays and all, maybe have the side panels painted blue or something with some custom graphics? like some starts in silver or something, you can even just paint the case one colour and then use decals.

    have a google for how to make decals or search through the news archive for modding news as i linked a good tutorial not lng ago.

    Thanks
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    ^^ You've been put on the front page now too - the pressure is on :)

    Good luck with the Empire State Boxen :p
     
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    sammy_b0i

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    Well that looks like the name then :D

    *Officially Changed*

    More updates should come later today. Haven't done much, but it's something.
     
  7. devians

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    ahhhh so thats why you wanted those fans off me? :p good luck :)
     
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    Hehe. Maybe... :Pirate: :lol:

    Update:

    I started dremmeling out the grills of the rear 80mm fans. Not only does it increase the looks of it, it also really helps improve airflow and reduce noise.

    Cutting the joins between each circle at the edge of the grills:

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    And voila! You get this:

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    I started sanding back the rough edges, but ran out of time. Maybe some more tommorow :)
     
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    Received a 2 x 120mm BIP rad today. Have so far changed the barbs to suit my aquagate mini (1/4 ID). It also came with 2 x 120mm UV shrouds. Too bad that they don't work with a dual rad and the holes line up no where near :(

    Nothing a dremel cant and hasn't already fixed :D

    Will post pics in a few days.
     
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    Okay, a small update.

    decided it was time to do work on the front panel seeing as the fans i was waiting for arrived.

    First i cut the grill on the front to make the surface even for measuring and cutting:
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    Then here is the front prepped for some cutting later:
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    The front bezel marked off and ready to cut:
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    Close up of a cut:
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    And the progress so far:
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    Now.. It was about this time (as of ten minutes ago) that my dremel decided to die. It was variable speed. Now as soon as you touch the speed dial, it spins at 35,000 RPM. NFI what happened. It just spun up halfway through a cut and didn't stop.

    Looks like bunnings tomorrow if possible to get an exchange/repair. :(

    As always, any questions/comments/suggestions/ideas are more than welcome...
     
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    Okay. As stupid as it may sound, i managed to finish the cut, grind and touch-up with the dremel spinning at 37k rpm. What i did find, is that it manages to melt the bezel as opposed to cut it so to speak.

    The bezel has been cut and sanded by hand to get it to where it is at the moment. Some parts might not be dead straight but i might tinker later.

    Sanding was done with a heavy grit to get rid of the imperfections, then a really fine grit to polish and smooth it. Then gave it a quick water and wipe down.

    Pic!

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    As you can see, it doesnt really look all that bad... or does it? :Paranoid:

    And someone give an opinion already, geez :/
     
  12. Scotty_DDR

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    awesome tower. the large section cut out of the bottom half of the beazel, is that to make room for extra drive bays? or is it gonna have fans in that area for cooling?
     
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    Although that would be a sweet idea, i just don't have that many drives! It's actually used for airflow. I'm going to install a dual 120mm water cooling radiator in the front of the chassis itself, with the cut in the bezel to allow airflow in via two 120mm fans :)
     
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    Update:

    Found and acquired the mesh im going to use for the front bezel. I've got to give a big wrap to Marcia Street Fabricators for being so awesome. Not only was the mesh free as it was a large off cut, the gentleman cut it to size for me. Not only that, but when the cut included part of the metal i wasn't happy with, he cut a second one, also for free!

    At the moment, im touching up a few places on the bezel with some super fine sand paper to make sure it all slots in nicely, then pics to follow.

    Also looking for suggestions on colours to use! For both the bezel and the case panels themselves. Going to use vinyl dye for the bezel.

    Edit: Pics! Someone SAY SOMETHING about it PLEASE! :tongue:

    The mesh was bent to a curve by hand, and the edges tweaked with a pair of standard pliers.

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    that mesh does look mighty sexy, well done.

    colour is always personal preference so choose colours you think you can live with for more then a few days ;)
     
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    nice job with the mesh there mate
     
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    Lookin great man. love the free mesh :leet: good work.

    As for colour it depends. I think people underestimate the impact of silver on black. So u could colour the plastic and case black and leave the mesh its silver colour :D . But it depends if you like bright colours nor not. You could even go a bright yellow / green colour for the mesh (again with black case) and then have matching LEDs to shine through it.

    Just thoughts :D sure it will look good whichever way.

    Keep us posted mate.
     
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    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    Thanks for the ideas ;) I think that the black/silver mesh combo is a good sounding one, but what about for the case itself.

    The title of the project might not make sense to anyone but myself, but the plan is to have a silhouette laser-cut of the empire state building on the side panel, with a perspex window effect behind it. Windows and all. Which the people i have mentioned it to, seem to think is an awesome idea.

    So if anyone has a suitable image for the side panel, feel free to link it. It needs to be front on of the ESB, nothing from the side, or half cut or from a distance. It's picky i know, but it would look awesome if it was done right!
     
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    Love the curved mesh.
    Maybe red or green in small amounts to match any lights you use inside?
    Blue is kinda over done.
     
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    I agree on the blue being over-done. The problem with that is the fan's with blue LED's are so common. For example, at the current point in time i can see... five SilenX blue led fans. I bought them because they came up in the FS forums after i originally wanted green.

    To get green would have cost (5 x $30) instead of a total of about $60 it cost me to get these other fans. I might look up LED replacement and see if i can mod that into it, otherwise it might just be blue for a while.

    If anyone reading this has some green LED fans with some decent airflow>noise numbers, please let me know :)
     

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