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Scratch Built MDF Torrent Box (Worklog)

Discussion in 'Modding Worklogs' started by dfrag90, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. dfrag90

    dfrag90 Member

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    Hey All,

    Have been working on an MDF Case, based around a ITX board and Dell Optiplex Powersupply. It has been a while in construction, i think i started during exams last semester and still have a bit to go. Am very interested in other peoples opinions... I originally designed it to have the PSU removable from the back, but forgot about it till after i had constructed. Unfortunetly i dont have any early stage pictures, as i couldnt really be bothered, and i didnt have any massive urge to take pictures as mdf looks pretty shite unpainted. I have changed my mind 3 times on paint, i started off with a gloss black, which was great, however, i felt it made it look too cocky! So i moved onto a flat black (Matt), and then to the current phase, matt black and Chrome top.

    The main problem with the current paint job is the quickness of my painting, the black ran a bit, on the sides, and i havent properly sanded out the holes, resulting in it looking a bit hairy. The Chrome paint seems to rub off very easy, taking away the awesome lustre you get after a nice coat. If i decide to keep the chrome top, i will get some form of clear finish to trap the silveryness!

    Specs:
    Gigabyte GA-PCV2 (1.1GHZ Via)Motherboard
    512mb Ram
    Asus WL138G
    IDE-SATA Adaptor
    40GB+ SATA 2.5Inch hdd
    thermaltake 120mm blue fan
    thermaltake 92mm Speed fan
    Dell Optiplex PSU (240Watt I think)
    AC RYAN Grills

    GO PICTURES!
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    Current Build, Is looking like this, am thinking of removing the top Silver grill, and just keep the AC RYAN Grills

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    After sanding that nasty scratch will be removed.

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    Top View Showing the devasting chrome failure!

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    Blemished will be sanded out before final paint job
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    More messy innards!
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    My cable sleeving! Hehe yes that Fan is sprayed chrome!
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    The back will be nuked by sanding! need to get that looking smooth
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    I am planning on putting a white stencil of the computers name (When i think of one) on the front panel. Updates to follow i spose guys :) I am really wanting to get one of those awesome BULGIN power switches from GAM for the back, but being a pov uni student i will just have to wait, I have spent no money so far on this case, and am quite happy with where i am up to at the current time!

    TO DO LIST:

    • [*]Sand down outside Completly
      [*]Prime Then Paint
      [*]Hot glue front Panel USB
      [*]sleeve PSU cables
      [*]DePin unused PSU Connectors
      [*]Buy Sata Hard drive
      [*]Work out how to mount it
      [*]Buy Bulgin Switch
      [*]Work out what feet to make/use
     
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  2. D3MON1C

    D3MON1C Member

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    nice work mate, looks great:thumbup:
     
  3. ford ftw

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    Looks great!:thumbup:
     
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    dfrag90

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    Hey all, Quick update, spent some time today sanding back the main part of the box, i also had a fiddle with Paint to see roughly what it would look like with some form of title on the front, This will be painted in gloss white and should look fair awesome. This paint job is one coat of flat black.
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    Thanks for your comments guys!
     
  5. Vulkanyaz

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    Nice work mate! :thumbup:

    Mind if I ask where you got the ITX from? Thinking about putting something together in an old DVD player.
     
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    Bought it on Vahalla forums a year ago... Try Tralling ebay :)
     
  7. de_overfiend

    de_overfiend Member

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    gotta say that the pics of it sitting on the bricks makes it kinda look like a letterbox

    good work thou
     
  8. 192.168.0.1

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    haha my thoughts exactly, hey if your bit-torrent pc doesn't work out you've got a fucking sweet letterbox :thumbup:

    I've been thinking of doing the same thing, with mine and dad's PC there is just way to much noise and power to warranty seeding and occasional downloads. I will most likely buy a case as fabricating it is a little tricky
     
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  9. [/\V3NG3R]

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    lol "MDF-PC"

    Someone asks: "What does that stand for"
    Reply: "Oh I just thought it sounded cool"

    But I'll really look forward to seeing this when its done...
     
  10. 192.168.0.1

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    just call it woody

    oh and defrag mate, i have mine with full cream and 2 sugars kthnx :p
     
  11. thebranded

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    you're running a fan on that CPU right?

    i gothe same MB for a home server and it gets hot, diffenately needs a fan.

    I'm not a fan of MDF, but it looks good :thumbup:
     
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    dfrag90

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    haha MDF, is the wood it is made of! Medium density Fibreboard!

    @ thebranded, It does get hot, i still have the fan, but it is a noicy POC, so i was gonna see how chilled it ran with the 120mm fan pushing air onto it, i would presume it would be fine... But that will be all last minute testing :)

    @ 192.168.0.1 Haha, yer bro! i love my double expresso shots in the morning, and cappachinos in the arvo :) was the best free thing i have ever scored!
     
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    MiNI UpDate

    Hey all, Have sourced a 80GB SATA Laptop HDD and am purchasing a ZALMAN NB47J so i can run the CPU fanless, have done another coat of black on the box part, will put up photos at some stage. WIll work on it further on thursday, thinkign of getting some gloss estipol finish to seal the chrome...
     
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    Looking good, maybe get some wood putty or some bog and fix up those little imperfections as when you paint it a gloss colour, they will be obvious.

    Other than that looking very nice.

    Slamaa
     
  15. d1k_is

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    Did you have to mod the PSU much for it to fit in there or was it already small enough?
     
  16. Geodude

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    Where did you get that PSU from?? and how much?

    The project looks great, I am thinking of doing something like this.

    Keep up the good work!

    Geodude
     
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    bought it of ebay, it is a Dell Optiplex PSU only 240watt, but that is ample for my setup! The case was built around it, with the fan hole cut out prior to construction.
     
  18. ford ftw

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    How much is it worth?
     
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    i paid like $25 for it, but i picked it up from some computer place near south rd, in SA
     
  20. matto20v

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    I mean no disrespect, and everyone has their opinions.

    This looks like just a black box with a spaghetti array of wires inside. It's just a plain black wooden painted box dude?
     

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