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  1. Here are two videos for Realgar Project, one is a little montage of the finished build and the other is a wrap-up of the worklog. Enjoy
  2. Thank you very much Per, I appreciate it! Yeah it was very free style as a mod. It was impossible to predict how the resin panels and especially the crystals would've come out, and that added to a sort of next-level uniqueness of the final build. It was also fun and playful as you said because I really spaced out from traditional modding, with it usually being measure-cut-paint-bend-done. With this, it was all that plus mix-pour-boil-grow and other weird stuff hahah
  3. I'm crossing fingers for you! I was in the same situation less then two weeks ago, had to finish it up for a show and if any component leaked it would've been bad for the two deadlines
  4. Damn you went full throttle buddy! I would've given up if I had that much to do two days before the deadline
  5. Unveiling Realgar Project. Realgar is a project inspired and designed following the rules of nature. Initially, the goal was to create a big stone monolith with a red geode inside, and I achieved that. In the end, it came out as what I like to call "controlled chaos": the resin texture, the handmade patterns on the panels, the crystals, were all designs that I didn't or couldn't plan exactly, that's why this build is connected to nature, unpredictable. Aside from that, Realgar features modifications for the SL600M that could be implemented in future versions, such as the lit trim on the front panel or the unique cable management sections. To break the naturalistic mood comes the watercooling loop, to which I gave a really modern and shiny look to achieve that contrast between nature and industry. The two main sides of Realgar feature two very different approaches, one being very minimalistic, and one more crowded, to please most eyes in different ways. The floating hardware panel inside is what makes this mod really pop, as I think it really looks like it's suspended in the air and it creates a really pleasant sight when looking at the internals. Specs: Case: Cooler Master SL600M Motherboard: MSI H370 Gaming Plus CPU: i5-9400F RAM: XPG D60G 16gb 3000MHz SSD: XPG Gammix S11 Pro 512gb m.2 PSU: Cooler Master MWE Gold 750W GPU: MSI GTX 1660 Ti GamingX Watercooling: Alphacool Custom Loop PCI-e Riser: EZDIY-Fab Sleeved extensions: CableMod Pro Cables
  6. The final assembly goes on, hardware with cables extensions are in. Now to the tubes. Tubes and fittings will be the big contrast I wanted against the natural and rough look the build has, thanks to the shine from the acrylic tubes and chrome from the fittings. PSU and all the cables are in as well. What I've been doing in my project for quite some time now, is not handling cable management on the main sides of the case, to allow for more beautiful look all around the build. In this case, I was able to put the PSU hidden in the top section, that is being used, together with the bottom section, as space for cable management. While the hidden front section is being use to route the needed cable to the bottom. This makes cable management way easier and comfortable as opposed to the traditional way, where you have a couple cm of space at max. It may not be pleasing to the eye, but once the build is complete, not a single cable will be visible at all, except for the beautiful extensions, and as for practicity, it has no rivals. The coolant is in with zero leaks! OS installed and now struggling with RGB softwares. Geez I hate them! Topped everything off with a nice little badge with tribute to the 10th anniversary and my signature. And just before doing the final shooting, it wanted to receive some compliments with his brother Oracle at Milan Games Week 2019 CMWS19 family shot before the shooting, with Sky Three
  7. Project Sky Three is reborn today, stronger than ever for the #CMWS19Finals A tribute to the Tokyo Sky Tree and the Cooler Master Stacker Series, this mod brings the high end watercooling concept to a whole new level, with a smaller footprint and dual 480mm radiator. Endless lighting combinations, for every type of taste, from the stealth white to the RGB rainbow, just like the Sky Tree tower. Sleek metallic look with polished aluminum. This is a triple Q300P with same footprint but extremely enhanced capabilities. The top case is barely modified so it keeps the MicroATX form factor and the overall the original layout. Specs: Case: 3x Cooler Master Q300P Motherboard: Asrock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 CPU: Intel Core i5-8600K GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 FE RAM: XPG ADATA Spectrix D41 32gb 3000MHz SSD: XPG ADATA Gammix D11 240gb m.2 + UX950 240gb SATA PSU: Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium 750W Watercooling: Watercool Heatkiller for components, Alphacool for fittings and tubing Fans: Noiseblocker M12-3 for radiators, bundle RGB fans from the Q300P's for airflow
  8. After a few months, Asrock hooked me up with a new motherboard for Sky Three, and since I had changed my art name after having completed this project, I had to change the name plate as well. Also, I gave another fast round of polishing to the aluminum profiles since they had got a bit rough with time. Aaand ready for final shooting. Pic next to his little brother who's also entering, Realgar
  9. The final assembly continues. For the hidden areas of the loops, I often like to use soft tubing, because it makes maintenance and cable management way easier (since the hidden tubes are always in the cable management areas) Next, I made a simple yet effective mod to the two VPP755's: I took the metal cover off and drill a hole on the side, then sticked the cables through it and now I don't have anything coming out of the bottom of the pumps, a much cleaner result For the little panels that I had made for top and bottom, I also shaped the front end so that I didn't have a straight line (since it appears straight lines are enemies in this project ), but I didn't like how I could see what was behind, so I made two little red pieces and put them there to close the hole. I really like the contrast there I gave the GPU a stone look as well. I didn't paint anything red because this GPU has load of RGB lights that will be set to red And to continue with the crystal treatment, a mod that's been pretty controversial on social media in the last days. Everyone seemed to care a bit too much about VRM thermals in a show build, or let alone in a H370 motherboard that can't even use overclock. Painting VRM is something I've been doing for years and never once it gave me an issue. As for the red crystals, I glued them in and painted, just like I did for the external piece. Everyone seemed to compare it to jam, ketchup, candy and stuff like that, but I think it will look as it should once in the finished build.
  10. Time for another batch of crystals, this time for the front piece that used to have I/O ports on it. I cut everything that was visible when mounted, and filled the void with pipe cleaners, so that when the piece gets dipped in the borax solution, crystals will grow on them. I had to adjust the crystals a bit with a file because they grew too much in some area and the two panels wouldn't fit Since the shape of the pipe cleaners was still a bit too visible, and I wanted some bigger crystal, I grabbed some of the single crystals left from the first batch, and super glued them on the new geode The painted and the result was beautiful imho! Then I went to finally put the front panel together! This whole panel took a whole lot of work and different techniques applied, but I think it was well worth it. Also painted the top mesh, after having stripped the black paint off it, so that when going over with the metallic red, which is slightly translucent, some of the shine from the metal would pop up Bonus pic: I finally finished polishing the resin panel. Man it does take quite a lot of work to get a nice result!
  11. Finally got started with the paintjob! I had a very specific idea for this: balancing a stone colour/effect with shiny red details that resembled the minerals inside the stone. For that purpose, I chose two colours for the stone, an avory white and a golden grey, and helped myself with two different stone effects from Rustoleum. They're simply clear coats with chunks of paint in it, that will simulate a stone-ish look after having dried. I started with the main frame of the chassis, giving it the golden grey Then I moved on to the two panels from the lightbox, as well as the two back panels (how cool to they look when clear? ). This time I went with the avory white And the internal top and bottom panels are done as well I also gave a stone look to the radiator, and now it's a true monolith with crystal fins! Some will have doubts about painting the fins, but to be honest, for what I want to achieve with this project, I won't need those 2-3 degrees, but I really needed to get rid of most of the black in the build It's external panels' turn now. I mainly used avory white for these, except for the plastic part of the front panel, for which I used the golden grey
  12. Same treatment for the top panel, again cut with a scrollsaw And now something pretty unique. Aside from the resin panels, the new technique I couldn't wait to try out for this project was... growing crystals! And what better fitting project than a Realgar project? What I did was forming a shape in polymer clay, let it dry, then coating it with glue and lay some borax on the surface, so that it could cover it and stay there once the glue dried. Then I boiled some water and created a saturated solution with borax, adding it until it couldn't dilute anymore. I put the piece in the solution, waited over night and here you go: a nice big geode! Unfortunately, I tried to dye the solution with red, because I wanted the crystals to be red, but it turned out I had to add sooo much dye in order to obtain a crystal that was red enough. In fact, what I got was more like a pink salt colour Ready to take on another try (that would've meant buying gallons of dye), I thought YOLO and tried to paint the crystal with a metallic red, which is also a bit translucent, so maybe I wouldn't have lost most of shine from the crystals. And it turned out awesome, even better than I could've imagined! This is what it was made for Still for the front panel, I had to make something to fill the other cutouts I made. So I cut a pair of acrylic panels, turned them into a frame and taped the bottom with aluminum tape. It was time for another epoxy pour!
  13. A quick look at the first tubing mock-up. I thought I would do something less intricate with the loop this time but I just can't help it, I love parallel runs Made the bracket for the PSU mounting in the top section I reshaped the two back panels with this characteristic cut I'm bringing along this whole project, to make it smoother and more geometric Also began working on the front and top panels cutouts, I made this simple design in Silhouette Studio, cut the stencil and went over it with a pen once I applied it to the panel, this way all the sections in both panels will be exactly the same. It would've been hard doing it by hand since they're very irregular shapes. Obviously cut with my trusty scrollsaw And as anticipated in the previous post, I swapped the red LEDs of the lightbox with WRGB strips
  14. I love it!
  15. Very last update before the final photos and video! It's time for tubing, a few more panels, cable management and final tweaks here and there. Let's start with the tubing and a very particular routing Composite panel to close the bottom of the top case, along with clear smoked rear panel Cable management at the top. This was tricky Finally mounted the in-between covers for the cables that run across the cases Last two painted panels for SSD and mini front cover with signature and glimpse of the coolant! All ready to be fired up! Windows installed
  16. Made a lightbox for the front layered panels, I made it with red LEDs at first but I'll change it to WRGB later And now doing something that I think could be implemented in a possible "Gaming Version" of the SL600M: a lit trim behind the front panel! I started cutting an acrylic frame to size and bending it using the original panel as a template When I put the frame behind the aluminum I had to adjust the bend radius so I heated more and shaped it perfectly As for the plastic part of the front, I cut off all the pieces that were sticking out, to allow more space for the cables that will run through the front Here are the lightbox lit and the front trim
  17. Mounting system for the fan controller This midplate is something you'll soon see what it's there for Attached four lightbars to the center case for a particular lighting effect Started the paintjob and polishing phase for the aluminum profiles A lot of cables run all across the three cases so I had to insert them before assembling the structure And the paintjob goes on with other panels, Sky Three logo and Tokyo skyline This is the dark side of this build: lots of cables at the bottom for the 14 fans, two pumps and all the RGB lights Time for some eye candy with a lighting test
  18. Currently working on some boring stuff like little cuts on the cases to make everything fit properly, I'm close to starting the paint phase. While we wait, I'll show you some of the hardware that will go in the build. Powered by Adata XPG, Watercool and Asrock!
  19. This time we'll see a lot of panelling, on the back, on the front, in the inside... At the back we'll find a window all around the I/O area At the front, I put two aluminum strips that will replace the middle tubes as I don't like them very much and don't help the structure integrity To recall the handles of the original cases, Coolermaster Q300P, I decided to put new aluminum ones at the angles in the front, these will also allow a more comfortable time moving this beast around if necessary In the lower area, I made a cover that will house all the cables from fans and pumps For the cables that will run all the way from the PSU to the bottom, I made some covers to mount between the cases And to close this update with the bang, I started working on the hardware compartment with a lot of panelling, we will also see the mounting position of the SATA SSD from Adata XPG
  20. Today we'll take a look at the side hinged panels that will house the intake fans, some case-cutting to start making room for everything and the gigantic radiators paired with amazing reservoir/pumps from Watercool and fans from Noiseblocker! Hoping to bring you guys some nice photos of the hardware I received so far as soon as possible! So let's start with the making of the hinged panels Now to the front aluminum strips and first big cuts to the cases Almost everything cut down, top case is next for the lifting All three hinged panels completed at my booth at Campus Party Italia Fantastic combo of Watercool/Heatkiller rads and res/pumps, together with some nice Noiseblocker fans. This will be soooo cool in so many ways!! Now making the mounting for those combos from 8mm tinted acrylic And here they are mounted
  21. Made some progress on one side... those lighting pieces from the Q300P's came in really handy!
  22. Today we're taking a look at some pieces I've made with the epoxy resin from Resin Pro, which are the center panel that will hold most of the hardware, and the power button. I obviously started by making the mold for the panel Then I made a couple pours, the final thickness will be about 15mm but I really didn't want the resin to get too hot so I proceded with pours of about 5/6mm each. The surface changed completely while the resin cured, that's one thing to keep in mind if you want a very specific look Next up was cutting the panel in the shape I wanted and doing some more creative work on one side and then clear coating with a thin pour. I used aluminum tape to seal the edges After sanding and doing a bit of polishing I made the mount to the case, using a hollow aluminum tube with a threaded bar inside, which goes from bottom to top of the case, while I made a simple bracket on the back that attaches to the radiator. This way the panel is 100% solid mounted And now a little bonus I mentioned before, the gem as power button
  23. Adding some crystal patterns to the radiator covers that will also serve as something else other than covers. You'll see as I go on with the fabrications
  24. Made this to replace the previous PSU mounting. It will be a sort of lightbox, it's composed of three layers: a white opale one, and two clear with crystal patterns that will be painted red and in white stone effect. Can't wait to see this all painted and lit up