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  1. Finaly, I would like to thank Wayne Hsieh and all the people @ Cooler Master for having this contest.
  2. The name "InfiniTiS". I asked my wife Sally to help me choose a project name. She immedialy spit out the word "infinty" she said thats how long it will take me to finish it. Shes probably right, theres allways some kind of upgrade wanted. The "TiS" ending to the word was added in honor of our gaming squad, "The Immortal Soldiers"= ^TiS^ made up of finest people found anywhere established in 1998.
  3. I would like to thank Barry Lanier, owner of Trinity Tek Inc. His expertise is greatly appreciated. This project bennifitted substancially from his advise and guidance.
  4. The hard drive bay seams to be working well so far. Only time will tell if I can extend the drive life.
  5. My SPUTNIK MOD has a very cool effect when powered. Its kinda like a hot sports car where it even looks cool standing still.
  6. After months of work, and the time finaly came to press the power button. I plugged the cord into the power supply but forgot to plug it into an outlet. I pressed the button and that almost gave me a heart attack. Then when I reallized what I did and powered it up and it all worked, well that almost gave me a heart attack.
  7. Very user friendly with the intent to make everything accessible.
  8. I think the tray extention that lets the main power, sata, video card, and power switch pass through really made for a super clean, almost wireless look.
  9. FINALY FINISHED What started on black friday, ended on friday the 13th - hmmm
  10. That Madonna song "like a virgin" pops in my head every time I peel one of these off (!)
  11. The hard drive bay assembled.The sinks are held down with two wing nuts on a solid 1/4" aluminum backet. The walls and floor bolt directly to the drives. The unit is held in place with one huge custom made wing nut that bolts to the bottom of the case. I was worried about bolting it to the bottom of the case, but it is very easy. I dont have to tilt it much, and it is close to the front. Once the unit is flush with the back, it slides over to the thumb screw backet and bolts into place very easy every time. When that one bolt tightens, the unit is very secure.
  12. Here is my hard drive bay assembly. It consists of a totally inclosed unit. At its heart will sit two 150 gig 10,000 rpm VelociRators configured in raid 0. These hard drives generate life shortening heat, so IM trying to cool them heavily on air. Massive 114L x 74W x 24H mm all copper heat sinks sit on each drive. These sinks were designed for CPUs, but in my theory should cool these drives also. They will be assisted by 74mm tip magetic driving fans. The fans are mounted on Lexan and the Lexan is butted up against the sinks. This drives the air through the sink fins and only the sink fins. After exiting the fins, the air is directed under the drives via a curved peice of polycarbonate cooling the bottom of the drives also before exiting the rear of the case. These fans are very powerful for their size and fairly loud at full RPM so they will be hooked up to the fan controller. Each drive will also have its own temp gauge sitting on it to monitor the heat. This hard drive bay will be the jewel that sits at the bottom of the case. I sure do hope it works well. It took me a long time to build it.
  13. Heres a better look at the cone with the ballpoint ends glued in place. On the right are the (antennae) made from bullet wire connectors. On the left are small peicies of coat hanger thats glued in the bullet connectors to be inserted in the ballpoint ends. I wedeged the connectors in with string, then cut the string to hide. I want the bullet connectors to be removable incase of damage, or to change the look. I also have tooth picks painted white that when inserted look like little teeth, pretty cool looking, but not as cool as SPUTNIK antennae
  14. Here is the painted fan with the cone base epoxied in the exact center. While the epoxy is still wet, Spin the fan by hand to tell if its centered
  15. Although not nessasary, I painted the frame flat black. Then masked the black off and painted the blades and cone high gloss extra course silver with a splash of blue pearl to match the mother board.
  16. Ball point pen ends make (antenna holders) use the kind that taper that look like mini cones to go with the big cone. Screw off ballpoint ends of pens and glue them on the marks. Make sure it clears the grill. Use all plastic pens so the glue will stick better and be lighter than metal ends. I also glued the clicker ends of the pens between the ballpoint ends (antenna holders) for added effect. Although hard to see in this photo because I masked them to keep the chrome look, in corresponding photos you will get a better look at the ballpoint ends.