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  1. hey guys just posting to let you all know that voting has started for the CM case mod comp... if you enjoyed following this project, or think it deserving please vote for it in the "scratch build" section: http://mod.coolermaster.com/
  2. this will be the final update post for project RE-Invented firstly I want to thank everyone who has been following along for the journey that is this worklog... your support means a lot to me, and has been invaluable for keeping this project on track! next I want to thank CoolerMaster, who supported me with a V650 psu and 3x jetflow 120mm blue led fans, although this project would have happened without them, it has helped to bring this build up a notch, for which I am extremely thankful and also I wish to make a statement, I hope that if you were only able to read a small section of this log, that this is the part you read: this build is the re-creation of a 10+ year old case to make something usable by current standards. This build was never intended to be perfect… if you want to see perfection I would suggest looking elsewhere, this project was created with two purposes in mind: 1) To prove what can be achieved on a very limited budget & tool set, that you don’t need to have thousands of dollars worth of new hardware, or every power tool known to man to create a great looking mod… hence this mod was done on a budget of approximately AUD$100, and built using nothing but hand tools and basic power tools… 2) To show the community what real modding is, due to the recent trend in mod logs to be only a simple re-paint, some pre-assembled sleeved cables and thousands of dollars in water cooling components, which are thrown together with near no alteration to the case design…. hence this mod contained extensive panel work, and no work outsourced to mod shops or modding related companies.. My one hope with this build is that it is not known/remembered for how it looks, but rather is an example to other modders, and potential modders of what can be achieved with spare parts, basic tooling and nearly no budget. a quick shot or two of how this buid started... and now onto the final pictures which are pretty much self-explanatory... and hopefully for the final time: fell free to comment or ask any questions FREEBEE
  3. this will be a quick post to make sure that there is a photo of every component for the CM case mod comp... it will also contain some nice light-box photo's of the GPU the fan/light wiring harness the underside of the PSU shroud with led strip and window fitted the sound-card, and original sound blaster audigy, and the only original component from the case when I got it.. which has been dusted off, and fitted with a backplate to fit the build... the motherboard (gigabyte f2-a85x-up4), cpu (a10-5800k), ram (2x4gb gskill value ram with blue heat-spreaders) and cooler (old dell tower heat-sink with custom retention bracket, top cover, a random 80mm pwm fan and a CM blue led 80mm fan) the case with various parts fitted... the side panels, with replacement cast acrylic window the CM jetflow 120mm fans with custom "freebee" logo covering the back sticker the CM v650 psu with two-tone blue sleeving and now for the light box shots of the gpu, a gigabyte gtx 460, with custom paint and backplate these were taken during "av club" (basically the geeks photography club) at my school.. and finally a shot of the cpu area in the case the final update will be posted very shortly... as always feel free to ask questions or comment...
  4. welcome to the long overdue update 7.... I'm writing and posting this late at night so I'm not going to say much other than giving a general description of each photo... and I apologise in advance for the horrid photo backdrop... I didn't have time to stop and take photo's elsewhere as I went... so during the week of storms in Sydney (as those of you on OCAU will be aware of) we had a eucalyptus (or gum to Aussies) tree come down.. which miraculously managed to miss one of the sailing boat trailers.. and now onto the modding... firstly I filed out the 180mm fan slots to perfect width, now that I actually have the 180 fans for a test fit... then I re-painted it, and painted the back fan grill while I was at it..... leaving only one component left to paint... just a quick shot of all the painted pieces of the case... once again ignore the mess... no time to tidy up or move them the pop rivets, with the countersunk ones I will be using in the four compartments forming a T-shape first pop rivets go into the psu shroud then into the top panel and mobo tray mount the newly made case feet... which happen to be the only component left unpainted.. for now now I'm going to share my way of eliminating the risk of scuffs in the paint work from the rivet gun... 1) put masking tape over pop rivet.. 2) put rivet in place and tape in place around it 3) rivet it in... 4) remove tape.... (note that small scratch is from drilling out the first rivet as it didn't pull up properly) (now back to the normal worklog) the front fan shroud riveted together the front fan shroud attached to the front panel the back panel with all the holes I forgot to countersink before painting.... skipping ahead to being ready for the top and bottom panels.... and its built! (sorry about skipping photo's, but as I said, I was in a rush and forgot to take them..... also this lighting dose not do the paint justice at all!) and that concludes update 7 of the worklog thanks for reading and please feel free to comment or ask any questions
  5. OK I am so sorry to everyone for the delays, but I've been extremely busy... but the mod is still on track and should be finished in the next week or so... the painting is 95% complete and I hope to take more photos and post update 7 ASAP.... firstly im sorry for not getting any in progress shots of this one but it is the cover for the top of the cpu heatsink, it also shows the blue hammertone that is on all of the exterior panels, yes the embossing is so dodgy its not funny, but after I saw MetalicAcid create fake embossing with vinyl film, I just had to have a go at embossing some metal for real.... secondly I have a photo of the front air duct main plate, after painting with the two ek 180mm fans sitting in place And im sorry but im going to be busy for the next day or so as well then it will be a matter of quite a few late nights to get it finished by the CM casemod comp deadline, with a lot of very big updates in coming days thanks for reading and as always feel free to ask questions or comment! FREEBEE
  6. Thanks, and i know what you mean about the perfection of paracord single sleeve... it just looks so good!
  7. Ok this will be update 6.5 and it will be a very quick one, so this build is designed to use a 2.5" drive and due to lack of funds for an ssd of suitable capacity, this build will be running a hdd the HDD to be used is a 250gb one pulled from an old laptop... and I've been thinking of different ways to make it look a bit less ugly considering its going to be visible in the end.... one such idea was to put some book covering vinyl on it, which I have decided will likely be as shown below or matte black so the main reason for this update is to share the thought process, and also to get some feedback with regard to how the pacman/space invaders pattern looks on the HDD, and please feel free to say how you feel about it, ie. IF YOU DONT LIKE IT- SAY SOMETHING or IF YOU LOVE IT- SAY SOMETHING, and as always feel free to comment or ask any questions!
  8. welcome to project re-invented update 6 where I made..... a mess in order to make things much better... Yes, this is the sleeving update, and I won't babble for too long so as to not exasperate any of you and all was going well till I came across what I could only refer to as a sleever's worst nightmare but that was easily solved with a lot of tape, patience and persistence... to make the psu look a lot better... now It has been requested to explain how I "heatshrinkless" sleeved the double wires im going to try and explain it using some random wire and spare parracord as I don't have any spare psu's lying around with double wires firstly.... im no sleeving expert, this is my first sleeving job, and if just sharing what worked for me.... i am not liable if you follow this and something bad happens, eg. it comes to life and murders your kittens ect. also if you manage to do it perfectly the first go you are extremely lucky... my first three or so turned out extremely ugly, but they looked a lot better after that the important part is to cut the ends at an angle and position them like shown, then melt as per normal trying to fuse the two pieces of sleeve together, while locking it in place on the pin, but not building up too much bluk around the metal, (a lot of things which contradict each other, the trick is to get a perfect balance) frequently you will need to "trim" the excess plastic bulk so that it will fit in the connector, and even then you are quite lucky if it goes the whole way in without any force, (I sometimes needed to force it in using long-nose pliers) so now all that's left to do with cabling is to lace these and sort out the sata power harness.. this concludes update 6, I hope to finally have the metalwork finalised within the next week, which will be update 7, until then feel free to comment or ask any questions you may have.
  9. welcome to update 5.5, this will just be a quick one to show what ive been upto... (sorry about the slightly blurry pic's, I couldn't be bothered getting the tripod instead of the monopod) so my sleeving (parracord) arrived I first tested the PSU before voiding the warranty.... wouldn't want it to be DOA and then I started to try and de-pin the psu, however some of the pins were especially persistent, so I decided to make "freebee atx extractor V3", which can be seen on the right, with V1 on the left I originally tried making an atx extractor about a year ago when I was working on my lian li pc-A10, I didn't want to pay $15 to get a simple piece of metal shipped into the country or $25+shipping for one in Australia, especially when I had no immediate need for one, so copping the simplest design that I could find I had a go at making one (v1), it worked, however felt that it was a bit rough, so I re-made it in a bit nicer shape, however I still wasn't satisfied, but had no need for making a better one at the time so when v2 was struggling, I decided that it was time to make version 3, which has replaceable "pins" allowing them to be swapped out or adjusted if they ever get badly bent or damaged anyway that concludes this quick update, I hope you enjoy it and I any comments or questions are appreciated
  10. Thanks , and the metal isn't too bad, its just galvanised sheet steel with paint on one side.... and if your referring to the modding injury in one of the early posts im pretty sure that was caused by my own insantiy rather than the metal...
  11. ok, this is rather odd as things go with my logs normally, this will be update 5.... a major update with good photo's the day after a major update with good photo's...... WHAT IS THIS SORCERY...... well this update is due to the two packages that I received today... one being rather small and ordinary, but still related..... the other, special enough that you will have to wait and see! (I apologise for the ms paint name and address cover up, but it was the most convenient way) the small one contained the blue led strip from ebay for this project.... the other one... (im tying to keep this somewhat mysterious) OK the games are up, the reason for the update.. and probably some of the only brand new hardware for this project is... that this project is now sponsored by Cooler Master, who have very kindly provided a V650 PSU and 3 of their awesome jetflow fans! the Jetflow 120s: these have to be some of the best looking and constructed fans that I have ever seen, would highly recommend them and the V650: it may not be the most powerful model available, but its defiantly a great looking, solid PSU I would like to very much thank cooler master for their support! Also I would like to say that this will hopefully be the only post of this entire log with only new hardware and no actual modding this also hasn't changed much with the design of the build, the only major changes that this has brought about are: the ability to run a better gpu without fear of killing junk, grey PSUs - hence the gpu change; the fans in the top and back of the case will match and will not be "borrowed" from pc's around the house and the window in the side of the psu shroud to show what it is... otherwise it will remain the same, which is important for reasons which will become clear at the end of the project... so this concludes update 5, I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to comment or ask questions !
  12. so this will be the long awaited (I hope) update 4 which if you look at your keyboard also happens to be the money key.... as this will be a valuable update for your reading enjoyment.... this post will be a mix of both phone and DSLR photo's... mainly due to convenience of not always having to carry around a full DSLR, but all the important photo's are DSLR, not phone the first part of this is the dissection of a different gpu, which is happening due to some upcoming news... however that will be revealed at a later date the important part is that the gpu for this pc is going from a measly HD 5770 to a slightly beefier GTX 460... which I think you'll agree, looks a ton better - with a dual fan heatsink the card in its stock config the card with the stickers removed (looks better already!) and some more disassembly.... to extract a bare heatsink... so they can be painted!, white first... (the 5770 heatsink was painted as well because of unconfirmed details) then masked then black and finished however it should be noted that the paint on the cpu heatsink fins peeled, so it was repainted in reverse (black first), and there will be a top cover over the top sections of the heatpipes, meaning that the scratched paint will not be seen anyway, the important parts were the fins and the base, which turned out great the second time! then came the making of the psu cover, which will have more work done to it (namely a window to show the psu), but is now 95% complete firstly I made a 1:1 paper net/plan that then became a template then it was cut out then folded and tweaked (not the final board, just a dead one) now we get to the really cool stuff... the laser cutting of the top grill and front panel... at this point you might finnaly be able to see a bit of the planed result appearing, and I was surprised at how well this turned out so first I made a small scale test on a random piece of scrap acrylic to check that the file had no issues caused by exporting from sketchup and importing to illustrator, or unwanted cuts marked it turned out looking good, other than a bit of warping caused by how thin the branches between the hexagons were, which is a non issue with the full scale and so on to the full scale! the leftover hexagon cut-outs were pretty cool then came the cutting of the front panel and the end results! that mini grill is so cute/cool (for lack of better wording to describe it) even though it has no practical use and the case as it currently sits with the laser'd parts temporally fitted NB: the factory polycarbonate window will be replaced with a solid acrylic one, and mounted with machine screws rather than plastic rivets... so this will be the end of the fourth major instalment of this log.. it has been hard to wait to post all this, but I think that it has made for a more rounded and interesting post... until the next one, and as always, thanks for reading, and feel free to comment or ask any questions you may have
  13. so this will be the last of the somewhat nightly partial updates for now... update 3.9 update 4 will be waiting till some paint has made its way onto the internal panels & heatsinks, and possibly the front panel & top grill are cut anyway, on with what's actually been happening.. firstly I stripped down the gpu to paint the shroud and heatsink... yes its an AMD HD 5770, however this system is not intended for highly demanding games, and im not sure the psu (the only spare ive got - gigabyte 460w) could handle much more.. (I had only just peeled the stickers when this was taken) then I moved onto the mount for the pre-loved dell cpu cooler... (and yes I know the thickness of the steel is complete and utter overkill, but #yolo) and finally I cut the holes for the front i/o cables to pass through (still need to get the u-channel out of the attic) anyway once again I apologise for the phone pic's... just a matter of convenience for quick updates... however the next update should have some much higher quality pics, and a lot more progress, but for that you will have to wait! as always, thanks for reading and please feel free to comment or suggest ideas!
  14. so this is just a quick one to show you all what I got up to today... (plz don't rubbish the phone pics) the main work was on the top panel... first up was the front i/o.. which was marked as per the sketch-up placement... then drilled.. the power button was looking like a pain to get the exact hole size, but then I remembered that I can just use a reamer... which made short work of getting the hole size exactly right (<1mm tolerance) so then I was thinking about what to do next and decided to just go ahead and cut the top 2x120mm fan mounts as I already knew the nececary measurements for their position.. and finally I was going to show an example of hammertone blue to help people get the idea of what im talking abbout but thanks to phone camera's and dodgy camera drivers in android lollipop nightly builds it turned out a bit greyscale... however you can still get the idea Thanks everyone for reading, and all feedback is appreciated!
  15. Hi everyone, this is just a small fill in to show a bit of the planing work that has been happening over the last while.. so im going to call it update 3.6 the main two elements that ive been planing are the front i/o spacing (in order for it to look right) and deciding on sleeving colours as for the front i/ here is a pic of the current layout that wil likely end up on the case please note that the colour used on the case is terribly off what it will be when it is finnished... its just for representation and then comes the difficult choice that is sleeving colour... ive decided to fit with the nickname that ive given this build "50 shades of blue", that I should try a two tone blue sleeving colour scheme... the colours that i think i will use: and what the approximate colours look like in a mock-up thanks for reading, and as always any feedback is appreciated