thorkon

8-Bit Mystery Block Mod

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thorkon    1

Hello!

      Welcome to the Mystery Block Mod thread. Guess what were building today? Yes, that's right a "?"! Well sort of, at least that will be in the design a few times. You may know the

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from Super Mario and that's pretty much what my design will be based off of. In my style of modding I like to mix things up and do my mods in a pix-elated theme building from wood cubes. Luckily, I can build my prototypes in Minecraft and then use that as a template to build the case in person. Here is the build in Minecraft ELWaRgl.png

 

This is the tiger I built in the background based off of the image above. Unfortunately it doesn't meet all the requirements for this competition and I won't be able to enter it in but gives a good example of how I use Minecraft to build my cases.kw3ZnHE.jpg

 

 

So, back on track! The components I will be using are:

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Z68X-UD5-B3

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PNY 240 SSD

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COOLER MASTER V550 SEMI-MODULAR PSU

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INTEL I5-3470

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RADEON R9 270

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Spectre pro LED fans

 

I still got a little bit of time before I get working but I expect to be done with this in 2-3 weeks and I'll keep the updates rolling in as they come!

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thorkon    1

First update, here we go!

Cutting down some wood to fit the inside of the case.
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Leaning the pieces together to get an idea of the size of the case

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Working with the cubes to give the pixelated look and build up the frame

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Front of the case, fogged cubes for the "?" to light up

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I'm breezing through and just begun working on the rear of the case. Hopefully I'll have the whole mod done in the next 2 weeks as I'm planning to take to PAX EAST in the BYOC area with the other modders!

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thorkon    1
I ran into the issue of glue marks showing up inbetween the plastic cubes so I had to rely on the cubes sticking to the wood. In order to get the best bond I had to paint the plastic sides and then apply a cross glue to them. That is why you see a orange inner lining on the plastics.

 

Heres an example of the wet spots I was trying to avoid...

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Working on the motherboard setting right now.

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Getting the PSU location set up and building out around the graphiccard locations.

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The second slot availble should SLI wanted to be an option for the future. Wood slides in to close it when not SLI

 

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USB hub in the top corner

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Building out the top with the fan.

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And my work zone for an idea of the area I'm working in. Working in the basement, so got the space heater below somone mitigating the cold...

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More things! Mostly cubes

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Working on the side door here

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Top of the fan being worked on.

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Weighing the fan down with the assistance of nearby equipment

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I'm actually on the painting stages but trying to space out how many pictures I'm unloading here, ha.

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Thanks, Its a bit of cubes but compared to some of the other mods, this is a more manageable amount :D
 

Back with some more pics and updates
 
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Close up of side door
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The power button will be where the hole is
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Other side of the hole with the button
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Installing the harddrives
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Brought it up stairs and had it next to the Baron
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Didn't realise I finished painting it and never came back to finish up this post! This is gonna be a big post...

The power button location in the top right:
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You can see the gaps between the cubes and thin pieces. This gets filled in with wood filler.
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Close up of the motherboard through the side window
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A shot of the power button and my "clean" wiring solution by running the cables in the corner through the blocks

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This is where the cathode lights will be hanging from. I sanded down spots for them to rest

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The power button from the inside

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Lights on!

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Side where you can see the motherboard's rear

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Underneath shot of the legs to give it a floating look
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Pre-paint taping commence!

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Removal of some of the tape

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Components being installed after painting

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Taking it to PAX East!

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At PAX East!

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I am putting the video together right now of the whole thing being made in a time lapse and will have that up in the next few days with some better quality pictures! Thanks for checking this out and following along with my build.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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