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CM Storm's "Scout" Case (Computex Show Display)

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May 17, 2009 12:01:20 PM





This will be another Insane Case Mod by Mnpctech.com



For this project, we used Scotch 4010 tap, of it's Super strength adhesion. Used for mounting windows in computer cases.

http://www.mnpctech.com/scotch_4010_tape_of_the_casemod...



http://www.mnpctech.com/120mm_Custom_FanGrill.html

Honeycomb, Black Powder coat





Nate Supple from CustomPCMax & my biz, Mnpctech have only 2.5 weeks to build a military theme "Scout" Gaming Rig for CM Storm's display at the Computex Show.








If you want mobility in a computer case for LANs, the Scout's handle is very sturdy

CM STORM logo. Storm is Cooler master's high performance sub brand, like what SVT is for Ford



Heres the concept for the front Cooler Master chose. I'm making a front grill, using 2 of the "eye of the storm" designs from the CM Storm logo. I may change things a bit, just cause I'm like that... if time allows of course



1/8" thick "smoked" acrylic sheet




Using 2x 120mm Radiator Template to position. You can download your own Radiator templates
May 17, 2009 12:04:40 PM



Using band saw to cut the "smoked" acrylic




May 17, 2009 12:06:33 PM

Diagram of the CM Storm Scout



1st order of business is to open the top perforated 140mm grill to help improve airflow. The top handle will have to be removed in order to perform this procedure.
The plastic carry handle is reinforced with steel. You can remove the handle's plastic shell by removing the 4x 140mm fan screws and 2x screws towards the top rear of the case



2x screws are located underneath the front I/O ports


This is as far as I'm going to pull the handle off. ....cause it will be a PITA otherwise


Closer look at the 140mm top exhaust grill


4x screws fasten on the steel portion of the handle. Notice it has large tabs that slide into the top of the chassis.


I'm using this 120mm wire fan grill to find the center of the perforated grill


Greenlee part # 730EBB-120 Last time I inquired, they were around $450 (us dollars) in the states + Large 3/4" socket wrench, and 2" socket. I wouldn't use anything less than 19" long socket wrench. Estimated purchase price of $550 new. These are primarly used by Electricians and sometimes Plumbers.


Back to removing the Scout's top perforated fan grill.

In order to fit teh Greenlee's knock shaft into the grill, I cut a 1.5" opening in the center of the perforated grill with a heavy duty wire cutter


120mm Green Lee Knock Punch's Blade and Driver Shaft


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May 17, 2009 12:19:48 PM

You first insert the threaded shaft


I'm using a 19" long 3/4" socket wrench to turn the blade


Within a matter of minutes, a clean 120mm size hole is cut.


The center of the perforated grill


I will have to buy a 140mm size knock-out blade soon
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May 17, 2009 3:29:52 PM

Damn dude, how many projects do you have going around? How's the other one coming along?
May 17, 2009 6:50:51 PM

This looks amazing, good luck with it!
May 17, 2009 10:46:47 PM

This one just landed in my lap last week, it need to be done in 1.5 weeks

CM should be sending me another Window side panel, so i can have windows on both sides. On the right side, I'll be applying laser cut out of their new CM STORM logo, from 1/8" thick red translucent and black opaque acrylic



Outlining the Scout's new window for the right side onto 1/8" thick clear acrylic sheet


The window was cut using a band saw


The window was originally fastened on with plastic tabs, but I will use 8/32 socket head screws instead
May 18, 2009 7:09:03 AM

Noice work mate, keep us posted with the end product :D 
May 18, 2009 10:33:57 AM

Looking good. You sure are a busy man MM.
May 18, 2009 11:11:23 AM

Busy is a good thing in this economy! :hello:  Yesterday afternoon I used a measuring square and the laser cut out background to calculate the ideal location for cmstorm logo

a b ) Power supply
May 18, 2009 11:47:48 PM

Monster, would you happen to have a CNC mill?
May 19, 2009 10:58:11 AM

The letter are laser cut. You can find people to do this for you on RFQwork.com :) 

The logo window took me a bit longer than I expected, Weld On #16 is very messy glue. It's very stringy and bonds very fast. One slip up and youre screwed. I took my time while watching Casino movie on Xbox LIVE. I love that movie!



a b ) Power supply
May 19, 2009 11:56:58 AM

Thanks for the info about the machining! Very nice work. Next time why not try some JB KWIK? It takes ~2-3minutes to start setting and can be removed it quickly (with some Alcohol from my experience) within that time if any thing goes south.
See: http://www.jbweld.net/products/jbkwik.php
Not as strong as JB Weld but this is strong enough for modding kind of work.
May 20, 2009 5:33:59 PM

Thanks for the tip, Is it Clear though?

4, R4 120mm cooling fans were sent to us from Cooler Master to install. These fans are brand new!

Model # R4-L2R-20CR-GP. Theyre rated at CFM is 69-90CFM @ 19-30dBA, they move a lot air without the added noise. Very nice!





Scout's left side window


May 20, 2009 7:26:35 PM

Those look like nice fans MM. I have been wanting some 80CFM+ LED fan to replace my 8 88CFM scythe fans on my watercooling system. Please post whether or not the CFM and the DBA rating are accurate.
a b ) Power supply
May 20, 2009 8:40:50 PM

Quote:
Thanks for the tip, Is it Clear though?

Yes.
May 20, 2009 9:36:06 PM

I have no way of measuring the dBA, sorry!

Digital camo pattern, Brad found a pattern and customized it in Roland's Cut Studio.

This pattern will be cut into Vinyl Masking Film and applied to the Scout Case




Roland GX 24 Plotter
May 21, 2009 12:25:21 AM

I'm not asking to measure the DBA, which would be useless since there are too many variables, I'm just wondering how close you think they are. Do the fans actually push a lot of air in your experience? Is the noise level acceptable to you? I just want some general feedback.
May 21, 2009 12:51:45 AM

I'm pretty sure my friend has to same LED fans, they aren't quite loud but they move a fair bit of air. I think Scythe fans might be better for airflow.
May 21, 2009 5:09:26 PM

@ 90 CFM, theyre acceptable, but to your ears. I have no idea


A masked off Scout waits for surface prep and custom painting to commence.

May 21, 2009 7:24:26 PM

Thanks MM, I have never seen you use such a high DBA fan before and since I have a higher tolerance for computer noise than 90%+ of people I just ordered some for some testing.

The case is looking great and I am excited to see the paint job.
a b ) Power supply
May 21, 2009 10:42:10 PM

^lol true that. Add me to the list of the 10%. Heck, I had(still have) a Thermaltake Spark 7+ and at full speed I can hear it from the basement (the PC was on the 2nd floor), kept the P4 @3.8Ghz (75C under P95) pretty decently cooled at full speed.
May 22, 2009 10:40:10 AM



Component List for the CMSTORM Project:
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 945 AM3
CPU HSF: CoolerMaster V8
Mobo: DFI Lanparty DK-790FXB-M3H5 AM3
Ram: Geil EVOONE DDR3 2 x 2 Gigs
GPU: 2 x ATI Radeon HD 4890 1 Gig PCI-Express
PSU: CoolerMaster Silent Pro 600 Watt Modular
Harddrive: OCZ Solid State Drive 30 Gig Sata
ODD: Standard DVD Drive
O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate







a b ) Power supply
May 22, 2009 11:35:57 PM

^WTH? Troll? Who are you??
May 23, 2009 12:03:11 AM

^ @ natePCman, please start another thread for another topic. Looking good MM, keep up the good work!
May 23, 2009 11:49:44 AM

Guys, NatePCMAN is my affiliate. He handles the systems installs for these high end customer projects. I asked him to post the hardware here.


The_Blood_Raven said:
Thanks MM, I have never seen you use such a high DBA fan before and since I have a higher tolerance for computer noise than 90%+ of people I just ordered some for some testing.

The case is looking great and I am excited to see the paint job.


They are Quiet. I think you'll be pleased with them Blood.


The Digital camo paint job is finished! :sol: 












May 23, 2009 12:22:38 PM

I don't think a 600w PSU can power a complete dual 4890 build, as that's over 300w already then add 125w of the cpu, 60w from the motherboard, 20w from the dimms, 10w from the HDD, DVD drive is another 15w.
May 23, 2009 1:00:08 PM

AKM880 said:
^ @ natePCman, please start another thread for another topic. Looking good MM, keep up the good work!


Sorry I wasn't more clear, I am putting the system in this for Bill.

Helloworld_98 said:
I don't think a 600w PSU can power a complete dual 4890 build, as that's over 300w already then add 125w of the cpu, 60w from the motherboard, 20w from the dimms, 10w from the HDD, DVD drive is another 15w.


I was a little concerned about this too, but CoolerMaster assured us that the PSU was enough for this build. And after testing all the parts, the system is fully stable.

May 23, 2009 4:20:50 PM

The 600w is a bit cheap from CM, but I suppose they don't need headroom and the 600w should be plenty. Honestly though, a custom PC build like this is about the best advertisement amongst enthusiasts, so why go so cheap on the PSU CM? Oh well.
May 23, 2009 6:05:22 PM

NatePCMAN I'm very sorry should've asked first :lol:  looking good MM, will that 600W be enough for that build?
May 23, 2009 7:05:32 PM

AKM880 said:
NatePCMAN I'm very sorry should've asked first :lol:  looking good MM, will that 600W be enough for that build?


No worries ;) 

I tested the hardware with a battery of programs and it is all 100% stable. Now, we don't really have time for any real OCing, so I am unsure if it would hold that back at all. But, I am pretty sure we could squeeze some out of it.
a b ) Power supply
May 24, 2009 12:15:24 AM

The_Blood_Raven said:
The 600w is a bit cheap from CM, but I suppose they don't need headroom and the 600w should be plenty. Honestly though, a custom PC build like this is about the best advertisement amongst enthusiasts, so why go so cheap on the PSU CM? Oh well.

True that. You'd expect them to ship a 1kW PSU lol.
May 24, 2009 8:53:20 PM

It's important that people at the Computex show can identify the CM STORM logo right away. I've installed 2x 4" red cold cathodes inside the bezel to illuminate the "eye of the storm" logo.





May 24, 2009 9:23:22 PM

It looks great MM, the design works extremely well with the case. I believe your going to have yet another happy customer.
May 24, 2009 11:07:01 PM

Thanks Blood_Raven!

Heres the 5.25 Optical drive cover.



May 25, 2009 12:11:53 AM

That's a great way to conceal the Disc Drive.
Now I wanna do that with the spare mesh from my Dad's Armor case.
I wonder if he'll let me.
May 25, 2009 6:49:35 AM

Wow, MM this case looks amazing I wish I could get one that looked exactly like that one :lol:  Also smart idea on those red cathodes for illuminating the logo. Its looks really awesome ;) 
May 25, 2009 7:01:25 AM

Just noticed, is there only one drive bay for DVD/CD/Bluray drives?
May 25, 2009 12:56:59 PM

Thank you for the comments and feedback guys!

@AKM, the bezel has been customized.


Right side panel









screws missing, cause it's not finished, the stainless socket screws will be replaced with black ones

May 25, 2009 1:04:59 PM

awesome work, but the red doesn't contrast very well with the grey-silver or the lighter colours in the digital camo.
a b ) Power supply
May 25, 2009 2:14:34 PM

Well done! Nice idea with the drive bays.
May 25, 2009 11:10:46 PM

IMO the red goes great with the camo and the grey/silver. If only they sold cases this nice.
May 26, 2009 10:14:16 AM

^ yeah but if they sold them they'd be $250+.
a b ) Power supply
May 26, 2009 8:31:23 PM

@OP: If you were to make a case smiler to this for me how much would it cost?
May 26, 2009 8:49:08 PM

ZOMG!! I want that paint job!
May 26, 2009 10:13:20 PM

Haha I wish I could get a awesome paint job like that on my Dell :lol: 
May 26, 2009 11:47:51 PM

$600 for the paint job alone

Photos before packing case for Computex Show next week in Tapei!









May 27, 2009 12:41:01 AM

That is a beautiful case. I really appreciate your attention to detail. I like the paint job it would have been a real pain to do. You have me thinking of painting my case now.
May 27, 2009 1:24:47 AM

I could probably try and paint my case, but I'm really afraid I'll ruin it. I don't want it to look worse than before,lol. Really nice paint job but $600?!?
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