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a b ) Power supply
December 21, 2009 12:09:27 PM

I have done many small mods like cable sleeving, etching, LED swaps, swapping Acrylic for mesh and things like that for off the shelf cases (esp. the Antec 900). I have also done WCing and built PCs ranging from $450-4000 (yes, $4k, for a CAD/CFD workstation build for a neighbor). However, like said I will be beginning my first custom case/mod soon. But before actually start building, I plan to get EVERYTHING planed out on CAD.


But anyways, back on topic. Like I said earlier, this will be my first from scratch case/mod. So, this is what I have currently:



I was mainly inspired for this project by the various Cube mods such as the Phinix Cube by Mike Krysztofiak
However, to just make it a bit different I have currently planned it to be a 12x12x24 inch (LxWxH) prism. The material for the structure will also be quite different. I have decided to 80/20 Inc’s SERIES 10 1" X 1" T-Slotted Extruded Aluminum. See here. My team has used this to build our robots for the past 3 FIRST Robotics competitions (and will so again this year, we have just ordered 10x 8ft bars for the upcoming 2010 competition). The 80/20 is quite cheap, very light weight and quite strong. It’s also easier to cut and there’s a LOT of fittings that are already pre-fabricated for pretty much any project.
I also plan to use Modder’s mesh (hexagonal) for the covering instead of Acrylic. I also plan to have 3 shelves kind of deal going on. From bottom to top:
Bottom shelf: All the water cooling gear. I plan to put 2x 320 rads on the bottom (yes, I do realize it will stock out from the back, ~1/2”).
Middle shelf: Motherboard
Top shelf: HDD/SDD and DVD/Bluray burner.


So here’s where I need some opinions:
1. Do you think I should extend the base to 15x15x15 square?
2. Do you think I should use ALL mesh instead of Acrylic? How much of problem would dust be?
3. Any other opinions on dimensions? (ie extend height,etc)
4. Color? The rendering is just done as bare milled metal. Right now, I’m considering an all-black with red or orange light scheme.

So here’s where I need help:
1. Any one has a life sized (as in when printed it will be exactly the same as a real item) image/drawing of a standard ATX and EATX motherboard?
2. Anyone know where I can find a quality slim DVD burner in USA?
3. I originally planned to do a red and orange lightning scheme with red fading to orange and back, but I realized this would involve a PIC or some serious electrical work. Any premade thing that could do that?
4. Is it a good idea to use LED light strings used for Christmas/Halloween? Reason I ask is because I have 4x 30 LED Orange and red light strings that I bought for $12 (total) during a sale at Walmart lol. The LEDs are quite bright but I want to convert the string from AC power to DC (to run of the +12 rail). Anyone know how to do this?

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a c 243 ) Power supply
December 21, 2009 2:11:49 PM

Shadow703793 said:
The material for the structure will also be quite different. I have decided to 80/20 Inc’s SERIES 10 1" X 1" T-Slotted Extruded Aluminum. See here. My team has used this to build our robots for the past 3 FIRST Robotics competitions (and will so again this year, we have just ordered 10x 8ft bars for the upcoming 2010 competition). The 80/20 is quite cheap, very light weight and quite strong. It’s also easier to cut and there’s a LOT of fittings that are already pre-fabricated for pretty much any project.

Many years ago I used a 2" version of this material for building laminar flow benches, those fittings were expensive.
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a c 248 ) Power supply
December 21, 2009 2:23:50 PM

GEEZ! Delluser1 is right! Last year I shopped around for a simpler version of that extruded aluminum. I darn near had a heart attack when I received the price quotes.

Some of the case modders use plain aluminum, L shaped, channel for the frame.

Got to admit it would look good!
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a b ) Power supply
December 21, 2009 2:51:01 PM

Yeah, the 80-20 fittings are expensive, however, most of these fittings can be found cheap on Ebay or can be fabed easily. Also, I can get it at a discount (up to 25%) via our Robotics team.

Anyways, new rendering:

The top is a quick draft of the Modders' mesh.

Few changes:
1. I decided to change the base to 20x20x20". 12" was too small to cover up the rad,etc.

2. Decided to use Aluminum (1/8") cover for the bottom to reduce the dust since this will be on carpet.
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a b ) Power supply
December 21, 2009 6:52:46 PM

Another design change. After mocking up the size of this thing, I realized 20" base is too big, so I finally settled on a 15x15x15" base. Also changed the Aluminum base to wood (probably Oak or Maple on the final).


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December 22, 2009 12:39:57 AM

how much will this cost?
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a b ) Power supply
December 22, 2009 12:25:36 PM

^ ~$45-50 for the Aluminum, then about $50-80 for the mesh. Going to make my own fittings,etc so $30 there, and $20 for the Acrylic and wood. Total: ~$145-160.
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December 22, 2009 9:21:56 PM

that's it?

cheap.......sort of
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