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Johnny71 06-07-12 12:26 AM

Project - StarCraft Tribute
 
Hi

My name is Johnny Stone,
I am a 18 year old dude that is in last year of senoir high school , with the orientaion digital design. As every other student the time was come to do the projectwork/examwork.
I new I wanted to do something with building/ modding a chassi/pc. I wnt through different themes in my head but quite early decided it whould be a StarCraft themed build. For you who don't know what it is, it's an strategy game out in space very simply described. The core of the game can be compared with Age of Empires. As of StarCraft being in space it is very SCI-Fi like. So i choosed to inplement that in the theme and description so asmany of you could understand the meaning of this build. The simple conclusion why I chose StarCraft themed build is that I am a huge fan of the game and has played since SC2 came out. For you who know anything about the game, this will make sense with me not even explaining the details, but ofcourse i will describe them and the motivation behind the design.

The goal of this build is to become a more experienced and skilled modder. Up until now I have only done small mods and theme builds. This one i am aiming for to be big!

I will originate from fractal designs chassi Define XL, that i got sponsored with. This case has big potetial in being modded. I will make a custom design on this case, taking away parts and adding others, basicly do what i can and what is possible to make the wanted result.

This is my first drawings of a few ideas i had.

http://i.imgur.com/b7FVq.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/mNlJV.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/p5DVa.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/X9R70.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/D0CcT.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/ljonc.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/UR3Io.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/SrIb2.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/Pw3Pz.jpg?1


More refined drawings

http://i.imgur.com/GiIJU.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/K1kqI.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/DUpZT.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/eaNol.jpg?1
If you translate this binary code you will get day9, and what is day9 you ask? Day9 is a alias for Sean Plott who is a starcraft1 player and became a commentator and analyzer of the game, he is one of the most appriciated person in the Starcraft communty, on of my personal favorites!
http://i.imgur.com/oxZlY.jpg
Day9 quote is "Be a better gamer" so i implemented that into the design. Quite neat i think personally.
http://i.imgur.com/lZUTi.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/3rTKH.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/teGsZ.jpg
This will be one of my fangrills, the symbol in the middle is a logo for one of the three races that you can play in the game, one of the races have 2 symbols just so you know becasue i will be using the other ones to.

http://i.imgur.com/pW59B.jpg
The StarCraft 2 logo, will be gracing the front of the chassi.

Done with drawing

After so many hours in AutoCAD and with some help i finally have the parts drawn exact.
All these parts will be cut out with laser. After so many tries to get a company to help me cut these out i finally got hold of a company called Plåtspecialisten Örebro. They will stand for the laser cutting:D So thankful!

http://i.imgur.com/Mko3A.jpg
These are all the details, I didn't want to upload a single image of every detail since I will be doing that once they are made.

http://imgur.com/t3FmJ
Fangrill that will be on the side of the chassi, the same side as the window. Behind it I will have a 240 radiator for watercooling.

http://i.imgur.com/9zax5.jpg
This will be the first layer of sidepanel, holes for the window and the fans. The window shape is a siluette of a marine, the marine is a common soldier in Starcraft.

http://i.imgur.com/pNENL.jpg
Second layer of sidepanel, kewl.

http://i.imgur.com/ghTyg.jpg
The other sidepanel, there will be a motifs coating in the middle:D

http://i.imgur.com/TSAed.jpg
First layer at the top

http://i.imgur.com/6tS9o.jpg
Second layer at the top, you'll have to imagine how it will look for now ;)

http://i.imgur.com/ucvyq.jpg
A special plate that will cover the HDD bay and 5,25 bay.
PenguinMawdz logo at the bottom, I designed the logo an afternoon I didn't have anything fun to do, I really like to logo myself!:thumb:

http://i.imgur.com/ISGWM.jpg
The logo in full :)


fractal design
http://i.imgur.com/5cfy6.png?1

I am sponsored by the swedish company fractal design.

http://i.imgur.com/rUWTl.jpg
Package! :D:D
contains...
http://i.imgur.com/5OxEh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/TRZN6.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Dgd9K.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/XA6M3.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ITMHD.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/psuQZ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ZANaT.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/lqJnH.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/VxwHK.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/VKDnm.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/VKDnm.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Zs2eN.jpg
These will be gone soon!:p
http://i.imgur.com/sifGp.jpg
This will be enough for me!:p
http://i.imgur.com/bxXlS.jpg
The top 180mm fan will also be gone soon, I have to make room for a 360 rad in the roof :D


Starting the work

http://i.imgur.com/F9WHi.jpg
Bring out the drill to drill the rivets out that's holding the bottom 2 HDD cages, as I need to make space for a 240 rad.

http://i.imgur.com/YgLVF.jpg
Cutting out as big area as I can, partly to loose som weight on the chassi but also to avoid to have make precision cut out for the fans and frontconnectors, the first layer of top panel will cover it so it doesn't make any difference visually.

http://i.imgur.com/qZtDX.jpg
Taken away the frontconnectors, I will move them to fit to my new design, a problem though is that I have designed the USB connectors to lay the other way. Only option left is to...
http://i.imgur.com/ospLm.jpg
go down in the workshop and use a sawblade that I found and cut it apart!
http://i.imgur.com/THxec.jpg
The last one I couldn't use the vice to hold it so I had to hold it myself. DANGEROUS!:nono:
http://i.imgur.com/1Yyb6.jpg?1
but as I placed the connectors so close to eachother the cables are in the way! :waah:
An alternative that works is to have the conectors split ways so one is roght and one upside down, then the cables won't interfere with one another. Not the nicest looking but hey it works. In the mean time I will be looking for other connections to use :)

http://i.imgur.com/WMRG8.jpg
As I don't need the originall holes for the front connector I had to fill them over with filler, first attempt I used something I thought whould work but apperently it didn't so i had to take it away and then use fine filler instead :) This is the first layer applied of fine filler.
http://i.imgur.com/Zif5i.jpg
Sanded it and reapplied again, and sanded again ;) this is after 2 times with filler. I think i used 3 layers to get the result I wanted :thumb:

http://i.imgur.com/lHZqN.jpg
Rivited back the top and 5,25 bay. Also mounted the HDD cage back :)
http://i.imgur.com/TrbRK.jpg
not really happy with how the cut at the top went, it was my first time using the tool. It doesn't really matter because it won't be visibly.

That is all for now, wow that was a long post. lol

Next update will contain the parts that got laser cut !:D

Please leave your feedback and opinions, I'd love some tips from you guys (and girls :thumb:)

// Johnny "PenguinMawdz" Stone

Johnny71 06-07-12 12:29 AM

Update!

Hello!

Been a while since I updated, my bad!
More to come now instead:)

Here is the first batch of pieces I got from my sponsor Plåtspecialisten, a company that cuts with for example laser, the way these have been cut!

A Huge thank you to them for doing all this for free to help me out! :D <3



Sadly I had sent the wrong version of my drawings, so I got the wrong pieces apperently. It's easy to mess upp all the versions since I have over 10 different versions of every single detail.

This was fixed and new pieces was cut out :) Thanks!

http://i.imgur.com/GH7oZ.jpg
Good packeging to prevent damage and scrathing to the parts :)
http://i.imgur.com/Koov3.jpg?1
Got a nice note on the box when I picked it up ;) haha yes I may be a freak, but a StarCraft freak ;) :D:D #coolguy :D
http://i.imgur.com/vsgxa.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/8gUku.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/lhSNJ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/cGNKR.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/t5L7N.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/rS72v.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/iJziH.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/qAWxD.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/vNh6Q.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/vGYZl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0VOV0.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/7NCK1.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/qyo3l.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/jyH7b.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/O5zqN.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/fl11M.jpg?1
Here is a preview of how it will be mounted, problem was that the marine (guy siluette) didn't get cut out. As you might have guessed that's where the window will go.
http://i.imgur.com/L1FjU.jpg
Measuring how big the motifs coating will be, will be around 2 A4. EXITING:D!!!!!!

Johnny71 06-07-12 12:30 AM

Hello again :)
I test mounted how it whould fit roughly, with duct tape..
My brother warned me to let the duct tape sit to long, later I had to scrape tape glue for a while^^:sigh:
http://i.imgur.com/uMJHb.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/7W6Bc.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/r1j5G.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/sNShh.jpg

Sat down one day and designed a logo and brand for my future mods, I like it very mutch myself!:D
What do you think?
http://i.imgur.com/ISGWM.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/3Up5q.jpg
Got the last plates, sadly it **** itself cutting out the text of my logo of some strange reason...:sigh:
http://i.imgur.com/PIs8O.jpg
:(
http://i.imgur.com/KYqjo.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/h98oz.jpg
The new fangrill with the right measures
http://i.imgur.com/CRWtV.jpg
You see the difference? ;)


http://i.imgur.com/vZSV1.jpg
Now the marine was cut out, looking really nice in my opinion!:clap:
http://i.imgur.com/LTwtb.jpg
close up
http://i.imgur.com/NtIvB.jpg
roughly how it will be looking when it's mounted:)

http://i.imgur.com/3gdXD.jpg
These are the buttons I will be using to the power and reset button. I know it's not that practical to have the reset button as big as the power button, but I think the design is mutch nices that way, also it should be no problem to guess wich one is the power and reset, as it will be painted to inform.

So time to mount it together, I had a huge time pressure, it had to be done the day after..

http://i.imgur.com/6igyX.jpg
Used a 2 component epoxy glue with a curing time of about 3 hours, chose between that and a epoxy that harden in 2 minutes, but then I whouldn't have the time to apply it on these big areas.
http://i.imgur.com/ViYra.jpg
let the magic happen!
http://i.imgur.com/taxxJ.jpg
heard it wasn't any good to get epoxy on your hands, so on with the plastic gloves!
http://i.imgur.com/mIi2c.jpg
focus!
http://i.imgur.com/eXlHq.jpg
Love that you look so happy when you focus ^^ :thumb:
http://i.imgur.com/lti3m.jpg
The thing with using plastic gloves can be discussed if it was so smooth to use!!
http://i.imgur.com/SIoK7.jpg
Applied it to the righ plate, then I emptied the bookshelf to get some pressure on it:) High tech with Photoalbums and VHS ;D
http://i.imgur.com/LFvEG.jpg
Next plate...
http://i.imgur.com/7nifM.jpg
Plate almost done.. but what has happend to my back xD haha maybe have to bring up the table a little^^
http://i.imgur.com/VSaz7.jpg
third plate.. Yeah you get it from now on :D

http://i.imgur.com/gsmh6.jpg
dried :)
http://i.imgur.com/RAqd9.jpg
time to peel of overflow glue:) It took quite a long time since you need to be picky :3
http://i.imgur.com/g2K6F.jpg
put on the plate to get a plain surface, clamping it down to
http://i.imgur.com/IIL7m.jpg
SAFETY FIRST!
http://i.imgur.com/shnmY.jpg
predrilling, didn't find any normal safety glasses so used these HUGE ones that wasn't very comfy!! xD
http://i.imgur.com/c5BsE.jpg
taped, gomna countersink it now.
http://i.imgur.com/APRrm.jpg
countersinking


http://i.imgur.com/6kG5C.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/kli0E.jpg
The SC2 logo under construction, chose to use specers to get more depth and life in the logo/chassi!
http://i.imgur.com/PbD2D.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/b2tsP.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/seVAu.jpg
straight from the front you cant really tell that I used spacers.. but that's the point :P if it makes sense

Done mounting for now.
http://i.imgur.com/wfXoi.jpg
Used m4 machine screw to secure the fangrill for now as I needed to get it done for the accounts in school. Not sure if i will keep this solution later aswell, ant suggestions?
http://i.imgur.com/nynHn.jpg
More depth in the SC2 logo
http://i.imgur.com/SZUhu.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/SF2dX.jpg
That acrylic was just temporary, didn't have time to cut one that fittet so used that one, will use another one on the final product.

http://i.imgur.com/uNjtp.jpg
Done for now with it, just a few touches before I will send it to a refinisher :) will return with more information on that partnership

Stay Tuned! :D

Johnny71 06-07-12 12:31 AM

Update!

Hello!

What I have done is attach the top panel as they were only period fixed. As before I am using superstrong epxoy glue, well they say it's strong atleast!
Except that I am prepering it for shipping it away to be painted, so now I want to introduce you to my new sponsor DM Finearts!

Sponsor:
http://i.imgur.com/P2Nnh.jpg

Extreme thank you to Dennis /DM Finearts!
He is a very skilled guy that has posted some of his works around on the web, please check them out and give him some support!
He will be painting the chassi, It will be so awesome and with high quality! A litle hint is that it will be a awesome motifs coating on the opposite side of the window sidepanel.
Check out his links!
http://dmfinearts.com/
http://www.sweclockers.com/galleri/6...motivlackering

Also a extreme thank you to the SweClockers member j0h4N that sponsored me with the sleeving for this build! :D

Sorry for the quality of some pictures as their taken with my phone when it has been the alternative I have had when im down in the workshop.

http://i.imgur.com/rFIoD.jpg
As you can se when I mounted it, it didn't turn out perfect so I had to polish the edges so the button and connectors could fit as they should!
http://i.imgur.com/VrZeo.jpg
Getting stuck on the edges :(
http://i.imgur.com/LgI7J.jpg
fixed the audioports aswell:)
http://i.imgur.com/3SXg3.jpg

A good selection of files, also had a multitool that I could use!:dremel:

Also gave the buttons itself a turn, so now everything fits good! Now the question is how I will mount all the front connections, as I don't use the standard place I have to come up with a new way to fasten them, I'm thinking of a metal bracket of some sort, If you have any suggestions please tell them in the comments! :thumb:
http://i.imgur.com/zeNaK.jpg
I love packages!:clap:
http://i.imgur.com/VDDDV.jpg
Still suprised that you could fit 80m sleeve in that small package!
http://i.imgur.com/9FZkC.jpg
ooooh I love that Navy Blue colour!!! :D hehe
http://i.imgur.com/I520y.jpg
Lemon is a good way to keep you awake in the night, right? xD

http://i.imgur.com/3KSWc.jpg
Applied epoxy
http://i.imgur.com/tgYHt.jpg
Nice weights^^ hahaha

Waiting for some packages from other places now :D

Later all :)

Johnny71 06-07-12 12:31 AM

Update!
Hello!

Now it's time to send it away to DM Finearts.
I have packaged it well so it doesn't get damaged on the way. You know how companies handle things^^
This case is getting huge, just the chassi is 20-22kg and with all the hardware that will go in it it will rise alot.
Just a few pics of my very nice packaging and the size of it :rock:

http://i.imgur.com/3DxWG.jpg
15" laptop, a "normal" computer , quiete small if you compare. This chassi is maybe not anything you will be moving everyday :P!

http://i.imgur.com/ITg6M.jpg
Just started the packaging, more was added.
http://i.imgur.com/PaqMZ.jpg
:OO HUGE

http://i.imgur.com/2nSHo.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/qbVEF.jpg

PS! Sent it and it arrived, just a decal was loose when it arrived, have to glue it back when I recieve it.

Johnny71 06-07-12 12:32 AM

Update!

Hi again!


Got a package from Nils /MDPX - X
A really nice guy and the quality is on top!


http://i.imgur.com/CHgCl.jpg
Very fast delivery I must say!

http://i.imgur.com/WJajl.jpg
Love his small drawing, it makes it more personal :D
http://i.imgur.com/gbIxm.jpg
Wasn't satisfied with the heatshrink I already had at home so I bought 8m of his with 4:1 shrinkrate.
http://i.imgur.com/rcsPM.jpg
Also bought some cableties to do the cable routing easier and cleaner.
10 x small
10 x medium
10 x big

http://i.imgur.com/94DCf.jpg
Nils even sent some samples, always nice to get some extra :D

http://i.imgur.com/UXpqo.jpg
PenguinMawdz :D

http://i.imgur.com/Ez8Pk.jpg
All the package contained, ooh i forgot the molex, maybe you'll see it in a later update.

Bye bye:clap:

Johnny71 06-07-12 12:33 AM

Update!

Hallo

Got my MSi Z77A-GD65 that I ordered, unfortunatly I got a bad example,
There is bad quality of the painting and also marks allover after the machine that has made the cooling parts.
I hope that they accept to change it for a new one, I think this isn't good enough to keep and use in this project. Im'm unlucky since I haven't seen anyone else have these problems. Otherwise I think it's a really nice looking mobo and has great performance and features.

Better luck next time?

http://i.imgur.com/dDJD6.jpg
Fast delivery from swedish Inet as always :)
http://i.imgur.com/voN1n.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/lr4cX.jpg
Yummy!
http://i.imgur.com/KGpxe.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/f3CDq.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/L0mIO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/a4frF.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/4puxX.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/LYzBC.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/xdF0Z.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/RebqL.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/6fLEE.jpg
You can't really see it on the picture but there's scratches on the sides of the cooler.
http://i.imgur.com/M2EA6.jpg
some paint missing on the corner
http://i.imgur.com/uWC9g.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/YQc0e.jpg
The cut isn't straight and also marks of it.
http://i.imgur.com/A5TkK.jpg
There is spots of lighter paint on it, also a few marks..

Well see if i'm allowed to change it!

Cheerio!

Johnny71 06-07-12 12:35 AM

Update!

Heyo!


Got my CPU-block that I ordered!:D
Personally I think it's one of the nicest looking blocks out there, and performance wise I have seen it perform very well. It's made by a not that famous brand, Mips.

Here's some pics :)

http://i.imgur.com/Ww1DJ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/xYAg7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/BpMqR.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/PHbsH.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/n5W84.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/m5VFb.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/8a4m1.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/NFL0N.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/DGFJ1.jpg

:rock:

Johnny71 06-07-12 12:36 AM

Update!

Hello Hello Hello:D

I want to introduce my new sponsor Mayhems!
A huge thank you to Michael @ Mayhems for your support and good contact.


http://i.imgur.com/yyitw.jpg

Got a package containing 5ltr Mayhems Ultra Pure H2O, 10ml Blue dye och 10ml Biocide Extreme

a few pics on the products :)
http://i.imgur.com/Ot8os.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/2Br0k.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/xlb8M.jpg
Haha, Child safety cap! Yes it was as I had big problems getting it open :thumb: Guess im still a child:clap:
http://i.imgur.com/yROPe.jpg
10 ml Blue dye, the text followed off with the tape :P
http://i.imgur.com/8d3yJ.jpg
Biocide och PH-Charts :)

Thanks again to Mayhems and all the other companies that have supported me and this build!:D

Cya later:)

Johnny71 06-07-12 12:37 AM

Update!


Hi :)

I want to introduce my new sponsor Corsair!

http://i.imgur.com/Uqft8.jpg
A big thank you to both Gareth and Corsair for your trust and support for this project!
The package that arrived contained,
10 x 120SP "Quiet" edition
3 x 140AF "Quiet" edition
1 x AX850W PSU


For you that's not familiar with these new fans, the SP version stands for Static Pressure and is designed to work best in tight areas for example using them with a radiator is great! The AF version stands for Air Flow and is designed for more open spaces as using them for casefans.

Enjoy the pictures :)

http://i.imgur.com/jw4V0.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/hy60d.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/pfZJG.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/jpXa4.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/wdEKs.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/4tpLp.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Ci5qB.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/XHGla.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/iwHIn.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/n08nR.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/kqDam.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/DRK2W.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/JRt3o.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/jNW61.jpg
The package of 1 fan contains 3 exchangeable color rings, blue, red and white, 4 black fan mounting screws and a low voltage adapter.
http://i.imgur.com/R3k9r.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/6zEUl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/tCMJD.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/oNYRU.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/vwoYq.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/oLHFT.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/cXx46.jpg
Army of Corsair fans!
http://i.imgur.com/6PI2T.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/OqHeM.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/WiSek.jpg
Play some Jenga?
http://i.imgur.com/FEWZ7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Gl4WH.jpg
Fan Flower
http://i.imgur.com/KgDCs.jpg


AX850W PSU

http://i.imgur.com/Mj135.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/XSPrO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ormlS.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/3vHF0.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/gd2Gu.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/hY1cs.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/2hYT1.jpg
Must say that the packaging was really good, lots of layers to prevent anything from being damaged during shipping:thumb:
http://i.imgur.com/Znsef.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/PpMFv.jpg
All the cables
http://i.imgur.com/zNhCf.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/spzDo.jpg
Corsair cables I consides quiete good, they are all black and then have a sleeving over them. If you compare these to other cables from other companies I think they are very good! They will do fine for many people and builds, but it's not the quality or colour I want on my build, so I will be sleeving them myself and hoping to get a better result.
http://i.imgur.com/WnQgb.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/CQGXf.jpg
Testing the PSU, "oooops" I voided the warranty ;)
http://i.imgur.com/EKVhW.jpg
Just some work being done on my desk :)

Psst!... There will be more from Corsair:clap:

Thanks for showing your support, it helps me alot!:clap:


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