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Pandoras Purple Box (ooh, er)

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  1. n0b0dyspecial

    n0b0dyspecial Active Member

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    Your doing a great job can't wait to see finished product
     
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  2. davido_labido

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    Thanks buddy, heres another little update!!


    Right, so some progress!!!

    A huge thanks again to BitFenix! I forgot to grab some fans and LEDS when i grabbed my bits from them last time, so I rang OcUK yesterday and they sent them out for me, BitFenix picked up the bill <3!

    So, the fans:

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    I have never used these on radiators so it will be interesting to see how they do. This build really will be a challenge to cool, the loop layout isnt the best, but with such a small case i have to make some little sacrifices.

    I also picked up a 60cm white Alchemy LED strip

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    with the fans fitted, I could finally see where im going to place the radiators!
    The 240mm one will be going at the front, the fans fit perfectly fine, however the radiator doesn't. Im going to have to make a bracket or find another way to attach it as due to me flipping the motherboard tray, the radiator now wont sit flush with the fan holes. Its annoying, but hey, this is modding!

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    I needed the top rad to go here, unfortunatly this area is reserved for SSDs... Not any more!!
    I drilled holes where the red circles are, i also cut away where the red crosshash is so that the PSU will fit in a little better...

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    Now the fan can sit inbetween the top cover and the chassis.

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    and the radiator sits pretty underneath :D

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    I have also sorted out the placement of the GPU!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!

    i fitted the CPU block, and started to add some tubing, its started to finally come together!

    The rez is attached directly to the radiator with 2 90 degree fittings and a male to male fitting.

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    I need to change these fittings to some black chrome ones, but for now, i think im going to do a parallel loop, it looks so much cleaner in this case.

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    How the GPU will sit, ok, I do need to redo the bend from the block to the rez, tbh, i wasnt expecting to be able to even start doing the loop for a couple of weeks yet!!!!

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    Excuse the mess!, here you can see how close the 2 radiators are, and also how close the PSU is to everything.

    The radiators, PSU, GPU and case will soon be white and Mayhems are busy making me some purple coolant ready to fill it up!

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    Its starting to get there now! Exciting!
     
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    Ooh that tilt I like it. <3
    Ps nice kitchen I'm jealous.
     
  4. davido_labido

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    So, I got back from working away this morning and had 2 parcels waiting for me !

    One was from:

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    I sent Mayhems a little bit of paper with some spray paint on which im using for this build. Unfortunately in my rush to get it out of the door i didn't wait for it to dry for long enough so the paper got stuck together! Still, they did a fantastic job colour matching and today I got this. So this is what i sent:

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    It looks like mine and Mayhems relationship has gone past the labeled 1litre bottles and has got to the stage where they are sending me huge 5litre drums haha. I love these bottles!!

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    I absolutely love this colour! This is made with the brand new "non stain" or reduced stain dyes that Mayhems have created. These are made so that they only colour the fluid and not any hard surfaces or your skin. You can tell they don't compromise on the colour!!!

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    And here are 2 pictures next to the panels ive spray painted. The colour looks almost identical, ok, its a little lighter, but some of that will be the reflection of the lights, it really is so similar its crazy

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    Im super happy with this!!

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    Thanks Mick and Steve!!


    Another package was from my brand new sponsors!!!

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    Now, I have a good relationship with the CM crew, we always have a laugh and a few beers when we meet so its great that they are able to support me!

    CM Storm have sent me this lovely bunch of goodies!

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    They sent me a mouse mat....

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    The mouse mat is a really nice size and with this stitching around the edges, i can imagine it lasting a good while.

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    And they sent me a nice mouse!

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    So far I havnt plugged it in, but it is meant to have some nice LED features, so I will be interested in seeing them!

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    And now onto my favourite peripheral. The Rapid-I has some amazing LED features and really is a dream to type on (yup, im using it now, but SHHHH!!! don't tell them!!!)

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    Nice and simple <3

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    And with no over the top branding... GJ

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    Just playing around with the keycaps a little ;)

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    The keyboard is only available with 1 switch type in the UK, luckily its a brown!!!

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    Love the white LEDS with this font

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    hmmmm, this keyboard is a little bit... black though...

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    I am going to be trying to make sure the keyboard and mouse match the build obviously. The Keyboard im not too worried about, i will probably do that this afternoon, the mouse... well... my thinking cap is on there!!!

    A massive thanks to Cooler Master and Mayhems again for making this happen!!

    It wont be long till my next update! Im going to have a few hours sleep (worked nights) then il be modding!

    Thanks folks!
     
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    Nice mx browns I'm jealous especially the color scheme of the whole project takes my breathe away. Keep up the good work :)
     
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    Thank you sir!!! more to come over the next couple of days!

    oooou, funnily enough I was looking at LED covers for the board but couldnt find many purple! I have just grabbed 15 packs of 10 with 1 week shipping, lets hope they get here quickly!

    Right, first of all, apologies the following pics are not so great, ive been neglecting the camera a little in favour of getting the build into a somewhat completed state, I have had a few deadlines dropped on me and i need to get it into a somewhat good looking state before the weekend :eek:!!!!!

    once ive done that, i will strip it again and add the finishing touches before the event its attending in 2 weeks time :D

    So:

    what ive done!

    Kicked my bloody cat out of the Pandora box... it seems its his favorite toy lately!
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    painted the rads:

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    and also painted the GPU block!

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    which i REALLY like :D

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    (except for the finger prints haha)

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    I have also started to cut the window, original plan was what you see here with the curved window.

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    but I ran out of time, i even had to carry the panel on the train with me whilst i worked away from home for 3 days, i took it with me with a file, a saw and some emery cloth!!

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    by the time id got to work on the train, i had to go sleep, work my 12hour shift, go out with the family for dinner, came home at 11PM (i have to be back up at 4am) and had to finish the panel ready for the powder coaters.

    It meant i ditched the curved idea to save me a lot of time. I finally finished it at 1.30 AM so i managed to get a massive 3.5 hours sleep before my next 12 hour shift :eek:

    unfortunately i did forget to grab a snap of this (I was tired!!!!) I will make sure i get some when i get it back though!!!

    Unfortunately the powder coaters couldn't do the actual frame, just the panels, as they weren't sure if it was powder coat or paint on the frame and didn't want to risk it. so i have had to paint it at home

    which is still drying on the washing line whilst i post this!!

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    So, it really is a bit of a Poopadilly update this is, but i will leave you with this pic: this is what it looks like with the new sprayed blocks and rads its starting to look like a PC now!!!

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    Tomorrow i will be doing some far better pics and updates, including getting my new keyboard sprayed!!!

    Cheers folks!!
     
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    Cheers mate
     
  9. funkydunk

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    Some good work since I last checked in. Cheers for the updates .. love it.. You know, i'm still researching my first ever build awaiting the required liquidity and I realise you get a nice helping hand from a few folk but are you not terrified you'll "mod" it beyond return when doing these?
     
  10. davido_labido

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    Nah, I dont worry about much really when doing the builds, I have an idea of what I want to do in my head, so i just go ahead and do it! if i break anything or it doesnt work, well, i guess its time to go shopping again haha :D


    So, i took my panels to be powder coated last week, i got them done at a local place and they have really done me proud! they look excellent.

    unfortunately i couldn't pick them up as i had to work away for 3 days and then picked up the panels and headed to E22.biz and Hex Gear!

    Whilst i was there, i of course wanted to see the new hex gear case, so here is a little preview of the CEO and his partners computers! These are not the finalised cases, there are a few new features to be added, but still, they are rather sexy!!

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    (theres 3.5cm of cable management space behind the mobo tray!)

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    The CEO's

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    The CEO of Hex Gear also owns E22.Biz, so it was a few steps into his workshop and we got to this (sorry about the aweful quality of this pic, i just simply forgot to focus haha)

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    The idea is to laser off the powder coating, keeping the brushed aluminium of the Pandora intact underneath.

    this is the first test image we did on the inside of the back panel

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    we could see the white still, so we intensified the laser

    FIRE ZE LASER!!!!

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    then to test it on the outside panel, somewhere inconspicuous first!

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    and what i really wanted to add, my sponsors!!!

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    I wanted to do it in a way that stands out, but not too "in your face"

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    I dont like stickers too much, so I think this is a really nice way to do it

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    It has also given me ideas for another build that i want to do!

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    I really like these, and thanks to E22 for making it happen!!

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    I have also started to mod the cables again, now i know where the GPU is going, i want to cut all the extensions down, then add the connectors for the BitFenix PSU so that they can go straight into the PSU rather than onto the standard black sleeved PSU cables

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    whilst i was doing this, a nice suprise from OcUK turned up! Thanks guys!

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    and this is where i am now.

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    Jobs to do:

    • drop the GPU down around 10mm, somehow i have lost the position i had it in originally and now the fittings are sticking out of the case again!!
    • re do all the tubing
    • make a back plate to hide the cuts that i will have to make for the GPU wires.
    • paint the PSU
    • fill the loop

    Im only at home 3 days of the next week to get this build finished now, so this is why this part of the build log is so scattered! but i will make sure that i add more pics once its done!
     
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    well keep up the great work on the project
     
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    Weeeell, I had best post these last few pics of this build (its not the last update, as i do have the peripherals to do still yet!!!!)

    Not much talking in this update, more of just putting all the pictures somewhere, and i will be posting another load of pics in the next few minutes too :p

    What i will say though is if you have a Bit-Tech account and you like this build, please do vote for me here:

    http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=282671

    I am currently in the lead, but only by 5 votes!


    So, The PSU i sprayed white and shortened the cables to around 10mm so that i didnt have to worry about the cable management so much!

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    I also made this little nifty 8pin EPS cable sot hat i didnt have to use the stock cable for the PSU as well as the extension

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    I also made a backing plate out of some white acrylic that E22 gave to me, i ended up cutting it in half as i didnt like it after id cut out all the motherboard headers, so i just left it covering the PSU and GPU

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    I cut some holes out of the motherboard try, and made a place for my SSDs as well as filled the loop

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    Then i gave it all al ittle touch up and took some pics of it <3

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    As some of you know, OcUK help me a lot in a multitude of ways, so I offered to put my build on their stand for the weekend at i54 - the UK's biggest gaming festival.

    Well, all the staff really liked it, particularly the big boss man (wooooohoooooo!!!) but these are some pics from teh stand.

    A huge thanks to OcUK for allowing me to be part of your display, it really does mean a lot.

    Before the masses arived.

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    It soon started to pull people into the stand.

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    Lots of people!

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    8-Pack spent a lot of time with me around this build, he really liked what I had done, which hearing so many good things from the biggest UK components retailer and the worlds number 1 overclocker is huge for me.

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    CS:GO was being run on my computer the whole weekend with a BenQ freesync monitor which was awesome. I wish i could have taken it home!!

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    It was awesome to see the ocuk stand so busy all the time, and to have my build on the "front line" was an honor.

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    A huge thanks to my sponsors!

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    and the final build :)

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    congrats on the showpiece
    it does really look amazing and so different, besides the GPU being at an angle the colouring is nice and unique.

    Great work on the mod
    and I am happy it was nice and stable all weekend playing CS GO :)
     
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    Lovely job.. sounds like a good experience also
     

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