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    Default ErickSaint's New Build

    Completely a Work in Progress, so I havent got any cool names for this project yet. Have barely gotten any start on it either. Just a bunch of ideas bouncing around in my head. The base for this project is the now famous Rocketfish branded Lian Li that best buy had on clearence a few years back. If I remember right I paid around $30-40 for it back then. Photos from the net because I never took any before dissasembly.




    Here's the parts as they sit now.





    The outside color at this time will remain the brushed black aluminum. The inside it getting either painted or powder coated in metallic blue. The side panel will be cut into a basic window, most likely covering 3/4 of the panel. Probably going to cut out everything except the front half where the optical drive bays are.

    The original plan way back when I got this case was to have my avatar laser cut into the side panel, but I have since given up on that. Plan B was to get the logo laser etched into some plexi and edge light it for effect. Then I got the quote for the laser work and came back at $80. So I scrapped that. On to plan C, frosted vinyl with the edge lighted plexi. This should be a very cost effective way to get a similar effect. I have a friend that works someplace with a vinyl cutter, his guys are going to cut my logo into a 10" x 14" piece of vinyl for the whopping cost of a 6er of some good brew. I tested it with a hand cut copy of my logo on a scrap piece of plexi. This video shows the desired effect, but all I had on hand was a 2 setting 250 lumen LED flashlight, so the finished product wont be near as bright. It will be probably be blue or red logo, with blue interior lighting.



    The logo is something I drew up about 10-12 years ago. The original was about 18x30. Pulled it into the computer and made a vector image out of it so I can use it for just about anything these days.

    Well I think I rambled long enough for now. Sorry, I tend to do that.
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    Default Re: ErickSaint's New Build

    How do you have it set up so the logo lights up ?

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    It's just a frosted/etched look sign vinyl decal stuck on the acrylic, then when you put a light source to the edge of the acrylic, in this case a flashlight taped to the bottom edge, it will illuminate the vinyl. The same effect you would get with an engraving or sand etching on the plastic. In most cases when edge lighting acrylic it just shines straight through, but it will reflect of any obstructions in its path. Thats also the reason that I have electrical tape all around the edges of the prototype, it helps keep the light in. Frosted vinyl has an almost glittery appearence so it really pops with a light source.

    The final product will have a reflective tape in place of the electrical tape. And that will also force all the light into the edges. Thinking of maybe using those sleeved LED's from NZXT or maybe CCFL. But if I do seal all the edges to avoid light leaks it will need to be a lower heat alternative.

    Guessing I will be trying a few things before I settle on what works best for me.

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    Case looks nice. Is it a rebranded Liang li?

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    Default Re: ErickSaint's New Build

    - good job so far... Can't wait to see what you do with it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    Case looks nice. Is it a rebranded Liang li?
    Sure is. If I remember right it's very similar to the old p70 series. But instead of $200 I paid like 40.

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    Got the window cutout today. Just need to clean it up a bit with a file and order some edge covering. I want a channel type material but as small as possible. Maybe only like an 1/8" wide and just as thick as the aluminum itself. Also picked up my vinyl yesterday. Now that the cutout is done I can get some plexi cut and get to work on that part of the build.






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    Default Re: ErickSaint's New Build

    2 years and 4 months to get this far don't let Erick pull your leg it may never get finished , we bought our cases about the same time, they are re-branded Lian Li, and was sold at best buy several of us got them during clearance ranged from 25.00-50.00 they are HUGE

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    HA! Actually I found pics on my old desktop drive from the day I bought it, they are dated 5/6/2008.

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    Damn didnt realize it was that long ago.

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    Default Re: ErickSaint's New Build

    Nice work on side panel.

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    Looking good so far, good luck with the mod.

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    So I got my PSU today. Not too happy with the UPS guy. I saw the tracking info from work and it said delivered at 10:43, front porch. I dont live in a bad neighborhood at all, but there is a rather busy street just 4 houses away from me. This box was just left hanging out on my front porch for all to see. I tried to call my neighbor (old retired guy), but he wasnt home I could only leave a message. He didnt get home until 3, but he called saying the box was on the porch and that he took it in for me, before even getting my message. My neighbor kicks ass. Thanks John, even though you'll never see this.

    The parts are slowly gathering into a pile. Hope to have everything up and running sometime in august.


    Quote Originally Posted by killjoyjim View Post
    Nice work on side panel.
    Going to be a very basic window, but I wanted it to be big enough for my logo which is 10x14ish.

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    This is going to be a really nice build.

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    Well, not much to offer at this point. Just one pic. Got the grommets in and did my mockup. Have all my center lines marked out. Also decided to do a roughly 4"x4" cutout behind the socket on the tray. I figured as long as I'm butchering this thing into swiss cheese, might as well make it easier to add cooling options in the future. Thinking about adding one more grommet to the upper right (lower right in the pic) I have 2 large and 2 small left from the set. I still need to get some new step drills, mine are pretty beat up. Then I will be getting all my holes done. I have to test my measurements on the scrap from the window cutout and make sure the the grommets fit. That should be the last step before it goes in for interior color.



    I got to thinking, for my side panel, I'm going to have a light mounted on it. I was looking around for some sort of a contact switch to not have a wire to plug and unplug every time I remove the side panel. Anybody here ever accomplish anything like this? I've looked at a few different options, none pc related, so kind of hard picturing it in this application. I read on another forum about a few guys using phone jacks and plugs for this, but no pics of course.

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    Looks like your project is coming along just great!

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