Hello everyone. I have been a member of both Suhian and OCForums for awhile now, but brightshininglights suggested I pop over here to your forums and check it out. I really like the work some of you are doing and thought that I would share with you my newest adventure in modding (my last project can be found here).
I have been logging the design for about a week now on two other forums, so there is a lot of catching up to do here.
So now that my Senior Project is over and much of my current gaming computer has been parted out, it is time for me to plan my next build/mod. It will be at least a couple months before I can start acquiring parts because I am poor, but I will definitely need the time to plan how I want to put it together.
Form Factor: mITX (Flex ATX or DTX if I really canâ€™t afford it)
CPU: Core 2 Duo (Conroe or Merom)
RAM: 2GB minimum
Graphics: 8800GTS or 2900XT (Maybe externally if possible)
DVD: Slim Laptop Drive
HDD: 3.5â€ or 2.5â€ SATA HDD
PSU: I doubt any of those little mITX power supplies will have enough power for a gaming card, so I will have to jump up to a Shuttle PSU.
The entire project (case, keyboard, speakers, mouse, and external drive) will be modified to show influence form Steampunk. I have studied various interpretations of steampunk and am ready to start acquiring parts. I have been a big fan of Jake von Slatt's work at SteampunkWorkshop.com and actually got an email from him a couple days ago. He is famous for his keyboard, monitor, and RSS reader mods. I am ready to show the world my own interpretation of steampunk.
I want my project to resemble old steam engines, boiler rooms, and old b-movie robots. There will be a lot of copper, tubes, and gears. Here is a collage I made of what I liked the most:
Also, here are some items I have picked up from local Goodwills and for free from Craigslist users:
The little watering can will make a nice chimney and the bowl just looks cool.
The bowl looks even better when folded up.
This is an old Dell keyboard form the days when keyboards had nice "clicky" mechanisms. The keys will be replaced with typewriter keys.
Here's some cool parts I gathered off of two old Xerox printers and a mimeograph.
I am trying my best to make a design that will not be too industrial, but not be too Victorian either. I even went to the Science Fiction Museum here in Seattle to do some research.
There is a lot more I could put here, but I figure that is enough for now. I could probably fill about 5 pages worth with ideas and mods I am going to do. I'll post updates and pics as I go along.
Feel free to ask questions as I'm sure there are some details I forgot to mention.