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    A quick Control Panel mod i did

    So, a few days ago i converted one of the rooms in our house to a modding room for myself. In this conversion, i added a PC, an amp, and some speakers so that i can watch a movie or listen to music while i mod. The PC was placed under one of the tables, right in the corner. This was a problem for me because that meant that i needed to get on the ground and under the table to turn on the PC or eject the DVD RW. That can only mean one thing. Modding time.

    I wanted to make a little "Control Panel" to put onto one of the tables. This panel would have a Power Switch, a Reset switch, and an eject switch for the DVD-RW. My plan was to make this, but just 3 switches would look to plain, so i decided to chuck a 120mm fan in there too, just to look cool. So here's the project:

    First thing i did was some sketching. I did this in class on wednesday:

    Then i was time to start bringing the sketches to life. A piece of plexi nicely marked up and ready for some work:

    After i had cut and sanded it to the right size, i marked the hole for the 120mm fan:

    Unfortunately i haven't gotten myself a 114mm holesaw yet, so i had to make the hole using my scroll saw and lots of sanding. Even after all the that hole still wasn't perfect. No problem though, nobody will ever see the hole:

    Then i made the holes for the three switches:

    Here's the fan i'll be using:

    Wanna know why i chose this one? Let me show you:

    That's right, it's a Thermaltake fan. I wouldn't trust that fan to cool anything, so now i'll use it in a mod where it doesn't actually have to fulfill it's purpose (not that it could even if i wanted it to).

    Then i added one of the sexiest fan grilles i've ever seen in my life:

    That fan grille was sent to me by one of my sponsors, MNPCTech. It's THIS grille. That is such a nice grille holey moley. I have no use for it anytime soon though, because i've already decided what i'll be using for grille's in my mod anyway, so i'm using the grille in this little mod. No point in the grille going to waste

    So, here's a test fit of everything in the plexi:

    Then it was time to sand the plexi and polish the edges. I owned my finger though while i was cutting the excess masking tape off the plexi:

    Anyway, SANDING TIME!!

    Sanding and polishing done. I also rounded the corners:

    Now all i needed to do was bend the plexi. Once that was done, i mounted everything. I also added all the wiring involved, after i had sleeved it. So here are some final pics:

    Looks great in my opinion. The third switch is just there for redundancy. The PC i'm using in this room doesn't have a reset button, but only two switches in the plexi looked horrible, so i'll find a use for the third switch in the future sometime.

    So, when the PC is turned on, that fan will spin. I'll be feeding the fan only 5V though, i dont want to give it 12V like i should and have it fail on me in a week. I also dont want any unnecessary noise.

    All i need to do now is the PC side of things, wiring the additional switches and so on. That's no biggie though.

    Here are some pics of the unit running:

    And here, my friends, is a VIDEO of it. Just a clip of me switching it on, you can see the fan spin up, and you'll hear the PC start up.[/video]]VIDEO LINKAGE


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    A quick Control Panel mod i did

    lol nice ^^

    even tho... you might still need your finger XD

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    A quick Control Panel mod i did

    I do the same thing with my fingers and my wife tells me I should put the band-aids on before I start working because she says it a given that I'll stab myself or cut or if I using a hammer I'll smash my fingers. Good looking unit you made and stay cool at the keyboard now. Very nice looking and Happy Modding to ya.

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    A quick Control Panel mod i did

    I really like the look of this! its really simple and a elegant.

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    A quick Control Panel mod i did

    yeah i have to agree, that does have a smooth look to it. i'm tempted now to do something similiar

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    A quick Control Panel mod i did

    Hmmm since your own blood was used in the manufacturing process you could market it like one of the Steve Vai DNA guitars .

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    A quick Control Panel mod i did

    thats really cool i like it nice one

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    A quick Control Panel mod i did

    You stop working for a little bit of blood? Well I forget everyone is not like me "I don't have time to bleed".

    Looks great though, I love those grills also.

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    A quick Control Panel mod i did

    It takes all kinds of players in this site to complete the package known as Modders-Inc.Com and we do have a variety of players on this team and it's one hell of a team that we have. Maybe that's why we are such a good team. Happy Modding to ya.

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    A quick Control Panel mod i did

    Ok. That is amazing. I want one.

    How did you wire it up to the PC though? Electricity, wiring, and circuits aren't one my very few strong points.

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