Hey Everybody, time for a new Boddaker build, and my first official log here on Modder's Inc! This one will be a quick scratch build for my daughter, who just turned three today.
Her favorite show to watch these days is "Ni Hao Kai Lan" on Nickelodeon. So this case will be based on that.
I will be building this case in very much the same way TiTON built his Hello Kitty case. In fact, he was the one who suggested it. So special thanks go to him for planting the seed and ultimately getting me back to modding lol!
So first thing I did was make up the design in Illustrator. Then I got it cut out of 1/8" acrylic. Here is the top face panel. Each piece will be painted separately and put back together.
Here's one of the middle pieces,
and here's a shot of all eight middle pieces. If you looked at Ton's Hello Kitty mod, you get the idea of how this will go together. These pieces will be stacked and separated by spacers, basically making up the cavity where the components will go. Very simple.
Unfortunately, upon receiving the 1/8" panels and mocking them up, it wasn't quite sturdy enough. So I found a piece of 1/4" and re-made the base piece. I just took the original and traced it onto the piece to be cut, then made a series of holes with the drill press and connected the dots with the scroll saw.
...and filed the edges down to the line.
The finished base piece.
Here's what I will be using for hardware:
That's the Zotac motherboard I got from Mod of the Year, the 9300 mini ITX with wifi. I threw in an Intel 2.6ghz Celeron processor, and 2Gb Crucial memory. Nothing extreme here, since she won't be doing any heavy overclocking anytime soon lol.
I also went with a Crucial SSD (for a good solid system drive that's durable and dead silent), and a slot-load dvd drive (for playing her movies and games). And as far as pico PSU's go, I found a great resource for ITX and car pc components: Short-Circuit.com They got great prices and were awesome to deal with. I got my 150w pico psu and power brick combo the day after I ordered it. :thumb:
Second update will show component placement, spacing and reinforcements. 'til next time!