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    Render3

    I'm going to start making an acrylic PC. I have some designs, but I still need to think of a name. I can't think of anything else to say, so I'll get on with the pictures.

    Stacking the components in Sketchup to work out where everything's going to go (It'll have a 7300GS not a 3870 though):


    Doing the body shape:


    And now I have 3 designs for the sides.
    Number 1 (no holes):


    Number 2:


    Number 3:

    Obviously on this one I changed the top plate thing too, but that top plate could be on either of the other two designs.

    Which design do you prefer?

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    Render3

    Number 3 for sure!!

    Names are always hard for me. I always name mine the most obvious thing that jumps out.



    Hey that's it!! Call it "Render 3"


    8-)

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    Render3

    That's actually a good name for it :P I might shorten it to r3 though

    Edit: A friend of mine pointed out that that's too similar to the Fractal Design R3, so Render 3 (Or render3 or Render3) it is!

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    Render3

    My 100ft of black paracord arrived for my sleeving


    I did a little test sleeve, but I don't have any heatshrink yet so I can't get it finished


    There's quite a lot of waste from the centre of the paracord


    I got started on designing my graphics card cover/case thing


    I wasn't sure whether to have black in the gaps


    Or leave them as gaps

    (Later I realised I need gaps to attach it to the 7300GS)

    I got the design cut out of 2mm acrylic

    And the tedious work began


    Circlage!


    And 1


    2


    3
    Oh wait, there is no picture with 3 of them :P
    And 4


    When drilling the holes for the fan, disaster struck!


    I had a solution though


    That's all for tonight, but hopefully I'll be back soon with the graphics card cover finished except for paint.

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    Render3

    Glad I could help. 8-) Names are hard sometimes.


    There are disasters every once in a while. You can't let it bother you at all. It's like the saying goes "Shit happens". :P

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    Render3

    Very nice, keep it coming bro.

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    @Bob Shit does indeed happen
    @Device Thanks! I will

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    Render3

    I don't know how much you've worked with the stuff before but, disaster working with acrylic sheet happens very often.


    Two things I found out the hard way:

    1) It's brittle so you cannot force it. Be it a drill/saw/sandpaper, or other things like fitment issues.

    2) Heat causes melting and warping. (This is a good thing in some instances and, of course, a bad thing in other instances).

    Are you using a drill bit meant for acrylics? If not (and even if you are) it sometimes helps to make several holes, gradually increasing the diameter, until you are at the one you want.

    It looks like you have the situation well in hand though, and good luck. So far your design looks great.


    I'll keep an eye on this one.

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    I was using a multi-purpose drill bit, but it worked fine. I actually found (after breaking it ) that it was better to just drill the full size hole straight away. The big drill bit caught on the edge of the small hole and ripped it. It didn't help that the hole was too close to the edge. But I've found a solution now

    I got the extra circle cut out




    It's FANtastic! It's FANtabulous! It's... erm... FANdabbeydozey!


    And a test fit to the 7300GS

    I need to wait for my M3 bolts to arrive and buy some M3 nuts so I can mount it properly at more than just 2 points

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    Render3

    I think another thing, that I neglected to mention, is clamping it to a piece of wood firmly before drilling. I think that helped me a lot.

    I still broke pieces though. Guess it's just the nature of the modding business.

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