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    Project: Industrial Revolution

    If you've ever seen the Thermaltake Level 10 GT then you know exactly how unusual it looks. But what if you pictured Level 10 as a factory? The case will be made to look as though it's a large factory cut out of solid rock.

    Thermaltake is sponsoring this build and have provided me with the case, CPU cooler and a sweet 1275 watt 80 Platinum power supply. Enermax has kindly donated some high powered Vegas fans.





    I spent over and hour stripping the case down



    I really was dying to get rid of that vent on the inside of the side panel









    At first, I had other plans and initially painted case completely white



    And then later I realized that I wanted the case to be covered in rock







    All homes have plumbing, and this one will have plenty of copper pipes on the outside too



    The hard drive bays look like a great place to start adding plumbing. I want it to look like the "bumps" on the bays are part of the plumbing shroud

    I got some thin, but sturdy PVC piping



    And cut them into tiny pieces



    Then used them to join the pipes together. I'll paint them to match the copper soon



    I painted the front and made sure that I saved the logo and blue trim



    And mapping out some of the external piping



    During the painting process there are some things that aren't necessary to keep.



    Then I painted it



    And saved the ports


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    Project: Industrial Revolution

    I've been hesitant to spend a lot of time on this project lately. One reason is because I'm also working on a project for my daughters that I really want done and out of the way. Fortunately, it's nearly done.

    Plus, I'm always thinking and planning new things

    I'm also afraid that I'm going to somehow screw this all up. At least this time I finally cut out some of the copper pipes that will go on the front of the case





    I cut the copper pipes to fit the front of the case





    I'm rethinking how I'll do the "plumbing"



    I saw this cool mesh at Lowes and knew it would go with the look I'm trying to achieve



    First I cut it out



    And then painted it to match the copper



    To add the pipe to the handle I have to cut a piece of the metal on the inside off



    Then I drill out the holes I need



    And connect it to the handle





    Once it's sealed I put the handle back on



    I put the painted mesh on the side of the 5.25 inch drive bays



    And seated it to the case


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    Time to deal with the drive bays







    Then I notice how stupid the white paint underneath looks



    So I paint it flat black





    Now to add an exhaust fan above the drive bays







    The fan is perfect color-wise





    Then I paint some more mesh



    And use a hard drive to seal the epoxy



    Like so...




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    Project: Industrial Revolution

    Big News!

    The Micro Center where I work will be adding the components to this case and then making it into a permanent edition to the department. It will become one of two new terminals for daily employee use.

    The other will be my Mustang GT500 mod

    I painted the top and side mesh panels



    And then put the 200mm fans back in



    Then I put the filter back in because it's still going to be an intake



    And I put on the top panel too



    It's a good time to work on the right panel. I just need one more copper pipe to go from the "T" section down the side







    I had this Logitech G500 mouse laying around and then realized that it's a perfect match! Looks like I'm taking it to work too!



    The top and front plastic strips will be copper as well. I thought these were illuminated, but I guess not





    Next, I break out the Bondo


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    I have to finish this first. F3 won't be ready till Halloween
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    I used epoxy on the copper piping to seal them together



    Then I drilled three holes and used screws with really wide washers to poke up from the panel.





    I filled each of the pipe ends with Bondo



    and carefully dropped it into place over the screw



    The Video card will make sure it all dries inside without squirting out the sides


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    Project: Industrial Revolution

    Here's where I'm at right now.






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    I got a few pipes and adapters to make this interesting shape



    Then cut a notch in the side intake shroud for the pipe to fit into



    And then I put the shroud back on the side panel



    I had to cut a screw hole in the pipe





    And put the screw in with an epoxy to keep it tight



    And that's the effect I wanted


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    Project: Industrial Revolution

    Good job so far bud!

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    Project: Industrial Revolution

    Today, I touched up the paint around the panel vent



    And then I made the rear 140mm fan match everything else


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    Project: Industrial Revolution

    The handle is handy, but not something you'd see on a large factory building

    So, I'm going to repurpose it



    I'm going to use these wooden letters to make a building sign



    That reads: BUILD YOUR OWN

    It's the name of the department where I work and where this computer will be on display. I was thinking that in many ways my department is a factory, one that provides parts to builders


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