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    Skyrim: Dwemer Built

    Have you ever played Skyrim? If you have, then you've seen what the Dwemer race is capable of. They are an ancient lost race of elves who built machines and robots out of copper that were powered by steam.

    Makes you wonder, if Dwemer's ever got around to building PC's. What would they look like?

    "A race of stonecutters, artisans, and engineers. They invented machines and built elaborate underground cities where they researched powers to rival the gods themselves. And then, at a time we are still not sure when, they disappeared. The whole people, all at once. Leaving behind only their works." - Calcelmo

    I've been wanting to do my own Prodigy case mod for the last 6 to 8 months at least. I will be converting it to mATX too, and I know I'm not the first to do this.

    Regardless, I need to do my own version!

    I like the footprint, but hate this case

    I removed everything that can be taken off with a screwdriver

    Then about ten rivets to remove the drive cage

    I need an mATX frame.....

    Next to the Asus Vento, this is the ugliest case. Although it is only $13!

    Besides the frame, I get a crappy 230 Watt PSU for testing cathodes and fans

    Here's what I needed

    I'll be putting the motherboard in the middle of the case and the PSU behind the motherboard tray. I'm also pushing it against the rear of the case, so I can fit a 200mm high air flow fan as an intake

    The case came with a handy PSU back plate which lets me plan out where it will go

    Here's the 200mm NZXT fan I'm going to use. It moves 160 cfm's!

    I'm going to be putting mesh over the top of the fan, so the mesh that's there now has to go!

    The back plate and PSU holes get cut out too

    I'll be adding Bondo soon

    I wanted to see how it looked, so I put a power supply in

    This is not going to be the back anymore and it's got to go

    Here's the mesh I'm using

    But I have to cut it to size

    And neatly cut the edges

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    I put a crappy dead board in so I get the measurements right

    Like this exhaust fan.

    The fan grill is just to measure out the hole

    No Dwemer construction is complete till you add copper

    So, I picked up this 5 foot piece of copper

    And cut out two pieces for the bottom of the case

    I also picked up some elbows and t-sections

    I pieced together an "H" to start

    Now that it's set on the bottom of the case, I know it needs to be a little taller. I want it to lift the case about two inches off the surface it sits on just like the previous feet did

    I'm not sure yet, but I may use this shower drain as a fan grill

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    I picked up four dowels

    and candlestick holders

    First I drilled out the candlestick holders

    Then I ran a threaded rod through the holders into the rod

    Then taped it so the glue could dry evenly

    While they dry, I mark and drill holes for them

    The dowels are all dry now

    Now it's time to add them to the case

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    The 2nd one needed to be stripped down too

    Then dropped it on top of the pillars!

    Then secured it with bolts

    It will need a bog fan too

    But first they both need to match the theme

    I painted the pillars copper

    Then I started to rock out the case....

    I picked some hydrocal and rock molds

    And after hours of screw-ups and dry time, I made quite a few molds. They're heavier than I expected they would be

    Here's a sharpie next to it so you can see how thick they are

    At this point it's OK to mount the top case

    Now that the first coat of paint has dried on the rocky panel

    I can start planning where the copper pies go. More rock coming too!

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    I had no idea that this was going to be a double cube case!

    I wounder if mold silicone or maybe spray foam would have been lighter that the plaster?

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    For the top left panel I cut the copper piping I'm using for the panel. It goes over the window to break up the obvious rectangle window on a Dwemer ruin.

    Once it's mounted, I'll complete the rock under-surface too

    I was up till 3 a.m. working on this and here's what I did.

    I bought more of the metal mesh for the top of the bottom case

    Like so...

    And it doesn't need to be perfect either

    I'll need a non-conforming window/hole for the top case right panel

    Some mesh will be here too. . . . . . rock on the way

    Next, I'll need a go-between pipe that will disguise cables going from one case to the other

    I just have to make them stay together with a joint. I could only find plastic ones that would fit

    It just needs paint to look real

    While that dries I move on to the rear bottom exhaust fan

    And the copper drain cover for the grill

    The mesh I cut is dry and ready!

    Now to break up the transition from the case to the metal mesh with a big rock

    I used a brush to add levels of lights and dark colors. Hopefully it'll look more realistic once it dries

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