I've had quite a few people request a build log for this pc, so i'm going to attempt to do one!
So a little bit about me... My names Haley, I am 22, and live in Fort Wayne, IN. I've been working on computers with a friend of mine, James Fislar, since 2012. I have always wanted to mod a computer of my own design, but never had the means. Last year James and I built a PC for Quakecon and placed 4th. After that, I knew that this year was the year I wanted to have a solo build.
Coming up with a design and theme I cared about was a little intimidating! Specially because there are so many great mods, and themes already done. And I was trying to avoid doing Another Super Hero Mod. Anyways, I am going with The Fifth Element. 1. Because its the greatest movie ever, and 2. Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich, amirite?
Some pre planning.
Okay getting to the Build Log.
This is the system I started with, other then QUITE a few hardware changes moving into the end product.
Started removing everything, looking at all the space I had to work with.
Thermaltake Corev41 pretty much naked! Very modular and easy to strip down.
Lets take those rivets out and see what else can come off!
Because Safety IS KEY!
At this point I kind of fell off working on the case and started focusing on the KEY points for this mod!
I wanted to make something no one had done yet, so why not use the element stones as corners for my case!
I had taken a huge 4x4 and cut it into triangular prisms about 12 inches long each. The first 2 didn't turn out so well but I managed to get 4 all the same size! This picture here is be attempting to start one of the first stone, realizing it was going to take a lot of time and skill to get these lines cut all the way around. I quickly found out that a rotary tool was easier to use, and removed wood a lot faster! All of this work was free hand, and I had never used a wood working tool, or wood for anything before. It was a lot of sanding by the way!
3 down, 1 to go. I had invested 2 days, pretty much from the time I got up till 1 in the morning working on these... off and on of coarse.
Here are the 4 stones completely cut and sanded, ready to be primed and painted. I had also taken a small tool and made litte cracks and pits and holes in the wood, to make sure when painted I could detail them and make them look like the movies stones with age.
ITS PRIME TIME!
After drying and sitting overnight, I was ready to move on to the stone finish!
With the stone finish.... I spent probably 3 hours in Lowes deciding what paints to get, and how much, and bought maybe 4 samples of other colors to find what one I wanted. I know the stones are a bit light and do not look like they have much color, but in person they are pretty realistic.
This was after I went in by hand with a tiny little paint brush and a darker color paint to detail all the cracks. I think the outcome is awesome and the texture is great. They turned out how I wanted them to!
Final 5th Element Stones!
Okay back to the case and where the stone come in to play. I decided to cut the 4 corners off the case, which drastically took away my support and stability for the rest of the mod. I started planning to keep 3 sides of my case, but it quickly fell apart when I realized two sides were barely hanging on since I removed the corners! So already, I ran into having to redesign the layout. I am much happier now though! I have figure out what you originally plan and what the computer turns out to be are two different things! Specially when doing scratch builds or this level of a case mod. This is the part before removing two of the sides of the case.
Testing out the look of the stones sitting next to the case, before taking off the other side as well.
Stones attached the first time, not liking how they were attached, not enough stability and structure was really lose and shaky.
I ended up getting a large piece of black plexiglass, and putting it under the stone, countersinking the screws into the stones and glass. Much more sturdy, and the copper plumbing brackets are flattened, and a lot tighter fitting.
So far this is where I am at with the case, I have started planning my watercooling locations, and have got some really awesome Thermaltake Ring fans that are Orange! I did however start doing a little painting.
Ram was originally black, but made it shiny and metallic colored!
Motherboard will be getting some work, and the watercooling fittings and block!