PSU Surround & Mock-ups:

Now that I have my PSU I can start prepping the surround pieces and mocking it all up. I made a template for a piece that will go around the bottom of the PSU. This piece will serve as a platform for the extensive cable management setup I will be building. I cut this piece out of thicker lexan than I typically use (8mm.) Later on I will add some detail to this piece but, it will be left fairly rough for now.

3D Printed Snap in Rings: 120mm Fans

After the BeQuiet PureWings fans arrived I noticed that they have a tapered edge around the outside. I immediately thought about designing and 3D printing a piece that could be snapped into the edge. I haven't completely decides if I will use the rings in this build but, I decoded to make them anyways. That way I can decide if I want to use them or not. If I decide to use them I will paint match the rings so that they match the build.

It took two iterations of these rings in order to get everything perfect. I had to allow for the filler primer and paint when I made the 2nd version. Each print only took about 6 minutes on my Printrbot plus 3D printer using a 1mm nozzle. So far they look great and I'm almost ready to test paint the first one.

Metal Fab: Inner Work

In the top of the front portion of the case theres a overhang that has all the rough work almost completed. Now I need to make a plate that fits inside and covers the back portion. It has a few angles on each side as well as some odd shaped bolt mounts that run along the length of the aluminum top. I need to make sure it fits very snug so I used my air cutoff tool to get the general shape correct.

Now that I have the general shape I will use several different metal files to get it perfect. This will take a good deal of time as you shave a small amount on each pass until its exact. I use a set of needle files for any detail work I do. Needle files typically come in a set. Each needle file has a different shape and size which make them the perfect tool for acrylics, plastic, metals and wood. I save the larger files for straight lines or when I need to remove a lot of material.

Switch Bezel: Ideas & Design

Recently I've been playing around with different ideas for the front switch bezel. As of right now I have two audio jacks and the angel eye Vandal switch mounted. I went with the mic and headphone jacks in the front of the case primarily for gaming. This will allow for easy access when using voice and headphones.

The plan is to add two smaller indicator LEDs and one more Vandal switch that is different from the one already mounted. One of the indicator lights is for the capacitive lock-out feature. This feature is custom built and requires the user to touch the hidden capacitive switch while pressing the power switch. Doing this combination is the only way to power on the PC. This is especially handy when kids are around or at shows. It also helps to eliminate accidental switch activation.

Click In Fan Ring Prototype: Update

This is an update to the 3D printed rings I made. I'm not 100% sure if I'll use them in this build but, if I don't try it out I wouldn't know how they'll look.

Painting Triple SSD Rack:
I decided to start priming some of the pieces in the case. The primer is the same color as the final paint in the next few pieces I do so it'll be nice to see what they'll look like. I had already primed the mounts for the SSDs but, now I'm doing the main piece that holds the SSD mounts.

Im also going to do the motherboard tray as it looks horrible in the stock silver. I will remount the motherboard tray after I build the plate for the new 120mm fan and the new surround. I had to make the new surround because the 120mm fan is wider than the back of the donors case.

LED Testing: Mounting Locations

I am still awaiting the arrival of some intelligent LEDs that I ordered but, I do have the 5050 true RGB LED strips. I also have pre-wired 3 way splitters that I will use for the build. The main reason I did the testing today was to determine the best location to mount the strips.

The first spot I tried is on the inside of the main cross frame rail. Mounting it in spots like this allows the glow from the LED to be seen without actually seeing the LED strips. It also does a great job of giving an even glow to the inside of the build.

The second spot I tested was inside the curved stainless steel that runs along the bottom edge of the case. I had originally planned on mounting strips here so I intentionally left a small space that runs the length of the case. When the LEDs are lit it gives a clean straight line. As the build goes on I will test a few more spots.