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    DDCustomMods
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    Update 11/22/16


    Good morning DDCM fans!

    So this is the final update, unless I win of course. Below, I have put together a couple Before/After shots of the case. I did this so I have a reminder of exactly how much work I put into the case. I figured since I put them together, I would share with my followers as well.

    Additionally, the fan favorite voting has opened up. You can vote for multiple builds once each day. If you liked my build, I ask that you show your support and vote. Thank you.

    http://event.gigabyte.us/mod2win/vote/

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    Last edited by DDCustomMods; 11-22-2016, 06:24 AM.

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  • DDCustomMods
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    Originally posted by NavyChief View Post
    Love the vivid blue color in your build! Great job with all the customization!

    No more large full tower cases for me. These mid-tower cases look easier to work with in terms of weight and size.
    Yeah I will say the midtower was easier except when it came to really squeezing things in. The PSU shroud was the hardest thing to install after having the front fans in place. But overall it was nice working in the smaller space. All my mods up to this point have been full towers, for the exception of my first mod(window and exhaust fan) about 14 years ago. Cases have definitely evolved quite a bit since then.

    Originally posted by crowTrobot View Post
    I am always envious of folks who can plan and execute their builds accordingly. I am always so scatterbrained that I would always end up with a different result than the initial plan. I really enjoyed following your build logs and see the result from the conception. Thank you very much for participating and I'm looking forward to see how your Project military build turns out as well. Good luck in the competition.
    Thanks Ron!

    I definitely stuck to my concept for sure, which I'm glad I did. There were some ideas through the modding process that changed a few things, and if you look back to the first posts you notice my 3D models changed a couple times. The thing to remember is how many hours of changes and rearranging and new ideas during the initial concept stage, before I am confident enough in my design to post it for all my modding friends to view. When doing my concept I take into account materials on hand or easily accessible. Additionally, I am super aware of my skills while creating the concept haha. I will have to say I think I gained a bit of skill during this mod.

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    I am always envious of folks who can plan and execute their builds accordingly. I am always so scatterbrained that I would always end up with a different result than the initial plan. I really enjoyed following your build logs and see the result from the conception. Thank you very much for participating and I'm looking forward to see how your Project military build turns out as well. Good luck in the competition.

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  • NavyChief
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    Love the vivid blue color in your build! Great job with all the customization!

    No more large full tower cases for me. These mid-tower cases look easier to work with in terms of weight and size.

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  • DDCustomMods
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    Final Pictures

    I hope you enjoyed following this journey as I did taking it.

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    DDCustomMods
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    Last edited by DDCustomMods; 11-15-2016, 01:14 PM.

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  • crowTrobot
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    Final reminder for the deadline which is tomorrow November 15, 11:59 PST.

    For those having trouble editing their profile on the Gigabyte mod2win website, the registration has been reopened so users can either resubmit a profile or leave a message here so I can forward to Gigabyte and they can re-open the account on their end.

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  • DDCustomMods
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    Update 11/14/16

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    Good afternoon my fellow modders and DDCM fans!

    Well, the build is complete as I promised this weekend. The only thing left to do is to get the final images edited and ready for submission. Hopefully, Gigabyte gets the submission error resolved on time.
    But until I get the final pictures ready, here’s some progress shots of the build up until now. Enjoy!

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    Front badge came out nice

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    Motherboard Shroud

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    Finished GPU mod

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    Front Badge attached and Front panel mounted

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    It's gunna be some fun cable management

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    Nice Corsair SSD, tucked away from sight

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    Custom LED brackets

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    Motherboard shroud finished and mount test

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    Motherboard installed

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    Corsair AIO installed

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    My Gigabyte GPU verification

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    GPU installed

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    Letters in place on PSU shroud

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    Completed shot

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    with LEDs on

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    So much cable management....

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    Semi-Final photos

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    Let the photo shoot begin!

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    DDCustomMods
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    Last edited by DDCustomMods; 11-15-2016, 12:41 PM.

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  • crowTrobot
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    Reminder for entrants with 3 days left for the competition (ends November 15, 2016. 11:59 PST), all worklogs must be updated up to the final build and all photos uploaded to the Gigabyte Mod2Win website in order to be considered for the final judgment. This is to match the entry submitted in the profile with the worklogs posted here.

    -------------------------------------
    Completing your Modder Profile:
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    1. Requirements for mod submission:
    ◦ The title of your mod entry.
    ◦ A description and concept of your mod entry.
    ◦ At least five pictures of your final mod entry with external and internal aesthetics (preferably high resolution, jpg file format, maximum size 1MB).
    ◦ At least one picture of your final entry with clearly recognizable GIGABYTE components (must be specified).
    ◦ One picture of your final entry with a hand written time-stamp for verification.

    2. Submitting your completed mod:
    Press the Complete Profile button under your profile - Complete Profile page: http://event.gigabyte.us/mod2win/pro...ompleteprofile
    ◦ Once you complete your project, this will be considered your final submission and you will not be able to make further changes to your profile page.


    Entries that do not satisfy all stated rules on this page will be automatically disqualified.!
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    Last edited by crowTrobot; 11-12-2016, 05:29 PM.

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  • DDCustomMods
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    Update 11/10/16

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    Good afternoon my fellow modders and fans!!

    We have more progress completed and even more pictures.

    First, I have to thank DreamPC4Me for providing the awesome 3D printed pieces for this build. That front badge would've been a pain to craft without his help. All through the process he was quick to respond and very professional. Currently he is doing a build for the Make A Wish foundation. Show your support for a good cause by subscribing to his YouTube channel or his Twitter feed.
    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCtq5VMDSqQg4YdaJv6ScJYA
    https://twitter.com/rbillyguns


    Onto our Blue Fury build!

    First I unboxed the 3D printed motherload. I enjoyed unwrapping each piece. First the front badge components, then the surprise GIGABYTE in 3 different sizes.

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    After taking a moment to absorb the awesomeness , then it was time to set up my sanding station. Pieces lined up were 150, 220, and 400. Got everything sanded and hit with a good coat of primer. The cable combs needed a quick once through with the round needle file.

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    After the sanding and priming, I turned my attention to unmasking the GPU shroud. After confirming that I was satisfied with the end result, I got it installed on the card. Personally, I think it came out well considering the simplicity of design.

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    Last but not least is the SSD covers, with the H60 radiator installed there will only be room for the one.

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    As always, let me know what you think and offer any suggestions hints you have. Always looking to grow as a modder and builder.

    Until next time.... Happy Modding!

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  • NavyChief
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    Looks like you are on track to finish on time! Looking good!!

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  • DDCustomMods
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    Update 11/9/16

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    Good morning my fellow modders and fans,

    Just thought I'd share a quick update and preview of things to come. Some good news and bad news. The bad news is I came down with a virus that has put me under the weather but the good news is that means I won't be traveling out of state this weekend and have a few more days to take my time in completing it. Meanwhile, it's lots of fluids and bland foods for me. Anyways back to the build....

    I just heard that my 3D printed pieces will be delivered today, so I'll be sanding and painting those awesome pieces this evening. Big thanks to DreamPC4Me for providing the 3D goodness.

    I was able to get all my front fans and radiator installed. I do have to address the problem of an upsidedown Corsair logo, but..... that shouldn't be too bad.

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    I also got my window cut and mounted. The edge of the side panel cuts weren't as clean as I wanted, going to try to find me some black trim locally to give it more of a professional feel. I think the white rivets really help the build. Black and Blue with just a hint of White. I think it's coming together well.

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    Additionally, here's a sneak peek of the GPU with the GIGABYTE mask cut out. I was able to hit it with 4 coats of white between last night and this morning. I should be able to have an update of the GPU shroud and SSD covers tomorrow morning or Friday morning. I can't wait to peel that tape off and see how it turned out!

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    Until next time.. happy modding!

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  • DDCustomMods
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    11/7/16 Update

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    Good morning to all my modders and fans,

    So I was able to get a bit done over the weekend and wanted to share it with you. Things are coming together and just in time too. Still have some detail work to do still to mask off an paint(tonight’s task) so final assembly can commence. Plan is to take the final pictures on Thursday.

    The first thing I took a crack at was trimming the size of the PSU shroud to allow it to fit snugly around the bottom fan. The bottom fan will much be dedicated to providing cool air for the PSU to utilize.

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    The top panel, proved slightly interesting. Had to trim down the size a bit to fit better without too much overhang. Remember those two fans that came from the case? They got mounted inside the top exhaust shroud to be hidden from view. One fan is a blue LED fan which should provide a bit of light coming from the top.

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    Then I moved on with the side panels. I was able to get both sides masked off and the window side cut. Then it’s a quick couple layers of primer, let that dry for a day and start laying down thin layers of blue. After I got three coats in, I let it dry. Once it was dry, I began slowly unmasking the sides. As you can see from the close up, ended up with very clean lines. I am definitely happy they came out well.

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    Second, I shifted my attention to the GPU which took a mask, primer, and coats of white. I think I got pretty good coverage. Got the fans installed back on the GPU also but I’m waiting for the shroud to finish before getting pictures of it.

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    Next, I took a shot at the front panel. Getting it masked off was a little more difficult given the multiple levels of depth. But low and behold that seemed to come out alright as well.

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    Moving forward, I worked on getting the front fan mount in place. I made sure to do several test fits before drilling final holes and getting it mounted properly. Once mounted and secured, I could start getting the fans installed.

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    Lastly, I did some painting of some detail pieces. Painted the RAM white to contrast the black and blue. The primer’d fan is actually the CPU fan…… I painted it white then realized that it wasn’t staying as I’m throwing in the Corsair H60. Oops. Oh well, my next AMD build will have a nice white CPU fan haha.

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    Still left to do is to cut out and paint the white lettering and details. I got the final white pinstripe painted on the GPU shroud this morning. I need to finish mounting the fans and get the H60 in place. Then I can focus on getting all the fans hooked up, motherboard in place. The secret motherboard shroud is the only big piece I have left to do. I just need to do some cleanup trims and paint.

    Just a side note, my work provided a couple 3’x5’ sheets of the copolyester that they manufacture to use for my builds. Going to take a small chunk for the window. The rest will get used as I switch gears next week and get back to Project: Military Tech.

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    As always, would love to hear what you think!
    Until next time, Happy Modding!

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  • DDCustomMods
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    Originally posted by NavyChief View Post
    Same here. I will be out-of-town on Monday-Tuesday and Friday-Sunday.
    We definitely have our work cut out for us. Hmmm... I wonder if I can call in sick this week haha.

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    Same here. I will be out-of-town on Monday-Tuesday and Friday-Sunday.

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  • DDCustomMods
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    Originally posted by NavyChief View Post
    Really coming along nicely! Can't wait to see all that blue!!
    I got some good pictures showing the blue designs on the outside. Unfortunately my phone doesn't let me post pictures haha. Keep an eye out in the morning for an update. Got some decent work done this weekend.

    I only have until Thursday to get everything done. I fly out Friday and won't be back until Tuesday. Missing that weekend is really going to hurt.

    Happy modding all, keep those noses to the grindstone.

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