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  • hardk
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    Amazing!!
    it's a great idea what blocks

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  • thorkon
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    Large photo dump inbound!!!!!
    Specs:
    -ASUS ROG Strix X370-I

    -ASUS GTX 1080 Turbo

    -GeIL 16gb DDR4 Super Luce RAM

    -Thermaltake SFW Toughpower 600w fully modular PSU

    -Thermaltake Riing RGB Fans (120mm, 200mm, Cpu cooler)



























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  • thorkon
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    Video is done! Link is under here, will be back with photos soon!

    Last edited by thorkon; 04-18-2018, 11:47 AM.

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  • thorkon
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    Probably last update until the final photos and video! I'll have it at PAX East 2018 if anyone is going to be there by chance.
    Got the lighting done! I have it wired into the PSU so it doesn't need additional outlets to be plugged in.



    This is the window side. Just printed some flat sides to cover up gaps the acrylic window leaves.


    These are little "feet" that help guide the top frame onto the body. They are angled so the top section slides on them.


    Next is I decided to self-promote on the SSD since it was looking bland anyway




    My finalized wiring job


    Be back in a week or two with the final photos! (probably post video a little after that).

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  • thorkon
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    Back again! I've been doing small things that didnt warrant many photos (trying to learn to program, ended up having my 2 buddies help me), and rearranging computer components.
    I'm nearing completion though! I will probably have 1 more update after this then it will be final photos and a time lapse video of the build/3D print process. My buddy is working on the music for that video atm. Anyway, on to the smaller update here:

    This is the rear of the case. Its fitting the Thermaltake Riing RGB fan. I wanted to keep the fan removable because I need to get my hand in the computer case to plug the fans in once I put the top on. I ended up using magnets to hold the fan in place (located at each corner).




    This is the top of the case with another Thermaltake Fan. This is permenantly installed in the case no need for removal here.


    This is experimental. I'm using translucent red plastic to use as pseudo cable sleeves for psu/power button/Asus 1080 card. I think it looks good, but what do you think?


    Also you can see I went with Thermaltakes Riing Cpu cooler. I was afraid it would be too tall but it is about an inch short of hitting the top of the case so no worries.

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  • thorkon
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    Turns out programming isn't as easy as I had hoped. I have a friend or two giving me a hand. In the meanwhile, I picked up 2 more sponsors! This is greatly appreciated and welcomed.

    First off is GEIL with supplied 2x8gb SUPER LUCE 2400 DDR4 RGB Ram





    Next is ThermalTake who graciously supplied RGB fans, PSU, and a sweet CPU cooler


    Engine 27 CPU cooler (first time for me seeing an all metal fan, looks awesome!)



    Thermaltake Toughpower Series PSU SFW 600W


    Thermaltake Riing Plus 12 RGB Fans + TT Sync Controller


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  • thorkon
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    Just a small update of all the lights running
    heres a link if gif embed doesnt work: https://imgur.com/VMuIZOR



    Still working on trying to program the coding so they run seprately atm

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  • ellascott
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    This is exactly what Iíve been looking for. geometry dash

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  • thorkon
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    Back now that I'm done with the wiring. Oh boy, was this an adventure. I've rarely done soldering/wiring and this has definitely increased my skill with it ha. There will be gifs of the lighting, I'll provide a link if the message board isn't showing it natively.

    So my first test was my lazy test, which to say was I was hoping i could just fold the led strip to make 90 degree turns but I didn't like the way the lights would repeat flash whenever it came to a bend...

    GIF of Light issue

    https://imgur.com/IeL0tHB

    I decided to cut the led strip and solder whenever there was a 90 degree turn. Heres the same layout, but with wiring instead of folding

    GIF of Light fixed
    https://imgur.com/Am1TJAy


    Next is some wiring shots
    Splitting off the led strip



    The monotonous monotony of stripping wires and tinning wires



    The finalized wiring on the inisde with everything hotglued in place. I'll need to print some covers to hide the wiring and clean it up.


    and finally one section lighting up in the dark
    Gif of section lighting up

    https://imgur.com/KNzvVWC

    Next is programming the ASUS Tinkerboard so that the led strips will run on seperate timings. I'm just delving into this so should be interesting

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  • thorkon
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    Finished up the frame of the top!


    Couldn't use any vertical clamps due to the say its smooth on the inside, so had to use some weights to help glue it down.


    Baby for scale



    Adult for scale


    This is my wife staying "awake" past her bedtime trying to help by routing the pc wiring on the inside


    Now I'm moving on to the LED wiring on the inside. Its going to be awhile of wiring and soldering... Heres what a pattern/schematic of the led paths

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  • thorkon
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    Getting near the home stretch!

    Heres a test lighting of one of the feet. No cable management yet...ha



    Side being built up:






    Not fully complete but just an idea how the window will be


    I'll be back when I have the whole top finished with fans and whatnot. I'm gonna start working on getting the leds wired in

    Heres a test run with them shoddily taped on the inside

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  • thorkon
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    Working on the top frame now.

    Heres the base in pieces




    Clamping it together


    All said and done with the lower section


    I'm still waiting on the printer to finish the rest of the sections so will have whole frame done in a few days

    Experimenting with different wire covers I printed


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  • thorkon
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    Back with some more things:

    Working on the "teeth" which are what hold up the case from the floor

    Printed in tranparent red and white, with a hollowed out point for leds to light up



    The teeth going through quality control (not sure how to embed gifs/youtube links on here so just a regular link for now:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCnpV0R2cNI

    Teeth in place


    This is neat, this is heat changing plastic. Its brown at room temperature but turns green as it warms up. In this photo, I drilled the holes a little bigger and the friction from the drill heated the end up to green as you can see


    Lastly, a new issue. This is a partial clog in the nozzle where not enough plastic comes out. I cleaned the plug and had to toss this piece.

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  • thorkon
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    Heres a component placement update:

    The ASUS Turbo 1080 just by its lonesome


    The ASUS STRIX-370I alone also


    But not for long! These are testing "legs" to hold up the motherboard. I'll make some beefier/sturdier ones soon, but I really do like the 45 degree angle of the STRIX 370-I toward where the window will be. Not often I get to do a motherboard at an angle like this





    The bottom is for a 200mm fan, just using one of my placeholder fans atm to test with

    Bottom with no fan frame base


    With base


    With fan

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  • IdiotWithGuns
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    I got ya now. Was a bit confused. Yeah printing this would deff take time.

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