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Still Alive? [31 Dec 2008|08:55am]
It's New Years Eve and I still haven't forgotten about you!

You'll probably see some more posts from me as I begin my PAX2009 Case Mod. This year I swear I'm not going to wait until the last month to cram all of my work in.

IN the mean time, here's a great site with a bunch of really great case mods on it:


Happy New Year!
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Tempted [14 Oct 2008|08:37am]
I know I want to make a Necron stylized case for the next PAX...

...but I'm horribly tempted to make a casemod version of these.Collapse )
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Kids these days... [07 Oct 2008|07:51am]

I must be getting old.

Now instead of modding a PC you can buy a sticker to put on the side of you case to make it look like it's modded.


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Decisions [06 Sep 2008|12:09am]

PAX08 (http://www.pennyarcadeexpo.com/) is done and the "Over-clocked" casemod was a raving success. I had several request for interviews both on and off camera. Hopefully, if I make it passed the editing table, I'll be on the PAX08 DVD. And I've once again secured free passage into next year's convention and BYOC. So I'm bringing the decision to casemod. What should I do for PAX09?

- Calliope Case?
- Dawn of War2 themed case?
- Techno-pyramid?
- Other ideas?

(BTW: I pimped this community each time someone asked about this case... so hopefully we'll get some new eyes and contributers)

Joystiq: http://www.joystiq.com/photos/pax-2008-awesome-pc-mods/1007778/
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Stage 7 & Final Result [29 Aug 2008|11:45pm]

Cut for multiple pictures and short explanations.Collapse )
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Stage 6 - Clockwork Casemod [28 Aug 2008|02:21am]
I apologize for not taking as many pictures this round, but I'm more concerned with getting this completed than documentation.Collapse )
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Stage 5 - Clockwork Casemod [26 Aug 2008|03:06pm]

Well here it is, Tuesday. I only have Wednesdays and Thursday left to work on this case before PAX. Thank my fore-sight and well-documented ideas to make sure this is going to get done on time. Wait, what? I haven't design/documented a damn thing? Oh well, err umm yes, it's all up here. *points to malformed skull*

Today I post some of the cool stuff.Collapse )
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Stage 4 - Clockwork Casemod [24 Aug 2008|08:55pm]
I'm not too sure why I'm listing these posts in stages. If you haven't figured it out by now I'm just kind of doing work here and there as time and attention permits.

Anyrate, here's Sunday's progress. I'll probably be doing some more tinkering into the wee hours.Collapse )
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Stage 3.5 - Clockwork Casemod [23 Aug 2008|11:00pm]
One more update...

Here's a couple of pictures of the stencil process. It's nothing complicated. Matter of fact, I have pretty much polished off the bottle of port just before doing it.

First I lined up the brass and the copper layers. This was easy to do as I had the foresight/common-sense to drill the mounting holes before doing any of the detail work. Then I slid in and aligned the stencil in the center of the cut out brass hole. Then I taped down the stencil so I wouldn't accidentally move it while removing the brass.

Then I masked off the edges so that there was no copper exposed. I removed the tape holding hte stencil in place from the center area. At this point it was ready to mark/paint.

I choose to use some old white Citadel model paint. Why did I use white? *shrug* No particular reason, I just thought it would give me an idea of what it will look like when I'm finished.

On a side note, you are what you eat. I'm pretty sure brass dust in your port isn't good for you... but I really didn't want to waste good port.

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Stage 3 - Clockwork Casemod [23 Aug 2008|09:54pm]

Slowly moving along. Now that I have plenty of free-time until I start my new job, the progress should make leaps and jumps.

Pictures and Movies behind the CutCollapse )
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Stage_2 [30 Jul 2008|11:42pm]

Yeah... so... I couldn't wait until the weekend and did a little tinkering on my case.

I figured since I had the time I'd do a little documenting the crazy that is casemod'ing.

Or it just could be my crazy... either way, it's not contagious. Well it's only sexually transmitted so as long as you don't lick your monitor you should be safe.

Don't touch the crazy.Collapse )
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[28 Jul 2008|10:35pm]

Yeah, it's that time again. For those of you that don't know about it, I'm heading to PAX. I'll be entering into their casemod competition. Last year, I took first place with this casemod.

Last time I posted, this fair audience asked if I could post "the making of" shots. So I'm doing one better, giving this dormant community a little caffeine, I'll be posting as I'm making it. This project should be done by August 28th. Stay Tuned.

Stage One:

Measure, cut, and bend brass sides:

What I'm doing here is setting up the cover layers. There will be 2-3 layers of brass. Each will have a different quality (either chemical-aged, polished and shiny, or moving). I'm still trying to decide if I want to do a little scroll work around the windows once they're cut. I can save that for last and see how much time I have.

And just in case you were wondering, I'm straight up clockwork pimpin':

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[30 Aug 2007|08:19am]

Here's better pictures of the case-mod. It's not the process pictures as requested but I was rushed to get this done by a deadline. It ended up getting first place in the case-mod contest at PAX(http://www.pennyarcadeexpo.com/) but the competition was ... non-existent. Oh well, I got free 3-day w/ BYOC entrance next year so I didn't lose for trying.

Here's what it looked like before I started my work:

After I sized, cut and assembled everything... I realized the power supply was a little... lacking... So I took the next available option and made the power supply external (which dramatically cut down on heat) and covered the hole for the power supply with a voltmeter.




The most annoying part was finding space for everything. Rigging the case to have the temperature gauges, fan control, remote power on with antenna and mounting the controller board without grounding any of the boards connections and utilizing existing knobs as case funcitons also proved to be a challenge. As you can see, I didn't bother cable wrapping, half because I ran out of time before PAX and half because I like the chaotic look with this case. There were also some issues with the two large existing meters. I would have liked to connected them to flicker and jump with HD activity... unfortunately they have big magnets in them. Running electricity through those magnets would definitely have an adverse effect on the performance.

Lessons Learned?

When dealing with a latch clamp be sure to rearrange the layout to NOT have an ejectable drive on the same side necessary for structural integrity. It wasn't project threatening but it did place pressure on the DVD player causing some difficulties with ejecting. It is remedied by releasing the latch when it's in use.

Test all of the pieces together before cutting into the case. The power supply problem could have been a project stopper. Fortunately, I was able to come up with a creative alternative.

New soldering irons suck. My 1950's soldering iron out-performs the new cordless point soldering irons in every way.

an old tube tester
BIOSTAR P4M900Micro 775(Vista) LGA 775 VIA P4M900 uATX Intel Motherboard
Leadtek PX8600GTS 256MB Extreme GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Patriot 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PSD24G667K
Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W SLI Ready ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply
Athena Power AP-MP4ATX40 MicroATX 400W Power Supply (NOT USED, NOT ENOUGH POWER)
PC Multifunction Panel with Remote (disassembled for parts)

Next projects:

Clockwork computer with integrated perpetual motion device
Steam computer with working steam whistle

and finishing tube-tester #2
Here's the before:

Feel free to pose any questions or requests here or via email. bitterfun at ya hoo dot com.
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Is this community still alive?? [20 Aug 2007|12:10pm]

Anyone awake in here?!?

I'm in the middle of doing a samll series of functional archaic tech case mods.

Here's the latest one:

Editted to add: Sorry about that accidentally put the same pic up twice, fixed.
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[18 May 2006|04:49pm]

Are those "cold heat" soldering thingies worth getting one?
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[14 May 2006|05:11pm]
Looking to remove my floppy drive completely. Anyone know where I can get a nice black 3.5" drive bay cover to close the empty slot?
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[17 Apr 2006|11:35am]

Besides mod-chips and games loaded off a HDD what mods are out there for a Playstation 2? Once the PS3 comes out my brother-in-law says he'll give me his PS2 and he hasn't touched the insides at all.
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[02 Apr 2006|01:06pm]

I'm a sucker for mods involving lights. After much procrastination I finally made the custom power button I wanted. Firefox is misbehaving so I don't have links to show you the sources of my inspiration but I did take this video of my final product: my custom power button. The orange light is HDD activity, the blue just the power light.
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[10 Mar 2006|04:47pm]

Please advise: I made a bad pairing of motherboard and video card when I put together the Chaintech SK8T890 and BFG GeForce 7800 OC: there's a capacitor on the video card that hangs right in front of the IDE plugs on the MB. Silly me, I break off one of the soldering connections on the capacitor once and BFG is nice enough to replace the unit for me. I broke it loose again on the new one. So it comes down to two choices:

1.) I try and get it returned or replaced once more and buy an SATA hard drive (I'm not wild about spending the money but the SATA plugs are in the clear) or....

2.) Do I put my soldering skills to the test and remove the capacitor completely relocating it to the other side of the board by a pair of very short leads. It looks easy but I want to know what you guys think. As it is the video card sometimes halts the computer from booting if the capacitor, which is now held down by electrical tape, doesn't make a full conection with both leads. I'm nervous about performing any sort of electrical surgery on a $300 piece device. Any advice?

Edit: Or do I buy another motherboard? I've liked this one for so long I don't know any others that fit what I have.

Edited some more: Fuck it. I'll see if I can get BFG to replace it again and I'll get a new motherboard. Consider the size of these PCI-Express video cards before you pick one, kids.
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Case materials [04 Jan 2006|06:58pm]

What are some safe (ie not likely to catch on fire) and easy-to-shape materials for constructing a case from scratch?

I'm looking into making a custom mod but the design calls for a non-standard case shape :-)
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