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Got the block put on the 980

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And got lucky that I could mod the bracket to work, though I might use it as a template to make a better looking one.  Oooorrrrr, I might be lazy.  I don't know yet.

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SSD's mounted, plus a little extra acrylic to space them out for a bit. I'm really thinking that I shouldn't be allowed to use that adhesive.

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Getting ready to mount the PSU.  Does this void the warranty?

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A place for everything and everything in its place.

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Now that's all figured out, it's time for some doors and the front of the case.  I sometimes forget that no one else can see what's in my head and this probably looks like some cobbled together monster.  I get that feeling sometimes when I look at it. :)  The doors and front should start to bring it together. That'll be the next update.
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I haven't managed to make a lot of progress, but I did get a few things done...well...at least started

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Started working some doors out

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Found a nice little spot for a temp gauge 

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Started painting some of the interior pieces

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Staring down a piece of foam I'm going to attempt to use for the front panel


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Slathering some urethane resin on the front panel. A total mess, but a cool way to add a shell to the foam I used.  Next is a little filler to smooth it out and build it up.

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I took the top grill and covered it with some seat covering.  I don't really need the ventilation since the case is pretty open and, well, motorcycle mod...motorcycle seat...it tickled my fancy.

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First pieces done with paint.  Splurged for MV matched colors.  I think I'm gonna be happy I did.  The picture really doesn't do it justice.

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Some polishing.  Getting that mirror finish. My plant is so vain, checking itself out every chance it gets.

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Making some progress on paint. Showing off an inherited throw.  I swear it came with the house. Cross my heart, hope to die.


I gave up on the foam casefront.  It was turning out ok, but just taking way too long and it was a little fragile.  And since I needed it on the case to do final touches, it was really holding me up.  Decided to make the front out of mdf, quicker and less messy to work with.

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The corners are still a work in progress, but moving right along.

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So, after what seems like a month of breathing paint fumes, on to assembly...

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The frame, putting in the stand offs and retapping holes.

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Getting ready to mount the CPU block.

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And one of my pics actually turned out artsy!  Woo hoo!

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And the block is on.

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Decided last minute to change over to Monsoon Hardline tubing.  I really like the look of the fittings.

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Motherboard and reservoir mounted.  Cleaned up the bracket for the GPU and gave it a nice coat of black paint.

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What's left of the guts of the case.  The front plate looks pretty blah.  Good thing it's getting covered.

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The top and bottom covers slid in.  They're actually only held in by friction and the fact that when this is all together, the angles will keep anything from coming apart.

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Marrying the two assemblies together.  I designed it this way so that I could pull it apart to work on it relatively easily.

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Putting the rads in. I still have to work on the fans so they'll be coming back out for some wire work.

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PSU in.  I'm sure that probably voids the warranty in some way.

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Most of the components in.  I've wanted to put in floating SSD's for a while.  Had the idea while working on my current computer and I'm happy I got to do it this time.
So I'm hopefully going to run my water loop this week, just waiting on the tubing to come in.  Had a tough time deciding between clear and black and finally decided on clear.  I think I've got enough black going on already.  Plus, with clear, I've got options with dye in case I want something something different.  So, til next update.



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Wow, what a rough week.  As if the stress of trying to get done isn't enough, I had two major problems this week:


1.  Had a flaw in the paint.  Not the first, not the last, but right on the nose of the top.  Didn't grab a pic, but had a swirl of discoloration about 2 inches across.  You'd never notice it unless you looked down on it, but where it was at, that would happen a lot.  So called Cooler Master to find out what sort of plastic I was working with so I could figure out what I could strip it with, and Roger (I think) was awesome and found out for me that I was probably working with ABS.

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Stripping with DOT 3 brake fluid.  Yep, thank you internets, it worked.  I did try out a few things on sample pieces to make sure they wouldn't melt, cause I don't trust the internet 'that' much.  Someone should photoshop in a bunch of dollar bills in that pic.  I'm a stripper now.

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And all better!!!  Whew, dodged a bullet there, just some repainting and we're good.
But then, after drilling some holes (which had the potential to break lots of stuff, but didn't, cause every now and then, I am that good), I was pulling my "Main Assembly" (frame, MB, basically everything that's not the case) to clean out the debris, and this happened:

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Yep, that is a nice crack on that folded acrylic.  Well, not so much a crack but rather it broke completely.  On two different legs.  @!#$!!!!!!!
On a side note, look at that mirror finish! I actually had to stare at this picture for a while to figure out what it was because the reflection was totally throwing me off.  LOL
So my idea of being able to yank the "Main Assembly" out to work on it anytime I want was a flawed idea.  Not so much in design, but the materials just aren't going to be resilient enough.  Soooo...I did it for the aesthetics.  Yeah, the aesthetics.  And now I'm gluing it back together for the aesthetics.  Geez.
Besides breaking everthing, I did manage to get other stuff done though.

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Ooooh cabling.  And yeah, that's not how it's going to actually run, just test fitting it, checking it out.  My fingers are killing me, but colors came out perfect, I couldn't have hoped for a better match.  So....Yay!  Something turned out right this week.

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