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    Battlestation One: ATX Gaming PC - "desk-TOP" Case | Update #2

    Interesting idea, especially if you can make it a bit more squat, just high enough to fit over mounted cards, meaning a max external height of about 8". Even that is a bit too much. Look into office ergonmic studies and you'll find the preferred height to the center of a monitor is a slight...
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    Traditional/Standing Desk Hybrid Ideas

    Thomas Jefferson's standing desk had all sorts of interesting features. Making one which telescopes up to a standing height would be real nice. Might even be possible to hide something like those hatchback pneumatic pistons inside the legs, along with some sort of catch / release which you...
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    Project: Dark Armor

    Is the texture / thickness of the coating going to interfere with the fitment of any panels or doors? And you didn't quite say if you were after the texture, or also the matte 'Batman' sort of finish. If it's a textured metal 'armor' finish you (or anyone else) are looking for, Rustoleum has a...
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    Favorite Recent Case ?

    I just started a build using the Cougar Evolution. Nice layout and the top controls and SATA dock is really slick. Lots of bays, lots of ways to hide cables.
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    Man Cave Project

    Looks very nice. Any more overall pics of the layout?
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    "Black Widow" Antec 1200 Mod

    Or RED.
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    Dremel Question

    Exactly this. Use of gloves with power tools, revolving or reciprocating bladed tools is a major safety violation and an accident waiting to happen. Always wear safety glasses. Lots of tough stylish and inexpensive polycarbonate types available. Or tighter-fitting shooting glasses, less than...
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    HOW TO: Paint The Inside Of A Case On The Cheap.

    winter's pretty much the worst time to spray paint. Temperature is a key issue in teh quality of the finish and adherence. Humidity is a close second, so a wet spring or muggy summer is also to be avoided. The way to spraypaint in winter is bring all your materials inside, get everything warm...
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    Molding plexiglass

    Depending on the thickness desired and the complexty of the shape you can bend plex pretty easily. And with some care you can use an oven to do it. Doesn't take a high heat to make it soft. And if you create a buck (pattern) and arrange things so the softening plex sags into or drapes over the...
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    Balance caseventilation a myth?

    Just duct / arrange fans to accomodate the basic laws of thermodynamics, and to service the hottest components in your system. Put outside air right to your CPU fan. Put intakes low and towards the front. Step up exhaust fans on your PSU and rear of the case. If you make any extra fan holes...
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    Project Resevoir

    Put some fishtank aeration / bubbler lines along the bottom, for a wall of bubble effect?
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    XPS M-170 Laptop: Full Military Overhaul.

    Neat project. btw, the yellow / black warning stuff is available as a tape. And the finish of it would still fit in with the mod.
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    Hidden Desk Computer

    Just go to a hardware store and get some normal rolling drawer rails. They make a type you can mount on the bottom of a drawer. Just reverse them and put them on the top edges of your 'case'. And with a little bit of controlled slack on the external cabling you could literally slide out your...
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    Simple mod / mesh / airflow - need some help / tips

    The bolted grill is one good way to do it, if that visually blends well with your design. If your mesh or grill is behind a front bezel or somewhere else where the interior edges won't be visible, a hot melt glue gun works just fine.
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    What would you recommend to fix a scratch or chip in plastic?

    can't tell how deep it is, but a couple applications of touch-up paint in the scratch only might work. Or at least make it unnoticeable. Matching the sheen of the case paint will matter as much as the color. I'd avoid using any sort of filler, because working it into place and trying to blend...
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    heatshrink ?

    Hell with all those geek sources. Just go to your local electronics store. It's commonly and very cheaply available.
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    Jet Intake Mod

    Like the ziploc cowling idea, quick and easy. I went a harder route, using some black ABS sewer pipe, positioned over the case fan location and epoxied in a rough cutout in the bezel. I then applied bondo around the joint ground the protruding tube to match teh slight curve of the bezel, then...
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    New- First major mod/Anyone have any suggestions?

    Ouch. That price markup is insane. Go to a national craft store chain like Michael's Hobbies, or a local model or hobby shop and you can find mesh for just a couple bucks. Any town over 10,000 people ought to have one or more of such stores. Brass, copper, aluminum screen mesh, expanded-metal...
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    Wood Case

    on the bottom fan thing using a 120mm fan. using the formula to determine the area of a circle, pi(r-squared) r is the radius, 60mm in this example. r squared is 3600mm(squared) times pi is 11,309mm(squared) circumference of a circle is equal to its diameter times pi That's 120mm x...
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    Wood Case

    HEAR HEAR! Seconded! It's kids with no experience and literalists who think the thermal properties of the case material make any difference worth compensating for. Just vent it well and thoroughly, and build on with whatever material you'd like. Heat rises. Mount a blowhole or higher output...
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    Multi-function panel problems?

    oh and my thanks to the OP, for bringing to my attention a kick-ass panel which will work beautifully in my planned F-86 Saberjet -themed PC project.
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    Multi-function panel problems?

    Wow, holy shit. What an overreaction. What's so hard about drilling a couple holes? Opposable thumbs. Use them to modify your environment to suit you.
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    Molding Acrylic

    heat gun, but you have to very careful of surface crazing / burning. Another method is to build a form of the shape you want, heat your acrylic sheet in your oven at a ~220F and plop it on your form and start working it. Re-heat on the form, if the whole thing will fit in the oven. Do NOT...
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    Accessing servers on a VPN...

    Those 192.168 addres blocks are the internal non-internet-routable addresses dished out by each networks own internal DHCP configurations. If you are aiming your VPN software at a target / remote addy of 192.168.x.x it cannot work at all. What is the public IP of your host system / host...
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    Anti-LED Mod

    To the original poster - you ever been diagnosed with OCD?
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    Case wheels? sources?

    Haven't looked into modding much in well over a year, noted a few machines posted here and there with some cool polished aluminum wheels and really liked them. I've tried stationary feet for added clearance so a bottom fan mount could 'breathe' but really like the wheel thing. So are these being...
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    more paint questions

    Check the paints offered for RC car shells. They are clear plastic / plex / polycarbonate. Uusally some type of enamel paint.
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    more paint questions

    If you are painting artwork by hand with brushes, you ouht to use artist acrylics. They're water-based, water cleanup, easy to correct mistakes. Then you can use a proper sealer and clearcoat when you are done. really not understanding how you can expect to do a good job with brushes if you...
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    Anywhere to buy LED "Light Bars"

    Find your local modeler / craft shop. They'll have plexi rods and square extrusions in many sizes, usually from a company named Plastruct. http://www.plastruct.com/ Just cut to length and drill into the end to bury an LED in it and you'll have what you want. Or deliberately 'fog' the plex with...
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    2006 Post Your Workstation

    Just a raw shot, finally got around to building my new $10,000, nah, $65 desk and stripping the wallpaper and acousitic ceiling, and just started putting the room back together - clean as it will ever be: Have a lot of stuff to to put back in the room and on the walls, and a pair of 19"...
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    HELP, Help.... static electricity is killing my HTPC

    That's not correct. and the original poster needs to pick up his danged feet when he walks.
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    Need "Modder's Mesh" Cheap....

    Kraft store, like Michael's Hobbies. Several types of perforated metal screen, mesh, and expanded metal mesh. McMaster-Carr is also a great online source for all kinds of hardware goods http://www.mcmaster.com/
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    Whats that called again?

    It's also called "jeweling", iirc. See it on some rifle bolts as decoration.
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    Bondo Info/Tutorial

    search the automotive repair sites - plenty of skilled advice about bondo there. Or just go to the source - http://www.bondo-online.com/Default.asp Couple of key points - surface prep - have to make sure the surface is clean and slightly rough so bondo will stick. If it is a very...
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    Where to get 90mm clear duct?

    usplastic.com ducts or extruded clear acrylic pipes.
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    7 fans and still hot

    42C ain't hot for a CPU temp. edit: and seconding the comments about airflow - Intakes front and bottom, Exhausts back and top. And it is ery possibly to be running too many fans, if they are working at cross-purposes or the cfm balance is way out of whack.
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    cpu air duct ideas

    large variety of PVC and ABS sprinkler and sewage fittings that would make a good base - the upturned duct in that pic is made from a 3"-dia. ABS 45-degree black-pipe / sewer coupling. One collar cut off, the lip shaved to a sharpened edge. It's then painted with a good hobby paint to...
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    Has Venice dissapeared from Newegg?

    Looking at it right now, and it is there.
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    Receiving proper credit for a mod or idea.

    lol. That, or when someone else independently comes up with the same Idea and a decent execution thereof, it'll be YOU whinging 'I thought of it first!' If a person hasn't got any intent or ability to make any financial gain from their Idea, then it is just childish nonsense to keep it...
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    2005 Post Your Workstation

    Doomed. Fucking Doomed I say. Living like an animal.
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