Project: Das Cubenstein

Derf

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Greets all,

After reading hundreds of worklogs, advice posts and asking a few questions I've finally decided to build my first case. I have no welding experience so I'll be using wood (.5 inch M.D.F.) for the main structure with pine for supports and some metal for drive mounts. This will not be a traditional layout as I have decided I want the motherboard to be mounted horizontally instead of vertically. Here's a shot of how things started off:
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Ok, all of the main parts have been cut and I'm beginning assembly:
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Next up is layout for the front and side panels. In case you were wondering, this case will be 17" Tall 19.5" Wide and 19.5" Deep

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I don't have a 120mm holesaw so I'm going to attempt to make the openings with a Roto-Zip and a circle cutter attachment. Here's a test run:
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The cuts are a little rough but that will be fixed with a file. I finished the front and side panels:
Front
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Side
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and have started assembly. The top of the case will be removeable and the motherboard tray will lift out.
 

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Here's a shot (thru the back panel opening) of the motherboard tray
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and a shot of the completed tray
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Next step is to add the 250mm fan to the top.
 

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The 250mm fan mounting went pretty smoothly until I realized the l.e.d. holders (this is the non-lit version) were blocking the fan from fitting into the cut out. Out comes the chisel. FYI, you might want to mark the fan and a mounting point before cutting things away or you might end up with them in the wrong place (like I did, twice)
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I think it looks pretty good
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Completed the cut outs for the back panel
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and began working on the optical drive mounts
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Next up I'll have to create a mount for the hard drives.
 

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Hard drive mounts are salvaged from an old case and modified with som L-channel stock
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Final mock-up of all the drives plus a shell for the power supply
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With the motherboard tray in place
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and final mock-up with old parts
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Next update will be in a few days (weather permitting) as I start painting this beast
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Went down to the shop to start sanding and realized I'd forgotten to put in the extra USB ports
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Weather held out for a bit so I did get the case sanded and the first coat of primer put on
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More to come in the next few days
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Sanded the primer down and applied the 2nd coat
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In case anyone is wondering what paint and primer I am using
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A couple of shots I found on my mobile phone of some of the materials I started with
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Next up is sanding the primer and applying the first color coat
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S-B it'll look even more like a sub once the final color goes on it.
Second sanding done and masking the sides
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First color coat
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Later today I'll spray the 2nd coat of silver and tomorrow hopefully I can start spraying the final color coats.
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I'll be moving my current hardware out of my P-182 and into it: X2 5600, Asus M2N-Sli Deluxe Motherboard, 3gb DDR2-800, 8800 GT etc...
 

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Did the final color on the front and back panels last night. It looks great to me but doesn't seem to photograph that well
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It'll be a week before I can finish the 2 sides and then a week after that for mounting all the hardware. I will post pics of the finished case once the hardware is up and running.
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I am doing my own cube build and had thought about putting the cd rom drive and HD at the bottom. Now you give me an idea of how it will look.
 

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Glad I could be of help.
Final paint went on about an hour ago and the final parts (handles & feet) will arrive from Performance PCs on Thursday. Here's a more detailed list of what's going into the box:
CPU: AMD X2 5600
Mobo: Asus M2N SLI Deluxe
RAM: 2GB A-Data & 1GB Corsair (both are DDR2-800)
HDD: WD 250GB Sata II
GPU: Asus GeForce 8800GT
Sound: Creative Audigy 2SE
ODD: Lite-On DVD-RW & DVD-ROM
PSU: Corsair TX 750
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek S-1283
Fans: 2x Tt Silent Cat (lower section) 120mm
1x Yate Loon D12SL 120mm
1x 250mm Clear Fan

To dress up the textured black finish I will be using 2 chrome switches and white leds on the front panel.
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The project is complete, DAS CUBENSTEIN LIVES
My final parts came in a day early so I was able to wrap everything up this evening.

Installing the handles
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Mounted the 250mm fan in the top
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Mounting the drives
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Motherboard and cards onto the sled
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Sled in the case
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Final shots
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The system is up and running now but the battery in my camera gave out. I have to replace 1 led (fell off the table and got smashed) and I need to see about volt modding the 250mm fan. The system is currently running at 29C (24C ambient/26C motherboard) while I'm running Half-Life 2: Episode 2 (max settings) and is reasonably quiet. Building my first case has been a great learning experience and I'm already thinking of ways I can improve the case. Thanks for following my little journey!
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Thanks! Not too bad for a modding noob 8*D
Couldn't sleep and the battery is recharged so here's the shot of it in my office
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