Project Intel Ice

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  1. jjsky5000

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    Well after a long break I am back at doing some modding projects, I have 4 total that I wanted to have completed by the end of the year.

    The first Mod is called Intel Ice, Featuring a IntelĀ® Desktop Board D945GSEJT Atom CPU mini itx Board Sponsored by Intel, Looking to make it my Home Media Server. I t will set in a a Custom fake arclyic ice case. Let Begin

    Parts List

    Plexi Glass
    Plastic Resin
    Vandal Switch
    DC power adapter ( on order)
    IntelĀ® Desktop Board D945GSEJT Mother Board Sponsored by Intel!!!!
    PCi min express wireless Card ( on order)
    Wireless Logitech Keyboard and mouse
    Western Digital hard drive
    Win 7
    2 80 mm Blue led fans
    mixing bowl /wood spoon
    alumin foil
    2 boxs one slightly bigger than the other!!!

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    The mold Not much Card Board and aluminum foil

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    64 fl oz of Plastic resin 1/2 oz of catalyst hardner
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    Poured the top of the case in the moldto about 1/2 inch deep. Then waited 30 min till it start to gel then I put a second box on top to make inside walls. pour the remaining resin in to make the walls.

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    I had to apply a little weight on top of the inside box to keep from floating up.

    This will set overnite to cure and make sure you are in a well ventilated area.
     
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  2. Rossi~

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    Very interesting indeed :) I will be keeping an eye on this build
     
  3. Mr_Armageddon

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    Looking forward to seeing the end result. Good luck.
     
  4. jjsky5000

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    Time to un wrap

    I did spray a resin release agent before i poured the mold so it would stick too bad.


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    To square it up I did a little cutting with a dremal & hack saw!!!
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    Ok took a few shots to see how it looks on different surfaces

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    a little more work on the cover and then i will start on the base
     
  5. Crispy002

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    That's one legit ice block. Well done.

    Is there foil on the inside part or is that just the reflection?
     
  6. lorelei

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    Looks awesome all ready...Can't wait to see more pics :)



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  7. Timonthy

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    Wow, what a cool idea. (slap for bad pun :))
    Look great form what I see. Giant ice-cube for sure.

    But just asking, how are you going to fit the I/O shield/HD bay without compromising the looks?

    Hope everything goes well!
     
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    Very cool, ill be watching
     
  10. Negative Decibel

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    really cool. can't wait to see more.
     
  11. HaX

    HaX [H]ard|Gawd

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    i look at it and i get confused.. in a good sort of way :D
     
  12. Hallis

    Hallis [H]ardness Supreme

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    Wow!. That's an awesome idea and looking great so far.

    @Timonthy - I think he's going for a look like it's all frozen in ice like a caveman. If it were me i'd not put the I/O panel on the outside, rather leave some space inside and then just route the cables out through little notches in the ice. Would have to have some space between the edge of the case and the backplane of course to fit the connectors. But I don't see that being a gigantic issue just yet.

    I can't wait to see how the wiring is done. Especially the power supply.

    shane
     
  13. oahawhool

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    Excellent execution on a really refreshing idea for a mod!
     
  14. jjsky5000

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    @Timonthy The back plate & base will be made of a regular Arcylic , with the i/o cut outs on the back and a fan cutout on the bottom.

    @Hallis No internal PS. The Intel Atom low Volatge you can use a a 12 v dc to dc adpater. It really cool, only wires are hard drive power and 1 sata cables, Win7 will be preloaded, and everything shared on wireless,
     
  15. zer0gravity

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    Can't wait to see the case! Also, good to see HTPC mods!
     
  16. jjsky5000

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    Update #3 Dont have a lot of pictures tonight , but it took me two days 2 complete this update.


    The case need a little something. how about some "Illumination"


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    it took a couple of hours over the 2 days to ecth!!!!
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    Doesnt look too bad
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    Lights on
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    and with the lights off

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    going to add a few more led to even it out!!!
    looked much better in person!!!
     
  17. Herl

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    Very cool. I'm surprised you hand etched the logo, seems like it would be incredibly difficult and time consuming.
     
  18. LibertySyclone

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    I am with him /\ I would have used a sandblaster and a reverse cut vinyl sticker.

    Either way its kickass cant wait to see the end result!
     
  19. shoto1699

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    nice! looks badass man. im excited to see the result! also good luck!
     
  20. Jesse B

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    Very cool! The illumination looks excellent. Very unique build :)
     
  21. jjsky5000

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    Update 4# Just another little update.

    Worked on the base as well as the fan cutout

    1st I made some cuts into the case for the base to fit in.

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    Cut a square piece of acrylic to fit

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    Made some reminders
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    A little tapping action
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    attached the base
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    A nice solid fit
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    Looks like a good place for a fan
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    Did pretty well getting it start by hand, did finishing using the drill at very very low speed

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    and the end result

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  22. Hallis

    Hallis [H]ardness Supreme

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    Looking great so far. I hate hate hate cutting lexan and acrylic. I always tend to go to fast and melt it right back together lol.
     
  23. jjsky5000

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    Update 5#

    Final got some free time to work on the MB Brackets & base.

    Cut out for the rear panel!!!!
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    Fits perfect

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    I/0 Cut out hole

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    Another test fit

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    Going to use a Peg and glue method to attached the base together

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    Worked out well !!!!

    Started working on the MB Support using my new tool.

    This is the most squared piece of plexi i have every cut lol

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    Thanks for the compliments and stopping by !!!!
     
  24. jjsky5000

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    Big Update!!!!! Alot of it was done over the past 2 weekends in my free time.

    Holes for the hard Drives
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    another test fit
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    ooohhh what's Inside

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    Find a Clean spot !!!

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    A very good plexi cleaner
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    ahhh Nice and clean

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    Getting ready to mount the hard Drive
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    and the fan

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    Underside view
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    I forgot to take pics of the motherbaord being mounted but here is from teh test Fit.

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    a little bit uneven , might have had a little to drink lol

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    Now for some wiring
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    A little test boot before i get to far in

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  25. Crispy002

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    So far so good!

    I might suggest a thin plastic sheet or some sort of barrier to prevent any possibility of the mobo shorting on the hard drive cover though.
     
  26. zydas

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    Looks good. Was wondering where you ordered your power adaptor?
     
  27. vsboxerboy

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    Assuming it's what you had laying around, but why not go with a 2.5" HDD or SSD? Otherwise it looks fantastic
     
  28. jjsky5000

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    I got teh DC adapter on Ebay it was liek a 15v 3 watts for $15 dollars made for net books and teh atom MB

    I do have a sdd around. this project was for fun i have 3 other projects coming. didnt have a use for that partivular hd
     
  29. jjsky5000

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    Update 8 & 9
    added the vandal switch
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    Cut & glued The case feet
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    Final Pics Before operating system install

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  31. vsboxerboy

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    Siiick, can't wait to see what it looks like with the OS isntalled! :p

    Beautiful final product though, amazing vision to have the foresight to see how this would turn out. Did anything not go as well as planned, because it looks damn good to me!
     
  32. jjsky5000

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    the toughest part was The liquid resin. that was a big $60 dollar uknown.
     
  33. NICKSTAR

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    Very nice man! Good job. Cant wait to see the next project
     
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    Fantastic. Looks great in the dark. I generally don't go for "theme" mods, but this one is very nice.
     
  36. jjsky5000

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    Currenty working on adding 4 leds in the corners!!!
     
  37. jjsky5000

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    Some outdoors pics

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  38. Jesse B

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    That looks awesome! Fantastic job :D
     
  39. picool

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    awesome work!!! It looks so cool!!!