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 Post subject: The Red Dragon by JJ_Sky5000 i7 5960x & MSI X99S GAMING 9
PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:09 pm 
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The Beginning:

On a cold rainy day ( never happens in the summer) in Dallas Texas during Quakecon , I met Mark From MSI who really like my Quakelive Case Mod( Pc that actually lifts out of the case) and gave me his contact information about possibly working on a project. Not too long after Quakecon we started to talk about building a case for CES, I gave him 4 hand drawn designs and he pick one and I ended up not using the one he pick and sketchup of the one that I liked instead. I show him the design and we where all set.

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For me to mod I have to get in the right mindset and focus. I get a lot of my inspiration by look at Darthbeavis, Bill Owen and Boddaker projects. 3 of the best in the business and all original modders, Nowadays so much is being out sourced it takes away from the originally of a MOD, Ship off to be lasered here ( Darth your good you laser cut your own) and paid to have it shipped here painted there and sleeved cables order here. If I don't create the case in my own garage I wouldnt feel like I made it and take credit when somebody else does the work.

After waiting to find this modding motivation & changing the design of the base to give it a angle edge and having most of hardware in i was to begin after building over and over in my head.


A big Thank you to all the Sponsors Involved, They are a huge factor in helping me keep making these unique mods.

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Specs:
CPU IntelĀ® i7-5960X Haswell-E 8 Core
MB MSI X99S GAMING 9 ACK
VGA 2x MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G
Memory Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 32GB Memory
HD Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD
PSU Lepa 1000watts (Enermax Vegas Fans)
CPU Cooler Bitspower Rez/Pump combo and radiator


Material used :
Wood, wooded dowel rods, Acrylic and rods, metal Mesh

Tools:
Dremal, Table saw, Scroll Saw, Belt and palm Sander, Drill press, router

Creating the Base

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 Post subject: Re: The Red Dragon by JJ_Sky5000
PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:53 pm 
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Update Number 2

The one drive i had was to make a solid base, I went from have original 2 pieces of wood to 6 just to give it a solid base and to have a place for the power supply, I also used dowel rods to spread teh weight of the build and make for a more solid structure

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Next up was the backlit logo. To make sure the item was uniform i used carpet tape to hold a clear piece and white plexi together. while using my very very old craftmans scroll saw

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My newest tool i got for modding was a belt sander for $45 wow it was way better than palm sander and definalty speed up the process of getting and piece sanded down to be uniform.

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pretty close to the effects of i was looking for

i decided to go with a mesh front to help with airflow from the fans, my first designed was enclosed and i was worried about airflow and the designed that i had in my head was way more open.

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next up was cutting out a border for the mesh using a thin plexi piece

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Stayed tuned for more!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: The Red Dragon by JJ_Sky5000
PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 6:33 am 
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Update 3#

Now onto one of the hardest challenge I faced during this 30 day process, The making the dragon outline and how to get this awesome MSI Gaming 9 GTX 980 into the build, slightly taller than your average GPU. So i had to make a few modification to the MSI logo in order for the gpu and MB to fit in the build.well.

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After cutting 6 piece of of 18 * 24 red transparent acrylic & 2 18 * 24 acrylic and attaching together using my magic tape so they wouldn't shift i began the long 8 hour process of cutting the dragon out using my ageing scroll saw.

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the next challenge was to outline the exterior white dragon to be proportionate to the red back pieces.

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After cleaning up the the red acrylic and test fitting it to the base

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more to come !!!


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 Post subject: Re: The Red Dragon by JJ_Sky5000 i7 5960x & MSI X99S GAMI
PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:00 am 
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Update 4 December 24 , well after battle with bronchitis for 9 days, my deadline for CES was fast approaching. I came to the realization that the project just my not make it I need to ship it in a few days. When building a scratch build you always come to a cross road , should i take a break or press on, I could see it built in my mind and it was going to look amazing , but getting there is going to be tough.

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Off to painting and pressing forward

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I added a little fade mesh look to the outside pieces and finished securing the front

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secured the lettering

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My original Red rad was too thick with the fittings and fans so i had to incorporate and skinnier blue one.

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Measure up and cut the motherboard tray for back lighting and pump assembly
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Fits nice and snug , I am also using the Bitspower X station for the lighting pump and fans

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tap the MB standoffs and ready for assembly
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And a Big Thank you to the amazing staff at Bitspower I was having trouble getting on the watercooling to finish teh project and this arrived on Christmas eve :)

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Just keep pressing on !!!

Next up final assemble


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