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 Post subject: Project OCC (Updated 3/18/2005)
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:21 pm 
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After not having my internet for two months, I've had some time to start another project. My other project is on hold for the moment because I can't make up my mind on the design of it. After I came up with the idea to do a Orange County Choppers themed case, I decided to have my brother help. After going over the design for a couple weeks, we decided on what we wanted to do. We started out with a case that we found, the case is missing the motherboard tray, so we'll have to do something about that too. We started out by reshaping the front of the case with bondo. After we got the front to the basic shape that we wanted, we cut it up. On Project Isisfreak, I had a cut out of the Eye of Horus, backlit with a blue CCFL. On this case we decided to do the same kind of thing, but use the O.C.C. logo and backlight it with a white CCFL. On the bottom of the front of the case, we made a cut out for ventalation. This cut out will be filled with modders mesh. After the rough (..very rough :lol: ) cutout is filed down, we will use body filler to fill in any imperfections left on the front of the case. We will then primer the front after that so we can see if we need to use more bondo. But for now, this is our progress.

This is how we found the case:

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After the rough cutout was almost done:

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After I finished the rough cutout:

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Thanks for looking. And as always, all comments, questions, or suggestions are welcomed!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 1:28 am 
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Hey, where have I seen this before???

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 2:24 am 
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Ya, but he posted it HERE first....blugga, blugga, blugga
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 2:42 am 
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Grump wrote:
Hey, where have I seen this before???

:lol:

Grump, The Mad Modder


..uhh.. nowhere.. :P

I've finally received everything that I need to finish this mod. For the past couple days I've been working on the wiring for the inside of the case. All of the lights and fans are wired into one 12V molex, so only one molex is required to power all of the lights and fans. The fans are constantly on at 12V and there is a switch on the back to control all of the lights. All of the switches and LEDs on the front of the case are connected to a male D-Sub connector and there is a female D-Sub connector on the case. This way instead of having to disconnect everything to take the front off, you just disconnect one plug 8) I tried to make it as neat as possible, but thats a lot of wires (most of which cannot be seen).

Pinout for the D-Sub Connector:

Pin 1: + Power Switch
Pin 2: - Power Switch
Pin 3: + Power LED
Pin 4: - Power LED
Pin 5: + Reset Switch
Pin 6: - Reset Switch
Pin 7: + Hard Drive LED
Pin 8: - Hard Drive LED
Pin 9: +12V
Pin 10: Ground
Pin 11: N/A
Pin 12: N/A
Pin 13: N/A
Pin 14: N/A
Pin 15: N/A

Female D-Sub Connector:

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Two 6" white cathodes to light the logo:

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One connector to rule them all.. :p

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The wiring mess:

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Light switch:

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Rear fan:

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Polished bolts:

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Switch and LED connectors:

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Sorry everyone for the huge post. Thanks for looking! All comments, questions, or suggestions are welcomed.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 4:14 am 
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looks like it's coming together pretty nicely.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 9:26 am 
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Nice job :D


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 5:21 am 
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Thanks for the comments!

I really wish I had some more progress to show you, but its been kind of hard to get things done in this weather. The plan was to get some painting done Wednesday and Thursday while it was somewhat nice out, but I've been sick the past few days. Just my luck :P I did get sidepanel cut, the window cut, the window tinted (partially atleast ;) ), and sanded both panels. Hopefully I can get some time to go to a friends house to use their garage to get some painting done. I still have some bondo work to do on the front, so I'll be working on that as soon as I can.

The window outline (its boring now, but just wait ;) ):

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Cut and sanded, ready for primer (sorry for the jump):

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Fear the dremel! :lol: :

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The other panel ready for primer:

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The acrylic:

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Tinted and test fit (once again, sorry for the jump):

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With the lights on (since everyone wanted to see the lights :P Note: thats a cat hair on the speaker, not a scratch.):

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Thanks for looking! All comments, questions, or suggestions are welcomed.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 10:12 am 
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I reall like it!
In the dark with those white cathodes it gives it a mysterous (spelling) look.
Keep up the posting, you seem to update faster than most other mods so Im excited to you see your work now.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 10:54 am 
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Damn.... I like the look of that last fan pic there. Looks hot!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 5:54 pm 
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:D Thanks everyone!

Once again, I wish I had more for all of you. I hate this weather! I finished the wiring today, I just need to solder the power and reset switches, which can't be done untill I paint the front. The total for lights is 1x 12" White CCFL, 5x 6" White CCFLs, and 10x 3mm White LEDs. All of the lights except the power and hard drive LEDs can be turned off with the single toggle switch on the back of the case.

The switches (I thought about polishing these, but I also thought about how much it would suck to kill two $7 switches :P ):

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How the switches and LEDs will be placed:

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The other end of the D-Sub connector:

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Remember the 12V on the D-Sub? (I'm not saying what the 7 LEDs are for :P )

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Thanks for looking! All comments, questions, or suggestions are welcomed :D


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:16 pm 
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Well, time for a small update. I don't have much since I'm still getting over the flu, but I'll try to get some more done tomorrow. Para Monkey (of GideonTech Forums) sent me a motherboard tray and a couple bay covers I was missing, so that makes life much easier. Thanks Para Monkey! :D I'll try to get some work with that done tomorrow. While testing I noticed that the fans are a bit noisy, so I added a 33 Ohm resistor to both of them. I also realized that the fans should beable to be disconnected or changed for different fans, so I added a 3-pin connector to each of them.

The resistors:

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The 3-pin connector on the fans:

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The 3-pin connectors in the case:

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Thanks for looking! All comments, questions, or suggestions are welcomed :D


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 4:07 am 
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You should get a key switch to turn it on.


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 Post subject: How about...
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 6:40 am 
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...a rheostat for the fans? Rather than a full-up fan bus, you could fine-tune them further with a variable resistor (connected as a rheostat). :wink:

Also, I think your project is looking great. You are taking the time to do it right.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 2:52 pm 
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gamerfreak wrote:
You should get a key switch to turn it on.


That was the original plan, but I thought the push button switches looked cleaner.

Bigal wrote:
...a rheostat for the fans? Rather than a full-up fan bus, you could fine-tune them further with a variable resistor (connected as a rheostat). :wink:

Also, I think your project is looking great. You are taking the time to do it right.


Thanks :) I used the resistors because they look really clean and you don't have to deal with a fan controller or anything. They still push almost the same amount of air and are near silent now.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 2:15 pm 
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Yeah, I second the variable resistor (potentiometer) then you would be able to adjust the speed on the fly depending on what you are doing and if you upgrade to hotter components, oh well, to each his own. I really like the mod, even if I detest OCC, and the detachable connector for the front panel crap is a great idea!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 5:51 pm 
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So perrty. Can i have it? I will give you *digs in wallet* umm Good modding man.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 11:22 am 
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Nice!
We have a bunch of PIII 500's at work that I might be getting, they all have this case. If I keep one, I might try something like this. Good job.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 2:18 pm 
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Thanks everyone! :D

Well its been awhile, but I'm still working on this :) I was doing some test filling of the logo and thought I would tease all of you a bit. I still need to do some filler work on it to make the edges perfect, but its almost done. The filling will be taken out before its painted and be redone after. This was just a quick test.

Mmm.. glowing:

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This shows how it actually looks a bit better. It glows brighter, but it has that water effect in the background:

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Let me know what you think!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 2:59 pm 
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Looks good!

What are you using as filler?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 3:32 pm 
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Spider Monkey wrote:
Looks good!

What are you using as filler?


Thanks! Clear GE Silicone II Household Glue.


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