This case mod project is "MAYHEM" and inspired by Codemasters’ new DIRT spin-off racing game for AMD Giveaway on facebook.
I'll be modifying Fractal-Design's Artic White" Define R3 mid tower. This is my 4th time modding a Fractal-Design case. I really like the overall craftsmanship of their cases and their prices are easy on the wallet.
The "Dirt Showdown" PC will be powered by an AMD 8-core FX-8150 3.6GHz processor
It will be cooled with AMD's new Liquid CPU Cooler. Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 and Pure Black 990FX motherboard. 16GB of AMD "Performance Edition" Memory DDR3
First step I made was modifying the front door of the DefineR3 for an intake grill that looks very aggressive like the modified Derby cars. I used a Dremel cutting wheel to cut rectangular opening in bezel door.
Expanded Steel for the front grill was bent in bench vise.
Let's test fit the grill before making final adjustments.
The front grill fits perfectly. It will be epoxied onto the back side of the door, once the door is repainted.
I love the night driving stages of the game, which gave me idea of implementing mini halogen projector lights, that will reside behind the front grill.
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I fabricated mounting plates for the Mini Projectors located onto the edge of the Define R3 front bezel.
Mini Projectors behind the Expanded metal front grill.
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The Turbine fans measure 120mm x 25mm. The frame is machined aluminum that has been polished. The plastic fan blades are electroplated chrome. The fan is rated at 2000 rpm with 79.4 cfm and 30 dBA.
To emulate the look of an engine inside the PC. Each side panel will utilize K&N single carburetor covers. A 92mm cooling fan will reside in each cover. The dense filter inserts will be removed from each cover and replaced with Round [url="http://www.mnpctech.com/moddersmesh.html"]Modders Mesh[/url] for maximum airflow.
Using Tin Snip to cut the Round [url="http://www.mnpctech.com/moddersmesh.html"]Modders Mesh[/url] for each of the K&N air intake covers.
The K&N filter covers were modified for 92mm intake cooling fans.
Drawing out the window design on the Define R3 side panel.
Customized Define R3 side panel with K&N intake.
All of the chassis modifications are made before sending it to paint booth for "House of Kolor" brand Tangelo Metal Flake Orange paint.
Carbon Fiber Tachometer Tach 8k shift light rpm 3-3/4", this was purchased on Ebay, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carbon-Fiber-Tachometer-Tach-8k-shift-light-rpm-3-3-4-350Z-300ZX-SR20-KA24-CA18-/150808138419?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item231cdd92b3
Vernon Gibson (aka Twizted) This is Twizted's drawing for the new Data Activity Tachometer circuit board.
Video clip of Vernon testing an Arduino micro controller to sequence 24 LED's connected to two MCP23017 via I2C. <em>"For about the first 1/4 to 1/3 it ramps up slightly slower then from there up to around 2/3 to 3/4 of the scale it goes slightly faster than the first bit and finally the last of it up to 100% goes just slightly faster than the midway speed.
Custom pcb made by Twizted for "Tachdunio" HDD activity meter that will be mounted on top of the PC.
Here is the Tachometer in it's current state with all of the LEDS installed.
Next step is custom painting the face!
I used a Dremel and Jigsaw to remove the factory grill perforations for improving airflow.
Using Measuring Square to center the location of the 280mm fan/radiator grill, then trace the hole locations with a pen.
I drilled the grill mounting holes before cutting outline for fan holes.
Using Dremel with reinforced cutting wheel to make initial cut before using the Jigsaw.
Using Jigsaw with 18TPI bi-metal cutting blade.
The perforated factory fan ventilation holes were removed to improve airflow and allow for 280 cooling fan / radiator grill.
The Toggle switch for the carry handle has a Red LED for Power On. This will be used for the mini Halogen lights.
Wiring diagram for Toggle Switch with LED. You can use this switch to power on any accessory in your PC like cooling fans or lights.
Toggle switch is installed and tested.
Top carry handle...
The top carry handle was fabricated and welded from 1/2" square Steel tubing.
The HD activity tachometer will be located in front of the top carry handle.
The next stages include velocity stack style fan grills, installing the Tachometer, custom paint, airbrushing, and installing the system.