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 Post subject: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:59 pm 
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Unforgiven - The Metallica Build

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Hi Everyone I'm Michael Kaiser ( onevoicewild ) In the USA I'm the Sledge Hammer that's doing the Modding. My good friend Sam ( Do Until Loopy ) In the
UK did all the renderings and the design based on my original Ideas. Sam Is the surgeon acting with exact precision,
We are polar opposites and that's why this partnership works so well! We actually Started planning and working on some of the bling for this case 2 months
before the Corsair 900D was available for purchase. This actually became a great advantage for us as I will explain during the log.


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This was my Original Inspiration for the tribute to Metallica.


My original plan was to build a big case with large fans. Ahh the best laid plans of mice and men! We decided to go with the soon to be released 900D.
Really what fun is it to mod a case you can actually get?
Children don't try this at home without a Mad Brit with amazing rendering skills at your disposal.


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This is what we call the standard version.


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That's not a bad looking case, but Rock Bands are known for their excess! There is nothing standard about Metallica! Hair on fire at 200 miles per hour might be closer to the point.






May I introduce you to the Heavy Metal Version.



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In preparation for the large case build I had contacted Bill Owen with MNPCTECH to make several grills in sizes that they had never made before.
I wanted two 200mm Nautilus OverKill Grills and a quad ring grill, These were key to the look I wanted for the case.
They are so busy filling orders for major suppliers like Performance PCS and Frozen CPU
that I had to wait several months to get some time on the mill.
This isn't a problem when you don't even have a case to put them on yet.

Render of my Sound Blaster Card. It looks better than the real thing! ohh that's dust on my real card.

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One of the programs Sam uses Is Solidworks and you build components independently and then you can plug them into any project.


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Sam had done some pretty amazing renderings up to this point. At the risk of looking like a bigger fool than I actually am ( maybe ? )
I figured I better start doing something in the real world or this would just be a comic book fantasy.
I started work on what we call the Spiky thing. I do most all of my pieces by hand with basic tools to keep costs down.
Duh I don't have a case, what's the hurry?


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Where the heck was Sam when I was trying to Pass High School ? Handy, this guy!

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So much for the easy part. This was done with a Dremel and a lot of needle files. I went through multiple saw blades to find one that was suitable.

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I used rusting and paint splotching techniques to get the coloring I was looking for.


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I was very satisfied with how this came out! At this point, this was the most complex piece I had done by hand.
If I knew then what I know now I might of taken up quilting or something a little less painful. He he he Just Kidding,
I'm stubborn like a bull! I think that's good personality trait ? Right ? Right?


It took Bill Owen A Hour just to disassemble his 900D for paint. You get a lot for your money!

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You will notice that we don't have a big list of parts like most build logs you see. Nothing Is set in stone on this build
and with a lot of new parts just over the horizon I don't want to be locked into something I'll regret later.
I assure you this won't be an empty suit when were done! Wait for it ! Wait for it !
we will show a lot of rendered parts along the way that we may or may not use. How's that for commitment?



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I finally got the two 200mm OverKill grills in and I want to make them special for this build. I though I would have trouble getting clean masking lines,
because of the complexity of the design.
I primed and painted the grills and I wanted the tops to be Gold so I tried a paint pen on the tops. Bad Idea!
The gold came out splotchy. Real painters just shake their heads at my antics!
my plan is to learn all the things not to do first and then I'll know how to get it done right.
What? that doesn't sound like a solid plan? Hey That's what I got to work with.


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That gives you some Idea just how stupid big these grills are! that's a 140mm fan in behind it.



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While I was correcting my little painting mistake I found that when I smooth sanded and polished the grill face, it shined like chrome.
Hmm I think I'll go with that and see how it works.


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These fans seemed just a little to safe for me! So I thought I should add mini saw blades to the center hubs. Some one described it as a cat deterrent? I don't have cats ( anymore ) Ha ha I really just hate when people come up and start playing with your fans after you just painted them. Go on touch it! I said touch it ! Ok then get out of my face sissy boy.

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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:24 pm 
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You will notice that we don't have a big long parts list on this build log. At this point there are a lot of new products just over the horizon
and we don't want to get locked in to any parts platform that we would regret.
The only thing you can be sure of is there will be lots of incredible Corsair parts in this build.
We will show various renderings of parts through out this log that may or may not be used.
Hows that for commitment. Ha ha ha




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The best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray!
I had been getting pressure to use a 360 Nautilus on the front instead of the two 200mm grills.
After you see what happened here I think you will agree that was the write choice.

I just happened to have the grill we needed on my 800D, so
I thought I would give it a try to see what kind of custom finish I could get on it.


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Meet the Red Headed step child - My 800D
Bill Owen ask me if I needed another 360 grill to replace the one I was robbing.
Oh no Bill I won't need one! My 800D says WHAT! Parts cost $0 Dollars, Shipping cost $ 0 Dollars,
Robbing parts off the Rig your currently using Priceless!



This is one of my prize possessions! the first time I saw one of these I knew I had to have one.

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So I have to ask my self the question, Why do I have a sanding block in my hand? As modders we
want something unique. These grills are incredible, there is nothing that you can buy that even compares.
A company can only make so many different models or they just end up sitting on the shelf because not enough people are buying them,
So they have to stay with the products that sell. But still we strive for something different. I'm just foolish enough to think maybe
I can make it special, make it custom to fit this build. So I'm about to take the risk of messing up something that is already beautiful just as it is.


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Now there is a reason that people Anodize things. Anodizing is really durable and Also it doesn't sand off all that easy.
Now I could have used a power sander and some course sandpaper, But as it turns out it's lucky that I didn't.
Working by hand gives you more control and a pain in the neck but I have been on a lucky streak lately and that is what's about to happen here.


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My original plan was to flat sand and polish this grill like I did to the 200 mm Grills. As it happens I was fortunate that all the sand paper I had was very fine 400,600,1000 grit.
This took a lot of work but because of that it slowly revealed an unexpected pattern. Now I almost wish I had stopped at the point where I was at the picture above,
but that wasn't the plan and I really didn't appreciate how Interesting the pattern was becoming yet and I blew right past the point where I could have went with this look.
After much more sanding I really started to like what was happening and decided to see what I could do with that look.
I had to fight off a few sticky spots and went back to my new favorite Aluminum polish and I love the way It turned out
or maybe I'm just hyperventilated from all the sanding, I'll let you be the judge.


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The great thing about this is that there are endless possibilities with this technique. This was not technically hard to do.
You just have to be bold enough to risk your pretty grill and be gentile. The next time I do this ( and I will )
I will go very slowly knowing that something awesome will be revealed when I'm done.

After the 360 grill came out so good I decided to listen to the other voices and switched over
to this grill for the front of the case.



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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:25 pm 
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Sam get's bored waiting for me to actually get something done. He wanted to display the case in an office setting.
Hey Metallica has to have an office somewhere?
I didn't imagine it being this clean, but maybe the groupies needed something to do in between shows?



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This is a night shot to test the lighting effects.


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What's 25" by 27" and weights 25 pounds? This dang sheet of Copper that I have been sanding and polishing and sanding and sanding ouch!
trying to get 30 years of scratches out of it. It's close enough now, until I cut out the needed pieces.
I will make a one piece frame around the window, also the Metallica emblems will be made from this.
I was lucky to have this because the current prices of copper is $$$$


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The next thing I needed to do was make the Metallica emblem for the front emblem.

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It's amazing just what can be done with some needle files and some time, a lot of time! This took me 1 week of 2 to 3 hours a night to complete but the final results were very gratifying.


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I love how moody these shiny objects are, depending on how the light hits them.
They can take on an entirely different tone.


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It's funny I have 29 files and still think I would like some more.
Really can a man ever have enough tools?


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I would really love to have one of these! when I was a kid, the first time I ever played pinball,
I started winning all these free games and I was hooked for life after that!


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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:59 pm 
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I've been on a good luck streak with this build that I still can't believe. I notice that the views on our build log had jumped 4000 views in 2 hours!
Computer glitch I guess? It turned out that an extremely big face book page in Brazil called Corsair Brasil https://www.facebook.com/CorsairBrasil
had posted some pictures of our build and it just went crazy.
The Channel manager for that site is Ronaldo Buassali. He is a competition over clocker and just an incredible man.
He ask If we would do a full layout on several sites they oversee. Aaa Aaa did I say please yet! ha ha

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This site is where you go in South America for Computer Tech news and products and they have a fan base that is off the charts.
When they ran the full layout It just went berserk!! Bill Owen with MnpcTech had previously shown our pictures to Corsair
and when Ronaldo contacted home base with the response we were getting It closed the loop and we were suddenly sponsored by Corsair!
Oh Man we got sponsored by Corsair! I can't tell you what a big deal This is for me!
I'm a normal working guy and to pick up sponsorship from my favorite computer company is beyond belief.
I intend to do everything in my power to honor the great privilege they have given to us through their support.


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After the Corsair sponsorship we were also able to pick up EKWB as a sponsor! That was an incredible break,
Because we wanted to use their top quality products anyway and had already been showing their parts in our renderings
even before they agreed to sponsor us.

I felt that it wouldn't be long until the 900D case would be available so I wanted to craft
a case emblem of the EK logo out of the thick Copper.

I must have the dullest hole hog bit in the world, because this little 3" washer
I drilled out was way more work than it should have been!



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I created a lot more work for myself on this than I thought it would be.
The pilot bit just nicked the edges of my cut lines and the caused me to
expand everything a bit to correct it. In the end it came out really good.



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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:37 am 
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Look what just showed up at my office! I had been sick for a couple of days and It had been there the whole time!
If I had known that, I might have had a sudden recovery. DX


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It was like Christmas at my house because the long awaited quad ring grill and the
special slotted mesh all showed up at the same time as the Corsair 900D case.


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The next thing I want to take on is getting the 360 OverKill grill cut into the front bezel.


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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:52 pm 
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I had never measured so carefully in my life! Because the 900D is so new, Corsair hasn't had time to stock replacement parts yet!


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I really love the way that Corsair made this front fan cover! It will make it possible to do some of the mod's I'm going to do to the front of the case.


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I miss my drill press! I lost it in the divorce. I got the girl back, but not the drill press. Ripped off again!
Hand drills are not meant to turn 4 1/2" drill bits. I actually had smoke come out of my drill twice. Don't fail me now!


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I was really happy to get that done, because the look of the case is starting to show it's individuality.


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Corsair build a very good dust control system into the 900D and I just undid all their good work!
I'm not happy unless I have enough fans to suck small animals off the floor!


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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:15 pm 
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I needed to work out the copper window frame. My obsession with thick materials Is coming back to bite me again.
Cutting out what will be the window frame was slow, I had to run a vacuum constantly to keep the chips from hiding my lines.
No room for error here, but it looks like there is still lots of copper left for other fun.

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Because the window frame is front and center, any defects will stick out like a sore thumb. I learned a great trick from
Cheapskate for squaring up long straight sections of material. You take a belt sander belt and glue it to a straight board,
I put different grits on each side. Then I just screwed it to my work bench and ran the Copper back and forth until it was perfect!



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I kid you not! This works so well I have found endless uses for it. The inside of the frame was a different matter.
I placed a second board next to it with just enough gap to sandwich the frame in place so I could use a sanding block.


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I think I said I'd have the window frame done Last Saturday! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha 1 week later It was actually done.
I had to learn a few lessons, The first lesson I already knew is that Bill Owen Is much smarter than I am!
While I am trying to polish every last scratch out of my project, Bill Is putting scratches in his. Ha ha What a fool I've been!


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The second lesson I learned, is when you don't have the right tools to do a job, your in for a lot of pain and frustration!


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Getting the frame cut was a pretty straight forward deal. I did take my time to get perfect cuts because this was a one time shot on this thick copper.
I wouldn't want to pay for another sheet, if I messed up. To get this kind of finish on this copper was a lot more work than it should have been.
I had some deep scratches in the sheet and I would use a coarser sand cloth and think I had it. But after graduating to finer finishes
it became apparent there were still some fine scratches that were unacceptable to me. I finally was happy with it
after multiple cycles of over sanding and under sanding. Learning lessons and paying dues !



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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:01 am 
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Some of the people on the forums had been asking Corsair if they were going to offer a clear window for the 900D
because the factory window has a lot of reflection to It. You just can't win can you?
Corsair maked clear windows on previous cases and people cried for colored windows.
So the 900D has a beautiful Smoked Black window and people want clear windows?
Since I like to tinker I thought I would make my own clear window to see just what it looked like.


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Corsair came up with an ingenious system to secure the window to the frame. They have 12 male studs that stick up from the window frame
and the window glass has matching standups that lay down on the studs. This makes it easy for any one to install a new factory window.


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Unfortunately for me I'm not installing a factory window. You will notice
that the top studs in the picture are extremely close to the edge of the
Acrylic. When you drill this close to the edge on Acrylic it is prone to cracking.
I drilled very carefully, graduating thru 3 drill bit sizes and was rewarded with
a new clear window. Delvie's Cuts 3/16" to size in the clear glass so that saved time.

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So guess what? the clear window has just as much reflection as the factory window!
What people weren't realizing was they were looking at the case with no components in the case.
With the inside painted black all you will see is the reflections.
I really like the factory window, but I will wait until I finish the build to see which window I want to use.


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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:07 pm 
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Hey everyone, I'm finally getting to break my Dremel out again.
Nothing quite as fun as cutting holes in a $ 350.00 dollar case, No pressure!

I need to trim in around the Quad grill to make it look right.
Most of the time in build logs we show you what it looks like after we have won the victory.
I'm going to put my tail on the line mid Hack ! I'm not 100% sure this Is going to work.
My problem with the factory setup on the Corsair 900D lower side panels is the fans
are not centered in the grill. This isn't a problem until you mount a Quad OverKill Grill on it.
The upper part where the latch is, has an angle to it and overlaps the top of the fan's.


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In this picture you can see how big the overlap is and the problem angle at the top.



My possible solution to this is, flipping the grill upside down, of course it's not quite that easy! There are hinges in the way,
Metal that is to wide and small parts of the case that are keeping me from getting the grill down flush.
There are a lot of ways I can clean this area up, but I like the angles on the side of the grill and if I can make this work?
It should trim this area out nicely.


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Cut off the hinges and 1/4" Along what will become the top of the side grill.
I wasn't worried about a perfect line, because this will be concealed once it's in place


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Kind of committed now! used tin snips to cut away most of the unneeded grill area.
you can see at the bottom The OverKill will still get into the angle which is now at the bottom,
but It is far less than when it was in it's original position.
This angle is going to be the make it or break it deal on if this will work or not.


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You might say I'm Crazy, you might say I'm stupid? But never say I'm not committed to risk what ever it takes
to do this build right. Flirting with disaster on a one of a kind grill that I had to wait well over a month to
get made. But it turned out to be the perfect solution to my problem.
I had to sand a matching angle on the bottom of the OverKill and it matched up perfectly.


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I made a form of jig to set the angle.


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I was sure glad this plan worked out! Sometimes you just have to commit to a plan
and have faith that you can work it out. I hate plan B and avoid it at all cost.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:10 pm 
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I think I might have to many things going at the same time. Well you have to do something while the paint dries.
In my usual form I am learning how to paint by learning what not to do first. Gotta laugh at myself.
I was painting 4 fans with primer, so you set them next to each other to save paint?
No don't do that! I was growing fur from the overspray. Lesson learned. Put on the Copper color and it was a little ruff.
Sanded a little and put on one more heavy coat and finally got it like I wanted it.


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Welcome to my wind farm.

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Spraying primer in between rain storms with the cotton wood flying? I have brain damage, but I'm not spraying SEM primer in the house.


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I'm going to use slotted mesh in various places inside the case. My Idea was to put it in two layers,
slightly offset with a black back ground, gold first layer and I still need to polish the front layer bright chrome looking.


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I had to trim one side of the grommets to fit back in the holes. The Radiator will cover the upper holes.


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Hopefully the Radiators will come in from EK by the time I get the Quad OverKill grill ready to put back in.
I really want to see this with the gold fans and finished grill. Thanks again to everyone for following our build.


Finally figuring out how to get the old paint off these blades faster.

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I was hoping the paint on the back side of the blades was good from the factory.
Well maybe not! I got some precut Diamond plate delivered.
I'll have to work it a little bit because their tolerance
is plus or minus 1/8" so I had to order it a little larger than needed.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:13 am 
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Did you ever feel like it was the best day of your life? When the big brown truck pulled up and dropped off three boxes,
there was no way I was going to wait to get home to see just what was inside? I really didn't know for sure.
I can't remember being this excited in a long, long time!


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Corsair - Thank You !

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When Corsair offered to sponsor The Metallic build they ask what other parts we might need to assist with the build?
I was overwhelmed at even getting sponsored and didn't want to be greedy, so I asked for the basics that we needed.
I offered some possible options of parts we could use and without exception they supplied us with the best possible Hardware from the list.
I'm blown away at how much they stepped up for us!


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It's a good thing I'm a little hard of hearing, because this many fans might make a bit of noise! It's funny but I'm the rare bird that doesn't mind fan noise.
The gentle drone of a server room gives me a warm and fussy feeling.


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This is really a dream come true for me. I was already a Corsair fan before I ever thought about building this computer.
Come on ! Corsair has always made the best Ram that you can buy and when they expanded their product line
into other areas they maintained the same high level of quality and innovation.
Sound like a commercial? Dang right ! The thing is that's exactly how I feel.
I've lusted after every single Item they provided with the exception of the fans.
I'll have to get deeper into water cooling before I start lusting over fans! Ha ha


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They even threw in a full set of single braided cables and the power supply
already comes with a full set. I think I'm set for life.


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I want to thank everyone that made this happen! Corsair George, Sam - Do Until Loopy, Bill Owen, Ronaldo Buassali,
Corsair George and all the people that have shown enthusiasm for our project !
This Build would never have been possible without each and everyone of you!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:33 am 
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Hello to everyone at MaximumPC. The signature Metallica emblem needed to be mounted on the upper bezel of the case.
I wasn't sure just how I was going to deal with the external drive bays. As always I committed to this plan and hoped
I could find a solution or in the worst case, I just wouldn't be able to use the external bays.

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What I decided to try was attaching the diamond plate and the 360 Nautilus OverKill grill to the removable factory fan cover.
This lines up the whole diamond plate in front of and covers the drive bays.
Now I will be able to use the drive bays when needed by temporarily removing the front panel. Which is very easy.


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This plate was fairly thin anodized aluminum so I just cut it out with a Dremel. I had a very hard time finding any acceptable diamond plate.
Most of the ones you see online are only renderings and don't exist in the real world.



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Because I had to settle for a pattern that was different than we would have liked, I would have to come up with a special finish to keep it from being just another Diamond plate case.
What I planned to do was flat sand the peeks on the plate and then polish them. I was sanding away and the aluminum underneath was starting to come through.
Then a voice came into my ear from the master ! ( Cheapskate ) STOP NOW !
I had wished I hadn't gone quite so far on the 360 grill, even though it came out great,
I thought I would listen this time. YES MASTER Ha ha I really like how it came out! something unique and it fits the build look nicely.


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If I don't get to many distractions I should get the rest of the plate finished by the weekend.
I have to do some magic on the front fans, because they sit to far back for what I'm doing.
The Mother Board and processor should be in my hands tomorrow!! Great more parts that I can only look at. DX


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Thanks guys! good luck has followed me hand in hand throughout this build and I couldn't duplicate it with a crystal ball.
Still got quite a ways to go, But the ride is 3/4 of the fun.

I got a Mother board and a processor today! No matter what you pick someone will tell you that you should have got this one or that one.
When Me and Sam originally started planning this, I had picked a gigabyte ud7 EX ATX board with the Z77 chip set and a 3770K processor.
I chose this because I thought it was the best bang for the buck.
At the time I was really Hot for the 2011 but it would be hard to stay away from the six core if you went that far.
It was fortunate that we never really set much of the hardware in stone and Sam helped pick some parts like water blocks that didn't leave us trapped.
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We Got a Haswell !! Oh and that 4770K thingamajiggy

Fortunately the pricing on the new stuff is comparable to the Z77 and 3770K so it's awesome to be using the new stuff. When I say using,
I mean looking at it sitting on a shelf. Ha ha ha I haven't had much urgency to finish up to this point,
but damn all those great Corsair parts and a new Board are calling me like a sirens song.
Still this is a luxury, when I did my last build I was using the computer at the same time and had to get it working again before I quit for the night.
That was 4 AM one night, but it was worth it.


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Ya I know this new color scheme for Asus isn't real popular but it belongs in this build !

The main features of this Board - It's Freakin Gold !!

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Actually This board is heavy on connectivity options. PWM on all fan headers, Thunder bolt, some Wi Fi thing that connects to smart phones. Bla, Bla, Bla
Did I mention It's Freakin Gold ha ha ha


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This has been quite the deal. First we had a build log without a case.
Then we had a case without any parts, but piece by piece this thing is
coming together and we thank you for sticking with us all this time.



The parts just keep coming this week. Little stuff here.


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The Hue RGB light controller is actually a pretty good deal for around $34.00
I was looking at some LED strings and they cost as much or more with out the controller.
Now you people that buy 500' rolls are getting a much better deal,
but I like to be lazy every now and then. I have a special use for these but I'll keep that a secret until it's done.

It easy to pull out the mesh and paint it what ever shade of Gold that you like. Dx


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And the cute little dress up kit for the D5 pump. Just a cheap excuse for me to use more Gold in the build.
They have a sparkle black that it actually very cool looking, but with the whole inside of the case being black it would just disappear.


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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:18 pm 
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I made some great progress over the weekend, getting finished up with about 90% of the case exterior Mods.


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I'm very pleased that I was able to come very close to our original renderings.
This Isn't easy, Sam made some incredible renderings and It is much easier
for him to change things. Not so easy in the real world.
His designs and perfectionist attitude helped me to do the best work I was capable of.


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I need to remind myself not to mod early in the morning! I had a couple of mental lapses. I was epoxying the diamond plate
and I forgot to do the weathering on it before I permanently attached it to the case. Grrrr - Not that big of a deal, but I had to


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The other thing that happened. I was using thin lines of epoxy so I wasn't having any trouble with it oozing out.
I got a little to much on a top piece and it bridged over to the factory top grill. I went in panic mode trying to get it off to clean it off, before it started setting up.
Well lets just say that this grill is extremely hard to get off, even if you have done it before. While I was fighting to get it off,
a joke came into my head that someone made about Lauren from Tasty Pc taking the grill off herself - not!
Oh God I'm weaker than Lauren! I finally got it off and cleaned up my mess before It caused any damage.
mask up and protect the case from dust and debris before I fixed it. why did they make mornings anyway?


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We want to thank everyone here at MaximumPC forums for your enthusiasm for our project.
And thanks again to our sponsors Corsair, EKWB, MNPCTECH and Mayhems.


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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:53 am 
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I ran myself around in circles trying to find something to cover the side of the drive bays. I made a light box with polished mesh in the back and covered by a lite Bronze acrylic.
I needed it to be removable and there just wasn't a great way to mount the lighting and still be able to remove it. I didn't really like how it looked with the lights off. So on to plan B


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Ok this is what happened to get there.

I Wanted a partial mid plate to give me something to mount stuff on Including the Bay cover. Naturally they put stuff in the way of where I want to put stuff. At least that's the excuse I use just before I grab my Dremel.


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I put in U channel tracks on the mid plate and all the way across the top of the case so I could slide things in and out. Used pretty black MnpcTech rivets for the top. I knew I'd use those somewhere!


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Acrylic cement has no actual adhesive properties! Then why is my piece stuck to my wooden work bench? Apparently melted plastic does have adhesive properties.
If a little bit is good then more should be better Right ? Ha ha Modding Is not about careful contemplation of your plan,
It's about laughing your ass off over the last stupid thing you did! Ya I think I got a good bond on it! were is my Chisel ?


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The failed light box, Ya I know there is no lights in it. I put a few strings in it and didn't like it. It seemed so much better in my mind.
Did I mention I have dementia?


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Plan B


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I decided to make this in two pieces instead of just use the piece that I had bent. Damn if I remember why? But I assure you there was a good reason?


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This does not photograph well! it's hard to tell the reflections from the cutouts. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to dull this down a bit.


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Some where during all this I decided I needed a Bending break. Ya right! that's the story we tell our wives. Ok I wanted one.
I haven't bent much yet, but damn it some stuffs gonna get bent around here. This Is ZoPHaR's fault! he showed us a nice
little 18" bender for $35.00 and I was just about to buy it and then I remembered I was working on Godzilla.
I needed to bend 18 3/4" min $65.00 By, By money. I needed it Babe! ha ha ha


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I needed to make an Acrylic plate for the mother board tray so the mesh doesn't short out the board. That would be BAD!


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I've got a great Jig saw, but I guess I like the feeling of hot plastic hitting me in the face. This is why we wear safety glasses!


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I was getting into actually putting some parts in the case. I put In a Corsair 1200AXi and filled the 4 Ram slots with Dominator Platinum.
Man these Parts are so nice! I've looked at this stuff for ever in pictures and wished.
I've had this stack of dream hardware sitting on the shelf and it's great to start prefitting them in the case.


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There you go little mother board, we made a nice home for you.


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There will be some other stuff added above the EK emblem, but I need to get the Metallica emblem for the window done first so I can see where everything lines up.


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Here is a new MnpcTech wall paper for your monitor at - http://pinkfox.me/files/images/MNPCTech ... lpaper.jpg


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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:11 am 
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I needed to move the front fans up to the grill so they looked right. I wanted to attach them to the case, But I wouldn't have been able to get them tight up to the grill
and it would have been a convoluted affair so I just attached them directly to the grill. Easy after I got the right bolts and tapped the fans to fit them.
The down side is more weight on the grill. Bill Owen was already questioning the attachment system, and I've added a lot of weight to it and it feels solid.
If I get nervous I can put in a couple of bolts from the back for security.


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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:56 pm 
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I wanted to finish off the Back section of the mid plate. Originally I was going to use the Black Acrylic I have.
Turns out that Acrylic is just to reflective. Considering the excessive amount of shiny stuff in this case already,
I'll have to shy away from that. I have a lot of diamond plate left,
but I was afraid I Might be overdosing on one material.
I decided to just try the plate and if it didn't look good, I would try something else.


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If I can't sand it, polish it or file it I have no Interest in doing it! No really on this build I just seemed to gravitate to these finishes
and have been blessed with good outcomes, A lot of them unexpected.


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The window side of the case has a nice little edge to hold the plate on, but on the mother board side it actually overhangs. I was able to extend the plate under the overhang and attach it from the backside. I drilled and tapped the holes so I can remove it.


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I was glad I went ahead and tried the Diamond plate.
It blends into the look without being overdone.
The big plus was that I didn't have to buy anything new.


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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:23 pm 
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I made a cover for the off side panel. I still hope to have the Skully Air Brushed on that side,
But I have bigger fish to fry right now and I had the material.
Not a lot of contrast, but it looks better than nothing on that side.


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Most people are trying to get scratches out of their Acrylic, I'm trying to put them in.
The Black Acrylic I uses to cover the back of the drive bays was just to reflective.
With all the other shiny stuff inside the case it just didn't look right.


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I'll need to work on this a little more! when this is done right, it looks like brushed aluminum.


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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:07 pm 
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This is pretty Rich. Corsair sent me a perfect 900D case and I don't have a place to Install a 3 1/2" HDD. What?
Ohh that's my fault, I whole sale removed all the drive bays except the 5.25" bays on the front.
I wasn't even sure I'd be able to use them, with what I had planned for the front of the case.
I guess I'll need an adapter. I had to paint it, because my buzz was wearing off.


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I have been meaning to do this for a while now. I wiped out all the Corsair Logos when I put the Overkill Grill
in the front bezel, So It's time to make a Copper Emblem for the side of the drive bays.
Oh I don't have drive bays - He he he


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I had an extra saw blade from when I was working the front of the case. It was just a little to small for the Metallica emblem,
but it works well for this. I hate to waste money so it is good to find a home for it.


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I was able to dull out the black Acrylic better, by using a courser grit of wet sanding.
I didn't get any real pictures to show it off, but It looks good now and it killed the excess reflections.

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I really needed this copper fix. I need to start getting my hands in shape for the Metallica emblem for the window.
I'm told That my Care package is on the way from EKWB!


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 Post subject: Re: 900D Unforgiven - The Metallica Build
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:35 pm 
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Hey everyone - Just a small update. Trying to keep busy while I'm waiting for parts to arrive. With the exception of Sam,
I owe more to Bill Owen for helping to make this build happen than anyone else.
I needed an MnpcTech Emblem for the case to go with the others.
I tried to sucker Bill into burning one off on the Mill, but that thing stays pretty busy. So here goes.


I started by mining and smelting the Copper and Aluminum. Ya Right! I started by getting off my Ass.


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When I think of MnpcTech I think of Billet Aluminum and a company name with to many letters in it that I have to file out by hand!
But I wouldn't be happy if I couldn't get some copper in there somewhere. I made this a two layer piece with Brass screws.

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The screws had to be turned down a little, they are still a little larger than I would like.
When you live in a small town, compromises have to be made and it was a good excuse to put something in my drill.

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At about this point ,I'm thinking I've really screwed this up and may have to start over?
You just have to keep nibbling away and hope it gets better by the end.


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This Commercial Is brought to you by MnpcTech and The Metallica Build He he he


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