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Project : AlienWhere -56K All Pics < 640x480-

Discussion in 'CC Archive' started by JC, 30 Mar 2004.

  1. JC

    Soldato

    Joined: 10 Dec 2003

    Posts: 5,766

    Location: Surrey

    Complete

    Welcome to my Case and Room Project.

    I thought that I would like to put together I thread with all my work in it over the last few months, since building my first PC last november. Some of you may have seen my previous thread but things have changed and I would like to present to you the new thread.
    I present the three main areas:


    The AlienWhere Case

    The Keyboard Mod

    My Room
     
    Last edited: 12 Apr 2004
  2. JC

    Soldato

    Joined: 10 Dec 2003

    Posts: 5,766

    Location: Surrey

    The AlienWhere Case

    System Specs

    • Asus A7N8X Deluxe Rev 2 (Bios 1007)
    • AMD "Barton" 2800 XP+ @ 3200
    • Thermalright SLK-800a + Tt Smart FanII
    • Corsair 1GB DDR XMS3200LLPT TwinX (2x512MB) CAS2
    • Hercules Radeon 9800XT 256Mb
    • Twin Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 120Gbs Raid 0
    • CDRW
    • DVD Drive
    • Creative P580 5.1 Speakers
    • 5 LED Blue Fans
    • 4 Blue/Green Cathodes
    • Antec PlusView 1000AMG
    • Enermax 460W PSU
    • Logitech Keyboard
    • MX500

    Build Log

    Originally Purchased 1Gb Kingston HyperX 3200 2x 512Mb BH5 from online store
    Received 2x256Mb for 2x512Mb Price
    Replaced for 2x512Mb
    2x512Mb 3200 Did not run 200mhz :(
    RMA'd Found Faulty -Out of Stock- Cannot replace :(

    Settled for Corsair 1GB DDR XMS3200LLPT TwinX (2x512MB) CAS2 from OCUK
     
  3. JC

    Soldato

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    Location: Surrey

    Mod Log

    Cut Antec Side Grill from
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    to fit Alien Grill
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    Finished Result
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    and then lit
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  4. JC

    Soldato

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    Location: Surrey

    Painted Original Antec Fan Mounts from Purple
    [​IMG]
    to Black
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: 4 Jun 2005
  5. JC

    Soldato

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    Location: Surrey

    Stealthed Drives
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    Wires Hidden (But Not neat) ;)
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    Last edited: 4 Jun 2005
  6. JC

    Soldato

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    Pictures of the Finished Build

    Older Pics
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    Last edited: 4 Jun 2005
  7. JC

    Soldato

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    New Pics

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    sorry for the blur on that one

    Picture Below of My Mirror Flooring
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    Picture Below of My Mirror Finish PSU
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  8. JC

    Soldato

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    Some Efforts of cable hiding/tidying
    [​IMG]
    Some Working RAM at last
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: 4 Jun 2005
  9. JC

    Soldato

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    Keyboard Mod

    To do the El Wire Keyboard Mod you need the following

    **In case it looks confusing This comprises of pics from 2 separate mods, one using 1 kit where the power goes out the left and mine using 2 kits where the power leads come out the right.

    Please note I will not take any responsibilty for anything you do to your keyboard following this mod**

    • A Keyboard (Here a logitech)
    • 1 or 2 kits of EL Wire
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    • A Screwdriver
    • A Cutting Tool
    • A Sanding tool
    • Glue Gun or Super Glue

    To start with I removed the front cover from the logitech and removed all the keys. Use a flat ruler, your finger or a screwdriver to pop them off.
    It is then easier if you collect them in groups, say Numberpad on the right, Number Row in this container etc. Makes it much easier to put them back on instead of hunting for each key.

    [​IMG]

    Remeber if you dont have another Keyboard to refer to:
    Now is the time to take a photo ;) You dont want to have to guess where each one goes :p

    Then get your EL wire and plan out an unstuck route giveing slack on the corners so you know you will have enough room to get round when its stuck on.

    Perhaps use a key to hold each corner down.
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    Then if you dont like the route you can change it or add another kit.
    Try to spread it out to cover as much of the keyboard as possible.
     
    Last edited: 4 Jun 2005
  10. JC

    Soldato

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    Glue gun may come off easier
    Then when you are happy procede to glue it down with whaver you have chosen,

    [​IMG]
    i used super glue tho :p

    Heres one i prepared earlier:
    [​IMG]

    But we are not there yet, on the logitech I then needed to cut the front panel to allow the EL Wire to go along from one section of the keyboard to another. I did this with a file.

    [PIC to come]

    I then needed to cut the exit for the Power lead
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    I did this with a craft knife and then a file.

    The Next step may not apply to all but it did to me.
    Before Putting all the keys on: see if they will depress fully enough to register. If not, as in my Case:

    Pick up your sanding tool and cut all those keys down until they do :--( tiring work.

    Get one of these
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: 4 Jun 2005
  11. JC

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    Final Pics

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  12. JC

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    My Room

    In November (now my current room) the spare bedroom looked like this

    [​IMG]

    Lol Im afraid thats the only pic I have of the room, as one doesnt tend to take pics for no reason. And there was a reason and a half for taking a pic of that mess ;) Dont build your computer in your room, use somebody elses :p

    Anyway until 4 weeks ago it looked like a neater version of that with computer clutter removed.

    Green Carpet as seen in
    http://www.firedragon.plus.com/alienwhere/ocukarchive/case black mounts.jpg

    That fugly wallpaper ^ and a huge bed that filled the room.
     
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  13. JC

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    Now 4 weeks later I would like to show you a lot of hardwork (lots of My Dads tbqh) in the making of:

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    Last edited: 4 Jun 2005
  14. JC

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    Last edited: 4 Jun 2005
  15. JC

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    Post for Pictures of Room Cable Management

    I need some more braid :D
     
  16. JC

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    All that remains is to say thanks for looking.
    Feel free to post below
    James
     
    Last edited: 30 Mar 2004
  17. backslang

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    wow! nice work mate,
    congratualtions! you have officially tempted me to buy some EL wire;) if i was you, id get another kit and put that in, too.
    well done:)
     
  18. Darkplace

    Associate

    Joined: 2 Mar 2004

    Posts: 48

    I don't really like the way the blue looks behind the keyboard, it's too uneven. Would be cool if you could make it more even all over or something.

    Everything else looks very cool though
     
    Last edited: 30 Mar 2004
  19. Epyon

    Wise Guy

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    Everything looks great. Apart from the keyboard the cut wire and lights put me off big time. But still great job.
     
  20. Mad old tory

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 25 May 2003

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    Location: Limehouse

    Leaving aside the controversial case badges, (which i thought looked fine tbh), youve done a really good job with that case. The keyboard mod isnt quite to my taste, but i do appreciate the work that goes into it - i sure as hell wouldnt want to have to take off and then place back all of those keys :p

    Nice spec and room layout too :)