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Project: SmugBox

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by smogsy, 23 Apr 2010.

  1. smogsy

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    Project: SmugBox - PC Built

    Hey Guys,

    This Project will be doing up a very cheap case (£10) with spray paint & maybe other mods as well as buying parts to build a cheap but reliable Linux File Server. Unsure on part spec at this moment in time

    See Computer Parts pictures i Ordered at the bottom of this thread
    AMD Althon II 240 2.8Ghz AM3
    ASUS M4A78LT-M LE Motherboard AM3 - mATX
    2x1GB Kingston DDR3 1066mhz
    Samsung F3 1TB
    Samsung F3 500GB
    Liteon 24x DVDRW SATA
    2x Silent Sharoon Fans 8.9DB(A)
    OCZ Stealth Xstream PSU 500W




    i will declare this is my first ever case project attempt (building PC's i've done many times)

    one Question before i show you the case in its present state (untouched)

    I've noticed the whole front bezel is Plastic do i need special spray paint for this or will the Car spray paint stick ok?

    Ok so here is the case
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    MY Idea for this case is to spray the whole case white expect for the front which will be in black, & the Word SmugBox down the side and on the top in black.

    Smug is short way of Smogsy & box refers to a storage box etc...

    hope you will enjoy my Project & give advice to my question & ideas on any design improvements i can make. my ears are open :D

    Work will commence tomorrow
     
    Last edited: 2 May 2010
  2. ash_scotland88

    Soldato

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    Is it wrong that if that case was a crisp white colour I would like it?
     
  3. Diggsy

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    You'll need either specialised plastic paint, or else plastic primer. I think you can get the primer from Halfrauds
     
  4. Arthalen

    Wise Guy

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    You got that damn right after what I spent recently :p

    Case looks alright, then I saw the photo shot of the rear and I had a serious 'OMG' moment at the quality of the steel, lol!

    Good choice for a bog standard File Server though, I would suggest you pay attention to keeping your hard drives nice and cool :)
     
  5. Marvin

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    For spraying the plastic, it depends on the material really. I know Halfords car paint sticks well to ABS, but I think it'd be worth scuffing the surface first (high grit sand paper, just roughing the surface up), then following with a plastic primer before spraying.
     
  6. smogsy

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    what you expect for £10 :p least this way if i go wrong its only £10 gone :p
     
  7. Arthalen

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    Nope, for a Tenner, I couldn't complain.

    You'll just have to forgive the Lian Li fanboy in me :D:p:D
     
  8. smogsy

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    true true i'm used to Apple Mac qaulity & coolermaster myself :)
     
  9. DeadMan

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    That case does indeed look very cheap!
     
  10. smogsy

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    heres a update, i apparently done it wrong already says my dad but oh well. im sure i can fix it :)

    Took it apart
    http://smogsy.co.uk/Photography/smugbox/DSC_2998.jpg
    got the paint,primer,sandpaper,mask etc
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    heres where i went wrong i used the 600 first i should of used the scot first (apparently)
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    this has been done i took this picture to mockup a design for air holes for the front 80mm fan. im thinking of drilling holes in the shape of SB ill photoshop something up for you to see.
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    i was thinking of doing the air flow holes for front inside a SB so where each white dot is a drill hole will be? do you think this will look good?
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    Last edited: 24 Apr 2010
  11. smogsy

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    update:

    first coat. i will post more pictures a bit later each part is currently drying inside whilst it rains!
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    second coat/third
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    Last Coat i think
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    any comments?
     
    Last edited: 25 Apr 2010
  12. Tiamat21

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    :o perrtyy and white :O
    Should put some GO FASTER red stripes.
     
  13. paradigm

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    Erm, first, second, third and last coats all in the space of a day?

    That's going to be a long lasting quality finish then.
     
  14. smogsy

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    pretty much, by the way last coat is third coat, it was just when it was near drying :)


    we had the sun on our side, and the paint was dry before we started the next coat so hopefully it will be all well and good.

    we have left to harden now, then we can see what needs to be done next.
     
  15. smogsy

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    Ordered Parts and now they have arrived.

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    AMD Althon II 240 2.8Ghz AM3
    ASUS M4A78LT-M LE Motherboard AM3 - mATX
    2x1GB Kingston DDR3 1066mhz
    Samsung F3 1TB
    Samsung F3 500GB
    Liteon 24x DVDRW SATA
    2x Silent Sharoon Fans 8.9DB(A)
    OCZ Stealth Xstream PSU 500W

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  16. Thomss

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    Looking good man, can't wait to see it finished.
     
  17. smogsy

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    nearly done

    Jobs Left:
    Get extra extension for CD Drive for Sata Power. (OCZ only come with 1 long wire of 3) :rolleyes:
    Laquer the side of the case (both sides)
    tidy up cables once again when power cable arrives
    tape cables to mobo tray
    install Unix.
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    hope you like so far :)
     
  18. smogsy

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    finshed, i did however put the backfan around the wrong way. Back fan is sucking in & so is the front :D however as the tempertures are great i'm not to bothered
    Fans are running at 980RPM CPU is Running at 400RPM up to 3500RPM (depending on heat)
    Average Temperture 32C on CPU & 30C Motherboard
    Highest load Temperture so far - 33c on CPU & 32C Motherboard.

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    LInux:Fedora 12 Samba installed and running :)
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    Last edited: 4 May 2010
  19. Muel

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    Looking good Smogsy! Should get sme drainpipe for that room to run the cables inside though, then paint them the same colour as the wall. :p

    I'll be building a low-powered server/NAS this summer I think, it'll probably be Atom powered though.
     
  20. smogsy

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    i was gunna go atom but it doesnt seem to render FULL HD well & couldnt find a ITX case that fits mutiple HDD

    also after adding everything up this rig actually was about £20 more. and its running Althon II 240 2.8 Dual Core! :D