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Intro to this mod

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Full photo shoot, sketches, renders, and some ideas

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I’m hard at work on this project at the moment. There’s so much going on, and so much to come this week. I’ve got a whole bunch of stuff arriving from the US on Monday/Tuesday, as well as all the cooling for the project. I’ve had endless trouble getting some panels laser cut, which has caused nothing but frustration for me, and delayed my ability to dive into some of the more structural work on the project, but those panels should be here this week. I’ve also got about 150 feet of snow white 18 AWG wiring arriving, but more on that when it arrives.

Before I can speak too much about the lighting, I first want to introduce the sleeving we bought for this machine. As some of you may know, I’m an absolute perfectionist when it comes to modding, and anything less than the best is not good enough for me. That’s why I opted to buy the sleeving for the project from Germany, and I made sure that we got the absolute best sleeving money can buy. So here’s the package that came in the mail:

Loads of goodies in there. Some more detail:

30M of 1/8″ white sleeving:

Some bigger white sleeving for the SATA cables:

I also got some black sleeving:

They sent some samples as well:

Along with that, I also ordered some wire mounts, some rivets, and a tool.

The wire mounts:

And the ATX Pin remover tool.

I also ordered a bunch of heatshrink for the ends.

On to the lighting. One of the most important things in a good, classy case mod is the lighting. Now, it’s really simple to just buy a big fat CCFL and throw that in there, but is it really going to look good? I remember my first little weekend mod had a CCFL in it. I actually still have that CCFL somewhere. After all these years of modding, I’ve really grown to appreciate good lighting. Sure, it takes significantly longer to get it set up, but it just looks so good when it’s done, that it’s all worth it in the end. So I opted to go the LED route.

Since this mod’s colour scheme is white and black , with the whole inside of the case eventually being black, I wanted the lighting to be white. So I got some white wiring for the LEDs:

The LEDs:

Now, I don’t want LEDs flooding the inside of the case, so I chose to place them at the top of the case in the top support beams. I needed to make a piece of plexi that would fit into that bean that would house the LEDs. So, I grabbed a piece of black plexi from my off-cut bin:

Cut out and ready for sanding and finishing:

Once it was cut, I spent some time sanding the edges to make sure that this piece would be exactly the right size. Then I fitted it to make sure it was okay:

Lastly, I drilled six 5mm holes for the LEDs to fit through:

I started wiring up the LEDs:

Looking pretty good! All it needs now is some sleeve!

Here are 5 sets.

I ran out of wire, hence only making 5 sets, hahaha. I’ll pick some wire up this week for the rest.

Fitted them quickly in the plexi. Not yet sleeved:

Then I spent some time sleeving the cables individually. Half way through sleeving the first one:

Done. Looking SO good:

Then I quickly test fitted the configuration in the case and wired it up to a PSU, just to get an idea of what to expect. Honestly, this is exactly what I wanted! A good light, but not so harsh that it’s BRIGHT inside the case:

That’s just about it for now. I’m really amped for everything that’ll be arriving this week. I can see myself working full days on this mod this week, which is exciting for me!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. As always if you’d like to get hold of me, drop me an email. Alternatively, you can follow me on twitter (@dae_ja_voo) for real-time modding updates, like quick photos I throw up with my phone. I haven’t been doing this too much lately, but I’ll get back into it. Also, be sure to check out my website (daejavoo.com) for any updates/news on any other projects I may be working on.

Don’t forget that you can catch me at the NAG stand at rAge this year, where I’ll be working on this and other mods. Be sure to stop by and have a look at this mod for yourself!

Cheers!

Ettienne

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