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Old 9th December, 2005, 10:54 PM
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Acrylic case project

OK, been a long time in finishing the acrylic case compy.
Yesterday, I got home and decided to tackle it.
I made a false cdrom(pull the insides out and glued the knob, buttons, headphone port, and tray cover on to make it look real) to hold the wires that haunted me.
Then I popped in new parts, 2400XP, gigabyte ga-7dxe mobo, ocz perf rev2 512MB, 9000pro, 450watt psu(aquachrome), and few little extras.
Now all I need is fans for the side panel, and cold cathode rings, instead of tubes.
When I put the cathode rings in, I will put the inverters in the false cdrom drive, to hide them, and make the wires look presentable.
Please let me know what ya think.
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Old 10th December, 2005, 01:21 AM
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Looking good. False CD-ROM drive was a splendid idea.
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Old 10th December, 2005, 02:56 AM
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Old 10th December, 2005, 04:46 AM
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i was thinking of getting an acrylic case before, what kind do you have? how durable is it? how hard was it to assemble? looks good so far
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Old 10th December, 2005, 05:09 PM
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nice work. doe that case show alot of dust?

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Old 11th December, 2005, 12:38 AM
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Thanks guys.
Captain, easy assembly, it is a xoxide brand...didn't cost much, plexi is super thick for what it is meant for.
Marsh, well, yes, it is a dust magnet.
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which xoxide?
http://www.xoxide.com/clearacatxca.html?
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Looking good. False CD-ROM drive was a splendid idea.
I second that, fantastic idea.
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Old 11th December, 2005, 05:19 AM
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Thanks giz for the front page.
Madcat, right on. Thats it.

I don't know if anyone has ever done a false cd-drive to hide wires. I just was thinking of a clever way to hide some wires, and inverters, and I thought about the only useable space people wouldn't think to look for wiring. I came up with hollowing out a cd-rom, and tada, after some dismantling and glueing, it turned out great.
So, if you like acrylic, think twice about throwing out that old 2x cd-rom..lol

Process for false cd-rom.
1. find old cd-rom
2. remove all screws
3. take face plate off
4. break the volume knob, headphone jack, and led off the board
5. Glue tham, as well as the buttons and tray cover, to the main plate.
6. screw casing back together
7. install and let people wonder where all your inverters and wires are.

Hope this helps some of you acrylic guys.

For those of you wondering how to clean acrylic without hurting it, lighter fluid is the best thing todo it with.
It will remove anything that isn't a scratch.

edit: more pics
I added two uv green fans to the side panel, tommorrow, I will add a red exhaust fan to the top.
Wires at the front bottom will be gone tommorrow, those are temperary.
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That case is quite kewl. I like it.

And the false CD ROM. One word; genius.
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WOW, very neat & tidy. Great job.
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Thats a sharp looking case. I really like the idea of the fake CD-ROM drive. The only thing I would change is that orange fan, it seems to catch my eye and detract from the look of the case.
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That must be your tidiest case yet! Good work.
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yeah, the orange fan is a bit out of place, but other wise

also i think it would have been cool to imbed little LEDs into the case walls, so it looks like this, with the light glowing through the acrylic/plexiglass
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Thanks again guys, and yes, orange fan will be gone soon, I am just having a bit of a time finding the right color to put there.
I am thinking maybe blacklight uv.
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Things to be done:
Black UV fan for cooler.
Blue ide cable for hard disk.
Finish hiding pesky wires at front bottom of case.
Install red led fan in top exhaust port.
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