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Bobdbone and I get to mod Rosewill's new Throne case. Hopefully we will have it finished for Rosewill to display at PAX East on the 22nd.

So here are the parts:


Rosewill:
Throne Case (Black)
Herculease 1600w PSU

Intel
i7 3970K
BOXDX79SR

Kingston:
64 Gigs of HyperX
120 GB SSD

Gigabyte:
3x GTX 680


Swifttech:
H20-X20 Edge

The goal of this mod is an industrial theme!


part of the build will be some cool air brushed welds like this!


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Such a shame that machine is going to be just a display! damn.

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sweet. I will be working the event this year so hopefully I will have time to check their booth and take pix

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Pics up soon.....

So much metal fab. argh.

We are cutting new sheet metal, sanding, filing, shaping, bending, drilling, etc.....

This is a true case mod by definition. We are taking this stock case and transforming it completely but still keeping it recognizable as a Throne. We have to do that so Rosewill can use it as a demo for shows.

The idea here is to make it look as "industrial" as possible. There will be a lot of different metals, specialty fittings, conduit, custom brackets, and mods to some of the hardware.


Oh, and also, we need to have it finished this week. Shocked
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BOBDBONE wrote:
Pics up soon.....

So much metal fab. argh.

We are cutting new sheet metal, sanding, filing, shaping, bending, drilling, etc.....

This is a true case mod by definition. We are taking this stock case and transforming it completely but still keeping it recognizable as a Throne. We have to do that so Rosewill can use it as a demo for shows.

The idea here is to make it look as "industrial" as possible. There will be a lot of different metals, specialty fittings, conduit, custom brackets, and mods to some of the hardware.


Oh, and also, we need to have it finished this week. Shocked


I hear you. I have to have my rig shipped sometime next week (especially as I will be on a snowboarding trip for a week before the event so I will not be here to ship last minute). STRESSSSSSSSSSS

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I don't miss that stress at all Wink

Working on my latest with no oversight, no log, and no short term deadline Razz

BTW, good luck on the show and I am positive it will be way awesome!

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I wish I was going to PAX east :-/

Anyone have room in their suitcase? LoL

I want pics and I want them now. I know with talent like this working on a mod its going to be epic!

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Ok pics on the way Smile

Here is a shot of the original case this show the fins on top ect.




HUGE THANKS TO:
ROSEWILL
GIGABYTE
INTEL
KINGSTON
SWIFTTECH


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We started gutting a lot of the case including the super cool fins on top and all the 3.5" hdd bays.

To prep for our primary effect we ground down the corners and sharp edges of the case.
This shot also show the basic fitting of the expended metal on the top and front.




We removed the screen on the side panel and cut a new window.

Photo here later:
New panels for the inside and outside of the case.


The inside panels were painted satin black



Then we added the secret ingredient our "welds"


Bob then worked his magic with Epoxy based primer and his HVLP gun.


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That case is just enormous.

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Fans are part of every case but to go with our theme we had to dig into Bob's computer graveyard! We found some sweet server fans.

I removed the clip on the fan to pull it apart this one was metal and super small.




Then the fan moved to the table saw!


After wet sanding and paint we get this



We now can mount these fans with just the blade coming out of the 120mm hole in the sheet metal.

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The base color is Silver Metallic from PPG





After that sets up then comes the job of airbrushing the black on each side of the weld



Bob is going to go pro with his air brushing skills!





After the welds were finished Bob applied clear coat!


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I feel so cheated with the fake welds... It's like finding out santa isn't real, or jesus.

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LOL Sorry while you can "weld" plastic you don't get a bead or the heat marks on the metal!

rodrosenberg wrote:

part of the build will be some cool air brushed welds like this!


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didn't realize that it was plastic at first till you posted these. I don't even know what to believe anymore.

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To create the custom front and top grills we cut some expanded metal to fit


Then welded .125 x.125 steel to the edge to create a border.




Those welds need to be cleaned up! Bob's bench grinder was perfect for this.



After we cleaned up the outside edges we clear coated them to prevent any rusting or discoloration it also preserved the hot spots created by the border being welded on. (a bit hard to see in this photo)



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I don't know about you Rod but I'm ready to build another one just like it....
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Ok I'm on my way to your shop now!
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to create the logo on the side we had a vinyl stencil made.

applied it to the case and painted it. we air brushed with a diamond pattern on to the throne name to add just a bit of detail its pretty dark but if you look close at the mod in person you can see it.

Here is a shot with the stencil and paint down + clear coat.




Bob peeling it off.



almost done.




and finished.



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The PSU was a key focal point in this mod both because of the monster size to fit our theme and to highlight the monster the Rosewill has created for power hungry systems.

We wanted the PSU to look like a power supply you might see in an industrial setting.

Stage one was tearing the PSU down and removing the original top cover then bending sheet metal to create a new one that is about 1" longer.



Then we created a new inside cover out of stainless steel


Here is a shot with both pieces on.



Shot of the new face plate with the flex conduit connectors attached.



Test fit of the new cover and face plate.



Wires on back side of face plate all these had to be cut and repinned to get exact length for the flex conduit



Fitting the PSU into the case you can see a good shot of the stainless bracket that holds the GPU end of the wires.



GPU side attached.



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