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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:34 am    Post subject: Cooler Master 840 ATCS Case Mod ..::D-9::.. Reply with quote

I've started the build for Cooler Master's media suite at 2010 CES. The D-9 concept was mine after seeing the movie.

I should know by first week of November what hardware CM will be sending me.




Conceptual drawing by E.E.L. Ambiense


Case Mods & Supplies used in this project by Mnpctech.com

Machined Aluminum Computer Case Feet Link



Acoustical Sound Proofing Sheets for your PC



Mnpctech is now stocking clear and colored sheets of cast acrylic for window mods

http://www.mnpctech.com/colored_acrylic_sheet_casemod_window.html



This is the Honeycomb Modders Meshwe used.



PC Cable management clamps
http://www.mnpctech.com/CableClamp.html

The canvas for this PC build is the Cooler Master 840 ATCS



Adding window to Cooler master 840 ATCS


Using tape roll to make curved corner


Make first initial cut with your Dremel and cutting wheel, to allow use of Jigsaw and cut the window more efficiently



You have created slot, this allows using a Jigsaw w/ 18 TPI cutting blade





Using a Jigsaw is much quicker than using a Dremel to cut your window
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've cut the window from Lexan. It's tougher than plexiglass/acrylic, but 2 or 3 times more expensive. It won't shatter or crack "easily" You can buy Lexan sheets at Home Depot, Lowes and some hardware stores like Ace.

The window will be fastened with 1/4" socket head screws, for reinforced armour look

Using center punch to mark each fastener hole.



Roper Whitney No. 5 Jr Hand Punch kit available here
Hand punch (estimate $60 new)





"Look Ma, No deburring needed!"


The benefit of using Lexan is that you can drill or hand punch it without cracking it.



Clean hole cut! I love Lexan.





Ironically our concept drawing calls for bullet holes in the Lexan "bullet proof" window...lol
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cooler Master's hardware list for their CES show display

1 x Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
1 x Intel Extreme Series DX48BT2 X48 Motherboard
1 x Silent Pro RS-600-AMBA-D3
1 x CM MITX Cooler 38mm tall (will be replaced with future V series cooler)
1 x Sapphire ATI Radeon 4870 512MB
1 x 4GB DDR3 Kingston 1600mhz memory kit
1 x WD 500GB HDD
1 x DVD drive

Silent Pro RS-600 Watt-AMBA-D3 PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171036







Are you a fan of the Black Ribbon power cables?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The concept called for bullet holes in the window



Using 3/8" drill bit




Using wire cutter to make cracks around the hole


Etching Rotary Tool (or Dremel) Engraving Bits


Using the dremel to emulate some cracks
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm adding bullet holes to the case too, so I drilled holes in the 840's aluminum panel. I then used a tin snip and needle nose plier to cut and rip the 3/8" hole open





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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now, to make some matching ones on the other side (if possible...)

That would complete it.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



I've actually decided to modify the original concept case to reflect the theme of this Prawn weapon from the movie. The case will have reinforced panels and Orange/Black/White color scheme. One of the easiest steps to fit this theme was replacing the OEM handle on the Cooler Master 840 motherboard tray with machined aluminum handle. I had one spare handle left over from our previous stock. The new version has been revised with rounded finger grips, as shown here, http://www.mnpctech.com/MnpctechBillethandleGrooved.html







I'm using 1/4" drill bit












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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CM is planning to show their new V-series cooler, they wouldn't reveal the model to me.

I may rig a Cat Food can as cpu cooler, just for joke when they open the case....lol

Cooler Master only sent 1 hard drive, so no sense in keeping the HD bay!

Use 1/8" drill bit to remove HD bay



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about a can of chili? eek eek lol owned
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Prawn love cat food, they trade weapons for cat food..lol

1/4" thick acrylic sheets will act as reinforced segments of the side panels.


Heres a close up of the vertical blade cutting 1/4" acrylic sheet


These edges are not acceptable


Black & Decker Mouse Sander with Medium grit sandpaper


Thats better!


Starting on other side tonight, this side still needs exploded hole, and I need to get more 1/4" socket head screws. Those will be countersunk
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