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Old February 4, 2010, 01:54 PM
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Default Project: MNU by Kylevdm (Update 6) - Fractal Case is here!



After a yearlong hiatus, I am back to modding! That is right you did just read that... I have had a number of issues with modding this year: time, money, health, school, etc, etc. Now that most of that has been cleared out of the way I can finally get back to modding. This project I have been planning for close to 4 months while doing other things for The Mod Brothers and Case Mod Blog. I have finally ironed out the concept of what I want this case to look like and it is going to be based on the awesome movie "District 9". Bill Owen has been creating a District 9 mod as well which I am sure you are all familiar. However, I am going to be taking a slightly different side to the story. My mod is going to be a MNU General Purpose Security Vehicle. When speaking to Bill he sent me over this picture that he had found while researching for his project.



Original Artists (WETA)

The MNU used this General Purpose Security Vehicle in the movie, and so I am going to be incorporating bits and pieces from the design of the double cab into a case.

A few sketches...




And finally we get to the case. It is, well to be honest I have no clue! Branded as a MECER PREMIUM-X it is an old AT case as far as I can make out but that is all about to change.




As you can see, it is in fact missing a side panel. So while going through all my scraps of aluminium from my last Project: Deadline I found this and it was MADE for this case! Look at that it fits perfectly!






Well not quite perfectly but pretty much I just need to trim the top a bit. I marked it up with some masking tape and drew the line in. Just remember to measure, measure, and measure again! Will get it cut tomorrow before the New Year PARTAAY!


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What an interesting tread
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Old February 5, 2010, 08:18 AM
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What an interesting tread
cheers? lol

Update 2
I started dismatling the case. It had a whole bunch of support beams drive cages, removable motherboard tray which was for AT motherboards as well as a few other bits and pieces. They were all riveted so I got busy with the power drill and a 3mm drill bit. After a few minutes I managed to make the drill bit all but disappear :p.



After getting rid of all the junk here are the remaining pieces of the case that I will need for the build.



The last thing I managed to do today is mark out what I wanted to do for the top and bottom panels. An exhaust vent at the bottom for the PSU and a 120mm fan at the top as an exhaust as well.





I have been working on the designs for the back and front panels but am still undecided, there is going to be a custom front panel for sure as for the back but I still need to work out some details.

Catch you later!
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Old February 8, 2010, 11:32 AM
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Project: MNU (update 3)

Well, the last we weeks since my last update have been an interesting few, with loads of snow, exams, school productions (I am a stage manager not some performer!) and loads of other things...this project had been left in pieces on my bedroom floor, to my mum's disgust I may add! Although this weekend I managed to get to work on it again, I grabbed me safety googles and got too it! However, before I started work on that I decided to work on the side panel design.


A few sheets of A4 paper masking tape a ruler and scissors and I am done.

Now it is time for the jigsaw to come out! inorder for me to have two 140mm fans on the front panel, I needed to cut out most of the current front panel so hey why not it all? I do not use optical drives anyway.

Front panel

Bill Owen from MNPCTECH sent me one of his Billet Aluminum 240 Radiator & Fan Grills which are available at his store here a few months ago. Thanks MNPCTECH! I am considering using it for the front panel intakes on the case although I am still trying to work out if it is the correct look or not...


Billet Aluminum 240 Radiator & Fan Grill


Billet Aluminum 240 Radiator & Fan Grill on the front panel

Now with a new back panel, I may as well make a new back panel as well :) So I took my trusty jigsaw and volia!

Back panel

I then put the case back together again well... ish it is just being held together with friction at the moment!



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Hey all!
Here I am with one more update and this may be the last (well there may be another on Wednesday...) before I go away to South Africa, and no, I am not going to be looking for the "Prawns" but if I find any I will definitely take some photographs! :P

I have not really been able to do any modding but I have had plenty of time to work on the design, well I should have been studying... So here, it is some teasers of the front panel, side panels and window design :) The front panel has changed slightly, I have found my ThermalChill PA120.3 that I pretty much completely forgot about so am going to watercool this rig! Oh, and I am still trying to work out where to put the MNPCTech grill but I am currently thinking on the top for exhausts.







Cheers,
Kyle

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Dang mate - that concept is pretty awesome. Lots of great angles and design ability with the MNU vehicle design!

Loving the fact you can take an old defunct and otherwise completely useless chassis and adapt it into something that hopefully should be pretty epic :D

Looking forward to more and enjoy the vacation!
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Dang mate - that concept is pretty awesome. Lots of great angles and design ability with the MNU vehicle design!

Loving the fact you can take an old defunct and otherwise completely useless chassis and adapt it into something that hopefully should be pretty epic :D

Looking forward to more and enjoy the vacation!
No doubt. The most I would do to an old case like that is drill the rivets out, sand, paint/PC, and maybe add some holes. Not completely overhaul it like that! Good stuff
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Old February 10, 2010, 09:34 AM
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Dang mate - that concept is pretty awesome. Lots of great angles and design ability with the MNU vehicle design!

Loving the fact you can take an old defunct and otherwise completely useless chassis and adapt it into something that hopefully should be pretty epic :D

Looking forward to more and enjoy the vacation!
I have another old PC lieing around, then it is onto my Cosmos S :)

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No doubt. The most I would do to an old case like that is drill the rivets out, sand, paint/PC, and maybe add some holes. Not completely overhaul it like that! Good stuff
The overhaul is the way forward! Why have a useless piece of junk when you can have a monster of a PC?


Well all my exams are done!!!! Therefore, to celebrate I decided to get my hands dirty, and did some modding! I got to work on the bottom panel, the PSU vent and holes for MNPCTech case feed need to be added. As well as getting rid of some extra holes in the base.


The PSU vent cut out and case feet holes enlarged to 1/4"




The feet added, and U-Channelling added.


MNPCTech Case foot


Filled in some of the holes from the former motherboard tray

Cheers,
Kylevdm



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Old March 23, 2010, 02:35 PM
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Hey!

Well it has been a very long time since I gave any of you any updates! I have been incredibly busy with school work preparing the move to university and also doing lots of background stuff for this mod which has meant there was no point in continuing on with the actually modding of this PC. Why may you ask? Well I would like to say a massive thank you to Fractal Design for sponsoring this mod with their new case, the Fractal Design Define R2. Although it has not arrived yet it will do in the near future!

Thanks Fractal!



But it is not just Fractal I have to thank!

NZXT are also showing their support with some of their all-new sleeved cable extensions.



Updates will be coming as soon as the new case arrives!
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Intriguing!!!!!!!!!
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