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Acrylic PC case

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Jake, Sep 26, 2003.

  1. Jake

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    Hi everybody,

    I am intending to put together a HCPC and was intrigued to find in my local computer parts shop a clear acrylic PC case. Instead of cramming the PC into the smallest case and trying to hide it away I thought it might be better to make a showpiece out of it.
    My concern, (apart from the obvious bad taste), is electrical noise etc.
    The acrylic would not be as good as metal in this regard, how serious would the problem be?
    How far away would I have to site the unit from the rest of the kit?
    Has anyone any experience in this regard?

    It looked quite smart with a soft blue light stuck in the bottom, honest.

    Cheers
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  2. CENSORED

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    Jake,

    I've built two acrylic rigs. The first was part of an upgrade for my mule PC and got me used to working with the stuff - loves dust and marks easy - but gloves are supplied with the kit so you just need to be careful. Second rig was a full blown water cooled jobbie. Lots of ultra violet lighting and UV reactive plastics. UV dye in the coolant as well and 7 UV cold cathodes to keep it looking groovy. PSU is ultra silent type, water pump is whisper quiet. Noisiest things are the case fans which need to be run a lot slower anyway so that's a job for later. Looks wise there's nothing to touch it.

    If you want a piccy let me know, I'll take one tonight and post tomorrow.
     
  3. Jake

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    Thanks Censored,

    A pic would be nice.

    Water cooling may be bit over the top for my needs.

    I take it since you have built two, that you did not have any interference problems and will now start looking around for all the bits to go inside.

    Question, did you paint the drive cases and how can you improve on the drive front panels.

    Thanks in advance for the Pic

    Cheers
     
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    Jake,

    No drive cases were painted and front panels are boring beige. I had thought of black drives but the Sony dvd writer doesn't come in black so the Pioneer dvd rom slot loader had to be the same colour. The reasons for not going for a more intergrated look was that I really wanted the exact opposite, a more industrial feel with chrome, stainless steel, aluminium etc. I was after a rich spread of textures to create more depth rather than trying to blend everything in. I suppose I wanted it to stand out more. I'll PM the photo's as the images are too big to show here.
     
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    Looks like you've blocked e-mails in your user profile. PM your e-mail address to me and I'll send the photo's.
     
  6. Jake

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    Censored,
    Unblocking now

    Cheers
    Jake
     
  7. Kramer

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    Why not upload a few pics & post the url here? I wouldn't mind a look :eek:

    Alternatively, e-mail a few to me:

    kramer@utvinternet.com

    & I'll u/load them & post the links :smashin:
     
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    Kramer,

    Will do. Photo's are overexposing the lighting when I take them in near darkness which is washing out the lighting a little. Flash photo's show everything but you lose all that groovy UV. Any hints on (very) amateur photography would be appreciated.

    Jake,

    Did you get the photo's?

    By the way, got a lovely see-through 550W PSU the weekend. Lots of UV reactive molex's, two blue UV fans and some nice UV plastic around the switch assembly. I'll try and take a photo of that too.
     
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    Kramer,

    Photo's mailed to you, 13 in all so I hope you've got broadband! Included a machine spec as I know you have a somewhat slanted appreciation of the idea behind water cooling.

    Cheers mate.
     
  10. Kramer

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    Got your pics - nice ;)

    Will upload a few & post 'em later or tomorrow.

    :smoke:
     
  11. Kramer

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  12. Jake

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    Been away working for few days.

    Did not get the pics via e-mail, but no problem as picked them up from Kramer's post.

    Thanks.

    Will pick up my case this weekend time permitting.

    jake
     
  13. craigizmo2k2

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    Nice piece of art there mate :D
     

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