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So I think it's about time I got this show on the road eh?

 

I'd like to preface that I'm honored to be able to take part in this contest against so many talented modders.  Events like these really bring together people from all over the globe under the same banner, that to me is simply fantastic.

 

So it's likely many on here aren't so accustomed with my style of work, here's to hoping I can do the very best that I can with this monster of a case.  But be warned, I will not be choosing to make it easy for the others!  :D

 

Much of my  mod will be very specific, so I won't fully get chopping until some more of the hardware pieces arrive this week.  But design work is well underway, I do hope it will impress and show what the UK modding scene is capable of.  However, until I'm ready to unveil that, here are some photos of this behemouth.

 

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I swear it dwarfs my workshop.  Much easier to photograph outside haha

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Always an important point to consider

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The glass is gloriously thick, 5mm has a lot of heft to it

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I really like the layout in this case.  Vertical gpus are something I've always loved, definitely a feature I'll be keeping.

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Best of luck to the other competitors!  Mod on!

 

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First batch of cooling gear arrived today, big ol' box and this is only the beginning!  The Riing Plus fans are stunning, great seeing how those have evolved from the first edition a few years back.

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I LOVE these new drain valves, great practical design, twist to open and close.  Much smaller than tap-style ones.

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And here's a teaser of some of the things to come.  Excuse the random hardware, don't have a CAD file of the intended parts to hand and don't have the time to model them up fully.

 

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And so progress has now begun, materials for the casemod itself are on the way, and paintwork has started, will be updating bits tomorrow about that.

 

But for now, I'd like to share the renders for my intentions with the case!  This is a big step as a large portion of this mod is spent working through all the details in the design phase.  It also allows me to show what I do that is unique, these are all 3D models btw

 

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Right so starting with one of the smaller mods, radiator painting and the fans!  Figured it would be nice to have things matching, so WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY I popped off the Riing Plus blades and painted them.  Hopped onto the vinyl plotter to print some new fan hubs, will also be using it later for smaller details here and there.

 

Having very fancy sanders helps everything!  Not sure I would be able to handle not having this baby now, the dust extraction makes it so convenient.

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Onto the plotter for some cutout work

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New gunmetal versions of the riing plus to match the radiator.  Very happy with the new paint finish, only applied one medium layer of clear coat so as not to make it ludicrously shiny.

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Okay I promise the log will get a bit more exciting very soon, but you know me, I like the slow burn.

Big news for me at least, the hardware arrived! This is usually fairly important in my builds as I like to theme everything and use exact measurements where possible. So the hardware arriving means I can progress to the main modding of the case itself.

But of course here are some pretty pictures of the gear. No egregious box shots, just hardware. I'm very interested in the V-Color parts actually. I saw the brand at Computex last year, but they basically don't exist over here, so all their products are a mystery to me. So I was quite pleased to find out that both the RAM and the SSD are RGB. As far as I know, there aren't many RGB options for either of these products so that's rather cool.

 

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