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Good afternoon everyone!
I am proud to have been selected as one of the 5 competitors in the UK Trophy.
Honestly humbled and look forward to watching my own and everyone else's builds evolve.

What is ''SteamPunk 20''

This is one of my bonkers ideas that take over my brain at 11pm at night. 
I don't want to give away too much, but  i will say this. 
Good old fashioned original steampunk, with electric motors and ofc some steam :p (Oil based don't panic) 
Copper pipes, lots of antique brass,leather and over 200 solid steel bolts! 
Let's not even start with the glass, acrylics and custom made metal badges and logos. 

I also may attend events wearing a top hat and with  a scary looking steampunk cane. (For effect ya'll)

System Specs

  • 1 x Thermaltake Level 20 XT chassis
  • 1 x Thermaltake M360 Plus water-cooling kit
  • 1 x Thermaltake 850W Toughpower ‘SYNC’ Edition PSU
  • 1 x Asus Socket AM4 X470-F gaming
  • 1 x Asus Duel RTX 2080
  • 1 x AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU
  • 1 x Adata SX6000 256GB M.2 SSD
  • 1 x Adata M.2 RGB heatsink
  • 1 x Adata Gammix D10 2,400MHz 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4

My design entry

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for now, i welcome you all to come on in and offer feedback criticism and points of view.
Don't worry i won't chew your head off, i'm friendly, honest :p

I know it's early days, but getting this up is a weight off my shoulders for the coming days.

Thanks for looking.
Craig.

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ADATA Delivery in!
It's time to start this Trophy!

First up is the ADATA XPG - Gammix D10 DDR4 RAM 8GB x2 @2400mhz

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Also there is the ADATA XPG SX6000 256GB M.2 SSD

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Thank you to the ADATA UK team for these. They are perfect for this project.
Visit their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ADATAUnitedKindom/?brand_redir=245305185516061

Thanks for looking.
Check back with more updates over the next couple of days.

- Craig

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it's finally time to start work!
YAY!

The MASSSIIIVVVVEEEE Level 20 XT is here, a long with all the watercooling!

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So.... Within an hour of receiving the delivery.
I set to work on the Thermaltake fan hub/controllers.

Stripped it down
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Gave it a quick, light brass coat
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Then once dry, i added a rust effect lightly over the top, focusing on the sides.
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Let it touch dry, put back together
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Once it was fully dry, it went a little lighter, and i was able to put my little cogs on it :D
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It's all actually darker in person, Todays in house lighting was a bit... off ? lol


That's all for together. More to come very very soon!
Thank you for looking
- Craig

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update!
it's time to kick off this rusting effects.
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Right now it looks sooooo bad! I was actually starting to panic lol.
BUT... here's a 2 hour time lapse of the rusting effect

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Supposed to leave it 24 hours, so we shall see how it looks tomorrow.
But this is how it looks as of right now

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Feel free to comment, let me know your thoughts :)
Thanks for looking
- Craig

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Time to kick this project into max gear.
Some major changes to the original rusting effects.

So first i took the original flow indicators and knocked the ffect out of the ballpark! Absolutely in love now.
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Last night, i went into the shop, re-alligned 2 lasers and set to work on the midplate.side panels and some other acrylics :p

We used 6MM clear acrylic for the midplate.

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After this was done, it was time to crack open the case, and etch that front panel

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And here's where i'm at as of this morning 11/10/2018

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Let me know in the comments below what you think.
- Craig

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Every time i do a new casemod, i attempt something new.
This casemod is no different, today i learned how to weld.
My first attempt the AMP was too high, i blew a hole straight through the steel pipe.
Trimmed down the pipe, turned down the AMPs, and wallah!

Here's a before and after photo.
Am i the only one whom prefers the case having no back end ??
What do you think ?
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Let me know below :D
- Craig

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Waterblock arrived!
One mighty file looking thing!

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Working last night and today on these 4mm copper pipes.
Still tons to do, but while waiting for the motherboard/cpu and GPU i can play with intricate parts of the aesthetics.

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Bent to shape, then sprayed brass

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Now, i'm just working out the final little bends.

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The now brass pipes are semetrical to the other side of the case. Pipes run over the back and down the other side :)

I will have much more to show later tonight or tomorrow :D

-Craig

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Time to get this truck rolling. 
Back to work! 

Some parts have arrived! 

The mighty DUEL RTX 2080 from ASUS
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The ASUS ROG X470-F gaming

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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

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Started work on the bends underneath the midplate. Didn't want to half #### it and use soft tubing.

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Took the rusted side panels to the laser, worked out a good design, found the text i wanted and started etching. 

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got home, lit her up and.... i'm in love. 

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Now that some parts have arrived, i can get working on them, get them ready to be fitted. 
started with the RAM from ADATA
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then moved onto the motherboard M.2 shield

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`I don't want to overdo it all, so sticking with just the m.2 shield for now. i'll decide later if it needs more. 


More updates to follow, i hope you enjoy the content. 
- Craig

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Time to finish this loop!
Started with the CPU
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added some flare ;)

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Started laying down the iron paint

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Let that rust, `then done the same to the GPU

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Looped that in too

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Rusted them tubes, filled her up and switcher her on!

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Still some detailed work to be done, but she's taking shape now :)

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  • 2 weeks later...

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Almost time to wrap this baby up.
Finished the last panel.

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I also finished the shroud panel, With some cogs :)

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Need to wire the smoke switch and motor speed adjuster to the rear of the case (Next to the PSU)
Then build the crate, take final photo's and box her up.

Been a fun time. And cannot wait to show off her final photo's.

- Craig

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  • 3 weeks later...

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Well it's D-Day!
Here's my final photo's
Took my rig to an abandoned ship yard! Absolutely loved it.

Cannot beleive it's finished! It's been a long long road, very very proud of my overall performance.
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This one here, is by far my favorite photo. It's just <3
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Rig has been crated up, and will be on route to scan computers today :)

I thank you all for watching this build grow and taking time to comment.
Appreciated <3

For now though, i need some sleep! lol
- Craig

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