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 11/25/2003 01:00 AM
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This is a thread copy from http://forums.bit-tech.net' ">http://forums.bit-tech.net

My Sister, a photographer, and her Husband a computer artist, have been saving up for their first computer.
(They both have been in college and quite low on cash, I am sure many of you can relate)

They purchased and shipped all the parts for the PC to me, as they will be in town for Thanksgiving.

And on with the project log.................

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 11/25/2003 01:01 AM
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This computer is intended for very heavy graphic design, video and photography use.

So to start I choose a Athlon 64 3200+ CPU :rock:

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Retail shot of the case, a AMS eMONO

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I picked out a case that was both cheap, but good looking.
This case has an automotive like, shiny paint, and a nice plexi front.

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As this is a school PC also, a Zip drive, Floppy, and DVD burner were all included.

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The Floppy and DVD Burner came black in the first place, but the were a very flat black compared to the nice paint on the case.

So I vinyl dyed them with a shiny black vinyl dye that makes the perfectly match the cases original paint.

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This images shows the reflectivity off the Vinyl Dye on the DVD drive. (And shows of my new MX700)

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This case has a green theme, since this PC may be on all the time, super brightness is not needed, rather a subtle effect of lighting.

I may put a laser etch into the blank area on the front of the case.
(Above the air holes, and the laser is on it's way soon)

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Two six inch cold cathodes create light out the front and sides of the case.

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Inside the case is open and clean.

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One CCFL is mounted about 1/4" from the air holes, this lets enough light out without blocking incoming air.

The other is verticaly mounted as that created the best effect through the side slits of the PC.

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One thing, I wanted to provide, was a way to shut off the Cold Cathodes.
But I didn't want to cut any holes into this case, as this was a weekend project, and need to be 100% done before thanksgiving.

So the best solution? Replace the reset switch, with an On/Off switch.

The Reset switch on a PC is not totaly needed, as you can simply press the power for 4 secs and power back up if needed.
The reset switch was re-located inside the case (You can see it in the CCFL image above)

I replaced the switch with an identical push button switch, except that the new switch is Push-On/Push-Off.
I ripped it off some piece of equipment years ago.

The new switch was soldered in and works perfectly to control the lights.

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I also replaced the existing Blue Power LED (Which was dim) with a normal green, to keep the theme together.
The IDE led was not changed, as it is not used with a SATA harddrive.

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The system specs are:
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ :rock:
Biostar VIA K8T800 K8VHA Pro Motherboard
ASUS nVidia TI4800 128MB Graphics Card
1GB of Corsair 400Mhz DDR
530-watt Dual-Fan PSU
Western Digital 250GB 7200RPM SATA Harddrive (Rated at 150mb/s)
56K modem

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The awsome 250GB harddrive.
Man, does SATA wiring look nice

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The beautiful, and huge TI4800
This card was choosen as there are specific optimizations for it in the programs that my brother-in-law uses.

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 11/25/2003 01:02 AM
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More vinyl dye goodness :clap:
This was a purple Wacom Graphire Tablet.
I have had it for years, and used it little.
I figure a photographer and graphic artist could use it more then me.

The eye is Mike, from a DVD promo for a Monsters, Inc. DVD
It is placed under the translucent lift on top of the pad.
(For putting images to trace)

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Some speakers aquired cheap from a used PC store.
They were white of course.
The cases were all vinyl dyed in shiny black

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The mouse used is a Logitech MX300

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It received a small modification: Changing the red LED for a 13,000 MCD Green LED

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The last part of the case, the keyboard.
Sadly, no modifications needed :waah:, it is black with green leds

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Money shot again, and that is it.
All put together and lightly modded in just a weekend.

/Edit: Total cost around $1200

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 11/25/2003 01:11 AM
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You are a master at this stuff, Zap. You've definitely got skills, there's no doubt in my mind. I'll have to get you to custom design my case for my next rig

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Intel Core i7 860
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
Corsair HX650W
Corsair XMS DDR3-1333 (4GB @ 8-8-8-24)
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870
Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
 11/25/2003 02:02 PM
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Smooth. My new one is going to be running a blue cold cathode light. Green is really pretty too. I'm not too fond of red or orange for some reason.

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Athlon 64 3200+
ASUS K8V Deluxe
1gig (2x512) Mushkin Level II Black PC3500
Radeon 9800xt 256mb
Audigy 2 ZS

40gig WD ATA100
30gig Quantum Fireball ATA 100
160gig Seagate Barracuda SATA

I wub my clawhammer. :)
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Nice !

Althou I dont get the lights, but each to their own I guess
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