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 12/06/2004 10:43 PM
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Before you burn me at the stake, this PC is built for my wife, I told here I would build Her a PC with what ever theme she wanted.
She of course choose Hello Kitty.
(I wanted to build a nice clean silver/white combo)
The PC has actualy been mostly complete for a year, with a few bugs that I hadn't had time to work out until now.
I decided to give the entire PC a refresh this month.

The goals:
-Hello Kitty Themed
-Easy to use computer
-Internet and e-mail mostly
-Wireless connectivity


First the specs:
-AMD Athlon XP 2800+
-Shuttle Barebone system
-512MB PC3200 DDR
-64MB Graphics Card
-Apple Airport express used as a wireless bridge and USB print server
-60 GB harddrive
-24X Slot Load 16X CD-ROM Drive
-17" Monitor
-USB keyboard
-Microsoft wireless mouse


Since my wife's PC is setup in the living room I lined the case bottom, and shell with akasa sound deadening material. Speedfan was also used to regulate the CPU fan inside the case.


For the front of the case I wanted a simple lit button.
With normal vandal resistant switches costing upwards of $20 I choose a simpler route.


I took a normal door-bell switch which uses an light bulb inside...


I then replaced the light bulb with a super bright white LED...


The new LED provides a soft blue/white glow.
The button remains lit when the system is on, and glows half-as bright when the system is off.
Diodes and resistors were used to isolate the LED from Switch function.


After a lot of krylon fusion paint, and clear coat the result is a whole lot of pink. More then my taste, but my wife likes it.


The faceplate is super simple, with only two switches: CD Eject (top) and Power (Bottom)
The faceplate is clear lexan, painted pink on one side, etched, and aluminum tape behind the etch.


The end result is a near totally silent PC that is perfect for internet and e-mail.

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 12/09/2004 08:04 PM
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haha your awsome. Ive looked at your site a few times, always liked the work you did

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 12/10/2004 02:12 AM
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Sweet .............. I'm a fan of yrs Zap... infact everyone in my office is ... specially the girls

BTW, how silent and efficient is this PC ?? and does the PSU really support all that stuff ?? also saw yr Home theatre PC.. uve used a 300 W PSU there .. so what are the specs of that PSU, coz uve put a lot of stuff on that PC so how does that PSU takes care of all that stuff ???

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 12/10/2004 10:57 AM
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QUOTE (Max Axe @ Dec 9 2004, 11:12 PM) Sweet .............. I'm a fan of yrs Zap... infact everyone in my office is ... specially the girls

BTW, how silent and efficient is this PC ?? and does the PSU really support all that stuff ?? also saw yr Home theatre PC.. uve used a 300 W PSU there .. so what are the specs of that PSU, coz uve put a lot of stuff on that PC so how does that PSU takes care of all that stuff ???
Thanks for the cool comments folks,

The shuttle is very quiet.
I use speed fan to slow it down, and I added noise insulation.
The PSU can handle all those parts, but runs a little hot.

The 939 socket shuttle is great though, I fully loaded it with a FX55, X800 XT, and more and it ran smooth and quiet.

Also Shuttle PSU are very high quality, they can put out their full rated wattage all the time, where as some PSU's list their "peak" rating.



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 12/10/2004 12:12 PM
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I bet it is not really his wife's PC. I bet Zap is a really big Hello Kitty fan and that this is really HIS PC.

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 12/11/2004 07:44 AM
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Holy jeeez - Zap! I can't let my wife see this, or she'll want one.
Very nice job - I appreciate someone who goes for the clean asthetic over the as many bells and whistles as I can approach.
Very nice!!!
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 12/13/2004 11:44 AM
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QUOTE (Java @ Dec 10 2004, 09:12 AM) I bet it is not really his wife's PC. I bet Zap is a really big Hello Kitty fan and that this is really HIS PC.


I just realized that I don't have a photo of my main PC.
Mostly because it is the "project PC" and usualy looks like crap.

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 12/14/2004 03:33 PM
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QUOTE (ZapWizard @ Dec 13 2004, 10:14 PM)

I just realized that I don't have a photo of my main PC.
Mostly because it is the "project PC" and usualy looks like crap.
so what is yr main PC like ?? .. i'm sure it would be more of a workhorse than a black beauty.. but still we would like to know.

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 12/14/2004 03:47 PM
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QUOTE (Max Axe @ Dec 14 2004, 12:33 PM) so what is yr main PC like ?? .. i'm sure it would be more of a workhorse than a black beauty.. but still we would like to know.
My main PC normaly looks like an old mule, or frankenstine.

Here is my original Main PC:


That case was experimented on until it was pretty much totaly hosed.

For a while my Main PC was part of my next project:

The one on the left.
The one on the right is my friends wooden PC.

Now I have a Cooler Master Praetorian case, which is beautiful.
But I havn't put much time into it.
I have a watercooling kit that I won (Crappy kit really), but the side panel is off most of the time. I did at least add a 4" green cold cathode to the front.
I will take an image tonight.

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eagerly awaited ... and plz plz do post the specs too... also do you use a different PC for gaming than this one ?? ..

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 12/14/2004 09:08 PM
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I took the image as it is right now,
As you can see my resivoir is sitting outside the case.

Specs:
AMD Athlon 64 FX51 (@2.5Ghz)
SK8N 940 Motherboard
1GB HyperX Kingston Registered
ATI Radeon X800 XT PE
550-watt Antec True PSU
Sony 16x DVD
52X CD-RW
36GB WD Raptor 10kRPM HD
120GB Seagate Barracuda HD
Logitech Wireless Keyboard
Logitech MX1000 Wireless mouse
Sandisk Memory Card Reader
18.4" LCD screen

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Nice, but your wife must be special for you to have to make that Hello Kitty case.


/Edited your post, don't quote with images, and don't quote the post directly above yours when adding a single line comment, just good forum habits. -ZapWizard

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 12/15/2004 07:27 AM
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.....the girlfiriend saw this topic over my shoulder. Guess what she wants now......

Does look good though.
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I must admit that is one awesome pc, do you do custom work for others for a fee of course?

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from those specs and setup, looks like u do use this PC for gaming n stuff.

looks quite alike my PC, never close it completely, one of the side panes is always open
good airflow u know ....

may I also ask .. how much did this setup cost you ?? since this is a socket 940 setup .. i'm guessing quite alot.

And I also always have had this Idea of building a PC right into the comp table, using the drawers and the undertable area n stuff. and just putting a glass top on the drawer to show whats inside. how does it sound ?? any suggestions ??

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 12/15/2004 04:37 PM
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QUOTE (essi1553 @ Dec 15 2004, 01:16 PM)I must admit that is one awesome pc, do you do custom work for others for a fee of course?
Yes I do build custom PC's for others.
But my fee is very high as I don't have the time unless it's worth it.

QUOTE (Max Axe @ Dec 15 2004, 01:24 PM)

may I also ask .. how much did this setup cost you ?? since this is a socket 940 setup .. i'm guessing quite alot.

And I also always have had this Idea of building a PC right into the comp table, using the drawers and the undertable area n stuff. and just putting a glass top on the drawer to show whats inside.  how does it sound ?? any suggestions ??

Oh, ya that is my Gaming PC.
I am not sure how much it costs me, as many of the parts I either won via competitions, or I already had, I also know lots of companies via my modding work.

I won a full system at QuakeCon last year, see here:
http://www.zapwizard.com/extras/Awards/Index.htm' ">http://www.zapwizard.com/extras/Awards/Index.htm

A PC as a table sounds really cool.
Mabye a HTPC?
Tapered glass stops sound pretty good.

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 12/16/2004 06:38 PM
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I didnt think of it as an HTPC but I guess that can be done easily, as I already have connected my sony's mini hifi to my PC and use it for music/gaming/movies, so in a way its somewhat ready all I would probably need is a All in wonder card for capturing and Tv tuning and that connected to the TV it can work pretty well .. wow ideas ...

any suggestions for the tapered glass ??

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