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.
-Hello Kitty Themed
-Easy to use computer
-Internet and e-mail mostly
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
-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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