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Topic Title: PROJECT: PHENOM (AMD's Spider Launch Platform) ATI CrossFireX
Topic Summary: Case Mod Project For AMD
Created On: 11/21/2007 06:58 AM
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 01/14/2008 04:15 PM
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Those planet 64 grills look awsome, on sunday i saw your 2 videos on this case. very cool design for the side panel. Keep up the great work

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 01/15/2008 06:58 AM
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Thanks you *****!

Hey guys, since I've been getting a lot of nice raves over the grills, I made some wallpapers from photos I'd taken of the fan grills for Project Phenom

Enjoy!

Project: Phenom Wallpapers

AMD Fan Grill Version 1 (click on image for 1600 x 1200)
http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet...pctech.wallpaper2.jpg


AMD Fan Grill Version 2 (click on image for 1600 x 1200)
http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/1AMD.mnpctech.wallpaper.jpg


AMD Fan Grill Version 3 (click on image for 1600 x 1200)
http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/1AMD.mnpctech.wallpaper3.jpg
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Edited: 01/15/2008 at 06:58 AM by mnpctech
 01/25/2008 02:14 PM
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Sorry, it's been a long time since my last update. Heres the progress on the top panel. I've posted drawing I did in photoshop. The 3 holes are recessed for the AMD logo 120mm grills. I will probally mount the round hole vesion, modders mesh http://www.mnpctech.com/moddersmesh.html beneath the grills. I'm using PCDesignLab grill as an example.



Top Panel Vents






The recessed portion (right) is for the swordm's wacky duck bill whactchamacallit thing


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Edited: 01/25/2008 at 02:15 PM by mnpctech
 01/28/2008 08:00 AM
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People, I think I can honestly say this is the "Mother of All Case Badges!" This is the AMD logo body for the rotary latch, for the left access door. It's miled from 3/4" thick aircraft aluminum and measures 4.5" diameter by 2.5" tall!!





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 02/01/2008 05:28 AM
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Everything is really coming along now, plenty `o billet candy to share in the coming updates! The rotary latch has been notch for your fingers, with ball-end bit... similar to a machined billet gas or oil cap. This will also be polished and chrome plated.. haven't decided what type of finish we'll do on the AMD logo yet..





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Edited: 02/01/2008 at 05:28 AM by mnpctech
 02/04/2008 08:15 AM
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Remember the conceptual drawing? Looking back at it, I thought it made sense to drop a 120mm exhaust fan in this corner of our blank metal canvas. Craig did all of the manual programing of my designs, so it was only proper to give his shop, "CNC Metalcraft" a nice tag on the milled shell.









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 02/06/2008 10:41 AM
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Thanks for the posts dudes

for the past 3 days I've been sieving through files and editing video clips for the next video update. Since Dave couldn't get footage of the waterjet, he sent me a clip from the waterjet manufacturer, http://www.wardjet.com the clip is very breif demo, nothing that will your minds ..lol. Also, for the record, Carlos has been sick, so he won't be giving a report from AMD about developement news on the phenom. FYI: Carlos is in charge of working with AMD, procuring everything from sponsers and installing the system.

Soo, the part 3 segment is going to get right to the meat of my involvement here, the case! No commentary except for a brief intro, then music with lots of eye candy.. I may add my visit to the plater today at the very end.

I hope to have the segment posted here 2nite or thurs

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 02/07/2008 07:00 AM
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Part 3 video segment was posted last night. This reveals how the new side panels open with latch

Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytp1_uwRCfk



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 02/08/2008 01:56 PM
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I had a bit of a scare. I was gathering up all of the parts for my trip to the plater, I couldn't find the AMD logo cut-outs! Finally after 30 minutes I found them in my tool box drawer. I forgot that I planned to paint them instead of plating (*sigh)

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 02/08/2008 09:17 PM
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Dude that the most awsome case ever, cant wait for the next video. Keep up the great work

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 02/10/2008 08:16 AM
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Thanks dude!

Thanks dudes! I appreciate you following my work and will always try my best to offer good content in return.

It's been a pleasure to transform a seriously fugly factory case into timeless art. It's not as heavy as it looks, it's 6061 aircraft aluminum.

I've done a lot of aluminum polishing with an electric buffer and by hand. Until you've done your own polishing, I can only describe it as extremely tedious work. It numbs your brain, but not in a good way. Theres only a few Modders like myself that have been crazy enough to polish their own aluminum parts, sethnmalice and Paul from coolercases.co.uk. It takes a lot of patience! Last year I polished the http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet...brary/1PRTFinal1n.jpg
tall machined 6061 aircraft aluminum side panels and motherboard tray on this tower by hand. It took me 2.5 weeks of work, on/off otherwise the task drove me out of my mind. If you don't have the proper buffing equip, you can wetsand out any imperfections first before buffing out the finish. I don't have all the pro equip, so the problem with 6061 alum, is it can scratch real easy. Any speck of dirt caught under a sanding block will create havoc in the finish, just like wetsanding a paint finish. Of course, this did happen a few times and you started over. I vowed I'd never do this again and seek a professsional next time I wanted this type of finish. "Project Phenom" presented this challenge again so I made some phone calls and found AAA Metal Finishing.

Yesterday I picked up the first pieces from AAA. On a saturday no less! Since http://www.mnpctech.com manufacturers their own line of machined aluminum parts, I've always wanted to learn about chrome, copper, and bronze platting. AAA's owner, Raul gave my son and I a tour of the facility. The building is city block long! He showed us the steps involved in plating metal parts. I noticed one of Raul's clients was http://www.bdm.com/index.php I recognized their logo on handlebars and frame brackets in different stages throughout the building. Before any part can be plated, it must first be Bead blasted and then polished, otherwise you will see any surface imperfections in the final chrome coating. Raul was kind enough to allow me to record some of the steps with my camera. I plan share this footage in the next video update for this project


The first parts to return are the new top panel and factory front bezel trim from the Thermaltake SwordM Case. The factory finish on the bezel was originally anodized silver.













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Edited: 02/10/2008 at 08:18 AM by mnpctech
 02/15/2008 06:18 AM
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We just painted the SwordM's rear door with "Self Etching" base coat, then HoK Black Chrome, then HoK Kosmic Krome and will be airbrushing circuit board trails over it that play off the recessed portions in the milled side panels. Heres the SwordM's rear door before paint. HoK Kosmic Krome is very fickle in how it's applied.







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 02/17/2008 08:10 AM
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Heres the milled aluminum duckbill thingy, we didn't make it. Thermaltake did. I hated the ***** thing at first sight. It's soo fugly weird, but jeez it surely looks different than anything I've ever seen.. Plus, it's milled from solid block of aluminum!!

I just had to leave it on the case and paint it.



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 02/20/2008 06:54 AM
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I'll be mounting Round Modders Mesh on the back side of the openings in the milled side panel doors.

The small steel plates were spot welded onto the mesh, these will serve as AMD badges. The mesh is bare steel, so it has been clearcoated to avoid rusting.



These triangular pieces were spot welded together. They mount inside the large side vents


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Edited: 02/20/2008 at 06:55 AM by mnpctech
 02/21/2008 01:44 AM
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Nice

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 03/19/2008 12:14 PM
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Finally, video of the finished project!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIjNyTuxO18



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Edited: 03/19/2008 at 12:14 PM by mnpctech
 03/19/2008 07:20 PM
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whooa that pc rules , congrats.

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 03/22/2008 09:20 AM
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Thank you!

Lachesis Mouse and Lycosa Keyboard stole the show! I've heard from a lot of people interested in their products. I'm glad I could give them some good exposure. The project made Razer Blog
I think he would be very receptive to working with Mnpctech. Maybe some mods to the pc systems they use for their show displays.







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 04/01/2008 06:44 AM
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You can watch the videos of this build here

YouTube Case Mod Videos



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 04/08/2008 04:21 PM
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holy ***** that looks SWEET!!! , have a question, do you make custom cases?? if so can you make me 1??

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