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XPC Mod II
This is another Shuttle XPC Mod. I had some 10" Sub Woofer neon rings that I was not using, so I decided to mod one of my Shuttle XPC's and incorporate them into the design.... The rings are also sound activated so they can go to the beat of the music or to the sounds of my PC games....
I will also incorporate more lighting inside and out of this pc to give it more "dazzle",

I started out by stripping down an XPC to a bare chasis, I had to modify the front of the case by removing the corners off the chasis so the neon ring would slip over it, I also cut out the "grill" for the cooling fan. (I did the mods after the pic was taken...)
 

I then designed and cut new front and back plates for the XPC with our handy PlasmaCam system,
gathered up some expanded aluminum.....
 

I then designed and cut some brackets to hold the front end of the top cover to the back piece, and for attaching the expanded aluminum to.
After a few minutes of bending, forming, welding and cleaning, this is what I got.... not bad considering I didn't have a plan when I started, I just kind of built it as I went along. I hand rolled the aluminum over a 10" diameter steel pipe to get the radius to match the neon rings.

The expanded aluminum are inserts that can be removed by removing the top and bottom rail
covers I cut and formed to fit around and hide the edges of the aluminum.

Neon lights test....COOL!!!!!!!!!

I went and bought some of Dupli-Color's color changing paint, I painted the inside gloss black, and painted the case cover, the front plate, and the fan guard with the color changing paint... I also went ahead and painted all the thumb screws and the heads of all fasteners the same color as the case cover... (although I missed the 3 thumb screws that hold the case cover on!! I will have to touch those up later...) After a few layers of paint and some gloss cote....
I am planning on placing some of the expanded aluminum in the top openning once the paint fully cures....
I left all the expanded aluminum unpainted.


This is what the case looks like separated into 2 halves...




So far so good, now to re install the mobo and stuff and get this thing rocking!

I am going to be using a Shuttle FS56 v2.1 Mobo,
Super Talent 2GB DDR2-533FSB,
GeForce FX 5500/256MB,
Intel CeleronD 2.40Ghz,
120GB HDD, DVD_CDRW Combo Drive


Mobo looks good against the black case....

I will be disassembling the CD Drive and repainting the housing black to match interior, maybe I will even replace the top cover with some clear plexiglass so you could see the cd's spinning, I Just need to get this thing fired up for the Intel contest on YouTube.... spur of the moment decision... I want an Intel T-Shirt (lol). I was not even planning on entering any comps with this, there are only four days before the submission deadline is reached....
GeForce FX 5500 Installed..... almost ready for power!!!


Looks good so far.... I will be adding an overlay over the front with some blue translucent plexiglass, I just havent cut it yet.... still deciding on layout... the edges of the plexiglass will glow blue when exposed to some light, should look very cool, maybe I will use red to offset the blue neon?!? I am also placing a backlit logo plate on the front where the rectangular cutout is....



When I repaint the CDRom case I will be doing the same to the power supply casing.... so it would blend in more...
By removing the case's "grill" I increased the amount of airflow over the cooling fins...


All set to power up now....

Blue and Red Neon check... good,


I hot glued the Power LED and the HDD LED behind the power button I turned on the lathe out of some bullet resistant plexiglass,
with some reflective foil behind the LED's. Depending on what the PC is doing, it changes from blue to purplish red.


I also have a few LED's inside, not enough though, I am on the lookout for some LED third brake lights off of a vehicle, so I could illumintae the inside a little better with some brighter red LED's.


That's it for now.....

Here's the YouTube video for the Intel competition... I couldn't put too much of the work into a 1 minute or less video to qualify, so I tried to summarize it as best I could in 59 seconds....

and heres another YouTube Video with it actually reponding to music by the Beastie Boys...



The winners were announced on friday 01/18/2008...
I was not one of the top ten... But I did get my Intel Shirt!!

 
Intel Logo on the front, and quote on the back of the t-shirt....




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