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#1 Stonerboy779

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 06:31 PM

Hardware

- Core i3-540 (it is still a decent little CPU - comparison to 2500k)
- MSI H55M-E21 (the m-ATX mobo, bit old with the origal military class and non b3 rev)
- CoolerMaster 212+ CPU Cooler (it definitely goes alright)
- Kingston DDR3 1333 cas9 2x2GB
- Asus GTX 560 TOP (absolutely love this card the other one is in the 2500k rig atm)
- 120GB Patriot Pyro SE SSD (for the boot drive and main programs)
- 1TB WD Caviar Green HDD (for the music storage and game data)
- Very generic case (with only 3 80mm fan holes stock, it has been modded a little tho)

Goal

I aim to make a solid rig that starts up quick and can handle a decent bit of work. It is to be both visually pleasing and very practical. It shall be spending its life running Hyperspin possibly a touch jukebox in the future and Spotify. Wont perform any other tasks and it will be sitting in the bottom of my arcade machine. It will be visible through a high airflow mesh that fills the gaps of a mortal kombat dragon cutout on the front and another similar cutout on the back.
I will post progress of the arcade machine here too but it may take a while.
Pics of the mildly modded case will come soon and if i can find a before shot (which i forgot to take) I will post it also.

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#2 Stonerboy779

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 06:52 PM

The Case

The original case
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There is a single 80mm fan at the front for the intake and it draws air from a small slit down the bottom behind the silver face.
On the side of the case there is a single 80mm intake for the GPU/s and then one 80/92mm exhaust on the rear.

After lots of cutting and scrapping off the HDD cage I am left with this :)

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Also yes that is a koolance 360 rad shroud now on the front after cutting away 90% of the metal for heaps of airflow. Turns out that rad shroud was spot on for the case dimensions thtrough some happy chance haha. At the back you can see I cut out the old exhaust section entirely.

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Some fans in the front and no this build will be laying down otherwise it doesnt clear the monitor in the arcade machine.

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The rear fan and it is brased out with some aluminum angle and before anyone asks I will not be painting anything it will stay the mix of silver and black it is because it matches the silver casing on the back of the monitor.

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Another bit of angle and I think you can guess its purpose.


So now I have gone from 3 80mm fan holes to a possible 7 120mm fans plus another two on the 212+ cooler. All fans will be CoolerMaster Silent Blue led fans and all will be undervolted to 7v.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 06:57 PM

So your M-ATX build is actually a ATX case with a M-ATX mobo in it? :whistling:

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:04 PM

So your M-ATX build is actually a ATX case with a M-ATX mobo in it? :whistling:

Well yeah and your point is?

and you forgot one step it is a m-ATX mobo in a modded ATX case inside a 1600x500x500mm arcade machine :D

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:14 PM

where the pic of this things home lol since your saying it will be in an arcade machine but the translation between our versions of english may make a difference :dunno:

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:22 PM

where the pic of this things home lol since your saying it will be in an arcade machine but the translation between our versions of english may make a difference :dunno:

How could arcade machine translate differently :P either way that post is done now :)

Back Definately neeeds a sand and some larger holes cut out that are even (previous owner was a butcher when it came to woodwork and electronics)

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Front the door need replacing and it will have a large plexiglass window into the inside showing the computer in all its glory as well as a neet black and blue wiring when wires are to be seen at all

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Inside

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CRT FTW!! haha

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Working Coin Mechs (Modified for $1 coins) Getting entirely replaced now tho.

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Plexiglass to cover backlight sign at top

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Draft of button layout (I hate this one it needs reviewing (Buttons will all be replaced with light up blue ones and the sticks will have a blue ball top)

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:23 PM

Finished ripping bits of the arcade machine. Things like this idea of cooling.....

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Or someone who had fun with liquid nails.....

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And my favourite this many stables on only 30 cm

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Finished sanding up before painting a first layer

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All these are from old posts way back some newer pics will come soon once i have done some more

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:34 PM

Going to git this printed on signwriting vinyl will also make another interchangeable top as this mk one is really only useful in fighting games.

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Also two more massive 1600x500mm prints to wrap the sides of the arcade machine with but these are big expenses for another day.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:14 PM

Well was just testing hardware and was going to do a fresh install on the SSD but it looks like it has been sitting dead on my shelf these last few months.
Now hopefully I can get it replaced without an issue as today was the first day I opened and took it out of its packaging which kinda sucks.

Still need to get

- lots and lots and lots of led strips
- sound activated light controller
- illuminated power and reset switches
- new buttons and sticks for the arcade machine
- new coin slots machines too
- a massive sheet of perf steel powdercoat black
- some car speakers 6 1/2" splits and a shallow 8" sub
- the viynl prints but they will be last

some pics with lights on and off to give a general idea of the case with some hardware in

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 12:32 AM

NICE, def. following this. :)

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 12:45 AM

NICE, def. following this. :)

You'll probably be following for ages :P I started the project about a year ago haha.
However I do plan to get much more done these next few weeks.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:22 AM

Just call me over when its done...launie to Melbourne flights are cheap nowdays :)



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