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Silent Fibreglass PC by Keir Graham

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mi1ez 18th January 2010, 10:26 Quote
Is it my imagination, or are there 2 different PCs in there in different shots?

Either way, an awesome build! good work.
Bad_cancer 18th January 2010, 11:38 Quote
iirc he changed the design a bit towards the end.
As is prone to happen on most projects :D
this was fun to follow, happy to see it on the front page!
BlackMage23 18th January 2010, 12:02 Quote
Very nice, but that DVD drive ruins the look a bit on the side.
death_munky 18th January 2010, 12:55 Quote
What a great project on a tight budget. I think the final result looks really good and the finsh is excellent (fibreglass is a proper PITA to work with)
Cyberpower-UK 18th January 2010, 15:05 Quote
That is a really nice looking system. Did you ever consider fitting a screen instead of a door?
rickysio 18th January 2010, 15:18 Quote
Honestly, (not sour grapes, before anyone insists about it) if I had access to such equipment I think I probably would have done something like that. DnT class in my secondary school only gave me access to small small planks of wood and wood working machines. Hardly the most efficient way of building a casing.

Not to mention how irritating it would be if the wood warped and wrecked my PC. Near the end of the DnT course spanning 2 years we had access to metal... Small pieces of metal smaller than a name card. While admittedly a PC built out of such materials would not only be amusing but amazing, I am not one blessed with patience. :X
Zero_UK 18th January 2010, 15:39 Quote
That does look amazing, a shame that the actual hardware had to be budget :(.

Looks fricken sweet though.
benji2412 18th January 2010, 17:30 Quote
I'm pretty amazed you managed to get an AMD Athlon 64 X2 to 4.6 GHz. How'd you manage that one? What are the temps like?
Farfalho 18th January 2010, 18:07 Quote
If you could or can find an slot-in drive, that would me much pleasing and follows the looks on the side.

Great thing done there and lots of dedication. As cyberpower-uk said, I also thought of a screen in there instead of a clear acrylic but that would have increase the dimensions and cramp the space a little so it was good you didn't do it. And some cable tidying would be more pleasant to the eye.

Lucky for having such equipment at your disposal, great job
perplekks45 18th January 2010, 18:13 Quote
This case makes me happy.
And apparently itself as well. :)

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2010/01/silent-fibreglass-by-kier-graham/35s.jpg
riekmaharg2 18th January 2010, 19:38 Quote
Thanks for all the comments everyone :) I seem to have missed the PC specs the ones listed are my old set up, my new set up is:

Full system specs:

CPU – Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.8ghz
GPU – Radeon HD3850
CD/DVD - Samsung dual layer DVD/CD writer
Hard disks – 1TB Samsung 7200 rpm, 120Gb Samsung 7200rpm
Memory – Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600mhz 6GB (3 x 2GB sticks)
Motherboard – MSI X48C Platinium
Powersupply – Colorsit 550w with modded 12cm rubber mounted silent fan
Water-cooling – XSPC Laing DCC (18w) with acrylic top, Zalman ZM-WB5 CPU block, Zalman ZM-GWB3 VGA block, clear 10mm ID 15mm OD tubing with a custom made radiator.

The temps are 30C idle and around 45C while cherning through Supreme Commander - FA at 1920x1080 , the GPU is also overclocked to 705mhz from 668mhz.

I thought about having a screen in the case instead of the panel, however I wanted a much larger screen than one that would have fit in, so I decided to have the parts visible instead of a secondary screen. Some of the pics at the end are of the old version of the case which didn't have a nice interior and the paint wasnt anywhere near as good as it is now. My school was also terrible with the supplied DnT facilities most of the machinery and materials I used where from else where.

I think I've answered everyones questions :) Please feel free to ask more.
VaLkyR-Assassin 18th January 2010, 23:06 Quote
That's really impressive work to create that case - it's great to see the photographs of each stage to see how you turned the raw parts into a beautifully crafted piece of art.
Freedom 19th January 2010, 03:33 Quote
Nice case. Screen shot of the temps please not entirely convinced by the cool arrangements though.
woodss 19th January 2010, 11:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by death_munky
What a great project on a tight budget. I think the final result looks really good and the finsh is excellent (fibreglass is a proper PITA to work with)

Understatement...fibreglass is the ultimate PITA to work with...itd be easier to make the thing out of clay.
riekmaharg2 19th January 2010, 12:26 Quote
Thanks for comments, heres the idle temps screen shot: http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KpdIa2r2QgQ/S1WWDBf-FVI/AAAAAAAACaA/Lz2VKRVAdGA/s800/Idle%20temps.jpg

The graphics card is always a higher temp for some reason I think the GPU block is a bit crappy.
woodss 19th January 2010, 12:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by riekmaharg2
Thanks for comments, heres the idle temps screen shot: http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KpdIa2r2QgQ/S1WWDBf-FVI/AAAAAAAACaA/Lz2VKRVAdGA/s800/Idle%20temps.jpg

The graphics card is always a higher temp for some reason I think the GPU block is a bit crappy.

Very Nice
akibro 20th January 2010, 20:21 Quote
I'm suitably impressed! good work with what you had available! I will always admire someone with patience enough to make a case like that, makes me wanna think about doing something again
Abdul Hadi 25th January 2010, 12:54 Quote
Great Paint finish Man. I'm really impressed. Practical approach to cooling. Though I find the inside of the case asthetically mmmmmmmmmmmm.......... Boaring. I mean not beautiful. better be a plain finished paint.
riekmaharg2 25th January 2010, 18:17 Quote
Thanks akibro, and abdul, the main reason the inside isnt as good as the outside is because I only planned to make the inside visible very late into the build, so by that point there wasnt much that I could do unfortunately.
cc3d 30th January 2010, 04:39 Quote
good job. Looks like you put a lot of hard work into it.
turly 9th February 2010, 16:34 Quote
Not a modder, nor even interested in being one, but having read this I had to register so I could add my congrats to the modder. Looks brilliant - a just reward for the amount of work that went into it. Congrats again!
riekmaharg2 12th February 2010, 19:47 Quote
Thanks cc3d and turly :)
kingjohn 30th June 2010, 18:14 Quote
Great job but i always get see through glass and fiberglass mixed up dont know why as a few of my mates had fiberglass body kitted cars 2 seaters only .
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