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Spectacular scratch-built project is finally finished

Spectacular scratch-built project is finally finished

Blue Horizon began in 2010 and the work that was involved is quite simply staggering

It started in 2010 with some interesting renders of a tower case and large side-mounted radiator that followed forum member riekmaharg2's previous project, Silent Fiberglass.

However, even the incredibly technical-looking exploded diagrams we saw early on couldn't have prepared us for what lay in store over the next 20 months. Blue Horizon is so detailed and so intricate that it's literally only in the last few months that we've begun to see just how awesome it would be.

We lost count of how many updates riekmaharg2 posted, but the project's 71-page marathon is choc-full of eyecandy. It's a water-cooled masterpiece that we're simply proud to have on our forum. As many of our forum members have already said - riekmaharg2 should be very proud of what he has achieved.

This looks like the project to beat in 2012. But enough of our drivel, here's some eye candy and of course, make sure you check out riekmaharg2's project log to see how Blue Horizon was made.

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[ZiiP] NaloaC 24th March 2012, 01:50 Quote
This, along with some of the other fantastic modders in the forums, genuinely does deserve its own article!
Waynio 24th March 2012, 06:05 Quote
:D Congrats riekmaharg2 it's a beauty, don't think I caught onto this one from the start but once I did I was hooked, sucks to not have more updates coming but awesome at the same time now you can finally sit back & enjoy this awesome on the senses masterpiece, woo hoooooo. :D
Elton 24th March 2012, 07:02 Quote
Gorgeous mod.
deathtaker27 24th March 2012, 09:03 Quote
Now this is why I love bit-tech

riekmaharg2, absoultely brilliant job there :)
faxiij 24th March 2012, 10:23 Quote
lol. 2 years and all the outcome is just a scratch build that looks almost just like the average casemod? What is happening to the modding-scene?

surely it looks good and i can appreciate it is of high quality. so props for that. but what happened to creativity? how narrow-minded do you have to be to make a casecon and build it in the shape of stupid regular case? isn't the point of a scratch build that you have freedom in creativity to create new shapes, mount the hardware in DIFFERENT ways? I'm almost appalled by the boring state this scene is in!

More CREATIVE casecon's please! Like the TIKKI build, or that stealth fighter that is being made. Or a Diamond. Maybe a ceiling-mounted casecon. Or using materials other than the boring alu and mdf everyone's using! PLEASE!! More creativity, more diversity!
Combatus 24th March 2012, 10:41 Quote
You're entitled to your own opinion of course, but starting a post with 'lol' I quite frankly find very disrespectful. You only have to look in the project log to see just how innovative this project is,why it took so long and why it's one of the most popular on our forums.
Ending Credits 24th March 2012, 10:48 Quote
I don't really see the problem to be honest. Sure if all scratch builds were all normal case like then it would be nice to see some crazy desings, but there are plenty of those out there already.
[ZiiP] NaloaC 24th March 2012, 11:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by faxiij
lol. 2 years and all the outcome is just a scratch build that looks almost just like the average casemod? What is happening to the modding-scene?

Fecking hell man, did you even bother to LOOK, let alone read the build log???

This is a creation that was roughly 2 years in the making with an incredible amount of effort, design ingenuity, custom fabricated parts and skilful machining. So what if parts are mounted in a "normal" fashion! Yes, everyone is allowed their own opinion and this is seemingly yours, but shows little appreciation to the dedication that went into this build.

Don't just look at the pictures and go "meh, so what", look a bit deeper into the effort that was put into practice and the skillset involved. Then come back with a more informed opinion.

/rant.
Sarakon 24th March 2012, 11:21 Quote
Seriously dude?? read through the 73 pages first, then come back and tell us this is not different or creative!!

On a happier note: Congrats to the completion of this awesome mod! :D
----jimbo---- 24th March 2012, 11:28 Quote
Brilliant job, but I kinda agree with faxiij. For 2 years worth of work, it lacks wow for me. I'm not saying it's not a brilliant job (it is) I'm sure it beautifully machined etc but for me it really doest do anything. I've seen more interesting and exciting case mods.
riekmaharg2 24th March 2012, 11:38 Quote
Thanks everyone ;), faxiij the main reason I took the regular shape is that yeah more crazy shapes and designs can look very nice, however they often have the draw back that there not as practical when it comes to actually using them. For example when I came to decide the design I wanted to make, my first thoughts came from what I learnt from my Silent Fiberglass build, which were that not having the MB backpanel on the outside of the case limits you to the ease of being able to connect anything and means depending on the design, that you may be stuck with old outdated connectors on your case after a while. That therefore is one design restriction, then you also got the fact that adventurous designs can also be more of a PITA to fit hardware into, and if they're high performance mods then they are quite often much much larger than regular shape cases, which again creates some impracticality as I want to be able to sit it on my desk and still have room to view it while my screen is also on my desk.

So once you take those into account the standard PC shape is one of a few of the most effective use of space, with the ease of use, and ability to upgrade very easily. But then if you do use a standard case you don't get the the unique features that I wanted, the ability to have a large heat sink on the side with a fan which draws air through the case and fits level with the heat sink, the ability to have a very neat and simple water cooling system, the ability to have almost all the wires and tubes completely hidden, the ability to have all the cool looking components on display.

That said however I'm not trying to take anything away from the people who do go for the adventurous designs, in my opinion its just a question of what that individuals situation is, for example if I had a large room just for my computer, and I had easily enough money to be able to afford to get two separate high performance PC's then, I would have gone for an adventurous design as I would then have the space to have it on display and I would be able to continually upgrade the second PC, meaning it would matter if the scratch built PC was outdated.
Angel OD 24th March 2012, 11:43 Quote
Even if I wanted to say something bad about this project I couldn't. Since there is not a single damn thing wrong with it! ;)

As a fellow modder, I completely disagree with the trolls above.

I love the design, and the craftmanship on this is also excellent. ;)

Also, most of us don't mod 8 hours a day. Had you spent 8 hours a day on this, I'd say that 2 years was a long time, but I know you didn't. Awesomeness takes time, and you sure spent the time needed to make this as amazing as it is.

As Combatus say, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. So I'll just walk away still thinking that this is beautifull. :)
S1W1 24th March 2012, 12:04 Quote
The quality and the level of detail applied to this project are sensational.
stoff3r 24th March 2012, 12:43 Quote
Great, beautiful. Sets the bar for retail brands.
misterd77 24th March 2012, 13:05 Quote
very clean, ordered build, simply staggering the amount of man hours, notable highlights is the motherboard mounting and the reservoir, colour scheme is spot on, everywhere I look, the detail is highly impressive, ignore the critism about the shape, after all, its the shape most would want anyway, this one should be lauded as one of the finest scratch builds ever, skill set is increasing dramaticly, and many more projects are following the trend of custom EVERYTHING, I love it, just one suggestion, remove that dvd drive, the black just spoils it, I would go for a slot loader, with a panel made outta the same material as the case, give it an even cleaner look on the front, apart from that, and in the finest of bit tech traditions, here s my score... 94/100.
PingCrosby 24th March 2012, 14:02 Quote
Nice that.
NethLyn 24th March 2012, 15:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by ----jimbo----
Brilliant job, but I kinda agree with faxiij. For 2 years worth of work, it lacks wow for me. I'm not saying it's not a brilliant job (it is) I'm sure it beautifully machined etc but for me it really doest do anything. I've seen more interesting and exciting case mods.

It's like the Turner prize of case mods, designed to split opinion :D looks brilliant, the builder should go into business doing this as the finish is great. I'm firmly in the view of wanting a case that looks good enough but can be used every day and be easily moved around the house compared to the crazy one-offs.
haggisathome 24th March 2012, 15:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by faxiij
blah blah blah , i live under a bridge ...

you sir are a http://www.chimpout.com/forum/images/smilies/WANK.gif

very impressive scratch build dude , wish i could do something like you did . and just ignore the troll :D
Eiffie 24th March 2012, 17:32 Quote
This is one sexy computer. Looks very professional.
fdbh96 24th March 2012, 17:49 Quote
Nice to see project logs getting their own article as I hardly ever see them usually but this is amazing :)

Great job riekmaharg2!
rogerrabbits 24th March 2012, 19:48 Quote
Where do all the leads go?
----jimbo---- 24th March 2012, 19:52 Quote
@ Angel OD

"As a fellow modder, I completely disagree with the trolls above."

Just because I said it's not my cup of tea why am I suddenly classed as a troll? Does that make you a fascist?
faxiij 24th March 2012, 20:33 Quote
riekmaharg2 & everyone else: i do want to make the point that this article just triggered a disliking that has been wanting to come out for a long time. i have nothing against this build, quite on the contrary. in supporting angel od's comment ("Since there is not a single damn thing wrong with it! ;)"), i'd like to extend on his words: the craftmanship is very excellent, as consequently the build quality as well. i should have pronounced that more. the design however, is where i feel more oculd have been done. i completely get the reasoning. i understand that well and hell, i have no problem with that. as i said, not a criticism of this mod in particular but just in general.

and by no means am i trolling: i just dont have the money (and also, tools and workspace) to put extensive plans for several plans i have made already into action. i think back to the cube mod or WMD. those were awesome. they are, what i am missing! it is more a complaint about the scratch-build scene that happens to come out under this article where it might have been better fitting in the forums - by no means am i trying to diminish the work or beauty of this build. maybe put in a different way, i feel it is a little pity when i come to imagine, what could have been the outcome by a modder this skilled and dedicated. if people like riekmaharg2 dont do the thing yet not done, who should then? a missed opportunity, if you will?!

and even if it might not change a thing, i meant this to be a kickstarter for discussion, not flaming and trolling.

offtopic @ haggisathome: im german. and i love the uk. ive lived there some years. people like you however should be ocked away just like those basstards that raided shops in london and brought terror. people like you are the reason that non-british people talk badly about the UK. Without people like you, I wouldn't be surprised if the UK would be the most popular country in all of Europe, hell, even on a worldwide scale. /rant end/
faxiij 24th March 2012, 20:36 Quote
^^^^^ oculd = could of course and ocked = locked. missing a edit button here :/
faxiij 24th March 2012, 20:44 Quote
also it's an edit button of course. forget to add that i have a few unrightly harsh words in my initial comment. well, i was emotional. it happens to all of us. so please accept my apologies for that. but as riekmaharg showed interestingly, it is possible to see through the bloated **** and comment on the question/criticism/discussion/whatever-else-it-might-be behind all that.
Waynio 24th March 2012, 21:09 Quote
Apologised so withdraw my first bit :o

This is heaving with countless innovative touches to this, not arty farty stuff, actual quality functioning modding & with real nice looks, I like all sides to modding but functions are the reason some of us got into making our own & this looks kind of simple with it's clean uncluttered looks but sure wasn't to create, it's a very advanced awesome mod & done to perfection, the uncluttered clean looks of this make it easy for anyone who only looks at the final shots but hasn't taken a good look through the log to jump to a silly conclusion of it not setting a high standard.

In short no scratch that in ramble :D this mod freaking rocks in many ways, ticks all the boxes for what a sweet case should be, silence with nice temps, not an easy feat to achieve, sweet subtle yet awesome looks, ultra effective true custom water cooling & looks amazing & real nice easy maintenance, a lot of advanced modding went into this but without checking the log some people might make conclusions like that.

2 Years is a fairly long time to a casual viewer but to people who make things manually it's almost the norm & if working a job also or other life consuming stuff then that's going at a damn good enthusiastic pace for a build like this.

Negative comments stand out more than positive ones, fact, just remember the only way people could come up with silly conclusions is if they didn't check the log.

100% wodney wenolds kickass product. :D
Waynio 24th March 2012, 21:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by ----jimbo----
@ Angel OD

"As a fellow modder, I completely disagree with the trolls above."

Just because I said it's not my cup of tea why am I suddenly classed as a troll? Does that make you a fascist?

No but it's because you agreed with the disrespectful comment :D but if you said not my cup of tea but awesome work you wouldn't have been classed as one, d'oh.

I think if onlookers want to see something to their taste they should get into making them themselves to make what they consider an awesome project, tis what every modder already does & the more you do I guess the more you appreciate other modders efforts even if it isn't your cup of tea.
----jimbo---- 24th March 2012, 23:18 Quote
@Waynio

"if you said not my cup of tea but awesome work you wouldn't have been classed as one, d'oh. "

Erm, I said it was a "Brilliant job" (twice) and "it's beautifully machined".
mute1 24th March 2012, 23:44 Quote
Personally I think it's fantastic.
Sometimes mad shapes are just try-hard and easy ways to stand out. (But of course plenty of times they're cool too, so don't get me wrong...)
Anyway, I think the elegant and simple design makes this extra special!
Ross1 25th March 2012, 02:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mingemuncher
just one suggestion, remove that dvd drive, the black just spoils it

Thats the bit that I noticed too. The case simply makes it and the fan controller look incredibly cheap and naff by comparison
riekmaharg2 25th March 2012, 12:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rogerrabbits
Where do all the leads go?

If you mean the usb header, and power/reset button leads then they're hidden behind the motherboard and they are connected using some connectors I made.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ross1
Quote:
Originally Posted by mingemuncher
just one suggestion, remove that dvd drive, the black just spoils it

Thats the bit that I noticed too. The case simply makes it and the fan controller look incredibly cheap and naff by comparison

Yeah I'm currently saving up for one of those expensive large LCD with graph fan controllers, also after some random Stumbling on stumbleupon I've discover a cool material which I'm gonna incorporate into a single design for both the empty drive bay and the DVD drive make both one unit.

I will put it on as a post completion update on my log :)

Thanks everyone ;), also its nice to see the apologies between everyone, helps to keep the atmosphere of bit-tech a friendly place :)

Also if any site moderators are reading this, these pages could do with a multi quote button all I can do is copy an paste them.
riekmaharg2 25th March 2012, 12:04 Quote
O forget to say and an edit button would be nice too :)
nemo 25th March 2012, 14:34 Quote
Excellent job. I'd love to see a short video of zoom-ins / pans across interesting details
rogerrabbits 25th March 2012, 21:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by riekmaharg2
If you mean the usb header, and power/reset button leads then they're hidden behind the motherboard and they are connected using some connectors I made.

Ahh cool! Looks like an amazing job at making it all, but I'm mostly blown away by how tidy it is inside. :O
slipperyskip 26th March 2012, 05:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by riekmaharg2
O forget to say and an edit button would be nice too :)

If you didn't know...front page article threads are located in the forums.

http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=228191
Mosquito 26th March 2012, 16:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by slipperyskip
If you didn't know...front page article threads are located in the forums.

http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=228191

Beat me to it :p
Quote:
Originally Posted by faxiij
also it's an edit button of course. forget to add that i have a few unrightly harsh words in my initial comment. well, i was emotional. it happens to all of us. so please accept my apologies for that. but as riekmaharg showed interestingly, it is possible to see through the bloated **** and comment on the question/criticism/discussion/whatever-else-it-might-be behind all that.

That last part, was something that was evident in the thread as well... it's partly why the PSU and DVD/HDD covers are the way they are now, there was dislike for the design and he was open to the suggestions that others had.

I would agree that it's not the flashiest thing, but maybe that's what I like so much about it... the fact that it's hand built with manual machines and is a very sleek looking make it pretty sweet for me. I also like less complex design as well... that's probably why I spent more than I should have trying to find a less flashy case when I redid one of my pcs...


Congrats, riekmaharg2, on the font page article, well deserved! ;)
Furball Zen 26th March 2012, 22:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by faxiij
lol. 2 years and all the outcome is just a scratch build that looks almost just like the average casemod? What is happening to the modding-scene?

surely it looks good and i can appreciate it is of high quality. so props for that. but what happened to creativity? how narrow-minded do you have to be to make a casecon and build it in the shape of stupid regular case? isn't the point of a scratch build that you have freedom in creativity to create new shapes, mount the hardware in DIFFERENT ways? I'm almost appalled by the boring state this scene is in!

More CREATIVE casecon's please! Like the TIKKI build, or that stealth fighter that is being made. Or a Diamond. Maybe a ceiling-mounted casecon. Or using materials other than the boring alu and mdf everyone's using! PLEASE!! More creativity, more diversity!

Are you an absolute idiot? This thing was made by hand, everything except the mobo/psu and drives! I cant believe youre knocking it down cause it looks like a computer case!
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