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02-09-2007, 10:08 PM
Hey guys, haven't posted here in a while so I thought I would drop in and share with you my latest I built for the Cooler Master Contest. You can see more of this case as well as my other completed mods on my new website: http://www.bods-mods.com. Or if you are going to PDXLAN in Portland next week, I will be there along with the Mystique case, so you can check it out in person! :)

Ok, on with the case description:
I came up with the idea to create one HTPC desktop-style case, using two Mystique 631 aluminum tower chassis. The main idea was to keep evident the Mystique heritage and styling throughout the case, inside and out. The wavy theme was carried out in tandem with logo elements to create a consistent and elegant look, while keeping its ultimate use in mind. This being a home theater PC, it will be located in my living room, and must function as a HDTV tuner/personal video recorder. Care was taken when selecting components that were best suited for such a task (i.e. Mars cpu cooler running in silent mode).
System Specs:
Asus A8N SLI Premium Motherboard
AMD FX-55 cpu with CM Mars cooler
Centon PC-3200 RAM (1Gb)
EVGA 8800GTS Video Card (acquired after pics were taken)
Sound Blaster Audigy Sound Card
Western Digital SATA 200Gb Hard Drive
Cooler Master 600W eXtreme Power PSU
Pioneer Slim-line Slot Loading DVD drive (x2)
WinPVR Tv-tuner PCI card
Cats Eye HDTV tuner PCI card
Zippy Aluminum Keyboard
Logitech Cordless Mouse
iDuo 10-in-1 Card Reader/iPod Dock

http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Wide_sm.jpg (http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Wide.jpg)

http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Medium_sm.jpg (http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Medium.jpg)

http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Front_sm.jpg (http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Front.jpg)

http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Front_Open_sm.jpg (http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Front_Open.jpg)

http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Window_on_sm.jpg (http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Window_on.jpg)

http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/iPod_sm.jpg (http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/iPod.jpg)

http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Pwr_Button_sm.jpg (http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Pwr_Button.jpg)

http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/PSU_Cover_sm.jpg (http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/PSU_Cover.jpg)

http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Back_Light_sm.jpg (http://www.bods-mods.com/Mystique/Back_Light.jpg)

02-12-2007, 03:55 AM
Thanks guys! I appreciate the comments, and the +reps (whatever that is lol!).
And thanks to the guys at EVGA, I now have a new 8800GTS! :D
Here are some pics I just took of the vid card. I wanted to integrate it into the case, so I fabbed up a
nice cover for it to continue the theme.
Sanded down the edges,

then made the bend.

I secured the cover to the card by utilizing the existing screw that holds the pci bracket.

Not bad for a couple hours worth of work! Still need to clean up the smudges a bit.
And just for fun I ran 3DMark05 to see how well the card performs.
Straight out of the box, it pulled a 12,407 score. Just a tad better than my previous card, the 7800GT which scored 7209. (tee hee)


02-17-2007, 08:50 PM
I have my worklog posted up on Gruntville (http://www.gruntville.com). there's a link on the front page. 8)