Hi all. I have been out to of modding game for quite a while now. I try to pop in when I can but it is nowhere near as much as I would like. I come to you all with a new project. Something that I have been planning and pondering for the better part of 8 months now and actually started just before Christmas 2010. I was planning on having this project finished by now but since Uni finished for the year late last November I have had set back after setback. The most major setback being work with a close second coming to a project car I purchased, an AE86 Toyota Corolla Levin
. Well enough excuses for now, lets start with some background.
I originally got the idea for this project when one of my friends fathers asked me to build him a new desktop. He gave me $1000AUD and 1 week to bring him a quote and a build running PC, I delivered his request in little under 4 days. When searching for a nice budget case I came across the Lancool PC-K series of cases. For the size and the price the cost was quite cheap and from what I could gather online they were a nice reliable chassis. I ended up choosing to make the build in a Lancool PC-K58
and knew straight away that I had chosen the right case for the job. With tons of space for all the latest hardware, relatively good looks, good cooling and a great price I knew straight away that I had found my next project case but there were a few things that bugged me about it, the plastic and the weight. I knew at the time that Lancool were pretty much a budget version of Lian Li so I jumped on the Lian Li website to find which case they modeled the PC-K58 on, that's when I found the Lian Li PC-P50
. I settled on this to be the perfect case for my new project. A relatively roomy case without being too large and made entirely out of aluminum were a few of the qualities that swayed my decision.
This project was initially going to be a complete white project called "Snow" but after receiving the Lian Li and just seeing the quality and beauty of the brushed black exterior panels I couldn't bring myself to paint it. I then re-named the project "Elegant-Li" and decided to keep the exterior as is while making a few structural modifications and painting the interior white.
In terms of modifications I have a few up my sleeve. I'll be performing the standard mods such as a case window and adding a false floor but I will also be doing a few extra things that I will keep secret for now.
As with my last build (Lexa), i will be incorporating a water cooling system into the design. It won't be over the top and I wont go into the details right now because I haven't finished working out the details yet.
The colour scheme as stated above will be a black exterior with a white interior. I haven't decided between black, gray, or white cable sleeving yet but that's not a major issue. The water cooling will consist of either a single or duel loop (still haven't decided) with dark blue coolant.
The entire interior will be lit with the help of a few pure white LED strips.
For those who followed my previous build you would know that I'm not one to put my thoughts to paper as picture form very often. Here is a teaser of how (I hope) this project will turn out.
That's all for today, call it a teaser. I hope to get some actual progress shots up tomorrow night. Until then.
Project: Elegant-Li is sponsored Speedy IT Services!
Speedy IT is a local IT group run by a good friend of mine who I met through my Uni degree. Speedy IT Services specialize in PC repairs and website design but also sell hardware, software and watercooling products. I helped Paul (the owner) get things going and it is great to see the busines take off in the local market. When Paul decided he wanted to build his first water cooled PC just under 12 months I helped him get everything organised from the ground up and to repay me he agreed to be my sponsor for this current build.