Post Subject: Official thread for The Vashaun Elite
Posted on: Dec 23, 2008
The Vashaun Elite
Hi, I am new to this forum and just wanted to say hi to everyone.
Below is my first and only mod so far. I hope you guys like it, it's a bit different than most as it was created out of wood from scratch.
After the pics is a link that shows how I created it, not much of a work
log as this is my first mod and didn't know about worklogs and the such so I
didn't take too many pics of it during it's creation.
The link also shows you a video of the sound activated lighting system my rig has.
though it looks really big it is only about 41 inches tall.
I know one of the hard drive cooler fan lights is blown in this pic but I have since replaced it.
The link below only has a video of the motherboard compartment going with the music, though the hard drive bay is also sound activated like the mb compartment is, this video only shows the mb lights and gives you a light worklog.
ps. The drawer is also lighted when opened so you can see the contents of it
easier at night and the letters BVA on the side of it are my initials, had to personalize it.
Full break down and concept:
I built this computer for better cooling, performance and convenience of use.
I separated the main areas such as the motherboard, hard drive, psu and extra addons such as the dvd burner and other devices. By removing the hard drives away from the motherboard I was able to place a 120mm fan just to the right of the motherboard on the front of the case blowing towards the back of the unit bringing completely unobstructed airflow from outside the case straight to a side mounted cpu heat sink and have another 120 mm fan directly behind the cpu heat sink for exhaust which creates an almost direct vacuum to suck the heat out of the case. With this setup I noticed a 7-9 degree Celsius drop in my idle temps, they went from about 36 to 28/29 and under load from about 46 to 37 Celsius.
I placed a 80 mm fan at the bottom of the case to blow cool air on the video card and I also made it adjustable so in the future if I bought another video card with different fan placement on the card I can just slide the 80mm fan back and forth to where ever I need it. That mod also dropped my video card temps about 5 degrees Celsius.
The psu is in it's own area completely separate from everything else to help isolate any heat created from it.
The hard drive bay currently has 4 hard drives in it, all with hard drive coolers on them. With this setup I was able to keep a large gap between the hard drives for better air flow and also have a 120mm front fan and a 120mm rear exhaust fan, both are completely unobstructed from wires or anything else and were able to be placed closer to the hard drives since this case is narrower than most which improves overall air flow and cooling efficiency.
Another great mod for the hard drive bay is the slide out hard drive rack, if I ever need to swap out hard drives or replace hard drive coolers all I have to do is open the hard drive door and pull the rack out and I have full access to all drives. (cool or what!)
The top bay holds my dvd burner, fan speed controller, card reader, floppy drive, power and reset buttons and the built in cigarette lighter. All these were placed here for convenience so I don't have to bend down to insert or adjust anything when sitting at my computer desk, they are all at arms reach.
I also placed two digital thermometers on the front of the unit so I can easily monitor my cpu temps and my video card temps.
I placed 2 usb ports on the top of the unit so this way if I wanted to plug in my flash drive or anything else it is easy to reach and any cords/straps are contained on the top of the unit instead of just hanging down off the front or side of the tower like most computers are.
I also installed a lighting system that is sound activated. I have normal white lights that flash in the motherboard compartment along with the ultra violet lights that flash at a slightly different level exposing the hidden colors on all my components from the UV paint I painted them with. Very awesome to watch while jamming to some tunes.
Overall it took about a month and a half to build from scratch.
I think it has a grandfather clock kind of antiquity to it, not intentional, just turned out like that. A nice bonus.