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Challenger: Red

by thekojent

91
56 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 30, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 28, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.23GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.6GHz

Description

One of my good friends has been in need of a PC for a while, and I myself have been dying to build one for a while. I also had a small collection of spare parts (a case being one of them), and I had access to a full-blown machine shop at my university. Given all this, I decided to try my hand at case modding, and boy, I could not be happier with the results.

The first mod was the side panel window. For this, I used a 400W laser cutter at our machine shop to cut the metal. This resulted in a clean, precise cut with no finishing work needed. A local plastic shop supplied a cut-to-size piece of acrylic with a 3M abrasion resistant coating on one side, which I manually drilled holes for and fastened with #8-32 screws and lock nuts.

The front panel was a combination of quite a few techniques. Quite a large amount of material had to be removed to make room for the three LED fans, and I ended up ditching the old I-O. The USB 2 headers were pretty loose after a few years of use, and I never could get the e-SATA port to work, either. For $15, I ordered I-O from one of Corsair's new cases, and I 3D printed an angled mounting piece that fit existing holes in the chassis. For the fans, I recycled the scrap side panel metal and laser cut some brackets, which I bent on a sheet metal brake. I finished off the bracket with some scrap matte gray vinyl I had, since there was a gap of about a centimeter on either side of the fan. To complete the front panel, the remaining plastic was sanded and spray painted with Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X flat black paint, and a few strips of 3M Matte Red vinyl added some nice accents.

The internal modifications were fairly straightforward. I removed the front riveted drive cage fairly early in the build, and the hard drive wall ended up being the last mod that I finished. The 16.5" tall 3D printed part was designed to fit using old holes from the riveted drive cage, and it supports one SSD (secured with double sided tape) and the 1TB mechanical drive (secured with #6-32 x 3/8" screws from behind). Cable management was a nightmare, and I had to remove some material on the back of the case to make room for cables to fit. I went as far as to remove the sleeving from the semi-modular power supply to get the cables flat enough to close the side panel with minimal force. Speaking of sleeving, I used Teleios sleeving from Mainframe customs to create extensions for the 24-pin and 8-pin non-modular cables, and I scratch-built the PCI-E and SATA power cables. A 16" length of cool white LEDs completed the build, and I spliced power for those from the SATA power cable.

Overall, this build was a blast, and it served as a wonderful learning experience. The new owner is quite happy with the result, and I'm now itching to build another one. Maybe it's time I learn to watercool. ;)

EDIT: Decided to add a short blurb about the pictures, thought some of you might be interested! They were taken by a local photographer and a good friend of mine, Ben Dominguez. The cars aren't mine (unfortunately), but they're from a local exotics shop, 503 Motoring. During the pictures, my car (not pictured) provided the PC with power from an inverter and a really long extension cord, but I didn't get to adjust the Aura lighting profile after setting it up (the motherboard will reset the lighting profile if the power supply is turned off/unplugged). A couple of the photos were shot on my LG G4 phone, hence the slightly poorer quality on those.

BENCHMARKS

3D Mark Time Spy: 3582

3D Mark Firestrike: 9212

3D Mark Sky Diver: 20882

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mlach 4 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I'm all for glamour shots and all, but I would have liked to seen more close ups of the internal build. Just sayin.

Cam84 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Nice!!!! He can improve the parts over time and keep that awesome case! I should take a picture of my comp sitting on the 400hp hemi in my lifted reg cab ram :)

Varan56 1 point 19 months ago

I CAN"T HELP IT YOU PUT TWO OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TOGETHER A SPORTS CAR AND A GAMING PC . +10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

CaptainSnorlax 1 point 19 months ago

Haha nice build. I loved the car pictures, especially the gtr.

LatamirDigital 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I'm a simple guy, I see a GTR I hit +1.

Pixal 1 point 19 months ago

Nice car

Nice Build

+1

:)

catten 1 point 19 months ago

THAT GTR +1

uberlizard 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

That casemod is absolute goals. Maybe once I get my act together I will go to my school's machine shop and work on one, and it won't be as good as this, but maybe i just will.

bradenfontaine 12 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Well isn't that snazzy

mineman94 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

VERY NICE BRO!

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

This is ******* awesome. Cars and a badass af PC. This NEEDS to be featured! Ryan! Pls! :3333 -slides $50 under table-

shh I did nothing

Anyways, awesome build! +100 if I could ;D

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Enrico411 1 point 19 months ago

Next featured build right here!!! +1

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Which is yours? The GTR or the C7?

Which ever one you have....

Can I have the other? Please =D

* Slides $200 under table *

This deserves a feature, this PC looks awesome and so does your driveway. ;-)
fortking 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

The driveway has nothing to do with the build :/

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Meaning the contents of his driveway.

thekojent submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Neither are mine, haha. Those are at an exotic car shop across the street from my gym. On this note, I might add a paragraph about the photos in the original build description ;)

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Those are at an exotic car shop across the street from my gym.

=-(

I want one next to a gym too...

Neither are mine, haha.

}=-C

=-(

=-|

=-)

I forgive you.

=D

nick8675309 1 point 19 months ago

I have the same mobo. I couldn't get the i/o shield to go in far enough. the mobo wouldn't line up with the stand offs.

PersianWeasel 1 point 19 months ago

Beautifull 1+

crookz_n_castlez 6 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Overall, this build was a blast, and it served as a wonderful learning experience. The new owner is quite happy with the result, and I'm now itching to build another one. Maybe it's time I learn to watercool. ;)

One of the easiest +1 I've ever given. You should water cool man and please document you're journey because I feel like you will do a great job with that as well.

I find it funny how you were able to power the pc in different areas other than at a desk!

thekojent submitter 2 Builds 0 points 19 months ago

Thanks mate, definitely will if my wallet will allow it!

I was actually running the power from an inverter in my car hooked up to a 50 foot extension cord. Just a little fun fact :)

xSingularity 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Incredible build, liking the professional photos

Lyrix 1 point 19 months ago

1+! damn!

chubble123123 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

+1 for the cars in the background

s.a.wood15 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

+1 for laser cutters and 3D printers.

mrboggle 1 point 19 months ago

Wh- Wh- OH MA GAWD. DO YOU HAVE A TWIN TURBO IN THAT NISSAN????? HOW MUCH BHP???

sorry if you couldnt tell I am a JDM sorta guyt

But mannn, that rig is sparkiling clean i LOVE IT (but I love the car more... sorry =( )

thekojent submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Those cars aren't mine ;) I am quite jealous of the owners of those cars, that GT-R is pretty mental :)

mrboggle 1 point 19 months ago

Ahhhh damn. You will get one one day i bet ;)

PCBUILD001 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Nice build , looks like a Corvette ;-)

andrej4life 1 point 19 months ago

Very nice build. I'm looking for something on the same budget for my lil bro. Would you mind posting some benchmarks, that would help a lot :)

thekojent submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I'll try to connect with the owner and see if I can run some benchmarks at some point. What specifically would you like to see?

andrej4life 1 point 19 months ago

3DMark is a very good for benchmarks. There is an demo version of it on steam for free if you don't already have it purchased.

thekojent submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Added some benchmarks!

andrej4life 1 point 19 months ago

Thank you!

Yahtadi 1 point 19 months ago

This build has feature potential!

llӇƳЄƝƛԼƠƦƊll 1 point 12 months ago

To everyone saying it's a GTR, I'm pretty sure it's a corvette, 2017 gtrs don't really look like the car in the pic :) noice build tho Edit: just saw the giant *** gtr on the side, I should be more observant xd

sushi-san 1 point 3 months ago

hey dude. im thinking of getting the same PSU you have, would you recommend it or not? i mean i dont see that there are enough cables and ports once i want to upgrade something or add something (IM NEW TO PC) nice build though

thekojent submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

It's not a bad PSU overall, been using Corsair PSUs in all my builds so far.

FatBoyJD 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Is that a C7?! Is it the Z-51 Stingray or the Z06? +1

thekojent submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Pretty sure it was a Z06

FatBoyJD 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Maybe? The rear doesn't look like a Z06. Unless they made the blacked-out tail light an option now.

thekojent submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

No idea, the car was only there (outside of a motoring shop) for a few days, and this was quite a while back so I don't really remember.

FatBoyJD 4 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Doesn't matter. This needs to go on PC Magazine, Corvette Magazine, AND Popular Mechanic.

ArrKayCee 3 Builds 0 points 19 months ago

The only thing I would consider is removing the WD sticker on the HDD and covering it with a black/red decal of some sort, maybe a glossy decal from 3M or something DBrands.

thekojent submitter 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Yeah I agree, the blue drive does stand out a bit. I've done a bit of research and found some paint that I'll probably use for future hard drives, since my main concern was heat dissipation (didn't want to enclose the hard drive in some heat-insulating material, that would kill the hard drive's longevity).

ArrKayCee 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Still looks amazing and as a first attempt at case mods you more than proved your skill.

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Skanksndanks 2 points 19 months ago

All I saw was a corvette and a Nissan GTR. Either of which I would definitely take over a Challenger!

Skanksndanks 1 point 19 months ago

I just noticed the build is named challenger....

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relco 6 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I just laughed for 2:23 straight ... I regret nothing. Also, this build is the cats meow, but dust??? +1000

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Well, the Dodge Challenger was also named the challenger, and it came out before The Challenger. And the only time they exploded would be in movies.

But I must still +1 your comment. =D

Shadowriser609 1 point 19 months ago

i hate you. seriously the challenger disaster.

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thekojent submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Sure are :)

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LatamirDigital 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Generic Junk

Where's your rig?...If you don't even have one don't call anyone else's junk.

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LatamirDigital 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

That's no better.

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Evil_Paroxysm 5 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I disagree with you calling someone else's work junk.

I don't understand the current feature either though.

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Evil_Paroxysm 5 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I'd like to retort with something witty but I can't think of something that rhymes with jipster

Hipster

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