This machine was created mainly with the interest of gaming, but additionally 3D modelling and being capable of big number crunching. She is of course called the TARDIS relating to the fact that she is, for all practical purposes, bigger on the inside!
I started by priming and painting the top cover with metal primer all over and then TARDIS blue paint on top. The white TARDIS on the side was, as seen in the pictures, painted by overlaying a template and then painting white all over her. I am planning on repainting the entire metal part of the top cover to get a more precise picture, considering all my spills and the barely noticeable yellowish hue to the white. I used a hand cut template and just some spare white I found laying around. To be done: Laser cut template and proper white.
My plan for the front was to have semitransparent text lighted up from behind, wired to the front panel LED on the computer. After a lot of thinking back and forth, I decided on 3D printing the text on the front and filling it with hot glue. Epoxy would probably have worked better, but I am experienced with hot glue, and I am pleased with the results. After priming and painting the panel piece, I used a cutting disk on a Dremel to cut off a section of the front panel slightly bigger than my plate. I then glued the plate in place using Araldite. To be done: Paint the seam between the case and my plate. Make a circuit board with LEDs to put behind the front panel (there is space for one), wire it up in parallell with the front LED using a transistor and drawing power from the 5V line on the power supply
Once all components arrived and the mods were finished, assembly was as easy as pie. She runs like a charm, looks wonderful standing on my desk, and she is quite the eye catcher at a LAN. I have not had thermal issues yet, but I have not pushed her too far yet. I will update if any problems arise. All thermal readings are made using CPUID HWMonitor whilst running Time Spy by 3DMARK. The graphics card I am using is an original Founders Edition from Nvidia, but it was not on the component list here at the time of publishing.