Description

Mid-range machine for media management. Primarily photos and some video. Custom paint job mirrors an off-road theme with motorcycle tracks across a desert. Used Krylon spray paint in layers, masking tape for the tire track stencil, and a splatter effect with paint brush for the final touch.

More details available on my blog... http://terra.incognita.ws/tag/build-a-computer/?orderby=date&order=asc

Comments

  • 83 months ago
  • 4 points

WOW this is amazing. I have the same case, but I have a horrible artistic background. How difficult would you say the project was?

  • 83 months ago
  • 4 points

I don't care about the cpu, mb, hdd, ssd, psu, any of that. it doesn't matter if the case looks this nice.

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice paint job :D Why the lower end card...seems like you could have gotten a better card for this build. Even if you're just doing editing and what not. How's the monitor?

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

Solid build, except for that video card. I certainly hope you payed nowhere near the listed price for it.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

That is pretty gosh darn awesome! How`s the case?

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice loving the paint job =D I was going to get the same case but decided against it

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice paint jod what kind of paint did you use? I want to do this to my case now :p

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks gang, appreciate all the comments!

A few more insights about the paint job: I used Krylon spray paint, available from any Fred Meyer or Ace Hardware store. About 5 different colors are used here, all in the camo / desert color scheme. After taping off the entrance holes, simply use a mix of masking tape and spray layers to get your design. The tire tracks were hardest part here, as you want to keep uniform spacing as you would see on a real tire. You could go with a camo theme here just as easily, which I think would be pretty slick. I've already taken that approach with my custom painted xbox controllers, so I was ready for something different. (you can get more detailed insight on my blog, as well as more pictures.)

Let each spray layer dry for 24 hour period. When it's all done, remove the tape, and apply a final layer of clear coat. Let that layer dry for another 24 hours, then ready for the install. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being most difficult, I would give this project a 5. Very doable, just need to be patient and have a vision. Could also work for most cases.

On to other questions... - I agree I went a little budget minded on the card, should have went up a level. Owell. Lots of room to upgrade. - Monitor is good. I shopped around for a multi-touch monitor at a decent price, seems like they're a little too high end right now. Definitely on my radar for future upgrade. - 16GB is primarily for video encoding. While prepping footage from my motorcycle trip to Alaska, I found that 8GB was not enough to encode longer time spans. If not for that, I agree that 8GB probably would be fine. - HAF XB case rocks. Love the square and handles. Relatively easy to install components. A little planning ahead on cabling was needed, no big deal. Did need a last minute trip to Fry's to get a bay adapter for the DVD burner.

Feel free to shout with more questions!

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

HAF XB! Awesome case if they sort out some of the airflow options.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I am loving this build!

Very interesting paint job, way to go for the unique look!

Nice choice of parts, personally I don't see the benefit of 16 GB of RAM and a lot of people would tell you that you could have gone with 8 and gotten a better graphics card but if gaming isnt your thing then I dont see why you would!

I absolutely love the HAF XB case, it was a tough call when I built my system a couple weeks ago but I needed the portability so I had to refrain. Still my favorite ATX case by a country mile!

Planning on overclocking I assume? Unlocked processor + 212 plus + Z77 + PSU overhead means plenty of potential overclocking goodness!

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