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Project: "1949"

Level 10
Hello ROG readers,

My name is Stef and my alias is Cygnitr0n. Cygnitr0n is a combination of Cygnus X, Nitro and Tron. And I'm from Holland. So already I will appologize in front if the Englisch is not correct.

Let me begin:
After a few moments of thoughts and seeing some of the builds here on I became inspirid and now I'm planning a new project. I don't want a normal case for my PC anymore. And after building the "Obsidian Carnage" , modding my HTPC and modding the Antec Darkfleet, I was getting more experienced with the modding. So, I wanted to leap forward and making myself a real case mod.

I've been inspired by the old retro look and I want to make the old, new again and bring it back in the future. But afterall in a whole new inside and purpose. It's will be a shame to let this old thing go to waste. Afterall it is a sort of legacy. I was searching for something old, nice, good looking and it must be big enough for a small PC. And I found it, a Philips BX480A.

Because I really like a nostalgic look, I will preserve it in this build. Afterall it's a MOD so I will make a few changes along the way. If it's necessary.

The Project:
It will not be a project that I would build in a short timeframe. Because this build is delicate and needs time. I want it to be perfect and restore it for a whole new purpose.

So I will give you an idea how it looks and what I'm going to Mod. This project is called "1949" and has no real name yet. The "1949" stands for the builddate from this old Radio.

It's gonna be an mITX build with HTPC/Media PC potentials. And I'm going to work with a lot of copper. So that was the story for my idea. Hopefully I will bring this old Radio back to life with his new purpose in the 21st Century.

And here is a picture from the old Philips BX480A.

This project is sponsored by:

It's really coming together. Can't wait to see how it turns out! Also looks like you have room to go with the bigger GPU & PSU. 😉
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Level 10
Thanks Xeromist! Got enough room left now 🙂 Think I'm gonna put the SSD and HDD under the motherbordtray.

The Mini GTX670 would be great with an ASUS Z87i-Deluxe motherboard ofcourse 😉

Level 10
Ordered the Grill Cloth and Acrylic Tubes ... exciting!


Hey all! I'm back again! And did some work on the build again because the acrylic tube has been delivered!
Hold on to your pants because I have some bad news. It almost made me cry... *almost*

I've ordered the Grill cloth online and the one I had chosen was "Charlie". Yeah!
But today I got a mail about my order. It can't be delivered anymore because they don't make it anymore! H*ly cr*p! All these weeks... for nothing. Made up my mind and finally I had made a descission. All for nothing! So I thought about to order "Alpha" instead. But didn't. Yeah, why don't order "Alpha"? Because it's to thin and need a thicker grill cloth. So I ordered an alternative one. And what it is? Yeah that is going to be a suprise.

So let's leave the chatting and crying here and watch some pictures instead.

The tube that I orderd and clamps to hold it and some LED stuff for the "tubelight".


Colorspray can and plastic primer (use it for the build also)

Sprayed the Ledstrip brass


And sprayed the clamps! Looks good *I think*


Sawed the tube for the smaller LEDstrip just to let you see how it's looking


And last but not least, 3 hours of polishing! *oooh the stinch is horrible*

Result is polished Copper! Oh that looks great with the copper Cpu cooler!

So that was the update again! Next update I'm gonna solding the LEDstrip and then marry the Ledstrip with the Tube.
And hopefully I can let you all see what Grill Cloth I bought.

Till next!

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This is the update were you all been waiting for! WHAT DID HE PICK FOR A GRILL! Yes and I'm gladly to present it in this update!

Don't gonna talk much tho. You must see!

I've been doing two things. One is the Grill and the second is the LED Tube. Now enjoy! :thumb:

Making the holes bigger for the screws:

Here comes the grill cloth!

It's Charlie! But wait! It's not the cream version! It's the 'Marshall Cane'.

Making the frontpanel fit:

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Making the LED Tube:

Orange Glowww:

LED Tube in the dark:

And the last two pictures!

Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Stay tuned for more! Because I have a little suprise! 🙂 Till Next!

Level 10
Looking Great Cygnitr0n :cool:
CPU : Intel i7-3960X MB : Rampage IV Extreme 3101 Mem : G.SKILL F3-17000CL9Q2-32GBZH
GPU : MSI R7970 Lightning PSU : Corsair 1000W OS : W 7 Ultimate Corsair H100 Water cool
SSD : 120GB Kingston Hyper X SSD : 512GB Samsung 480 Pro HDD : 2X 1T WD Speaker : Bose companion 5
Cooler Master
HAF-X Monitor : ASUS PB278Q

Level 16
Awesome job, Cyg! :cool:

I was thinking you could salvage the cloth from the front of an old speaker but that's pretty good and it's not moth eaten. 😄
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tadhp wrote:
Looking Great Cygnitr0n :cool:

Thanks tadhp!

Zka17 wrote:
Awesome job, Cyg! :cool:

Also thanks Zka17!

xeromist wrote:
I was thinking you could salvage the cloth from the front of an old speaker but that's pretty good and it's not moth eaten. 😄

Hahaha, no moth eaten cloth for me anymore. 😉