So, I've had this build for a while. It is my very reliable work PC, and I generally don't mess with it, because it's my money-maker on the Windows side. But one day I looked up from a Pavilion build and realized it was boring the ba-jangles out of me and that something needed to be done. In addition to my strange fondness for Pavilions, I happen to be a big sugar skull fan and, what did I see online but this sweet steel plate version? That's when the two kind of merged in my brain, and this simple modification idea was born.

Basically, I took 3 clear acrylic sheets, cut the pattern in the middle one, and then made a sugar skull on acrylic sandwich that I mounted in the case window. I did need to widen the case window on the Corsair 750D Airflow Edition and cut down the acrylic sheets a bit. I recommend a hand saw. I do not recommend using a jig saw for cutting acrylic (see picture). I also recommend having a sense of direction, as it's a little disheartening to find that you've mounted your sugar skull upside down (also see picture).

Cultural Note: I am not totally out of touch with modern culture! When I mounted the sugar skull upside down, it brought to mind the fact that if you put my sister and I in the same car and tell us to go to the 7-11, we're likely to end up in another country. So that's got to be either nature or nurture, right? Genes or upbringing. Either way, the answer is obvious: It's not my fault. I blame my parents.

Some people have had the audacity to suggest that I, at least subconsciously, mounted the skull upside down on purpose, so that I could use the Dremel cutting wheel and drill some more. Some neighbors might hate me even more than they did, if that's possible, and some might say that that's on purpose. No comment at this time.

I decided to leave the case window and acrylic rough cut, because I like the rustic look. Eventually, I'll etch some marigolds into the case border but, if you want to see something funny, watch me trying to learn how to draw flowers. However, that will have to wait, because I'm anxious to move on to my next project.

I'm normally not a big RGB lighting fan, but I thought the sugar skull demanded a festive Day of the Dead ambiance. Speaking of which, the word for skull and the name of the poems written for the Day of the Dead are both "calaveras." They're often satirical poems written about wealthy and powerful (and therefore thin skinned and dangerous) people who are still alive as if they've died. Somehow that's less offensive to rich folks. What's that you say? Recite you a poem? No, I couldn't...okay. But I don't speak Spanish, so you'll get a Haiku about my build instead:

Why the sugar skull?

Why ten eighties in SLI?

Look in the mirror.

Corsair 750D Airflow Case: Born in 2015 as a modification to the basic 750D to increase airflow. I normally like working in small, builder-antagonistic cases (see Pavilion, HP), but this thing needed to be dependable and easy to work on. It is, as I mentioned, the backbone of my Windows work.

As usual, no other PCs were harmed in the making of this build. All I needed to do was cut off the existing window mounts, widen the case window, and then drill some holes for the mounting screws. I'm not sure what to do with the smaller acrylic window I removed from the Corsair. You know, it's almost Pavilion sized...

Bonus Procedure!

Using Scotch Extreme Mounting Tape to Attach a Steel Sugar Skull to an Acrylic Sheet

Using Scotch Extreme Mounting Tape to attach a steel sugar skull to an acrylic sheet is extremely easy! Simply do the following:

  1. Conservatively estimate that the sugar skull weighs 10 pounds.
  2. Cut and apply approximately 50 pieces of tape to the back of the skull design.
  3. Revel in how easy it was to apply all the little pieces to the steel plate!
  4. Bring up the Urban Dictionary website, because you do not know enough curse words for the remainder of the procedure.
  5. Using a precision tipped pair of tweezers and needle nose pliers, spend approximately 3 minutes per tape piece removing the backing.
  6. Think, "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue."
  7. Pry your fingers out of their freshly curled arthritic positioning, then apply the skull plate to the acrylic backing sheet.
  8. Sue 3M for mental and physical damages.

Way to stick with it!

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  • 18 months ago
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Looks interesting! I rarely see something like this. +1. (I'll also be patiently awaiting your next child pavilion build!)

  • 18 months ago
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Thanks, Filka! I don't suppose you have any ideas about the RGB in this thing? I had a terrible time trying to get it to light up the skull.

  • 18 months ago
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Nope, sorry. I'm kind of a noob at lighting. But I'll get back to you if I have any ideas.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This is one hell of "Work Build" I could never call this thing boring as I'm typing this comment on a 4-year-old chromebook running on a Celeron N3060, my main use for is comments like these and essays, so I have to ask, what do you do for work?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a free lance writer, so the rig is way overkill for me. Really, though, I work as little as possible and only to support my computer building habit.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds like the dream

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