Aperture Science Entertainment Apparatus

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Aperture Science Entertainment Apparatus

This is a build centered around Portal and Portal 2. The case is a largely stock Case Labs Merlin ST-10. The acrylic panel was custom laser etched by a local trophy shop. I modified the case with additional lighting, video and sound effects using an Arduino Nano, Adafruit AudioFX board, a 1 Meter Neopixel RGB strip and Raspberry Pi with a 4.5 inch TFT. Upon power up, the neopixel installed along the edge of the window panel illuminates and animates, and sound effects play such that GladOs "greets" you. The idle animation of the window becomes a sublte breathing glow effect. Pressing the left front while LED ring button cycles the window to solid on, off, then back to breathing. An additional GladOs sound effect is also played. All sounds being taken directly from the game files themselves. The right hand LED ring button is connected to a modified xbox one wireless controller adapter and some custom logic circuitry to allow me to press and hold to sync a controller as well as pulse the LED when the sync mode is engaged.

The bottom shroud is a custom 3d printed, glued and painted piece to hide the power supply and some wires.

The front LCD is driven by a Raspberry Pi Zero put into read only mode and plays a loop of various videos that are played within Portal 2.

All mods are powered directly off the PSU and therefore automatically run when powered on and shut off when the PSU cuts power on shutdown.

Youtube video demonstrating the case mod:



Also, I modded my monitor to add realtime reactive bias lighting. I followed this guide: https://www.partsnotincluded.com/diy-ambilight-ws2812b/
A screengrabber program samples the image on my desktop and translates that to RGB leds tapeds to the back rim of the monitor. This is the result:
(Note: for some reason every camera I tried to capture this tinted any white to pink. Colors are pretty spot on in person.)
Color(s): Black White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Theme: Video Game
Size: E-ATX
Type: General Build

Contests

This build participated in 2 contests.

Hardware

CPU
$ 315.00
Intel - Core i7-8700K
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 6
Integrated Graphics: Yes
Motherboard
$ 259.99
ASUS - Prime (Z370-A)
Chipset: Z370
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: ATX
Memory
$ 227.99
Graphics
$ 2,429.99
EVGA - FTW3 Ultra
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 2080 Ti
Storage
$ 230.00
Samsung - 850 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
Storage
$ 89.99
Samsung - 970 EVO 500 GB M.2 NVMe SSD
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
Storage
$ 99.99
Seagate - IronWolf NAS
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 4 TB
PSU
$ 299.99
Corsair - AX1200 (discontinued)
Wattage: 1200
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
$ 559.90
CaseLabs - STH10 (discontinued)
Type: Full-Tower
Side Panel: Acrylic
Case Fan
$ 119.94
Case Fan
$ 62.60
Corsair - ML140 Pro (Blue) (2x)
Size: 140 mm
Cooling
$ 141.19
Alphacool - NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper White
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 360 mm (3 x 120 mm)
Cooling
$ 87.30
Alphacool - VPP655 PWM Pump Core
Type: Pump
Size (WxHxD): 90 mm
Cooling
$ 89.40
Cooling
$ 199.99
Cooling
$ 29.98
Mayhems - Fluid (2x)
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling
$ 85.98
Monsoon - Hardline Economy (2x)
Type: Fittings
Cooling
$ 100.00
Monsoon - MMRS Reservoir
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling
$ 16.95
Monsoon - Tubing
Type: Custom Loop
CableMod
$ 23.70
CableMod - ModFlex SATA 3 Cable 30cm (3x)
Mode: Stock
Sleeve: ModFlex
Color: Black
Accessories
$ 74.29
Accessories
$ 367.99
Accessories
$ 120.99
Accessories
$ 280.99
Accessories
$ 99.99
Monitor
$ 550.13
Alienware - AW3418DW
Size: 34 Inch
Panel: IPS
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
Keyboard
$ 159.99
Razer - Huntsman Elite (Black)
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Razer Opto-Mechanical
Type: Full Size
Mouse
$ 139.99
Razer - Basilisk Ultimate
Interface: Wireless
Estimated total value of this build:
$ 5,550.19
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