Vault 76 a PC Build by PEXON


#1

Hello!

Welcome to Vault 76.

Its been a while since I managed to find the time to squeeze in a build in between my manic worklife! Following off the back of my Vault 111 build, I want to continue the ‘battle hardened’ style, with actual damage, dinks, holes all the gory bits, not just vinyl stickers and paint.

This time around, something different and something to challenge my skills, I am going with a glorious N-CASE M1 v5.0 Massive thank you to Joshua and Dan SFF Lab for generiously providing the case and allowing me to ‘distress’ it! :smiley:

First job was to get some work done on the case… on to the fun stuff!!!

The M1 is absolutely STUNNING. The build quality is second to none, every panel is removable, the finish is spotless and all the accessories will allow me to have endless options for cooling, storage and GPU choice

Now, on to some distressing…

Rough dremelling on the front to get the Vault 76 text cut out, I will mount some clear, sanded acrylic to add some nice back glow to the front.

I felt the front needed breaking up a little, so I added some rough black spray paint on the front and sanded it back down and added some rough files cuts and acetone to loosen the still wet paint

Its not very Fallout-y, but I realllly like the red LED glow on the front, on Vault 111 I used blue and yellow as the dominant colours to contrast the black and silver, I am digging the red this time around though.

That it for the moment, I have the side panel window cut out and will finish the acrylic this weekend and add some vinyl decals with additional weathering too!

Thanks for looking.

Cheers,

James


#2

Oh my god this is amazing. First I’m jeaulous you got the M1, next I’m just so impressed by the work you put into this! From the pictures I was a bit worried when I saw the pre-distressed picture, but you marred it up it up perfectly!

Is the LED more red IRL? It looks on the orange side on the pics I see, but it could just be my poorly calibrated monitor at work hehe. Kinda reminded me of fallout NV orange with a tinge of red.

This is some unique work and I hope to see more from you :smiley:


#3

Thanks so much man!

Still a lot more work to do on it, but hopefully it won’t be as long winded as my Vault 111 build.

The LED is a little orange, truth be told, its red electrical tape over my phone torch function, just to test :smiley: I really like it though


#4

No no no. Thanks for sharing. I would never have the guts to intentionally damage my M1’s panels like this, but it looks really damn good.


#5

Looks great, I almost want to reinstall FO4 and play a bit (yeah I know, a game behind).


#6

Always love seeing these kinds of projects and they are even better when done this well. question for you, how did you get started doing this kind of thing? Do you just like to tinker around or do you do this professionally. I’ve wanted to start this kind of stuff but always plagued by indecision and fear of ruining expensive cases, parts, etc.


#7

Thanks so much for the kind comment guys, I really appreciate it.

Its good to spend a couple of hours a week not working on cables :smiley:

@digifiend ALMOST. I made Vault 111 as I was so excited for it, but it just didn’t do it for me. I’m not that hyped for 76, but I love Fallout in general.

@Funktion I run www.pexonpcs.co.uk for work, this is just a bit of fun for me. I completely understand your fear, I had the same thing! I just kept the mobo and gpu etc ‘weather free’ lol


#8

Sorry for the lack of updates, work has gone mad!

Here is where I got to…

I managed to dig out a spare 60% aluminum keyboard case, so, matching Vault 76 keeb for this project too!

Whilst at Overclockers working on some cables for the epic 8 PACK Orion X-2, I picked up a new SFX PSU for the build, the sweet little Silverstone 500W.

I also knocked up a little IEC cable to connect the PSU to the rear of the case, using a new C14 connector

New window time. The superglue and the edge panel trimming has come out sweet. Forcing the glue to dry with a quick hit of Isopropyl caused some sweet off white patina.

With the front panel, I thought it would be sweet to light the sides to allow the light to bleed through, not so intensely, so I made up a quick little LED strip set up

Raw cool white

Black electrical tape on top 1/3rd and red electrical tape on bottom 2/3rds of the cool white LED strips. Quite like this… Its red, blue, purple, could work well… Now… How the HELL do I make them flicker

Thats all for now! Thanks so much for looking