My girlfriend and I decided on a little project for Valentines Day, and this is the result.
We had a lot of fun! This is going to be her new computer to replace the last build I did for her as that one had become too dated. The parts I chose were chosen for (1) the sake of convenience since I can pick them up whenever I'm at work thus no need to wait 1 to 2 business days, and (2) not to mention I get some discounts on a few components.
She chose the colors, which took her a minute to decide, but it turned out to be a nice combination. We had to go with 2 different brand spray paints (one for the main color and the other for the trim) because neither brand had the exact combination she was looking for. Overall, we are pleased with the result. I am, however, a little disappointed in the Rustoleum brand for the pink because as soon as I began to spray, it started to clump up thus creating a bit of texture. It's not really anything too bad, but the Krylon brand for the purple proved to be a lot better as it sprayed consistently smooth the entire time. I'm glad we chose that brand for the larger part of the case, so next time if I'm doing a similar project I'll probably skip out on Rustoleum.
Speaking of the case, the Node 202 wasn't too difficult to build in as people made it seem, though, perhaps I was perpared beforehand. I think the modular power supply also helped as well. We were originally going for the model that included the power supply, but I found that, in my situation, it would be more cost-effective to purchase them separately. I find the slim form factor very appealing especially for portability. In order to apply the paint, we had to sand down the outer layers and mask the important bits. Shout out to Dietec and his comprehensive tutorial on getting the finish down. We otherwise wouldn't have been inspired to do this.