Made a little progress on the P5 this weekend, while waiting on $200 worth of bits and thick acrylic to arrive from McMaster . .
Somehow, it just never fails, no matter how little I think I need, trying to stay under $100 is pretty hard, there's just soooo much nice stuff and tools . . .
The first 2 strings of the individually addressable super high density led strip and a controller came in, so since it never works together the way it comes, I fixed it, like I had to on the Core X9 build where it uses the same LED strips and controller . . .
It actually takes a good bit of changing how it all connects, and then setting it up with Molex connectors to run off the PSU, but at least all 288 leds all sequence properly now, when the next 2 strips come in, I'll set them up to run in parallel with the first 2 strips
With the LEDs ready, and some sunny weather for a change, I painted the rad support brackets . . . .
I'm using the Gigabyte G1 Gaming 7 board, so I can use the nickel-plexi EK monoblock I already bought, but didn't use yet from a previous build, where I changed my mind last minute, and went with the Gaming 7 GT board, which has more power phases, but the monoblock doesn't fit it..
With the mobo being mostly trimmed in white, with red accents, I went out on a limb and painted the rad brackets red, since the rad itself is white.
The bracket is cut down considerably from stock, so it doesn't show much, so I'm hoping the red will be a nice accent to pick up the way the board has the red accents . . .
Guess we'll see how that worked out when it's all dry and cured for a few days.
Also found myself spending wayyyy too much money at Moddiy for custom cable supplies and some new crimp tools . . . .
But in about 3 weeks or so, I'll have everything on hand to make up some nice custom red/white (with a hint of black) cables.
And last but not least, while doing the electronics work on the LEDs setup, I did a 5 Volt conversion on a 2 channel remote control unit, so I can use a little 2 button key fob to power up, and change the led patterns on the Enermax rad fans.
Converting it to 5V lets me have it stay powered on from the 5V standby power from the PSU instead of having to have a small auxiliary supply just for the RC.
Mobo and rad brackets: