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How do people get their gpu waterblocks to glow or have led's in them? I ordered parts already for my first loop ever and it would be awesome if I knew how to make them glow red. Falloutboy in OCN has a really nice setup as an example.

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EDIT: Same for a cpu block.
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post #2 of 20
Don't think its glowing, the acrylic is just carrying the motherboard's LED light to the other side.

And it looks like the copper/nickel is reflecting light as well.
Edited by avattz - 6/3/11 at 8:34pm
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yea its just showing the LEDs through the acrylic. You could stick some LEDs on if you wanted.
    
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What and where would I get them?
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post #5 of 20
One way to make them really glow is to drill 2 or more small holes to the edge of the block and then insert small leds in the holes. Requires a bit modding and might create a wire problem but in the end if you do it properly it looks awesome.
 
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Thats a lil too much I want to risk. What kind of led's would I buy to get this accomplished. I want red ones
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You could paint it with uv paint but then you would need uv lights....
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At a nearby radioshack you can pick up some Ultrabright red LEDs for dirt cheap, about 0.99 USD.

Just get a small drillbit and drill a hole about 1 or .5 CM deep, and fit the LED inside of that hole. Wire it up, sleeve the wires for bonus points, slip the appropriate resistor inside of your heatshrink to hide it, wire it up to the PSU, and you're g2g.

Or take apart one of these. and shove the LEDs in the hole. If you made the hole too big, Hot Glue em. Dirt simple mod, really.
    
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That definitely looks like a reflective surface of the water block, lol. People often use cold cathodes and LED lights to light up the inside of their computer-- Many case fans come with attached LEDs as well.
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Or take apart one of these. and shove the LEDs in the hole. If you made the hole too big, Hot Glue em. Dirt simple mod, really.

This part isn't really a good idea. They use industrial high temp hot melt glue inside of those light bars. I doubt you could get the LED's out of them w/o breaking the leads. Your 1st idea is the most feasible.
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