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the lit up circles i drilled in the front of my case are lit with part of an LED strip i ran thru my case...all good there, it's all hidden.

i just bought a pny GTX 550ti yesterday and mimicked the same holes in the shroud on the GTX...now i want to backlight it in a similar fashion to match the front of the case.

how would you recommend lighting this little logo in the GPU without spilling too much light throughout the GPU?

Thanks for any input.
Edited by PB4UGO - 8/14/11 at 10:25am
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post #2 of 29
A couple of white LEDs should do the job. The inside looks really smexy, never thought white would make a rig look so cool.
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i appreciate the compliment! well, a single LED is what i thought, but i'm trying to have it power on with my PC, and not have wires hanging everywhere.

i thought of crafting a little housing for the bulb to surround the logo from the inside, but i just have no ideas on how to power it.
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post #4 of 29
maybe tap the system-powerled?
that way you should have the correct voltage, and it's pretty close to the gpu so the wire should be really short
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Maybe, forget lighting it.
Instead, put a thin sheet of Ali behind. I'm thinking it would carry over from the Ali heat-sinks
Maybe

Looks nice
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maybe tap the system-powerled?
that way you should have the correct voltage, and it's pretty close to the gpu so the wire should be really short
hmm...that might be doable. will that affect the brightness of each bulb much?

i used translucent paper over the holes, so even a dim glow would work.
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Maybe, forget lighting it.
Instead, put a thin sheet of Ali behind. I'm thinking it would carry over from the Ali heat-sinks
Maybe

Looks nice
nah man...i want it lit!! haha
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Originally Posted by PB4UGO View Post
hmm...that might be doable. will that affect the brightness of each bulb much?

i used translucent paper over the holes, so even a dim glow would work.
i honestly have no idea
but if it makes the lights a lot less bright you could always use a different resistor
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i honestly have no idea
but if it makes the lights a lot less bright you could always use a different resistor
i just tried tapping another led to the PWR LED and it works, but my white led is dead. all i have is a blue one. i'll grab a white one after work tomorrow, and i'll post a pic when it's done. thanks for the suggestions!!
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post #10 of 29
Looks cool man. I understand why you maimed the psu.

What about some very thin frosted acrylic over the holes and then it will just light up that. then put some solid acrylic behind the led to stop it spilling out.
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