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Soo like I mentioned before I really didn't like the green/copper look clashing with the black/red R4E theme:

xT4Kvl.jpg

So I started to paint the GPU with liquid tape - first coat:

Y7AOtl.jpg

So here's how it looks now after two coats on both sides:

HFo5wl.jpg

You can see some of the texture here, liquid tape is hard to work with - either annoyingly thick, or very thin and see through:

1xGQhl.jpg

From this angle the texture isn't as bad:

zCcwAl.jpg

However it would look a lot better with a backplate, I'm thinking something like this, smoked acrylic with an etch and a couple of LEDs to light it from the side:

yBnuyl.jpg

What do you guys think? Feel free to photoshop up your own suggestions smile.gif
     
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I think your tubes aren't connected very well. tongue.gif

I think it already looks much better than the green PCB. I would probably go with just a black metal backplate, but if you think you'd prefer a acrylic then go for it.
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I think your tubes aren't connected very well. tongue.gif
I think it already looks much better than the green PCB. I would probably go with just a black metal backplate, but if you think you'd prefer a acrylic then go for it.

I think you're right, but I don't know anyone with a laser cutter strong enough for metal. If you know of anyone - hook me up!
     
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I think you're right, but I don't know anyone with a laser cutter strong enough for metal. If you know of anyone - hook me up!

use a hot knife and aluminim... on a low setting and with a little patience you can get a very nice looking etch smile.gif

EDIT: and everything looks amazing so far smile.gif
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Quote:
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use a hot knife and aluminim... on a low setting and with a little patience you can get a very nice looking etch smile.gif
EDIT: and everything looks amazing so far smile.gif

hot knife and aluminum? Seriously? How hot does the knife have to be? Ideally I'd like the text to be completely cut out in the aluminum plate and have an etched acrylic sheet underneath that can be backlit wink.gif I could cut the AL with my jigsaw, but it won't look that good, or straight.
     
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hot knife and aluminum? Seriously? How hot does the knife have to be? Ideally I'd like the text to be completely cut out in the aluminum plate and have an etched acrylic sheet underneath that can be backlit wink.gif I could cut the AL with my jigsaw, but it won't look that good, or straight.

I'd try and get it a just barely light yellow, any hotter and it will just bend. I know its somewhere in my pocket ref, but I cant find what temperature it takes to become light yellow.

Edit: 400*F sounds about right. Anything over 420 will take away the temper.
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hot knife and aluminum? Seriously? How hot does the knife have to be? Ideally I'd like the text to be completely cut out in the aluminum plate and have an etched acrylic sheet underneath that can be backlit wink.gif I could cut the AL with my jigsaw, but it won't look that good, or straight.

At a low enough temp, you can go over the line a few times and the precise cut will melt enough to look like a nice etch, but won't get hot enough to bend or warp the metal... It actualy looks prity nice if you do it right smile.gif
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I'd try and get it a just barely light yellow, any hotter and it will just bend. I know its somewhere in my pocket ref, but I cant find what temperature it takes to become light yellow.
Edit: 400*F sounds about right. Anything over 420 will take away the temper.

Exactly smile.gif
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The temporary parts came in to see if I could get some clean routing for the motherboard/ram/gpu loop:

rh2orl.jpg

However it didn't quite work as expected- I couldn't get the 40mm extensions to work with the 5 way rotary snake, however a SLI connector did fit.

odVJJl.jpg

Now I'm not sure whether to:
- get two more sli connectors (I need this one)
- use two compression fittings instead
- get two of the bitspower crystal sli links to match better

What do you guys think?

I should probably go with the cheapest as I'm hoping monsoon free's new design will solve the problem for me.
     
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To be honest, I think it won't look good unless the piece filling the gap has a diameter similar to the snakes. Maybe you could combine D-plugs and extenders? Crystal links would probably be better than what you have right now, but would still suffer from that diameter thing I described biggrin.gif
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