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I think it would be best if you could avoid copper altogether... 4 colors is just too many! I would stick with white/red/black options. I like a couple of your other choices from this post, but lose the copper IMO. Things just start to look too busy.

I have two copper fin AquaComputer AMS radiators on the way. Will be hard to hide the copper in those things.
Why not powdercoat those?
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Ahhhhh...I love to see the mailman. Except this week it has been 'mailgirl', as I guess my normal guy is on vacation. ....... Lets open her up

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Ummm... weirdsmiley.gif

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ROFLMAO:thumb:


THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID! smile.gif
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Why not powdercoat those?

Well.....I guess it could happen. But the whole reason I got them was because I think the copper fins look absolutely awesome. However, they aluminum sides WILL be getting powdercoated. Leaning toward crimson right now.
post #304 of 3982
I just found this thread today and I have to say this is the most amazing custom build I've ever seen. Lots of effort, attention to detail, and desire for perfection here. Very awesome.

I wanted to throw my two cents in here on your tubing and fittings and say my vote goes to:

Deep red fittings. I was going to pick the Ghost Chill but since those have been ruled out, the deep red are my second choice.

I am going to be rather contrary on my tubing choice. Most others have suggested white, but my vote is to go with clear tubing.

Why clear tubing?

Because you can dye the liquid at any time, allowing for full customization, and clear tubing could also allow for some neat effects with LEDs from the inside of the case, should you so desire.

That is the direction I would go, as it allows you to put on a show either in a lighted area (using dyed liquid), or with low/no light (refraction through liquid with LEDs).

Excellent work so far! Quite the undertaking but it's looking fantastic!
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When I open a store, I hope to have customers with wallets like yours.

Big credit card works almost as well. Good luck!


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I am sorry but that has to be by far the most nutty thing I have ever seen.

Ooooooo. That just may be sig worthy. thumb.gif
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Why not powdercoat those?

Well.....I guess it could happen. But the whole reason I got them was because I think the copper fins look absolutely awesome. However, they aluminum sides WILL be getting powdercoated. Leaning toward crimson right now.
I see.
post #307 of 3982
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Before I can show you the last steps of putting the fans together, it would make sense for me to show you how I do the custom vinyl stickers. It's pretty easy to do, doesn't cost much, and really gives a build a professional custom look.

First, you need to use an artwork application to design what you want your sticker to look like. I use Adobe Illustrator. You could really use any program, but the reason I like AI is that it generates vector based graphics instead of raster based graphics (pixels). If you don't know the difference, Google it. In a nutshell, every line in vector art is defined by a mathematical equation that determines its relationship to other lines. What this allows is infinite scaling with no loss of quality. If your artwork is pixel based, it can start looking very poor when you make it larger or smaller.

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When I'm replacing a sticker with one of my own, I typically like to use a copy of the Company's logo, but then use my own color scheme and other items. In AI, I setup one artboard where I just paste in copies of the logo I want to use. It will always be raster based if I've grabbed it from a website, so I use the "Live Trace" option in AI to create a vector based graphic from it. If the original jpeg was large and clean, the trace function returns great results. If it was small.....sometimes you have some clean-up to do. After I have accumulated any of the vector art I want to use, I start an artboard where I arrange the pieces like I want them, and then a 3rd artboard where I scale the item to the right size and then copy it as many times as it will fit:

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Once this page is created, I will typically print it on plain paper, to test and make sure it is the size I want. Once happy with sizing, I get a sheet of printable vinyl and print the page on this. I typically use Papilio papers, and they have numerous ones to choose from, and you can find it fairly inexpensively online from their webshop or on Amazon. Its something like $10 to $15 a package for 10 sheets. This is the one I used for this project:

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The printed page is thick and feels very sturdy. It feel like vinyl.....because it is. You need to set your printer settings to the thickest paper profile it has to make sure it can make it through (one of the photopaper settings should work).

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Then you want to put a laminate over the top of it, to really give it that finished professional look. Any will do....I used this for my sticker project:

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Lay it down slowly, trying to smooth it one from one side to the other and not get any air bubbles. If you look closely in this picture, you can see an air bubble that will probably eliminate two of these from being able to be used. If you get a lot of air bubbles....don't despair. Sometimes they come out easier once you have cut your stickers, because you don't have as far to move the bubble to an edge.

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Now you are ready to cut out your stickers from the page. If you are doing circle stickers, like I am for this project.....DO NOT USE SCISSORS! Nothing would look worse than to see those ragged, non-perfect edges you are going to get from trying to cut a circle with a pair of scissors. You will ruin them, or be real embarrassed when you put them on your rig. Instead....you want a circle cutter. There are lots available online. I have several from "PaperShaper", and these are typically sold for scrapbooking and arts and crafts. The right size for the Noiseblocker fans is 1.5 inches, but you will find them in 1/8 inch increments for anything under 2 inches.

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Now just carefully line up the circle cutter over your sticker and click. Ta-da!

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Notice how I created the printed stickers with a larger border than I was going to cut? That is to make sure I don't have any white around the edges of the sticker when its cut.

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Now admire your pile of stickers. They have a peel-off adhesive back and will stick to any component you want.

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Now relax and enjoy some cabernet! Is that glass any better Rocky?

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Now relax and enjoy some cabernet! Is that glass any better Rocky?

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Hey!!! mad.gif I got sent to jail for drinking Cabernet! mad.gif I'm U18!

/bad joke

Is Photoshop CS5 Extended usable for vectors? IIRC it was, but w/ this monitor I can't really check.
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Hey!!! mad.gif I got sent to jail for drinking Cabernet! mad.gif I'm U18!
/bad joke
Is Photoshop CS5 Extended usable for vectors? IIRC it was, but w/ this monitor I can't really check.


I think Photoshop can show vector data in a file that already has it....but I don't think it has any tools to actually create or modify vector art. Photoshop is Adobe's raster tool, and AI is their vector tool.
post #310 of 3982
Hey Chris, how about this color combo.

Deep red tubing

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White fittings.

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