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Oh, and trying to talk myself into painting the fans (the frames not the blades) and radiators, but not confident and struggling with the decision to be honest.
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How can you shorten the 8pin to the GPU ? mine doesn't even reach in my ST10 !
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How can you shorten the 8pin to the GPU ? mine doesn't even reach in my ST10 !

If you look at the pictures in post #35, you will see that there is a really short distance for the GPU 8-pin, particularly if I don't send it out the back and just go straight down from GPU to PSU.

FCPU order shipped today!
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Fan Painting - Guinea Pig Fan

So today I bit the bullet and decided to give painting my fans a go.

I am not keen on painting the blades as I do not want to affect the spinning of the fans at all, so have instead decided to paint the frames.

I visited the local hobby shop, which I hadn't been to in about 20 years, and got some modelling spray paint. I tried Bunnings (Australia's version of Home Depot, i think?) but the paints they had on offer didnt seem ideal.



Tiny, tiny cans and $10 each. Looking like I will be spending a fait bit just on paint for this build.

I built a very basic painting booth. And by built I mean I put some mesh on a cardboard box, awesome skills.



I forgot to photograph the progress, layer by layer, so the above (and below) pictures were taken about 4 coats in.

I was generally waiting about 10 minutes between coats, but will likely wait 30 or so when i do the main fan painting.



These fans are actually super easy to take apart. It seems the blade is held on with magnets so there are no clips or anything to worry about. It literally pops off with some even pressure and then tape up the motor and you are good to go.

I also removed the orange rubber accents and decided to paint them gold. I am hoping these will match my gold Monsoon fittings.



It seemed to turn out ok for a first effort. Luckily, with my 17 fans there are only 9 or so which will be highly visible, so I have some room to learn on fans that will be hidden behind rads.



As you can see below, the gold paint on the rubber is a very weak point. It cracks just by moving these small pieces at all and I managed to peel some off getting one of the bits back into the frame.



I am not concerned with the stickers, as I will be placing a custom sticker over the top.



If I can keep the majority of the gold corners looking like this, I think it will be ok.



I'm also not concerned with the wires as I will be cutting these shorter and re-sleeving.



This was quite tricky and I found it very hard to keep an even spray and not 'spot-spray' the various nooks and crannies. I only got a couple of small 'pooled' areas of paint but hopefully I will improve with experience.

Tomorrow I will try a batch of 6 in a better painting booth (ie a bigger cardboard box). Just need to remember to coat evenly and thinly. Many thin coats is far better than a few thick.
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Im really linking the color combo of black white and gold...

Im thinking I might steal your idea and go for a black white and copper look.
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I'm now looking for some help from someone who is decent with photoshop.

I want to make a custom sticker for the fans but I really don't have any photoshop skills at all.

Midgethulk did an amazing one for Whatts over in the Sylent Green build log and I was hoping for something like that.

Here is what I have come up with. I have my logo which I want to use, and have then tried to match the background to the blue of MDPC Grand Bleu.



I feel it needs some gloss or some other effect added to it, as well as perhaps a border (although maybe not, this isn't really my strong suit).

Any help anyone could provide would be massively appreciated. I do have a .psd file of the above image.
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WoW ! that looks awesome ! I don't have the requested skills, but my question would be how to work that image in a program that allows you to make a sticker from it. Mandrix used Inkscape - cpachris used Adobe Illustrator.
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Build log isn't dead, just still waiting on package from FCPU. Shipping to Australia takes some time.

Also, Lutro0 order of wires, terminals and tools shipped yesterday so hopefully here in the next week or so.

Have got my soldering iron so will be starting work on some cables this week, but can't do alot until the Lutro0 order arrives.

Been battling to not take the PC apart now to get some more painting done, but don't really want to be without it for too long.

Still looking for some help with the sticker design, as posted above, but may have figured something out after a few hours playing with Illustrator.
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Can't really help you on the stickers, my design was pretty simplistic although if I had found any images I liked it would have been easy enough to import them. I don't know about Illustrator, but with Inkscape it's easy to put a border around a circle. But it sounds like what you might want to do is beyond my simple skills. I would suggest just keep practicing until you get something you can be happy with. At the end you can say you did it.

You guys must pay out the ying yang for everything down there. $10 for a can of paint?

Anyway your painting is looking good, looking forward to your continued progress.
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