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So I've been experimenting with various paint and plasti-dip approaches for some of the parts (especially screws) but none of them are really to my liking or standards. For example the CPU waterblock mount plate:



While it can work, I don't like how the paint can chip and peel easily. At this point I'm going to take a bunch of things to get powdercoated today, including screws. There are apparently no green anodized screws available anywhere on the planet (with the exception of certain nuts for RC) and the paint & plasti-dip approaches just weren't making me happy.
Edited by Amoeba - 3/26/13 at 8:51pm
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post #22 of 138
Wow dude! Looks good. You definitely need more attention, your build is awesome.
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post #24 of 138
Looking good! Great color combo!
post #25 of 138
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More parts arrived yesterday:

2x Swiftech 1/2" fill ports - One for a top of the case fill tube, one for a drain port at bottom of the case
4x Swiftech male-to-male Crossfire connectors (41-65mm) for the GPU block to SLI bridge hookups
1x Swiftech 4-way manifold for the drain port tube run.

Still waiting for:
1x Asus Sabertooth Z77
2x Watercool HEATKILLER 79x0 backplate. These may take a few more days since I had to order from Germany. None of the usual suspects (frozen, performance-pc) had them in stock.
4x Swiftech compression fittings. Swiftech was out of stock on these (!?) but Michelle @ Swiftech was on top of keeping me in the loop and giving me the option to cancel or go ahead with the order.

Thus far I've been impressed with Swiftech's customer support and products. Looking through the many other build logs and threads in this forum I don't see their name come up much except for the MCP35x pump which appear to be highly recommended. Why is that?
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post #26 of 138
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Hardware porn!

What's in the box?


Oooh, Shiny!


The "Before" shot.


Removing the TUF cover and prepping for paint:

Ignore the EL wire and sound activator in the background. These are not the lighting accents you are looking for. You see nothing. /waves hands

Putting on the initial light coat of primer base:


I've found that when you're painting plastic you want to make sure to wash the plastic with a solid degreaser to remove the oils & cruft from manufacturing that will keep your paint from adhering solidly. When painting, make sure to start with very light coats of a good primer (Killz) and let them fully dry before between each coat. Once you have a strong base coat with a solid coverage you should be good to go with painting your final finishing coats (gloss, whatever). If you rush it you'll end up with peeling or chips.

For the TUF cover I'll be busting out the Iwata airbrush & liquid mask to add on the custom design. This should take a couple of days and hopefully my GPU backplates will arrive in the meantime.
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post #27 of 138
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It kinda does. Funny thing is that I've never liked the Resident Evil games, mostly because the control scheme on consoles just rubbed me the wrong way.

I've never actually played the games, I am however a big fan of the movies smile.gif
Build looks great either way!
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post #28 of 138
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The exterior case work is completed. Sneak peak:




I decided to pick up a new mobo as my existing Gigabyte UD3H colors would clash with this build. Yea, I'm a bit picky smile.gif

As soon as the Asus Sabertooth Z77 arrives I can pull the TUF cover. I'll basecoat it in white and then bust out my Iwata airbrush and get to work on a nice custom graphic overlay on the board cover.

Cool looking Switch build, subbed to see how it turns out. thumb.gif
post #29 of 138
Looks awesome man, cant wait to see you custom design on the cover.
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Subbed. Can't wait to see the in motion
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