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I had some free time on my hands today at work and decided to make my own GPU backplate.
This mod is purely aesthetic and provides no support to the pcb or heat dissipation.
I didn't have my card handy at the time of this mod, so the measurements where estimates and not exact numbers.

I used a scrap piece of acrylic that was salvaged from a recycling center thumb.gif and cut it to the size of my card.


Then I designed the graphic I wanted on the backplate using a program called VE LXi and cut it out with a vinyl plotter.



I lightly sanded the acrylic sheet and applied a few coats of white paint using an airbrush. I think spray paint will work just as well.


I was busy with other projects while working on this one so I forgot to take pictures of a few steps.
After the white paint dried enough to handle, I applied the vinyl decal to the acrylic and airbrushed over the entire sheet with black.
Once the black dried I began to remove the vinyl.



The final step was the clear coat, apply a few coats and thats it!



My backplate is held on with small pieces of double sided tape.




I apologize for the crappy cell phone pictures, I don't have a camera, nor am I a photographer redface.gif

I hope you enjoyed my project and I hope I have inspired anyone to take on a DIY project of their own.

If you have decided to make your own backplate, please post them here! I would love to see your projects!
post #2 of 26
Nice work! thumb.gif
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Thank you!
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Dude you totally need to be making these to order thumb.gif
Awesome job, very very professional.
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That would awesome. Thank you, it was a very fun project.
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I can't help but ask, did you get this idea from my mod (posted 3 days before yours): http://www.overclock.net/t/1382211/mod-home-made-acryllic-7950-backplate
     
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I can't help but ask, did you get this idea from my mod (posted 3 days before yours): http://www.overclock.net/t/1382211/mod-home-made-acryllic-7950-backplate

Maybe he did, but other cards have been shipped with them for quite some time now, i want to make one now for my sons 6970 got me thinkning biggrin.gif
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Maybe he did, but other cards have been shipped with them for quite some time now, i want to make one now for my sons 6970 got me thinkning biggrin.gif

Basically;

"Yeah, maybe Ford did steal Chevy's design and all. But trucks have been out on the market for years. I want to buy one now for my son's Ford F-Shill-50 biggrin.gif"
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post #9 of 26
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I can't help but ask, did you get this idea from my mod (posted 3 days before yours):

Not really, I have wanted to make my own backplate for quite some time now. I just never got around to making one. I like yours too though. I was going to post my project on your thread but for some reason I thought it was dead. I guess I didn't really look at the dates.
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Made another backplate for a friend.
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