WORK LOG - PART 6What to do about the GPU?
First off Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians
Hello, I thought I would share this latest instalment of my theme build. A few days back I went out with a request for some advice in a separate thread (http://www.overclock.net/t/1405406/painting-a-gpu-shroud
). I was looking for ideas on how to make my GPU and MOBO fit with my theme. This generated a lot of good suggestions and the end result was:
(1) I decided to leave my MOBO alone and see how it looks once installed as the military colours of the Sabertooth X79 should be subdued enough to meld into the background.
(2) The GPU would be a bone of contention because the PCB side would be facing up with all its electronic goodness screaming "Ignore the theme and look at my newness
” One idea was to add a back plate to the GPU and paint it to match the theme. The only problem was . . . I did not know what a back plate was or how to go about making one. I did some online research and while the concept seemed simple enough, I did not have the skill sets (or screws) to build one and then mount it to the GPU . . . I suppose I could have gone out and had one made but when a problem presents itself . . . why not make it a challenge.
Okay . . . the mounted back plate was off the table. So I stared at the computer case for about 30 minutes and then thought . . . If I can't mount one directly to the GPU why not create a back plate which could be mounted to the expansion slot above where the GPU would mount . . . in essence a free floating back plate sitting about 1/8th of an inch above the GPU. Sounded reasonable . . . so first thing I would need is a GPU mock-up model. That I created out of wood and mounted it to the expansion slot it would be sitting in (the model does not extend the full width - I only need the top half anyway).Wooden GPU model - measurements for back plateWooden model mounted in expansion slot - cardboard back plate template
Okay, I won't lie . . . this took a lot of trial and error to get the measurements correct as well as some careful handling/measuring of the actual GPU. But in the end, I had a workable temple. I now needed to decide on material.
I had some aluminum sheeting lying around . . . metal and electronics (especially PCB) . . . I know, bad idea
. So I decided on adhering plexi-glass to the bottom of the back plate to guard against metal and circuitry accidently connection.Cutting the metal sheetingHigh tech metal bending gadgetFinished prototype
( I did go through several iterations before I got the final one you see later)
To mount the back plate I decided that pop rivets and an existing bracket would work best. This took a bit of trial and error to get it right. In the end the bracket and back plate were solid and could be fit into any expansion bay. The key was to ensure there was space between the GPU and the back plate. After a few iterations and few moments of the "what the
" this was achieved
Now the part I like best . . . aging the back plate (of course I had to add some bolts to make it look rugged and military
I started with a base coat of ruddy brown primer, followed by a camo (snakeskin) effect in OD green. Next, I added texture for metal corrosion (this time I used coffee grinds and adhesive spray). A final spay of ruddy brown then various shades of orange to create the rusted look. As a final touch, I could not resist adding a warning sticker
After the aging process, I trialed the back plate on my wooden model to see if it achieved the purpose. I think the bracketed back plate does the trick as the GPU PCB will be covered, the back plate does not contact the PCB and now it melts into the theme
Of course this is my "noob" take on it as I have never done anything like this . . . just a concept. Should anyone out there see a major (or even minor) flaw in this idea, please let me know. Feedback is always welcome when you are new.