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post #1 of 9
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So I'm looking to light up my PC doing a black & white theme, corsair 900d with corsair sp120 fans with white heads, I'm thinkng about sleeving the cables to white, but i cant decide on led or cathodes? and anyone know some cpu blocks with lighting potential? while im on the lighting subject, any coolant that reflects light? or just get white coolant and clear tubing.
post #2 of 9
LED got my vote, From pictures I seen here, they are easier to hide and looks better.
post #3 of 9
I personally prefer the uniformity of white cathodes myself but led's are much easier to work with and hide...
post #4 of 9
I use White LED in my case. The bottom is in front of PSU. The top is behind the top fans shining down to give a different look.
Works much better if there is a rad up there.
    
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post #5 of 9
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Well I'm not exactly looking to 'hide' it, but get the best lighting from them, and the cathodes in my opinion actually don't look bad at all, but I'm wondering if the power they draw, or the life of them is a problem.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by Sp33d Junki3 View Post

I use White LED in my case. The bottom is in front of PSU. The top is behind the top fans shining down to give a different look.
Works much better if there is a rad up there.

I like the way yours look, I think what I'll do is get both, run a combination of the two, or get rid of the one which doesnt look as good, since they're both around 10 bucks, 20 for what ill need. so 40$ on a lighting setup not bad, you have any idea bout cpu block lighting?
post #7 of 9
I didnt hide it, just how it was placed to give a nicer look. Bottom is not block and have more openings. tops is block, and wanted to shine over the ram and board.
The picture didnt turn out well to see it, through window looks great.

I tried cathodes, mine burnt out. Didn't last long, maybe 3 months. I prefer LED strips, as I have both of mine plugged into my fan controller to have on/off when i sleep. 5v off, 12v full.
    
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post #8 of 9
LEDs for sure.

No big inverter to hide and the make a brighter light..
They won't crack or dim over time either.
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post #9 of 9
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LEDs for sure.

No big inverter to hide and the make a brighter light..
They won't crack or dim over time either.

Okay thanks you've made up my mind.
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