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The only fault, and I use that term loosely, with the kit is the length of the silicon cord.

16" just isn't making it

36" would have been wonderful, 20" to 24" would have been at least an acceptable minimum, and 30" would be the perfect compromise.

I found myself having to use my buna N cord for my longer runs.


Darlene


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Maybe for you but most peoples rigs aren't 4 feet long. tongue.gif
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post #112 of 194
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Time to pick me up one of these little puppies to give me enough internal USB ports to control my 2 USB D5 pumps and the USB controlled Aquaero 6 XT controller:

NZXT IU01 Case Accessory - $19.99

Turn 1 USB internal port header (from your motherboard), into 3 USB headers and 2 USB connectors.


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I should probably stop reading this. I see everything your post here on the other site. tongue.gif
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I should probably stop reading this. I see everything your post here on the other site. tongue.gif

Not even close. Besides, it's not like anyone besides you, me, and maybe two or three other people even look at that other site for computer stuff. That place is mainly used for "Porn and Politics". biggrin.gif
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Well, the lower radiator is painted (going to let it dry for a couple days before I mess with it. In the mean time, I have a bunch of measuring and planning to do.

As you know, I plan on making an insert that will go into the component side of the case. It will cover the entire back of the motherboard tray and at least the bump out of the power supply cover. I am also debating on making a panel that will cover that back of the case where all the vent holes are (obviously I would make it so the expansion cards could fit in as well as a 140mm fan to exhaust.

This is where I'd like to get some opinions.

1) Should I do a back panel, or just leave it natural for ventalation?

2) What color should I do the insert in?

3) Should the color of the motherboard tray insert be the same as the power supply bump out? If not, what colors should they be?


Here are some photos of various acrylic sheet samples that I can use.



There are obviously a lot of different choices to be had, the ones in the foreground aren't what I was really considering, but maybe.




The four that I am really considering (5 actually, but I don't have a sample of that made up yet) are ... "Matte Clear painted with Satin Black", "Matte Clear painted with Real Orange" (the same orange as the radiators), "Gloss White", "Gloss Black". Finally, the one that isn't shown is "Matte Clear painted with Satin White".




Here is a shot of the top 4 (maybe 5) in the actual Phantek case with the painted RX360 radiator and fans.



The "Gloss Black" is pretty interesting, as it does give a slight reflection/mirror effect. The down side is that it will show every little scratch and finger print.

The "Gloss White" is nice in that it will make any color wire, card, motherboard, etc. stand out. It will show as scratches and finger prints, but not NEARLY to the same degree as the "Gloss Black".

The "Matte Clear painted with Satin Black" will give a nice uniform black look to all the surfaces, but since it's black, it will suffer from the same problems as a case without an insert ... very dark. Another plus is that it hides tiny scratches and finger prints VERY well.

The "Matte Clear painted with Real Orange" will perfectly match all the orange color of the radiators and possibly give a nice tie in to the whole there. The only worry is that it might be "too much orange". Another plus is that it hides tiny scratches and finger prints VERY well.

I am guessing the "Matte Clear painted with Satin White" will be sort of like the "Gloss White" in that it will show all the components very well. White is a nice neutral color, but it really doesn't tie in with the "Black, Orange, and Gray" overall theme. Another plus is that it hides tiny scratches and finger prints VERY well.


So your input is very much welcome.
post #116 of 194
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Just a little light cable sleeving before bed.



It's amazing what a difference a nicely done cable sleeve can to to turn an otherwise ugly red and black power wire to a pump into. Of course in order to get the "deep black" look for sleeving, you first have to put black heat shrink over both wires (mainly to hide the red) so no color shows through the weave of the sleeve material. A little more work, but I think it's worth it.
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I should probably stop reading this. I see everything your post here on the other site. tongue.gif

Not even close. Besides, it's not like anyone besides you, me, and maybe two or three other people even look at that other site for computer stuff. That place is mainly used for "Porn and Politics". biggrin.gif


Porn and politics you say!!!

Got a link biggrin.gif


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post #118 of 194
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The "Gloss Black" is pretty interesting, as it does give a slight reflection/mirror effect. The down side is that it will show every little scratch and finger print.

The "Gloss White" is nice in that it will make any color wire, card, motherboard, etc. stand out. It will show as scratches and finger prints, but not NEARLY to the same degree as the "Gloss Black".

The "Matte Clear painted with Satin Black" will give a nice uniform black look to all the surfaces, but since it's black, it will suffer from the same problems as a case without an insert ... very dark. Another plus is that it hides tiny scratches and finger prints VERY well.

The "Matte Clear painted with Real Orange" will perfectly match all the orange color of the radiators and possibly give a nice tie in to the whole there. The only worry is that it might be "too much orange". Another plus is that it hides tiny scratches and finger prints VERY well.

I am guessing the "Matte Clear painted with Satin White" will be sort of like the "Gloss White" in that it will show all the components very well. White is a nice neutral color, but it really doesn't tie in with the "Black, Orange, and Gray" overall theme. Another plus is that it hides tiny scratches and finger prints VERY well.

I hate scratches, so I would probably stay away from the gloss personally. I really like the what your doing with the "Matte Clear painted with Real Orange, thumb.gif but see how a lighter color could really help other elements stand out in a black case. Could you do a really light gray? Maybe it would help your cables stand out and still fit your theme? Again though, I still go back to the black on orange. I like the contrast between the two and the way it stands out. No matter what you pick, I am sure it will look great!
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I hate scratches, so I would probably stay away from the gloss personally. I really like the what your doing with the "Matte Clear painted with Real Orange, thumb.gif but see how a lighter color could really help other elements stand out in a black case. Could you do a really light gray? Maybe it would help your cables stand out and still fit your theme? Again though, I still go back to the black on orange. I like the contrast between the two and the way it stands out. No matter what you pick, I am sure it will look great!

Actually, light gray has been suggested and I think it might be what I will look at trying a sample of next. I'll swing by Home Depot and see what colors they have that are close tot he gray that I will be using for cable sleeving.

The blacks and smoked (another popular choice) I think might be too dark inside and pretty much defeat the desired effect I want to do.

The orange, while it would match, might be too much orange in the build.

White, while very clean looking, just doesn't go with the theme.

I've tried putting some LEDs on the edge to see if the acrylic would "glow", but on all the samples I tried, it really didn't to what I was thinking. To get that effect (like a lighted mid plate), I would have to do a multi-layer plate that might end up being too thick to put a motherboard under.

I'll keep playing.


Keep up with the color suggestions though.
post #120 of 194
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Sorry for the lack of progress, but I've been really busy at work with year end stuff and I took a fall on the ice and really wasn't up to working on anything.

But tonight, I did make some major progress with measuring and making two templates for the acrylic insert for the case.






Now granted that isn't the exact orange that the rest of the painted items will be, and the majority of the insert will be covered with motherboard that is mostly black, but I'm just not sure if that will be "too much orange".

Another thought is to use the same color grey that I will use as an accent color for the wire sleeving.

Thoughts?


Here is the motherboard that will fill the majority of the cavity ...




And here is the grey sleeve that I could go with as an alternative to the orange insert ...



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