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I'm in the process of changing out my MB, and since I already have things taken apart, I'm modding my case some. I was thinking about running a strip of the RGB lighting under my MB in a square using the 90 degree connectors available so the RGB strip will be hidden and I'll be able to light in, not with maximum brightness but dim, so you can see a glow coming out from around the underside of my MB.

I'm wondering if anyone had tried this before, and if there's enough room for the strip to fit. They make the non-waterproof strips, which are much slimmer, but I've also considered using the waterproof strips, which has a silicone sealant over the top of the strip. I'm not sure it it's too tall to fit, but I sure would feel more comfortable knowing the silicon is there preventing the metal parts from the standard strip from coming in contact with the bottom of my MB. I think the standard strip has a low enough profile to give me enough room to prevent that from happening, but I'll have to tape the strips down myself since the adhesive already on the strips doesn't work very well.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
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I think adding the strips will block off air circulation and prevent any venting of the underside of the motherboard and all the motherboard components (CPU socket, VRMs, etc.) will run hotter to say nothing about the heat the lights themselves will generate.

A better plan would be just a few well placed LEDs.
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I think adding the strips will block off air circulation and prevent any venting of the underside of the motherboard and all the motherboard components (CPU socket, VRMs, etc.) will run hotter to say nothing about the heat the lights themselves will generate.

A better plan would be just a few well placed LEDs.

You know what, I've had some RGB light strips for a while that I've used for multiple things, like decorating for Halloween, but those were the waterproof ones, and I've never felt the RGB strips to see how much heat they put off. Since they initially came out, you can now buy some with 3x as many LEDS, some that have multiple lighting functions, and if I had to guess, the insulated waterproof strips probably put out less heat than the non-waterproof strips.

The Gigabyte 980 Ti has an RGB strip under the Windforce logo, where Nvidia would be on a reference card, and that allows you to change the color of the logo. I imagine they're not using a long enough strip to generate much heat, but that's what initially gave me the idea. Plus, the Godlike MBs come with LED strips on the MB too. Most of them are measured by width, if they have only RGB lights, RGB + a white LED (for true white), and some have 2 x white LEDs in addition to the RGB lights. Everything on my system is watercooled, but I don't want to have to install a waterblock on the back of my MB tray just to keep the LED strips cool. I do think it might look cool though. Someone makes some Laser LEDs, I forget who but I saw them listed on Performance PCs website, and you can direct them to shine in a particular area. I don't think installing some of these on the outsides of the MB pointing underneath it would give the same effect. The RGB strips would produce a glowing effect from under the board, and with the LED strips they have available now, you could set them of a breathing pattern of something.

As you might be able to tell, I''m having trouble thinking of a lighting scheme that''s unique, but also looks good, but I'm running out of ideas.
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you could use longer stand-offs or even 20mm long M3/M4 bolts and spacer/washers, but that means you'll run into issues with PCI-E cards (like GPU); since the MB will sit "higher" off the tray, so th GPU pci L-bracket will no longer touch the case.
If it ain't "hands-free" locks, then you can get around that with longer bolts (M3 or M4) also smile.gif
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