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Looks much better in black biggrin.gif
    
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Yeah man, that's sexy.

I really shouldn't be following this thread. I'm swapping cases and installing a custom loop next month, and the only reason I'm not upgrading to my cpu and mobo is because nobody makes a blue Mobo for Skylake.
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Ask and ye shall receive. What does one do when there's no such thing as an Asus Rampage V Black Edition? Make your own, of course!


Before...


Tools of the trade. X-acto, tons of tape, acrylic paint, and brushes.

I also used a cheapo DDR4 stick of ram (as though there is such a thing!) and an old PCIe card to block each slot as I painted it. There are other techniques out there of course. Spraypaint, Plasti-Dip, etc. But I felt like this would give me the nicest finish, precision, and a bit of texture to boot. I'll post a video of the process this weekend but for now, here are the results...





Not too shabby. You can still see a bit of red inside the slots, but none once they're plugged, and I'd rather have that then the chance of the contacts getting messed up.
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Yeah man, that's sexy.

I really shouldn't be following this thread. I'm swapping cases and installing a custom loop next month, and the only reason I'm not upgrading to my cpu and mobo is because nobody makes a blue Mobo for Skylake.

Sounds to me like you should be following this. smile.gif
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Sounds to me like you should be following this. smile.gif
LOL

I think my wife would beg to differ tonguesmiley.gif
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Great job on the paint, I look forward to seeing how it fits into the theme of the build thumb.gif
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Nice job on the motherboard painting. How long did it take you? One coat or more?
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Great job on the paint, I look forward to seeing how it fits into the theme of the build thumb.gif
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Nice job on the motherboard painting. How long did it take you? One coat or more?

Thanks! It didn't take too long, maybe 3 hours? I definitely used multiple coats, and continue to notice areas for touch-ups here and there.
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OK folks, got a few updates, comin' in hot! Mostly for waterblocks placement.

First, a few shots of the motherboard block (EK's Full Cover Monoblock). I really like it, and it wasn't too hard to put on.







Next, I put on the EK full cover blocks for the GTX 980 Tis:







Finally, I did the RAM blocks. Step one was removing the Ripjaws heatspreader with a heat gun and some old fashioned prying. Be careful! A friend (ahem) once ripped off one of the chips in this process.





Unfortunately, the adhesive leaves some weird residue on the chips:



Normally, I use isopropyl alcohol or the specialized TIM remover for this task, but the TIM remover wasn't working well on the adhesive, and I was all out of alcohol. Nail polish remover, while not recommended, will do the trick:



Now for the thermal pads:



And, then putting on the Monarch heatspreaders. Note that when you're putting the ram sticks into the heatspreaders, make sure they're in roughly the same position. DIMMs on the board don't move, obviously, so you want the Monarch screw holes to all line up when the RAM is in so that you can properly attach the waterblock on top.



Now to see it all on the mobo:







Au revoir!
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Epic build my friend, definitely subbed to see the progression! cheers.gif
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love the video,looking forward to part 2 and sub of course!
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