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I was hoping you would chime in TCO since you painted yours. That was exactly the route I was going to go if I painted the board. Possibly I am doubting my painting skills since I've never painted a Mobo to that extent. I would love to go this route to save some cash since I have a nice Mobo, plus I have the em monoblock for it and it just looks sick. I really don't want to drop the dough on the RVE since it would be pointless however those other boards I mentioned are a bit cheaper. The responsible side of me says don't replace it would be a waste of money. Lol. I was thinking about all black if I did it. Think that might look good.
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I was hoping you would chime in TCO since you painted yours. That was exactly the route I was going to go if I painted the board. Possibly I am doubting my painting skills since I've never painted a Mobo to that extent. I would love to go this route to save some cash since I have a nice Mobo, plus I have the em monoblock for it and it just looks sick. I really don't want to drop the dough on the RVE since it would be pointless however those other boards I mentioned are a bit cheaper. The responsible side of me says don't replace it would be a waste of money. Lol. I was thinking about all black if I did it. Think that might look good.

The Colour is completely up to you. But You could also Look at it like this (Follow me here)

1. You were already debating on getting another board correct? So if all else fails with the paint, then you could still go that route (Expensive)

2. The Only way to get better at something (Painting) is to try at first. If you don't succeed (They have things that remove paint, like water biggrin.gif or isopropyl alcohol (90% to be exact). Used rattle can paint on my board and had a little overspray. A little toilet paper and 90% Alcohol cleaned that right up.

3. Painting allows you to get exactly what colour you want. Grab a brush and Acrylic paint bottle for touch up at the Hobby Shop thumb.gif

4. Take a step back, and look at your results. You are the hardest Critic.

TCO

EDIT: It took a lot of sweating and being nervous before I started to paint a 450$ Motherboard (That I hadn't even test booted yet) biggrin.gif

But it what I saw in my mind and needed to match the scheme of things.
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post #13 of 95
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The Colour is completely up to you. But You could also Look at it like this (Follow me here)

1. You were already debating on getting another board correct? So if all else fails with the paint, then you could still go that route (Expensive)

2. The Only way to get better at something (Painting) is to try at first. If you don't succeed (They have things that remove paint, like water biggrin.gif or isopropyl alcohol (90% to be exact). Used rattle can paint on my board and had a little overspray. A little toilet paper and 90% Alcohol cleaned that right up.

3. Painting allows you to get exactly what colour you want. Grab a brush and Acrylic paint bottle for touch up at the Hobby Shop thumb.gif

4. Take a step back, and look at your results. You are the hardest Critic.

TCO

EDIT: It took a lot of sweating and being nervous before I started to paint a 450$ Motherboard (That I hadn't even test booted yet) biggrin.gif

But it what I saw in my mind and needed to match the scheme of things.

That's what it is. I am my hardest critic. The more I think about it painting the board would be fun and would allow me to color match exactly. I picked out both a gunmetal color and a gloss black color. Your right with the black and gray already on the board would match. An all black x99 deluxe might look good plus I could always change colors if it didn't look right. Gonna give it a whirl and if all else fails I'll just pick the new board up. Haha.
post #14 of 95
Subbed. Love the SMA8. As far as the motherboard colors.. i would paint it as TCO said. But if you want a new board then buy one. But id just paint it personally. Just imo.
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That's what it is. I am my hardest critic. The more I think about it painting the board would be fun and would allow me to color match exactly. I picked out both a gunmetal color and a gloss black color. Your right with the black and gray already on the board would match. An all black x99 deluxe might look good plus I could always change colors if it didn't look right. Gonna give it a whirl and if all else fails I'll just pick the new board up. Haha.

biggrin.gif It's all in your Mind!



After you take the cover, and mosfets from the back of the board, you will realize how simple it is. Get some masking tape to tape off the areas of those pieces that you do not want a certain colour. And have at it.

TCO
     
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post #16 of 95
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Going to give this a whirl this weekend then....now time to get home. UPS just sent me the delivered notification!!!!
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I am excited to see how this project turns out. Good luck, I am already itching to start a new build myself.
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Sure enough a nice big Caselabs box on the front porch when I got home from work. I can't tell who was more excited, my daughter or me. Haha. Priorities first though. Time to feed the kids and get homework done, then will bust this bad boy open
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I am excited to see how this project turns out. Good luck, I am already itching to start a new build myself.

Thank you!! I'm excited to see how this can translate from the idea in my brain and into the case. Lol. Dat itch tho. Gotta scratch it sometimes.
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Update 24 May

Received the case in good order. Nothing was wrong or broken. Everything was perfection. First impressions of this case. I loved how everything was individually packaged and there was enough packing material in the box to ensure safety of the contents. This case is amazing and I see why they get the cult following they do. Awesome construction, lightweight, and the powder coat is phenomenal. Easy to follow instructions as well. Case took me about 2 hours to put together to include mounting the flex bay fans and rads. Prior to constructing the case I finished sleeping the 120 fans to go into the front and then mounted everything to the flex bay mount. Then came case construction.








Once I finished the case, I sleeved the 140 fans for the 560mm rad and then mounted the rad and fans to the mount and installed it to see how it would look. This setup is beginning to look sick already.









So the plan tonight is to sleeve the remaining 120 fans and mount to the 480 rad. Then I will disassemble the back wall to draw out and mount the reservoirs and then drill out mount holes on the bottom chassis for the pump tops to screw into. Also thinking about starting to paint the shroud and other parts of the motherboard black. But we shall see.
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