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Can you show behind the mobo please?
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post #20932 of 107784
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Really nice! I saw your build featured on LD's facebook wall if I remember correctly smile.gif
 
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post #20933 of 107784
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Can you show behind the mobo please?

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Sorry about the picture, I have nothing.

Greetings.
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Keru: That's perfect. If he's like me, he was just curious where the pipes went from there. Makes for a nice clean look. Nice thinking smile.gif
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post #20935 of 107784
Keru, that's a great build! So clean! I'm a huge sucker for well-done LD builds.


@kcuestag: Looking good! And don't compare yourself to the other builds around here... I forced myself not to awhile ago after Venom, Cerberus, etc. tongue.gif

Why the slim tubing, though? It looks so tiny in such a big build.
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Really nice! I saw your build featured on LD's facebook wall if I remember correctly smile.gif

Yes it's true. There are more photos on Facebook LDcooling thumb.gif

I decided to share some photos with you.

Greetings.

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Keru: That's perfect. If he's like me, he was just curious where the pipes went from there. Makes for a nice clean look. Nice thinking smile.gif
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Keru, that's a great build! So clean! I'm a huge sucker for well-done LD builds.

Thank you very much. cheers.gif
post #20937 of 107784
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Hehe... maybe this would grab your attention. biggrin.gif

I need some opinions from you guys about painting my "new" radiator. Let me preface this with a little background though.

Originally, I bought a used XSPC RX480 used off another forum. For $80 and seeing that the one picture the seller had of the backside looked very clean, I thought it was a pretty good deal. Once I got the radiator in hand though, it was a completely different story! frown.gif

The front side (same side as the ports), which was not shown in the pic, was F-I-L-T-H-Y - full of clumpy dust/dirt and some sort of grime! I wish I had taken pictures to show how I am not exaggerating that it looked like it was used in a basement. But to make matters worse, it STUNK like gym socks!!! puke.gif Combine this with the amount of scratches that were not shown in that seller's pic, was enough to make me feel like I should have spent the extra ~$30 and got a new one instead. frown.gif

I got right to work and washed the radiator with detergent as thoroughly as I could so the funk and most of the dirt/dust is already gone. To remedy the horrid paint job, I decided to sand the radiator down and repaint it a glossy white.

Here is where things got interesting after about an hour of sanding! wheee.gif

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I quite like the look of the paint-less radiator! drool.gif It reminds me a lot of the Watercool or Airplex rads from the brushed steel. Obviously not as nice, but not bad either for a fraction of the price. biggrin.gif

So what do you guys think? Here's what I'm thinking are my options:

1. Leave the rad unpainted but continue sanding to get rid of the remaining paint.
2. Paint just the brass chambers, at the top and bottom.
3. Carry on with the original plan to paint the whole thing white.

Let me know! thumb.gif
     
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post #20938 of 107784
Wow that looks stunning sanded down to bare metal... I might have to steal that idea for my next build. Can we get a pic of your build to get an idea of the design/theme?

EDIT: How'd you sand it, by the way?
Edited by jackofhearts495 - 5/12/12 at 4:01pm
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post #20939 of 107784
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Hehe... maybe this would grab your attention. biggrin.gif

I need some opinions from you guys about painting my "new" radiator. Let me preface this with a little background though.

Originally, I bought a used XSPC RX480 used off another forum. For $80 and seeing that the one picture the seller had of the backside looked very clean, I thought it was a pretty good deal. Once I got the radiator in hand though, it was a completely different story! frown.gif

The front side (same side as the ports), which was not shown in the pic, was F-I-L-T-H-Y - full of clumpy dust/dirt and some sort of grime! I wish I had taken pictures to show how I am not exaggerating that it looked like it was used in a basement. But to make matters worse, it STUNK like gym socks!!! puke.gif Combine this with the amount of scratches that were not shown in that seller's pic, was enough to make me feel like I should have spent the extra ~$30 and got a new one instead. frown.gif

I got right to work and washed the radiator with detergent as thoroughly as I could so the funk and most of the dirt/dust is already gone. To remedy the horrid paint job, I decided to sand the radiator down and repaint it a glossy white.

Here is where things got interesting after about an hour of sanding! wheee.gif

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I quite like the look of the paint-less radiator! drool.gif It reminds me a lot of the Watercool or Airplex rads from the brushed steel. Obviously not as nice, but not bad either for a fraction of the price. biggrin.gif

So what do you guys think? Here's what I'm thinking are my options:

1. Leave the rad unpainted but continue sanding to get rid of the remaining paint.
2. Paint just the brass chambers, at the top and bottom.
3. Carry on with the original plan to paint the whole thing white.

Let me know! thumb.gif

I think I vote for option 2... that stainless is sexy (as long as it matches a build you're working on). If not, an all white would look sharp as well smile.gif
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Wow that looks stunning sanded down to bare metal... I might have to steal that idea for my next build. Can we get a pic of your build to get an idea of the design/theme?
EDIT: How'd you sand it, by the way?

Here are some quick pics of the current state.

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Not my proudest moment to put blue Mayhem dye in, but I couldn't stand the clouded clear tubing look and couldn't wait for my red dye to come in. redface.gif That will be fixed at a later date when I drain it and add the XSPC rad and VRM block for the Rampage IV Formula. wink.gif

I would like to go for an ROG type of theme (I know, not another one, lol tongue.gif). Since I am using silver metal fittings, I think the stainless steal rad will go nicely together, which means I will most likely be sanding down the Swiftech 360 rad up top as well.

By the way, this XSPC 480 rad will be mounted externally. I know most don't prefer it, but I cannot mod the bottom hard drive chamber since I actually do use it as I have 6 drives in total not counting the SSD. redface.gif

As for sanding, I bought some wet/dry sand paper from Wal-Mart. They sell a pack of 220, 320 and 400 grit for $3 and change. Since they were big sheets, I cut them up into fours and used all of the 220 grit to remove the major areas. I only used a few sheets of 320 to get some refining in, and haven't touched the 400, and 800 grit that I bought separately.

I still have a long way to go as you can see the chambers need a lot of work. I can say right now, though, that the area around the ports will be a major pain, but I'll have to take my time and take some breaks in between to alleviate the finger cramping. tongue.gif
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I think I vote for option 2... that stainless is sexy (as long as it matches a build you're working on). If not, an all white would look sharp as well smile.gif

Thanks! thumb.gif

I am leaning towards option 2 as well, but then the question becomes do I paint the brass chambers white, or back to black, or some other random color like red? The possibilities are endless! wheee.gif
     
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