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post #11 of 41
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New switches

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What’s shown here is what Navig made? Simple cheap feeling button switches (every time I hit the button it felt like something is going to break inside), some tailed LEDs one for power and other for HDD, a self made mount for it all, and all attached with plastic rivets.

TO Hell with that! It has to change!

First off you all know I ordered powder coat for all the metal pieces and especially the same plate Navig made himself (Thanks again CyberDruid)
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I also bought some Lamptron switches from P-PC in RED led.

Now it's going to be put all together. I soon learned that the plastic rivets were not the same size as the stainless steel ones I bought. To remedy this, I decided to use my left over Stainless button cap screws I have and then use a nut behind it to help keep it in place. The problem was I didn't have the nuts but I did have those brass knurl knobs that I won’t be using anymore and next thing you know, it was a perfect substitute. There was a problem, it was brass, not stainless so I thought about it and remember a read on OCN on a type of spray-paint.

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PLASTIC Dip! I had the spray in the garage!
I did not hesitate to use it and I say it came out nice!

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Next was easy, slide the darn screw and knob it behind. I'm amazed that only an 1hr past since I sprayed it and the rubber is stuck on good.

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Done!
Edited by IKIKUINTHENUTZ - 1/3/11 at 2:06am
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post #12 of 41
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FC5 paint job

I have a sliver FC5 and loved how it looks but how would I make it fit better into this system and make it match?

HAMMER TIME!

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Thank god the FC5 is easy to take apart

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Hammered

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Very nice
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post #13 of 41
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Dye tubing into custom color

It is impossible to find tubing in smoked black! So I did the best thing ever! You Dye it yourself!

If you guys remember I actually did a write up on this and it works 100%

The only difference was I had to do 1 ft sections of the tube. Then I had a great idea! Boil the dye in a pot and fill it up in a planter! Then dip the tube into it! Perfect!

Step 1. Make a huge pot of boiling water with salt
Step 2. Put dye in it and mix
Step 3. Pour into a planter
Step 4. Dip the tube in

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Only image I found of planter with dye I used

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Very nice smoked tubing

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Dyed tubing helps give a different tone to the color dye compare to the clear
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post #14 of 41
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Custom pump damper/pump mod

The idea was simple, place my DDC pump on to the UN bracket in which it is on top of a removable slide insert. Then it caught on to me that it will make some serious vibration noise.

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I made a gummy sandwich with Petra’s “gel” stuff and cheap dampening foam. Yummy but in the end I only needed one slice of foam.

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Bolt it in and it’s good

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As a bonus, the whole platform the pump sits on is removable.

I also wanted to be able to control the pump and hook it up to my FC5 for a RPM reading and for alarm function just in case it fails.

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Soldered a 3 pin fan tail with RPM readout for such measures.
It’s a good thing the FC5 can supply 30w per channel so this baby can get enough juice.
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post #15 of 41
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Modding the PSU fan

The PSU we all know looks very nice, but Enermax decided it was wise to put a hideous clear fan. What the hell were they thinking?!?!!?

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TO hell with that! While it was being sleeve, I also took the liberty to remove the fan

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Krylon-K02520000-Plastic-Textured-12-Ounce/dp/B000RMT8LS"]Amazon.com: Krylon K02520000 Fusion For Plastic Textured Shimmer Aerosol Spray Paint, 12-Ounce, Black: Home Improvement[/ame]
Bought this

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OMGWTHBQQ is this the same exact paint Enermax uses for the outside?!?!? It’s a perfect match and same texture!

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Close up
I lucked out big time, again.
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post #16 of 41
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Custom motherboard LED sign

I contacted Daniel of EpicPcCases overseas in Australia to help me make a custom LED sign for the project for my EVGA P55 FTW motherboard
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It was a project to replace the LED EVGA symbol for something more appropriate. This wasn't a simple job; it's a lot more complicated than it looks due to size and limitations from the motherboard and CNC machine. There were many adjustments that needed to be done.
Long Story short I want to say it was great to work with Daniel of Epicpccases and we want to show all of you the greatness.
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[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68VA1vRRwT0"]YouTube- Epic PC: Completed Res and more![/ame]

In his video, he shows the sign being cut starting from 1:45 into the video
He's also a member of OCN,OCAU, and some other forums by the name of: Djayness

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However the sign did have a major defect, the LED is too harsh in where it is placed and causes uneven lighting. Now I remember long time ago I did fix this problem in a product but what did I do? Oh yea!

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Man's best invention is the best solution
Paper!
Just insert paper in the correct position and with the right amount of thickness and eureka!

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Even distribution of light!
Edited by IKIKUINTHENUTZ - 1/29/11 at 10:11pm
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post #17 of 41
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Modding the ram

Before you start nagging, you’re going to say, “Why geez nutz, out of the entire ram selection in America you could have bought, you went ahead and got GEIL! Why?” Well yes I did get GEIL ram because I had a traumatizing experience and yes my first choice for black PCB ram was actually Crucial.

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But when you have something like this happen to you, you would never ever want to touch ram heat spreaders for a long time. Something like this can make a grown man cry from the inside for spending so much money only to have it broken by his own hands. @#$%^&*

So yes that’s why I got GEIL Black dragons because they are the only ram you can buy in America with black pcb and without the hassles of an heat spreader with a nice touch of RED leds glowing. Too bad the first set I bought error up the ass on memtest86+ I had to RMA it. Thank god the 2nd set works perfectly, I was about to blow a gasket.

I was about to install the Xigmatek Cuirassier-N002 onto the ram but then I decided, How can I thank Cyberdruid, Djayness, and Navig in the best way possible? I contacted Epic PCs again to have a plaque made with their names on it.

Installation was easy if you measure everything right the only thing major I had to do was go to hardware store for longer screws, nuts, and hurray!

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Thank you Cyberdruid, Djayness, and Navig for your contributions to make this possible!
Edited by IKIKUINTHENUTZ - 1/3/11 at 2:08am
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post #18 of 41
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Making the video card and motherboard sexy

Ok there isn’t much I can say here other than having a picture that’s worth thousands of words.

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Basically I violated every heat producing space with a heat sink and installed Viperjohn’s Viperfang VII on my HD5870

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For the Motherboard I took the liberty of upgrading all the brass knurls Navig provided and upgrade them to stainless steel hex knurls

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Another angle
Edited by IKIKUINTHENUTZ - 1/6/11 at 3:39am
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post #19 of 41
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Upgrading the hard drive area
Seeing that the Bench station used a Lian Li hard drive bay to hold hard drives, I wasn’t really feeling that’s a good way to go, I contacted Navig and he sent me some nice upgrades he developed for the new stations.

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These are a major improvement in terms of looks!

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Works well!

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I’ve decided using stainless steel screws were better than the black thumb screws that were supplied.

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Add the OCZ SSDs in their Icy Dock enclosures and change the screws again. Nice.

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Close up of new screw, expensive hex cap thumb stainless. These gotta be the most I've spent for mere screws. If memory serves correctly, only Macmastercarr carry them and they are like $2.50-$3.00 a piece!

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Iv'e also taken the liberty of upgrading the slides by adding the dampening foam under them. Now I can slide them across without worry of scratching paint job and also dampen vibration.
Edited by IKIKUINTHENUTZ - 1/6/11 at 3:29am
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post #20 of 41
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Radiator upgrades
I did a push and pull fan configuration with my radiator with 6 high speed yate loon fans

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But since the radiator I’m using is very dense fins, most of the air pressure is lost and it’s needed so the air can be pushed along across the motherboard and GPU heat sinks.

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I Installed Nexus Beamairs on to the sections to solve this issue to increase fan pressure by focusing the exhaust into more centralized airflow.

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Thanks to the design, it is also very easy to maintenance the radiator if needed. All you have to do is tilt it and you can just simply lift it all up!

Also to Mention I tried to do the same with a PA120.3 and it was too thick as the poles were blocking it, I was stuck using the HE120.3
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