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I wanted to go ahead and clean the dust out of my system and realized that it would probably just be a lot easier just to buy new fans instead of cleaning the old ones.

Well, like most of you guys around here I just had to take it a step further, and another step, and yet another. I decided to turn the overall color scheme from blue to red, and now I am beginning to realize that it is becoming a full-on case mod project and I will probably be without my main rig for a while.

I ended up at Micro Center today and bought 4x CoolerMaster SickleFlow 120mm red LED fans (3 for the case and another for my Tuniq Tower Extreme), a bunch of all red sleeved PSU cable extensions from ModRight, a sheet metal nibbler, u-channel trim, and some other goodies. I'm going to do some major cable management to this case because at stock it really sucks. I am tired of seeing all these beautiful cases around here and mine looks like crap.

Now that I have the case apart, what color scheme should I go with? I am going to go hit Home Depot tomorrow and get some spray paint and I can do the painting in my brother's shop on Monday. I am thinking about an all-dark red for the inside of the case and black/dark red for the outside. Also, what kind of paint is the best for a job like this? I am a bit leery of painting the plastic, but if there is something out there that will not begin to chip off after a while I may want to try it.
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I used RustOleum.

http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=400
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red on the inside with red accent on the outside would look pretty pro, imo.
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For plastic: Krylon Fusion (this stuff is extremely durable on Plastic, and requires no sanding/priming).
For metal: be sure to sand and prime, any spray paint that you like will work fine.
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Wow the first sentence astounded me. No offence but I think you weren't telling us just how dirty your case fans were because to just spend money on new ones rather than cleaning the old ones... I don't know, to me that seems wasteful and lazy.

However, I do find it perfectly acceptable to change your entire pcs colour system. I don't know how advanced your painting skills are but assuming that you're just going to essentially whitewash (in red/black) the inside and outside, Black on the outside, green on the inside, you have all these red LEDs you should paint it something that isn't the colour of the LEDs. It doesn't have to be green, just something so that when they look inside it's not like *red *****-slap*. I'm exaggerating of course but I hope you understand what I mean.
Edited by Eskanasi - 1/28/11 at 9:23pm
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I agree. Some dark green would be great!
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Originally Posted by Eskanasi View Post
Wow the first sentence astounded me. No offence but I think you weren't telling us just how dirty your case fans were because to just spend money on new ones rather than cleaning the old ones... I don't know, to me that seems wasteful and lazy.
They wouldn't go to waste at all. I would just use them on something else or sell them. I own a PC repair business so it would only be a matter of time before they found a home. Not with a client, but maybe a friends computer. I make it a point to never install a used part in a customer's PC.

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However, I do find it perfectly acceptable to change your entire pcs colour system. I don't know how advanced your painting skills are but assuming that you're just going to essentially whitewash (in red/black) the inside and outside, Black on the outside, green on the inside, you have all these red LEDs you should paint it something that isn't the colour of the LEDs. It doesn't have to be green, just something so that when they look inside it's not like *red *****-slap*. I'm exaggerating of course but I hope you understand what I mean.
This is a great idea to paint the interior something totally different. I have some pretty good spray painting skills, although I really haven't used them much in a few years.

My motherboard is blue and I didn't like the fact that it kind of got lost in all the blue lights before. What about painting the interior bright silver? I think it might come out with a pretty cool effect when the red lights hit it. Then I was thinking about painting the top, front bay covers, and side window mesh dark red. I have seen one around here somewhat similar to that color scheme.

I don't know yet. What do you think?

EDIT: I went to the new Lowe's that opened up near me today and checked out the plastic spray paint. I would have bought a few cans if there wasn't 300 different brands, colors, textures, flavors, prices, etc. Between them and the Home Depot next door I have an obscene amount of choices. Now I just need to know exactly what to get.
Edited by PhillyOverclocker - 1/29/11 at 4:14pm
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post #8 of 17
Well it depends really on how red you want it to be or how dark or whatever. A dark colour will absorb light while a bright silver will reflect it. You should use your imagination and possibly a google search of the paints to try and imagine what it might look like (I'm sure you're doing this already )

A bright silver with dark red (highlights I guess you'd call them) sounds cool. With a black exterior so that all the focus is on that window mesh and LEDs. Idk I personally would leave the mesh black.

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Just an update, I have begun cutting all the holes to be able to reverse all 3 of my drives in the cage (to hide all of their cables), and made other assorted holes for the PSU, fan, and front header cables. Any cut edges will be protected with u-trim from FrozenCPU for a clean finish.

I will next cut a hole for the PSU fan in the bottom of the case so I can turn the PSU upside down. This will negate the crappy way a normal PSU looks in a bottom-mount case like this, because the cables will come out of the PSU on the side closest to the motherboard tray.

I don't think I am going to paint the inside of the case now, as the grey is beginning to look like the the color I would have painted it anyway to go with my color scheme.
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post #10 of 17
Have you thought of painting the inside of your case a matte black? Ot would bring nice focus on your mobo and the matte would prevent any ugly glare. you could also take uv reactive gell pens orr other neon acrillic paints to highlight areas such as screws, racks or even some of your wires. With a uv light i think somthing likke this would look great in the 900 im debating wether or not i should do some modding on mine.
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