'Ere we go.. 'Ere we go...
Right! Time to tear apart the card. I won't go into much detail on the takedown, as there is plenty of places to find the steps. Just be sure: there are a metric ****ton of screws in this thing, and they are all loctited like nothing else.
At any rate, there is 5 separate part parts to the shroud, and you need to mind the cable for the LED. Once its apart, it looks like this:
Now the plan was this: Those silver bits are all going to be painted a somewhat dark red, along with the fan rings. I might paint the heat sinks on the RAM as well, but the jury is out on that. Then, I was planning on casting a new Logo, and attach the led to the new logo, and having a nice red Geforce GTX on the side of it. Well, as I feared, not as easy as I thought.
What it is, as far as I can tell, is a LED board, with a rubberish lettering made of two colours molded together. On the back of the board is a pair of wires soldered to the board, and then the whole thing is wrapped in tape, trimmed where the letters are.
So... not anywhere near as easy as I had hoped. Going to have to think on this. And for those where your GPU's are upside down? Its not as bad as it looks... but for one thing.
Now, if you look at the three tabs, those are what holds the log in place between them, and the outer piece. To install the logo upside down, you will have to do two things: You will have to remove the end off of the wire, and extend it, and reconnect the end so it will reach: an extension is out of the picture because of a lack of room for the connectors. The second thing is that the first tab from the right, is too close to the port end of the card: you'll have to trim away the front half or so of it in order to make room for the wire leads. But even where you to do all that, you are stuck with the fan casting itself: no way I can see to flip that around. The only possible way to do something along those lines is what it appears to be required for my project: Trimming away the insides of the cutouts, and casting up a new piece that fits in. At that point, have to come up with a way to attach LED's in there, without them getting in the way.
Only way to do that that I can think of is casting the logo with the LED's *in* the resin, or making the new logo super thin.
Either way, this is gonna take some thought.