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05-19-2020 09:37 AM
neurotix
Quote: Originally Posted by eliwankenobi View Post
Looking great!

I ended up buying the same AIO as you. Has it been working good as top exhaust? Have you tried as front intake?
Nope.

Basically it works as is, also why? I would need to move my fans to the outside of the steel frame (inside the front panel) as my case only has room in the front to have the rad inside the case but not rad + fans.

I would guess this would raise temperatures drastically, the 3900x puts off a lot of heat very fast, and I use the edc = 1 ppt = 0 PBO trick to disable limits and my cooling is good enough that it turbos to 4650 on 2 cores sometimes with others hitting 4625, for gaming

Also, thing is, I have these two monster 1080ti ftw3 that run above 2ghz and can put off 350w each of heat already into the case. I cant really have less airflow around the socket (top fans will be higher) and all the heat from a 3900x going inside the case.

Is the idea to put all fans on top and front blowing in or something to create positive pressure? Maybe if my gpus were watercooled- 3x 3000rpm fans on each card kind of prevent pressurizing the case internals.

Regards and thanks for your interest.
05-14-2020 07:54 PM
eliwankenobi Looking great!

I ended up buying the same AIO as you. Has it been working good as top exhaust? Have you tried as front intake?
03-01-2020 01:21 PM
neurotix Attachment 330028


Heres the whole setup with my custom Linux desktop
03-01-2020 12:28 PM
Bridgypoo Do you have a pic with the keyboard fully assembled and LEDs on?
03-01-2020 11:47 AM
neurotix
Keyboard build log

Hey all,

I took a lot of photos of the process of modding and painting my GMMK v2 full size. I started with some Kailh Box Jade thick click switches, WASD Cherry Blue O-Rings, some Gateron Brown switches, and a GMMK hot swappable keyboard.

I decided to mod it as 1) the surface mount Leds are too dim, especially with pudding keycaps, 2) the board was too light and 3) the stock stabilizers are improved and the solid black non Cherry ones, but I wanted them clipped, lubed and dampened.

My comments are underneath each pic.

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So, this is my spray station in the unfinished part of my basement. I put down junk mail newspaper. The board was already stripped down and masked off (just on the sides up to the brushed aluminum ring, had to peel off overspray once it dried to show the ring again, used a toothpick + fingernail to peel it back in strips.) I used white plastidip. Then after spraying I covered it up with the top of an old printer reel paper crate/cardboard box. This worked well to insulate the wet plastidip from dust/lint/etc in the air and gave the keyboard a nice, consistent, smooth finish.

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Board with unobtainium Kailh Box Jade switches + browns on certain keys (caps etc)

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Removing switches, board opened. Took thin cheap layer of foam out (not pictured). Inside were two tiny weights that must weigh under 30g each :/

Attachment 330022

I got some crafters tape, basically double sided tape that rolls on. (Get this at Walmart in the crafts section, Joann Fabric, Hobby Lobby, etc.) I also have some 2mm thick foam and an old faux woven vinyl mat (from Walmart I think near candles etc)

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I tried a lot of foam at first but it became clear to me that I could not put screws back in this way.

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So I comprised. I also clipped the stabs, lubed them with lithium grease and was pretty liberal about it, and made soft pads to put underneath each stab. On the back of the woven mat is where the woven part is (its white, and non slip, very thin but has what looks like a basket pattern). I forgot to take a picture, but next to the switch socket where the stabs are, I put the crafters tape on either side of the switch socket directly on the pcb and then stuck the vinyl pieces onto it upside down with the woven side facing up.

I put it back together and the space, backspace, shift and enter keys are MUCH quieter. There is also no metal clang or anything because of the foam behind the plate. The stock foam went back in over the stuff I added, behind the pcb. With a white surface, the keycaps/Leds are much brighter. I also plastidipped the inside of the plate to achieve this. The board feels noticably heavy and is far less prone to slipping around. Not as heavy as my Duckys but still feels much more substantial. I will take pictures of it lit up tonight.
02-29-2020 08:05 PM
damric Looking good. Nice Ryzen badge 🙂
02-29-2020 08:51 AM
neurotix Attachment 329766

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Ok. I fixed the damaged plastic panel that I had to grind/sand GPU sag rails off of.

This took a lot of time and work (a week+) to get looking decent. First, I tried spraying it with flat gray primer and then spraying it with a flat black paint. This did not work well, as the paint type was not plastic paint but hardware store spraypaint thats more for painting wood, metal etc. It kept clumping in the nozzle and basically then spraying out in small clumps on the surface of the panel. When it dried, it left some clearly visible darkened spots all over the panel.

So; I decided to use Plasti-Dip as this stuff applies to any finish and dries very consistently, leaving a smooth surface. It turned out great. I used this on my old 780T case on some metal, as well as two AIO coolers (H100i V2 and H100i.)
02-17-2020 08:05 PM
neurotix
Quote: Originally Posted by eliwankenobi View Post
Thank you for the link. I am kind of tied now. Only seller that have the cooler on Amazon or NewEgg is Platinum Micro and they won’t ship to Puerto Rico. Already put an Auto-Notify on NewEgg. Don’t know when Amazon will have in stock either. They don’t even have the 280mm

I prefer getting it from Amazon as it would ultimately be cheaper for me. I have over $100 in store credit that I wanted to use toward a high end cooling solution. Another Solution I am considering Is the Alphacool Eisbaer Extreme 280. It’s essentially a preassembled custom water cooling loop with 280rad, reservoir and Alphacool’s D5 pump equivalent. It’s a bit more expensive, but also should be higher performance and opens the door for expanding to watercooling the videocard in the future
Yep I looked at that one as well. It would work well and looked to have a better, proper mounting mechanism anyway.

They make pricey watercooling kit yes, so you could expand it with time. Need blocks for GPUs, D5 pump/res combo, bunch of fittings, tubing and another rad probably. They make a 360mm version of the Eisbaer as well so I was looking at that. Someone said they were only at 45c load on a highly OC'ed Ryzen 3900X as well in a review, if I remember.

If you could find the 360mm Eisbaer https://www.amazon.com/Alphacool-Eis...1998680&sr=8-1 and get that shipped I'd totally do it, it will work great but has ugly old school tubing lol
02-17-2020 07:33 PM
eliwankenobi
Quote: Originally Posted by neurotix View Post
Ah dang. If you can handle the mounting system, its worth it. I can also make a noise level video for you soon- I removed that RAM cooler.

Is Newegg an option?

https://www.newegg.com/arctic-coolin...82E16835186249
Thank you for the link. I am kind of tied now. Only seller that have the cooler on Amazon or NewEgg is Platinum Micro and they won’t ship to Puerto Rico. Already put an Auto-Notify on NewEgg. Don’t know when Amazon will have in stock either. They don’t even have the 280mm

I prefer getting it from Amazon as it would ultimately be cheaper for me. I have over $100 in store credit that I wanted to use toward a high end cooling solution. Another Solution I am considering Is the Alphacool Eisbaer Extreme 280. It’s essentially a preassembled custom water cooling loop with 280rad, reservoir and Alphacool’s D5 pump equivalent. It’s a bit more expensive, but also should be higher performance and opens the door for expanding to watercooling the videocard in the future
02-12-2020 05:32 PM
neurotix
Quote: Originally Posted by eliwankenobi View Post
Not lame. My apologies and your mini review is greatly appreciated. Somehow I forgot to reply after reading. Got carried away with something else. Again apologies.

Now the thing is that based on your experience and other people’s as well, I’d like to buy the cooler to test it myself but it’s not available on Amazon from a seller that will ship to my location. [emoji53]
Ah dang. If you can handle the mounting system, its worth it. I can also make a noise level video for you soon- I removed that RAM cooler.

Is Newegg an option?

https://www.newegg.com/arctic-coolin...82E16835186249
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