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Old July 24, 2013, 01:59 PM
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Got a bit more painting done but it took quite a while to mask off the MB so not much else...


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I know, I know..... too much wasted tape rather than using paper to mask off the board.... ;)


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I'm pretty happy with how that turned out, and don't have any intention of doing more than just the rear jacks, but that's an awful lot of small work taping up around those jacks. :)

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Not much to see here, but I put it up to ask a question of folks in the know;

If you look at the first image you'll see that the rear of this IO plate is covered with a foil coated foam. I wanted to make the foil colour go away, but I was concerned that the rear plate might actually be forming some kind of common ground for the ports so I masked off enough to allow each jack to make contact, as well as leaving the center bars untouched.

The question is whether or not this is a requirement? Since cases are now all painted, it seems obvious that the IO shield doesn't make a common ground with the case when it's installed, but does the rear of the plate provide some form of either ground or static protection?



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Last up for today is the front panel for my dual bay pump res (really needs a good cleaning too). The brushed aluminum won't go with my theme so the included silver front got the same rubber treatment. From the looks of the pic on the right I might need one more coat, but don't want to take a chance on losing the definition on the raised logo. We'll see how I feel about that later. :)

My inbound case left TO yesterday evening so it might actually make it onto a truck tomorrow AM.

Edit: Forgot to mention that a dremel burr tool made short work of the hold-down plate ID and that the block now fits fine.
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Old July 24, 2013, 05:32 PM
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Nice job on the IO. Hopefully more people follow suit. It really isn't all that hard to mask off and give it a few sprays.
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Old July 24, 2013, 05:55 PM
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Nice job on the IO. Hopefully more people follow suit. It really isn't all that hard to mask off and give it a few sprays.
It was well worth the work, but I'm pretty sure it took me the better part of an hour to get all of the small tight spaces around the IO covered off. At least this stuff is non-conductive so the main concern is heat retention as opposed to shorting. :)

On a side note though... I did pick up a cheap set of crafting knives (basically exacto knives) for cutting away the rubber in order to remove the tape, but would caution folks to be very careful not to damage any of the traces of the motherboard.
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Old July 24, 2013, 06:08 PM
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My board took maybe 5 minutes. But I have way more clearance around the IO area. For the front of the IOs I just used a single piece of tape instead of cutting everything individually. I actually ended up doing mine twice as an area pulled loose when I was removing the tape the first time around. There was one capactior I sprayed over as I couldn't mask it easily but honestly that black cap is likely the best looking one in my case.


That XSPC res front turned out rather well too.
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Old July 24, 2013, 07:50 PM
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My board took maybe 5 minutes. But I have way more clearance around the IO area. For the front of the IOs I just used a single piece of tape instead of cutting everything individually. I actually ended up doing mine twice as an area pulled loose when I was removing the tape the first time around. There was one capactior I sprayed over as I couldn't mask it easily but honestly that black cap is likely the best looking one in my case.


That XSPC res front turned out rather well too.
Yeah, I'm really happy with how well the raised logo retained it's definition which is why I'm a bit hesitant to throw an extra coat on to cover the tiny spots of silver that are still showing through. It's not noticeable by looking at it, I only saw it because of the close-up image. Because I'm shooting for as much black as possible, any texture or feature like that raised logo are important to me.
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Wow! I really like the result on the faceplate! I wouldn't not put another coat on this baby!

Great result on the motherboard too!
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Old July 25, 2013, 10:03 AM
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It's Christmas in July!!!!!! :) (Thanks to Purolator!!!!)

I've got a job interview later this afternoon so there's only enough time to post a few pics of the case now that it's arrived.........


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The HAF XB isn't a new case on the market, but I've wanted to try a WC build inside of one from the first day I saw it. Basically, while I don't do LANs, I wanted a PC I could easily tote upstairs and hook up to the TV if I decide to game in the living room (typically only on the days when I'm waiting by the door for a shipment... ;) ) while normally residing inside a stereo stand as a media server.


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This was the first major hurdle to be cleared. I've seen a couple of builds online that appeared to have 1/2" ID / 3/4" OD tubing running from the bottom section to the top, but no real confirmation of how much space there was. I wanted to do a 1/2" tubing loop, but ordered some 3/8" just in case I couldn't make it work. :) As you can see from the measurement, there's a good 1 1/4" clearance between the case side and the motherboard support so I should be good to go.
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nice, really like it

ca we paint all the motherboard with plasti-dip?

tape all connector , memory and paint the whole motherboard?

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nice, really like it

ca we paint all the motherboard with plasti-dip?

tape all connector , memory and paint the whole motherboard?
I wouldn't recommend it. The plasti-dip (or in this case ProGrip) wouldn't conduct heat away from the components and would prevent airflow from passing over the components. Most components probably wouldn't be affected, but some might overheat even though they normally don't get all that hot.
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Heh... well there's 6 hours of my life I'll never get back.... figuring out the best way to start the loop is proving to be challenging and my attempt at boiling primochill 1/2" tubing to induce a 90 deg. bend didn't turn out quite how I expected. :) It's doable and I'm pretty sure that the leg I'm working on (res output in lower section to top rad fitting) is going to be the only real pain, but it's taking quite a while to find the best positioning of stand-offs to keep the tubing from kinking while at the same time keeping it from coming into contact with either the walls or the floor. I was sure I had it (even cut the tubing to fit) and then discovered that the brace I was using interfered with being able to put the motherboard tray back in.

Oh well... back to the drawing board. :)
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