bob808 Posted November 26, 2012 Author Share Posted November 26, 2012 Here's the newely painted radiator back in the case- I ran over to Best-Buy and bought a cheapo mouse pad as I need some vibration damping material. I almost cut up some of my nice japanese mousepad, but then reason prevailed haha. I took the bottom retainling plate off the res/top and used it as a template- After tracing the plate, I use a razor blade to cut them out. Then I use some spray glue to join the two pieces together- I put the pump retaining plate back on the res/top. Then I placed the foam pad and wrapped some electrical tape around the body of the pump to help insulate vibrations further. Here it is sitting in place- I turned the fans around for better air pressure in the case. It's good to know that I can remove the fans (barely!) without messing with the radiators. I'm not sure how I will orient the fans in the case yet, I will have to do some testing and see what yields the best results. Taping the white leds to the bottom of the onyx slab for more light testing. This looks pretty cool too! This is using the red and white led strips from Modelers brand (no cathodes). A close up showing the grain of the onyx. Doing some wiring for the amber lights that I am putting under the motherboard. These will connect to a couple pins on the motherboard that pulse (fade on, fade off). The board came with a monster air cooler that had a couple leds on it that used this connection. I previously used the same connection to light up the red connector on the ek chipset blocks to make it pulse (again, 2 leds). I am attempting to use 9 leds from a NZXT led strip. I'm not sure if the mobo connector has enough juice to power the nine leds, but I am hoping it will be fine. Shrink wrap insulation around the positive wire- Another piece of shrink wrap to cover the extension solder connections- Splicing into the middle of the nine led strip- Done and tested- For your information, the nzxt led strips can be cut to any desired length and will still work. Just make sure to cover the cut wire ends to prevent any shorting. I decided to stick the white leds back-to-back and cut a channel into the bottom of the onxy to I could stick the lights up inside the slab, shining sideways toward the edges. Hopefully this will have a cool effect. I split the lights to go around the res/pump. While cutting the slot, The piece of onyx broke along a fissure that was existing, and fissured along the length of the notch. Bummer but not the end of the road. Luckily I work with natural stone slabs for a living and know how to fix it :thumb: Here is the break glued back together with epoxy... With some weight on it to keep it flat, as it naturally wants to bend downwards a little bit. After the break was glued back together, I epoxied the led strips into the bottom of the slab. the epoxy I used- Testing the light strips- close up This looks like a "oh nooo!" face haha. I'm thinking this may be my new avatar. What do you guys think? should I keep my current one? Testing the lights. This is the final result. Not what I originally envisioned but it looks cool none the less. and I am really pleased with the color matching, especially with the xigmatek fans :thumb: overall ambient light that will be inside the case, also have the mobo lighting attached which will hopefully pulse using the mobo header. That's it for now. and I still have more modding to do today. I'm hoping to be leak-testing by tonight, but I am not sure if I will make it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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