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  1. After a long break i finally got the Arduino programmed and all the LEDs installed the way I wanted them.Also switch to a Noctua Chromax NF-A14 fan in front of radiator pulling/exhaust out front and Noctua Chromax NF-F12 out the right side w/radiator pulling/exhaust. Those fans made a huge improvement over the basic general use fans by about 8-10°C degrees (depending on task; more at idle, less under heavy load) and the exhaust orientation helped by another 5°C over 1 intake, 1 exhaust. Overall great case that has amazing air flow with good cord management. EDIT: I did realize in the video I had the right front LED strip flipped , picture shows I did correct that. 20190311_202500.mp4
  2. Here is a link to how I bypass the limitations put out by the MOBO LED controller when using the on board controller and not an Arduino. Keep in mind you have to power it as they state from the PSU.
  3. That board has 2 50/50 LED connectors and one addressable. Not sure why on earth you would both giving it a 50/50 connector when sb2812 and apa102 LEDs exist. Overall though it should work. I have never worked with MSI's LED controls. mostly ASUS and some Giga. However it does list many companies that it is compatible with so I don't see why it shouldn't work.
  4. It's not terrible. My first time I spent a lot of time doing research. The hardest part is making sure everything is the same type of led. That and learning how to upload to Arduino or Rasberry Pie if you have never done that before. The alternative to doing any programming is get a controller that has all the effects you want, find out what LEDs that controller used and just buy your own strips of LEDs. It is a lot cheaper. Just be aware the pre set controller may only allow up to so many LEDs due to programming. There are a ton of tutorials but I will tell you honestly, it is time consuming and you couldn't spend not than a set if you mess up. But that is the price for knowledge sometimes. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed doing my own but I also have an electrical background too, so. I recommend doing some research on it and seeing if it is what is right for you. I ultimately went on to make my own Christmas lights and program them to music so learning this has much larger possibilities too. Either way enjoy the build!
  5. So you want RGB, if you want an addressable LED setup pay attention to the Mobo LED pin connector. Make sure it is compatible with addressable LEDs. This way you can either but compatible kits or build your own with APA102 LEDs and a Arduino(or Rasberry Pie). If you go diy you can get far brighter and smoother color transitions than any kit. Not very plug and play though, it is quite involved. For the time being I would shower ever for a 1080(or 1080 TI if you score a middle of the night deal... $480 for my TI) Def. an i7-8700k paired with a Z390 RGB Mobo. PcPartPicker can help you make sure it is all compatible. That should get you rolling in the right direction.
  6. Did this work. I have a V1 and a painted Noctua I would love to try this with adapter, possibly. EDIT: NM looking at the case I realized this wont work as I wanted to mount the cooler on the inside of the frame. At least not without some serious modification to the case itself ie. cutting, sanding and repainting.
  7. So having been a year since done this I can confirm there are no issues with the balance of the fan. I also take my time and do even coats and very light coats. If you, do it with a proper air brush, paint (decanted spray cans work honestly), and take your time protecting the bearings it can be done without issue. If you don't have patience then I would say don't bother.
  8. Case: Thermaltake Core V1 mini ITX CPU : i7-7700K CPU Cooling: Corsair H90 140mm Mobo: Asus ROG Strix Z270I RAM: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 16GB 3000 GPU: MSI GTX 1070 Sea Hawk (water cooled) PSU: EVGA SuperNova G3 550W This build is half way at this point. I have painted the interior of the case white by decanting spray paints and pouring them into an air brush for better control and a more even finish. Originally I painted a Noctua NF-A20 PWm 200mm fan but need to do some test to see if it pushes enough air to replace my 140mm fan (this cools the CPU. The next step to this build will be replacing all the panels with all Plexi panels and drilling proper vent holes for the 120mm GPU radiator (fan with white LEDs on the side panel). I am currently in the process of writing a program to sync my RAM, MOBO and custom case WS2812b Led strip. I realize there are strips out that do this but with this setup the connector is only for RGB strips and not individually addressable LEDs like i wanted. So until I get more time to further my progress this is what I have.
  9. If you like the case have you considered getting a fully modular power supply? I love the EVGA SuperNOVA G3 because it has a shorter case for small and crowded spaces as well as being fully modular. 550W $80 ($60 w/rebate till 12/25/27) 750W $100 ($80 w/rebate till 12/25/27) Link: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438093&cm_re=SuperNOVA_G3-_-17-438-093-_-Product For tempered glass cases I love IN WIN. Reason being they have a super easy release handle so there is no screws to deal with when you want to take the glass panel off. 1) IN WIN 101 Mid Tower ATX $69 Dimensions: 17.50" x 8.70" x 18.90" (H x W x D) Link: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108531&cm_re=in_win_tower-_-11-108-531-_-Product 2) IN WIN 303 Mid Tower ATX $99 Dimensions: 19.60" x 8.40" x 18.80" (H x W x D) Link: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108483&cm_re=in_win_tower-_-11-108-483-_-Product
  10. Howdy, So what is your desired hardware for this build? To properly answer this it would help to know what exactly you want to cram into this case. So far we got a 1080 ti. do you want to water cool your GPU and or your CPU? Air cool? How many storage devices (SSD, HDD) and do you want to have a optical drive (DVD, card reade, so on)? Without that here are some builds I have done in mATX I currently have the Thermaltake Core V1 and that can fit a 1080 ti (Limited like #3 & 4 below) and it has a i7-7700k with a Asus ROG Z270i Mobo. So if you want to go small you can go smaller than mATX and go mini-ITX. Also make sure you go fully modular power supply with a small build (like the EVGA SuperNOVA G3). I attached some picks of my current ITX build to give you some ideas. Thinking outside the given mounting options may be required. My moto, Think big build small. 1) DIYPC Cuboid Max GPU Length - 340mm Max CPU Cooler Height - 210mm Link: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811353073 2) IN WIN 301 This is one of my favorite builds, the glass panel comes off effortlessly (no screws) and its just a sexy little case. Max GPU Length - 330mm Max CPU Cooler Height - 158mm Link: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108529 3) RAIJINTEK STYX You have to plan this one out carefully otherwise you can kill your airflow. When done right though it is awesome and the anodized aluminum appearance is just stunning. Max GPU Length - 280mm Max CPU Cooler Height - 180mm Link: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA66Z38E4512 !!!Limited to these 1080 ti GPUs: https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Description=gtx 1080 ti&Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100007709 601291979 601291985 601291987 601292076 4) Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 Bigger case and lost of air flow. Dual Chambers Max Gpu Length - 290 (Be aware, stil limited to certain cards, ref. list of GPUs in #3) MaX CPU Height - 120mm Link: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139044
  11. So as i further get involved in more builds for myself and friends I find myself doing as I please with my hardware making it the way I want it, looking the way I want it to look. The one thing I don't see a lot of is custom fan work. I have painted many fans with great success and decided on my last build I want to see what people have done out there to their fans to make them unique to their build. So lets see what everybody has been doing; paint, LEDs, whatever leds see it. From my latest build, a Noctua 200mm NF-A20 PWM. I decanted a silver and white spray paint can and painted these using my air brush. The case is a Thermaltake Core V1 with all the exterior panels in Black and interior all white.