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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 - White w/ Carbon Fiber

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I just recently saw the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 Mark S, I wanted it badly because I wanted a black and white build, and it would be perfect. It was perfect, except for the price tag, I couldn't invest that much when I was looking for a $300 at most makeover, and my other plans would have blown that budget. The other day, I found a ASUS Sabertooth Z87 for $150 with a free stick of 8GB DDR3 and $35 rebate. I went ahead and picked it up, and my god was the color scheme ugly, but an overall nice board.

 

Nothing a little plastidip can't fix...

 

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I also found some white carbon fiber vinyl, so I went ahead and stuck that onto a few things instead of painting them.

 

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That's nice and dandy, but let's see it with the Thermal Armor back on.

 

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It looks nice, except where the "SABERTOOTH Z87" and logo is marked into the board. Looks kinda ugly like that. Carbon fiber that bitch!

 

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And if you saw, I ended up putting carbon fiber on the SATA and USB 3.0 ports.

 

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It actually looks pretty nice, I'm going to install it later tonight or Thursday.

 

This is so far my best looking mod, and also my first. I'm impressed with the results and am excited to finish the rest of the build since this alone looks sexy as hell. I also want to see if my i7 can reach 5GHz lol...


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@Suika Those RAM slots look ugly af.


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@Suika Those RAM slots look ugly af.

They are, but there isn't much that I'm willing to do to cover them up. They'll basically be hiding when I get RAM in, though.


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Without the cover I thought the PCI slots looked kind of...stupid, but when you put the shield/armor/cover on I thought, "wow that's a great idea."


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I'm planning to do pretty much the same thing to an X99 Sabertooth in a couple of months.

Was removing/reattaching the thermal armor as straightforward as I'm hoping?


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I'm planning to do pretty much the same thing to an X99 Sabertooth in a couple of months.

Was removing/reattaching the thermal armor as straightforward as I'm hoping?

Very straight forward, you don't even have to touch the backplate to remove the front armor fortunately. The only problem I had was I lost a screw, but like every other project, chances are that it was an extra, lol.


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I got the same motherboard and I've seen some other posts where they plasti dip the thermal armor but seem ugly so that discouraged me from doing it.

But let me tell you that your paint job is so much cleaner even though you are using plasti dip and not a vinyl dye.

How did you painted it? thin layers? letting it dry for some time between layers? Please share!

How are the vinyl cuts you placed on the heatsinks? Did you notice any increment on temps?


CPU: Intel i7 4790 Quad-Core (8 threads) 3.6GHz - 4.0GHz (Turbo) | Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z87  | RAM: HyperX 16Gb(2x8Gb) 1866MHz | GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB Case: NZXT S340 | CPU Cooler: Cryorig H7 | Case Fans:  NZXT FN V2 120mm x2, Rosewill Hyperborea 140mm x2 | PSU: Seasonic S12G 550 | Lighting: Darkside RGB LED Strip SSD: Samsung 850 EVO | Monitor: ASUS PB258Q | OS: Ubuntu 14.04 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I got the same motherboard and I've seen some other posts where they plasti dip the thermal armor but seem ugly so that discouraged me from doing it.

But let me tell you that your paint job is so much cleaner even though you are using plasti dip and not a vinyl dye.

How did you painted it? thin layers? letting it dry for some time between layers? Please share!

How are the vinyl cuts you placed on the heatsinks? Did you notice any increment on temps?

I painted it months ago so I'll struggle to remember.

I always thought this was an average paint job because of how I did it. I didn't necessarily use thin layers and was a bit too generous in an attempt to get the entire board even. There were even a couple spots where you could see paint starting to drip but those faded with extra layers. The only thing that displeases me about the paint job now is just that it's plastic dip. On the top left where that little screw keeps a small chunk of plastic sitting, the screw eventually tore out some of the paint and some black is visible. This isn't due to the paint job but how the plasti dip actually is and that I careless screwed something into it. Keep that in mind in any project where you have to screw something back in. Also time between layers, especially if you let the layer become a bit too much, make sure to follow instructions on the can lol. I gave an average of 30 minutes between layers and 40 minutes for layers I thought I went overboard on.

As far as temperatures I haven't noticed anything note worthy. The vinyl is thin and doesn't actually obstruct any heat spreaders on that one heat sink, it's sitting on a little plastic shield that I could only assume didn't dissipate that much heat from the start.


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