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Replacing black case/Mobo parts/cables with white & UK suppliers

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Since I'm planning an all-white build (Or as much as I can handle) I'm looking for stuff like White power plugs, white SATA/etc cables, and an vinyl textured decal (Rather than finding some glass and etching it) and resources for getting it cut.

 

I asadly don't know too many resources in the UK, I already tried looking for custom case makers, but only found server chassis makers. I've only found US suppliers for some of the parts I'm looking for and the colour between their stock varies from cool white to... yellow. So would really apreciate if people knew of some good suppliers/resources in the UK for custom work. I'd like to try and do as much myself as possible, hoping to do as much as I can myself.

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34 minutes ago, Pyrii said:

only found US suppliers

mouser and digikey? goto electronic forums. They have threads where they collect orders until the total reaches 50€ to reduce shipping cost. The downsides if you are not active there you don't know those guys.

Other option is to look at the other side of the globe. For example LCSC is one source.

Since it is abs you could try retrobrightning (never tried this to remove ink) or dying the abs (closes to white will be beneficial).

 

For the vinyl if it is a flat surface and you never want to remove it go with cheap china vinyl. If it is more serious buy from a authorized reseller. 3m, hexis and vvivid are just some of the brands you can use.

The largest problem you will runinto is not matching white tones. White is more difficult then black builds.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
21 hours ago, James Evens said:

mouser and digikey? goto electronic forums. They have threads where they collect orders until the total reaches 50€ to reduce shipping cost. The downsides if you are not active there you don't know those guys.

Other option is to look at the other side of the globe. For example LCSC is one source.

Since it is abs you could try retrobrightning (never tried this to remove ink) or dying the abs (closes to white will be beneficial).

 

For the vinyl if it is a flat surface and you never want to remove it go with cheap china vinyl. If it is more serious buy from a authorized reseller. 3m, hexis and vvivid are just some of the brands you can use.

The largest problem you will runinto is not matching white tones. White is more difficult then black builds.

Thanks, lots of good info, I'm thinking of using the Phanteks Primo White, but might want to mod the black parts to white with white fittings, replacing black screws with silver etc. I'm planning to watercool it with a light/pastel pink dye (so fancy cooling) so the white will help that pop.

 

And yeah, manufacturers seem to differ on what "white" is, even the phanteks Primo is dual-toned. 

Do you have any links? I'm wary of googling such generic names and getting the wrong place.

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5 hours ago, Pyrii said:

I'm thinking of using the Phanteks Primo White

old style case. Do you want this astethic? Etching glass is not to difficult with acting creams.

5 hours ago, Pyrii said:

replacing black screws with silver etc

Good plan. White plays well with silver and you don't need to worry about different color tones. Silver fittings might be a option to remove one white component and add a slight contrast to the build.

 

Since you did not found the parts on mouser/digikey move on to ebay/aliexpress. Finding white power connector is simple: pcie white power connector will give you the 4 and 8 pins. With better keywords will find cheaper results. Since prebuild white cabels come black connectors you either replace them or you make your own white cabels. Third option is to ask the manefactures of custome cables if they can use white connector instead of black ones on your order.

You also need to replace the trough hole connector on your components since they are black (add flux or fresh solder before removing it with solder wick) (or paint them).

To remove any non white part from the mobo the best way is it to build a "acrylic mobo armor".

 

I am aware of black cable grommets but i don't know where you can get white grommets. One way to work around this issue to ask on forums and hope somebody knows a china source. The better option is to search for OEM (or trader) on aliexpress and alibaba which sell similar parts for example the same type in black and ask them if they have these parts in white. Some manefactures care about end customers/very small orders and traders know each other and might have a idea whe

they can get it.

 

5 hours ago, Pyrii said:

And yeah, manufacturers seem to differ on what "white" is, even the phanteks Primo is dual-toned. 

Dying the abs might remove or minimize the issue. The problem is abs is one of the more difficult to dye plastics. You need aceton and like any other plastic if you heat it to much the shape get lost. If it is to cold it does not work. Definitely make some trys before working on the real parts.

Aluminium can be anodized but again the white would not be matched.

 

 

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On 06/09/2018 at 2:20 PM, Pyrii said:

Since I'm planning an all-white build (Or as much as I can handle) I'm looking for stuff like White power plugs, white SATA/etc cables, and an vinyl textured decal (Rather than finding some glass and etching it) and resources for getting it cut.

 

I asadly don't know too many resources in the UK, I already tried looking for custom case makers, but only found server chassis makers. I've only found US suppliers for some of the parts I'm looking for and the colour between their stock varies from cool white to... yellow. So would really apreciate if people knew of some good suppliers/resources in the UK for custom work. I'd like to try and do as much myself as possible, hoping to do as much as I can myself.

If you want to purchase connectors yourself and sleeve cables places like Pexon customs has supplies and options for ordering sleeved cables, similar with Shak mods.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I did initially think of ordering some cablemod cables and then replacing the connectors. But I imagine import fees would be hellish.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Ah, I guess I only ever get directed to the US store from Tech places so I didn't know there was an EU store. Thanks @CableMod and @W-L

 

When googling I only found https://mod-one.com/connectors/ and their connectors seem to different in tones, and some are a bit translucent, and I'm not sure on compatibility. But they are pretty cheap.

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