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2 minutes ago, rodrosenberg said:

Nice work!!! many of the resources here are gold stuff like PSU pin-outs I use on a regular basis.

Oh are you the guys from BS mods, upcoming Scrapyard wars!!! xD

 

Glad to hear you like it from the modding pros.

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11 hours ago, W-L said:

Oh are you the guys from BS mods, upcoming Scrapyard wars!!! xD

 

Glad to hear you like it from the modding pros.

Yep I'm one of those guys :) I don't always spend time reading the LTT forums but when I do it in the Case Modding section! 

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Amazing post!

 

I was about to take some old pc case from some friends to start with the modding world and I'll certainly use those guides!

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On 2/20/2016 at 6:51 PM, W-L said:

This thread will go some of the most common mods, contain information on sleeving, painting components, templates, modding, and more with detailed instructions for all the mods.

There's a grammatical mistake in the first few sentences under the title, I believe it's supposed to say "This thread will go over some of the most common mods....."

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@W-L can I wire RGB LED's this way? it would only be a few leds if it makes a difference and its from this Deepcool RGB kit.  I'm looking into doing a full custom deal since I need more than this kit can provide but I want to get some practice in first since I've never soldered on LED strips

 

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3 minutes ago, 0ld_Chicken said:

@W-L can I wire RGB LED's this way? it would only be a few leds if it makes a difference and its from this Deepcool RGB kit.  I'm looking into doing a full custom deal since I need more than this kit can provide but I want to get some practice in first since I've never soldered on LED strips

For the Deepcool kit yes that can be done since they are just standard SMD5050, you can also get crimp on T junctions like this if you don't want to solder. Just be sure to strip back the clear waterproofing so they can make contact with the copper pads:

https://www.amazon.com/Connector-JACKYLED-Non-waterproof-Flexible-Conductor/dp/B011BD27G4/ref=pd_sbs_201_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B011BD27G4&pd_rd_r=BXE2B3MRDCN4FZCSJK7N&pd_rd_w=n99do&pd_rd_wg=FhtPs&psc=1&refRID=BXE2B3MRDCN4FZCSJK7N

 

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8 minutes ago, W-L said:

For the Deepcool kit yes that can be done since they are just standard SMD5050, you can also get crimp on T junctions like this if you don't want to solder. Just be sure to strip back the clear waterproofing so they can make contact with the copper pads:

https://www.amazon.com/Connector-JACKYLED-Non-waterproof-Flexible-Conductor/dp/B011BD27G4/ref=pd_sbs_201_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B011BD27G4&pd_rd_r=BXE2B3MRDCN4FZCSJK7N&pd_rd_w=n99do&pd_rd_wg=FhtPs&psc=1&refRID=BXE2B3MRDCN4FZCSJK7N

 

awesome, thanks.  I want/need more soldering in my life :D

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Does anyone have a template for a custom I/O shield? I just need the basic dimensions without the plug cutouts (I'll figure out how to get those done at some point).

Looking for something I can print out at a 1:1 scale and use as a guide to cut it out of acrylic

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12 hours ago, revsilverspine said:

Does anyone have a template for a custom I/O shield? I just need the basic dimensions without the plug cutouts (I'll figure out how to get those done at some point).

Looking for something I can print out at a 1:1 scale and use as a guide to cut it out of acrylic

While I don't have a 1:1 printout here is are a couple of good resources, for rear IO including PCI-E dimensions. 

 

https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/pc-component-dimensions.157239/

http://www.protocase.com/pdf/How_to_design_enclosures_for_motherboard_based_systems_092010.pdf

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2 minutes ago, W-L said:

While I don't have a 1:1 printout here is are a couple of good resources, for rear IO including PCI-E dimensions. 

 

https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/pc-component-dimensions.157239/

http://www.protocase.com/pdf/How_to_design_enclosures_for_motherboard_based_systems_092010.pdf

That is PERFECT. Thanks!

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This FAQ turned out great! The old one was pretty bad if I'm going to be honest. 

Note though: You can also wire up 5v/12v RGB/single color LED strips to Molex connectors (if you cut up an old Molex-SATA adapter). I've done it with my strip and it works great. 

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Didn't want this thread dying and it hasn't given me the message saying that it's "quite old".

 

Been toying with the idea of making a DIY testbench using some of the older more useless cases I've got laying around, similar to the following LTT video.

Sparks are of course, cool.

 

I haven't done much planning for that, but I'll most likely be referring back to this thread once I start planning as well as when I start to explore the PC modding space.

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On 2/20/2016 at 9:51 PM, W-L said:

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Hey man, thanks for this super cool guide. However i have a question for you:

 

See, i have an EVGA GTX 1080 SC GPU and i'm planning on mounting it vertically to give my rig a fresher and super cool style. However, my rig is mainly black and red themed (although i lately found a cool RGB LED combination of dark blue case lights and bright red on everything else that creates a lovely black, blue and magenta mix... Very CyberPunk style dude haha) and the GPU's LEDS under the shroud are pure bright white...

 

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I don't think they'll lool bad on my tower, but i was wondering if there's a good way to paint them to change the light's color... I was thinking of going a super easy cheap way and just use sharpies... But 1) I don't think they are going to produce a strong enough effect 2) i think the heat around the GPU might make the sharpies ink fade or even worse 3) catch on fire!. I even thought of using some sort of thin colored plastic "paper" and just slide it between the shroud and the LEDs, but again the heat would probably melt it. Some nail polish would also probably be a bad idea, as it's solvent is flammable and i don't know if it will resist any heat even if it has already dried off. Spraying paint on it would probably just completely obscure them so i don't think it would work ar all... Thus, so far sharpies seems to be the only (although not the best) option here. But, you are the expert.

 

So, any ideas?

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12 hours ago, AFB_MD said:

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I think you are over estimating how hot it has to be before there is a problem with sharpies or a plastic films before they start reacting, a GPU will get no where near hot enough for that to become an issue.

 

For a nice even light I would recommend to use a colored film, ideally sandwiched between the LED and the front diffuser that is currently there. So it would require you to take apart the shroud to get proper access, that way it will look very clean and as if it was original.

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Best FAQ I have seen. Akin to those professional cable/wiring/plumbing management posts.

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If somebody need the dimension of a CD-drive/5.25" the document is SFF-8551.

Other useful docs are SFF-8301 (3.5") and SFF-8200 (2.5").

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Hot damn, Ive been to this thread a few times, but each time it gets better and better.

 

And this is the first time Ive visited in dark mode.  Its a completely new experience.  This modder faq is amazing.  Well done to any and all involved in it.  Visually stunning in dark mode, for a forum faq.)

 

Im here because I have 3 case options at home, but a 4th in my cart - Id prefer not buying ANOTHER case lol and this thread may give me the means not to.  

 

Thanks again to all involved on the work in this thread.

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I just want to thank you for putting this all together. I feel stupid, but I was about to go at a piece of my case with a bow saw and pliers and this thread reminded me that dremel tools exist.

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