I wanted to go with a green and black theme. Knowing my fiance loves green, she may actually appreciate what I've built for once (hahaha that'll never happen)
I've looked into painting my components and saw a lot of risks involved with trying something like that, but the rewards seemed to outweigh the possible cons of doing something like this, such as messing with thermals, damaging the component so much it would become dead. So I bit the bullet and went for it.
I ordered 2 Corsair HD120 kit's with 3 fans and a controller, a new CPU cooler(I might paint the very top green as well, but let me know if the white isn't too off the theme when the PC is off and I won't do it) I also ordered 2 additional Corsair HD120's for which the new case has a lot more room for additional fans and I wanted to fill all spots.
I went for the Thermaltake Suppressor F31 case. With the external 5.25" drive available, the dampening material, excellent cable management, aesthetically pleasing, big window, magnetic dust filter, the list goes on and on. This was a great case that I fell in love with quickly. There was also a $20 rebate at Micro Center for the case so it was a win win.
I went in to the painting process with a lot of confidence, however I should have replaced that confidence with prep work(no sanding or wiping down first, I did blow off all dust before painting though). I used a Rust-Oleum key lime green spray paint thinking the color looks adequate, after 2 coats I soon became very disgusted with the color choice. So I went out and got Rust-Oleum Fluorescent spray paint and started painting again another 2-3 coats. Loving the color, but all coats previous and the new coats were so thinking all of the new paint was cracking and in the cracks showed the old color! So mad, I didn't know what to do(I did know, but I just didn't want to admit what needed to be done). I went forum searching and posted a question on Yahoo Answers asking how to recover from what I had just done. Thankfully 2 people responded very quickly and said I needed to either use paint thinner or sand off all paint and start over. So that's what I did. Took forever, but got it done, there were a few pieces(PSU cover and the tooless mounts from the case) which I actually liked the roughed up look(looks like Jurassic Park theme on those pieces right?) So I kept that on those 2 and repainted everything with 3 light coats. It came out okay I'd say, definitely not the gloss finish I wanted, but I'm satisfied with it. (Sorry for the long description on that, just wanted to mention how difficult the process was for me)
The fans were a little tricky getting all of them hooked up correctly, I plugged them all into an 8 fan hub I picked up for like $10 on Amazon, since I had 9 fans all in all. The Corsair HD120's worked great, however with the 2 controller hubs I needed(6 on each, I had 8 of them so I needed to use 2) the LED's didn't light up on the one with 2 fans on it at first! So annoyed, I looked in the manual and couldn't find anything about trouble shooting this. I re-inserted the power for the LED and... nothing. Then I noticed the fans were in position 5 and 6 on the controller hub, I moved them to 1 and 2,booted it back up and boom! Working!
I finished up the cable management and I think it looks amazing! So happy! I set my keyboard and mouse to a green theme and it all looks great now! Please let me know what you think about everything I did! Happy picking!
Also would you recommend getting green cables from cable mod? Or painting the front part of the HDD trays green?