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Hey everyone,

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?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 8 points

Not enough green, zero outa 10.

In seriousness, I'd say towards your question at the end, sure! Why not get some green cablemod cables and painting the HDD trays green, you made mostly everything else green, why not those as well!

Also yeah, lime green is a terrible green, definitely the right choice to repaint it to a good green.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! I really hated that lime right away, and immediately knew I messed up. I should have just sanded it all off right then and there, instead of adding another whole 2-3 coats. So much more work!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

From Kermit to cool in just 2-3 easy coats! +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Wish I could say it was in fact easy, but far from it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 5 points

you should get a green backplate to go on that GPU, you won't regret it. V1Tech makes great backplates that attach magnetically, so you don't have to remove screws and void your warranty, you should try them if you want one.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I had that same back plate in my checkout cart on their site so many times. Maybe I will now ;-)

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

lol, it looks good already though, dont get me wong

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Might be ordering it now, which green you think?

http://www.v1tech.com/shop/backplates/msi-dragon-backplates/

mirrored green or transparent dark green or dark green

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

mirror green for sure, but if you want to save a good $20 you can get the plain one with no MSI pattern, congrats on the feature btw

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Sadly, I don't care for V1tech's patterns but you are wise to suggest it, regardless of what I think. Especially to prevent breaking warranty for a GPU (unless it's painted or altered in anyway.) I can see V1tech's strength about that and I think their no logos and no patterns looks pretty cool, or as you said, the plain ones. Those look clean and great for color schemes. Good on you for your suggestions. +1s

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I was leaning towards that one too. Thanks

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You are correct about ColdZero. I recently got a... well, you already know... Great customer service with my first time and they saved me some money with my shipment, because I didn't realize they also had VGA support so I was late ordering on the same day. They were very kind to me, and got my color requests right so I'm very happy.

I definitely prefer ColdZero for certain. Also good to know about the gloss acrylics. Easy scratching and dust magnetic is no fun.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! Thanks jipster! Just add a note saying what color I'd like? Do you think I can say take off the gpu's name off of the backplate?

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

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 know I have commented on this before... :P Gratz on the feature

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

lol yeah, I reposted it. thinking the description was too long for people to get through and made the main photo's the best pictures. So maybe to get the feature, well... it worked :-) Thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

nice custom mods, i would set the leds to white so that the green shows more

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Good idea, maybe I will and if I like it. I'll post a picture or 2 of it with white leds

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually didn't really like, I might want to change up some adapter's and make some more parts green, for everything to pop nicely. For now I'll keep it all green.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Green Monsta

I suggest...

(Not so) Lean Mean Green Machine

Sorry. I had to. =D

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Great repost and congrats on the featured spot.

Thumbs up again!

jeep0073's Completed Build: Visual Upgrade 2.0

jeep0073 submitter 3 Builds 1 month ago Thanks! Yeah it did take a long time. Yeah I was starting to strip the paint to restart and then the old paint was showing and it looked great, so I didn't finish stripping it. Thanks for the thumbs up!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I figured, I didn't get that many likes last time, since I had a book as a description and had the main pictures of the early ugly part of the build. Thanks mate!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Ooouuu! I love the custom paint job and the color scheme. Very Clean!

When you have fans that cost more than some people's entire build! :-)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Hope to make it look even cleaner with some green and black cables from cablemods with some combs, I hate how the cords are now. My OCD is kicking in!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Or check out ensourced.net . I think it's cheaper and looks better in my opinion.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

The customizing on their site isn't very straight forward like cablemod though

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right about that, but when I got mines in, I thought it was worth it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll check them out! Thanks. Cablemods are a little expensive and was waiting on doing it

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

did you mean for the painted elements to be weathered looking, or did that burn off?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's meant to be like that. I think it looks pretty cool and unique. It happened as a result to get rid of the coats of bad paint, then the good color and bad color came together to make it looks pretty weathered and I decided to go with it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah, I really like it

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I almost passed out when I saw the white heat sink, I thought that you had painted it!

Nice job, it looks great!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah know white to green, such a rare color, I would never make a green components into white, white is such a common color... this is a little better I think.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

More green. If the cooler is staying white then try to add some more white accents too. It looks really great. The weathered look is right on point. Good work.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah idk, I think I'm going to completely remove all white, I am going to try and paint the top of the cooler green? What do you think of that?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that would work too. Love the green!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points
  • Looks great! If you wanted to add more green like you mentioned I think it would look pretty good.
  • Personally I pair colors with white (referring to your cable idea) so that any case LEDs add the coloring. Maybe Green/White combo cables?
  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmm, maybe. And then I wouldn't HAVE to paint the cpu cooler green. Good idea, thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Try getting the fans to turn white. It should show off more of your custom Green accents.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll try that! Good idea, and if I like it, I'll post another picture of that!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I

Love

GREEN

& +1 for lots of pics, oh and also for a great build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the love! Yeah I love green! I hate seeing awesome builds with 1 picture or 2 from a potato for a camera.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought the distressed look of the psu was on purpose, I like it.
Congrats on feature!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it was, in the middle of me tryign to fix the paint job. I was like you know what... that looks pretty darn cool. Thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

FINALLY! A FEATURED BUILD WITHOUT CABLES FROM CABLEMOD (and other comapanies)!

+1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, I was going to get some, so maybe I'll get a downvote from ya in the next revamp :-/

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

That's actually pretty cool looking! Sounds like a lot of work, especially with having to repaint a few pieces! I think my favorite part was the graphics card though...not sure why. It just looks like it came straight from the manufacturer that color. I think it's because there's enough of the original black that the green accents it very well.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

In person it may not look as good, but from afar you're right! I think It looks gren, I personally think the PSU came out looking the best. But GPU is a close second

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

with this build i didnt even care about the specs it looked amazing

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah just a regular gaming, light editing build, nothing crazy. For the price I could have gotten 2 1080's and made better choices

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Rly good job on that custom spray painting mate! 1+ for ya :D

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It could of been better, but it's acceptable. Some people may not agree, but I like it, that's the only thing that matters

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Brilliant job! I really like the color choice.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I'm digging the black and green myself

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't believe no one has yet said this:

I'M GREEN WITH ENVY

Great job +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol agreed

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a green pc...

haha

no?

anyone?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points
  • crickets chirping *
  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude... looks suupaaa cool. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Name it Broccoli +1 Congrats on the Feature

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yeah maybe more compelling of a name

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

MoBo, RAM and GPU color mod: I like that. Nice and clean. +1
PSU and case parts color mod: Kinda like those. Could be part of something uniquely great. +1
Combo of all them parts: very much aesthetically unappealing. -100
Seriously, there is no consistency, no coherence, no theme whatsoever.
If all parts had that clean look, it would be a great color mod and i sure would love it.
But if your whole build had that rugged, weathered look, all parts, the whole case, inside and outside, that would've been amazing. You could really have gone for the Jurassic Park look you talked about. Maybe apply the logo, actually add some plastic ferns and stuff, go wild, use the endless possibilities a theme like that gives you.
What you have right now is neither fish nor flesh. Sry to say it like that, but to me it's just ugly.
Just my 2 cents.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Trust me. I wish I could have gone more all out. I was planning on doing green everywhere, painting the case and everything. I don't have a good painting setup by any means. My apartment complex already was telling me not to paint outside, as the green mist was getting some parts of a near by fence and whatnot. Maybe when I get a house in 2-4 year, I will redo it. Making the case, the cages, mounts, wires, maybe even some green water hard line tubing. But for now in a small apartment, this has to do. Thanks for your feedback! I take it all as constructive criticism.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

...or you find yourself a friendly varnisher shop who let you use there paint cabine for a few bucks and do it there. And i really vote for the f**ked up Jurassic Park Theme. : )

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

looks really great!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

i heart your computer

dont think ive ever said/typed that before... sooo.. yeah.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I'm glad my rig was the first to hear it! Thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem

im kinda.. mental for green.. in general... but yeah, it looks nice :P

I would prefer a bit of a darker green , but its still cool

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

This can be funny for Photoshop users :)))

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I can imagine some pretty funny ones

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

cool looking but in terms of performance it wouldnt be worth 2000$. i would spend a little more money on the gtx 1070 or even the 1080.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, agreed. The main components were from a previous build. If I had this budget, trust me, my components would be 100% different.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

ahh ok love the look though.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes all the hard work worth it! Crazy how much you have to learn to paint a kit, right?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah and I know there's so much more to learn. Only can get better from here.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Firstly, nice build!

Secondly, I was planning on doing some painting as well, but mine will be black/gold themed. So, you just rough up parts after taking them off (taking out the screws), then applying 2-3 coats, let it dry, then bam? I'm definitely spray painting my ram heatspread and my fan rings, but I've been debating on the mobo heatsink. It already has gold stripes on it, so I'm not sure if I should leave it as is so as to not oversaturate the gold, but then again I'm worried that the shade of the mobo's gold won't match the shade of the spray paint. What do you think?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

That's the right way. Which I just dusted the parts off and started painted. You really should rough up the surface to help adhering the paint. Light coats, light coats!! Way better to do more very light coats like 12-15 inches even far I think. Do like 3 or 4 coats of them and then if you like glossy, try and get a clear coat glossy or the same color like gold glossy. Unless you want more of a matte look.

For the memory heatsink remember to use a heat gun or better yet a hari dryer to loosen the tape that keeps it together, and if you get paint on the double sided tape, I just used some more alchoal to wipe it off and it became sticky again to reapply.

The mobo heatsinks were a pain to come off! I actually ended up completely ripping the plastic push pin out from under the mobo. Then used mobo mounting screws which ended up being the perfect size to snugly screw and secure the heatsinks back on.

Maybe leave the mobo the way it is and if it doesn't match then yeah, maybe try and paitn it to try and match.

lmk if you need me to clarify anything else.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet, thanks!

I'll actually be using the Corsair Dominator Platinums. The metal bar on top is removeable by allen wrench, so Ill take it off and spray that separately from the full black/silver body.

Crossing my fingers and hoping that the mobo heatsink color will match. i could also probably take it to a shop (leave it in it's plastic) and check to see if I can get something with the right color.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect! I almost went dominator platinums, but the i7 6700k, wouldn't accept anything over 2400mhz... at least without some type of overclock I'm unaware of. I totally would have just gone with the Geil EVO green LED memory if I had to do this again, they're the same price I believe.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It actually depends on the motherboard for your RAM speed. XMP profiles need too be enabled in the BIOSto get higher than 2400 mHz.

Lol, I wanted to get the Vengeance LED, but that will be for the next build ;)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, don't see many green builds around here that often. +1 :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks! Might be getting even greener soon.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hope it does. I think you should get some RGB peripherals and some green LED desk lighting. :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe when I have an ideal setup with a flat wall behind the monitors. I already have philips hue, so I can def add some rgb lighting later

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe some Razer peripherals or an M65 RGB?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a M65 which is green, in the last pictures they're lit up green. Look a little closer, my k65 works in green as well

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

As for painting the front part of the HDD cage and the green sleeved cables, go for it!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Soon I will!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

In regards to the fan controller, you did not need one. The Z170-A has awesome fan controls and functionality. You can set each fan header to PWM output. This would allow you to use a simple fan PWM fan splitter cable and then still have full calibration and control of the connected fans. The board has a total of 4 fan headers. In this respect, you can generally have two or three fans connected per header as the power is supplied from the PSU. This would have covered all the number of fans you have installed. That being noted due to the fact you went with a RGB fans you generally have to use the Corsair hub controller to manage the fans. With green being the theme I would have gone with green LED fans instead. To each his own though.

Additionally, if you did not want use a fan splitter cable a better option would have been to use the Fan Extension card which is a great accessory that would allow you to have 3 additional fan headers.

Regardless though if you have everything working in a way you are satisfied with that is great! Kudos on the build and getting everything up and running. Thanks for using an ASUS board! #TEAMASUS

In regards to the last items I would not paint the trays and I personally would have like to see white as a contrast. As for cables I would definitely consider getting some nice cables with green.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How do I set each fan header to PWM output? I have a PWM fan controller: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA9F93EG0578&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC-_-pla-_-Accessories+-+Case+%2F+Rackmount-_-9SIA9F93EG0578&gclid=CjwKEAiAvZTCBRDvnoOaoa2j3xISJABxPjN9g5wm-B4uJNmLC87___2Ofm88p1-GqM1YP1TlDN4OvBoCjWrw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

That's the one I have, I have 2 of the cpu cooler fans hooked up to a CPU fan header #1, and the rest are the hub. For the RGB fans, corsair on has a hub for the lights themselves. The power for the fans need to be coming from the fan headers on the mobo. It's not ideal, and as of right now the fans seem to be running high all the time and can't get them to change, except to make them go higher.

If I knew in the future I would be sticking with green forever, then I probably would have picked standard green fans. Would have been way cheaper and with the difference I could have gotten all cables from cable mod and a GPU backplate.

Thanks for all the input! Really appreciate it!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

To have PWM splitter or hub work you need to go to each header ( within the UEFI ) and set the output control signal to PWM. Once this is set then you are good to go in regards to the connected splitter or hub mirroring out the control signal. You should also be able to run QFAN tuning within the UEFi to allow for the calibration of the fans. I have not tested with these fans but will see if we can ping Corsair to confirm it works.

For the splitter you are using you should be ok with it. You will run the fan cable from the CHA header to the input header on the splitter. While this might be easier in regards to group set of fans I tend to use fan splitter cables. This way I can have specific fans or groups of fans set to specific headers. The reason to do this is to be able to have different temp inputs per header ( should you want different headers to respond to other temperatures outside of the CPU )

Yeah in regards to the fan they are nice but I find that RGB fans are really only worth it if you find you are consistently wanting to change your color or you are using a color cycle mode. Otherwise, I think it makes more sense to go with fixed LED fans. Either which way best of luck with the build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How many millisieverts does that paint put out, do you know? If your hair has started falling out it may be too late!! :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Idk what millisieverts is.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Job it looks excellent!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

On some parts i.e. the mobo, the spraypainting looks awful but it is your pc not mine

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah def didn't come out 100% how I wanted, but for my first time painting anything I think it's acceptable.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry that sounded a bit harsh. But well done, there was a reason why you were featured

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

Different but ok. How are the fans

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Fans are great. Expensive, 8 might have just gone with some solid green fans for the price. But I can use these forever for any future build and set the lights to whatever is the theme next time

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yeah that'd go great. Staying green :-)

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Just turn the whole room into a forest theme :p maybe put a small pond in the corner haha

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, now I'll put that in my notes for 2.0 lol

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, yeah I'm from the Boston area, I feel I did the wall justice in this build.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Just good?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Made it look better mate :-)

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

IKR