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  1. stinger608

    stinger608 Dedicated TPU Cruncher & Folder

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    :laugh: Okay, here is what I am wondering.

    I am getting ready to build a very awesome nostalgic system, which will be in the project logs when I get everything gathered up, and it is a DFI board that is black and bright yellow. Now the two video cards that are going to be used have the dang standard green PCB's.

    My question is; is there any way to change this color? Some kind of film or covering material?
    I know it would have to be something that wouldn't be conductive or create a heat barrier.
    Maybe some kind of non-conductive electrical paint?

    Any suggestions or insight would be very very much appreciated!
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    I think that p_o_s_pc painted a motherboard a while back, but I'm not sure how well that would work.. :eek:
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    pastidip it! :roll:

    (maybe)
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    I suppose you could use vinyl if you cut the required holes to not cover anything heat sensitive (VRMs, inductors, chips, etc.)
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    It can be done but the only way I know off is by painting but it can be tricky, here's an example of when it turns out good.
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    What card is it? Did anyone ever make a top plate for it?
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    You may want to look into Dragon Skin and it does accept pigments.
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    Norton WCG-TPU Team Captain

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    Can you use some modders mesh to form a backplate or cover for the cards?

    or

    Use some colored cathodes or LEDs to change way the green color shows up?
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    They are reference design BFG 8800GTX OC factory liquid cooled cards. I am not sure where a person would find back plates for them. Not even sure if there was ever any made for 8800GTX's......Hmm, will have to look into that.

    @ Norton: that actually isn't a bad idea! Only thing about the modders mesh is it would still probably show the green through it.
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    Definitely go with some kind of backplate idea. I think painted PCB's end up looking much worse than a non-painted one regardless of what color it is.
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    I looked around for plates and it seems there was a couple but they were very small and just ride on the core, not the whole PCB. :(
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    I have to agree with you Erocker. Some of the ones that I have seen painted ended up looking terrible! Not to mention if the paint starts to peel.

    Dang it! That sure would have solved to problem. :eek:
    thanks for looking Sneeky!!! :respect:

    Hmm, I wonder if finding a couple of 9800GT single slot plastic shrouds with fans and some how mount them to the back side. LOL
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    Yeah, p_o_s_pc painted a mobo white awhile back and it turned out good and it worked fine.
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    If you have any experience with CAD software or have a friend that does, you could always try to get a custom backplate made with a CNC. It might be expensive though. I can CNC a wood one for you and try to ship it over, although I don't think it would look that great considering its wood and my home-made CNC doesn't work that well
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    Get some perspex/acrylic/whatever and double sided tape.

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