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Ballistix Tracers mod... help please

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You've inspired me. While messing with photoshop on how I'm going to route my cables, I decided I might make a plexi tunnel as well (mine might be clear though...or UVblue) that would lay over the RAM with an opening on the bottom with an 80mm fan here IN YELLOW:

 
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interesting.

just realized i hit 1400 posts!

my new friend is getting his site up in the next few days. he does a lot of custom case mods and knows plexi/lexan skillz like mad.

http://mkmods.com/
 
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hey I know that guy, I wish he would stop being lazy and get that site working already....:roll:
 

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yeah. he should post the pics he took off OCN. to go from an ehhh/ok case to a KICK ASS case like that is awesome. it just goes to show that you can make just about any case look good. just mod it!

EDIT: not everyone has the talent that markkleb has though.
 

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ever thought about cutting up a drinking straw to the right size then splitting it into half? then roundness part of it would keep it in place over the LEDs (thinking about doing this on my own ballistix ram)

 

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ever thought about cutting up a drinking straw to the right size then splitting it into half? then roundness part of it would keep it in place over the LEDs (thinking about doing this on my own ballistix ram)


now, just find a dark tinted straw. great idea!
 

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Hmm...a smoke-colored straw... Don't think I've seen that before. It would work well, though.
 

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Hmm...a smoke-colored straw... Don't think I've seen that before. It would work well, though.

some of the black staws have some level of temperance which the ballistix ram might be able to still show up through.
 
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I was thinking that too. A smoked one would be sweet though.

How about taking a clear straw, and taping it open with the inside up onto a desk, and spraying it lightly with some black paint. Back when I used to build models, if you wanted a headlight with a chrome bezel and you didn't have a chrome piece, you painted the inside of a clear piece with silver. Did it with black for some windows for tint too. I hand-painted though, so it turned out a little too dark. I think spray would work better.
 

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I was thinking that too. A smoked one would be sweet though.

How about taking a clear straw, and taping it open with the inside up onto a desk, and spraying it lightly with some black paint. Back when I used to build models, if you wanted a headlight with a chrome bezel and you didn't have a chrome piece, you painted the inside of a clear piece with silver. Did it with black for some windows for tint too. I hand-painted though, so it turned out a little too dark. I think spray would work better.

or you could dye some of the rubber tubing you get form electronics stores ;)
 

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ever thought about cutting up a drinking straw to the right size then splitting it into half? then roundness part of it would keep it in place over the LEDs (thinking about doing this on my own ballistix ram)


ok...until MKMODS finishes my ram duct... i tried the straw idea. it works pretty good. im gonna use a sharpee to color it black and see if it works better. at least my entire living room isnt lit up anymore.
 
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Sweet! I was gonna suggest sharpie actually, but my experience with sharpies leads to kind of "smudgy" looking results. But it's a perfect temporary fix!
 

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IT WORKS!!! looks kind crappy but it dims the LEDs down to where you almost dont notice them at all. just take a straw, cut it to length, color it black with a sharpie and put it on your ram. pics soon.
 

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it's obviously dimmer....
after V.............before V
 

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I was considering doing this myself as four Tracers are really friggen bright. But too me the LED section of the memory gets way hotter then the rest of the stick. I dont know how much heat it takes to melt a straw but they get really hot and i think that covering them up may not be the most effective solution. I planned on getting a piece of tinted plexi and cutting it to fit over the memory area. I will use the motherboard mount holes to mount the perspex on risers. Also thought that a couple of holes for either an 80mm or a couple of smaller fans would also cool the ram better. The LEDs look cool but if you look at them for more then a few seconds they hurt your eyes because they are so bright. Once I get my WC gear I will make something up for my memory and get back to this thread.

The straw trick does look like a good quick fix for now. I may have to give it a go.

In the past I have used acrylic hobby paint to tint case fan LEDs to dim them. Worked really well actually. that may be an idea as well.
 
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Tried a variation of the straw trick but I used some clear plastic from packaging instead and sharpied it black. Works mint until I come up with something unnecessarily complicated.
My eyes are no longer constantly being harassed buy blinding flashing lights. The funny thing is you can actually see each green and red led better instead of a blinding, flashing orange mess. It also makes the blue "streetglow" way more noticeable :rockout:.
 

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I just bought 4 X 1GB of these TRACER RAM and it is damn bright...
 
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I had an idea.... Fingernail polish. Find your wifes or girlfreinds stash and get a light to slightly clear color and dab a little on the leds. Let it dry and fire it up. You can add layers till you get the desired affect you are looking for. And it comes off easy. A little rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. :toast:
 

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