Description

Entry level build for a friend with a little bit of custom painting . Had a fun time building and painting this one. Did a 24 hour burn in and got average temps of 45c. I'm by no means a hardcore builder but I do love making things different/unique by custom paint and airbrushing. Currently working on a FF14 themed build for my Girlfriend, post that as soon as it is complete

Thanks a bunch for your comments below and because of your comments I realized I should have been more detailed in my description, so here it goes. First off, if you are going to paint your case please do it right, it's a little bit more work but the finish and longevity will be so much better.

materials I used: 800-1000-1500-2000 grit wet/dry sand paper about $6 for each pack at my local auto parts store. It was only going to be a 3 stage process but my inexperience with the spray on glue made it a 4 stage. Had to sand it down with the 800 grit, to bare metal in some areas, and re-paint with the white and start over with the design. :)

Dragon stencil, had several different ideas and did some research on line and found this stencil design and found out it cost $17.99, so I cheated and made my own for about $3

Thin plastic folder for school or business, $3, cut this up to make my own stencil. Drew the design laid it under this folder traced it with a marker and cut. got luck and did it on the first try.

Rustoleum 2x ultra cover paint-primer semi-gloss white, $5, got this just in case I messed up and needed to paint the whole case over. By sheer dumb luck this shade of white is a spot on match for this case so when I did mess up I could spot paint to fix any mistakes.

Rustoleum 2x ultra cover paint-primer Ford Deep Blue Gloss, $5, I have always loved the Blue/White color scheme since I saw my first Shelby Cobra, that deep rich blue with white stripes with the interior matching. I just reversed it on this case. Could not get the right color when I was mixing my airbrush paints and did some on line searches and found this.

Elmer's spray on adhesive, $3, used this to make the stencil stick to the case as tight as possible, minimize over spray. Found out the hard way that it will leave a sticky residue behind when you peel it off after spray, damn near impossible to get off and it changed to the blue color when I tried to clean it off even after I let the paint dry. Paint thinner, 800 grit sand paper and a fresh coat of white it was time for round 2. Learned that if you spray the glue on lightly and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes then stick the stencil to a clean hard surface let it stay for about 2-4 minutes it will leave all the residue on that surface, in this case it was my motherboard box. :)

Painters tape, $3-$7, just about any kind of painters tape works. Used this to cover and protect all areas I didn't want painted and used it in the final stage of painting to cover the design so I could use the white paint to spray over any over spray.

Automotive Clear-coat spray, $9, used this to seal all painted areas for longevity and to make the colors pop a little more. 4 coats

The whole process was fairly simple, spray then wet sand with 800 grit, repeat with 1000 grit and then 1500 grit. Final coat then sand with 2000 grit and clear-coat with 2000 grit in between coats. I let all paint coats dry and seal for about 24 hours sometimes longer due to my schedule and let the clear-coat have about 2 hours between coats.

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Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 5 points

how did you paint this dragon thingy ? i tried to do something like this before and it ended with a huge red circle ...

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 on this comment.

@Demus91171, Did you use a Stencil/airbrush? or Stencil/Spraypaint? Also, if you stenciled it, what did you use for your stencil.

You did a Stellar job on this PC. Love the colors and small details that you pay attention to. +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I could not get the right color mix with my acrylics for my airbrush so ended up finding it in a spray can lol :). I put up a better description, check it out

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, awesome process. Thanks for sharing! Good work! It looks fantastic.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

you did a very nice job with the case. A +1 well deserved!!!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Really like that shade of blue, its fantastic :D Good stuff +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes that is a beautiful Blue Thanks

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice paint job, +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! Nice custom build.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice work. You should be very proud of yourself!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! my girlfriend made me put this up here so need to thank her for being so bossy lol

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I freaking love it!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks it was really fun

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! The custom work is an awesome touch :D

+1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the cpu cooler? was it hard to put on?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Had zero issues with the install of the cooler, its not a supper cooler but it keeps the temps well within good specs and it worked well with the color scheme

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking for a first PC for gaming. I'll be playing lol, wow and the division. Would this work?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

yep it would

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build. I have the same case and board. The only issue that I've had is getting the front usb 3 cord to the header while still making it look nice.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, just had to bite the bullet and run it right next to the graphics card

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Now this is an AMAZING looking pc! I am using the same case same and same motherboard! The modding on this is amazing! Love the case! Love the colour scheme imagine this with an amd fx 8350 16gb of ram and 2 390xs in crossfire!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks and I can't wait to see it!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not built it yet (building in January) but heres the link http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/4jDc8d plan to do some modding! Btw you get a +1 for making an affordable AMAZING LOOKING PC!!!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

We're there any incompatibilities?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

None at all, put together smooth as butter. Painting was the only issue, and that was trial and error

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, i think i will get the same motherboard and graphics card then

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The person I built this for has enjoyed it. His words "i'v been playing the hell outta it". He has downloaded at least 20 games on it, I'll try and get you his list to give you a better idea of the build capabilities.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

did you have to update the bios before using the cpu? I'm wondering as pcpartpicker has the compatibility issue saying you may need to before using some vishera proccessors

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it worked right out of the box, OS loaded smoothly

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome ty i was worried about that. ty for telling me :)

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

It worked fine for me too (in my case the BIOS was already updated by my PC manufacturer since it’s a prebuilt system)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

it ;looks good

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Did your cpu work really well on your motherboard ??

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

it was a client build, he has had zero issues with it, he does want to up grade the gpu now that the pascal is out but other then that no problems what so ever

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your help. Nice pc build btw.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

did you had to go through a BIOS update?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that same motherboard and CPU in my system :D

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