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    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array 1ceTr0n's Avatar
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    Sep 2011

    Decided my STRIX 980 needed a new look. Here's the result!

    Sup all, been busy lately with comic and anime cons in area, a new girlfriend and family issues but I finally had some free time this easter weekend to take on a new modding project I had been thinking about for quite awhile, so check it out!

    My 980 is a real nice card but it kinda gets lost in the guts of my build with that black casing.

    And i've never been impressed with its design and especially that stupid "owl" STRIX look that Asus is going for nowadays

    I LOVE how these new Galax Hall of Fame GPU's look! So sexy but soooo damn expensive and hard to buy. Not worth the price of admission and having to sell my 980 just for the "cool" factor

    So I've been pondering this for awhile now, wonder if I can make my Asus 980 look somewhat like this?

    Again, its been a good card, but man, i'm sick of looking at those damn owl "eyes" stickers and the black metal fan frame is just so boring

    I painted the badges and that helped somewhat but I still wasn't happy

    The card is not bad looking, but not great either... and those damn "eyes"

    I've been pondering giving the 980 a bit of a makeover to go with the rest of the system, mainly, a white paint job after seeing those white Galax GPU's

    Seeings how I already voided the warranty with redoing the GPU thermal paste, I decided to take a chance and try my hands at painting my first GPU this weekend

    Asus being awesome in their design of the GPU made this childs play, 4 screws and the entire metal casing came right off. So not only could I paint the casing, I could still use the card to game in the mean time, win!

    Most the badges came off but this one was really stuck on and I didnt' wanna damage it further, so some masking was needed

    Basic paint prep work to remove fingerprint oils and dust but didn't feel like sanding the metal, that's what the primer is for

    An old R/C car building/painting hint. Heating up a spray can with hot water results in a finer paint spray and more even pressure

    Allright, no turning back now, its go/paint time!

    Wow, it looks better already with just primer!

    The first of MANY coats and impatiently waiting, I have terrible patience with painting, I just wanna spray and be instantly dried and done lol!

    2 days of painting and drying outside later, it looks real damn good! Nice and smooth too!

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    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array 1ceTr0n's Avatar
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    Sep 2011

    But now these damn STRIX "eyes" are still here. Hrmm....

    Wow, what a difference!

    Man, I love it! But those ****ing eyes.... just ruin it

    Removed metal sticker eyes with hobby knife. Much much much better!

    Hmm, but now the fans look a little boring...

    I didn't have any other stickers that would have work and I didn't feel like buying some, so I improvised.

    Ugly owl eyes begone!

    Woooot! Now that is damn sexy!!!

    Wooo! I'm tickled pink happy at the result!

    Oh yeah baby! Its like a whole new GPU!!

    Allright, time to put this revamped GPU back in its home!

    Hot damn! That looks beyond kick ass!!

    Oh yeah!!

    Sooooo much better! I love it!

    Oh yeah, now thats a kick ass non "owl" looking GTX 980!

    Reflects the lights nicely inside as well!

    GPU pimping a complete success!

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    ROG Guru: Green Belt Array drop4205 PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)What are laptops
    MotherboardMaximus XI Formula
    Memory (part number)Gskill Trident Z F4-3200C14-32GYZR
    Graphics Card #1Nvidia Reference RTX2080TI
    Graphics Card #2ha I wish
    Graphics Card #3ha I wish
    Graphics Card #4ha I wish
    Sound Cardha I wish
    MonitorMSI Oculux-NXG251R
    Storage #1Samsung970 EVO Plus 1T
    CPU CoolerHeatkiller
    CasePhantex Evolove X
    Power SupplySessonic Prime Titanium 850
    Keyboard ROG Strix Flare
    Mouse ROG Gladius II
    Headset Astro A40
    Mouse Pad Corsair
    Headset/Speakers Astro A40TR
    OS Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
    Accessory #1 Ek GPU Block
    Accessory #2 EK SE 360 Rad, EK PE 360 Rad
    Accessory #3 EK D5 Vario 140 Pump/Res
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    looks very good. Nice job
    Maximus XI Formula, I9-9900k, Phantex Evolove X, Seasonic Titanium 850W, Custom loop PE360+SE360 Rad, G.Skill Trident Z F4-3200C14 32g, Nvidia Reference RTX 2080 TI, Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1Tb, ROG Strix Flare keyboard, ROG Gladius II

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    imMortal Kombatant Array Myk SilentShadow PC Specs
    Myk SilentShadow PC Specs
    MotherboardASUS Rampage IV Formula
    ProcessorIntel i7 3930K
    Memory (part number)8GB Corsair XMS3 1600
    Graphics Card #1ASUS Radeon 7970 3GD5
    Sound CardROG Xonar Phoebus
    MonitorSamsung SyncMaster SA300
    Storage #1Corsair Neutron 128GB
    Storage #2Seagate 2TB
    CPU CoolerCorsair A50 Pro Air Cooler
    CaseBitFenix Merc Alpha
    Power SupplyThermaltake Litepower 700W
    Keyboard Alienware TactX Keyboard
    Mouse Tesoro Gandiva H1L
    OS Win7 Ultimate x64
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    Great job mate!! love it

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    ROG Guru: White Belt Array naj1991 PC Specs
    naj1991 PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)a 5jears old netbook xDD
    MotherboardX99S Sli-Plus
    Memory (part number)Gskill 4x4GB
    Graphics Card #1R9 295X2
    Graphics Card #23x GTX 670 - 4GB
    Graphics Card #3much more^^
    Sound CardMOTU MK3 Hybrid
    MonitorASUS VG278HE
    Storage #1Samsung SM951 512GB
    Storage #2crucial mx100 512GB
    CPU CoolerEK waterblocks
    Casev8 reverse
    Power SupplyEnermax Platimax 1250W
    Keyboard Stealseries Merc2Stealth
    Mouse Stealseries Diablo
    Mouse Pad razer
    Headset/Speakers Yamaha HS80+HS50
    OS win8.1 - 64bit

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    nice nice... *and next the soundcardcover
    i7 5820k
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    4x4GB Gskill
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    1x m2 Samsung SM951 512GB ~1.3GB/sek read
    1x 512GB Crucial mx100 storage plate / half speed programplate

    cooled by EK-Waterblocks

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    ROG Enthusiast Array Fist3365 PC Specs
    Fist3365 PC Specs
    MotherboardAsus ROG Maximus IX Hero (BIOS 1009)
    ProcessorIntel I7-6700k Ocd 4.6
    Memory (part number)Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 32gb (4x8)
    Graphics Card #1Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080TI O11G
    MonitorAsus Designo Curve MX34VQ
    Storage #1Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD
    Storage #2Samsung 850 EVO 1tb SSD
    CPU CoolerCaptain 240 EX RGB
    CaseCorsair 750D Airflow
    Power SupplyCorsair AX1500i
    Keyboard Corsair Strafe RGB Cherry MX Red Silent
    Mouse Razer Death Adder Elite
    Headset Hyper X Cloud 2
    Mouse Pad Corsair MM300
    Headset/Speakers Logitech
    OS Windows 10 Home 64bit
    Network RouterAsus RT-AC68U
    Accessory #1 Little Dot MKII Headphone Tube Amp
    Accessory #2 Schiit Audio Magni 2 Uber

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    Good job!

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    I had that same sound card in my Rampage IV Extreme build, But I had to clip the LED lead on it because that thing is bright as ****. Also, it has an open side, so it doesn't just come out of the acrylic window, it bleeds red light all over the system. Really easy thing to do, if that interests you.

    Also, why not plasti-dip the cover, so you can just peel and RMA if needed?

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    New ROGer Array purplehaze031 PC Specs
    purplehaze031 PC Specs
    MotherboardMaximus Ranger VII
    ProcessorIntel i5 - 4460 - 3.2ghz
    Memory (part number)12gb
    Graphics Card #1ASUS Strix gtx 970OC
    MonitorHP 23" full HD IPS
    Storage #13TB HDD
    Storage #2240SSD
    CaseFractal Design R4 Windowed edition
    Power SupplyCorsair CX750

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    looks beast bro!

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