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Old 29-10-15, 05:57 AM
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I like this theme, cant wait to see it completed.

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Old 29-10-15, 01:06 PM
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EK sponsorship blocks and fittings arrived, So much to do and so little time in between what i do now,

Got straight on with fittings the EK 980 Lightning GPU block to the MSI Geforce GTX 980 TI (Perfect fit). Pics below of the beauty in all its glory.


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Old 29-10-15, 04:16 PM
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The MSI Z170A Xpower Gaming Titanium Edition Mainboard for the new Skylake CPU from Intel look very impressive close up with the whole board being silver it will complement the whole build. The EK -Supremacy Evo Nickel Plexi suits the board down to the ground, We haven't gone with a full cover block as the Heat sinks on the Z170A complement the system very well and covering them over would be such a shame.







We love the back and detail as much as we love the front ...


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Old 02-11-15, 03:29 PM
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Making a Back Plate using a cheap Chinese laser cutter and coral laser.

To make a Back plate for the MSI Ge-Force GTX 980 Ti wasnít an easy task when you literally know nothing and when asking questions all you ever seem to get is people saying use other software, however this would cost a fortune. So we set out to make it using just the tools we had.

First off using a regular scanner we can the back of the MSI Ge-Force GTX 980 Ti using a 100% ratio so we would get a like for like copy of the back of the board. This is important as we need to measure up the board so we can replicate it digitally. If you get lots of Black around you print out like we did just lay white paper around the PCB so that you get some clean lines to work with.



Once completed test the photo copy of the back of the PCB against you Ge-Force 980 Ti card and make sure everything matches up correctly. This took us a couple of attempts but didnít take long.

Once we had the scan we simply took measurements of the now flat Paper PCB such as the 5 holes were going to mount the plate to and the surrounding edges that we wish to plate up.

Next we opened up coral laser and imputed the rectangle size and cut offs needed and then place the correct size holes corresponding to our back plate. This Made life ultra-easy and not much messing was needed to get the sizes correct.
Your back plate is now ready to go. However we would like to show who make the MSI Ge-Force GTX 980 Ti so next we took a copy of the MSI logo from there Logo page here -> http://l.facebook.com/lsr.php?u=http...P5mQiPsfaT7UVg

And we added the dragon to the back plate. We had to adjust the dragon a little just so that the laser had clear lines to cut and didnít over cut on some parts of the dragon. We didnít like adjust the mascot but for the plate to look good with the cheap laser we didnít really have much option.

Next we added the MSI logo and sizes it to the back plate and then added the wording for the GTX 980 Ti (we didnít add Ge-force as it would have been to much). One thing we noticed was the lettering would have not worked as it was plain and the 0ís in 980 would have feel out and would have needed gluing in which is a pain to do. So I nipped over to http://www.1001fonts.com/stenciled-f...age=9&items=10 and chose a stencil font and installed it to the PC and used that to create the correct type of wording. This made life so much easier than faffing on.



Now to create test peaceís we didnít want to go slicing and dicing expensive peaceís of plastic to make sure ever thing fitted so we simply laser cut sheets of paper and tested them on the back plate, after a few minor adjustments to the design we finally got what we needed and moved over to running a 1 off test peace in 3mm ply.
**Pictured below is a test peace in 3mm Ply. This was cut at power 40 on the laser and speed 6mms. It cut through the first time which is perfect for our needs and as a test peace. (plz remember if you a pro you may know better, how ever Iím not).



As you can see the images of the dragon still needs some work as we lost the eye but getting there slowly.
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Old 04-11-15, 05:27 PM
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Did a little more testing today using Black plastic, silver card and see though perspex.

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Did a little more testing today using Black plastic, silver card and see though perspex.

loving that backplate!
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Old 06-11-15, 12:06 AM
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We tested the GPU in the board and in the case and decided that we needed to brake up the colours a little as it was overly too silver. Since the main board has a Red Led stripe showing the separate sound amplifier on board we've decided to change the MSI Dragon to a red dragon as in MSI very own logo. This will give it a little more bite.

We have all so gone for a aluminium plated reflective Main backing plate and insted of have black backing were swapping over to Black lettering. this will give the illusion of more depth and also reflect the main board better.

It taken longer than expected due to other commitments how ever its better to take you time and get it right then waste a fortune of doing it wrong.

We will also publish the files needed to do one your self as this doesn't happen often.
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Old 06-11-15, 12:20 PM
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This is Aluminum layered on black plastic on Aluminum mirror with accents. There is a clear Perspex for the top to protect the plate. For got to add about the back plate -Thank you to Nate George and Toby Kirkby for your advice with out you guys id still be working on this.

The cutting procedure was done on a CNC and Laser cutter, The aluminium plates were cone on CNC and the Decorative work and clear perspex were done on laser.



The base plate is lifted from the PCB to aid in creating air flow so we have no warping issues.

The cost to make the plate was approx £20 for materials.
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Old 14-11-15, 08:57 AM
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Me and Matty have been playing and learning how to bend plastic, not as easy as people think when you don't have the right tools.

How ever we managed to get a good result for the PSU cover in the end after wasting a few sheets of Acrylic.



here is the coral draw file we made and you can use as needed. Its made spacial for the In-Win 805 case with a 60mm thick Mayhems Havoc rad with the sun flower logo but you can adjust as needed.

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php...78468343154159
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Old 18-11-15, 09:39 AM
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OCUK, Intel and 8-Pack have all come together and are sponsoring us our Skylake CPU, were not sure just yet what CPU they are sending us but we will let you know soon. Hit up OCUK here to see there skylake range -> https://www.overclockers.co.uk/pc-co...ocessors/intel

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