This is my third custom liquid cooled PC and my second custom painted case. The case started as a white Corsair 7000D Airflow. The theme is based off the character Konno Yuuki from SAO. Purple and Red are the 2 primary colors used along with gold accents. The primary goal of this build was to test my painting abilities. I have a more ambitious build idea but I wanted to test the limits of my painting skills as well as the paint I had. In the end I surprised myself with how the paint job came out but I am also disappointed in how fragile the paint is. Even with 4 layers of clear, it still chips off very easily. I did not use a self etching primer as I thought the rough metal surface of the case would provide enough for the paint to stick to but I might test using a primer next time.
Things to Note
If anyone was curious about the design on the front this is how I did it. I basically drew up the design and sent it to a company that makes vinyl stickers. I then used the vinyl stickers as masking. Since there are 3 colors it makes it a bit more difficult than just painting 2 colors as you have to mask the other 2 colors again before painting the third color. I ordered multiples of the vinyl stickers to use for re-masking, plus I expected to mess up multiple times so having a few extras wouldn't hurt.
At the time of buying the bykski 3090 full coverage water block, it was the only full coverage block at the time for the Gigabyte Vision 3090 that I got my hands on. I believe there are a few more options now but I'm happy with how this one looks. I just wish there was an LED diffuser so you couldn't see the individual LEDs as easily but I could not find one that would fit on top of the strip in the block.
The Gold EK-Quantum Torque fittings look WAY better than I thought they would when I ordered them. You never know what kind of "gold" you are going to get until the parts show up since colors vary wildly but EK did an amazing job on these fittings. I am sad to report that I was unable to find a gold, quick-release valve though so the drain port is unfortunately silver.
I tend to avoid opaque fluids due to all the issues I have seen with build up and discoloration over time, however I wanted to give EKs Cryofuel a shot. I chose EK Cryofuel Solid Scarlet Red for this and as expected, it looks amazing right out of the bottle. If I can remember, I will try to update this after a 6-12 months to update on how the fluid is holding up.
Some also might be wondering why I did not order custom power cables for this and it came down to a few reasons. Most of your attention is drawn to the lighting and the color of the paint in this build and I find it hard to notice the power cables when observing the PC. The other reason is that CableMod does not yet make a flat-8pin cable for the new 3000 series GPUs. They make the normal 8pin cable as well as a flat-12pin cable. Because of that, I did not want to have custom CPU and 24-pin power cables and non-custom GPU cable so opted to just stick with the black that you can barely notice.
I wanted to put a custom LED screen to display sensor information and play some Yuuki clips as well but I discovered too late that I would not be able to fit a screen in the PSU window. Apparently this case has some bits of metal that protrude on the inside of the PSU bay that would prevent an LED screen from sliding in between the PSU and the case wall. I have no idea why those are there or what they are for but if I had noticed prior to installing everything, I could ground or dremmeled them off. But at this point since everything is installed, its not worth it to me to do that at this time. So as a compromise, I just had a sticker made and cut and painted a piece of plastic to fit and cover the PSU window. Something to keep in mind if you wanted to do something similar in the 7000D case,
Overall I am extremely happy with how this turned out as this was very fun to plan and build. This makes me even more excited for the bigger project I want to pursue in the future, but I'll wait until the next gen GPUs come out and for DDR5 to become cheaper before starting that. Hint: I will be bringing back my CaseLabs SMA8 case for that project
Let me know what you all think and feel free to ask any questions that you might have!