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EK Velocity Copper + Plexi CPU Water Block

EK Velocity Copper + Plexi CPU Water Block

 

Unboxing, and Overview Video Review

 


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EK Velocity is the new high-performance flagship premium quality CPU water block for modern Intel processors. It features a fresh design that will enable a vast number of variations and options for enthusiasts and demanding users as well!

EK Velocity series CPU water blocks embed the 5th generation of the award-winning EK® CPU water block cooling engine, further tweaked for performance and optimal coolant flow! Low hydraulic flow restriction enables this product to be used in setups using weaker water pumps or lower pump speeds for added silent operation, while still achieving top performance!

The purest copper available on the market is used for the EK-Velocity cold plate which is precisely machined to a dense micro-fin structure. The contact surface itself is machine polished for a better contact with the CPU IHS. This version of the water block features a nickel-plated copper cold plate with a CNC machined high-quality glass like Acrylic top piece.

The new cooling engine is characterized by the top-integrated jet nozzle which is combined with a thicker jet plate allowing a more precise bow control. The simplified water block structure offers a more optimized coolant flow and easier maintenance, while the interchangeable thick jet plate ensures the best contact surface for mainstream and HEDT Intel platforms.

The block is equipped with a reinforced hold-down bracket, and the enclosed mounting kit includes all the necessary mounting screws, mounting springs, an Intel 115x backplate, rubber backplate gasket and a small tube of Thermal Grizzly Hydronaut high-performance thermal paste. The EK Velocity CPU water block features a universal mounting mechanism that offers error-preventing, tool-less installation supporting Intel LGA-115x and LGA-20xx sockets out of the box. The mounting screws are streamlined and are even smaller than before for an added aesthetical perfection.


CPU socket compatibility:

– Intel LGA-1150/1151/1155/1156
– Intel LGA-2011(-3)
– Intel LGA-2066


Made in Slovenia – Europe!

EK Vector RTX 2080 Ti – Copper + Plexi GPU Water Block

EK Vector RTX 2080 Ti – Copper + Plexi GPU Water Block


Unboxing, and Overview Video Review



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Details

The EK Vector high-performance water block is specially designed for multiple NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX Turing based graphics cards. The water block itself uses the signature EK® single slot slim look, and it covers the entire PCB length. This sophisticated cooling solution will transform your beefy graphics card into a minimalistic, elegant piece of hardware. The block also features a unique aesthetic cover over the block Terminal which is designed to reveal the graphics card model, visible from the side.

This water block is compatible with all reference design GeForce RTX 20×0 based graphics cards, but as always, we recommend that you refer to the EK® Cooling Configurator for a precise compatibility match.

The water block directly cools the GPU, VRAM and the VRM (voltage regulation module) as cooling liquid is channeled directly over these critical areas. These newly developed water blocks feature a redesigned cooling engine that has a larger footprint compared to the previous generation of EK® Full Cover water blocks. This results in a larger surface area for heat transfer which increases the thermal performance of these water blocks.

The EK Vector Series water blocks use an Open Split-Flow cooling engine design which proved to be a superior solution for GPU water blocks. It is characterized by low hydraulic flow restriction, which means that it can be used with weaker water pumps, or pumps running on low-speed settings and still achieve top performance. The jet plate and fin structure geometry have been optimized to provide even flow distribution with minimal losses and optimal performances even when used in reversed water flow scenarios.

The base of the block is CNC machined out of electrolytic copper while the top is CNC machined out of high-quality acrylic material. Sealing is ensured by high-quality EPDM O-Rings. The brass standoffs are already pre-installed and allow for a safe and easy installation procedure.

EK® recommends the purchase of a retention backplate which improves the aesthetics of your graphics cards, but also provides additional passive cooling to the GPU core and circuit board VRM section.

G1/4″ threaded fittings can be used on both sides of the terminal and for multiple GPU connectivity, please refer to our offer of GPU Terminals. The EK-Vector GPU water block terminal cover is not compatible with FC Terminal X and FC Terminal (Legacy) multi GPU connectivity bridges.

The NVIDIA® NVLink is compatible with this water block.

Enclosed:

– EK Vector series high-performance water block
– Mounting mechanism with screw-in brass standoffs
– Necessary mounting screws, nuts, and washers
– 2x Nickel plated brass plug G1/4”
– 6mm Allen key
– Thermal pads
– Thermal grease EK-TIM Ectotherm (1g)


Made in Slovenia – Europe!

Crate Computer Case

Crate Computer Case Unboxing and Overview

Crate Computer Case


Unboxing, and Overview Video Review






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The Crate Computer case is an MITX form factor PC chassis. It includes a monitor mount, and is a great solution for a portable or LAN rig. The Crate Computer case was designed for everything ITX, SFF PSU, 2.5″ HDD/SSD only, 92MM fan capability, and of course an ITX Motherboard.

Crate Computer Case


CPU socket compatibility:

– MITX Motherboard
– Vesa Monitor Mounting Capability
– SFF PSU
– 2.5″ HDD/SSD only (QTY 2)
– 92MM Fan Capability


Thermaltake X1 Keyboard Review Premium Cherry MX Silver Keys

Thermaltake X1 Keyboard Review Premium Cherry MX Silver Keys

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Thermaltake X1 Keyboard

The Thermaltake X1 Keyboard comes in a sleek and stunning finish that delivers 16.8 million of true RGB color illumination with 12 dynamic lighting effects. Best yet, it is exclusively compatible with all Thermaltake TT RGB Sync Power Supply and Liquid Cooling Solutions – iRGB PSU, Riing Plus, Pacific W4 Plus CPU Water Block, Pacific RL360 Plus RGB Radiator, Floe Riing RGB 360, Pacific Lumi Plus LED Strip – and any other product range sporting the TT RGB Sync logo, enabling enthusiasts to sync all RGB colors seamlessly to all Thermaltake compatible product lines for even greater color coordination. In addition, the Thermaltake X1 Keyboard comes with an exclusively designed smartphone/tablet app with voice controlled AI for access to light functions and essential macros. The app also includes an exclusive patented designed Virtual Game Controller (VGC) mode for a truly unique and astounding mobile gaming experience.

Thermaltake X1 Keyboard CHERRY MX SILVER SPEED SWITCH

The Thermaltake X1 Keyboard is Designed for speed, the Cherry MX Silver speed switch provides smooth linear actuation with both lower actuation point (1.2mm) and total distance travelled (3.4mm) resulting in lighting fast response with each key press. The switches also come rated with a 50-million keystroke lifespan for utmost durability.

Thermaltake X1 Keyboard

16.8M TRUE RGB ILLUMINATION WITH 12 LIGHTING EFFECTS

Stunning 16.8 million RGB color illumination under keys provides the brightest visibility and eye-catching style for your gaming session. Take it a step further and choose between 12 different lighting effect settings coupled with 5 individual levels of brightness and lighting speed to provide maximum color customization tailored your style.

TT X1 RGB SYNC COMPATIBLE

Take control of your Thermaltake X1 Keyboard colors and sync seamlessly with all Thermaltake TT X1 RGB Sync compatible Power Supply and Liquid Cooling Solutions – iRGB PSU, Riing Plus, Pacific W4 Plus CPU Water Block, Pacific RL360 Plus RGB Radiator, Floe Riing RGB 360, Pacific Lumi Plus LED Strip – for maximum color coordination and personalization. (TT X1 RGB Sync compatible product lines will automatically sync with the X1 RGB gaming software and does not require manual setup)

AUDIO AND USB PASS THROUGH

Connect your compatible 3.5mm 4-pole audio and USB 2.0 device via the conveniently placed pass-through for easy insertion and removal, without having to reach behind your computer.

Thermaltake X1 Keyboard

MAGNETIC WRIST REST INCLUDED

Included ergonomic magnetic wrist rest easily snaps into place at the front of the keyboard to ensure comfort is maximized, no matter how long you game.

Thermaltake X1 Keyboard

CUSTOMIZE WITH TT PREMIUM X1 RGB GAMING SOFTWARE

Customize with the TT PREMIUM X1 RGB gaming software and take control of the most expansive set of macros and personalization options. Give yourself full control to program multiple keystrokes to a single key, change backlighting effects with intuitive keyboard commands or set with easy to quick launch custom game profiles.

Thermaltake X1 Keyboard

Swiftech Drive X3 AIO CPU Cooler Review

Swiftech Drive X3 AIO CPU Cooler Review

Unboxing, Installation, Overview, and Performance Video Review


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Test System Specifications

  • Evga X299 FTW K Motherboard
  • Intel I7 7800X
  • 32GB Team Group DDR4 Ram
  • Zotac GTX 1080TI
  • Thermaltake View 71

  • Custom Loop Specifications

  • Thermaltake RL360 (3x120mm)
  • Thermaltake PR22-D5 Plus
  • Thermaltake Pacific W2 CPU Block

  • Swiftech Drive X3 AIO Specifications

  • Swiftech Drive H240 X3 (2x120mm)
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  • Our Gaming chart was derived from a 4 hour gaming session of PUBG with settings set to high, in which we repeated twice, and took the average temperatures from the two sessions. We performed this test both on our Custom Loop Cooling as denoted above, and the Swiftech Drive X3 AIO. All fans were set to max speed for both test setups and tests.


    Firestrike was run three times consecutively and the average of the three runs were reported. We performed this test both on our Custom Loop Cooling as denoted above, and the Swiftech Drive X3 AIO. All fans were set to max speed for both test setups and tests.


    Being that the Swiftech Drive X3 AIO that we tested was a 240mm version, which uses 2x120mm fans, it kept up fairly well with our full custom loop using a 360mm radiator and 3x120mm fans.


    Swiftech Drive X3 AIO


    Swiftech is proud to announce our latest advances in All-in-one Liquid Cooling CPU cooler: Swiftech Drive X3 AIO CPU cooler. The new X3 AIO series has received a great number of improvements which are all detailed below.

    Also, please note that all Swiftech products including a Liquid Cooling radiator released since Q3-2018 (July 2018) are now following a new sizing and naming convention. The number in the product name now is the result of the multiplication of the number of fans (per side) and the size of the fan. For example, our dual 120 mm AIO that used to be named “H220” are now named “H240”.

    Swiftech Drive X3 AIO CPU Cooler

    What’s New?!

    At the time of the release, two radiator sizes are available for dual 120mm fans and triple 120mm fans.
    Swiftech is also releasing a new 120 mm fan design, that features:
    Improved static pressure and maximum discharge
    Lower operation noise level
    Swiftech IRIS compatible addressable RGB’s built-into the frame of the fans

    The Swiftech Drive X3 AIO CPU Cooler features aa fully redesigned patented radiator/reservoir/pump combo featuring a tempered DIY grade glass reservoir, and a leak-proof acrylic-free manifold design.
    The new CPU waterblock, the Apogee™ SKF “LT”, which is based on the award winning Apogee SKF, Swiftech’s new flagship waterblock released in 2017. The apogee SKF “LT” features the exact same Skived Fins thermal engine. The waterblock housing features an acrylic-free design and 6x Swiftech IRIS addressable LED’s for endless customization. The retention hardware has been enhanced for an even easier and trouble-free installation, and it is compatible with all current desktop processors from Intel® and AMD.

    Swiftech Drive X3 AIO CPU Cooler

    Cooling Engine: 0.125 mm x 0.125 mm micro-fin array

    A clear departure from all other AIO’s: the use of maintenance free Mayhem ultra-clear tubing, providing the overall custom looks and feel of the product: now, you can clearly see that your system is liquid cooled!

    A new PWM and RGB controller: Swiftech IRIS ECO V2, which now features three customizable lighting effects allowing users to select effects and customize color and brightness.

    Along with the inclusion of red, blue and green Mayhem color dyes, Swiftech is also proud to announce that all X3 AIO CPU coolers ship with the best coolant on the market: the Mayhem Pastel White Nanofluid Coolant.

    Features & Benefits

    “From virtually silent to comfortable audible noise levels”

    Our
    design objective for all Swiftech products is always to minimize the
    operating noise while preserving high thermal performance
    characteristics. At its lowest speed settings, our Drive X3 AIO cooling
    systems are virtually inaudible. At its maximum speed, it remains within
    comfortable audible noise levels.

    “Plug-and-Play”

    With pre-installed fans, and the new Apogee
    SKF “LT” mounting system, the Drive X3 AIO’s are probably the easiest
    AIO liquid cooling CPU Coolers to install bar none, and are even easier
    to setup than many high-end air coolers.

    “Superior Thermal Performance”

    Thanks to Apogee SKF Thermal Engine and the copper radiator, high static pressure Helix
    IRIS 120 mm fans, more powerful DC pump than any other AIO on the
    market, the Drive X3 AIO coolers deliver superior thermal performance to
    any comparably sized system on the market.

    “Expandable/Customizable”

    The Swiftech Drive X series, including the new X3 series
    differentiate themselves from other AIO’s by the ability to be fully
    customized, and to support additional liquid cooled components such as
    graphics cards, and/or additional radiator(s).

    • From a practical standpoint, this is possible thanks to:
      • The presence of a reservoir including a fill-port
        built into the radiator so that the system can be easily emptied or
        refilled by the user at will,
      • Enthusiast grade 5/8” OD (3/8″ ID) clear PVC tubing
        fastened to swivel fittings with an elegant clamping system that users
        can easily remove and safely re-install.
      • The factory fittings can be replaced by aftermarket G1/4 compatible offerings of the user’s choice.
    • From a thermal performance standpoint, this is made possible by:
      • The high thermal capacity of the dual 120mm copper and brass radiator,
      • The powerful high-pressure pump capable of driving sufficient flow to cool multiple devices in the loop,
      • The award winning flagship Apogee™ SKF series waterblock.
    “Automatic speed and lighting control right out of the box”

    Speed
    control of fan and pump are PWM compliant, allowing the Drive X3 series
    to be recognized and controlled by the motherboard depending on CPU
    temperature just like any standard CPU cooler. The system includes a PWM
    controller allowing connection of up to 4 PWM devices (2 to 3 fans
    depending on model + the pump)  which can then be controlled as one
    by the motherboard.

    For lighting control, the IRIS ECO controller also includes 3
    more connectors for Swiftech IRIS compatible products, a two-pin
    connector that can be used for remote control (utilizing the mostly
    unused reset switch for instance), and finally a small button to change
    both colors and intensity of the LED’s.

    “Maintenance-free”

    As
    shipped from our factory and installed as directed, the Drive X3 AIO
    CPU coolers require no maintenance for about 3 years. If upgraded by the
    user, the interval of time between refills will depend on how users
    implement their customized loop.

    “Installation in any orientation”

    The radiator can be installed
    horizontally or vertically  – right side up or upside down in both
    configurations: in other words, horizontally with the pump/reservoir
    facing down (top of the case), horizontally with the pump/reservoir
    facing up (bottom of the case – * see important note below), vertically
    with the pump/reservoir at top (back of the case), vertically with the
    pump/reservoir at bottom (front of the case), or it can also be
    installed on the side.

    * Important note: when installed
    horizontally with the pump/reservoir facing up, the amount of space
    available for air trap is reduced, therefore necessitating to keep the
    reservoir always full of coolant, particularly at high pump speed, in
    order to avoid air getting getting sucked back into the pump. Because of
    this limitation, the 3 year no-maintenance representation stated above
    cannot be ascertained in such configuration.

    “Best Case Compatibility”

    Thanks
    to the location of the integrated pump & reservoir, the overall
    radiator length is in fact the shortest in its class of all AIO’s on the
    market. This will help to fit the Drive X3 AIO coolers in cases where
    most other AIO’s would not.

    “Reliability”

    Both fans and pump are rated for a 60,000 MTBF (Meantime Between Failures)

    “Support”

    With
    over 15 years of experience designing, manufacturing and setting up
    liquid cooling systems, Swiftech® customer service can assist you in
    setting up and troubleshooting your system 6 days a week, 12 hours a
    day.

    We are here to help!

    Content & Specifications

    Specifications

    Radiator with patent pending integrated pump and reservoir (1 each)

    Radiator body

    Material

    Brass tubes, louvered copper fins

    Body dimensions

    127 mm x 254 mm x 28 mm (H240X3) / 127 mm x 375 mm x 28 mm (H360X3) /

    Fill-port thread class

    G 1/4

    Barb fittings

    Integrated swivel 90° elbows, 3/8″ (10mm) OD

    Installation hardware

    • Standard: (8) coarse thread fans screws
    • Alternate: (8) 6-32 x 1 3/16 (30mm)  Philips screws  
    Lighting type

    Swiftech IRIS compatible ALED

    Reservoir

    Material

    Tempered Glass

    Capacity

    70 ml

    Lighting type

    Swiftech IRIS compatible ALED

    Pump

    Pump speed control

    PWM

    Pump Speed range

    1200 ~ 3000 RPM

    Pump nominal voltage

    12 VDC

    Pump nominal power

    6W

    Max. Static Pressure

    2.8 mH₂O

    Max. discharge

    11 l/mn

    Redundant fail safe

    • Software current limiting fail-safe and 
    • Hardware shutoff built-into the pump power wires. The hardware fail safe is only triggered in case of a firmware malfunction.

    Pump Bearing type

    Ceramic shaft, PTFE bearing

    Pump Power connector

    SATA

    Pump RPM & PWM connector

    Mini 4-pin

    Pump MTBF

    60,000 hours

    ROHS

    Compliant

    Helix™ IRIS Fan

    Dimensions

    120 mm x 120 mm x 25 mm

    Speed control

    PWM

    Speed range

    900+/- 25% ~ 1800+/- 10%  RPM

    Airflow range

    24 ~ 60 CFM

    Static pressure range

    0.61 ~ 2.35 mmH₂O

    Noise level range

    <16 ~ <32 dB/A

    Nominal Voltage

    12 v

    Nominal current

    0.2 A

    Bearing Type

    Z-axis

    Connector

    Mini 4-pin

    MTBF

    60,000 hours

    ROHS

    Compliant

    Apogee™ SKF “LT” Waterblock

    Housing material

    Acetal

    Base plate material

    C110 copper

    Cooling engine

    0.125mm x 0.125 micro-fin array

    Barb fittings

    Swivel elbows, 3/8″ (10mm) OD

    Port thread

    G1/4 standard

    Installation hardware & processor + socket compatibility

    • For Intel LGA 1150/51/55/56
      • M4 to M3 Standoffs + Back-plate
    • For Intel LGA 2011 
      • (4) Spring loaded screws with M4 thread
    • For AMD AM2, AM3, FM1,FM2, 93, AM4, TR4
      • (2) Pre-assembled brackets & spring loaded screws
      • Bracket installation screws
    Lighting type

    Swiftech IRIS compatible ALED

    Tubing & Coolant

    Material

    Mayhem non-plasticizing PVC tubing

    Color

    Clear 

    Dimensions

    5/8″ x 3/8″ (16/10mm)

    Coolant

    Pre-filled with Mayhem’s non-toxic Pastel Nanofluid Coolant

    Clamps (4 each)

    Material

    Black anodized aluminum

    IRIS ECO V2 Controller (1 each)

    PWM Ports

    4

    RPM signal port

    Channel 1

    ALED connectors

    3

    2 pin connector

    1

    Power connector

    SATA

    PWM/RPM connector

    Mini 4-pin

    Installation hardware

    Peel-off sticker,  mounting screws & nuts

    ROHS

    Compliant

    Tim-Mate 2, 1g syringe thermal compound

    Quick Installation Guide

    Radiator Dimensions

    Acrylic Strip Heater Tutorial

    Acrylic Strip Heater Tutorial

    The acrylic strip heater is useful in many ways. Not just for computer modification, but really to bend or shape any types of acrylic or plastic. This is a tool that has a heating element, centered in a channel, that when the acrylic is placed over the heating element, it begins to soften and allow syou to flex the acrylic into any shape you desire. This tool will be very useful to me when creating acrylic power supply shrouds, as well as any other acrylic work that I need to accomplish during computer modding.

    I have a video embedded in the page for you that not only gives you an idea of what the acrylic strip heater looks like but also how to use the acrylic strip heater. I am sure that there are many of these available to purchase, but I will provide you with a link to the one that I am using in the video. If you would like to purchase your own, you can do so from here: Delvie’s Plastics I am not affiliated in any way with Delvie’s Plastics, it is just who I use when I need to purchase things, and they are great to work with.

    Please either watch the video below, or click and you will be redirected to YouTube in which you can watch the video there. I actually give you a demonstration on using the acrylic strip heater in the video on different types of acrylics. All in all this strip heater is a great price, and really works as intended. I am super happy with adding this tool to my inventory, and will use this many times in the coming years for all of my acrylic bending needs.

    In this video we show you how to bend acrylic using an acrylic strip heater.

    Painting Steps to Achieve That Perfect Finish

    Creativity drives us to be different. Or does it? Does our mind realize that we are being creative, or is this just normality, outside the norm of what people consider normal? Is creativity just inherent in some, but abnormal for others that cannot fathom these concepts? This could explain why some see things differently than others, and why some believe they could do what the creative types accomplish if given the “tools” they have. Here are some painting steps to help you achieve the perfect finish.

    See creativity by definition is “the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.” (google.com) When we look at the modding world today, it is a creative accumulation of works by the modders. But how do they do this work? That is what brings us here today, and I want to discuss painting steps. It is very widespread as the easiest and most common thing to do, to alter, or modify the computer case that you own. You can paint parts of the case, or the entire thing. You can paint components, just portions or the entirety. This makes it something that is done very often, even by the novice modder.

    Let’s take a look at the painting steps to achieve that perfect finish. These are painting steps that I use, and some of the products I use to help achieve that perfect finish.

    Step 1. Sanding – The first thing we need to do is scuff the surface that we are going to paint. Now it is not necessary to sand down to bare metal, but just to remove the shine. For this I generally use 400 grit sandpaper, and for difficult areas of the case I use my sandblaster and a media equivalent to 400 grit sandpaper. Generally you end up with a surface as seen below:

    Sanded Surface

    This was the first sanding stage, so do not fret if it looks uneven, basically we just need the surface scuffed to have good adherence for the paint.

    Step 2. Cleaning – After you have your surface sanded, you must ensure that all the dirt is removed in order to achieve a quality paint job. I use dawn dish soap, a bucket of water, and a wash mit. The dawn soap also acts as a grease remover. So just as you would your car, I ensure to thoroughly wash the object in which we are painting, and rinse it thoroughly. I then let the piece air dry, and use my air compressor to blow off any residual water, especially from corners and over lapping areas that may hold the moisture in. (Please note, if you are painting your motherboard for example, please do not wash it, skip this step and proceed to the next.)

    Step 3. Gloves – Before moving any further, grab a pair of your favorite dust free gloves, nylon, latex, nitrile etc… and put them on, from here forward we do not want to touch the surface to be painted, as the oils in your hands can affect paint adhesion.

    Nitrile Gloves

    Step 4. Surface Solvent Prep – After your surface is dry, and you are 100% sure there is not any water hiding in corners (paint won’t adhere to water) grab a lint free cloth, and grab some prep sol, or better known as Grease and Wax Remover.

    Grease and Wax Remover

    Wipe down the entire surface to be painted, and follow with a clean lint free rag to wipe off the excess.

    Step 5. Mix Your Paint – Next we want to prepare our paint that is to be sprayed. Most auto grade paints can stay in their mixed state for a few hours before becoming unusable (please reference the information on your paint label). I always use a measuring cup for this, they are cheap, you can grab them at Wal-Mart for about 85 cents, and most the time I do not attempt to reuse them, I just properly dispose of them. Your paint will have the correct mixing ratio on the label, for mixing the paint with the hardener and reducer (if required).

    Mixing Cup for Paint

    After your paint is mixed into your measuring cup, grab your strainer and paint gun and move on to the next step.

    Step 6. Tools to Paint – Grab your spray gun, your ventilator/respirator mask, pour your paint into your gun and put on your respirator.

    Painting Mask

    I have a cradle that my spray gun sits in, so that way I can have my paint in my gun, my gun connected to my compressor, with the appropriate air pressure set, put on my respirator, and be all ready to spray before the next step, which is the last step for the prep work.

    Step 7. Tack Cloth – I already showed us the value of a tack cloth in this article entitled Tack Cloth. At this point I give the entire piece one final wipe down with the tack cloth, to help remove any final dust or dirt particles that may have settled when my back was turned, (pesky little pests).

    Tack Cloth

    Step 8. Lay Down Some Paint – Yes after all that prep work it is finally time to paint! Painting is 75% preparation, 25% painting. The details are what helps us to ensure a great finish on our project. The first coat of paint we lay down should be what is called the “Tack Coat”. This is a very light coat of paint, to just give a mist of paint over the surface, and is the last step to help adhesion of the paint to the surface. After the Tack Coat sets, you want to lay two “Wet Coats” of paint. After this let the paint setup according to the specifications of your paint.

    Step 9. Clear Coat – After you have laid down sufficient coats of paint, and you are pleased with the outcome, we must wet sand the surface, and lay down the clear coat. Yes we start all over, but this time we don’t dry sand, we wet sand, to help ensure a smooth final surface. Lay down your clear coat as specified by your paint, and if you follow these painting steps your end results should look something like this!

    Tack Cloth: A Necessary Tool for Dust Removal Before Painting

    Anyone who is looking for an exceptional finish, is always concerned with cleanliness. This could be in relation to getting ready to go out on a first date, cleaning your windows, or pulling the weeds from your garden, yes even dirt can be cleaned of weeds. But why is an exceptional finish necessary? To all it isn’t, but to those of us who want the things we do, to reflect the person behind them, cleanliness is very important. So lets have a look at how the tack cloth can help our paint jobs.

    Have you ever attempted to apply window tint? If not this is a lesson in futility that I believe everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime, at least anyone who is interested in modding. It doesn’t have to be on your car, just pick up some cheapo window film from your local automotive shop, and try it on a spare piece of glass, or an easy to access window in your home. What you will quickly learn, is that as much as you think you have removed all dust from the surface, once you apply the window film, you will see just the amount of dust that still remains.

    How does this relate to modding? Well a large portion of modding, is painting your case to a certain color, to match the theme, or mod that you are working on. There are many important factors that come into play when it comes to modding, but a Tack Cloth, or Tack Rag, is one that I see talked about, but never really explained fully its true importance. I have noticed people say use a Tack Cloth to remove the final dust, THIS IS IMPORTANT, but never really speak of why this is so important. SO let’s start with some basics.

    What is a Tack Cloth? A Tack Rag, or Tack Cloth is a specialized wiping cloth, treated with a tacky material, used to remove particles of dust, lint, or dirt. That dust, could contaminate the surface you are about to paint, and thus needs to be eliminated before applying any type of paint. Just because you are applying primer, and it won’t be the final finish, that dust, sometimes microscopic, needs to be removed.

    Here we can see a Tack Cloth:





    The description on the front label of the Tack Cloth reads:

  • Synthetic hydro-entangled fibers are locked together for superior, durable and tear resistant fabric
  • Apertured to pick up and hold particulates
  • Completely removes surface particulates without harmful residues
  • Wax and Silicone-Free
  • Designed for Waterborne; compatible with all paints



  • I purchased this Tack Cloth from Harbor Freight, at the following link:
    Tack Cloth

    They can also be found on Amazon for about 3 dollars from 3M:
    Tack Cloth

    You can see how inexpensive this item is, but its importance to the final outcome of your paint job, is dramatic. Adding up the amount of money spent on sand paper, primer, paint, clear coat, if you do not take this step and spend the money on your Tack Cloth, the end result will show.

    Hopefully this will help some of you eliminate some dust from your paint jobs, allowing you to eliminate a step in having to wet sand dust out of your final finished paint. Thanks for reading this article, and here at Precision Computing we look forward to bringing you more modding tips, to help you out with your future case mods.

    The PC Of Souls | An Avatar Themed PC

    The PC Of Souls | An Avatar Themed PC

    Hello everyone, once again I have been given the oportunity by Thermaltake Technology INC to design and complete another awesome case mod. While they choose the case for me, the Thermaltake Core P3, the design aspect is all mine. So I am choosing something that I have been thinking about for awhile. This mod will be featured at the Thermaltake Suite in Las Vegas Nevada for CES 2017. Make sure if you are going to attend that you find me and say hi and we can take some photos together!

    When I first watched some of the commentary and was reading about the movie James Cameron’s Avatar I remember him speaking of how he had to wait for technology to catch up to his vision so the movie could be created in the way he wanted, with the stunning visual affects that he had pictured in his mind. I often feel this way when beginning a mod, and sometimes it takes a little while to figure out exactly how I am going to execute something so the end result is how I pictured.

    I thought creating something that could blend creative vision, and take advantage of my creativity to turn it into a PC Mod could turn into something really cool, and what better case the the Thermaltake Core P3 to showcase it.

    So far I am working on the component list, so those details will be revealed later, but let’s take a look at the parts that have been supplied by Thermaltake Technology INC that showed up on my doorstep today.

    The components can be found here from Thermaltake Technology INC

    Core P3 Snow Edition
    Toughpower DPS G RGB 1250W Titanium
    Pacific RL420 Radiator
    Riing 14 LED RGB TT Premium Edition 3-Fan Pack
    Pacific W2 CPU Water Block
    Pacific V-GTX 10 Series Founders Edition Transparent Waterblock
    Pacific PR22-D5 w/ Silent Kit Reservoir/Pump Combo
    Pacific RGB G1/4 PETG Tube 16mm OD 12mm ID
    Pacific Hard Tube Bending Kit

    Finally let’s enjoy some initial product pictures, with many modding photos and steps to follow.



    Stay tuned as we start modding we will be updating this post, as well as our Facebook Page and Instagram Page.

    Our Founder Marc Molella

    Our Founder Marc Molella


    When choosing a business to support and maintain your business, services, or just your personal computer, ask yourself; “What credentials should I expect a company to have?” In answer to that question, many companies have certifications, degrees and other forms of identification that they can purchase through many online forms. But do any of those places have recognition from online sources, or Industry Leaders to prove their worth in their industry?

    Precision Computing’s CEO and Founder Marc Molella has been featured by many Industry leaders and credible news sources for his work in these fields. Two of his motto’s are “If I can’t fix it, it can’t be fixed.” and “We build the best.” This has been proved to be true. Please view some of the links below to see the sources that have accredited our CEO and Founder Marc Molella for his accomplishments. The next time you need to search for professional assistance with any of your technology needs for your business or personal use, including computers, networks, websites, and search engine optimization, look no further then Precision Computing.

    NVIDIA is the world leader in visual computing. Marc was featured here by Nvidia:

    Nvidia Home Page

    Project Envy
    Back to the Mod

    Everyone knows who Intel is, they can be found here and have featured Marc in a video series as well as article features:

    Intel Overview

    Intel IDF 2015 (featured at 5 minutes)

    Intel’s Facebook

    Intel’s Instagram

    If that wasn’t enough to get your attention he has also been featured by many other global companies and leaders, and news media sources around the globe including but not limited to:

    IQ by Intel

    Forbes

    Thermaltake

    Thermaltake

    Fractal Design

    Cooler Master

    Twice featured on the cover of CPU Magazine in the Mad Reader Mod:
    CPU Magazine

    CPU Magazine

    PC Gamer

    PC Gamer

    Hexapolis

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