Have You ever thought about matching your pc colour because it is more than a pc for you? Well then you must have seen tutorials of people opening up their Graphics Card and painting them. Ever wondered How Hard It Is In Reality? Well you came to right place today.
Lets begin by going over the parts:-
• 4 head Philips Screw Driver (In Most Cases)
• Pliers (Just In Case)
• New Thermal Paste (To Replace You Old One)
• Tissue Paper (To Clean Your GPU)
To start off, were gonna need some paint that looks good on metal and wont melt when you start to play a game. this is the part were you head to your auto parts store and pick up a 6$ can of car engine paint. DONT USE NORMAL SPRAY PAINT, NORMAL SPRAY PAINT CANT HANDLE TEMPS ABOVE 90F! YOUR GPU WILL RUN AROUND 190F! The paint I used can handle 500F.
I chose this rubber paint that was available here on Amazon.in, Though I suggest to use Plastic Dip if available. So As I wanted to match my Black and White Colour Scheme I chose the Pearl White Colour. Now lets start by Opening up the GPU.
Remove the back 4 Screws that secure the pcb to the heat sink and the front shroud. I have a Zotac Gtx 970 Amp Edition here. Once that is done. Now remove the 6 small screws from the front shroud. My card has a fiber vinyl plated part that I don’t wanna part. This also houses the 2 fans that we don’t need to paint. Now remove the fan splitter that connects the 2 fans to the pcb.
Take off the front shroud and place the fiber Vinyl part and fans to a safe place as we wont paint them. Also make sure to remove the heat sink from the front shroud by removing the 4 screws. If You have thermal pads on keep it anywhere safe or use new thermal pads if possible. I used the existing thermal pads. Remove 5 screws to separate the pcb and back plate.
Place the pcb on a non static environment.
Now Lets Begin Painting, Place the Back plate and the Front Shroud on a clean cardboard or thick paper then hold your can 30 centimeters after and spray a 2 coats to paint. Try to do even coats. You will not see much of a difference now, wait for 5-6 minutes between coats. Do 5 more coats and you will see the result. The White Colour Will Look Sick. Leave it their for 3 hours and don’t try to touch it in the process, you may end up with a stupid fingerprint and it will suck.
After 3 hours its finally time to reassemble everything.
Place the fiber vinyl part back to the front shroud and screw the 6 small screws that you unscrewed then place the heat sink on top of it and screw the 4 screws that you removed. Use the tissue paper to clean the old thermal compound. Place in the thermal pads onto place if you removed them.
Put the PCB on top of the back plate and screw the 5 screws onto place, the back plate will have standoff so its fairly simple. After that is done, Clean you GPU chip using tissue paper and Iso Propyl alcohol if available its not mandatory, Though it is recommended.
Now Here is the tricky part. Lineup the back plate with the stand offs in the heat sink, I didn’t notice them at first but later saw them and thought DAMN IM SO DUMB! Then screw the 4 screws tightly because they will hold your GPU in one piece.
Then Plug everything back and test if your GPU is working or not and I bet its working If you didn’t screw anything LOL!
Now the question is! Was It Worth It? Well if you painted it nicely then yes and if you had any paint dripping issues then nah.
Make sure to check out more tutorials and I’ll catch you guys later!