Sometimes we get the oddest ideas for mods, and while this isn't something we
devote too much time too around here, the Glowy GeForce mod turned out kind of
Most importantly it only took a few minutes to whip up.
basic idea was just to liven up an MSI Ti4200 we had on the review block,
and short of back lighting the videocards PCB bright blue, the fan mod seemed a
good one to try.
Here's how we went about making the Glowy GeForce 4 attachment.
The first step was to remove the existing
shield over the Geforce 4 heatsink and use it as a template for our stock 1/4" thick plexiglass.
With everything traced out we picked
up the right sized hole saw to cut out the center and locked it into
place on an existing arbour.
This wasn't really necessary in the
end because the twist blades we used with our fret saw cut through the
material like butter.
In any case it took a few seconds for
the hole saw to cut a perfect circle from the plexiglass.
|Using a little wooden support, a fret saw
and twist blades (they can cut in 360 degrees) it was quick work to remove
the pattern from the block of plastic. The edges were in pretty good
shape, but a bit of sanding would make them even smoother. For comparisons
sake you can see up left how thin the stock plastic shield is.|
|The tricky part of the operation was
drilling out the holes for the bright blue LED. The LED measured 8mm long,
and 5mm in diameter which is just slightly larger than the thickness of
the material. To stop the drill from sliding out to one side, and the
plastic from chipping the pattern was sandwiched between to scrap pieces
and a pilot hole drilled in about 5mm. From there, the right sized drill
bit was used to cut out a hole just wide enough, and deep enough to hold
Once the LED was set in place with some krazy glue, and
allowed to dry fully we transferred the location of the mounting holes and
cut those out of the plastic. Two lead wires were soldered to the LED and
run off to a temporary power supply. The blue LED we used requires
4.5v so do not connect it directly to a motherboard fan header (12v) or it
will just burn up.