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Replacing Mechanical Keyboard Switches: Corsair K65 RGB Mod

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Omnislip 19th January 2017, 12:46 Quote
This would be a cracking upgrade for those cheap Magicforce boards!
Maki role 19th January 2017, 12:47 Quote
Now this, this right here is a proper modding article! Nice one Dave!
CrapBag 19th January 2017, 13:30 Quote
I've replaced all the leds on a roccat board before as nearly half of the originals had failed but where do you buy that many switches from.

I can find them on eBay but pretty pricey and generally sold in quantities of just a couple.
Anfield 19th January 2017, 13:35 Quote
Lovely article
meandmymouth 19th January 2017, 14:04 Quote
I'd quite like to do this with the older K65. I'm pretty sure it only had reds, so browns or blues would be great on it.
HackJoe 19th January 2017, 14:05 Quote
I really enjoyed that Dave, good work buddy!

J.
MadGinga 19th January 2017, 14:34 Quote
Would love to give this a go, just don't have the workspace :(
Cats or child + soldering iron = catastrophe in waiting....
Corky42 19th January 2017, 15:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by CrapBag
I can find them on eBay but pretty pricey and generally sold in quantities of just a couple.

http://mechboards.co.uk/shop/all/gateron-or-cherry-switches/
Or
http://www.ukkeycaps.co.uk/category/switches
MightyBenihana 19th January 2017, 15:54 Quote
Just a suggestion but would it be worth creating an index for these articles so that they don't just get lost at the bottom of a long list of articles. Bit-tech seems to be investing a significant sum in upping their modding coverage so it would be a shame to waste that.
Dogbert666 19th January 2017, 16:04 Quote
The main navigation bars at the top let you filter into Modding articles, and then Project Logs, which is where we've included this. Or did you have something else in mind?
sakzzz 19th January 2017, 17:34 Quote
Love such articles. Wish you would post more such stuff.
IanW 19th January 2017, 19:03 Quote
Excellent! I haz a dead switch on my K70 to swap out, and this will help immensly!
LennyRhys 19th January 2017, 19:11 Quote
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Dave also wanted Green switches.

Yes, yes I did... so I bought a keyboard that has them!

In all seriousness this is a great article, well explained and the pics make things very clear. Seeing the amount of work that went into this all I can say is I'm glad I got a keyboard that already has backlit MX Greens. ;)
davido_labido 19th January 2017, 20:43 Quote
Long post alert as I failed to reply to people throughout the day!

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Originally Posted by Omnislip
This would be a cracking upgrade for those cheap Magicforce boards!

Yeah, you can basically get a decent shell and some better switches and really vamp up your keyboard. Do bear in mind that some of the cheaper keyboards really do have some terrible components though.
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Originally Posted by Maki role
Now this, this right here is a proper modding article! Nice one Dave!
Thanks dude! Love to mess with keyboards :D
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Originally Posted by CrapBag
I've replaced all the leds on a roccat board before as nearly half of the originals had failed but where do you buy that many switches from.

I can find them on eBay but pretty pricey and generally sold in quantities of just a couple.

Corky has already mentioned a couple of places, but also Massdrop is good as are the Chinese markets like Aliexpress.
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Originally Posted by Anfield
Lovely article

Thank you!
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Originally Posted by meandmymouth
I'd quite like to do this with the older K65. I'm pretty sure it only had reds, so browns or blues would be great on it.

Yeah, a switch swap can breathe life back into an old keyboard, or if you don't like the switches, then you can change them, it is time-consuming, but you get a sense of accomplishment when you finish.
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Originally Posted by HackJoe
I really enjoyed that Dave, good work buddy!

J.

Cheers you big ginger hunk you.

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Originally Posted by MadGinga
Would love to give this a go, just don't have the workspace :(
Cats or child + soldering iron = catastrophe in waiting....

aaah, I have 2 cats! I just did it in the evening when everything (and my missus) was in bed :)
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Originally Posted by sakzzz
Love such articles. Wish you would post more such stuff.

If you want to see more, let me know what and I will try my best to do them, post up here so I can see and if it is something I am able to do (or even something I am able to learn to do) I will try my best to do it!

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Originally Posted by IanW
Excellent! I haz a dead switch on my K70 to swap out, and this will help immensly!

Yeah man! awesome, if it helps you to fix your switch then this has feen a successful article imo!
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Originally Posted by LennyRhys
Yes, yes I did... so I bought a keyboard that has them!

In all seriousness this is a great article, well explained and the pics make things very clear. Seeing the amount of work that went into this all I can say is I'm glad I got a keyboard that already has backlit MX Greens. ;)

haha, I have 5 green switched keyboards (Planck, Whitefox, Ergodox, Pok3r III and Code 60) but I have a Corsair build that I use when I go to events and having a matching set of peripherals is always nice :)
Vault-Tec 19th January 2017, 22:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Omnislip
This would be a cracking upgrade for those cheap Magicforce boards!

I've had mine for about a year now and the switches are holding up fine. I'm really heavy on my board too. Some of them have an ever so slight looseness and twist a tiny bit but all work as they should.

TBH I wouldn't really want to spend the time messing around when I can just buy another whole board for the same price as the switches.

Good article though. I never realised you had to desolder the switches I figured they were just pressed into sockets.
MightyBenihana 19th January 2017, 23:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dogbert666
The main navigation bars at the top let you filter into Modding articles, and then Project Logs, which is where we've included this. Or did you have something else in mind?

Well I see these articles becoming more of a reference tool and even in the modding section how long before articles get lost in the list. The search function isn't perfect either. This could become a real attraction of the website if managed right.

I'm not sure what would work but I was thinking of an index, for example a page with headings for mod types i.e. Keyboards, cases, fans etc and when you click on the link it takes you to the articles related to modding that item. That is supposing there will be enough articles to make something like this worth while.
Taua 20th January 2017, 03:23 Quote
Nice article! Greens though, your gonna have muscles on yer muscles in them fingers.

Great to see a keyboard being serviced, huge advantage of mech keyboards, just replace those wasd keys you've mashed senseless for a year, and yay, new keyboard!

edit: That said I'm all about laptop style keys for gaming, scissor & butterfly mechs, etc, *silent* (teamspeak people will love you) and actuates fast.
Taua 20th January 2017, 03:27 Quote
Also use a silicone nozzle solder sucker, what takes hours will take minutes if you have a serious enough expression on your face when doing the work :P
davido_labido 20th January 2017, 04:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Taua
Nice article! Greens though, your gonna have muscles on yer muscles in them fingers.

Great to see a keyboard being serviced, huge advantage of mech keyboards, just replace those wasd keys you've mashed senseless for a year, and yay, new keyboard!

edit: That said I'm all about laptop style keys for gaming, scissor & butterfly mechs, etc, *silent* (teamspeak people will love you) and actuates fast.

Also use a silicone nozzle solder sucker, what takes hours will take minutes if you have a serious enough expression on your face when doing the work :P

haha, yeah, I love greens, I don't know why but they are my favorite! I am not a huge fan of chiclet style keyboards tbh, they work well enough but my personal preference are loud and proud clicky greens.

As for the solder pump, I have a few, I do have some soft silicone ones opposed to this harder sillicone one, but tbh, I have used this one that many times me and it have an understanding. It works and I don't throw it across the room. Surprisingly, this is the cheapest one I have and I use it the most!
Ending Credits 25th January 2017, 14:45 Quote
Desoldering through-hole components with two legs is also do-able without a solder sucker/wick, in case you found yourself stuck without them, you can also re-use the original solder if you were so inclined...

I wouldn't recommend it, as you're going to get bad joints due to lack of flux on the new components, but it's doable.
davido_labido 25th January 2017, 18:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ending Credits
Desoldering through-hole components with two legs is also do-able without a solder sucker/wick, in case you found yourself stuck without them, you can also re-use the original solder if you were so inclined...

I wouldn't recommend it, as you're going to get bad joints due to lack of flux on the new components, but it's doable.

The problem with switches is that they actually attach to the mid plate as well using little tabs as well as the solder they use having such a high melting point meaning that as soon as you take the soldering iron off, it instantly sets means it would be one hell of a struggle to get switches off without using a soldering pump or wick. Usually components fall straight off the PCB as soon as you desolder, unfortunately, it isn't the case with these. It is doable, but you will definitely damage the switches that were previously on the board. For the sake of a £3 soldering pump I wouldn't bother :)
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