I am new to the world of custom mechanical keyboards and am planning on my first one.
After going through a lot of options and choices, I decided on Kprepublic XD84 for my first build.
Here are all the parts (using AliExpress since it’s the best option for me to get everything):
Case: XD84 Aluminum Chasis V2 (with stalinite diffuser, in black)
PCB: XD84 Pro (it’s the second version of their PCB with more underglow PCB LEDs and Type C support and stuff)
Plate: XD84 compatible Alu plate in black or dark grey(any reason I should go Brass?)
Stabilizers: Everglide Black Transparent gold plated screw-in stabs (will be lubed and bandaid modded)
For now, this is all that’s decided.
I know I am going for Gateron switches (will be getting tester to check which, I am thinking of Blacks), I will be getting some films to lube+film the switches. Lube is the Krytox GLP205+GLP105 combo kit from Kprepublic.
I am going for a black (and mostly industrial gunmetal sort of Grey) build with some gold accents that I am going to get through an artisan metal keycap in gold by Zomo and although it may seem overboard, I plan on using golden film with my Gateron Blacks. This is in lieu of my planned pc setup.
Here are the things I am confused about:
Q1: Is there any reason to change any parts?
Q2: How do I know which space bar size and other modifier size stabs I need?
Q3: I am thinking of Gateron Blacks… I game as well as type a lot for college. I have a Logitech G512 with RomerG Tactiles right now. Am I making a bad decision or something? I don’t really need the tactile bump (I think) and I am on no way a good typist, I generally look at the keyboard while typing… (don’t rip me apart).
Q4: I have been planning on the DSA Dolch Keycap sets from Kprepublic themselves… They are PBT and Dye-Subbed.
Are these good keycap sets?
I think my current keyboard is cherry or OEM profile so, would DSA give me issues? I think I would like it more, but I have no way of testing that without getting a set.
Q5. If I wanted to add under keycap RGB to the keyboard that could be modified, could I? How would one go about doing that if it is possible? If I just wanted to add LEDs for Capslock etc, how would I do that?
The switches on the Kprepublic shop page are listed as 5-pin or 3-pin and as RGB or SMD. What is this?
Q6. I heard the PCB is not QMK compatible, what is that and what’s the other option on this?
I really would appreciate all the help I can get… New to this and really wanna have a blast soldering and putting together my own stuff. Same reason I for into PC building (new in that too… This board will be part of the setup that I make after my first PC build that I really want to make special even if on a mid tier budget)