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Cloudpost - excellent choice of low noise fans. What did you use to remove the rear grill, and how did it go?

 

I also note that your DVD drive is pointed to the interior of the case. Is there room for it to extend its deck? I get the impression you'll use it to load your machine, and otherwise not bother with it. That's probably a rational choice for many people. OTOH, there are USB DVD drives. May daughter bought one for her laptop when the original died and there was no reasonable way to replace it.

 

I see the fan on top of the DVD is cushioned with foam. Excellent idea, since it dampens vibration and blocks blowback.

 

I note you have a 120mm fan in the 5.25 bay. Is there another slot available? Is the top of the bay covered or uncovered? With my case I have three 5.25 slots available but the top of the bay is open. That means I have room for a 140mm fan in front.

 

Overall, you should be pleased with your work. It looks great. And I love how you are still deciding on that rear fan. Let the data decide. Good for you.

 

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I just used a dremel with a rotating cutting blade (it was a sandy red in color. i dont know which specific one it was) and it worked pretty well. I had to use like 15 of them on my entire case modding project (i also cut out a window in the side panel). Then used a file to get rid of the sharp edges. I was looking for the nibbler, but couldn't find any locally.

And you are right about the DVD drive. I can count the number of times i've used the dvd drive in one hand since i've built my computer. The drive fully extends to the power supply perfectly with about 1mm to spare haha. Also i had the dvd drive laying around and did not feel like purchasing another one. I was also going for a clean look in the front so the internally faced dvd drive really helped with that.

For the front fans.. yeah that's all the room there is. Its a pretty small mid tower. Maybe if i didn't have a hard drive there or my fan controller i could possibly fit 1 more but then i would have to find space for my HD. And the top fan is also mounted via foam as well. I was lucky to have that laying around as it was very easy to work with and it performs like a champ.

Thanks for the words of encouragement!
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lol i was wondering about the dvd drive too haha. i would take out the rear fan, you will get much better cooling with it. check out the last item in my sig, but otherwise good job, and for your ram, i noticed usually on motherboards the ram should be spaced one apart for better stability? i think lol
   
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yeah usually, but this mobo has them next to each other (two are blue in color and two are black in color) right now they are both in the blue slots. Im 80% sure that the colors indicate where the pairs of sticks should go. (i was 100% but now im doubting myself haha)
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For the price of u-channel stuff you might have gotten a tapered drill (they are used for making inset screw holes in wood) and a handle to hold it with.

I'd not recommend touching your side panel until you learn a lot more about hand tools. A stroll through a Home Depot, for example, would open your eyes. Depending on your age, a shop class at school might provide you with an education, tools and some knowledgeable people to advise you. There may be a shared workshop, a computer club, or some other way to start learning about working with tools. Merced is part of civilization, after all. Last I looked the Central Valley is filled with people who know all about working with materials.

This is definitely not a job for using a screwdriver to make a hole.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dremel-100-N-8-Rotary-Tool-with-Bonus-EZ404-EZ-Lock-Starter-Accessory-Kit/17352991?findingMethod=rr

Would that be good to cut the side panel?
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For the price of u-channel stuff you might have gotten a tapered drill (they are used for making inset screw holes in wood) and a handle to hold it with.

I'd not recommend touching your side panel until you learn a lot more about hand tools. A stroll through a Home Depot, for example, would open your eyes. Depending on your age, a shop class at school might provide you with an education, tools and some knowledgeable people to advise you. There may be a shared workshop, a computer club, or some other way to start learning about working with tools. Merced is part of civilization, after all. Last I looked the Central Valley is filled with people who know all about working with materials.

This is definitely not a job for using a screwdriver to make a hole.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dremel-100-N-8-Rotary-Tool-with-Bonus-EZ404-EZ-Lock-Starter-Accessory-Kit/17352991?findingMethod=rr

Would that be good to cut the side panel?


Ask Cloudpost.

 

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Cloudpost - excellent choice of low noise fans. What did you use to remove the rear grill, and how did it go?

I also note that your DVD drive is pointed to the interior of the case. Is there room for it to extend its deck? I get the impression you'll use it to load your machine, and otherwise not bother with it. That's probably a rational choice for many people. OTOH, there are USB DVD drives. May daughter bought one for her laptop when the original died and there was no reasonable way to replace it.

I see the fan on top of the DVD is cushioned with foam. Excellent idea, since it dampens vibration and blocks blowback.

I note you have a 120mm fan in the 5.25 bay. Is there another slot available? Is the top of the bay covered or uncovered? With my case I have three 5.25 slots available but the top of the bay is open. That means I have room for a 140mm fan in front.

Overall, you should be pleased with your work. It looks great. And I love how you are still deciding on that rear fan. Let the data decide. Good for you.

+rep, dude.

ehume repped you. I need to see this for myself.

*looks on previous page*

...I have no words except for +rep.
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looks good to me. i used a one speed black and decker rotary tool so im sure that one is fine. And you see that little red disk on the package. you use that for cutting and your going to need a bunch depending on how much your going to cut. I'd say about 2 to 3 per fan 120mm grill. As you cut the disk gets smaller and sometimes they break prematurely. You might be able to find a better cutting wheel, but that is all that i have experience with.

As with all power tools, always wear eye protection and go slow with both hands making sure your in control at all times. If the disk breaks as your cutting, a shard to the eye will be no fun. Also cutting also creates some dust. I did it outside in my garage. Def not an indoor job
Edited by Cloudpost - 1/21/12 at 1:45pm
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Just got back from a shopping trip. Usually I go on buying trips, but when I go to a hardware store I can't call it anything but shopping. Strolled through the tools section of Home Depot. Got myself a fine snout wrench, for want of something better to call it.

 

I looked at Dremels and accessories. Not impressed. Mind you, Dremels came out after I bought most of my main tools, so I never really used them. But we used to use drills to accomplish the same things.

 

Looking at the cutting blades, I decided that if I were going to cut a window in a side panel, I'd use a nibbler. Sure, you have to buy them mail order. I bought mine that way (link), with an extra blade just to be safe. But it leaves everything around it undisturbed. Sure, it will take some time, but so will a Dremel. At least it won't spew metal dust everywhere.

 

I would clamp my framing square to the panel. You could also use a long metal ruler. That would give me an edge to work against to allow me to make straight cuts.

 

Anyway, that's what I would use.

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i agree with ehume, i have the same dremel that cloudpost probably has, but its loud as a .... something loud, and I had to wear gun range headgear. but the nibbler is quiet, actually gets straight lines fairly well and is efficient, you might have to sand it afterwards, but its effective nevertheless
   
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