Originally Posted by solsamurai
Definitely gong to get a Nibbler soon. Extra cash is pretty scarce for me these days.
How much time do you think I should set aside to cut out the rear mesh? I can't disassemble my rig when my son is up and running around, lol too dangerous. We don't have a balcony in our apartment otherwise I'd just do it there. I'm stuck leaving the guts on the kitchen table (on an anti-static mat) and cutting in the hallway.
15 - 20 minutes, after you drill your hole. Be sure to place your rig with the backplane down and the grill hanging out over a waste basket. Gravity is your friend here. Just chunks falling down -- no dust.
Originally Posted by psyclum
to be honest, your rear grill is pretty open already... and you removed all of your expansion slot covers so you aren't really having too much air flow recirculation problems IMO. what kind of temps are you trying to achieve?
Unfortunately, the grill is NOT open. they all have holes that are so small that gentle breezes hardly waft through at all. There is major interaction between the edges of those holes.
Originally Posted by ihatelolcats
lol i cut my case with a plasma torch. FTW. took about 2 minutes
And how long for the cleanup? When I removed my slot pillars I didn't disassemble my rig -- I just let the backplane hang out over open air between the halves of my WorkMate. The only bit I removed was the vidcard, and then only because I was removing the slot pillars next to it.