Originally Posted by yanks8981
I have 2 cases, 800D and 690II Advanced. I have been changing parts and am undecided which I want to use for my final build. The 800D is large with a ton of space, but part of me feels its just too easy to use that, where the 690II will be a little more challenging and may make for a more enjoyable project.
Ah! I am really not sure if I would actually recommend that anyone attempts to repeat what I have done with the top of my 690 II as it is not something that is easy to pull off. Well ... it wasn't for me as it is the first time I am modding, but I have already learnt a lot from this experience. The reason why I complicated my mod by putting a 360 radiator into the roof is because I saw it as a challenge: to get a thicker than 25 mm, 3x120 mm radiator into the top of the 690 II in a neat and presentable manner. I knew that it was physically possible, but the real challnge was going to be making it look non-ghetto. There have been other people who got a 3x120 mm radiator onto and in the roof of a 690 II, but in a less ... neat manner.
Getting the 360 rad into the roof is not that difficult, it takes a bit of planning to get the positioning right but then its just a whole lots of cutting into the plastic. You will also need a new mounting plate for the roof, to hold the 3 fans and radiator. The real challenge in getting the 360 rad in is shaping the mesh that I used to cover the radiator. I am not 100% sure, but I think that the stock mesh that coolermaster has in the case is pressed into shape. The tools that I used to shape the mesh are: a workbench, some pieces of wood which I used with some clamps, a hammer, a dremel and some pliers. Sounds kind of ghetto, but I think that the result looks good considering. A bending brake (which I did not have or use) will get your as far as this:
Afterwhich it takes A LOT of cutting with a dremel and many test fittings to get it to look like this:
and only after this, does it become really tricky to get the front and especially the back bent into shape to get it to fit like this:
I will take a photo of what the top mesh looks like now in its final form, but this is what the front mesh looks like when it was completed:
To get back to your question regarding the cutting of the plastic, I will take a photo tomorrow of what the top plastic piece looks like now as I don't think any of my photos really show what I have done.
Originally Posted by axipher
Love the work so far