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ABS Plastic cover over motherboard?

post #1 of 14
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Here's my case pic:
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Here's my thinking. I've done better cable management since that pic. But I want to dress it up even more... My idea: Get some ABS black plastic: http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/117/3551/=dnbxsb
Product:
8586K151
ABS Sheet 1/16" Thick, 12" X 12"
Operating temp max: 60C
My idea: Cut the plastic to go to the bottom of the case and cut a slot in it for the main power cables out of the PSU. Have the plastic cover the motherboard up till the bottom of the gfx card, also cutting out a rectangle hole for the P67 motherboard chip. The plastic should go all the way to both edges left and right of the motherboard. Secured with screws. Basically covers the entire motherboard and PCI slots since I probably won't use them.

I was told the chips on the lower end of the motherboard don't product much heat and shouldn't be worried about. Just wanted to get your guy's opinion before I attempt this. I think it'll look great. Just wondered your thoughts about motherboard heat...
post #2 of 14
Not a good idea. You'll be trapping in heat, and if something gets too hot, then you'll have melted plastic to deal with.
    
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Not really a bad idea, as long as you have SOME clearance between the cover and the motherboard. With decent airflow coming from the front of the case, and maybe some exhaust on top of the case, I really cant fathom too much of a heat problem, especially enough to melt any plastic.

Here is a similar idea done by someone, posted on MDPC.

cygnus-x1-10.jpg

It was done with sheet of aluminum, but any material should be okay.

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I don't see any issues as long as you have some ventilation. Doesn't the Asus P67 Sabertooth board also use some kinda ABS motherboard shroud?
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Originally Posted by GoHigh;14604936 
Not really a bad idea, as long as you have SOME clearance between the cover and the motherboard. With decent airflow coming from the front of the case, and maybe some exhaust on top of the case, I really cant fathom too much of a heat problem, especially enough to melt any plastic.

Here is a similar idea done by someone, posted on MDPC.

cygnus-x1-10.jpg

It was done with sheet of aluminum, but any material should be okay.

Good luck!

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Sounds like you should have bought a Sabertooth, although the color scheme on that board is horridly ugly.
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post #7 of 14
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Well I just ordered some ABS but I also got some Garolite plastic. Its a harder plastic that resists temperatures upto 266F which is 160C, no where ever close to the melting temp of the plastic.

I've got tons of airflow that will be blowing down on the plastic but probably none between the plastic and motherboard, if any it'll be drafted air just moving around from the case.

Maybe if I'm good at cutting the stuff I'll go a bit higher and get to the bottom of the memory slots... That's probably as far as I want to go...

Sounds like a good new venture. Thanks for the quick replies! I'll keep ya informed of the progress with pics
post #8 of 14
Smaller components on the pcb will likely run way hotter as there will be hardly any airflow.
Looking cool isn't worth it if you aren't cooled.
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post #9 of 14
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I think I'll be ok. I don't see any cooling solutions for the sabertooth
10x1115ub35sabersasus.jpg

The main goal is to get the black plastic over the bottom of the motherboard. Basically everything in the case from the bottom to the gfx card. That's primary what I see in the window on the side and I want to see something very uniform and clean looking.
Edited by Cakewalk_S - 8/16/11 at 2:04pm
post #10 of 14
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The red is obviously where I want the plastic to cover. And duh, cut around the gfx card slot. There are two screw holes on the right side of the motherboard. You can see the one about an inch down from the white Sata cable right below a cooling fan cable. I'll get a bump out on that and a screw will go there, then there's one right by the gfx card.
Speaking of air flow. I actually think it'll bump out far enough that some of the PSU fan will be where the plastic butt's up against, thus pulling air across over the components. Should be ok. Not worried.
I should have the plastic here in a day or two. Mcmaster is insane fast.
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