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This is a more in depth, and modified, version of steverebo's side panel mod tutorial. That tutorial can be found HERE.

Final Result
finish3.JPG

Tools you will need
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Step 1 - Drilling
Find a solid spot on the thing metal strips to drill a small hole. You'll need this for each corner. Basically you'll be using this to hold the fixtures for the side panel. I can't remember the actual size of the drill bit I was using. I think it was 1/8" or maybe one larger. You might want to try it out on something else first, and make sure you can fit the thin part of a standoff through it.

I recommend you tape where you are going to drill, just to minimize any paint scrapes.

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Step 2 - Sizing your acrylic
You can do this first or 2nd, it doesn't really matter. Basically you wanna just measure your case dimensions so that you can cut your acrylic to the appropriate size.
*WARNING* Whatever you do, do not make "rough" estimates! Make them precise and exact. You have very little room for error here. If it's too big, parts of the acrylic will not fit inside and it will cause your acrylic to bend. It's hard to explain but just don't make it too big. If it's too small, you won't have enough room to drill into the acrylic.

I'm not going to go over snapping/cutting acrylic.

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Step 3 - Marking the Acrylic

After you have drilled 4 holes in the case, and you have sized your acrylic, lay your acrylic on the case. You want to use a sharpy, or anything that can mark, and put marks over each hole. Be very careful, if the marks don't line up just right you will have a hard time connecting the side panel. I messed up on one and it became a big pain in the a**.

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Step 4 - Drilling into the Acrylic
The main point here is, drill very slowly. Acrylic will melt if you drill to quickly, and it may also crack. Just drill nice and slow and you'll be fine. You'll get the hang of it pretty quick. I also recommend placing a piece of wood under your drilling spot. This is so you can drill entirely through the acrylic without hitting the ground.

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Step 5 - Standoffs
In order to attach the side panel, we will use 2 standoffs on each hole. In the end the order will be (starting from the outtermost):
Thumbscrew > Acrylic > Outter Standoff > Case > Inner Standoff

I know this sounds confusing, but the pictures should clarify it.

standoff_diagram.JPG

standoff_example.JPG

What it actually will look like:
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I also recommend that you use the shorter standoffs if you can. The long ones are ok, but it will make your side panel stick out a tiny bit. It just looks better will small ones.



Step 7 - Attach the Side Panel
This is pretty straight forward. Just line up the acrylic with the standoffs attached to the case and use thumbscrews or normal screws to attach the acrylic to the standoffs.

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I know it was confusing! I'm pretty bad at explaining things haha, but I hope the pictures will be enough aid to do it smile.gif

It also looks awesome if you paint the bay drive clips and stuff.
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Very nice bud! +rep for you thumb.gif
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Very nice bud! +rep for you thumb.gif

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Wow I freaking love this!!!! I wonder if this would work on an NZXT source 210 Elite? I ordered my new build with liquid cooling and sleeved cables, and i want to show that off so this would be perfect! And it looks great! Can you send me a PM or a text message? My number is 7073267142, name's Wyatt. This is seriously so cool, much respect! Pretty please contact me so we can discuss if you have the time! smile.gif

-Wyatt
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