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Is there any reason why a NZXT Hades side panel fan can't be mounted on the outside of the case?

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I am a complete newbie to building computers but will build my first one when I see what's happening to prices and to form its after the new Intel processors come out in April. Even though I am not thinking of building till April or later I grabbed a NZXT Hades case from Amazon a little while ago when it was on what I thought was a fantastic sale of $56. It proves defective in Amazon will offer me the a complete replacement at the original price or refund. I thought the original price was the way to go because it was such a great deal.

However I have been reading reviews one of which I will post part of below which states because of the side fan many CPU coolers, these review is recommend, will not fit in this case. So am I mistaking in thinking it would be quite easy to use a long bolts with nuts to mount this side fan on the outside of the case rather than the inside and even include fan mesh? And possibly even include rubber washers to reduce noise? I know I am a complete newbie, but doing this seems like it would be so simple that even I could pull it off so what do you think?

Part of the conclusion of the review that gives me pause on whether or not to reorder is posted below.
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Originally Posted by bit-tech.net 
The results prove that the fans are effectively positioned and as a result the Hades is one of the best performing cases out there - assuming of course you're happy to have a gaping hole in the side panel. The side panel issue really is a tragic mistake given how well it performs. However the fact that it's essentially incompatible with all the decent coolers we've looked at recently is a huge drawback.

While NZXT lists this little issue in bold in the Hades' spec sheet on their website, this doesn't make the problem go away. A simple addition of alternative mounting screws so you can secure the mesh to the side panel without the fan, or even an adapter so you could use a smaller fan which doesn't interfere with the space available for the CPU cooler would largely solve the problem.
So should you buy the Hades? Well if your CPU cooler is less than 131mm high then the Hades is a brilliant case which provides great cooling and has a ton of useful features. The front fascia is about as pretty as a burnt out building, but great cooling and looks rarely go hand in hand.

Edited by bbmiller - 1/15/12 at 4:23am
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You wouldnt need any different screws, just reverse everything. How ever if you want the mesh on the outside still, you would need another set of fan screws to mount the fan back to the case.
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