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post #1 of 11
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Would like to make my case but I am wondering the thickness of the metal used to build it.

I want to install 3-4 radiators on the case. For that I will cut the holes for the fans but what do you use to make those perfect circles? Blowtorch? If yea then the thickness of the plates must be around 3 or 4 (even more) mm which is quite expensive!
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post #2 of 11
You can cut it with a dremel, then use a metal file to smooth it out thumb.gif
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post #3 of 11
a hole saw is the weapon of choice, but a dremel with a circle cutter attachment and spiral (sideways) bit also works well.
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metal isn't the easiest thing to work with. to make good clean cuts you need something like a shear. you can use tools such as jigsaws,but getting nice staight edges is going to be a task and result in alot of work.
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post #5 of 11
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Okay nice ideas here! Metal thickness for this? Would 2-3 mm do the job?

Also, I was wondering how you guys do the motherboard VGA holder. Seems quite hard to have the exact good measure and then cut the holes for it! headscratch.gif

Making holes shouldn't be too hard, the structure should be quite easy to make. I am planning to put the HDD and ssd on the back with all the junks/wires so no bay. Just going to take lot of time biggrin.gif nice summer project wink.gif
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non-structural panels can easily be 1mm or less wink.gif

for the IO backplate, most people who are custom-making a case will buy a premade PCI backplate from DangerDen, Performance-PCs, etc.
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by radodrill View Post

non-structural panels can easily be 1mm or less wink.gif
for the IO backplate, most people who are custom-making a case will buy a premade PCI backplate from DangerDen, Performance-PCs, etc.

Oh thanks man! Why don't you have rep button?? tongue.gif

I guess I will go check in some local shop for material to have a good idea what I will use for it!
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post #8 of 11
5" knockout punch.

Good luck finding one that's affordable though, I've been looking!

Think I saw a vid, maybe it was mnpctech or something, they have one. Perfect 120mm cutouts in seconds. /jealous
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