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So I have an antec 900, I wanted to make some more holes in the motherboard tray for better cable routing from the PSU.

I can take a drill to start a hole then use tin snips to cut the desired area, followed by a grinder/sanding to get the sharp edges down.

is that my best route or?
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you want to use a dremmel on an angle so that it cuts a curved cut.

Bill owen has great video on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=9iMiH8wYTDY#t=149s

just get a cutting wheel and ware it down so that you can make the curve, the video should make it clearer.

i did it on my antec.. look add the psu where the ssd power cable comes in.. i cut that with a dremmel.

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the next option which might be even easyer is to grab a cone drill, that will make a hole from 10mm to 30mm or more, so drill two of them holes where you want the cable slot to be, then just join them up with a jigsaw or dremmel.

chain drilling and sniping is just going to reck your case.
Edited by andrewmchugh - 2/5/12 at 1:38pm
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post #3 of 6
Hole saw for round holes, dremel for everything else.

You could cut two round holes and cut the excess metal out from between the holes, and file the edges down, throw some u channel on there and it'll look stock.
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Originally Posted by andrewmchugh View Post

you want to use a dremmel on an angle so that it cuts a curved cut.
Bill owen has great video on it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=9iMiH8wYTDY#t=149s
just get a cutting wheel and ware it down so that you can make the curve, the video should make it clearer.
i did it on my antec.. look add the psu where the ssd power cable comes in.. i cut that with a dremmel.
450
the next option which might be even easyer is to grab a cone drill, that will make a hole from 10mm to 30mm or more, so drill two of them holes where you want the cable slot to be, then just join them up with a jigsaw or dremmel.
chain drilling and sniping is just going to reck your case.

Any chance you could post a pic of the inside of the case too?
Also thanks and +rep for the video link and such.
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For mine I use a big punch with a plier tool but some can be use with a ratchet, perfect hole without the metal chip and almost no need to sand/grind the border of the hole. Those kind of tool are use by electrician to punch hole in electric panels.

Here an exemple:

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post #6 of 6
Since you already got a drill, then the only thing that you need is this..

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Look how the PSU cables of my Gaming Rig are routed.
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And my Family Rig. (don't mind the GS600, I took the pic before I replaced the seemingly dead cougar)
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With those tools, you can even make your HDDs installed backwards.
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Hope this can help. smile.gif
Edited by FerminTigas - 2/7/12 at 5:45pm
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