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I have a cheap 1mm thick aluminum case that I want to cut a few holes in for fans, is this possible? How would I do it?(if it is possible)
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Of course it is possible. It will be easier than cutting steel since aluminum is so soft. You can use a dremel tool or a hand held saw. I would suggest drawing lines where you want to cut and making the holes slightly smaller than the lines. Then use a grinder, file, or sandpaper to shape the hole to perfection. It is very hard to make a clean perfect circle cut on the first pass. Give yourself a mm or two of space to work with away from the actual size you want the hole to be.

If you are using a hand held saw I would suggest using a drill to make a starter hole and inserting the blade through that hole to start cutting.

Just go slow and remember. Measure twice, cut once. Nothing is worse than starting to cut and realizing you are doing it wrong...
    
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Hole Saw Kit or dremel and a file not the best circles but with some practice they should come out pretty good
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And while I have a thread here, have you ever heard of a case with the motherboard mounted upside down? Does this put pressure on anything it shouldn't?
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And while I have a thread here, have you ever heard of a case with the motherboard mounted upside down? Does this put pressure on anything it shouldn't?


 

Nope. Its known as a BTX form factor (as opposed to ATX).

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And while I have a thread here, have you ever heard of a case with the motherboard mounted upside down? Does this put pressure on anything it shouldn't?

Yes I've seen that. I don't think it places any real stress on the motherboard. Nothing it isn't designed to take. My FT02 case has the motherboard turned 90 degrees so that the graphics cards face up. The I/O panel of the motherboard and the back of the graphics card where the monitors plug in are on the top of the case. I think it actually places less stress on the motherboard in this orientation because the graphics cards can hang from their mounts on the case.

Does the case you are talking about have the graphics cards exiting at the top rear of the case instead of the bottom rear? Like this?
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This is a TJ06 case
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My case has the motherboard mounted on the right side of the case (as opposed to the left) when look from the direction of the front panel. it looks like a normal case, but the gfx card sits upside down, since the motherboard is mounted on the right, and even the case's USB ports are upside down.....
Edited by lin2dev - 2/19/12 at 12:38am
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