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Rampage 3 gene hopefully.
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Updatez:

Had some spare time this weekend in between moving and decided to cut some fan holes in my lil polaris. Measured out the cuts and went at it with a drill and jigsaw. To make the circle I just used the sharpie and the outer circle of the fan grill that I bought from mnpctech. I was going to use a hole saw to do this cut, but for 30 bucks I decided to skip it. Besides, its hidden by the fan grill. It came out damn smooth nonetheless. If you do have access to a hole saw set, you will want to use the 4.5 inch one for 120mm fans.

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For future reference, wrapping your case in glad press n seal may seem like a good idea, but if you really push it on, there is adhesive that will be left behind when you take it off.... If you wrap it lightly it seems to come off without residue however. Also, drilling fan screw holes out works best with a 7/32 inch bit! Go slow so the drill doesnt come out of the hole and "walk" along you case, leaving you with a nice big scratch on your paint/adonize job. Also sharp bits are a MUST or the hole will never get started and will be more likely to come out of the hole. It could also heat up and then the world will end or something. Buy new bits if you have to, it will save you time and headaches in the long run! I also removed the PSU support bracket because it was getting in the way and the PSU will not be going there. All it took we two rivets drilling out! When drilling out rivets use a bit slightly larger than the hole on the rivet and just drill until it falls out.

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Here is how it looks while its finished. Yes, i realize there are only 3 screws in, one was off and I will have to redrill the hole: The fan light looks bright white and really good in my opinion. Sometimes it doesnt get captured perfectly by my not top of the line point and shoot camera. Also, the white around the screw holes on the grill is just reflecting light, not scratches or anything.


Lights off:
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Lights on: ( you can kind of see the residue left by the press n seal, which I have yet to clean off)
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MNpctech grill matches pretty dang good if i do say so myself. Also, I am looking at replacing the screws with some metric socket head ones, which I think will look better. Also, there is one of these on both sides of the case, I dont know if I mentioned this. They are symmetrical and look the same, so I wont bother taking pics biggrin.gif

Next step is doing some cutting on the front panel. But for what you say? thinking.gif You will just have to follow and see wink.gif
Edited by Shadow_Foxx - 7/7/12 at 9:43pm
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Rampage 3 gene hopefully.

Oh wow, that is a nice looking board!! I didnt think they used the black and red scheme until after 1366, but I guess not. $230 bucks on newegg still redface.gif, hopefully you can find it used or something! Should be a nice base for a killer micro build though thumb.gif
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Coming along nicely Shadow_Foxx!



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"MNpctech grill matches pretty dang good if i do say so myself. "


Oh for sure! Fractal had the Array made by Lian Li.....and matching the factory anodized finishes on Lian Li & Silverstone cases was a priority, thumb.gif
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Coming along nicely Shadow_Foxx!
"MNpctech grill matches pretty dang good if i do say so myself. "
Oh for sure! Fractal had the Array made by Lian Li.....and matching the factory anodized finishes on Lian Li & Silverstone cases was a priority, thumb.gif

Thanks for the compliment Bill! Seriousy though, I am in love with these grills. They are top notch, although I would expect nothing less from MNPCTECH. And for around 20 bucks each they cant be beat thumb.gif Now i just have to get my hands on one of those modding rulers biggrin.gif
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Tried attaching the grill on the other side and realized i had marked the holes to drill at a slight angle so the grill was crooked. Took me 50 minutes to hand file the holes larger so the grill would go on straight... thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif Dont trust using a dremel, too worried it will slip out and jack up my whole case...

In other news, I picked up a used crimper, pins, and connectors here on the marketplace so I can start sleeving soon (if I can get my first order into MDPC), and also will be ordering a small metal brake and sheets of 16 guage (about .05 inch) 5052 aluminum to start making a custom rad stand and other things thumb.gif Im excited to be doing more hands on work with this case! biggrin.gif And hopefully I dont hate sleeving too much, but im only doing this SFX supply so I shouldnt smile.gif
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I absolutely can't wait to see how this turns out. Ever since silverstone released their Fortress cases I have been itching to try an ITX WC build!
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I absolutely can't wait to see how this turns out. Ever since silverstone released their Fortress cases I have been itching to try an ITX WC build!

Thanks, me neither! I think they are so interesting as well, it takes a lot of planning to get everything to work, and packing so much power in a small foform factor is awesome! thumb.gif
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LOL, a bit late, but sweet! Subbed.. thumb.gif
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Loving smaller build atm. Can't wait to see more progress and what you do with the case.
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