That front just didn't float my boat. The way the grill sticks out beyond the stock frame was like a cancer eating away at me. I NEEDED to make it look better. So I decided I would cut two lines inside the case and attempt to pull the middle fans back a bit:
In retrospect I knew this was gonna be a fail but subconsciously I just wanted to cut some metal to pieces. I started using parts of stuff I had laying around to lift the side frames and pull the mid fans. macgyver would be proud.
Needless to say, this didn't do anything. Now with two random cuts I figured, what the heck, let's cut out enough space to move the fans back. But without an adapter piece, which I'm kickin myself in the ass for not buying, using the rotary saw to make straight lines was near impossible. I had to cut out spaces to place my cord in order to keep a straight cut!
In the meantime, I received cheap-o 80mm fan pack for a silly idea I have towards the end of the build:
The cut was completed, and there was breathing room for the back panel. Only now, the grills go all the way through. There's no wall anymore to resist them. So I came up with an idea to use more acrylic left-overs:
Three pieces was the perfect height to be used as a stopper for the grill. See below:
How much does that look like ice! But to hold it in place would be difficult. I had to do more cutting!
That's working behind my living room futon. Anyway, one of these pieces proved vital.
Note the file work. But let's move back to the top of the front grill for a moment. If you recall from earlier, the grill lies on top of a stock frame piece that I cut to make room for the underlying fans. Well, that prevented the grill from laying as perfectly as I wanted it to. It required more modification:
But it was the handfile for delicate work. Only the immediate outside needs to look good.
Like a glove.
that earlier piece I mentioned, it would serve as a bottom clasp, holding the grill in place from underneith. For this reason I cut a straight line at the bottom of the case and pushed the steel sheet through it:
and with molding (u can put this stuff everywhere. Its so good. Buy the fronzencpu kind, not from mnpc.
Thats all for today.