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post #6631 of 10499
Hey, could someone measure the thickness of the front panel of the XB? I want to make sure the feet will all fit on top of my 17.5 X 15 glass panel. The specs show the HB as 16.7 deep, and my glass is 15" deep. I might be pushing it.
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post #6632 of 10499
The front panel sticks out from the edge of the front feet of the case by about an inch and a half. It's about 14 inches from the front edge of the front feet to the back edge of the back feet. That only adds up to 15.5 inches, and the extra inch or so (making the 16.7) is the PSU bracket extension thingy. Hope that helps.
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post #6633 of 10499
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Originally Posted by CptAsian View Post

The front panel sticks out from the edge of the front feet of the case by about an inch and a half. It's about 14 inches from the front edge of the front feet to the back edge of the back feet. That only adds up to 15.5 inches, and the extra inch or so (making the 16.7) is the PSU bracket extension thingy. Hope that helps.

yes, perfect. The 14 inch measurement tells me the feet will fit on the glass panel. Thanksl
post #6634 of 10499
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Originally Posted by joostflux View Post

Not sure if any of you guys would be interested in this but I'm starting a new mod and I've chosen the HAF-XB as my case. I've already done a little modding.

OP8Dck7l.jpg

Not to worry though. All of the pictures in the log after this will be taken with my DSLR biggrin.gif

Hey nice cut out!

Im not sure if you are already aware of this or not, but in case you dont... I see you have cut off more than just the raised section of the top panel. With that done, you aren't left with much room to mount the window AND be able to put the panel back on. The reason being is that the panel has to slide back a considerable distance, and the edge of the window will hit the back of the case before the panel is free to lift away.

What I did to correct this issue was to cut down the 3 clips on each side of the panel that hold it down. That way you only need the slide the panel a short distance before it releases.
post #6635 of 10499
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Hey nice cut out!

Im not sure if you are already aware of this or not, but in case you dont... I see you have cut off more than just the raised section of the top panel. With that done, you aren't left with much room to mount the window AND be able to put the panel back on. The reason being is that the panel has to slide back a considerable distance, and the edge of the window will hit the back of the case before the panel is free to lift away.

What I did to correct this issue was to cut down the 3 clips on each side of the panel that hold it down. That way you only need the slide the panel a short distance before it releases.

Thanks!

Yup, I am very well aware of this and have figured out a way to get it to fit. I didn't really touch the clips (unless I'm reading your reply wrong) and instead I cut out the side rails. Never even thought about the clips. What exactly did you do to them to make it fit?

Here are a few pics of what I did. Once again, sorry for the horrible camera phone shots.

YatVJgul.jpg

That of course has been filed down (hahaha) But you can see what I mean by the rails yeah?

This was before the big cut on the top but it just proved that it would fit. Here you see that I just taped down my piece of acrylic.

uDEjcnZl.jpg

And then here it is all fit into place biggrin.gif (Pre-window cutting) but it does show that it fits no problem.

KgQ4pUvl.jpg

If I'm clogging up the thread just let me know and I'll stop.

EDIT:

Here is an old sketchup I did as a rough idea for the mod. Colors have changed since then as well smile.gif

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post #6636 of 10499
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Thanks!

Yup, I am very well aware of this and have figured out a way to get it to fit. I didn't really touch the clips (unless I'm reading your reply wrong) and instead I cut out the side rails. Never even thought about the clips. What exactly did you do to them to make it fit?

Here are a few pics of what I did. Once again, sorry for the horrible camera phone shots.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
YatVJgul.jpg

That of course has been filed down (hahaha) But you can see what I mean by the rails yeah?

This was before the big cut on the top but it just proved that it would fit. Here you see that I just taped down my piece of acrylic.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
uDEjcnZl.jpg

And then here it is all fit into place biggrin.gif (Pre-window cutting) but it does show that it fits no problem.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
KgQ4pUvl.jpg

If I'm clogging up the thread just let me know and I'll stop.

EDIT:

Here is an old sketchup I did as a rough idea for the mod. Colors have changed since then as well smile.gif
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
XgmWZwul.png


These are the clips, 3 on each side of the panel:


After I put it in the c-strip that goes around the edge of my cut out, and mounted the window using a strong 2 sided adhesive strip, the edge of the window interefed with how the panel slides in and out. You will notice that the top rear of the case, where the thumb screws go, is almost flush with the top panel.

What I did was trim the clips down, so I only had to slide the panel 1/2 inch or so to take it off. That gave me just enough room before the edge of the acrylic hit that back part of the case.
post #6637 of 10499
You may not have this issue, depending on how thick the acrylic is, and how you mount it. I used 1/8 inch thick acrylic.
post #6638 of 10499
Here are some more pictures. Im not very good at describing things haha

Unless your acrylic is razor thin, I dont see any room for it to pass over the back rail of the case.




You can see the gap between the edge of the acrylic and the top edge of the rear of the case. That is how far the panel can slide back to pull off.


Here you can see it is as far back as it will go. Normally that isnt enough to lift the panel off.

Top view



There is 1-3/16" from the rear lip to the edge of the acrylic.

All I did was use side cutters to trim about 1/8 of an inch off those clips I showed earlier, allowing the panel to travel less to be released.

My side panels had even LESS room to slide before the windows hit.

Here is a close up of what I did to them.



My guess is that this is what you will need to do to your panel to make things work nicely. Unless you have come up with a different method of fitting the acrylic to the panel. Also im sorry for the long post with lots of pictures, I was just having a hard time picturing in mind how you got around this obstacle with a larger cut out than I have.
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My top fits without any modding to the "clips/interlocks/side rails" smile.gif but then again, I only cut off the "hill" and therefore have the extra free slighting room.
also.. cutting off the "side rails".. doesn't that reduce the stiffness of the panel? I would guess it would be easily bend/miss shape without those?

and another thing, most ppl tend to give the cutout some rounded corners.. you got straight 90 degree corners.. are you gonna paint the bare metal or u-channel? caurse it is not easy to route most u-channels around straight 90 degrees.
Cant wait to see the top finished smile.gif

Also, you are not clogging at all smile.gif we need new projects with loads of pics to keep ppl coming back (including me).

I like the idea of shortening the "clips" though.. I might have done that if I had the idea back then for my side panels.. I ended up just cutting the read clips to let me lift the backend out before the middle / front clips let go compleatly:

You may also notice that I glued my windows to the U-channel instead of tape.. the reason is I think it looks better from the inside (looking through the top, you can see the side window.. and I find that this looks better than a bigger window + tape.
BUT it requires hard u-channels and a bit of skill / luck for the glue not to be visible on the glass (from the outside)
 
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My top fit for a cpl months without cutting off the hill or the clips. It doesn't anymore tho since the weather got cold, seems like something expanded. I'm planning on cutting off all the clips and attaching hinges anyway tho

 

I'm also gonna try to make the top window a transparent LCD with a pulldown lighted backdrop for anybody that didn't already see me stick my foot in my mouth when I mentioned it in my build log :D 

 

Edit: Also, love all the modding talk being revived in this thread. Please don't stop. Keep the modding convo's coming. :thumb:


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