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Hey guys, im wanting to mod my Hades (http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/hades) To have a side window, and i want the logo of my favorite band (http://goo.gl/u4Rf6) directly in front of where the drive bays are, on the side panel.

Also, i would like a luminous panel between my motherboard and power supply, like here (shown on the 5th picture: http://www.murderbox.com/other_builds/gallery/)

I would like the logo of my band to be glowing red, using leds, and the luminous side panel too.

So my questions are:

1. Is my 200mm side intake too important to remove? it does blow air directly on my GPU, but for the rest all i think it does is disrupt the airflow?

2. Is all this cheap to do? i dont mind spending alot of time on it, all i want it is too look good.

3. Should i use plexi or acrylic?

4. If possible i would like to sleeve my 24 pin and my gpu power, if this is easy to do. is it possible to use, say, heatshrink without taking the connectors off?

If i have time, i will create some photoshop pictures tommorow so you guys will have a better idea of what i mean.
 
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1) It will likely cause your GPU temps to go up a couple degrees, but if you're worried about it you can drill an array of holes through the new side panel and mount a fan to it anyways.
2) The Acrylic will cost more than just about anything else in this mod. Depending on the size of the piece you need this'll be ~$10-30. LEDs are cheap, you'd want some rubber grommet to cover the cut edges of metal, and some double-stick tape. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpZoE-zj0-k)
3) Acrylic is the go-to choice.
4) It's not hard to do (http://www.overclock.net/t/1006680/how-to-remove-the-pins-from-an-atx-power-supply-with-staples) it's just time consuming and requires a lot of patience. You must de-pin your PSU to do it, you can't get the sleeving and heatshrink on otherwise, unless you're just using coil wrap which doesn't look anywhere near as nice.

Doing the luminous panel is a litttle more tricky. You need to mount the LEDs around the edges of the acrylic sheet, pointed towards it. Usually this involves a lot of taping, wiring, etc, but is again cheap - just time consuming.
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I would consider having a custom acrylic fan grille made to go in the place of the mesh on the side panel. You could include the logo, laser engraved, and enough holes to maintain airflow. It would be an easy bolt in mod, and not require any metal cutting and painting.

Plexiglass = acrylic

Yes, go for sleeving. You will have to pull the pins (one at a time is best) from the connectors. Check out Lutro0's sleeving videos.
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Here is how you sleeve the ATX pins on your power supply, really really easy and it makes it look so good afterwards! It only cost me around £10 for the paracord and it is shrinkless so it looks even better!

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have
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