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How hard is it to cut the metal front with a dremel or do I need to buy a Jigsaw?
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How hard is it to cut the metal front with a dremel or do I need to buy a Jigsaw?

It suuucks with a dremel. Be prepared to use a lot of cutting discs.. And during this build I've had two rotary tools die on me as well as a lot of parts for them (granted, they were not dremel, but China versions, but still).

HOWEVER.. With the size of the front I removed, a lot of the metal support has been lost. So I fear that if you used a jigsaw on it, the casing would rip itself apart. That all depends on the size of the piece you want to remove.

Anyways - I redesigned the whole thing based on what you said aboy the locking mechanism.. It isn't really all the necessary.. So I am moving my reservoir to the top and putting in a fill port instead of the locking thing.

Also did acrylic covers for EVERYTHING in the case. Now it all just has to be mounted somehow tongue.gif And still need a couple of more covers, but I ran out of acrylic, so better order some more. Pics will follow smile.gif
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It suuucks with a dremel. Be prepared to use a lot of cutting discs.. And during this build I've had two rotary tools die on me as well as a lot of parts for them (granted, they were not dremel, but China versions, but still).

HOWEVER.. With the size of the front I removed, a lot of the metal support has been lost. So I fear that if you used a jigsaw on it, the casing would rip itself apart. That all depends on the size of the piece you want to remove.

Anyways - I redesigned the whole thing based on what you said aboy the locking mechanism.. It isn't really all the necessary.. So I am moving my reservoir to the top and putting in a fill port instead of the locking thing.

Also did acrylic covers for EVERYTHING in the case. Now it all just has to be mounted somehow tongue.gif And still need a couple of more covers, but I ran out of acrylic, so better order some more. Pics will follow smile.gif

nice, guess i will need to buy a jigsaw?

Also I plan on removing 240mm in the front, most of the bottom and some of the other side panel, do you think it will still be strong enough?
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nice, guess i will need to buy a jigsaw?

Also I plan on removing 240mm in the front, most of the bottom and some of the other side panel, do you think it will still be strong enough?

It's pretty thick metal, so it should be enough. Right now mine has no rivets, so it is not very stable. And I have the front and bottom pretty much removed tongue.gif

Right now, my water cooling is a 240mm in the bottom and 120mm in the front smile.gif

But a jig saw would probably help in the long run even though I've only used rotary tools so far..
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It's pretty thick metal, so it should be enough. Right now mine has no rivets, so it is not very stable. And I have the front and bottom pretty much removed tongue.gif

Right now, my water cooling is a 240mm in the bottom and 120mm in the front smile.gif

But a jig saw would probably help in the long run even though I've only used rotary tools so far..

trying to fit more than 2 240s is driving me crazy haha! I keep getting awesome ideas for where to put one and then I go get out the G4 and a radiator and some fans put it in place and realise it doesnt fit or it interferes with the fittings from another one. If I didnt have to have a power supply then this would be so much easier!

EDIT: would I be better of getting a hole cutter for cutting openings for fans instead of a jigsaw/dremmel?
Edited by Gardnerphotos - 4/13/13 at 5:04am
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trying to fit more than 2 240s is driving me crazy haha! I keep getting awesome ideas for where to put one and then I go get out the G4 and a radiator and some fans put it in place and realise it doesnt fit or it interferes with the fittings from another one. If I didnt have to have a power supply then this would be so much easier!

EDIT: would I be better of getting a hole cutter for cutting openings for fans instead of a jigsaw/dremmel?

Yeah, I started with placing my rad in the top.. Then the front.. Then the bottom.. And now I'm doing 1 in the bottom and 1 in the front. When I planned the top one I completely forgot about the PSU as well tongue.gif

I prefer dremel instead of hole cutter. You would need some damn big drills for it, so I feel that it is overkill.
post #89 of 144
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Updates!

As promised some days ago I have an update for ya.

I received some new low profile 120mm fans which allowed me to also stuff a 120mm radiator in the front. There will be absolutely no airflow, so not sure how much of a difference it will be - none the less wink.gif

I also did a lot of acrylic panels - but on to the pics:












Ran out of white acrylic, so gonna have to order some more.

Also, I finally found a CPU cooler - a plexi EK. And a new HW Labs GT Stealth 240mm radiator biggrin.gif
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Looks good but I dont think I can afford to spare even the 3mm worth of acrylic in my design frown.gif

EDIT I will have my PSU in the same place as you, do you think there is room between that metal side panel and the external plastic side panel to route the cables down the side and then across the bottom and then behind the motherboard? You better not steal my idea if it does tongue.gif
Edited by Gardnerphotos - 4/15/13 at 12:02pm
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