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Okay guys I think I am going to go ahead and start looking around the net for the right hole saw sizes for mounting fans, anything in particular I should look for?

Also, what inserts/bits/etc should I buy for a dremmel saw? I really would like to purchase one of these because I would like to make some grommets on my motherboard tray for wiring and I obviously need something small as a jigsaw won't do. Possible that I could cut a few holes with a small hole saw bit and then "connect" them by cutting the middle metal out with a dremmel saw

Thanks so much so far!
post #12 of 20
You are still going to run into the melting issue using a dremmel tool. I've wondered if you could find a 120mm ring and heat and drop it through the plexi. Maybe hook up a live wire and drop it on the plexi.
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Okay guys I think I am going to go ahead and start looking around the net for the right hole saw sizes for mounting fans, anything in particular I should look for?

Also, what inserts/bits/etc should I buy for a dremmel saw? I really would like to purchase one of these because I would like to make some grommets on my motherboard tray for wiring and I obviously need something small as a jigsaw won't do. Possible that I could cut a few holes with a small hole saw bit and then "connect" them by cutting the middle metal out with a dremmel saw

Thanks so much so far!

Pretty much the bigges cutting disc you can find that still fit the dremmel. The smaller ones that usually come with the dremmel are to thin and fragile for the though steel of a case frame.

Something like this --> http://www.mnpctech.com/DremelDisc.html

or this would be ideal --> http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-EZ406-Cut-Off-Mandrel-Cutting/dp/B000FBLRVA
    
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Yeah I had no idea there were so many different dremels... is there a certain power I should look for? I really don't need anything overkill just looking to cut up the steel on a PC ha. Also really liked your NZXT Tempest work log man
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Yeah I had no idea there were so many different dremels... is there a certain power I should look for? I really don't need anything overkill just looking to cut up the steel on a PC ha. Also really liked your NZXT Tempest work log man

Trust me when I say this: when it comes to cutting the steel of PC cases I have yet to see a overkill dremmel. When I did the motherboard cut out on my tempest I didn't have proper cutting discs and you would not believe how many it took as they shattered or wore out in seconds. I'm just happy that my local store now days has EZ SpeedClic's in stock.
    
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post #16 of 20
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If I were to buy a rotary tool (black and decker, craftsman etc) besides the dremel what do I purchase in order to use discs? It looks like they all just come with attachments for sanding only
post #17 of 20
You need a drill to use a hole saw, not a dremel. The dremel doesn't have enough torque. Look at grainger.com for hole saws. They have a huge assortment made to cut various materials.
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You need a drill to use a hole saw, not a dremel. The dremel doesn't have enough torque. Look at grainger.com for hole saws. They have a huge assortment made to cut various materials.

Read the thread again he needs a hole saw for the acrylic (obviously to be used with a drill) and a dremmel to cut some holes in the motherboard tray.
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If I were to buy a rotary tool (black and decker, craftsman etc) besides the dremel what do I purchase in order to use discs? It looks like they all just come with attachments for sanding only

That depends on the disc. Most discs use a small screw and a shaft and thees are pretty universal



If you want to use the EZ disc then you need the EZ shaft to go with it (you can buy a pack that has both)

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post #19 of 20
For plexiglass use a holesaw or jigsaw, rotary tool spins too fast and melts the plastic. Holesaw sizes is 5 1/2 inch for 140 mm fans and 4 1/2 inch for 120mm. For drilling holes in mobo tray use a step drill which comes in sizes up to 7/8 inch, larger sizes are available but are quite expensive. You can always use a small holesaw as well, make sure when using a holesaw that you use a slow speed with a little bit of oil and secure item being drilled. >>> Remember measure two or three times and cut once ! thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif
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post #20 of 20
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Well I have purchased a dremel with the EZ lock setup for minor custom grommet stuff and possible a side window for the plexiglass but I don't know what to do about installing a fan because neither Lowes or Home Depot had metal hole saws that large and even sizes smaller than the required 4.5inches (120mm fan) were incredibly expensive. I wonder if I can find a 4.5inch hole saw cheap used or something

I have no idea how you said you found a kit including the 120mm hole saw size for $10
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