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Good Morning!

I was wondering if anyone knows of any good window kits for HAF 922, the one offered by Coolermaster doesnt have a big enough window for what i want so i was looking at different window kits. Anything that i should know before i head into this project?
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I usually buy an acrylic sheet (frozencpu) and bolt it, works perfectly.
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So you say, go for the bolt on?
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can you link me the kit you are talking about?
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post #6 of 9
well both kit looks great but why i again i prefer plain acrylic sheet then i cut the shape of the window in the panel of the case an directly bolt the window to the panel, however you are likely needed to repaint the cutted borders on the panel with this method unlike the molded kit which would cover the cutting.

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g42/c509/s1352/list/p1/Window_Kits-DIY_Acrylic_Sheets-Modders_Acrylic-Page1.html
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post #7 of 9
Bolt it on inside or outside, make a frame or not... lots of options. Depends on what you're trying to do.
post #8 of 9
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Right now just want to show off the inside of my case, i was thinking of cutting out the mesh part of the side panel and replacing it with This but im still wondering if theres anything i really need to worry about. Also how hard is it to bend something like that? My panel has a slight bend to it
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post #9 of 9
That's pretty expensive for acrylic sheet. Order up from delviesplastics.com and avoid the markup. How hard it is to bend depends on what tools you have or can borrow/purchase to do it. Bending acrylic requires heat.

I built a strip heater for about $35 plus some MDF and plywood scraps I had around:


I dial in the temperature with a router speed control. You could also use a heat gun and a couple strips of aluminum to shield the rest of the panel.

If you don't heat it enough, you will cause stress fractures. Heat it until it's fairly gummy, then lay it over something that holds the shape you want an hold it by hand for about 30-45 seconds until it cools and won't spring back. If you overheat it or heat it too fast you'll get bubbles in the surface. If you're using white, overheating it even a little will cause it to yellow.

Take your time and practice on some scraps.
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