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Thank you, yes I did that with my rotary tool, a flex shaft, and a whole myriad of diamond tip bits. Took time and patience, because at first I didn't think it would turn out well at all. When I finished I couldn't help but stare at it drool.gif I mounted it with the 10 pound exterior double sided tape. The stuff is basically a thick strip of putty. You can remove it easily, but it will hold as long as you want it to. You can also use countersink screws, but I chose to go with the tape for ease.

good idea with the tape. I'm going to go with 1/8th inch lexan for my window, i think it will be scratch resistant enough to withstand my kids (who don't go near my tower) and I can caulk it onto the metal. i work at a hardware store and can cut the lex myself, woot.
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good idea with the tape. I'm going to go with 1/8th inch lexan for my window, i think it will be scratch resistant enough to withstand my kids (who don't go near my tower) and I can caulk it onto the metal. i work at a hardware store and can cut the lex myself, woot.

Yeah, the Lexan will definitely be a great deal tougher. Caulk definitely would work provided it binds to the metal strong enough. biggrin.gif Good luck on getting the window cut. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
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post #53 of 117
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Yeah, the Lexan will definitely be a great deal tougher. Caulk definitely would work provided it binds to the metal strong enough. biggrin.gif Good luck on getting the window cut. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
cutting the lex wont be an issue, I have all the items i need at work (nice big professional cutting setup) I do need to get my hands on a dremel.
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cutting the lex wont be an issue, I have all the items i need at work (nice big professional cutting setup) I do need to get my hands on a dremel.

A Dremel is definitely a good investment! I bought a cheap rotary tool and I kicked myself for not getting the Dremel brand. It does the work, but you get what you pay for.
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I've read several reviews of Harbor Freight's rotary tool (the decent $30 one, not the $9 one) that said as long as the tips and accessories are Dremel brand, it does great.

 

As to the cooling, I really recommend trying to scrape a little more together and watch sales closely to try to find an AIO water cooler for $50-$60, especially if you're worried about window and ram clearance. I picked up the new NZXT Kraken X40 off Newegg for $50 on a daily Shell Shocker deal. If you really can't swing the extra or find a good enough deal, then the 212 or 212 evo is the way to go barring any clearance issues. You could spend more for an air cooler , but you'd get only a little better temps if at all. I've using the 212 in my Antec 900 and it cools great, but one of the fans does interfere with my high heatsink ram and the top of the cooler does come within a half inch or less of the side panel window, which prevents me using a side intake fan.

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I've read several reviews of Harbor Freight's rotary tool (the decent $30 one, not the $9 one) that said as long as the tips and accessories are Dremel brand, it does great.

As to the cooling, I really recommend trying to scrape a little more together and watch sales closely to try to find an AIO water cooler for $50-$60, especially if you're worried about window and ram clearance. I picked up the new NZXT Kraken X40 off Newegg for $50 on a daily Shell Shocker deal. If you really can't swing the extra or find a good enough deal, then the 212 or 212 evo is the way to go barring any clearance issues. You could spend more for an air cooler , but you'd get only a little better temps if at all. I've using the 212 in my Antec 900 and it cools great, but one of the fans does interfere with my high heatsink ram and the top of the cooler does come within a half inch or less of the side panel window, which prevents me using a side intake fan.

Yeah, the rotary tool is great! It's just not as powerful as a Dremel. I also made the mistake of buying a battery operated one. It loses power really quickly at the higher RPMs.

I'm only doing air cooling as a temporary placement. I'm going to do full water cooling this fall. Finding money isn't as much of an issue as the fact that I just don't want to pour a ton of money into a cooler that will be replaced in 3 months. biggrin.gif I also have maxxed my limit on how much I wanted to spend this spring on my new build.
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Yeah, the rotary tool is great! It's just not as powerful as a Dremel. I also made the mistake of buying a battery operated one. It loses power really quickly at the higher RPMs.

I'm only doing air cooling as a temporary placement. I'm going to do full water cooling this fall. Finding money isn't as much of an issue as the fact that I just don't want to pour a ton of money into a cooler that will be replaced in 3 months. biggrin.gif I also have maxxed my limit on how much I wanted to spend this spring on my new build.

 

Well, you could probably resell whatever air or water cooler you use now when you upgrade. I was just saying that some of the AIO water coolers can be found for only a little more than the budget you mentioned without having to worry about possible clearance issues with your window - and the performance would obviously be better. thumb.gif

 

But like I said, if you're stuck on air and can fit it, one of the Hyper 212s would be the best way to go,. They cool as well as a lot of other air coolers that cost twice as much.

 

Window looks awesome btw!


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Well, you could probably resell whatever air or water cooler you use now when you upgrade. I was just saying that some of the AIO water coolers can be found for only a little more than the budget you mentioned without having to worry about possible clearance issues with your window - and the performance would obviously be better. thumb.gif


But like I said, if you're stuck on air and can fit it, one of the Hyper 212s would be the best way to go,. They cool as well as a lot of other air coolers that cost twice as much.

Window looks awesome btw!

Thank you, I put a great deal of work into it! biggrin.gif Yeah, I know that for around 40 bucks I can find some decent air coolers and I can get the closed loop for just a bit more. I don't plan on reselling it just because you never know when things will break.
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post #59 of 117

I just checked, and Newegg.com does have several AIO water cooling loops for $40 and $50 after MIR as well as this one without MIR for $40 new or open box for $35.78 with shipping.

Thermaltake Bigwater A80 CLW0214 Water Cooling Kit 

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Hmmmm. I'll have to look at that.
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