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Before I jump into modding my case (HAF 912) I'd like to get a few tips and suggestions before I begin.

My first few questions involve adding a plexiglass window to my side panel. What thickness plexiglass should I use to get the best rigidity without having the panel interferer with anything else? Is there a cheap type of molding/rubber/plastic that can be used to cover the cut out in the metal of the side panel?

When removing drive bays/hdd cages that are in place with hammered grommets, is there an easy way to remove them without bending the hdd/cd cage metal?

Another plexiglass involved question, I may or may not replace parts of the front of my case with plexiglass but with a fan behind/attached to the plexiglass should I drill multiple holes for ventilation or cut out the entire fan area and get a shroud?

Where can I find an aftermarket fan header?

I know the hold red/black scheme is probably over done but kind of stuck with those colors. Which option would provide for better looks: red tinted plexiglass with white case lighting, or clear plexiglass with red lighting?

May have a few more questions as they come to mind, thanks!
Edited by rv8000 - 7/1/13 at 8:18am
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Depending on how large the window is, 3mm is usually the standard. The case panels on the 912 are pretty ridged. Get some uchannel molding to cover up the cutout you made on the case door.

To remove rivets, simply drill through them. They're not reusable thou.

By extra fan headers, do you mean fan controllers or fan splitters?
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I windowed mine and I love it. The thickness of the plexiglass is not something to worry about any will do. Also I used automotive door trim for around the window. In my opinion you are over thinking this, you can do it whatever color you want and you can use a grinder to cut out the hdd cage. Just wondering why do you want to cut it out? Anyways here are some pictures of mine.



I also recommend painting the inside. That is what I ended up doing as you may be able to see in the third pic. I added an led fan in the front as well.
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Depending on how large the window is, 3mm is usually the standard. The case panels on the 912 are pretty ridged. Get some uchannel molding to cover up the cutout you made on the case door.

To remove rivets, simply drill through them. They're not reusable thou.

By extra fan headers, do you mean fan controllers or fan splitters?

I guess itd be a header/splitter, some nzxt cases have them on the back side of the motherboard tray so fan wires can be routed behind the tray to remove clutter. It actually is a controller forgot they let you change the fan speed with the controllers in the nzxt cases, doh!

Secondly I want to remove both the hdd and cd cage so that I can properly paint and sand the whole case. I will most likely build a new cd drive cage for just the single drive and the front beneath the drive will be plexiglass. Might mount a rad in the front at some point.
Edited by rv8000 - 7/1/13 at 8:33pm
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I guess itd be a header/splitter, some nzxt cases have them on the back side of the motherboard tray so fan wires can be routed behind the tray to remove clutter. It actually is a controller forgot they let you change the fan speed with the controllers in the nzxt cases, doh!

Secondly I want to remove both the hdd and cd cage so that I can properly paint and sand the whole case. I will most likely build a new cd drive cage for just the single drive and the front beneath the drive will be plexiglass. Might mount a rad in the front at some point.

I think its the NZXT Grid that you want.http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/123-grid-fan-hub
Haven't seen it for sale anywhere thou. or the Sunbean multi fan port http://www.sunbeamtech.com/PRODUCTS/MULTI%20FAN%20POWER%20PORT/MULTI%20FAN%20POWER%20PORT.html

The hdd cage should just be held in with 4 rivets at the bottom. For the ODD cage you could just dremel away the bottom 3 slots so you don't have to make one from scratch
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Go watch all this guys youtube videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpZoE-zj0-k

Thats how I got my start couple years ago.

Also don't use door trim, Its really thick and makes it hard to attach the plexi. Get U-channel molding.
Edited by AlderonnX - 7/7/13 at 8:27am
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