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Source 210 Front intake mod

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I built a new AMD based system in a NZXT Source 210 case.

My temperatures are pretty good with my overclocked Phenom, however, I am always in the pursuit of better. I'm a little concerned that the front bezel of the source restricts airflow. Furthermore the case does not come stock with dust filter.

My proposed solution is this:

  • Step 1: Acquire Rotary Tool
  • Step 2: Cut a rectangular hole in the front of the source 210 to open airflow
  • Step 3: Install easily removable dust filters which can be cleaned easily and regularly
  • Step 4: ?????
  • Step 5: Profit.


Has anyone done something similar? Am I out of my mind? Thoughts?

I realize a simpler solution might be to buy a new case, but I'd rather mod the one I have.


There are two 120mm fans behind this Bezel, the fan mounting hardware is steel, so should accept fan filters. The bezel is plastic.

post #2 of 5
I have not attempted anything similar but I can see dust filters being a huge improvement. My old rig was in a source 210, and between the front panel and the intake fans, more dust would collect than the rest of my case combined.
post #3 of 5
This is a great idea. The source 210 is a great case, there's no need to buy a new one.
Wouldn't a rectangular hole look too big?
IMO a better option would be to do something like this:
http://www.laserod.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/10_um_holes1.jpg

or if you still wanted a cut out better go for this,
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/7923/img0159wf9.jpg

Dust filters are a must.

I'm also planning to buy a source 210 with side panel and looking forward to increase front intake,
please post pics and other ideas here in any.
thanks
Edited by rattlehead2112 - 9/3/13 at 7:44am
post #4 of 5

I've considered doing the same thing to my Source 210 also, but to the back 120mm fan port where the radiator to my CPU cooler is mounted. Hadnt myself thought of doing this to the front fan ports but this is a good idea.

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post #5 of 5
Yeah, that bezel severely lacks airflow at the front of the case. Best rule of thumb is to have the same open area around the entire bezel as the total area of your fans.

Cutting into the front will certainly help a lot. Cutting out any internal mesh openings which are over the fan mounting locations also will help.

As far as what to make it look like... really depends on if you're going with a theme or not, what colors you're using, and how much of the fans you want to see.
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