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I have LED's in both my CPU and RAM blocks, but the GPU blocks don't have any such holes.

How hard would it be to drill my own / has anyone tried this?
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Originally Posted by Toad Boy View Post

I have LED's in both my CPU and RAM blocks, but the GPU blocks don't have any such holes.

How hard would it be to drill my own / has anyone tried this?

Shouldn't be too hard. Make sure you drill into the sides of the clear acrylic That is all they do when they are sold with holes for LEDs. Its either molded that way which is unlikely or drilled out in the factory after the mold has set.
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I would refrain from drilling acrylic in general.

If you really must, at least know that you do run the risk of cracking the acrylic (and other hard plastics for that matter.)

You'll need some special drill bits that were made for drilling plastic/acrylic. Before drilling, use some masking tape or duct tape to cover the area to help prevent cracking. When drilling, you'll want to go slow and use some water to cool the area.

If at all possible, I would practise on some spare acrylic just to get a feel.
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I would refrain from drilling acrylic in general.

If you really must, at least know that you do run the risk of cracking the acrylic (and other hard plastics for that matter.)

You'll need some special drill bits that were made for drilling plastic/acrylic. Before drilling, use some masking tape or duct tape to cover the area to help prevent cracking. When drilling, you'll want to go slow and use some water to cool the area.

If at all possible, I would practise on some spare acrylic just to get a feel.

No need to refrain from it but as was suggested there is a right way and many wrong ways to do it. Be sure to use a slow speed and new drill bits so you don't have melting issues. Also, the best way to do this is by using a small pilot bit and then increasing the size one bit size at a time up to the needed diameter. You don't want to drill a pilot and then go ham with the needed size as the chances of cracking are much higher. Keeping the area cool is also a good idea, just a spray bottle and a helper to spray it is all that is needed. I highly recommend a drill press to avoid hand instability as well as a vice or clamps to avoid material movement.
 
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No need to refrain from it but as was suggested there is a right way and many wrong ways to do it. Be sure to use a slow speed and new drill bits so you don't have melting issues. Also, the best way to do this is by using a small pilot bit and then increasing the size one bit size at a time up to the needed diameter. You don't want to drill a pilot and then go ham with the needed size as the chances of cracking are much higher. Keeping the area cool is also a good idea, just a spray bottle and a helper to spray it is all that is needed. I highly recommend a drill press to avoid hand instability as well as a vice or clamps to avoid material movement.

All good advice. Acrylic is rather easy to drill into. Just make sure to keep it cool.
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