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Hello everyone, i was just wondering what tools would be best for cutting the drive bay in my case. I recently purchased a Aerocool DS cube case and shame on me for not looking up the measurements for the PSU area; My corsair RM750 doesnt fit! D: Returning the parts is out of the question for me since i live in Hawaii and shipping it back would diminish my returns quite a bit. i
dont mind losing the hard drive bay since i can just mount it in the OD bay since i dont use discs and it'll be great space for storing excess cables.


Would this be the right tool for the job?
http://www.lowes.com/pd_29954-273-M1RS_0__?productId=1208815&Ntt=snips&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dsnips&facetInfo=



In the pic below i basically want to either cut straight through the whole thing(the red lines ) or cut through the slots (yellow lines)








Any advice would be a great help. thanks! : D
post #2 of 12
I think people here will suggest you buy a dremel (rotary tool). I'm not sure what (cutting) parts you need but there's usually kits that one can buy for it. So, I don't know how you use it for cutting into a computer case so I am interested in what answers you get. smile.gif
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post #3 of 12
How is that panel held in? If there are rivets just holding it in the case, you could drill them out or take a hammer and nail and pop them out to remove that panel.
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well it is one piece with the motherboard tray, just bent down and riveted on the bottom, i could pop out the rivets but id still have to cut it up top. On the opposite side of the HD bay its held down with screws so removing that was no problem, i stripped out as much as i could to give me more space. Now im thinking if i cut through the whole panel, would it still support the weight my motherboard along with the 2 770's i plan to sli? XD As opposed to cutting a slot big enough for the cables to fit through

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I'd use a dremel and a cut off wheel and cut the yellow lines. If a dremel isn't an option, try a hacksaw blade and then file down the rough edges.
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If it's your first time using a Dremel tool and cutoff wheel, practice a bit on some scrap metal (or buy something really cheap to practice on) before tackling the job. When cutting, use light, shallow cuts and gradually cut through the metal; don't force the tool. Keep as much of the wheel out of the cut to avoid binding which could cause the wheel to shatter. Cut close to the cutting line but not on it and use a file to clean up the edges to the line. Also, replace the cutoff wheel before it wears down completely; smaller diameter wheels are useful for cutting small radii.

I personally would also remove the flanges on the existing holes to get a more consistent appearance. U shaped channel is available to cover the cut edges.
     
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This would be a good job for a tool called a nibbler. Since you have and edge you don't need to drill a hole. It gives you very good control and leaves a decent edge. It literally has a small tooth that punches out a tiny rectangle of metal with each pull on the handles.

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This would be a good job for a tool called a nibbler. Since you have and edge you don't need to drill a hole. It gives you very good control and leaves a decent edge. It literally has a small tooth that punches out a tiny rectangle of metal with each pull on the handles.


I have a nibbler like that one and it frequently is handy but, for the tight quarters the OP is going to operating in, a cutoff wheel in a Dremel tool would avoid removing too much material and wouldn't require a starting hole in a place that would be difficult to drill a hole in (keep in mind the existing holes have deep flanges that would make starting a nibbler nigh on impossible). Even a hacksaw blade would be easier to use than a nibbler in this case (pardon the pun).
     
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post #9 of 12
Aye. A Dremel will do the job. If you have a workbench and a couple of giant clamps, use them to secure your case to the bench to prevent excessive vibrations.
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Yup Dremel all the way, fantastic piece of kit for any casemods. I would suggest to use their slightly thicker rotary blades(looks a bit like a diamond grinder plate), rather than the really thin ones, as from experience, they shatter fast.
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