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Easiest material to cut? (modding 970 block for ACX 2.0+)

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Hi!
Since EK can't be bothered to make the needed changes to the 970 block to make it work with ACX 2.0+ cards (but it's been shown to be doable) I'm considering taking the plunge and doing it myself (and of course document the effort and share).
I've never done anything like this though so I need some advice. What material would likely be the easiest to work with, the plexi or acetal top? (some cutting will likely be required.)
I've seen EK blocks modded that works and BitsPower also make a block that works with some minor modding (just bend/remove an unused header). Mounting holes seems to match up and the main different is on the PCI bracket end where the extra length of the 2.0+ cards is. (the housing of the DVI ports are somewhat wider and a condensator is in a different position).
For me this is a considerate economic gamble, but I think it would likely benefit other people (and EK as well with potential additional customers) so I don't approach it likely.
Without physical inspection of card vs PCB what I see needing to be done is extend the channel that covers the left-hand condensators to accommodate the 1 extra location. In addition to that the cutout for the DVI port housing needs to be widened a bit. Neither of those changes affects any active cooling parts of the block, only the cosmetic top parts.

I'd love to hear from anyone that have done any similar work, in particular on EK products.
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Made a mockup of the evga 970 standard PCB and the ACX2.0+ one, here it's more clear that the layout is basically the same, the extra length comes from everything moving to the left, relative positions and mounting holes are identical with the exception of the DVI port size and the 3 condensators on the far left (also the unused header on the right which can be bent/removed).
What would be needed for the block to work with all eVGA 970s would be a bit extra room in the top of the block to allow for the condensators and a slightly wider gap for the DVI.
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