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So I have a Thermaltake core V21, and for whatever reason they give 3x panels that can be placed on either side/top. Two are mesh with dust filters, and one is a window. The windowed panel just doesn't fit for me, its been a long long time since I did any modding(I think the last time I was talking Syrillian about what I should do). So I have two thoughts one is to cut a 200mm hold in the window, but I am 85% sure its cheap plastic not acrylic so I am unsure if that changes cutting the hole honestly. Option two, I have some old modders mesh that I could beat back flat and install in place of the window. This has its own issues, the window is held in by a bunch of bent tabs that part of the case panel. I hate to remove those tabs, in case the future changes things, so I would need a creative way to add the mesh to stay in a semi-permanent way. My phone doesn't seem to want to take an decent pictures but newegg has a picture of what basically I am talking about on the for sale page for the case. Its like the 5th picture in the expanded pics. I am open to thoughts on this, I do have to keep to a pretty strict budget of "whatever I already have", which means the 200mm hold would be me with a dremel. I have also considered 120mm holes as I have a hole saw for that.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133274
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If you're going to cut into that panel, I would recommend taping the whole thing off with thick masking tape (both sides) and going real slow. Even consider heating it up, not so hot that it flexes or the tape glue comes off, but "hot sun" hot, as an added crack preventative. Then consider how to make the hole edge look nice once it's there...
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Well the ancient 200 mm fan has a shroud for it..its sort of cheap looking but should hold for a bit. Later down the road when my dad moves in his house and gets settled(probably next summer) I am hoping he will use his lathe to make me a custom shroud out of aluminum.
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Not sure what to do still, I took the stock window out and there is a lip on the panel...so double sided tape is sort of out.





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Originally Posted by lemans81 View Post

Not sure what to do still, I took the stock window out and there is a lip on the panel...so double sided tape is sort of out.








Many windows are mounted like this. It is very easy to use a grinder and grind the lip off. Then about 5 minutes with a file to clean it up. I did it with my Arc Midi R2's and they have much larger windows. Then I used regular clear acrylic and double sided tape to replace the crappy smoked window.
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This is something I need to do as well. I am about to do a crossfire set up in my rig. My case is the Thermaltake core V31 & has the exact same window on the side panel. I was considering cutting a hole & then using mesh to act as a dust filter. But I am now leaning towards just drilling a bunch of holes in a 120mm radius & 4 holes for the fan screws. Only problem with that is I am not quite sure there is enough clearance between the side panel & graphics cards for even a slim fan to fit. Gonna have to measure before I go at it with a drill! wink.gif
Edited by Rob27shred - 10/26/15 at 2:33pm
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Right now I think I just have too much on my plate to start a project...even a two day project...think I am going to just deal with it for now. I mean I do have 5xDelta 125+cfm fans plus 1x180mm, 4x120mm 75cfm fans on the case....air flow shouldn't be a problem. I just don't care for the look.
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Yeah you should be fine, I have a 9, 120mm case fans in this pattern (push/pull 120mm rad on back exhaust)

Which may be good enough to cool everything. I might wait & see before going crazy on my window as well.
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