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I have the Magnum SMA8 from Case-Labs ordered. When I receive it, I will need to drill holes to a bottom compartment in order to get the coolant to the radiators. I have a couple of these: http://www.performance-pcs.com/fittings-connectors/bitspower-case-top-water-fill-through-hole-fitting-set-matte-black-finish.html#Specifications

I already have a drill, but I'm not sure which drill bit to get. Am I correct that I will need to drill a 1/2" hole for that fitting?
Edited by Halogamer2145 - 10/31/15 at 11:57am
post #2 of 7
Frankly, I don't know since I kept getting conflicting results. PPCs site doesn't give the hole size. FrozenCPU's site says it's 3/8". Bitspower website says the outside thread is a M20. 20mm = a hair over 25/32". I suggest that you wait until you can actually measure the fitting to see what size hole you need.

For drilling larger holes in sheet metal, I suggest a step bit, such as the venerable Unibit. Be sure to get a good quality one. Many of the ones available, such as the ones from Harbor Freight, will quickly dull. For anything larger than, say, 3/4" or 7/8", a bi-metal hole saw would be best. Be sure to solidly back up the sheet metal with wood, preferably hardwood, when using a hole saw.
     
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post #3 of 7
I use these to drill perfect holes in my TJ11. It's thick aluminum like the case labs chassis so you should be ok. Also you can start with a smaller whole and make it bigger if need be.
http://www.amazon.com/Neiko%C2%AE-10194A-Shank-Titanium-Increments/dp/B000FZ2UOY/ref=pd_sim_469_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=41ye2jw0DjL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR125%2C160_&refRID=0P5S920BW1H98A4T8G4C
post #4 of 7
Another vote for a stepping bit here.
post #5 of 7
Step bit seconded here too.
Use 'em at work all the time.

So when you get the fitting measure it, and drill the required size hole.
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Yep same bit to drill my tubing holes in my case for an external rad. See sig rig.
 
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I'd only suggest step-bits for small holes... step bits are hard to control with your own hands as the diamater gets bigger, unless you have a drill press. I'd prefer a hole saw thumb.gif
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