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Hi folks,

I have a NZXT Phantom 410 case, and a really nice red an black theme going inside with an Asus Maximus hero VII board, and N Asus Strix 980 Ti card, along with a corsair H100i glowing white and the radiator fans replaced with their quiet version with red rings.
I recently added an NZXT led kit inside, in white as I thought te red leds would make it all darker and more gloomy, and while I like the end result, what I don't like is for those familiar with the case, that the grill part and the division between it and the small wondowed part hide away the inside beauty...

So I'm looking to mod it, amd thinking about either:

A) cut out just the grill part and put a second window

Or

B) cut the grill and division leaving just one bigger window.

Which do you think would look best?

Also, and more importantl for the materials, what would I need and where is the best place to get them? (Amd where if you want them fast but not that much more in shipping cost).

As I understand I would need double sided 3M tape to stick the acrylic, an acrylic board, and the u shape plastic that will go along the cut edge (how do I know the exact soze for this one?)

Would that be all or do I need something else? Does the acrylic just get placed square as is since you don't see the inside part anyway?

Fyi, I already have a dremel tool and discs. I also have a jigsaw but might need a blade (have to check which ines I still have).

Thanks for your help!
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I would just make one large window. If you kept the original shape formed by the original window and the mesh area but left the separating bar in place, I would think that it would be annoying to have in the way. By making one window, you could also make it bigger so you have a better view inside (just don't get carried away and make it too big, thus weakening the side panel).

For material, I would prefer getting a piece of custom made tempered glass for the window (unless you could get lucky and find a piece that's already the correct size). Tempered glass would be clearer, would never yellow, and would be far less likely to scratch. The downsides are it's expensive and it's heavier.

If glass is not an option, Lexan would probably be your best bet. It is far more durable than Plexiglass.

If you cut your window out neatly enough, including filing the edges straight and smooth, you wouldn't need any u-channel for the edges. Personally, if done correctly, I feel the window would look better without the molding but you would need some fairly good metal working chops and a whole lot of patience (mostly the latter) to do it correctly. Just add the width of your mounting tape to the each side of the window opening when cutting out the plastic (tempered glass can't be cut and has to be made to size). Otherwise, you want to use the smallest u-channel you can find.
     
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