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Doing my first Mod for the GF, who just happens to be a Huge Steelers fan.

My plan is to cut a large square section out of the side panel of her Mid ATX case, approximately a large window size, and then bolt on a piece of sheeting in the "Diamond Plate" style.


Next I "Plan" to stencil and cut out this type of pattern and to back the words with a White Acrylic sheet so the light shines through it.


Now the actual Question.
I was hoping to cut out the three "Star" shapes and to back them with Appropriately colored RGB lighted fans but I am beginning to think that there just isn't enough room to put all three in the area without spreading the cut-outs farther away.

I also feel that I will need to mod the front panel trays to accommodate the fans, something I was hoping Not to do. If this is going to be an issue.... is it possible to Mod the case so as to put the Main PC Door on the opposite side of the case and just set it up on the left hand side of the computer table instead of the right?

Any ideas or suggestions
Edited by Edgerunner - 6/5/16 at 12:18pm
post #2 of 6
First, congrats for being Steeler fans, even though our nation is everywhere, we always still need more!

Second, what case is it?

The stars are called hypocycloids and in the actual logo they do not touch, so yes I would definitely spread them out further so there is space between them. Instead of using LED fans, I would use colored acrylic on the back of each cutout and then white LED strips on the back of the panel to make it shine through. You might also think about smoked acrylic for the name instead of clear acrylic, with the white LEDs behind it should make it light up also.

BTW, I'm in the middle up building a Skylake rig with a Steelers and Pens theme as well.
 
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post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by Radnad View Post

First, congrats for being Steeler fans, even though our nation is everywhere, we always still need more!

Second, what case is it?

The stars are called hypocycloids and in the actual logo they do not touch, so yes I would definitely spread them out further so there is space between them. Instead of using LED fans, I would use colored acrylic on the back of each cutout and then white LED strips on the back of the panel to make it shine through. You might also think about smoked acrylic for the name instead of clear acrylic, with the white LEDs behind it should make it light up also.

BTW, I'm in the middle up building a Skylake rig with a Steelers and Pens theme as well.

It's an old EMachine case but there's nothing original left of the 6 years old system except the case LOL. I was wanting to use it because it's in damned fine shape and has a smooth top and front panel that I think the Steeler "Stripes" will look excellent on.

PLUS. If I mess it up I have no issues with getting a new case.



I had already thought of the Colored Acrylic behind the "hypocycloids", thanks for the new word btw, but was hoping to use the Fans for extra airflow.
Edited by Edgerunner - 6/5/16 at 12:30pm
post #4 of 6
OH yea, the front of that case is perfect for that graphic, I like that. What size fans are you planning on using to light up those cutouts?
 
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post #5 of 6
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OH yea, the front of that case is perfect for that graphic, I like that. What size fans are you planning on using to light up those cutouts?

I was hoping to use 60mm fans but coming up with a Yellow one that I like is becoming an issue.

Is there a way to see the fan in action/.gif or a video of it so I know what it Actually looks like before purchasing it?

Since I am going to be cutting out a large portion of the side panel, I was thinking that I could use some of the scrap from the cut to make walls/barriers between each of the fans so the colors don't bleed over into the one beside it and to place some gold/brass colored hex bolts at the points of each of the hypocycloids and at the corners and sides of the diamond plate to create a theme.
I may need to build the side out more to accommodate the fans which, ATM, seem to be destined to sit right over the front panel and HD trays. I am guessing I will need at least 25mm clearance.

I am currently working in Photoshop to set up an idea of what I want the End Product to look like so as to get opinions on the hurdles I will need to deal with.
post #6 of 6
If you can find a review of the fan your looking at thats probably the best way to see it, but 60mm fan reviews aren't exactly all over the place, that is a pretty small fan for most PC builds these days. I'm having a hard time even searching for a yellow LED fan. For the hard drive cages, you will probably just have to remove them all together to make room for the fans on the side panel. Once you have it worked up in photoshop, post it so it's easier to get an idea of your plan.
 
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