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I'm installing some extra ventilation in the top of my case, and I'm not happy with the location of my cuts. I need to cut more, but I'm not sure the best plan of attack. I'd like to keep options open in the future if I can (think water cooling).

Here's a shot of what I did:


The rear (left-most) hole is a PSU vent, the middle and front holes are fan exhaust. I want the front holes closer together. I picked up material to fashion a cover plate/grill to cover my boo boo, but I'm wondering about the best way to finish hacking up my case. (well, this part of it anyway )

Here's a shot of some scribbling I did on tape to determine where I actually want my fans:


Here's the above shot with the existing holes outlined and some dimensions for reference:


Basically, I need to carve out the material between the existing holes to allow for the fans to be mounted closer together, but I don't want to screw up a possible future internal or external radiator mounting. I've never even seen a water cooled rig in person, let alone have a radiator on hand to get a feel for what I'm working with here. I'd just like to keep my options open, if possible.

Any insight would be appreciated, and thanks.
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Don't worry so much about being concentric.
The basics are cut just fine. If its perfection you want, you'll find a solution.

For what its worth, instead of a flat topped lid, resheet and angle up a 30-45 degree angle
rear vent with 2 rear exhaust fans stacked! Yeah, its late. gL
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Definitely not quite the direction I was thinking Lenzo, but you just gave me several new ideas! + for you, and thanks!

The rear exhaust wont work, that back hole is a cool intake for the psu... but a low profile shroud of some sort over the front blowhole exhausts. . . That's dang near a perfect solution.

Off to work for me to mull this over for about 12 hours.

Thanks again!
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