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^^^Hrm....I think a plastic bonding glue would work. Maybe a clear two-part epoxy? I wouldn't trust the super glue or silicone with such a high traffic area (you'llbe touching it and pushing and all tha for the drives/etc) and the plumbers stuff would just look tacky, IMO.

Hopefully Syr or someone can drop in and give some more experience advice on it though. I'm not that familiar with acrylic yet.
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Nice job with the blow holes.

Regarding hole(s) in the front blue acrylic. You mentioned you were considering drilling few holes. Try using medium size SPADE drill bit to make nice 1"+ holes in a round pattern.
Just imagine a 'flower' design - centre 1" hole and then 5 or 6 holes around it - just an idea to get your imagination going

BTW, when using spade bit dont go to fast or it can grab the work piece and destroy it!
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nice work the off center thing with the fans, no big deal, barely noticeable - live and learn

The tool referred to above is called a Center Punch (automatic) and I highly recommend it to everyone. I got mine from mcmaster-carr (get item # later) Anyway you use it to dimple the sheet steel exactly where you want the center hole to be, then, as Repo suggested, use a smaller bit (like 1/8) and drill a small pilot hole. then attach whatever holesaw, and youll have a nice secure starting point for the arbor/pilot. Bring the rpms up to a good pace before going into the material, and once you make contact keep the rpms up, but the drilling pressure not so heavy. This will give you nice clean cuts that wont walk away. And always avoid stopping and starting cutting with a holesaw, once you commit get the whole cut done without stopping (not that you stopped, just some advice thrown in from my experience so far)

good work, keep it up
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Nice job with the blow holes.

Regarding hole(s) in the front blue acrylic. You mentioned you were considering drilling few holes. Try using medium size SPADE drill bit to make nice 1"+ holes in a round pattern.
Just imagine a 'flower' design - centre 1" hole and then 5 or 6 holes around it - just an idea to get your imagination going

BTW, when using spade bit dont go to fast or it can grab the work piece and destroy it!
Thanks for the advice.
However, I was thinking of either cutting one big blowhole, or cutting small holes, ~1/4" diameter, in order to make a mesh like design.
Would that not work well since the acrylic might melt and there wouldn't be enough room for me to work with or something?

Also, does anyone have any idea with the glues?
    
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Thanks for the advice.
However, I was thinking of either cutting one big blowhole, or cutting small holes, ~1/4" diameter, in order to make a mesh like design.
Would that not work well since the acrylic might melt and there wouldn't be enough room for me to work with or something?

Also, does anyone have any idea with the glues?
Don't worry about the acrylic. There are two ways to reduce the heat:

Put some oil (any kind you got) on the area where you are going to cut. It will absorb some of the heat.

Use lower RPMs. Acrylic gets cut through really easily, you don't need to squeeze out every ounce of power out of your drill to get through it.

Do that and you shouldn't have to worry about it. Just take a break for a few seconds between each cut.
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Ok so no drill press for me then...
I have a 14.4 v and a 3A hand drills. Which one should I be using?
Anyways, I still need to know which glue to use...
    
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Ok so no drill press for me then...
I have a 14.4 v and a 3A hand drills. Which one should I be using?
Anyways, I still need to know which glue to use...
The drill press is fine! Any of them work!! Just don't press the trigger in all the way The harder you press the faster it spins.
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The drill press is fine! Any of them work!! Just don't press the trigger in all the way The harder you press the faster it spins.

Is 540RPM slow enough? That's the slowest speed on the drill press...
Thanks for the help.
    
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Looking real nice, cant wait to see it all back together agian.
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Update

Got an Antec Earthwatts 500W for a freebie, might use it for this build if it shapes up. Plus it's free, so I can mess around with it, like voiding the warranty.



PSU Outside



That screw confused me for so long... I got rid of the 3 others, but couldn't get the cover off, so I messed around with it until I finally realized that there must be a screw hidden under the warranty sticker.



PSU Insides



Now this is where I got confused. Why is there plastic in the PSU? Wouldn't it mess with the heat transfer and everything?

For a second I got all excited, because the thing in the bottom right looked like a three pin fan connector, so I was all like "I can replace this crappy fan! Woo!" However, the connector won't come off under a little pressure, and I'm afraid of ripping something, so I didn't decide to try any harder.

I was thinking of painting the PSU, replacing the fans, and putting some LEDs in there too, but it looks like the plastic is somehow keeping the entire card thing stuck to the PSU box. I can't remove anything. So that means no painting, and I can't remove the fan either. I might be able to stick a couple of LEDs in though...



24-pin Sleeving



When I was messing with the PSU, the end of the sleeving for the 24-pin conneconnector fell out. (The only connector on the PSU that is sleeved.) Apparently, Antec hadn't connected the end of the sleeving to anything, and it was simply stuffed into the case, and only fortune had kept the sleeving inside for so long. I decided to remove the sleeving, since it already had some holes in it (Probably from last owner) and wasn't really making the PSU look any better.


Well, there concludes my journey into the mysteries of PSUs... Didn't accomplish much. Luckily, my PSU still works.

Fun fact: RAIDMAX 80mm Fans blow more air than their 120mm fans, although the 80mm fans are louder... I can actually hear it, while the 120mm fans are silent...
That looks pretty similar to my Antec Trio 550w. The fan died on me so I opened her up and replaced it with a case fan I had kicking around. That connector will come out with a bit of force (I used a set of needle nose pliers). You can throw in any fan you want and leave the plug along. Due to the dissimilar plugs, I just ran the new fan to my fan controller. Been working like a charm for a few months now.
    
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