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I was looking into getting a CM 590 and doing my own window mod (would be my first mod of any kind). This next part may be a dumb question, but I figured I would ask anyways.

I noticed that the top 120mm vent is almost at the top of the panel. I've never done a window mod before, but I assume you can only cut so high/low (to avoid panel railing system). With that in mind, I figured that I would have no choice but to leave part of the top vent exposed. However, all of the window mods i have seen for this case have not had this problem (as far as I can tell), so I assume I am missing something and was hoping someone could enlighten me.

Thanks,

JD
post #2 of 11
You use something like UChannel (good pic here) and it goes around the edge of the cut. Check out the video too. This guys CM 690 doesn't have any uchannel on it but it could easily cover up the vent part if it was put on.
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I've watched that video before and its very informative and I may try that option.
I was looking at getting a kit like this: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/39...tl=g42c215s496

This appears to use something similar to the u-channel you mentioned, but it appear to be double-sided to connect to the case. I was wondering if something like this will also work?
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I have also put a bit of thought into this type of situation as well. My plans are to cut out a VERY large section of the panel but am going to custom route a piece of plexiglass to overlay a 1/2" or so around the opening and use nice finishing bolts and washers. I am hoping that the bolts will help the plexi become one with the panel and help increase the overall rigidity.
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If you use H-channel -The slightly wider locking- molding it completely covers the top fan hole section "just barely"!
The bonus is that it's much better looking and more appropriate for window use!
It locks the acrylic in- as opposed to the c-molding which looks kinda naff (IMHO) - The c- molding just "finishes" the rough cut metal edge, but, still leaves you needing some way to 'securely" attach your window.
I have a picture of my Windowed 690 in a "window-guide" thread somewherz.

[edit] Found a repost of that post in another post similar to this.
http://www.overclock.net/case-mods-g...ussion/325861-best-place-get-c-strip-edge.html#post3801931

It includes details of the differences between c-molding and H-molding, an in depth guide- "where to buy the good stuff- Cheapest" , etc. (ends with nice piccy of my DIY CM690 Winda)
Edited by SpcCdr - 6/1/08 at 8:43pm
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Do you have a link to your case?
I'm also looking at getting a CM690 and modding it - so i am looking into all these threads about them
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Here's a pic of the stuff they have at frozencpu. Has one channel for the case and one for the window.
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by SpcCdr View Post
If you use H-channel -The slightly wider locking- molding it completely covers the top fan hole section "just barely"!
The bonus is that it's much better looking and more appropriate for window use!
It locks the acrylic in- as opposed to the c-molding which looks kinda naff (IMHO) - The c- molding just "finishes" the rough cut metal edge, but, still leaves you needing some way to 'securely" attach your window.
I have a picture of my Windowed 690 in a "window-guide" thread somewherz.

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http://www.overclock.net/case-mods-g...ussion/325861-best-place-get-c-strip-edge.html#post3801931

It includes details of the differences between c-molding and H-molding, an in depth guide- "where to buy the good stuff- Cheapest" , etc. (ends with nice piccy of my DIY CM690 Winda)
Very useful information, thank you. Anyone happen to know the measurements to the CM 690/590 side panel?
post #9 of 11
not sure on the measurements, but i did a window mod on my 690 and didn't use any channel molding: http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...ed-5-26-a.html

just filed/sanded the edges and they came out pretty smooth
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Originally Posted by jedolley View Post
Very useful information, thank you. Anyone happen to know the measurements to the CM 690/590 side panel?
19" x 19" edge to edge
[edit] sorry that was from memory
I just took it off and measured it as 186 3/4" top to bottom and 18 5/8" front to back (edge to edge)9 not including the little sticky-out hanle bit on the back edge)
[edit2 Misstyped:
Edited by SpcCdr - 6/1/08 at 10:25pm
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