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Looks good so far
Have you got a pic of the first case you destroyed?
From those fan grills I reckon I have one from the same factory. Exactly the same and it is a POS to work on, its like pie-tin material, takes nothing to bend it.
I found it hard to believe a case could be so flimsey. My Akasa feels like a tank in comparison.
I took a look for it, and I dont have any pics of it. The case was black, with a grey 'T' like design in the front where the power/reset are, and usb/audio ports. And yeah, pie like material. Slightly stronger than pie-tins, but emphasis on the slightly. I crumpled the case into a ball with my bare hands, so its not exactly strong. pretty bad when plastic is stronger than metal lol
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I took a look for it, and I dont have any pics of it. The case was black, with a grey 'T' like design in the front where the power/reset are, and usb/audio ports. And yeah, pie like material. Slightly stronger than pie-tins, but emphasis on the slightly. I crumpled the case into a ball with my bare hands, so its not exactly strong. pretty bad when plastic is stronger than metal lol
yeah, that kinda describes it. I have my desk by my feet on the floor. I kicked the side panel of that case almose concave it was that flimsely lol. Mind you, no dremel needed for modding, just scissors.
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OK. So a month later (life has been hell lately), I finally get the time to resume this project!!

I modified the back of the chassis to allow for 1x120mm fan rather than two 80mm fans. I like this method better, and since I dont have two LED fans, 1 x 120mm is a better solution for me anyways




As you can see, I now have a problem to solve. Cutting the hole has left the partial hole for the other 120mm fan exposed and rather nasty. This must be fixed.

Yet another piece of scrap metal from the previous case candidate



Cut to proper shape, will be riveted in (since I had to drill out some rivets to get it in) along with the motherboard tray to the back of the chassis. The fan, once installed, will further help to secure it in place.

The front bezel had to be half re-done as there was a small complication. I had to cut a hole in it for the 120mm fan to be installed, and well.. the bondo layer separated from the bezel (bezel is flimsy, the bending motion dislodged the bondo)

So half of it has been redone, and minor patchwork to the other half. Updates to follow later today hopefully.
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Looks nice with the patch installed. I'll bet you can get higher CFMs at a much lower noise level.
     
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What the...... wow. That's a real weird SB, I don't I've felt one that got hotter than "lukewarm" yet.
Hale yeah
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Looks nice with the patch installed. I'll bet you can get higher CFMs at a much lower noise level.
thanks! I agree. I will also be doing some bondo work to the rear, so its not visible from the outside, and some minor body work on the inside, just to smooth the edges and make the case flow to itself a bit more... I hate seeing lines lol.
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Ok so another update!

This is the bezel after a major rework of the front (had to re-bondo half of the bezel)



The blue round thingy is to keep a shape for my 120mm front intake. Lots of sanding to do as a result, but in the end well worth it if it turns out right.



And a pic of the back.. just figured I would throw this in here somewhere...

Oh, and tis is teh fan grill I chose to use for the front intake. I think it will look nice

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can't wait to see this finished
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instead of covering the 80mm fan holes, why not tape em up on one side and body fill them with bondo? I filled a bunch of unused screw holes on my Intelligence case and they came out great, but be warned, bondo will crack easier than what I am using so if you opt for this method of hole hiding you might want to pick up some fibergalss reinforced body filler (Evercoat Everglass short strand). The stuff will flex without cracking, moreso than bondo type fillers.

anyway, good luck with your project
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Thats a good idea, for my next project I will indeed use that!

This time around, I kinda got the shaft though, as I did this about 4 hours ago and didnt have/think of the fiber bondo

So the back patch plate is installed, and has bondo covering the other side. The back-plate is riveted in, to reapply the structural integrity which was lost when I drilled out the rivets in the first place.



Cant forget that I patched up that nice mess I made when I cut the cable management hole with the grinder, patched teh overcut with bondo, and the PC speaker port above it too.




I also took the liberty of sanding down the first layer of bondo from my front plate, and removed the bowl to reveal the VERY nice bondo circle below...



The dark red areas in the pic above are what need filling in with bondo, the rest is actually pretty nice...
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