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Hello, again.


The image in question was from the inside face of the case wall, and the order of parts is: Allen-head > Window > Frame (Case panel) > Washer > Receiver.



Also, that image came from the Silentium build. Here is another image.



The top set of hardware is what I used to mount the windows. They allen-heads are "low-profile" so that they do not stand out as much to the eye.


I purchase a notable amount of mounting hardware from McMaster-Carr, but I also find a lot of good "stuff" from HSC, Inc. There is a local store here and they have a back room that is rows and rows of bins that contain misc. hardware and electronics "stuff".... it's the mother-load for DIY peeps.

Home Depot may have some of the things that you want, but Ace Hardware may not. Generally a person will pay a higher price for similar items at Home Depot as opposed to McMaster-Carr, the only possible downside is that McMaster-Carr sells many items in bulk only.



CR ~ Thank you for your input. It is always good to hear how other people get the job done as many of us do not have the exact same set of tools. Knowing which tools are flexible enough to perform similar tasks is helpful to all.



So... CR... how do you like the never-ending sanding and polishing?
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Low profile allen heads...nice.
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CR ~ Thank you for your input. It is always good to hear how other people get the job done as many of us do not have the exact same set of tools. Knowing which tools are flexible enough to perform similar tasks is helpful to all.
yep, precisely why I posted I figured a standard circular saw is more common than table, or ban saws and such so I figured I'd throw it out there

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So... CR... how do you like the never-ending sanding and polishing?
omg, its tedious man While I was sanding greenie-poo I kept thinking "wow, this is somewhat of a pain, I cant image what Syrillian goes thru!" (since my case has relatively way less edge-work than any of your builds)

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Low profile allen heads...nice.
yes they are, I ended up using those too in the Intelligence build (from mcmaster.com)
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Hello, again.


The image in question was from the inside face of the case wall, and the order of parts is: Allen-head > Window > Frame (Case panel) > Washer > Receiver.



Also, that image came from the Silentium build. Here is another image.

The top set of hardware is what I used to mount the windows. They allen-heads are "low-profile" so that they do not stand out as much to the eye.

I purchase a notable amount of mounting hardware from McMaster-Carr, but I also find a lot of good "stuff" from HSC, Inc. There is a local store here and they have a back room that is rows and rows of bins that contain misc. hardware and electronics "stuff".... it's the mother-load for DIY peeps.

Home Depot may have some of the things that you want, but Ace Hardware may not. Generally a person will pay a higher price for similar items at Home Depot as opposed to McMaster-Carr, the only possible downside is that McMaster-Carr sells many items in bulk only.
God, my wallet is going to hate you for HSC, Inc., but that site is awesome . I love the selection in the soldering and crimping tools sections-- You were correct in saying it's the mother-load. It's the kind of shop I had always hoped to find. I always had good sites like these for Xbox parts, but never anything this great or universal. As for McMaster-Carr, there's so much I don't even know where to begin! Great resources, so thank you very much good sir.

I have to say though, I'm fairly overwhelmed by how many different types of those low profile allen heads there are.. The top one seems to be 3/4" in length... Is that one of the 92220A185†'s? (McMaster-Carr's size charts are making my head spin ). Whatever they are, they seem no bigger than 5/32 in hex size.. And by looking at my allen wrench set, that's probably the biggest hex size I'm willing to go (CERTAINLY not doing anything like 3/8.. that'll throw "low-profile" right out the window, haha).

Also, if i'm reading this right, you use that dremel bit to give your window edges a bevel? If so, that's very cool to know! I didn't realize they had bits like that for dremels.

Lastly, I noticed the photobucket link from the last photo had "silentium" in the url when I was quoting your post. Was going to mention it last time, but very nice job with that build. Light and audio are two of my biggest fascinations, and I was particularly fond of your experimentations with the cathodes. Some of your results were amazing to say the least.

Thanks again! This is all going to be very helpful in my adventures.
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Don't know if it has been said, but I have had excellent luck with http://www.professionalplastics.com/ for acrylic supply. Look up Acrylite.

Also, I will try to get you a nice pic of my hackintosh case. It was made using the Acrylite and is extremely SFF. 18"x16"x2" w,h,d.
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Keep it up Syrillian
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OMG thanks so much! I remember back when I asked you how to cut acrylic and you described it perfectly but this is waaay better.

Thanks
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Great work man. I've looked through the different projects linked in your sig and they are all really impressive.

I'm the diy type so this makes me want to try a build but I'm a little hesitant. I live in an apartment with carpeting everywhere and would be a little nervous not to have the components grounded and a metal exterior to help with static electricity...

Have you tried any builds using acrylic AND metal components? Or any other solutions/experiences with pure acrylic builds?

Ideally I would have an open case/work bench to help with temps since it will be for folding with 4 gpu's... I guess it wouldn't matter if its metal or acrylic for an open bench?
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Great work man. I've looked through the different projects linked in your sig and they are all really impressive.

I'm the diy type so this makes me want to try a build but I'm a little hesitant. I live in an apartment with carpeting everywhere and would be a little nervous not to have the components grounded and a metal exterior to help with static electricity...

Have you tried any builds using acrylic AND metal components? Or any other solutions/experiences with pure acrylic builds?

Ideally I would have an open case/work bench to help with temps since it will be for folding with 4 gpu's... I guess it wouldn't matter if its metal or acrylic for an open bench?
Thanks for taking a look at my projects. I'm glad that you like them.

I did make one case that used acrylic and metal "L" brackets, but the brackets were painted. Any other projects that had multiple mediums included Carbon Fiber/Fibre. So far, grounding does has not been an issue for the 3-odd years that I have been messing with this stuff, but it is important to use an anti-static spray upon initial exposure of the panels, and periodically for general cleaning of the case(s).

Here is an all-acrylic test bench that I runs 24/7, and having the components completely exposed to the surrounding atmosphere does indeed assist in keeping heat down even at the height of Summer (although the "down" is a relative term...)

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Thanks for taking a look at my projects. I'm glad that you like them.

I did make one case that used acrylic and metal "L" brackets, but the brackets were painted. Any other projects that had multiple mediums included Carbon Fiber/Fibre. So far, grounding does has not been an issue for the 3-odd years that I have been messing with this stuff, but it is important to use an anti-static spray upon initial exposure of the panels, and periodically for general cleaning of the case(s).

Here is an all-acrylic test bench that I runs 24/7, and having the components completely exposed to the surrounding atmosphere does indeed assist in keeping heat down even at the height of Summer (although the "down" is a relative term...)

Yeah, I really like how you did that bench.

I have an idea of what I want to do it's just a matter of which material I will work with... I think when I posted in here I was already sold on acrylic though. I may try to incorporate a metal motherboard tray for support--it could work into what I've got in mind.

Anyway, thanks for the feedback! I'll be sure to post up a build log once I get started. Time to start getting measurements!

Anti-static spray, check.
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