Used a ruler and the laser cuzout stencil from MNPCtech to draw the fan holes and the screw holes. cut the 120mm fan holes with a 4.5in hole saw from home depot.
Remember to tap a small pilot hole in the center of any hole you drill. it keeps the drill bit from wandering and will make sure your hole is centered where you want it.
And so it begins...
Looking good! the fan holes, i mean...
Take your trusty flat/rounded file and shave off those hazardous metal parts.
TIP: if you hold it at the correct angle, you can get the file to perfectly match up with the curve of the fan hole... like so:
If i were to do this again, i would drill from the inside to the outside. i drilled as if i were drilling through the top while it was on the case. but the cut looks much cleaner on the inside:
and i lost like 4 degrees! im not even water cooling yet!
slowly but surely guys, sorry its taking so long. i should have my rad by the end of the week, and will have the fillport installed and the tubing running to the pump and everything soon. just waiting on small parts i ordered to arrive. But its definitely going to start taking shape.
hope its at least a little interesting! so far its all pretty generic, but i have some interesting things planned for the loop when i get it installed.