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post #13781 of 15187
I believe that you can buy windowed side panels from NZXT, I've seen them before. Its not hard to do at all.
You will need some tools that can be purchased for cheap, or borrow them from somebody. A Dremel tool, or a similar rotary tool, with a metal cut off wheel, some sand paper, primer and/or paint to cover your bare metal, and a way to mount the glass to your case is all you really need.

When you remove the mesh from your side panel, there is a nice contour you can follow when you cut your window out. You can scribe your own lines if you want a custom shaped window also, but this will require a bit more skill at cutting metal to get nice straight lines. After your window is cut out, you'll want to cover that bare metal with some color matching primer and paint. You can tape off the edge on the front of the panel so your only painting what isn't seen.

After you've protected your metal, you can cut your glass to fit. You can mount your glass with either some double sided 3M tape, drill some holes and use some small nut and bolt with washers, or any other way you can figure out how to get it to stick.

Bottom line is, there is no one way to do it. People here will be more than willing to help you out with any questions you may have while your actually doing this mod.
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Well i can always stick with Frozen.Cpu but i hate the fact they only got a BOLT ON window. Wish they can do custom designs for me specifically what i wanted. I think i heard West Coast Mods do that?
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Originally Posted by Snoopyslr View Post

I believe that you can buy windowed side panels from NZXT, I've seen them before. Its not hard to do at all.
You will need some tools that can be purchased for cheap, or borrow them from somebody. A Dremel tool, or a similar rotary tool, with a metal cut off wheel, some sand paper, primer and/or paint to cover your bare metal, and a way to mount the glass to your case is all you really need.

When you remove the mesh from your side panel, there is a nice contour you can follow when you cut your window out. You can scribe your own lines if you want a custom shaped window also, but this will require a bit more skill at cutting metal to get nice straight lines. After your window is cut out, you'll want to cover that bare metal with some color matching primer and paint. You can tape off the edge on the front of the panel so your only painting what isn't seen.

After you've protected your metal, you can cut your glass to fit. You can mount your glass with either some double sided 3M tape, drill some holes and use some small nut and bolt with washers, or any other way you can figure out how to get it to stick.

Bottom line is, there is no one way to do it. People here will be more than willing to help you out with any questions you may have while your actually doing this mod.

they sell them on nzxt website, i have pics of it on on my personal computer. I love mine and they are very cheap
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post #13784 of 15187
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Jeez i wanna do these windows cuz they are impressive. I am curious. I had considered getting one but a full tower and i want to know. HOW in the world did you do these window side panel mods so good? Special made ordered or what? I didn't have time to read the whole thread this morning however but i assumed you did mod it yourself by using an tool and etc.

Moot point is, is Frozen.Cpu the ONLY place that'll cut it and install it for you or do you know of another place that can do it?

It doesn't look so hard to do but i do NOT have the proper tools and i live in a small town.

When I make any cut on any metal I use a jigsaw and then use my file set to smooth out curves and straight cuts.


Or like this cut...



My jigsaw was 25$ at Sears and files and be bought one at a time for short money.
post #13785 of 15187
I have a $35 Clarke brand with a trigger switch that sticks, and a $125 Dewalt that works as expected,

For simple stuff like this, it's all in the right blade!!!

New, (or damn near) Bimetal, 32 tpi and you can cut a sidepanel window mod nice and clean requiring minimal cleanup with as el cheapo a jigsaw as they come.

Take plenty of time, plan it out thoroughly, and put a couple layers of blue painters tape to cover the panel to lay out your design on and keep from scratching the panel.


Darlene

And you can do it in the kitchen . . .
Edited by IT Diva - 1/16/13 at 3:14pm
post #13786 of 15187
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Originally Posted by IT Diva View Post

I have a $35 Clarke brand with a trigger switch that sticks, and a $125 Dewalt that works as expected,

For simple stuff like this, it's all in the right blade!!!

New, (or damn near) Bimetal, 32 tpi and you can cut a sidepanel window mod nice and clean requiring minimal cleanup with as el cheapo a jigsaw as they come.


Darlene

And you can do it in the kitchen . . .

Yes! has to be in the kitchen. I think most of my pictures are taken in the kitchen. lol
post #13787 of 15187
I'm thinking about taking the inside of my phantom and painting it black, but i'm going to leave the outside the white and red like it is. Just looking for any input to see if it would be a good idea.
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I'm thinking about taking the inside of my phantom and painting it black, but i'm going to leave the outside the white and red like it is. Just looking for any input to see if it would be a good idea.

I've done it before. I think the white looks better IMO. Or maybe RED.



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post #13789 of 15187
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I'm thinking about taking the inside of my phantom and painting it black, but i'm going to leave the outside the white and red like it is. Just looking for any input to see if it would be a good idea.

If I had a white phantom, I'd probably do that. I tend to like contrast, and most of the things in my machine aren't black.
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post #13790 of 15187
All you need is a dremel tool, plexy glass (and some double sided tape) and a small file ( I used this little brick file that came with my dremel tool), and U-Channel molding. Its SUPER easy. I did mine in about an hour or too. Hardest part is measuring out your cuts, to make everything even and sexy.
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