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I'm trying to custom build a front for my case, because my father had scratched/grinded mine while "helping me" cut out airflow obstructions

All I could find was this : http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...ctId=202191776

same thickness as the SECC Steel on my case, but it's 30 guage galvanized steel.
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i've found that some of the better case manufacturers (lian li, etc) use aluminum. from what i've seen 1.5mm is the sweet spot. 1mm is a little wobbly and 2mm is a little overkill. just my two cents, not speaking from experience.
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30 gauge galvanized material is pretty light (about .015" thick) and may not hold up very well. You may want to consider 22 gauge (about .033") or 24 gauge (.027") In steel , the same gauges run about .030" and .024" respectively.

One thing to keep in mind with galvanied material is that it may need two or three coats of paint to keep the spangle from showing though. Sometimes, you get lucky and don't have to, but keep it in mind.

Aluminum is nice to work with and there is no danger of rust (although galvanized holds up pretty well too). I agree that .063" is a good thickness for general use. You can find a very good selection of all types of material at McMaster.com

Good luck with your project!
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I would recommend alu too, it's much easier to work with.

Steel can be unforgiving.
    
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