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Is it possible to remove all the Antec 1200 HD trays?

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Just a quick one, is it possible to remove all the HD cages in the antec 1200? I was wondering if i could still mount the fans to the front of the case if they indeed can be taken out for good. Im guessing i would also need some more front metal bezels to cover the gap on the front not sure if you can buy these tho have to give them a google.

The main reason i ask is im thinking of trying water cooling and would want to mount a rad where the HD cages sit

Any ideas?

Thanks a million
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Yes all the cages come out. The fans can also come out of the cages themselves.
    
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And the steel bezels can be removed from HD cages and screwed directly to the part the cages screw to, just slight bending of the tabs is all that takes. I took out the top cage and mounted my H70 rad there instead to pull cool air from the front of the case and not mess up the rest of the case air flow.
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The fans just come off the cages via little finger tabs on the sides, from there you can remove the tiny screw that holds the 5-1/4 bay cover on. Slide the fan back in and put the tiny screws back in place.
    
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Cool thanks for that guys, so just to be clear where will the fans screw to once i remove the HD cages? Im going to leave 1 cage in as i have 2 HD's installed in one so i might have to have an external rad. The nice thing is the 1200 has watercooling holes at the back of the case so no need to try drilling holes smile.gif

I have been thinking of getting a nice looking fan controller but the tri cool fans that come with the case are pretty decent and have there own speed ajustment anyway but any good fans you would recommend along with a controller?

thanks again
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post #7 of 11
Can't comment on the fan mounting, mine are mounted right to the H70 radiator.. Don't remember seeing anything they could be bolted to with the hdd cage removed. Might be a mod in order there, hopefully someone else can add to that..

As for fan controller, I have this http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/acc/028/km01_detail.html, reasonable price, works great. Looks alot better than the pictures there seem to show. Comes with temp sensors, and you can set target temps so it will turn on and off and adjust speed separatly on all four channels. Not sure if it would work well on the 1200's stock fans. I use mine just for the fans inside the case, two on the rad, one over the northbridge and one over the southbridge. It works great as an automatic controller once you figure out where you want the temp sensors and play with the target temps until you have the right balance of air and quiet. thumb.gif

I used to have this http://www.zalman.co.kr/Eng/product/Product_Read.asp?idx=209 but it's sitting on the shelf now. The display is rather ugly when its turned on, has temp sensors but no automatic speed control.

For strictly manual control, this has 6 channels instead of four http://www.cooltechpc.com/c/ctpc/std/sku=ZM-MFC1.html, looks better then the other Zalman but might be a bit much for some. I haven't seen one personally but I'd give it a look anyways.
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Thanks for that mate, i really like the look of this fan controller

http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/fan_control/sentry_lx

The only downside tho is it only has 3 pin fan headers which are not so common these days but i guess you can get converters.

I'm waiting for my new nzxt cables to arrive so i want to have a tidy up of my 1200 and pimp it up a bit smile.gif
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post #9 of 11
No problem. I remember coming across that one a while back too. I'm not sure if the style appeals to me, but I'd be interested in hearing your impressions of how well it works if you get that one.
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Originally Posted by Digigami;11878432 
And the steel bezels can be removed from HD cages and screwed directly to the part the cages screw to, just slight bending of the tabs is all that takes. I took out the top cage and mounted my H70 rad there instead to pull cool air from the front of the case and not mess up the rest of the case air flow.

Do you happen to have any pics??
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