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corsair mesh arrived today, and immediately got hacked up... looks better than the old antec mesh i bodged in there.

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Yupp lovin' that mod.
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What dimensions should I cut a mesh to cover a 120 mm fan in the bottom 3 drive bays? I would do the measurement myself if I had a measuring tape to do it!tongue.gif

drive bays are 150mm wide, 3 of them are 129mm high
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I cut notches out for the tabs on the bottom of the mesh, but need a way to attach the top in a way so it can be detached. was thinkin maybe velcro pads, but ideally want the female part of those push clips, so its the same as the original mesh, anyone know where i can get these?

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Yupp lovin' that mod.

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so the point of cutting it up is too reduce noise and increase air flow?
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so the point of cutting it up is too reduce noise and increase air flow?

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Hello everybody, just wanted to say that I found this entire thread (305 pages!) very informative and it's given me some great ideas for the 650d (came in yesterday!).

As of right now, I plan on cutting out the front mesh and running with the stock fan for a little while until I get the Spectre Pro 200mm. I will most likely be swapping out the rear for a Noctua 120 or 140mm fan, and I'm toying with the idea of getting the replacement mesh from the 600t to get rid of the drive bay covers and increase a little more air flow (I'll be using a Noctua NH-D14 cpu cooler which I'm hoping might pull enough air through the drive bays without adding an additional fan. And I'll probably add in a card reader at some point as well which would probably block up enough of the 5.25" drive bays to make fan placement there difficult.

I plan on relocating the middle hard drive cage back behind the original closer to the PSU and leaving the other one in there for a little cooling to the hard-drives.

Now, on to my questions....

#1. I will have 4 hard drives in this build (3 standard 3.5" drives + 1 2.5" SSD). Any suggestions on where I should put them? I was contemplating putting the SSD into the 5.25" drive bays up top but I'm not sure how I would mount it in there. I'm not too keen on just leaving it in there loose, in case I move the machine around.

#2. Tonight, I'll be cutting out the front mesh with a dremel and will be using U-channel to make it look pretty (on order). I was wondering, for those that have done this, where did you make your cut? The mesh is slightly raised from the base of the case. Did you cut right at the crease and leave as little of the "raised portion" as possible? Or did you cut around the top closer to the mesh holes to leave a little bit for the U-channel to hold onto? Or somewhere in-between?
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#3. Since this is only my fifth build, something that's always kind of concerned me is where to plug all of the fans in and what can I do about controlling their speed? In the past, I've just plugged them into whatever spot on the motherboard is closest and let them run at full speed. This left me with a bit of a sour taste in my ears with an Antec 300 server I built that's just a little too noisy for me. I don't really want to add in a dedicated fan controller in the front panel (seems overkill to me once they're set - plus I don't personally care for the way they look). Is there something internal that I could route all the fans through to control their speed or is this something that I might be able to change in the BIOS / software? I'll be using a GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H if that helps anyone. For now, I'll be using the included fan controller that came with the case, but if it fails I want to know what my options are past that. Also, should I run all of the case fans connected to the controller (cpu cooler included) or just the front, top, and rear fans? Does it make that much of a difference?

Thanks so much for all of the ideas/tips/knowledge so far. Updates to follow when I have some. smile.gif

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1. put all the hard drives in the lower hdd cage, velcro the ssd at the back of your mobo tray or at the side of the drive bays.
2. i did mine at the top lip, but i guess it is better to do it at the crease?
3. i plug quiet fans at the mobo and also used the built in fan controller. the controller is doing a good job with my gt ap-15s and aerocool sharks so far.
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Hello everybody, just wanted to say that I found this entire thread (305 pages!) very informative and it's given me some great ideas for the 650d (came in yesterday!).
As of right now, I plan on cutting out the front mesh and running with the stock fan for a little while until I get the Spectre Pro 200mm. I will most likely be swapping out the rear for a Noctua 120 or 140mm fan, and I'm toying with the idea of getting the replacement mesh from the 600t to get rid of the drive bay covers and increase a little more air flow (I'll be using a Noctua NH-D14 cpu cooler which I'm hoping might pull enough air through the drive bays without adding an additional fan. And I'll probably add in a card reader at some point as well which would probably block up enough of the 5.25" drive bays to make fan placement there difficult.
I plan on relocating the middle hard drive cage back behind the original closer to the PSU and leaving the other one in there for a little cooling to the hard-drives.
Now, on to my questions....
#1. I will have 4 hard drives in this build (3 standard 3.5" drives + 1 2.5" SSD). Any suggestions on where I should put them? I was contemplating putting the SSD into the 5.25" drive bays up top but I'm not sure how I would mount it in there. I'm not too keen on just leaving it in there loose, in case I move the machine around.
#2. Tonight, I'll be cutting out the front mesh with a dremel and will be using U-channel to make it look pretty (on order). I was wondering, for those that have done this, where did you make your cut? The mesh is slightly raised from the base of the case. Did you cut right at the crease and leave as little of the "raised portion" as possible? Or did you cut around the top closer to the mesh holes to leave a little bit for the U-channel to hold onto? Or somewhere in-between?
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#3. Since this is only my fifth build, something that's always kind of concerned me is where to plug all of the fans in and what can I do about controlling their speed? In the past, I've just plugged them into whatever spot on the motherboard is closest and let them run at full speed. This left me with a bit of a sour taste in my ears with an Antec 300 server I built that's just a little too noisy for me. I don't really want to add in a dedicated fan controller in the front panel (seems overkill to me once they're set - plus I don't personally care for the way they look). Is there something internal that I could route all the fans through to control their speed or is this something that I might be able to change in the BIOS / software? I'll be using a GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H if that helps anyone. For now, I'll be using the included fan controller that came with the case, but if it fails I want to know what my options are past that. Also, should I run all of the case fans connected to the controller (cpu cooler included) or just the front, top, and rear fans? Does it make that much of a difference?
Thanks so much for all of the ideas/tips/knowledge so far. Updates to follow when I have some. smile.gif
jmarken

I Did mine with a dremel and I am a little OCD when I do stuff like this so I started at the top of the lip near the grill, kind of at the top of the raised slope. Once cut I used a grinding wheel to take the extra down so it was flush with the edge of the main frame. Your u-channel should hold fine to that. in the end it is up to you on the look you want.
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