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Im getting kinda tired of my HAF 932 so I am looking to start a new mod (when I do the worklog will be on this site only) and I am looking at the Fractal Define XL as the case to mod, but I have a few questions because I havent really seen that many mods done on it.

1. With the silencing material on the inside, will cutting a window be any more difficult? I didnt know if in some way randomly if I cut it it would all fall apart or anything?

2. Are the hard drive bays in the bottom just held in by rivets or are they just thumb screws or something so they can be easily removed?

Thanks for the help in advance!
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You should be able to cut through the sound dampening material with sharp knife, and I'm pretty sure it's glued on like one large sticker. Just make sure you cut a little outside the diamater you wish to cut from the metal. I have a Define R3 and unfortunately, the hd bays are held in by rivets.
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You should be able to cut through the sound dampening material with sharp knife, and I'm pretty sure it's glued on like one large sticker. Just make sure you cut a little outside the diamater you wish to cut from the metal. I have a Define R3 and unfortunately, the hd bays are held in by rivets.
Ok thanks for the response, that helps alot, I was hoping thats what the sound dampening material was like, it shouldnt be a problem, and rivets arent really a problem I just wanted to know what I am getting into before I start. Its gonna all get taken apart anyways because I want to paint the outside white.

I really wanted to mod a Silverstone TJ07 but that gets expensive fast when the case costs 350 bucks haha.
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http://www.sweclockers.com/galleri/5...2-fonster-modd

Fractal Design r2 window mod worklog with lots of pictures.
 
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http://www.sweclockers.com/galleri/5...2-fonster-modd

Fractal Design r2 window mod worklog with lots of pictures.
Wow thanks! Now I can see what it would take to take some of it apart and whatnot! +REP for you sir!
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make a build log when you get started, id like to see an xl with a window, bet the look good.
 
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