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Hey everyone,

A while ago I remember seeing a little mod someone did and I've been searching for it for the past 45 minutes, but can't seem to find it.
Basically what he did was purchase an additional HDD cage and place it in the top slot, so he had 4 fans in the front instead of the normal 3.
To make up for his loss of a DVD drive slot, he cut a hole in the side panel to mount the DVD drive backwards.
I'm interested in doing this, but would probably just place my DVD drive in an external enclosure.

Here's my amazing photoshop skills at work to show you guys what I mean:
lolwutut.jpg

An extra HDD cage with fan and filter is only $29.64 here. I figure the additional air blowing onto my heatsink could only help, but I am no expert on air cooling. What do you guys think?
Edited by VanillaCena - 2/12/11 at 2:33am
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I think the fourth fan looks nicer - that's what it's all about sometimes. I would suggest using the DVD drive externally if you don't use it that often and if you choose to go this route.
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Well, that's one way to improve an Antec case.
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Isn't exactly what you're describing but close. DVD is on the bottom. I've always wanted to do this with my case...

img1744fo0.jpg

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=17756187

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Quote:
Originally Posted by raiderxx;12366522 
Isn't exactly what you're describing but close. DVD is on the bottom. I've always wanted to do this with my case...

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http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=17756187

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is that a laptop cdrom?
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is that a laptop cdrom?

idk about laptop, but at least a slim dvdrom drive.
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So I'm most likely going to do this after all.
I know this is the Air Cooling forum, but can anyone recommend an external enclosure for a DVD drive? Or would I be safe just leaving it on my desk when using it?
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Originally Posted by VanillaCena;12429626 
So I'm most likely going to do this after all.
I know this is the Air Cooling forum, but can anyone recommend an external enclosure for a DVD drive? Or would I be safe just leaving it on my desk when using it?

As long as nothing injures it, it can sit on a desk. I have one in my testbed, and it's fine:

Testbed_2001-02-04_005.png

It's at the lower left, attached to the PATA ribbon.
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You actually do not need to use a HDD cage! All you need is the honey-comb grip things, they have screw holes in them, then what you can do is line the screw holes up with the fan and case holes, located on the side of the case, screw it in and BAM! biggrin.gif

NOTE: I do not know if the top of the case has the correctly placed screw holes for this, since I have only tried it on the middle fan of my case.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ehume;12433961 
As long as nothing injures it, it can sit on a desk. I have one in my testbed, and it's fine:

Testbed_2001-02-04_005.png

It's at the lower left, attached to the PATA ribbon.

Awesome, thanks Ehume! I definitely don't use my optical drive enough to have it sitting in my case 24/7.
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Originally Posted by TheBigC;12434010 
You actually do not need to use a HDD cage! All you need is the honey-comb grip things, they have screw holes in them, then what you can do is line the screw holes up with the fan and case holes, located on the side of the case, screw it in and BAM! biggrin.gif

NOTE: I do not know if the top of the case has the correctly placed screw holes for this, since I have only tried it on the middle fan of my case.

I've thought of that, but I'd like the fan plus the fan filter that comes with the cage anyway so why not smile.gif
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