Some visitors to forums ask questions and then never report back as to what they did as a final solution.... not this time and not me.
As you recall, I had ordered the Lian-Li PC-343B Fan module from Frozen CPU with the hopes it was the front 5.25 bay 120mm fan mount solution for my Silverstone Temjin TJ07 Case. If you are looking for a quality fan module and the Lian-Li will fit your case... get it because the quality is spectacular. The Lian-Li PC-343B Fan module is an excellent module it just will not fit a Silverstone TJ07 case.
Next I decided to take ehume's advice and contact Silverstone directly. The response was fascinating. Silverstone told me that they only had one solution and that was the CFP51B module. They had no plans to make anything else for a 5.25 fan module and that even the CFP51B is going to protrude (stick out) from the case. They told me, and I quote, "you may be better off with the Lian-Li part that I had"..... WOW!!! They also said they had no other suggestions for an alternative 5.25 fan module.
I then decided to contact Scythe to see if they had a Karma Bay or Karma Bay Plus I could purchase direct. I also asked if they had a distributor or retailer I could purchase one from.... Sadly, I never received a response. A Scythe Karma Bay may be the best option, however I could not find anyone selling one and both the Karma Bay and Karma Bay Plus appear to be discontinued.
As a last resort, I decided to order a Mountain Mods Fan Module in black anodized aluminum from www.mountainmods.com
. I ordered the Bay Module along with 4 black mounting screws, filter, and acrylic grille cut in the silhouette of a sexy babe. My apologies to anyone of the female gender reading this. However, the male pig in me got the best of me.
4 days later it arrived and the fun began.
I unboxed everything and then checked the fit. The fit was not as snug as the Lian Li nor are the materials as solid. There was also a slight gap at the top and bottom of the fan module yet it appeared everything else would line up (fan, grille, filter, bay). I then tried different combinations of the fan mount with the grille and filter. No matter what I did or combination I tried, I did not like the look of the Mountain Mods filter that I had purchased. No big loss as the filter was $4.00.
I then started to think what I could use as an alternative to the filter I had purchased. I found a new package of black women's nylon knee his. I cleaned up the babe grille I had purchased and carefully slid the knee hi over it. I then mounted the grille between the Bay device and fan. I mounted it in the case, powered it up and it looked spectacular. The fan ran flawlessly for 15 minutes and it sure it looked like I had found a filtering solution. As I was experimenting with a solution for the gaps at the top and bottom of the bay device, the fan blade caught the nylon material and shredded it. I ran to Ace Hardware in search of an alternative filtering material. The helpful hardware man suggested using screen material. He showed me the options he had. Ace sells something they call rubberized "pet mesh" screen material that is resistant to pet claws. He sold me a 12" x 12" section of it so I could cut it to size for $0.50. For the gaps at the top and bottom of the bay device he recommended some 3M foam tape in black used for weather stripping. I headed home and cut the mesh screen to size. I installed it between the acrylic babe grille and the MM Fan Module. I then cut 2 - 5.25 strips of foam tape and applied it to the top and bottom of the MM Fan module. I then installed the finished fan assembly into the case. Screws lined up perfectly. The rubberized mesh and foam tape I used had a nice side benefit of eliminating vibration from the fan. Best of all, the device has lowered interior temp readings by 7 to 10 degrees Celsius. WINNER... WINNER... CHICKEN DINNER in my book. This solution looks like it was made for the case.... If you have a Silverstone TEMJIN TJ07 case, this is the answer.
Here is a picture... Tell me what you think.
A big thank you to everyone that replied to my questions.Edited by cl4752 - 10/17/13 at 6:35pm