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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused"> Well guys, while playing around and imaging what my setup will look like I realized, the BT cl-p0114 has a 120mm fan that is gonna be about 1/4 of an inch off the side of my case (dimensions courtesy of TheDuke). The opening in the side of my case is 3" (76mm) at best.... Common sense tells me that that fan is NOT gonna be able to pull enough air through that hole...<br><br><a href="http://www.overclock.net/attachment.php?s=34ef0cf377f7f84bfe5f471f00791160&attachmentid=33944" target="_blank" title="">Attachment 33944</a><br><br>
So seeing as how I "think" that all atx form factor cases are close to same dimensions, is there a place I can purchase JUST the side panel?? Preferably would like the side clear so I can see all this cool stuff, with an opening already large enough to accomodate this fan... Even if it does not have the opening I would drill my own holes or cut one and add a grill to fit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> I just need to find the side.... heck even if its a metal frame with just a clear side nothing special on it thats fine too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"> I will make it work<br><br>
Thanks in advance <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"><br><br>
Shaggyt<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb"><br><br>
Also tell me if I'm wrong about this theory <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"><br><a href="http://assets.overclock.net.s3.amazonaws.com/9/90/909754c5_vbattach33944.jpeg"><img alt="LL" src="http://cdn.overclock.net/9/90/525x525px-LL-909754c5_vbattach33944.jpeg" style="width:525px;height:394px;"></a>
 

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Some manufacturers sell side panels separately, and some do not. That hole might restrict airflow (that's why i like the parallel fans that blow toward exhaust).
 

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Heh I hope that not the case or I'm taking my sawzall to the side of this thing and make my own clear side panel lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/eek.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
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bump... anyone have a solution for this besides butchering my current cover??<br />
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Hmmmm....This is a perfect excuse for a case mod.<br />
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Cut the existing hole so that it full encompases the 120, you may have to re-center the new opening so that it aligns with your fan.<br />
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I've got my cordless 18v dewalt drill with a multi step bit (1/8 to 1/2" hole)and my 18 v dewalt sawzall with a bi-metal blade that will do a fine job of making a new opening... just would like to purchase something already made.... Would really love something with a clear side <img src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick out tounge caps" class="inlineimg" /> Gotta show off <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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Are you proficient with power tools? Do you have access to a dremel that has a hole-cutting setup? If so you can have both.<br />
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1) cut out case for window.<br />
2) Cut window to fit the fan or fan aperature.<br />
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Time-consuming, harder than buying a pre-fab case cover, but the DIY pride is like... "OMG! I did that!" <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
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The 2-step process above is a grossly glib interpretion of what you would have to do, but it you are mechanically inclined, have a steady hand and are patient then you should have no problems.<br />
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So far I still haven't found just a side for sale so the mod is looking like the way to go... I think a couple of the guys at the shop have a dremmel I could borrow.. as for my own tools mostly just electrical hand tools,multi , 2 drills 1 14.4v Impact dewalt and 18v hammer dill, and 1 18v sawzall....<br />
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I know I can't put the plexi on the inside unless I wat that BT fan exposed which with my cat is SUCH a bad idea... I need it on the outside... what would you use for trim around edges to cover whatever method I use to apply plexi to whats left of side... and what would be a good way to go with that?? adhesive, like some type of epoxy?? or screw, bolt it to it??<br />
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thanks for helping <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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<div style="font-style:italic">So far I still haven't found just a side for sale so the mod is looking like the way to go... I think a couple of the guys at the shop have a dremmel I could borrow.. as for my own tools mostly just electrical hand tools,multi , 2 drills 1 14.4v Impact dewalt and 18v hammer dill, and 1 18v sawzall....<br />
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I know I can't put the plexi on the inside unless I wat that BT fan exposed which with my cat is SUCH a bad idea... I need it on the outside... what would you use for trim around edges to cover whatever method I use to apply plexi to whats left of side... and what would be a good way to go with that?? adhesive, like some type of epoxy?? or screw, bolt it to it??<br />
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thanks for helping <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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</div>You could buy a window mod:<br />
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<a href="http://www.crazypc.com/products/PX82190.html" target="_blank">http://www.crazypc.com/products/PX82190.html</a><br />
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And cut the opening yourself. If not, Perhaps riveting plexiglass or acrylic to the case as a window would do. You could use some door (auto) molding to cover the edge of the window material (any auto parts shop should have some).'<br />
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I have only cut acrylic with a dremel, so I don't know what plexiglass would be like. Just consider the following:<br />
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1) Tape off (Blue Painters Tape) all areas that will remain so that you do not mar the surface.<br />
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2) Acrylic gives off a lot of very fine dust, wear some kind of mask (if nothing else a T-shirt will suffice), and use eye-protection. You will want to be looking directly at the cut as it is being made and you don't wanna loose an eye as all your buds will pwn you in FPS gaming.<br />
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3) Be mindful of the pressure as you cut, you don't want to warp the case material or crack the acrylic.<br />
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Here is an old image of the window I purchased from the link provided above:<br />
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Heh and here I thought this would be easy.... I'm thinking of a whole around this big :<br />
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The green area would be the plexi replacement, I would use a 4" hole saw for the 120mm fan and I would replace the vents that are currently there with a similar pattern of 1/4" holes since the ones there now seems to be vital to keeping card cool....I have everything on front of case taped off forcing air in only through side and through psu.... would this work or is there something about plexi I'm not taking into account??<br />
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Is that the window perimeter? If so, quite easy. Use tin shears or a nibbler. I used the former to cut the window in the pic that I posted earlier.<br><br>
I don't want to be presumptuous, so if you some questions on how...just ask.
 

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The least you could do is go to your local hardware store an purchase a ~7.5" hole saw and use it to cut a hole in the side of the case for better air flow for the BT. Then cover the hole with a fancy grill or make one yourself with some mesh, that can be purchased at hardware store aswell.
 

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Heh I have so many lol... yes green would be perimeter of window, some sort of trim around edge to cover the thin amount of 2 part epoxy I would use to mount the plexi to whats left of side <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick out tounge caps">...with what I have to work with and what I can get my hands on this seems like a plausible solution for me...the auto molding might be a bit too gaudy for the thickness of plexi I was thinking about using.... probably 1/4" thick....I really want that clear side too because I'm adding 2 high cfm blue led fans to match the one in back of case....Everything blue <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"> And I so love showing things off to buds who come over and not only hate taking side off to do so but temps jump almost 10c in less than 5 mins with side off... also why I want to seal the plexi with epoxy... riveting might not make a tight enough fit to keep air from coming the holes I'm going to try so hard to make look good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"><br><br>
I'm rambling but I think if what I'm thinking will work it may be something I start this week to occupy myself until everything gets here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"> Anticipation is eating me up lol Like early christmas for me and rig <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">The least you could do is go to your local hardware store an purchase a ~7.5" hole saw and use it to cut a hole in the side of the case for better air flow for the BT. Then cover the hole with a fancy grill or make one yourself with some mesh, that can be purchased at hardware store aswell.</div>
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that would be nice if I wasn't wasting money on led fans <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"> I want the window lol I have gotta see those 2 sweet coolers when I look down <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"> Those heat pipes just scream YOU NEED TO LOOK AT ME ALL THE TIME!!!!!<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">that would be nice if I wasn't wasting money on led fans <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"> I want the window lol I have gotta see those 2 sweet coolers when I look down <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"> Those heat pipes just scream YOU NEED TO LOOK AT ME ALL THE TIME!!!!!<br><br>
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LOL true that!<br><br>
Making the window cutout shouldnt be hard... the hardest part will be getting the hole cut out of it smoothly and not bending/denting the side panel...<br><br>
Also i suggest lexan over plexi....more durable. plexi scratches way to easy.
 

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The door moulding that I had in mine would be black, and 1/4" is a close approximation of many auto door panels.<br><br>
Something like this (2nd from the bottom) but in black. I have seen it for less at Kragens<br><a href="http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.carbumper.com/shopping_cart/pics/1/EW_104set.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.carbumper.com/doorguards.html&h=257&w=630&sz=90&hl=en&start=4&tbnid=KNvEe7yEjZDetM:&tbnh=56&tbnw=137&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dblack%2Bauto%2Bdoor%2Bmoulding%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D" target="_blank">http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...l%3Den%26lr%3D</a><br><br>
It might give it a "cleaner look". In addition having some type of non-rigid buffer between the window and the case metal might help with any vibration.<br><br>
Just suggestions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">
 
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<div style="font-style:italic;">The door moulding that I had in mine would be black, and 1/4" is a close approximation of many auto door panels.<br><br>
Something like this (2nd from the bottom) but in black. I have seen it for less at Kragens<br><a href="http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.carbumper.com/shopping_cart/pics/1/EW_104set.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.carbumper.com/doorguards.html&h=257&w=630&sz=90&hl=en&start=4&tbnid=KNvEe7yEjZDetM:&tbnh=56&tbnw=137&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dblack%2Bauto%2Bdoor%2Bmoulding%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D" target="_blank">http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...l%3Den%26lr%3D</a><br><br>
It might give it a "cleaner look". In addition having some type of non-rigid buffer between the window and the case metal might help with any vibration.<br><br>
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Man!!!! That would be a VERY clean look... would save me the trouble of screwing with messy 2 part epoxy lol..... I guess I really wouldn't have to worry so much about gaps aournd the window with all the jet turbines that are gonna be running in this thing lol so like 4 corners and 2 straight pieces of that black would be perfect!!! Thanks man... this mod is gonna happen <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Now I just gotta find a cool grill to cover that 4" hole and I'm SET!!!<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb"> Right on Dood! You're gonna do a cool mod.<br><br>
I apologise if the way I keep "throwing" info at you is annoying <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> but...<br><br>
..remember to measure carefully, you can always trim material away if the cut is too small...but you can not put it back if you cut too much.<br><br>
Good luck man, and if you have a digi cam post some pics of the process for future generations <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">
 

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Ohhh definitely!!! I'm thinking I might take pics of it now as is for gallery and afters for once everything is in.... and info being thrown at me is what I need lol THROW IT REALLY HARD lol I have a really thick skull <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"><br><br>
You happen to know of a place for good grills?? I keep getting barbq grills coevers in search lmao....OR would drilling a massive amount of holes over that fan do? I know it wouldn't look as good but finding a 120mm grill that doesn't look like it belongs on a bbq itself isn't looking good so far <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Frown"><br><br>
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Heya!<br><br>
The link to the website that was in one of the previous posts has an array of grills. Yeah, hate the BBQ look. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ...and of course there is google images/search.<br><br>
Drilling multiple holes will provide potential aiflow, but you will end up having increased dBa that sounds like a "whooshing" noise, very annoying. It is considerably quieter with an "open area" vent on higher RPM fans.<br><br>
I love air <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin">
 
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