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i have an xdreamII case modded slightly-

and i wanted to add a 120mm blowhole out the top, because after buying the x-connect psu, by 80mm doesn't fit inside anymore, so i have duct taped a 120 to the top of my case - sooooo ugly!!!

so to mod the top of my case - will a dremmel do it? with that metal cutting bit? or is a jigsaw what is recommeded - i do'nt have one of thsoe, and want to do this
wit ha dremmel,

will it work? and how hard?
 

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i have an xdreamII case modded slightly-

and i wanted to add a 120mm blowhole out the top, because after buying the x-connect psu, by 80mm doesn't fit inside anymore, so i have duct taped a 120 to the top of my case - sooooo ugly!!!

so to mod the top of my case - will a dremmel do it? with that metal cutting bit? or is a jigsaw what is recommeded - i do'nt have one of thsoe, and want to do this
wit ha dremmel,

will it work? and how hard?

Best bet would be to go buy a 12cm drill bit for like $5, and jsut use that for an easy cut. Then use a 3mm bit to set up the mounting holes.
 

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i have an xdreamII case modded slightly-

and i wanted to add a 120mm blowhole out the top, because after buying the x-connect psu, by 80mm doesn't fit inside anymore, so i have duct taped a 120 to the top of my case - sooooo ugly!!!

so to mod the top of my case - will a dremmel do it? with that metal cutting bit? or is a jigsaw what is recommeded - i do'nt have one of thsoe, and want to do this
wit ha dremmel,

will it work? and how hard?

Go to harbor freight and get the exact size Hole Saw for your cut. you can get them at a hardware store but HF would be cheaper.
 

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Go to harbor freight and get the exact size Hole Saw for your cut. you can get them at a hardware store but HF would be cheaper.

Sorry I refer to it as a drill bit, it is a Hole saw, but it works in a standard drill.
 

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Sorry I refer to it as a drill bit, it is a Hole saw, but it works in a standard drill.

alrighty, so i was looking up hole saws online, and could you tell me if my interpretation is correct?

center bit drills the center hole, and then that circle thingy drills out the hole of exact size?

like the whole thing spins like a huge bit - except that the center is non-existent?

like a hollow cut?
 

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alrighty, so i was looking up hole saws online, and could you tell me if my interpretation is correct?

center bit drills the center hole, and then that circle thingy drills out the hole of exact size?

like the whole thing spins like a huge bit - except that the center is non-existent?

like a hollow cut?

The center pit is to keep the outside saw in the right location, afte about 5mm the center bit is just a metal rod, and the outside does all of the cutting.
 

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Sorry I refer to it as a drill bit, it is a Hole saw, but it works in a standard drill.

I was gonna say, what kind of drill are you using? lol

The Dremel could do it too, if you don't want to spend money. All it will be is not quite as neat as the drill option, but rough edges can be covered with a fan grill...
 

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The center pit is to keep the outside saw in the right location, afte about 5mm the center bit is just a metal rod, and the outside does all of the cutting.

now, do case tops usually come off? or do you have to just empty out the entire case?

it seems like there are screws to remove just the top of the case? is this usually how it is?

if not, can i just leave my stuff in the case, and put something under the cut to catch all the particles?

and the 12cm bit really only costs 5 bucks?
 

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now, do case tops usually come off? or do you have to just empty out the entire case?

it seems like there are screws to remove just the top of the case? is this usually how it is?

if not, can i just leave my stuff in the case, and put something under the cut to catch all the particles?

In most cases the tops are connected to the left sidepanel, the best way would be to leav it on the frame and empty the contents of the case.
 

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In most cases the tops are connected to the left sidepanel, the best way would be to leav it on the frame and empty the contents of the case.

erm...in alot of modern cases the top comes off first, and locks the side panels on. With old cases alot have a fixed top, that is riveted on
 

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erm...in alot of modern cases the top comes off first, and locks the side panels on. With old cases alot have a fixed top, that is riveted on

You are correct as for cases that are bought along, but if you are reworking a case from a propriatary Pc then in most cases it the case will be two parts the side that comes off, and the rest.
 

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You are correct as for cases that are bought along, but if you are reworking a case from a propriatary Pc then in most cases it the case will be two parts the side that comes off, and the rest.

En Anglais, s'il vous plait?
 

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En Anglais, s'il vous plait?

You are correct as for cases that are bought alone as part of a custom build, but if you are reworking a case from a propriatary PC (examples..Dell, Gateway, Comapq, etc) then in most cases it the case will be two parts the side that comes offto see the top of the mobo, and the second part is the rest of the outer housing.

And since more than 3 quarters of all computers as propriatary builds, most cases are two part external housing setups.
 

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vYou are correct as for cases that are bought alone as part of a custom build, but if you are reworking a case from a propriatary PC (examples..Dell, Gateway, Comapq, etc) then in most cases it the case will be two parts the side that comes offto see the top of the mobo, and the second part is the rest of the outer housing.

ah, merci.
 

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dude, just got back from home depot - the hole saw for the 120mm fan slot is like 25 bucks, what is this 5 dollar non-sense you speak of?

i ended up buying a huge 5 dollar metal regular drill bit, and i am just gonna connect the dots with my dremmel

and my case, is non-propreitory - it is a xgamerII case - so i hope it is not a 2 piece thing
 

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dude, just got back from home depot - the hole saw for the 120mm fan slot is like 25 bucks, what is this 5 dollar non-sense you speak of?

i ended up buying a huge 5 dollar metal regular drill bit, and i am just gonna connect the dots with my dremmel

and my case, is non-propreitory - it is a xgamerII case - so i hope it is not a 2 piece thing

I saw one at my Home Depot the day after christmas for $5, anyway the dremmel will work.

also most likely your case it a 3 part, so let us know how it goes.
 

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I use a drill and hole saw too. A 4 1/2'' hole saw is the exact size as a 120mm fan. The drill cost me about $18 and the hole saw was like $12, all at Home Depot. This cheapy drill works awesome too!!! Best under $20 purchase I have ever made. And oh, whatever you do, TAKE EVERYTHING OUT FIRST!!! I ruined a brand new hard drive because of the vibrations.
 

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i would like to report a success story

120mm blow hole successfully attached - good thing my case top can separate from the rest of the parts!

dremmel did the job - took about 20min - not too clean, but hey,
what are fan grills for!

thanks for all the input - hole saw perhaps down the road!
 

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i would like to report a success story

120mm blow hole successfully attached - good thing my case top can separate from the rest of the parts!

dremmel did the job - took about 20min - not too clean, but hey,
what are fan grills for!

thanks for all the input - hole saw perhaps down the road!

I didnt want to tell you this because Lando is right. But I Cut 3 case tops for 80mm Fans without takeing anything out. I used cardboard to make a gutter/ funnel type thing. You just got to keep an eye on the center drill. LOL
 
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