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Hi guys,

I am installing some CCFLs in my Cosmos S and I would like to see them clearly outside the case. So I was just wondering if changing the mesh with Acrylic by my self would be cheaper than buying the pre-made one from newegg.

And if doing it my self will be cheaper, where can I get some Acrylic sheets and what size?

Please tell me where I could pick some up(not buying online).

Thanks

Here is the link for the pre-made one from newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999186
 

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yes it will be cheaper doing it your self
where to get acrylic
try to find a local supplier in your area
for the size of the windows measure a little past the edge so the tape can go on the metal

Video on how to do and what is needed

 

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It would be much cheaper to do it yourself, but if you don't trust yourself with power tools it may not come out the way you want it to.
Acrylic isn't that expensive, but I've found I can't find cell cast acrylic at any hardware stores, which is ideal for a case window. (Less cracking/melting, ect.) Normal acrylic will work fine, I usually pick up a large sheet from HomeDepot and then cut it to size using a jigsaw and going very slowly, with alot of support near the saw.

Although for $30 I would personally just buy it offline. It would look alot nicer, unless of course you want to get out to the garage
. If it was north of $50 I would definately reconsider.

To hold the window on, if you watched the video Bill suggests the greatest tape ever... get that
 

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it would be $42usd including shipping from newegg. I'll see tomorrow how much would it be and it its close to $42 dollars then I will just buy it online.
 

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Hey check out my Cosmos S project. I basically removed the mesh and plastic frame, then dropped a piece of acrylic right inside where the plastic frame was. Easy as cake. THe only cost to you is the piece of acrylic. AC Ryan sells a piece of it on FrozenCPU.
 

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I know this isn't really my thread, but how much does acrylic cost? Say for a 1' by 2'.

And does it cut well with a band saw?
 

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Just get the premade one on newegg, it's pretty cheap and a piece of acrylic that size will cost you about $20 anyway.
 

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Just get the premade one on newegg, it's pretty cheap and a piece of acrylic that size will cost you about $20 anyway.

Yah that is true..I stopped by home depot today and found out that it will cost me $17.00usd + the cutter tool $4usd =$21usd before taxes. If I get the one from newegg it will be $42usd including tax and shipping. I think its $37usd including tax and shipping if I get it from amazon.com
 

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Yah that is true..I stopped by home depot today and found out that it will cost me $17.00usd + the cutter tool $4usd =$21usd before taxes. If I get the one from newegg it will be $42usd including tax and shipping. I think its $37usd including tax and shipping if I get it from amazon.com

Yeah man just do that. Modding is fun and all, but that is just more practical.
 

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Yeah man just do that. Modding is fun and all, but that is just more practical.

Yup, I am really considering it. The only thing that is holding me back is the shipping time( I am to excited to wait ) and other people's comments on newegg saying that the panel was poorly packaged and when they recieved it, it was already half open due to the poor packaging. I f you read all the comments about the side panel, most of them if not all are saying the same thing. I am just a little worried that when I get mine it will come all scratched up and will have to RMA it to newegg.
 

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If you do get the one from Newegg, let me know if the color/finish matches the Cosmos S. I tightened a screw too hard when I made my side panel and put a dent in it. Its been pissing me off since.

Sure. I will let you know as soon as I decided to get it. Just of curiosity, why did you use screw to mount the Acrylic sheet? Because I see other people are using double sided tape.
 

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Sure. I will let you know as soon as I decided to get it. Just of curiosity, why did you use screw to mount the Acrylic sheet? Because I see other people are using double sided tape.

I used some strong glue for my Cosmos but lots of people including MNPCtech's Bill Owen recommend Scotch 4010 because it's really strong yet non-permanent. I will be using the scotch for my next mod.

I think a hot glue gun would work too, just try not to melt the plastic!
 

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I used some strong glue for my Cosmos but lots of people including MNPCtech's Bill Owen recommend Scotch 4010 because it's really strong yet non-permanent. I will be using the scotch for my next mod.

I think a hot glue gun would work too, just try not to melt the plastic!
Would it require a power tool to cut the Lexan Acrylic sheet from Home Depot or just the cutter tool you could get from the same store?
 

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Sure. I will let you know as soon as I decided to get it. Just of curiosity, why did you use screw to mount the Acrylic sheet? Because I see other people are using double sided tape.


The thought never crossed my mind to use tape. I figured that I wanted the most stable mounting job and to make it as stock looking as possible and thats what popped into my head. Either way, it works out, I was just dumb and tightened the screw a bit too much.



 

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The thought never crossed my mind to use tape. I figured that I wanted the most stable mounting job and to make it as stock looking as possible and thats what popped into my head. Either way, it works out, I was just dumb and tightened the screw a bit too much.




Oh yah, that is a good idea..THose screw holes was pre-drilled right?
 

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I took out the fan shroud/mesh piece from the side (which is held in by 4 screws) and traced it onto a piece of acrylic. Then i drilled the holes in the same spot as the mesh piece. So, the screw mounts were already on the side panel, I just reused them, with the stock screws and some fender washers.
 
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