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    Default Case Mod Major Fail

    So I set out today to mod my side panel window to accept a 120 MM fan. It cracked when I drilled the 1/4 inch screw holes:







    To top it off, adding the fan didn't change the idle or load temps of my card or CPU one degree so this was a complete waste of time and I ruined my window. Gonna waste more money replacing it. Really disappointed.

    Anyone know if I can just buy a new side panel with a window from Cooler Master and, if so, any idea how much?

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    Default Re: Case Mod Major Fail

    I know only cooler master selling the whole window. y don't you just instal it you're self. go to lows bye new pixie glass.

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    Default Re: Case Mod Major Fail

    Quote Originally Posted by killjoyjim View Post
    I know only cooler master selling the whole window. y don't you just instal it you're self. go to lows bye new pixie glass.
    I probably will, or buy a piece from MNPCTECH. Maybe the smoked glass: http://www.mnpctech.com/acrylic_colo..._windows1.html
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    Default Re: Case Mod Major Fail

    If you have a mom and pop glass shop in town, go talk to them. Good chance they have a scrap piece of plexiglass that is laying around. I did a terrible window mod once and found a local shop here to cut the glass to shape and drilled the need holes for me all for a 12-pack.

    You might just be as lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KIPPER View Post
    If you have a mom and pop glass shop in town, go talk to them. Good chance they have a scrap piece of plexiglass that is laying around. I did a terrible window mod once and found a local shop here to cut the glass to shape and drilled the need holes for me all for a 12-pack.

    You might just be as lucky.
    Thanks. I'll make some calls tomorrow. Still really bummed out how this turned out.
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    Default Re: Case Mod Major Fail

    You do not have to cut Plexi to shape. It can be cut bigger and use 3M peel and stick tape. They make vinyl trim to trim the cut out.....


    Here is a mod I did on a Zalman GS1000. The window turned out nice, the vinyl trim not the best. I need to re do it.


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    your drill speed was too fast, it binds the plexi cause it to crack. Yeah, it's cheaper to pick a sheet at Homedepot or lowes but you do need a jigsaw or table saw with fine teeth such as the one for plywood to cut the plexi to sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    your drill speed was too fast, it binds the plexi cause it to crack. Yeah, it's cheaper to pick a sheet at Homedepot or lowes but you do need a jigsaw or table saw with fine teeth such as the one for plywood to cut the plexi to sizes.
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    Default Re: Case Mod Major Fail

    Ouch! Sucks. When I cut mine I used a dremel with a Diamond Fine teeth Cutting wheel to do the job. I also ran the dremel at half the speed I normally would so I wouldn't crack it..
    Home Depot sell the plexi for pretty cheap. I would probably look into that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    Ouch! Sucks. When I cut mine I used a dremel with a Diamond Fine teeth Cutting wheel to do the job. I also ran the dremel at half the speed I normally would so I wouldn't crack it..
    Home Depot sell the plexi for pretty cheap. I would probably look into that.
    I found a 12 x 24 inch sheet at home depot for about $13. Problem is my case window is attached with a bunch of little rivets all the way around the edge. It will look awful without them in so I can't just 3M the new acrylic to the panel. I have to figure out how to attach it with the rivets. ****, I am really pissed.
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    ok look at the rivets.they are NOT rivet's. They are pins. mine were the same. look at center they are a pin. just push the center of pin. it will come out. I instaled smoked in my 922.

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    Default Re: Case Mod Major Fail

    Even if it was riveted then just trace the mounting holes from the old glass then you can pick up some nice black socket-cap screws from Homedepot as the replacement.

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    Default Re: Case Mod Major Fail

    Quote Originally Posted by KIPPER View Post
    If you have a mom and pop glass shop in town, go talk to them. Good chance they have a scrap piece of plexiglass that is laying around. I did a terrible window mod once and found a local shop here to cut the glass to shape and drilled the need holes for me all for a 12-pack.

    You might just be as lucky.
    "All for a 12 Pack"

    Lordy I Love to barter,......how cool was that?

    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    Still really bummed out how this turned out.
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    Thanks all. I really appreciate the help and advice.
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    Default Re: Case Mod Major Fail

    I didn't even notice the cracks till I read your description, even if it didn't cool it as well it definitely looked cool.

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    Default Re: Case Mod Major Fail

    Don't forget masking tape, lots of masking tape!

    Even though the plexi has a protective film on it, I recommend you cover both sides with masking tape.
    It gives you something to draw the cut patern and screw holes on that is secured to the plexi, and is much better protection against tool marks than the film.

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