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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 10:50 am 
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Hi all

These are a couple mods I did a while ago before I went to watercooling. As an MRL member I figure I should be producing something for the group :)

There are two parts to this mod. Part one, shows how to easily mount a 120mm fan inside your case. Part 2, shows how to mod your drive bay covers. I guess both mods can be done individually, but they work best when done together. This may take a while, so bare with me :)

Part 1
As you will see I have a CM Wavemaster case. Owners of this case will know that they have some problems with air flow resulting in some pretty high temps. This was my successful attempt at increasing the airflow.

What you'll need:
-1 120mm fan
-double sided tape (more proof for Chumly that double sided tape works :))

The idea is to tape the top part of the fan to the bottom of an optical drive and the back of the fan to your hard drive wrack.

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The end result will look something like this

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Depending on the size of your case and it's configuration, you should have no problems fitting the fan in. I was able to get my hands on a UV reactive fan, so I think it ended up being functional and fabulous :)

Part 2
This is the more difficult part. You'll need to dremel out the core of your front bay cover and then glue some kind of mesh in its place. You'll want to match up your materials for the best look. ie. aliminum drive bay cover and steel mesh, or plastic to plastic etc.

What you'll need
-a dremel
-masking tape (the tape just covers the bay cover so you don't scratch it up while dremeling)
-mesh (steel or palstic)
-glue (I used crazy glue)
-heavey duty scisors (only if you're using steel mesh)

I got my steel mesh from a change holder I bought a few years ago, but you should be able to find something similar at your local hardware shop.

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I used the scisors to cut the mesh to the size of the bay covers. If the mesh if thin enough the scisors will be much easier to use than a dremal IMO.

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Unfortunately I didn't stop to take pics of the dremeling process but you've seen those kind of picks a million time. I basically just measured out the size of the pieces I wanted to cut out with a marker and then followed the lines with the dremel. The floppy portion was pretty hard to do because I was dealing with a pretty small area to work within. Just take your time and go slow. This was also the very first time I used a dremel, so if you have any experience with cutting you'll do fine.

I was really happy with the end product.

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Because of the size limitation on the pics you might have a hard time seeing the finished bay covers..sorry

The end result of this little project was an overall drop in temps between 8 and 10 degrees :)

Summary
Total cost -- approx $30.00 for supplies ( I borrowed the Dremel)
time -- approx 3-4 hours. My first time using a dremel accounts for much of that..lol
Level of difficulty -- moderate.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 12:07 pm 
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Very nice - good end results.

Like I been saying, I will edit the MRL soon - and link this up as well

Good job

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very nice looking ... i really like how the light looks coming out the front thru the mesh too.

does the door that covers the drives being closed effect temps at all?


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very nice looking ... i really like how the light looks coming out the front thru the mesh too.

does the door that covers the drives being closed effect temps at all?


Thanks and thanks to Manta as well.

Having the door closed had very little effect on the temps, maybe a degree or two. I could really feel the fan pullin in air as well with very little additional noise.


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Thats a great idea! Why didnt I think of that. :?

My computer could use more air intake, and I had been trying to come up with some ideas, but yours never entered my mind. I might have to give it a try.

Good job!


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Another great idea thanks! I like the mesh look you got there it lets you see the inside of the case and allow air flow at the same time. I guess my only question would be where to find the mesh for those of us who don't a cup made out of one lying around?


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Michael's, AC Moore, Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, Target, KMart, WalMart, should I go on? Yeesh, no imagination.


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The Insane Modder wrote:
Michael's, AC Moore, Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, Target, KMart, WalMart, should I go on? Yeesh, no imagination.

well thanks for lending me some. and thanks for places of interest.


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I'm glad to hear someone might be able to make use of these ideas. It makes the hour or spent putting this post together all worth it.

Thanks for all the positive comments :)


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Hey man, it's a good idea, good ideas are, well, good, so keep 'em coming.

Wicked, dude, with that name you just had to expect me to be sarcastic, I mean come on! :)

Seriously though, at Michaels for instance, I've bought wire mesh of various shapes, thicknesses and colors which would work great for this kind of thing. I have rolls of it in copper, chrome, blue chrome, red chrome, white, black and plain aluminum color. The patterns are different for each, some are just like a screen type mesh, others are small holes, some are small diamond shapes, etc... It isn't dirt cheap but, you get maybe 5 yards on the roll and that's about oh, a yard wide, so 5x1 yard of mesh for $30 or so isn't too too bad. None of it, however, is so thick that it could stand up to a lot of pressure, it's kind of the consistancy of thick window screening, or a little more than that. Mouldable, holds its shape, etc... If you made a bay cover with it and somehow mounted it in place it'd be perfect for something like this I think.


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Insane bud I got the joke. Believe it or not there was no anamosity there and thank you for the extra clarifacation. :)


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Ok, just wanted to be absolutamundoly certain there.


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Booradley,

Just FYI, your work has been greatly appreciated over at [H]:

http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=816968

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Keep up the awesome work!

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Thanks a lot for letting me know. I was pretty flattered by the comments. I think I'll pop over there and thank them for the comments :)

Thanks again.

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anybody getting a bunch of little x's? I wanna see this again...


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WhiteRabbit22 wrote:
anybody getting a bunch of little x's? I wanna see this again...


Server down or images moved.

Crud - maybe PM Boo? Oh yeah - and tell him his case is in the gallery.

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Hey WhiteRabbit

The server that hosts my pics goes down occasionally, but it's never for very long. If they're not back up by tonight, I'll figure something out for you hopefully.

Thanks Manta :)

I've added a couple Raptors and a new OCZ Modstream PSU to my system since those pics..I'm not sure if it's better or worse now. Thanks anyway for letting me know.

EDIT Thanks a ton Manta and Spider Monkey, you made her look soooo pretty :)


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Wow boo...I thought you were gone. I saw a vote going on over at the CM forums that had your name in it and thought you just were busy over there.


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Chumly wrote:
Wow boo...I thought you were gone. I saw a vote going on over at the CM forums that had your name in it and thought you just were busy over there.


Hey Chumly

Sadly, I have been neglecting the MaxPC forum as of late. Somehow, it got ousted from my daily routine, but I'm going to work my way back. Glad to see you made it back as well, I know you took some summer time off or something like that.

w00t, pics look to be back up for you WhiteRabbit :D


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Nice case and computer. I would mod my PC if I had enough $$$.. 14 yr olds can't buy too much :?


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