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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:09 pm 
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Hello, so i'm thinking of modding my XPS 630 by addding a side panel, some LED fans, and maybe some cold cathodes. I've never done any mod like this before, so i need all the help i can get. I would love it look like this but just a square cut out of the side with clear plastic/whatever u use would be awesome! So i really have no idea where to begin, sry :oops:.

I look forward to learning from your expertise...


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I just recently cut my first side panel in a case, I used this tutorial. Though I do have past metalworking experience, I still think it turned out great for a first try:
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to mount the plastic, the best route is to cut the plastic bigger then the window, and use 3M mounting tape (you can get it from Home Depot, Lowe's etc.) to stick it on there like so:
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The plexiglass is most eaily cut by a jigsaw fitted with an all-purpose blade. Again, plexiglass is easily gotten from any hardware store. Just make sure you get the better, more scratch-resistant kind.
as for the cold cathodes, the Logisys ones I bought had velcro tape with which to mount them that worked just fine.


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Um, maybe i'm just being stupid, but i don't see a tutorial on that link...

Also, how'd you get the cut started with jigsaw? It seems like you would you have to have a pre-existing hole for that to work...

Anyway, i rarely work with metal, so i don't really know what i'm talking about.


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zippzom wrote:
Um, maybe i'm just being stupid, but i don't see a tutorial on that link...

scroll to the bottom of the page. Its a video tutorial.
EDIT: wait, crud, it got removed.
Well, basically, what I did was to draw out the shape of the hole, use a dremel to make a slit, and then do the rest with a jigsaw. After that, I used a dremel with a metal sanding bit to smooth it out and get the corners perfect. not too difficult.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:50 pm 
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Ok sounds pretty easy.

Now to see if my neighbor (my family has no power tools), will let me borrow his stuff, or if he'll do it for me :D

Thanks spartacus

Oh, question, is there a good place you would reccomend to place my cold cathodes?

My case looks like this...


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I'd say the best place to put the cathodes is one on each side.


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Sweet, thanks man

Oh, and your mod looks great! Do you have tinted plastic or is that just the cathodes?


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thanks.
the red is the cathodes. One is on bottom, one on top.


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I say cathodes should not be seen you should only see the glow of them that way it does not blind you or look stupid.I have at the very bottom and roof of the case so that you basically can not see them.
But if you can its best to avoid them altogether if you want nice lighting just get some good led fans.


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I say cathodes should not be seen you should only see the glow of them that way it does not blind you or look stupid.I have at the very bottom and roof of the case so that you basically can not see them.
But if you can its best to avoid them altogether if you want nice lighting just get some good led fans.

I agree with the putting them out of sight. Especially if you use warm-colored cathodes, because the color they are if you look directly at them isn't the same color as the glow they emit. But cathodes are much brighter then any LED fans I've encountered. I've got the brightest blue LED fan I've ever seen in my rig, and it still doesn't come close to the uniformity and brightness of the glow of the red cathodes in my brother's comp. The advantage of cathodes is that they are a stick so they throw light out over a much wider area.


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Spartacus wrote:
killerxx7 wrote:
I say cathodes should not be seen you should only see the glow of them that way it does not blind you or look stupid.I have at the very bottom and roof of the case so that you basically can not see them.
But if you can its best to avoid them altogether if you want nice lighting just get some good led fans.

I agree with the putting them out of sight. Especially if you use warm-colored cathodes, because the color they are if you look directly at them isn't the same color as the glow they emit. But cathodes are much brighter then any LED fans I've encountered. I've got the brightest blue LED fan I've ever seen in my rig, and it still doesn't come close to the uniformity and brightness of the glow of the red cathodes in my brother's comp. The advantage of cathodes is that they are a stick so they throw light out over a much wider area.


This is true but i think they can be a tad OTT in some cases specially if you use too many.


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killerxx7 wrote:
Spartacus wrote:
killerxx7 wrote:
I say cathodes should not be seen you should only see the glow of them that way it does not blind you or look stupid.I have at the very bottom and roof of the case so that you basically can not see them.
But if you can its best to avoid them altogether if you want nice lighting just get some good led fans.

I agree with the putting them out of sight. Especially if you use warm-colored cathodes, because the color they are if you look directly at them isn't the same color as the glow they emit. But cathodes are much brighter then any LED fans I've encountered. I've got the brightest blue LED fan I've ever seen in my rig, and it still doesn't come close to the uniformity and brightness of the glow of the red cathodes in my brother's comp. The advantage of cathodes is that they are a stick so they throw light out over a much wider area.


This is true but i think they can be a tad OTT in some cases specially if you use too many.

true. More then 2 is too many.


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