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Old 3rd March, 2006, 12:10 AM
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HDD cooling (56k warning!)

the other day i had opened my computer for something i dont remember any more but i had bumped my HDD's and actually burned my finger because it was so hot! so i had began to think about how to put some fans in there to help cool them since there is absolutley no venalation up there for the HDDs.

Robbie's brother/cousin...i forget who... has the same case and i got the idea from him.
I first thought i could just go to the my local hardware store and buy a hole saw that i could just attach to my cordless drill but i talked to one of the sales people and he suggested that i not use a hole saw because it tear up the acrylic window. so i bought a dremmel! man did it work nice. k, enough with the talk. heres the pics of the final job...i thought about taking pics of the process but i was distracted by going to my High School semi final B-Ball game.
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hmm...what to do next..?
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Damn, thats a very nice looking case and computer you have there mate.

Even if BTX doesn't revolutionise PC cooling, it certainly looks very cool. I love the fact that the video card is facing up through the window.

Very clean, no tacky "pre-modded" bits, and rather clean cables, and BTX with right side window. 9/10.
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Nice case! just a couple questions though.

1. is the fans in the bottom even connected to anything?

2. are you gonna put some grills on the new fans for your HDDs?
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yes im going to put some grills on, but i ran out of money b/c i bought the dremmel
which fan on the botom are you talking about? if its the white one i some velcro holding it down to the bottom of the case
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ah, i couldn't see any screws or anything so i was just curious
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I'm robbies brother. And it's a lie i tell you. I use hole saws and rivets on plexiglass all the time. It all depends on what tools and how you use it. I suggest using a holesaw with a large tpi (teeth per inch) so its not a big BITE at a relatively high rpm guided by a steady and perfectly straight drill with very slight pressure. I took the holesaw and drilled my pilot hole with 3 smaller bits until i could get my arbor in there then i scored the plexi where the holesaw should run and then hit it with 3500 pounds of pressure! oh wait. RPM's. Gave it the weight of the drill and 45 seconds later. BAM perfect clean hole with no flaws. and the excessive rpm's and length caused it to give the edge a nice frosted (sanded) finish. So you can most deffinately use holesaw's on plexiglass.
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So you can most deffinately use holesaw's on plexiglass.
Definitely. I used to make control panel overlays for video games when I was in the video game business, and we'd make them out of plexi, with cutouts for the buttons and such. Nothing to it, as long as you take your time. Plexi IS rather brittle, though, so you definitely do NOT want to get in a hurry.

We eventually switched to Lexan, even though it was more expensive, because it was much harder for the kids to tear up and it was easier to work with.
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Great case mods! What a cool idea to Kewl a hard-drive.
My case just happens to mount the hard-drive right in front of the fan in the front of the case. So the cool air blows right across the hard drive.
But I have another computer with two hard-drive and no fan at all in front of the case. I may try something like that.
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