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  1. Posts : 1,223
    Win 10 x64 Pro x64 / Ubuntu 15.10 x64
       #1601

    Lordbob75 said:
    So sounds like I didn't get a bad deal, considering I only need one size for now (PSU was already sleeved).
    Yeah, it would've worked out cheaper if I bought a single thickness, but my PSU isn't sleeved, and I'm not planning to sleeve the individual cables, so a kit makes more sense for me...

    Lordbob75 said:
    The mesh idea is not a bad one. How do you plan to fit it to the fans? On the outside, inside, between fan and case or on the inside of the fan with a second set of screws?

    ~Lordbob
    The side fans I'll place the mesh between the fans and the perspex, I'm going to try and model my fan covers around the NZXT M59 case, it will obviously look a bit different thanks to the fact that my mesh has larger holes, but I'm going to try fix it to the fans similarly to this:


    I don't need to worry about covering the inside of the fans as my cables are nowhere near the fans now, and they'll be even further away once I'm done with my cable management..

    The front panel is going to be the interesting one though (expect lots of photos of that task). Currently, I have a curved plastic panel with four clips that hold it in the case, but to mount the mesh I still need those four clips... So I'm going to cut the face out of this front panel, and mount the mesh onto that using the double-sided tape. That way I should hopefully have a frame with the four case clips and a mesh front.

    The only points I haven't quite worked out yet is exactly where to fix the mesh to the frame, and whether or not I need to reinforce this plastic frame at all.. I might be able to fix the mesh onto it in such a way that the mesh itself actually makes it stronger, but I'll see how it goes.

    A good friend of mine was kind enough to lend me his Dremel 300 with a nice assortment of tips, so between that and my jig-saw and drill, I should be able to make this all work quite nicely.
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  2. Posts : 6,885
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
       #1602

    ZaLiTH said:
    Lordbob75 said:
    So sounds like I didn't get a bad deal, considering I only need one size for now (PSU was already sleeved).
    Yeah, it would've worked out cheaper if I bought a single thickness, but my PSU isn't sleeved, and I'm not planning to sleeve the individual cables, so a kit makes more sense for me...

    Lordbob75 said:
    The mesh idea is not a bad one. How do you plan to fit it to the fans? On the outside, inside, between fan and case or on the inside of the fan with a second set of screws?

    ~Lordbob
    The side fans I'll place the mesh between the fans and the perspex, I'm going to try and model my fan covers around the NZXT M59 case, it will obviously look a bit different thanks to the fact that my mesh has larger holes, but I'm going to try fix it to the fans similarly to this:


    I don't need to worry about covering the inside of the fans as my cables are nowhere near the fans now, and they'll be even further away once I'm done with my cable management..

    The front panel is going to be the interesting one though (expect lots of photos of that task). Currently, I have a curved plastic panel with four clips that hold it in the case, but to mount the mesh I still need those four clips... So I'm going to cut the face out of this front panel, and mount the mesh onto that using the double-sided tape. That way I should hopefully have a frame with the four case clips and a mesh front.

    The only points I haven't quite worked out yet is exactly where to fix the mesh to the frame, and whether or not I need to reinforce this plastic frame at all.. I might be able to fix the mesh onto it in such a way that the mesh itself actually makes it stronger, but I'll see how it goes.

    A good friend of mine was kind enough to lend me his Dremel 300 with a nice assortment of tips, so between that and my jig-saw and drill, I should be able to make this all work quite nicely.
    Sounds good.

    Can't wait to see it all done.

    ~Lordbob
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  3. Posts : 12,177
    Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
       #1603

    Looks like fun ZaLiTH, keep us posted and some pics
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  4. Posts : 1,223
    Win 10 x64 Pro x64 / Ubuntu 15.10 x64
       #1604

    Dave76 said:
    Looks like fun ZaLiTH, keep us posted and some pics
    Thanks Dave.. I'm enjoying this project so far, so I'd definitely call it 'fun'. I don't have any internet access at home unfortunately, so I'll see what I can get done this weekend and upload some more photos on Monday.
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  5. Posts : 22,814
    W 7 64-bit Ultimate
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       #1605

    ZaLiTH said:
    Dave76 said:
    Looks like fun ZaLiTH, keep us posted and some pics
    Thanks Dave.. I'm enjoying this project so far, so I'd definitely call it 'fun'. I don't have any internet access at home unfortunately, so I'll see what I can get done this weekend and upload some more photos on Monday.


    We'll be here mate!
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  6. Posts : 53,660
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #1606

    BXDfreedom said:
    Hello just visting again this thread wanna share my current setup
    Very nice!

    A Guy
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  7. Posts : 1,223
    Win 10 x64 Pro x64 / Ubuntu 15.10 x64
       #1607

    Well well, it's been a good weekend... Got some good work done on my case mod. As usual, I apologise for the creally crappy photo quality, my HTC phone camera was all I had handy this weekend...


    First things first, getting all my tools together, can't forget the coffee... It's a vital part of anything that requires thought:


    I started by bending the mesh panel to shape and drawing the basic outline of the front panel onto the mesh, no big sweat here:


    Next I tried to cut out the old front panel and use the edges as a 'frame' to mount the new mesh panel onto:


    But that didn't work too well. It broke when I started filling it back to mount the mesh:


    So, I layed the mesh over the front panel, had a staring competition with my front panel (it won, by the way), and waited for some divine inspiration to hit me.


    A cup of coffee and a smoke helped clear my head, and I decided to may use of the two silver plastic strips above and below my old panel to mount it.

    The basic idea is that these two strips are actually screwed into the case from the inside, and they're not thin and flimsy pieces like the clear plastic panel was. So I cut two lines into the inside edges of these two silver pieces to slot the mesh into, then I cut out the corners of the mesh to fit into the slots I'd cut in the plastic... This took much tweaking and cutting and trimming and coffee and more cutting.


    But it all paid off at the end! Starting to look like a fan cover now.


    I got a bit worried at this point because I hadn't measured it against the actual front panel for a while, but when I put it back on, everything just fell into place and it lined up perfectly. I am going to be covering the left and right hand sides of this mesh at some point, I'll just strip some wire and put black wire insulation over the sides, but I didn't have any spare thin black wire lying around, so I'll do that next time.


    Finally, I collected all the parts spread all over my double bed and put my case back together.. I must say, I was satisfied with the outcome:



    Next was the side panel, I'll keep this part short though, this post is getting way too long now.

    I started by cutting the basic shape of the mesh and lining it up. Did a bit of trimming on the edges here:


    I decided to go with the idea of cutting awy the corners where the fan screws were, instead of tring to line up mesh holes with fan holes:


    When I put it against the fans on my side panel, I found a few small corners that I needed to trim away a bit, but it was looking pretty good:


    Once I was satisfied with the shape, I put my side panel back together:


    And put it back on my case:




    I'm not sure if I should put some sort of surround on the side fan mesh or not, perhaps do the same as what I plan for the sides of the front mesh? I'm not sure though... It's not vibrating now, but I suspect with the mesh being aginst the perspex side panel, it may start to vibrate in a few days once the screws start to settle a bit.

    Also, I haven't done the cable sleeving yet, I'll sort that out when I re-spray my case... After all, my PC will be out of action for a few days anyway, and everything will be stripped from my case, perfect time to do sleeving. What do you guys think so far?
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  8. Posts : 17,322
    Win 10 Pro x64
       #1608

    Nice work, handy step by step walk through too. Looking good Zalith!
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  9. Posts : 6,885
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
       #1609

    That is looking really good Zalith!

    I have unfortunately borked my work a little... I blew out the LEDs on my fan by running 12V through them, about 10 times more than I should have...
    So that ended my work for today.
    It also appears that I need to go with a regular rocker switch because the LED ones won't work with the setup I was to use.

    ~Lordbob
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  10. Posts : 1,223
    Win 10 x64 Pro x64 / Ubuntu 15.10 x64
       #1610

    derekimo said:
    Nice work, handy step by step walk through too. Looking good Zalith!
    Thanks.. I figure if anybody else is looking to do the same sort of thing, the least I could do is tell people what did and didn't work for me.. :)

    Lordbob75 said:
    That is looking really good Zalith!

    I have unfortunately borked my work a little... I blew out the LEDs on my fan by running 12V through them, about 10 times more than I should have...
    So that ended my work for today.
    It also appears that I need to go with a regular rocker switch because the LED ones won't work with the setup I was to use.

    ~Lordbob
    Ouch... That really sucks, what about using an in-line resister on the positive point of the LEDs though? Using the +5v line from a molex connector should do the trick, although I must admit that might affect the LEDs in the fan itself, unless you use a totally separate +5v line to the fan connector.
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