Adding a top mounted Window and Fan

Tool Requirements and Method

Preparation:

Note: Please remove all of the innards of your PC, including the PSU. They tend not to like metal shavings at all, don't say you weren't warned. Any subsequent damage caused to the case or hardware by the user following this guide, is entirely the responsibility of the user. OC3D Forum and staff shall be held free of any liability from the following of this guide. It is posted here merely as a reference, and any information contained within is not necessarily the expressed views/ opinions of OC3D.



Materials required

*Dremel or Jigsaw (pls use safety glasses and ear plugs);
*Drill (if you're using the jigsaw, this will make the hole to start your cutting);
*Pencil;
*Utility knife;
*Masking tape;
*Measuring tape;
*Rubber moulding with locking strip (available from any rubber products stockist);
*Perspex sheetiing (preferably 5mm or thicker, any thinner and it is prone to fracture);
*3/16" washer, and
*about an hour of your time.



Step 1

First you need to measure and mark out where you want the perspex window to go, pay careful attention to your PSU position and any optical drives that may be in the way once the case has been re-assembled. Cut out your perspex using either the dremel or jigsaw, the simpler the shape, the easier it will be to fit. I recommend the jigsaw, using the dremel on too high a speed can melt the perspex. Once you have the shape you want, place the perspex on top of the case in its correct position, and use the 3/16" washer and pencil to trace the outline of the window (this will be the line, that you cut) Use the masking tape to cover around the sides of your case completely. This will keep you from scratching the panel when you are cutting out for the window.

Masking upe

Above: Case prepared for the cutting process, note the tape to prevent scratching. You should be able to see the faint pencil line that will act as a stencil when using the dremel
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15-03-2005, 04:45:32

PV5150
See OC3D for the full guide

Click hereQuote

19-03-2005, 08:17:02

JN
GREAT GUIDE!!!!

Stickied and Repped Quote

19-03-2005, 10:13:53

PV5150
Thanks XMS

PVQuote

19-03-2005, 23:22:23

vice
That's pretty cool. Some day I want to turn all sides into windows.Quote

20-03-2005, 04:21:18

PV5150
Thanks Vice, hope all goes well

PVQuote

14-05-2005, 23:37:44

JNewell_
Great guide, I think this would look great with my case, I'll have to try it sometime Quote

15-05-2005, 16:49:28

Joe
as usual Pv excellent u truly are the guide kingQuote

15-05-2005, 16:53:53

FarFarAway
Yes you are PV...great guide!!

Must get a dremel....must get a Dremel..

Gotta redo my side blowhole now...Quote

15-05-2005, 18:33:05

PV5150
Thank you guys, glad you enjoyed it and can maybe use it for your own rigsQuote

15-05-2005, 23:37:11

Aman
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Thank you guys, glad you enjoyed it and can maybe use it for your own rigs
Neat but I doubt I will be destroying my $200.00 tower lol.Quote

16-05-2005, 02:59:24

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Aman'
Neat but I doubt I will be destroying my $200.00 tower lol.
Bah...yeah ya will...that's only £100.

If it needs modifying...then do it! Quote

16-05-2005, 09:33:26

PV5150
Exactly kempez, I only had my Antec for 2 weeks and then I cut that bloody big hole in the top lol Quote

16-05-2005, 09:48:16

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Exactly kempez, I only had my Antec for 2 weeks and then I cut that bloody big hole in the top lol
I'm thinking of getting a Thermaltake Tsunami and that will be hacked apart as soon as I get it!!

I'm getting a side and a top blowhole cut into it as soon asI get my grubby mits on it!! Quote

16-05-2005, 09:50:54

PV5150
Nice one mate, wanna borrow my dremel? Quote

16-05-2005, 09:55:23

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Nice one mate, wanna borrow my dremel?
Yeah I'll pop over and get it if that's ok

rofl

I could do with a nice break!! Quote

16-05-2005, 10:24:10

PV5150
No probs at all mate, I'll get it out from my workshop area for ya lolQuote

16-05-2005, 11:09:25

Joe
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
No probs at all mate, I'll get it out from my workshop area for ya lol
ah crap i was gonna go ova an get a lend of it , had flight booked and evry thing :'(Quote

16-05-2005, 11:27:03

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Joe'
ah crap i was gonna go ova an get a lend of it , had flight booked and evry thing :'(
UNLUCKY

I shotgunnes it so tough! Quote

16-05-2005, 11:44:00

Dav0s
i dont do DIY, things get messy.......Quote

16-05-2005, 22:24:15

PV5150
Send it to me then Dave, I'll do it for you mate Quote

17-05-2005, 03:28:16

Aman
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Send it to me then Dave, I'll do it for you mate
the only hardware mods ive done are to my xbox and they are sexy, cut out the jewel in the centre and put a blue cold cathode ring underneath that shines through the jewel which I stripped the ugly green paint from. turned the power button leds all blue, put blue leds in my controllers and in teh controller ports and spray painted the whole box a sexy white. No ones xbox can compete that I know of, mixed in with a 120 gig hard drive and an xecuter 2.3 b+ lite mod chip it is a home entertainment system in itself.Quote

17-05-2005, 03:34:36

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Aman'
the only hardware mods ive done are to my xbox and they are sexy, cut out the jewel in the centre and put a blue cold cathode ring underneath that shines through the jewel which I stripped the ugly green paint from. turned the power button leds all blue, put blue leds in my controllers and in teh controller ports and spray painted the whole box a sexy white. No ones xbox can compete that I know of, mixed in with a 120 gig hard drive and an xecuter 2.3 b+ lite mod chip it is a home entertainment system in itself.
Nice mate...sounds excellent. Pics would be nice please? Or you could put them in with your rig gallery!! Quote

17-05-2005, 11:20:36

Dav0s
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Aman'
the only hardware mods ive done are to my xbox and they are sexy, cut out the jewel in the centre and put a blue cold cathode ring underneath that shines through the jewel which I stripped the ugly green paint from. turned the power button leds all blue, put blue leds in my controllers and in teh controller ports and spray painted the whole box a sexy white. No ones xbox can compete that I know of, mixed in with a 120 gig hard drive and an xecuter 2.3 b+ lite mod chip it is a home entertainment system in itself.
i would love to see soem pics of that. a white xbox sounds shweetQuote

17-05-2005, 18:19:21

ionicle_old
i would gladly rep you cos it is an ace guide, but your a mod so i cantQuote

17-05-2005, 21:14:19

PV5150
Thanks Ionicle, the thought is appreciated regardless Quote

13-04-2006, 07:43:49

FarFarAway
This has been converted to OC3D now guys

Click here

Quote

22-06-2007, 14:41:18

prosser13
Page down? Quote

22-06-2007, 14:48:23

Ham

05-11-2007, 15:12:14

Mandible
Out of interest, as i am planning to give my Aplus CS-188AF a top window, as the side fan makes a decent side window near impossible, where can i get hold of rubber moulding strips from the UK? can anybody link me too a site? i am i think, right in saying that i can get the perspex from a building merchants?Quote

05-11-2007, 16:02:04

FarFarAway

21-02-2008, 17:07:43

Fatal M
If U Dont Mind Checking The Link ! it looks dead to me

thanks mate Quote

21-02-2008, 17:12:35

cybermaniac
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Originally Posted by name='Ham'
see aboveQuote

25-04-2008, 08:28:36

kataras
link needs fixage

edit: found it Quote

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