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Bill Owen posted a topic in Modding GuidesMod your own PC with supplies from Mnpctech! The Fractal-Design Define series of Mid & Full towers have Black factory sound dampening foam on the side panels. Here are the steps to installing a custom window in any Define model case. I'll be doing this install without the Black U-channel window molding, so the panel has clean look. Make first initial cut with your Dremel and reinforced cutting wheel, to allow use of Jigsaw and cut the window more efficiently You have created a slot to allow a Jigsaw w/ 18 TPI cutting blade. The blade will cut through the Steel and sound dampening foam. You will have to periodically clean foam debris from the Jigsaw blade. Using a Jigsaw is much quicker than using a Dremel to cut your window I'm removing 1/4" of Black foam from the edge of opening with X-acto knife, so I can install Clear acrylic window with 3M 4010 Tape. Using Flat head screw driver to peel off the 1/4" of sound deadening foam This is where the modification become very time consuming. Reside left on the Steel after peeling off 1/4" foam Small particles of the foam will melt onto outside of window, that need to be removed. Using small hand file to remove small particles of the melted foam. To remove residue of the foam, I dabbed Sunnyside brand Mineral Spirits to a piece of cloth and rubbed off the residue. The Mineral Spirits did not effect the factory paint finish on the Define R3. Residue of foam, before applying Sunnyside brand Mineral Spirits. Foam residue removed. Now you can install Clear acrylic window cut to the dimensions of the exposed Steel, with 3M 4010 Tape
Click Banner to Visit Mnpctech website for Case Mod Supplies Here is a mod guide to help cool your PC with a massive 250mm cooling fan in your side panel, similar to Cooler Master's HAF series and Thermaltake Element series cases. You can install the fan as Intake or Exhaust, depending upon your individual needs. The case we're using for this guide is a Lian Li PC-7plus B midtower. You can install a 250mm size fan in any case that has 12" x 12" of free space in the side panel. Supplies & Tools Needed: Thermaltake 250mm Silent Case Fan Products Model: TT250FAN, but you can find other brand 250mm fans HERE Fan Dimension 250 x 250 x 30 mm Rated Voltage DC 12V Fan Speed 600RPM ±10% Airflow 67.69CFM Noise 15 dBA 4 Pin Molex connector List of Supplies Needed Ordered 1' x 1' sheets of Mnpctech Modder's Mesh Ordered #10 x 5/8 self tapping PC cooling fan screws Ordered FOUR PC cooling fan silencing grommets Ordered PC Window U-channel computer window molding (cut down to 27") Tools Needed: Power drill 1/4" drill bit Jigsaw with 18 TPI cutting blade Dremel or Rotary Tool with 1.5" Dremel cutting wheel Measuring Square or Ruler Pencil or Pen 3M brand Green Painter's Masking Tape 233+ or equivalent, it doesn't leave residue on panel. Center Punch Phillips Screwdriver Rounded Hand File Medium grit sandpaper "SEM brand Self Etching" Primer "Plastikote brand Black Enamel paint Note, Mnpctech will be offering this "CIRCUIT" design and many other 200 & 230mm custom pc fan grills very soon! Finding placement of the 250mm cooling fan in left side panel. We've positioned the fan 4" from the rear edge and 7" from the bottom edge of the panel. The best tape is 3M Scotch 233+ Green tape 3M Scotch Green 233+ masking tape is used by Automotive Paint Professionals. It's highly conformable to curved surfaces on both metal and plastic. It has good adhesion in a large range of weather conditions. It will peel off without leaving any sticky residue. Most Auto Body Supply Stores should be stocking this tape. It's also readily available online. 3M Scotch 233+ tape has a premium price compared to other tapes, but it performs the best Trace the outline fan with pencil onto the panel after applying 3M brand Green masking tape. The masking tape also prevents scratches while cutting the fan hole. Here is traced outline of Thermaltake 250mm cooling fan. Mark fan mounting holes! Using center punch to mark 1/4" drill holes for the PC cooling fan silencing grommets Using 1/4" size drill bit to drill holes for PC cooling fan silencing grommets. Before we can using Jigsaw to cut the 250mm fan hole, we first make an incision for the Jigsaw blade with Rotary tool using 1.5" cutting wheel for Dremel brand or any Rotary Tool. We're using this styrofoam cushion to prop the panel so we have clearance below for using the Jigsaw. Cutting 250mm fan hole with Jigsaw (use 18 TPI cutting blade) That is one big hole! A 12" x 12" sheet of Honeycomb Modders Mesh will provide excellent ventilation Cut down to 10" x 10" panel to serve as a grill for 250mm fan. Let's paint the Modders Mesh Black to match our color scheme. Scuff the surface of the mesh with medium grit sandpaper to promote adhesion for the "self etching" primer base coat After applying SEM brand "self etching" primer, we apply 3 coast of Plasti-kote Black enamel paint. 4x PC Cooling fan silencing grommets are ready for installation. fyi: You can use a micro flat head screw driver to help gently pry the grommet into 1/4" hole Finishing the edge of the 250mm fan hole with this PC Window U-channel rubber trim (cut to 27.5" length) Our 250mm fan hole is finished and ready for installation of the fan! The best screws for mounting cool fans are #10 x 5/8 self tapping fan screwswhich are available in Black anodize or Stainless Steel. You can mount your 250mm fan as your system "Exhaust" or "Intake" cooling fan for your video card(s), depending on individual hardware cooling needs. First lay down the Modders Mesh sheet (after the Black enamel paint has cured!) Remove a small portion of the mesh around the mounting holes accommodate #10 x 5/8 self tapping fan screws Mount the 250mm fan as an Exhaust, to pull warm air out from inside your computer case or Intake fan, depending upon your own case and system. Very nice, could almost be factory made?! Stand back and admire your work. Now you'll have a cooler running system with less fan noise!
Here is another PC Case Mod Guide from the Mnpctech Archives! Click Banner to Visit Mnpctech website for Case Mod Supplies 3.5" & 4.5" Hole Saw Attachments. 3.5" = 92mm fan, 4.5" = 120mm fan Hole saw attachment on 1/2" Power Drill, 24 volt Cut 120mm & 92mm Fan holes in bezel. Use Fan Ducts to mark off fan hole locations with Marker onto the chassis. Use 3.5" & 4.5" Hole Saw attachment to make fan holes in chassis Any 92mm and 120mm size cooling fan will work with this PC Case Mod. You have option at this stage to install cooling fan anti-vibration dampening grommets and cover the fan hole openings with U-channel. Here are the links to these products. Mnpctech Vibration dampening fan grommets, http://www.mnpctech.com/FanGrommet.html Mnpctech U-Channel Trim, http://www.mnpctech.com/UChannel.html Cut down the two Fan Ducts, so they fit between bezel and chassis Reinstall modified bezel onto chassis Duct Tape Duct Tape any open gaps between Fan Ducts and bezel. Duct Tape used for gaps between Fan Duct and Bezel Evercoat brand "Short Hair" Fiberglass Filler with Blue Cream Hardener Cutting Filler Spreader into smaller pieces makes it easier to use. Evercoat Fiberglass dries quickly!!! (5 minutes) Mixing included Hardener with Evercoat "Short Hair" Fiberglass filler. Shown above is the typical amount of Filler I mix per application. More than this is wasted because Evercoat gets hard within 5 minutes. Overlap the edges of the Fan Ducts with Filler. Keep applying Filler until evrything is leveled together. Black & Decker Mouse Sander used to sand the filler. Use 80 grit sandpaper attachment. Wear a Ventilator Mask when sanding Fiberglass filler! Sanding Evercoat Fiberglass filler A lot of duct will be created, so it's strongly recommend to do your sanding outside. SEM brand "Flexible primer surfacer" Apply this product with Filtered Respirator Mask in Well Ventilated Area or Outdoors in 70F - 72F temperatures. I applied 3 even coats of Flexible Primer. Primer reveals small pitting (pin holes) in the Evercoat Filler. Dab Filler over small pitting (pin holes), re-sand and re-spray area. Primed and ready for paint. Plasti-kote Engine Enamel Hot Rod Green #199 Paint backside of the front bezel and Fan Ducts first. I've applied 6 coats of Plasti-kote Engine Enamel. 1-3/4" size R/C Plane Prop Spinner fits 120mm fan 1-1/2" size R/C Plane Prop Spinner fits 92mm fan Use a good epoxy for applying the prop spinner to the fan. I prefer 3M Scotch-Weld DP-190 2 part epoxy for maximum adhesion. Use something to mix the 2 part epoxy. Applying 3M Scotch-Weld DP-190 to 1-3/4" R/C plane prop spinner. 1-3/4" size R/C Plane Prop Spinner epoxied to 120mm cooling fan 120mm & 92mm fans re-installed into modified chassis. Painted Bezel re-attached. It's finished... What will you mod next?