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I made a video version of my DIY Guide for the Corsair 900D / 750D / 350D Front Air Intake Grill


 

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DIY Case Mod Guide:

Corsair 900D Front Air Intake Grill Conversion


This modification will help improve airflow to your Liquid or Aircooled  PC system



List of Tools & Supplies


Modder's Mesh, Round, http://mnpctech.com/case-mods-gaming-pc-liquid-modding-custom-computer-mnpctech-overclock-cooling-fan-grills/modders-mesh-perforated-aluminum-steel-honeycomb-grill-intake-front-fan-slotted-diamond-round-hex/modders-mesh.html




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In Order of Usage 



1. Ruler or Measuring Combination Square, 
http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Level-E250-Professional-Combination/dp/B000ETUNEU/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371561237&sr=1-2&keywords=measuring+square
 
2. Pen & Black Marker, http://www.amazon.com/Sharpie-30001EA-Permanent-Marker-Black-SAN30001EA/dp/B00584PWWO/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371565029&sr=1-2&keywords=sharpie+black
 
 3. Phillips Screw Driver, 
http://www.amazon.com/STANLEY-TOOLS-68-012-All-in-One-Screwdriver/dp/B00009V431/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371561308&sr=1-1&keywords=phillips+screwdriver
 
4. 3" Painter's Masking Tape, 
http://www.amazon.com/3M-Automotive-Refinish-Performance-Temperature/dp/B0082LHVJC/ref=sr_1_6?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371561271&sr=1-6&keywords=233%2B+tape
  
5. Safety glasses, 
http://www.mnpctech.com/Safetyglasses.html
 
6. Rotary Tool, 
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-RTX-6-3-Speed-Accessories/dp/B0001GUDRI
 
7. Rotary 1.5" Cutting Wheel, 
http://www.mnpctech.com/DremelDisc.html
 
8. Jigsaw Power Tool, 
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D552934&field-keywords=jigsaw
 
9. 18 TPI bi-metal Jigsaw blade, 
http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-T118EF-Bi-Metal-Shank-Jigsaw/dp/B000628CZ2/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371558431&sr=1-2&keywords=jigsaw+18+tpi+blade
 
10. Hand File, 
http://www.amazon.com/Nicholson-06601-8-Inch-Handy-File/dp/B00002N7RN/ref=sr_1_6?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371558465&sr=1-6&keywords=hand+file
 
11. Blue Painter's Tape, 1" wide 
 http://www.amazon.com/ScotchBlue-Painters-Multi-Surface-70-Inch-60-Yard/dp/B00004Z4BB/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371561766&sr=1-1&keywords=blue+painters+tape
 

12. ScotchWeld DP-190, 

http://www.amazon.com/3M-Scotch-Weld-Adhesive-DP190-Translucent/dp/B0074N8N3W/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371558594&sr=1-1&keywords=scotchweld+dp190
 
(Optional) 3M Applicator Gun EPX Plus II and mixing tip, for ScotchWeldhttp://www.amazon.com/3M-Scotch-Weld-EPX-Plus-Applicator/dp/B001ANXYF4/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371558713&sr=1-3-fkmr0&keywords=scotchweld+dp190+applicator
 
 
13. Disposable Latex Rubber Glove, (for applying DP190 into mesh) 

http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-Helpers-Disposable-Lightly-Powdered/dp/B000DILNJ6/ref=sr_1_7?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371558808&sr=1-7&keywords=disposable+rubber+gloves
 
 
14. Cloth or Rag,

http://www.amazon.com/Essentials-14-Inch-17-Inch-24-Pack-WT24/dp/B000ICRJ4A/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371565083&sr=1-1&keywords=cloth+rag+shop
 
15. Modeler or Xacto Knife, 
http://www.amazon.com/Xacto-X3601-Precision-Knife-Safety/dp/B00009R8JZ/ref=sr_1_4?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371558896&sr=1-4&keywords=xacto+knife
 

 16. Red Scotchbrite, 

http://www.mnpctech.com/3m_scotchbrite_pads_red.html
 
 
17. Filtered Respirator Mask, 

http://www.amazon.com/3M-Low-Maintenance-Half-Mask-Respirator-Assembly/dp/B00004Z4EB/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371558931&sr=1-1&keywords=3m+filtered+respirator+mask
 

 18. SEM Self Etching Primer, Black, 

http://www.amazon.com/SEM-SEM39673-Etching-Primer--Aerosol/dp/B000PKZ3IY/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1371558960&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=sem+self+etching+black
 
 

19. Krylon "Rust Tough" Semi-Flat Black Enamel (or Plastikote "Engine" Enamel), http://www.amazon.com/Krylon-RTA9203-Semi-Flat-Preventive-Enamel/dp/B000RMTDAE/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371559001&sr=1-1&keywords=krylon+rust+tough+black+flat




 


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Corsair Factory Front Bezel Plate 


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Corsair gives you 3/16" gap around the plate from the factory for airflow. This modification will be huge improvement for cooling your system.


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The front plate pulls off without any effort. It's removed for accessing and cleaning the Corsair 900D's three 120mm front cooling fans and filter.

 

You have option to remove the Four plastic mounting pegs, or leave them on throughout the entire modification process. It's your choice! The pegs are fastened on with Phillips head screws. 

 

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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 
 
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The 900D front plate is made from Anodized Black aluminum. We're going to retain this factory finish.


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Use Measuring Square or Ruler, to measure out 1" framed border around the Corsair's 900D plate

 

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*Put on your Safety Glasses, before using any Power Tools.

 

Using Rotary Tool with 1.5" Cutting Wheel, to make four incision cuts on each of the four sides. This step is necessary, before you can use the Jigsaw to remove the center.


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Using Jigsaw with 18 TPI bi-metal cutting blade to remove the center of the plate you measured out. 


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The center section of the plate has been cut.


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Using Hand File to fix and clean the jagged edges of the cut out. You'll want to remove the masking tape, so you can better view your progress with the file.

 

 

Modder's Mesh, Round, http://mnpctech.com/case-mods-gaming-pc-liquid-modding-custom-computer-mnpctech-overclock-cooling-fan-grills/modders-mesh-perforated-aluminum-steel-honeycomb-grill-intake-front-fan-slotted-diamond-round-hex/modders-mesh.html


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I'm attaching Round Modder's Mesh to the backside of the front plate.

 


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Measure out piece of Round Modder's Mesh to 15" LONG by 7.25" WIDE.

 

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Use Tin Snip or Metal Cutting Shear to cut the Round Modder's Mesh.  


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Attach the Round Modder's Mesh to backside of the front plate with Spring Loaded clamps. You can also use small C-clamps. 


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Apply Painter's Tape around the edge of the mesh on back on front side of the plate. This is to help prevent any ScotchWeld DP-190 epoxy from running off the Modders Mesh onto the plate.



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I'll be using ScotchWeld DP-190 for attaching the Round Modder's Mesh to backside of the plate.


 
You'll need to wear Latex gloves, when using the ScotchWeld DP-190. 
 


You can manually push the two cylinders of Epoxy in DP-190 Cartridge onto a piece of cardboard. Then mix the two epoxies together with a long wood nail or pop-rivet. 


 
Otherwise 3M sells a ScotchWeld Applicator Gun, for $70.00 with spiral mixing tip, for ScotchWeld, 

 


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Wearing latex glove, use your finger to evenly smear the ScotchWeld DP-190 epoxy into the perforations of the Round Modder's Mesh.



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Use a cloth or rag, to wipe off any epoxy run-off from the sides of the plate. 


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*Wear filtered Respirator Mesh before applying any paint.

*Apply paint in well ventilated area, preferably outdoors with temperature around 72F


I'm painting the backside of the mesh first, starting with coat of SEM brand self etching primer. Allow it to cure for one hour before applying Krylon "Rust Tough" "Semi-Flat" Black  paint. Allow "Rust Tough" to cure for 24 hours.



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Mask off the front frame, and repeat same steps for painting the front of the plate.


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After 24 hours, remove the tape.


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Close up of the bezel plate.

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Step back and admire your work!


You can use this technique to attach Modder's Mesh to create cooling vents in other panels.


Please share any questions or comments! 




Added 9/30/14

Since posting this guide I've had people asking me to customize their Corsair front plate. A better solution than me doing each one by hand is cnc milling the ventilation holes. So we played around with different test pieces until we nailed down the right steps to mill the factory plate without splintering or cracking the plastic panel on the back. Here is the result with 350D version, and next will be 750D, then 900D, once I find cheaper resource for bulk ordering the factory plates, and listing them here, http://mnpctech.com/mnpctech-clear-case-pc-panels/corsair-900d-cnc-milled-vented-front-bezel-plate.html
 
 
CNC milled 1/4" diameter ventilation holes into a  replacement Corsair 350D Mid Tower Front Bezel Plate. The ventilation area of holes on this plate measures 5.25" x 7.25", but I can extend it on the 750D & 900D version.

To help improve cooling in your Corsair 900D case, we've CNC milled 1/4" diameter ventilation holes into a replacement Corsair 900D Mid Tower Front Bezel Plate.

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Very nice job bill. I always hated the fronts of these cases. Too plain for me. Kind of gives it a Lian Li style finish. I was just wondering if this would work on my 350D Obsidian case. The front is a thin layer of aluminum over plastic. My only worry is cutting away too much plastic and ending up with a curved front panel. I might have to give this a try though.

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@Mos, good to hear, and Thank you for checking out the guide!

 

@Complx, Thank you for checking out the guide and commenting!  :)

 

@Jesse, Thank you! 2013 is the year of the 900D, at least from where I'm sitting (room full of parts  :wacko:)

 

@zophar, Thank you, and I think so too, and improving cooling is always a good thing!

 

@EEL, 100% agreed, but that is where us Mod Monkees come in  B)

 

@Steven, Yes, and you can also use this technique on any case out there! :)

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Very good add on to start the build. I know your going to finish long before I do :P  That way I can pick up some pointers along the way.  I love it ! you make grills and then you use mesh, oh some clown is already doing that. Ha Ha  It ain't over yet!  Custom grill, custom grill !!!

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Is Cheapskate working on the fully operational belly turret yet? You can mount it on a single pole like you did the ION Cube! That will be interesting at 125LBS. Did you ever wish that other people weren't allowed to post on here with their stupid ideas! He He.

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Gaaahazmat! Where is links to modz wits da rest of the stuffs.. Three of these in the shop to mod you say... may I request a link to said modz pleasez! *catches breath... O2 mask on now... much better. opens beer... waits for it.. waits for it... LINKZ! lol

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Thats the theme I was debating for the artwork, Mike  B)

 

I have no more room left, Steve!!!

 

Mos & Nate, I found and hosted the pic myself.. hehe.. I was thinking about finding the rocket ornament from 1950 olds rocket, for Missle on the front...

 

here the pics of the (cough) emblem... (hosted by me, now!)

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Awesomely done...............wish that the 3m scotch weld was available in our country....is there any other alternatives bro....@Bill Owen

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