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 11/26/2006 05:51 PM
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The first mod I did I was ad because I didn't have all the tools. what I did was I took my PSU which has a single 120MM fan and I turned it upside down and cut a large hole in the top of the case so the PSU gets air from outside as opposed to air from inside, I took the idea from the way the Zalman HTPC cases are see here.



But theirs looks better then mine.




The part that made me mad was the largest hole saw I had was 76MM and I needed 120 so I used one of those drill bits that cuts sideways to finish it but it's not as round as I would have liked. and to mount the PSU since the screw holes on the case and the unit were off I just screwed the screws into the honeycomb grate on the back which works out nice.


The second mod I did was to put a window on the top of a CD-ROM drive and put some LED's in there. I got help from this. http://www.overclockersclub.co...es/dvdwindowledmod.php

heres what it looks like when i finished


It's really blurry but you get the picture. I would have made the cuts smoother but I was running out of the cutting wheel things. I used like 10 of them just to cut that square thing. The LEDs that are in there came off a 80MM fan all I did was cut the ribbon thing and then line the back of the ROM with it and it already had a molex connector on it so I ran the wires down the side taped them to the bottom and wraped the drive in seran wrap nice and tight. Now what I am going to do is to make a window on top of my case so you can see the CD-ROM but thats probably going to happen next week.

While I had everything out of the case while cutting i figured I would hide all my wires from the airflow

it's not perfect but I think I did a good job.

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 11/26/2006 09:22 PM
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interesting idea, but i think u lose a very nice exhaust for the hot air INSIDE ur case, cd mod looks cool too

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 11/26/2006 11:11 PM
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Well in that one spot where the psu fan was there was that fan going out, the cpu fan, an intake fan and another exhaust fan and I figured it was all must moving around a bunch.

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 11/26/2006 11:25 PM
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quote:

Originally posted by: shards_of_glass
Well in that one spot where the psu fan was there was that fan going out, the cpu fan, an intake fan and another exhaust fan and I figured it was all must moving around a bunch.



The PSU fan blows out? I thought its supposed to blow in, which is more beneficial.

I guess isolated PSU cooling is your agenda behind this mod?

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 11/27/2006 01:13 AM
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I honestly don't know if this PSU thing helps at all or if I even need it but because I wanted to try moding and I'm getting rid of this case soon I figured might as well. And i figured if that's what zalman does to help keep their HTPC cases cooler maybe it works.

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 11/27/2006 03:46 PM
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quote:

Originally posted by: krado
The PSU fan blows out? I thought its supposed to blow in, which is more beneficial.

I guess isolated PSU cooling is your agenda behind this mod?


no they blow out, i can feel the air being pushed out behind my liberty psu...i dont even hear the fan tho

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inner fan usually sucks in to the PSU, air from teh case. Then the one in the back pushes out so there's constant airflow running across/inside the unit. So shards, if I'm right you should be sucking, basically cooler air from the outside cooling the PSU better being you aren't using the warmer air in the case I guess.
 11/27/2006 07:09 PM
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Yeah, I was looking for a review of a zalman case that has the PSU mounted this way and it shows how the PSU is cooler but makes the inside components run a bit warmer. I don't really have hot running parts so I think it kinda evens out.

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