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  • SharkyForums.Com - Print: Some questions about case fans and cutting holes in case...

    Some questions about case fans and cutting holes in case...
    By Gar August 16, 2001, 06:14 PM

    Alright, I was thinking about modding my case a little and adding either one or two 120mm fans to the side of my case (as intake w/filters) and possible one exhaust fan in the top of my case.

    Any pointers on how to cut the holes? You can see what kind of case I have in my sig.

    Also, do you need any kind of bracket to mount the fans to the case? Or do they just screw into the metal case? I'm sure it is a simple mod to your case but any input would help.

    Another newb question, do you want fans with 3-pin or 4-pin connectors? I know my comp has both kinds of connectors, but is there any advantage to using one or the other? 4-pin is like what is found on your CD-Rom/CD-RW/Hard drive.....right??

    Also, any good sites to recommend to buy fans/filters/grills?

    By Thermo August 16, 2001, 06:39 PM

    A hole saw would do the trick. And if you made a rubber gasket to put between the fan and the case, you would cut down on the noise.

    By James August 16, 2001, 06:39 PM

    There are several good how-to's at the various tech sites. Try www.thetechzone.com , www.sharkyextreme.com (not sure if they have one).

    Also, check your local phone book for listings of Metal shops. Call around and see if first off they can drill the size hole you need, and second how much they would charge, it may be cheaper than trying to equip yourself to do the job. Plus, they will use a hole saw which will make the hole perfectly round, or at least a lot rounder than you can get with your Dremel.

    Another option is buying the hole saws yourself. But they cost around thirty dollars and up for the sizes we need (80mm, 92mm, 120mm). So unless your planning on offering your services to all your friends to offset the cost, this might not be the best way to go.

    By Gar August 16, 2001, 06:50 PM

    Thx for the advice so far guys, I'm a full time contractor so I pretty much have every tool I need for the job.

    I was just mainly concerned bout attaching the fan to the case...

    By James August 16, 2001, 06:55 PM

    No Problem Gar.

    As far as connecting the fan to the case, just use the Case Fan screws that you would use normally. (Most sites that carry fans carry them as well. Usually a pack of 4-10 runs around $.25)

    As far as where to buy, that is up to you. Go with the cooling site you trust. I personally like www.nerdsbyte.com

    Also, if you are running larger fans, get the 4-pin connectors. That way you connect the fans directly to the PSU, and don't burn out the 3pin connectors on your motherboard. Also, make sure that with those fans you have at least a 350w PSU.

    By Gar August 16, 2001, 07:19 PM

    Thx for the link to thetechzone.com!! They have an excellent guide on installing case fans just like what I plan on doing.

    As for the power supply....I have 300 watt and I know those little fans dont use too many watts.

    The guy that wrote the article used a case w/ 300 watt PSU and he installed a 3 fan HD cooler, 2 120mm fans, 2 92mm fans, and 2 80mm fans!!
    Talk about a noisy case!!

    Anyway I was just saying 300watt is plenty of power to run almost as many fans as you could want!

    By kenrippy August 16, 2001, 07:20 PM

    I just installed a 120mm fan on the left side of my mid atx case and used my Bosch jig saw with a metal blade. Covered the whole area with masking tape to protect from scratches and used a compas to draw the circle. Then drilled a hole to get the saw in ...ect. Just took a little care and had a perfect circle. It really helped on the cooling, blowing right on the cpu. I'm going to do it somewhere else on my case too, just not sure where yet. I'm finding out that the mid towers are hard to cool. I also bought some round ide cables to see if it helps out any.

    By KaGe August 17, 2001, 01:09 AM

    Use a hole cutting bit for a drill. You can use a CD as a 120mm template, much easier than using a compas


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