Date: August 7th, 2003
Article by: Dave Crandall
(Hardware Reviewer / News Poster)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner/Head Editor/Hardware Reviewer)
This being an all aluminum case, I taped up the side panel before I worked
on it to avoid any scratches or dings, and also so I could plan everything
out easier by being able to write on the tape. To ensure that the window
was just the way I wanted it, I didn't just measure out the window, I
also outlined it in blue tape for a better outline to follow.
About 30 minutes of dremeling later, I had my window cut out. The window
turned out GREAT! I sanded the edges down and made sure the corners were
just the way I wanted them, which took an additional 20ish minutes.
For the window, I measured out what size I wanted the plexiglass to be,
then measured out where I wanted my fans to be, and went at the plexi
with the hole saw
Turned out really well, one or two small cracks
when drilling holes for mounting screws, but other than that, flawless!
Well I had a little different plan for mounting this window than it would
appear, and what is most common among modders. I taped around the edge
of the window again, and measured out 4 holes (evenly spaced) along the
top and bottom, and 3 holes (evenly spaced) along the sides. I then took
my plexiglass window and mounted it on the back of the panel with double
sided sticky tape. After the plexiglass was mounted, I drilled holes where
I had previously marked, so it would go through both the panel and the
I then purchased some machine screws to go through the holes
primary use of these screws is for looks rather than holding the window
on, although the screws will be tightened to some extent to hold the window
on more securely.
Finally, to complete the window, I had a custom made AMD
window appliqué from Voyeur Mods and Shattered Web. I put this
on to complete the look I wanted for the window and it turned out better
than I could have ever expected or dreamed of!