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2018/07/19 17:06:53 (permalink)
What do you think... This is a coolermaster H500 case and that outline is the how much the 200mm fans are blocked by the radiator mount.  Air movement is severely impeded.  Do I cut it out so the fans can breathe or do I just ditch the 200s and put some high speed (noisy) 120s on the front.  I'm a little worried about structural integrity.  Edit... I was just thinking that the fan frames themselves will add integrity to it when screwed down.
 
 
 
 
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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/19 18:38:08 (permalink)
    Prob end up with more air with 3 120mm fans over the 200mm weak fans.

    Use a fan controller and lower them to your liking and save yourself a hole lot of work! Pun intended hehe.

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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/20 16:05:35 (permalink)
    I think I'm going to get some Silverstone AP181 fans.  Slightly smaller but 1200rpm. Almost twice the claimed pressure of the CM megaflow.  Will have to drill mount holes for them.

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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/20 16:28:31 (permalink)
      If you'd like to mod the case -

    1) drill out the pop-rivets and make a new face plate is always an option
    2) Cut out a rectangle pattern and make a removable "platform" with the desired fan placement
     
    3) - High CFM fans that work well at a less than full speed are an easier option

    I had to snip much metal from a Corsair 760T for the 140s to have a clear shot (30% blocked by factory 120 or 140 design) 
     (stock photo* shows that much of the left & right side of 140 fans is baffeled by the projecting fan mounting design) (*Corsair site in link above)
     
     
     


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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/21 14:15:17 (permalink)
    I decided that I didn't want to spend another $40 on fans, so I broke out the dremel and modded the case.  I get better air flow now.  Need to find a little artist's brush and touch up the paint.
     
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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/21 14:39:59 (permalink)
    I'd remove that bottom mounted HD mount unless there is not room on the back of MB tray

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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/21 15:15:10 (permalink)
    There are 2 mounts on the back of the MB tray, so that cage can go.  

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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/22 18:38:36 (permalink)
    200mm fans suck. Don't.
     
    Just use 140's
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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/22 18:53:38 (permalink)
    Too late.  Cut the case up this weekend.   I hope that 200s catch on and eventually will see 1000 or 1200 rpm variants.  Now they all seem to be 6-850rpm which is why they don't do much for pressure.  I get pretty good flow now though, it's positive pressure, which is better than it was before opening up the case.

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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/23 11:40:19 (permalink)
    On the bright side, those are some nice cuts Haywire!  It does seem to be easier to find quality fans in the 140 & 120 size. If you could put up with the ugly, Noctua makes some nice [200mm] fans.
     https://noctua.at/en/products/fan
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/jumbo-170-to-360mm-fans/shopby/fan-size--200mm/?limit=90
    ^^ some on sale. 
     
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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/23 12:16:29 (permalink)
    notfordman
    On the bright side, those are some nice cuts Haywire!  It does seem to be easier to find quality fans in the 140 & 120 size. If you could put up with the ugly, Noctua makes some nice [200mm] fans.
     https://noctua.at/en/products/fan
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/jumbo-170-to-360mm-fans/shopby/fan-size--200mm/?limit=90
    ^^ some on sale. 
     


    +1 Those are very good cuts considering where and how you had to work.

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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/23 12:34:43 (permalink)
    notfordman
    On the bright side, those are some nice cuts Haywire!  It does seem to be easier to find quality fans in the 140 & 120 size. If you could put up with the ugly, Noctua makes some nice [200mm] fans.
     https://noctua.at/en/products/fan
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/jumbo-170-to-360mm-fans/shopby/fan-size--200mm/?limit=90
    ^^ some on sale. 
     


    I have kind of wondered if we will ever see Noctua male a non ugly fan. It’s like a signature of them to make the fan look like it came out of a 1970’s TV show.

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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/23 12:54:02 (permalink)
    Thanks for the compliments.  I used a dremel with the flexible wand, a cutoff wheel, and a drum sander to clean up the edges.

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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/23 12:59:53 (permalink)
    You did a very nice job cutting your case

    It sure beats tin snips or a hand nibbler -- (ask me how I know / been there done that)
     
    You could if need be make adapters to mount smaller fans in the future

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    Re: Mod it or use loud fans? 2018/07/25 17:38:46 (permalink)
    Cool GTX
      If you'd like to mod the case -

    1) drill out the pop-rivets and make a new face plate is always an option
    2) Cut out a rectangle pattern and make a removable "platform" with the desired fan placement
     
    3) - High CFM fans that work well at a less than full speed are an easier option

    I had to snip much metal from a Corsair 760T for the 140s to have a clear shot (30% blocked by factory 120 or 140 design) 
     (stock photo* shows that much of the left & right side of 140 fans is baffeled by the projecting fan mounting design) (*Corsair site in link above)
     
     
     


    Lucky for me the front grill hides my work as I wanted to get back to Folding quickly


    my corsair 750d had that same layout before mr dremal came along, cut the fan mount area to open it up and the 5 1/4 bay got chopped as well.
     
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    Thanks for the compliments.  I used a dremel with the flexible wand, a cutoff wheel, and a drum sander to clean up the edges.



    one of the best inventions ever made lol, i have been though 5 dremals and 3 wands, they get used regularly for work stuff.
     
    Cool GTX
    You did a very nice job cutting your case

    It sure beats tin snips or a hand nibbler -- (ask me how I know / been there done that)
     
    You could if need be make adapters to mount smaller fans in the future


    aww come on, bleeding on and in your case is fun, you are giving it a blood sacrifice 

                                   
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