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Old 02-26-2009, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Side panel replacement/mod?

The case I have is this:
Newegg.com - Rosewill Wind Ryder RZLS142A-P YE Dual 120mm Cooling Fans and Mesh Design Front Panel Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Now I already removed the side vent, and I cannot put a pan there because of this reason:
Yes that is the heatsink almost reaching the side.


What I would like is to somehow replace the side panel with one that has a side fan low enough to not interfere with the CPU heatsink. I considered modding my own side panel, but I do not have access to the required materials or workspace for that kind of task, plus I imagine it would not be cost effective.

Are there other side panels that would work with my case?
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Default Re: Side panel replacement/mod?

my suggestion would be not to bother and just get a new case.
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my suggestion would be not to bother and just get a new case.
Not sure if I want to mess with moving everything over. Plus a good case with a side panel and clear window would not be cost effective.

Would any Midtower side panel work? Like this for example:
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER RA-690-KWN2-GP CM 690 clear side panel with one 120 mm blue LED fan - Case Accessories

EDIT: After looking at the pictures, they definitely don't appear to be compatible.
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side panels are proprietary.

They only fit onto the cases theyre made for.

A good case can go a long way, not only in looks but in cooling capacity as well.
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side panels are proprietary.

They only fit onto the cases theyre made for.

A good case can go a long way, not only in looks but in cooling capacity as well.
Yeah, I only wanted it for that one additional fan. Cooling isn't even a problem with my current case and setup. I'm just a bit overly careful when it comes to PC hardware. I guess I'll stick with my regular planned upgrade of 2x 120mm RED led fans to match the case and increase cooling a tad. That's really all I want/need.

The next time I get a new machine (in a few years) I'll surely take a bit more consideration for the case.
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Default Re: Side panel replacement/mod?

adding a side panel yourself is not that difficult, check out the tutorial at mnpctech.com. Materials, if you can find a local place, will cost you under $10. Assuming you have or have access to a jig/saw and or dremel.

You can order kits from a variety of places....unfortunately if you're not willing to make yourself one then your options are limited with that case.
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adding a side panel yourself is not that difficult, check out the tutorial at mnpctech.com. Materials, if you can find a local place, will cost you under $10. Assuming you have or have access to a jig/saw and or dremel.

You can order kits from a variety of places....unfortunately if you're not willing to make yourself one then your options are limited with that case.
See, I would gladly order those kits, but it's not those parts that are a problem. I have no access to the machines such as the saw or dremel. All I have at home are basic home-use drill, screw drivers, alan wrenches, ratchet wrenches, etc. No major power tools, and no relatives or friends that have these either. I could look into a local shop, but that would not be free. It really isn't much of an issue at all. I was merely interested in it as a no-hassle improvement since I really don't have time for this kind of mod, myself
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if you did have the 2 tools needed for the side window, it can be done in 30 minutes or less.

the most time consuming aspect of it is the preperation.
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