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Old 11-14-2012, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an old computer case that's almost the same size of the Blackhawk Ultra case. The only problem it that it's ugly and doesn't have enough places for fans. So I've been working on modding it for a future build that I will get around to building some day. (I'm a major procrastinator)

Anyway, on the Blackhawk Ultra case, it has these screw hole thingys for screwing fans in. Here are some pictures of what I'm talking about:

I didn't circle the holes in the below picture:


Does anybody know what those are called? I can't really do a google search and buy them if i don't know what they are called lol. Googling "screw hole thingy" or similar stuff hasn't really helped.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe those are holes for standoffs (also called standouts and spacers). They look a lot like what you see sometimes in ATX cases so that you can use both an ATX or a microATX motherboard in the same case -- you just have to move the standoffs to fit the holes for the smaller board. I'm not sure though, because usually I only see them on the inside, and it's usually to space a motherboard so it's not sitting directly on the chasis and short out. Here's an image from Google:

http://benchmarkreviews.com/images/r...d_standoff.jpg

It could make sense, though, because the case might want to be able to support multiple kinds of fans. However, external fans don't usually do too much because the air is mostly cooling the chasis, and nothing internal. But whatever you do, don't try something like this:

http://technabob.com/blog/wp-content...uter-fan-1.jpg
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Grommets.
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But whatever you do, don't try something like this:

http://technabob.com/blog/wp-content...uter-fan-1.jpg
I actually had a friend who had that exact setup for years. It was taped to the side of the case on the desk. Worked great since his fan on the heatsink died.
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I just realized that my Storm Scout case has those round hole thingys on it. I was thinking that the holes had threads for the screws. It's really just a hole and the threads in the fan are what make it stay instead of slide off.

So I'm just going to drill holes since it doesn't need to have threads.

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...But whatever you do, don't try something like this:

http://technabob.com/blog/wp-content...uter-fan-1.jpg
Looks like a good idea to me lol
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Like I said, grommets lol.
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