(This guide was originally posted in another forum, hope you find it useful)
Hello all again, i hope you ppl aren't getting bored with my noob/ghetto mod guides
Disclaimer: Trying this mod could damage your hardware/software/brain cells/pet/school qualification. I won't be responsible if you ruin your precious equipment!
Please learn from my mistakes: a) take out all the hardware before cutting/filing/sanding , electronic devices don't like metal particles (thx Tazz ). b) ALWAYS wear safety googles and gloves, you won't like a flying piece of hot metal coming into your eyes, serious.
This time i wanted to reduce noise in my trusty/cheap Athenatech A747 (my home rig). In the first part i showed you how i cut the front grill (one of those ugly punched ones) for my intake fan, next step was to hack the rear (exhaust) grill.
Looking at it i found it wouldn't be as easy (masked S/N :P ):
as you can see, the punched (sic?) pattern isn't anything symmetrical, and the holes go outside the fan's screw limits, let me explain it with pictures:
If I cut something like a bold cross pattern, it wouldn't be symmetrical, and i guess there wouldn't be any good support for the fan screws:
The only alternative would mean to cut a square shaped window like this:
...which means i would need to attach a surface supporting both the replacement grill and fan. I've been looking for a plexi supplier in my town, without luck yet. So no plexi um.....
... i was looking at this old broken PSU and thought (while eating the roasted chicken my little daughter cooked for modding daddy)...
... could but a piece of sheet metal and use it a supporting structure, but it would look like a very ugly patch isn't it?
... then the solution came to mind!!! (see next post)