"OVERKILL 922"

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"OVERKILL 922"

Postby Mnpctech.com » Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:47 am

My canvas for this project is the Cooler Master HAF 922

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I'm using paper to make a template for 2x 120mm front intake plate.

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Tracking template onto 1/8" thick aluminum sheet.

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I used a Jigsaw with 18 TPI metal cutting blade to cut the design. I will refine and finish the cuts with a hand file later.

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The 1/8" thick aluminum won't fit in my bending brake, so I used my bench vise to bend the aluminum.

I'm using a Mouse sander with medium Grit sandpaper to remove all of the blemishes and scratching in the surface of the aluminum

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Aluminum plate surface is finished. Next step is fastening it on with pop rivets, more on this soon!
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I've attached the new bezel plate on with pop rivets.

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Overkill "Nautilus" 120mm fan grills, http://www.mnpctech.com/120mm_Overkill_Fan_Grills.html

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In order to use the Knock-out punch, you need to drill a 2" pilot hole.
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Greenlee Knock out Punches
Greenlee part # 730EBB-120 Last time I inquired, they were around $450 in the states + Large 3/4" socket wrench, and 2" socket. I wouldn't use anything less than 19" long socket wrench. Estimated purchase price of $550 new.
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Postby fussnfeathers » Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:46 pm

*drool pad on floor under desk*
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Postby AmEv » Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:54 am

:headbang: :wav: :megaeek:
can't wait...
I'm gonna get my new hardware. And my worklog here.
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Postby Mnpctech.com » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:21 am

Unfortunately Cooler Master doesn't offer a window option for the 922, but this doesn't phase me. I chose to install a transparent red window based on the feedback I received from the CM Storm I modified. Just so you're aware, the Red acrylic is dark and I have not installed a window in the 932 HAF yet.

Here are the steps involved for the 922

Materials & Supplies:

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http://www.mnpctech.com/scotch_4010_tape_of_the_casemod_gods.html

http://www.mnpctech.com/UChannel.html

http://www.mnpctech.com/acrylic_colored_sheets_casemod_windows1.html

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Tools:
Ruler, Pen, Painters or Masking Tape (I prefer 3M Scotch 233+ Green Tape) , Rotary Tool, Jigsaw with 18 TPI or higher metal cutting blade, Hand File. Not pictured is Safety Glasses, Empty Box and X-acto Knife (or Razer blade)

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The HAF 922 side panel is similar to the CM Storm Scout.
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Perforated portion of the stock panel will hold 1x 200mm cooling fan or 2x 120mm.

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Start off by masking off the raised portion of the left side access panel with masking tape. I prefer to use 3M Scotch 233+ Green Tape. It leaves no sticky residue.

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Window location with space measurements.

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Use any roll of tape to make rounded corner. Round corners allow you to use the http://www.mnpctech.com/UChannel.html
U-channel window molding.

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Before using the Jigsaw to cut the window, you need to make an incision cut with a Rotary tool with http://www.mnpctech.com/DremelDisc.html
Dremel 1.5" cutting wheel attachment.

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Using Jigsaw with 18 TPI (or higher) metal cutting blade to cut the window opening. Notice I'm cutting on top of a box placed upon a stool.. This method allows you to turn the panel 360 degrees. It also collects the debris.

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Using hand file to level and remove any jagged edges cause by the Jigsaw.

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I've measured 9-3/4" length section from a 24" x 12" acrylic sheet. The window should measure 9-3/4" x 12"

img]http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/HAF922t.jpg[/img]

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Postby fussnfeathers » Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:33 pm

I have to ask, just for my own curiosity, and you would be the guy to know.........why do cases have to have windows now? I understand the popularity, way back in the day if you did an intesive mod, you couldn't buy cases that had pre-modded windows. There were some awesome designs back then, more art than "look at my guts!" Nowadays, just about every case you can buy has a window. Just curious as to why modders still do it, is all.
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Postby Mnpctech.com » Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:12 am

It's fun to look inside at the hardware :D

I dissected the chassis for paint. The top panel with the power switch and I/O is fastened on with plastic tabs, located beneath the top panel. Very easy to remove!

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The case chassis, just before removing the rear i/o slot covers, noise dampening felt strips for PSU and case feet.
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Postby Mnpctech.com » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:05 pm

Better open up the rear exhaust for improved airflow as well before the chassis gets painted.

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Rear exhaust grill on the HAF 922 chassis

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Low tack masking tape (Scotch brand Painter's tape)

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120mm Nautilus Fan grill
http://www.mnpctech.com/120mm_Overkill_Fan_Grills.html

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Trace the inner opening of the 120mm Overkill Nautilus fan grill

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Using Jigsaw with 18 TPI metal cutting blade.

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Postby Mnpctech.com » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:05 pm

Lets turn things upside down on the HAF.

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The bottom of the HAF gets modified with this 140mm billet grill.

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The slotted insert is removable, which makes tracing the inside easy.

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Screen material I cannibalized from another case filters out the dirt and dust.
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Postby Mnpctech.com » Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:26 am

I applied the base coat on the HAF 922 chassis last night, this is Rustoleum's Grey self etching primer. It reminded me of Military Grey.. I love the color.

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