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Fan Hole Templates + PSU Wiresleeving guide (PDF's)

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Fan hole sizes are not necessarily the same size or shape. Some fan manufacturers recommend round holes (of a certain size) for both intake and exhaust, some recommend an octagonal pattern for both intake/exhaust and, at least one I know, uses a round hole or an octagonal depending on whether the fan is being used for intake or exhaust. The higher the output of the fan the more critical the cutout. An incorrect hole size can reduce total flow, back pressure, smoothness of flow and amount of fan noise. Of course with the precision that I cut my fan holes it really doesn't make much difference; nibbling tools and large files don't allow fine work.

 

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There are several guides for sleeving your PSU, just Google it. Here are a few that I have found.

http://www.bytesector.com/data/bs-article.asp?ID=295 , http://www.ocmodshop.com/default.aspx?a=174 , http://www.virtual-hideout.net/guides/cabl...ing/index.shtml , http://www.overclock.net/overclock.php?fil...eving-guide.htm , http://www.overclockers.co.nz/forums/showthread.php?t=10554 . I also found a little guide to round IDE cables, I know, you can buy rounded ones already, but I rounded the cable for my X-Fi Live Drive(which is a forty pin/wire cable)http://www.overclock.net/case-mods-general...able-guide.html. Before anyone starts to rip their PS out & have at it, read a few of the guides to get a general feel for it. Also I would suggest using Happy's link to SVC & buy a set of molex removers. Using them will take a little getting use to though, but will make things a little easier. And while at SVC buy your sleeving & heatshrink there also.

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Man, those fan-hole templates are sweet! I could have used one earlier today, but it turned out well anyway. I think I will try these when I mod the top of my case for my rad (hopefully Monday).

 

And, on the subject of PSU sleeving, here's a guide I wrote on sleeving a fan:

 

http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/cooling/141

 

Same idea, you just need to apply the techniques to a PSU instead.

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Iv'e done the wire sleeving before and one thing I found is that if the pins end up a little loose after you finish use a hot glue gun a drop in each hole where the pin enters the molex and it stays nice and tight.

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Thanks tons for the templates.

 

Just bought a kit w/ 1 240 + 1 120 rad and I'm trying like heck to figure out how I'm going to fit both of them into my old lian-li. (The fact that the older lian-li's use 80mm fans isn't helping much either.........).

 

I'm not even sure I can mount the smaller one on the back of the case so I'm thinking of using some round aluminum spacers (normally used in conjuction with clamps for keeping wire bundles apart) to raise it off of the top of my case over the psu with the double rad inside under the forward end of the case.....

 

Gonna go get me some cuttin tools tomorrow and see if I need to order a new case come monday....... :)

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With the single 120mm you could always go with a radbox, or do some modding and mount it inside thr front panel (swapping out the dual 80's for a single 120mm).

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do some modding and mount it inside thr front panel (swapping out the dual 80's for a single 120mm).

 

Thanks for the suggestion.... I considered doing something like that (I was looking more at the 3 front 3 1/2 bays) but this is my first major case mod and I'm not sure my skills are quite up to doing it any justice.... :)

 

One of my main concerns is to keep as much of the original airflow dynamics the same. This case has been rock solid for me in that department. With that in mind I'm a little leery of messing with the original fan setup.

 

I've decided to put the single inside the top/front and mount the larger one outside top / rear with the tubes going directly through the top. (I'm also thinking that the most benefit from outside ambient air cooling would come from the larger rad).

 

This will allow for minimal modding of the case itself, and if I decide to move to a different case I can just throw a 120mm fan over the hole I made for the single and return it to non water cooling duties.....

 

Gonna start cutting and drilling tonight.......

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I don't know if this has been covered in this thread, but does anyone have a link to where I can get a template for a 360 Rad?

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They have templates for the AC Ryan RadGrillz, but you have to be careful about how they print out. For some reason they are tricky to get printed out to the full size. Probably just Adobe Acrobat messing up, but I had one printed professionally, tried doing one myself, and read where another member here tried it, too, and I think all of them came out small.

 

What I ended up doing was using a small metal rule called a scale, took very acurate measurements, and transferred all of them directly to the case, If you measure carefully and take your time, you should have decent results.

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Here's a link for a Black Ice Pro II template. Scroll down to "site stuff". Print it out twice and overlay one on top of the other.

 

Radiator Template

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