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Old September 6, 2008, 03:42 PM
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I've always preferred to not have my PSU contribute to case cooling at all, and in most modern cases I don't think it's necessary. Especially in a case like the Antec 900 with the fans it has. A PSU electromagnetically sucks huge amounts of dust and having it ventring through the inside of the case causes it to circulate the dust through the entire case and not just the PSU. One of the things I did with my 900 was seal it from dust very well; cutting the hole in the bottom for the PSU eliminates A LOT of dust from the case enclosure; I actually used foam door strips to line the square cutout for the PSU to keep it dust tight around that opening and same with all other case openings.

Then I covered the left panel vent screen with black nylon stocking and screwed it back on. I also cut out carbon fiber filters from a furnace filter and used them in the front fants and top + rear exhaust fan to catch more dust. The antec 900 is great because if done correctly you can vacuum clean the outside of the case and remove all dust. I actually have near zero visable dust, none on my heatsink, just a tad on the top of the PSU (where it gets sucked magnetically more so than the rest of the comp)

Even with the filters my air flow is well balanced and my case and cpu temps are VERY well below what they should be. The only place air passes through my case without filters is on my two video cards.

Anyways long blab, esp when we're supposed to be talking about cable management haha - cutting a hole and setting the psu right side up really can help with it as the cables then come out of the psu near the right panel/mobo side of the system.

Maybe I should just post some pics of my case lol.
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A PSU enclosed in the case should not contribute anything to dust though. The 120mm fan sucks air in and exhausts it out the back... perhaps it would suck some of the dust from in the case, but if it is flipped all it does is suck fresh air from under the case and expell it out the back of the PSU. My PSU doens't have any slots on it inside the case, so any dust sucked in would go out the back.

You do have a point about flipping the PSU over and having the cables closer to the back wall. That would look nicer.

Post some pictures! I would like to see your case and cable management. I love looking at mods people have done to their cases. So very talented and imaginative people out there.

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Old September 6, 2008, 03:52 PM
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Nice find on the "grommets". :)

I've been looking everywhere for some decent U-Channel rubber but for some strange reason can never seem to find just what I want. I'll have to check out the door mesh stuff.

Something else I'm always on the hunt for is some proper wire bundle wrap. All I ever seem to find are pre-made "single job" kits with very little wrap and a huge pricetag. I'm starting to think that I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and order a roll of it from an on-line electronics supply store.

I find it especially annoying trying to find this kind of stuff as I know it exists from using it at work. :)
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Old September 6, 2008, 04:14 PM
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Nice find on the "grommets". :)
Thanks. I knew what I wanted, though this stuff is very small... it was hard to work with and something a little larger in diameter would have been better. But at less than $4.00 for a roll of it, well worth the protection.

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I find it especially annoying trying to find this kind of stuff as I know it exists from using it at work. :)
I hear you. Being stuck in HQ means it is all inaccessible to me at the moment But I do have some friends nearby in a Squadron, an ex Electrician as a matter of fact Maybe I could have him watch for some "scraps" for me.
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Old September 6, 2008, 05:35 PM
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Looks like you spent your morning much the same way I spent mine. Only I painted the inside of my case flat black as well. Nice work Dwayne.

Off topic:

Does the 441 avatar refer to 441 Squadron? My dad flew Starfighters in 441 in the late 60's.
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Old September 6, 2008, 06:35 PM
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Yes it does. I served at 441 Sqn from Dec 2000 - Aug 2003. AVS Tech, I was a Sgt at the Sqn and it was one of the better postings I have had. I also served at 410 Sqn and 1 AMS in Cold Lake. I will probably find some nice graphics and cycle through them as my avitar as the mood strikes me

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...Saturday morning, and I have a cup of the modders favourite coffee to help me with the mod!



I applaud the use of the Nelly Furtado CD!
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Old September 7, 2008, 07:37 AM
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Nice work Dwayne.


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Old September 7, 2008, 07:57 AM
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Very nice, Dwayne. You should be a proud papa.

Hole saws work good, eh?
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I applaud the use of the Nelly Furtado CD!
Well they did hand them out free at the Grey Cup, and they didn't give directions on preferred use. None of my kids wanted it so I put it to use rather than throw it away! It also reminds me of the Cup game, although BC won, at least Montreal lost!
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Old September 7, 2008, 08:44 AM
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Very nice, Dwayne. You should be a proud papa.

Hole saws work good, eh?
I am very happy with the work... and though it wasn't a DeWalt drill, it did serve me well! (knowing your power tool preference and all )

Hole saw ftw my friend!
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