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Old July 29, 2009, 08:53 PM
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Default Dremeling my Antec 900

I've finally got fed up with routing cables in my case and I want to dremel holes into the case so I can finally properly route the cables.

I've never done any dremel work and I was wondering what advice you could give me on how to do it properly, what kind of things I should think about before I do it and how should I get rid of the shavings afterwards?

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Old July 29, 2009, 09:37 PM
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Should draw out where you want the holes before the motherboard is out of the case. Probably want 2 or 3 holes along the right side of the motherboard, possibly another at the top left corner if you're CPU power cable can reach from behind, and then a fairly large one down where the PSU sits so you can run all the cables on the backside.

If you don't want to scratch up the case, then you'll probably want to cover the areas you're cutting with masking tape as well.

Make sure you have safety glasses for sure. Don't want any metal filings in your eyes. Might want to get either some sandpaper or a file to smooth out the rough edges of the holes you cut. Or you can take the lazy way and just cover them with u-channel.

And to get rid of shavings, vacuum it. I also hosed the case down outside as well since I was prepping for paint.
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Get more then just a dremel. It's cool for cutting but ask the guy at local hammer shop if he have something to cover or sand the inner side to prevent cut or cable cut. Sometime they have some sand paper dremel wich do a really good work go from bigger to smaller and everything smooth and look pro:P
This is a good idea of what type of dremel head you should try to get.
http://www.groomersmall.com/images/D...Pet_Kit-lg.jpg
For the rest, take your dimension carefully and also try to make something like a little wood guide to be right and precise ( for look ).

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Should draw out where you want the holes before the motherboard is out of the case. Probably want 2 or 3 holes along the right side of the motherboard, possibly another at the top left corner if you're CPU power cable can reach from behind, and then a fairly large one down where the PSU sits so you can run all the cables on the backside.

If you don't want to scratch up the case, then you'll probably want to cover the areas you're cutting with masking tape as well.

Make sure you have safety glasses for sure. Don't want any metal filings in your eyes. Might want to get either some sandpaper or a file to smooth out the rough edges of the holes you cut. Or you can take the lazy way and just cover them with u-channel.

And to get rid of shavings, vacuum it. I also hosed the case down outside as well since I was prepping for paint.
All good advice. Get some earplugs as well, it can get quite loud. Make sure your case cannot move and that you have a firm grip on the dremel. Sometimes it will move in directions you do not want to go. Practice some cuts on another piece of sheet metal to get the feel for it.
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Thanks guys, this is great advice and a great place to start. I'm also curious about painting the inside of my case. Should I sand it down before I start. Is priming it a good idea or is there better paint that I should use where I woudln't need to prime it. What kind of spray paint would you suggest?
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Prime it. Do a great job and it cost less than a sanding session. You have to prime everywhere that is in steel. so everywhere.

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Thanks guys. I'll post before and after pictures once I'm done. I can't wait to have a case that'll finally be clean.
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Self-Etching Primer + Tremclad should be good for painting. Just do multiple light coats to prevent runs. I know it'll take longer, but you'll have much better results.

If you want you could rough up the whole case with some fine sand-paper or something.
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When you're cutting, don't press on the Dremel, its' weight and the weight of your hand is enough to get the cutting disc to do its' job. If you press on it, you'll wear it out way quicker and might even make it shatter. And this applies to trying anything new really, but relax and remember not to tense up. I always see people working with their shoulders up to their ears. Yikes, that can't be comfortable!
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And to get rid of shavings, vacuum it. ...
I recommend using an industrial-type vacuum like a Shop-vac for the clean up. Those metal filings and dust can damage a 'normal' household vacuum.
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