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Old August 9, 2007, 08:53 PM
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Default Metamod: Add 2 Fans to CM Stacker 832 without heaving modding!

Introduction:
Ive made this how-to mod for anyone thats interested in quickly and easily adding airflow to the bottom of the Coolermaster CM Stacker 832 case (Not compatible with any other stacker without cutting on the case afaik). Ive searched both online in this and other forums and also tried Googling for anything similar but as far as i know this has not been explained like this before (and possibly not done before, but i doubt it, hehe)).

Tools/Materials:
- Phillips Screwdriver #2
- Pliers for tightening nuts.
- 8x Long bolts (I used 1 1/2' long bolts from my local reno-depot)
- 8x matching nuts for the above bolts
- 8x rubber grommets *Optional* (I used these to reduce vibrations from the fans since they will be mounted to a thin sheet of aluminium)
- Up to 2x 120mm fans (I used Antec's Blue LED Tricool 120mm fans since both my fan controllers are just about fully used ( 7x 120mm fans in my case BEFORE this mod, 9x now))
- 2x 120mm fan grills *Optional* (I used these just in case my cats get too close)

Installation:

Step 1:
Strip the case of all expansion cards and/or remove the motherboard tray (*Note: I did not remove my motherboard/ motherboard tray from the case for visual reference).




Step 2:
Using the Phillips screwdriver, remove the six(6) screws holding the bottom case grill in place. Then flip the case on its side.




Step 3:
You can now see eight(8) holes that are obstructed from normal view from inside the case by the grill. I measured these holes and they are perfectly spaced to fit 2x 120mm fans.




Step 4:
Use the long bolts and matching nuts to secure the fan(s) against the underside of the case. You may use the optional rubber grommets to dampen noise from them and/or the optional grills to block stray fingers/tails from getting caught in them. You'll need the pliers and the screwdriver to tighten the bolts but DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN since it could reduce the effectiveness of the grommets or damage the fan(s).




Step 5:
Screw the bottom grill over the screwheads of the bolts for the fans (Longer screws may be required, but I didn't need them) Replace any removed expansion cards and..... You're Done!

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Old August 9, 2007, 08:56 PM
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You realize this isn't a mod right? Its pretty known knowledge you can put two more fans on the bottom if YOU really want to but with the case using 6 fans already 8 is a bit overkill, but good job and good write up :)
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Old August 9, 2007, 08:56 PM
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Cool!!! (pun intended... :) )

How much clearance is there between the desktop and the bottom of the fans?
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Old August 9, 2007, 08:57 PM
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Enaberif:
Any mod is considered something "not stock" in my opinion. And many of my friends thought it was a good idea, so i was like "meh". Also, the case can have stock 8x 120mm fans. with this mod you can have a possible 10!!! hehehe.
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Old August 9, 2007, 09:00 PM
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Cool!!! (pun intended... :) )

How much clearance is there between the desktop and the bottom of the fans?
Ah ha! And therein lies "the rub" i guess i shouldve mentioned during the how-to. The stacker doesnt Need to have its wheels on for this mod to work. Mine clears the floor without the wheels on by 4-5mms.... Which isnt nearly enough, lol. However with the wheels on it works wonderfully!
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