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March 28, 2007 7:45:28 PM

I'm going to be doing some mods to my case and I was wondering what is the best tool to use to cut into my case (the Aluminum part)?

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March 28, 2007 8:17:09 PM

Most common and useful for cutting pc cases is the dremel. Circular cuts, it's best to use hole saws for a perfect circle and easy as well. And don't forget the 20 pound steel mallet.
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March 28, 2007 8:17:44 PM

Use a power saw with a metal cutting blade
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March 28, 2007 8:23:39 PM

Depends on the kind of cut you're doing.

All-purpose: Dremel with fiber-reinforced metal cutting attachment. Dremels will technically work for anything, but they tend to create a more ragged edge and mess up the paint in the area more than other stuff.

Straight cuts, some curves: Jigsaw with fine-toothed metal-cutting blade. I haven't had much luck with this personally but I probably just have a bad jigsaw, or I'm not doing it right. Or both. Other people recommend this highly though.

Circular holes (for fans usually): Hole saw, haven't used it personally but I'm sure it's the best solution for this.

Straight cuts: Skilsaw/circular saw with metal-cutting blade. These are supposed to be the very best for a straight cut, and should provide a very clean, straight edge.
March 28, 2007 8:35:06 PM

Thanks guys!

I plan on placing a fan at the bottom of my case as an intake. I'm going to install a filter and postion the fan so that it blows directly into my 8800. Depending on if I figure I need it, I may also install a exaust at the top of my case.
March 28, 2007 8:48:02 PM

If it's on the bottom of the case, appearance probably doesn't matter as much as functionality... so I'd just use a Dremel. They're easy to use and you may find more use from one in the future than from another tool.

One thing I'd like to note is that you should make sure that the bottom of your case is raised up a centimeter or two off the ground so that the air can get into your bottom intake, or the fan will be useless. (You may need to buy new case feet to accomplish this).
March 28, 2007 8:53:00 PM

Ya I already have it raised. I'm just trying to find a good filter for easy cleaning so I don't have to unscrew it to clean it (I don't like having to drag my comp outside to blow it out.)
March 28, 2007 9:07:10 PM

Pad material for a Sqare Buff sander works good as a washable filter. Available at any Home Despot or DIY center.
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