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Custom Window cutting Fractal Design R3 Arctic White

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So stumbling the net I found this in a German modding forum:

http://www.overclockingstation.de/m...dding-wakue-worklog-projekt-icebreaker-3.html

It's the Fractal Design R3 and it looks absolutely beautiful. I just ordered the case and I am hoping to possibly mod it, I know if I add a window I may lose some sound proofing but I work at Home Depot and we carry sound proof Plexiglas, so I may not be affected that much.

Any ideas for the case? I don't want to make things too ricey, but more or less subtle and sleek. Cable management and an excellent cutting job is what I am after.

Also** I have some Black U-channel, but I am hoping to avoid using it as I want the cleanest of cuts.
 

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What you need to know for doing a good window job: Good Method for Cutting out a Window.

Just take your time.

I like to just glue the plexi to the backside of the panel. 3M Weatherstrip/gasket adhesive works very well. Small bead around the window hole, apply window, and apply pressure for about 12 hours to set.
 
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I have never liked the normal square windows ... I would say spice it up a little with a custom looking window. doesnt have to be fancy but just not square ;)
 

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I cut a window on my Antec 300 before and used 3M tape seemed to work great, I am just not sure if I should do something typical or unique. Any ideas for a design?
 
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got any favorite shapes?
 

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I like triangles, they are simple enough. I just hope I don't muddle the case as it could get costly having to buy a whole new one as I cant seem to find replacement fractal panels. :(
 

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Aaah bundymania :D,

Hes a well known guy in the watercooling and photography.

i will refer to this site :)
 

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I like triangles, they are simple enough. I just hope I don't muddle the case as it could get costly having to buy a whole new one as I cant seem to find replacement fractal panels. :(
I don't think that would look good with that case at all. Keep it simple, as the cases style is simple. Perhaps a rectangle?
 
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Jesus F*ing christ, the other pictures in that thread are amazing. That's easily one of the best mods i've ever seen.

The attention to detail is top.
 
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ya triangle would not be an amazing side window look unless it was detailed with more than just a basic triangle ...

maybe a diagonal rounded rectangle?
 

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I don't think that would look good with that case at all. Keep it simple, as the cases style is simple. Perhaps a rectangle?

yea your probably right. I might just stick to the classics.
 
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Nice that you like my project, mate :D
hey did you etch that window yourself? if so that is amazing work :toast:


also love the solid white watercooling parts ... does it effect cooling performance at all?
 

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So amazing!!!!! Talent and class went into this~! Awesome Mod!
 

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Awesome dude, I was a little discouraged in buying an Fractal R3 White but when I saw your mod it inspired me to give it a try. I cant wait for it to come in the mail.

Did you use anything to remove the sound dampening material or did it peel off? I keeking it everywhere other than the panal I am cutting, I dont really have access to a waterjet so I am going to use a dremel to cut.
 

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I used nail polish remover and cotton wool :)
haha I see so it is really sticky? Hmm..
I guess I cant really just cut into with a dremel.

I may however go with a simple design like the Corsair Obsidian, it should make things harder to mess up using a dremel.

 
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how about a window like that ...

image from HERE


that is really basic and easy to do, but yet not a normal looking plain square either ;)
 

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