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Our first part in creating this box, is to get a
nice window on the side of the case. Yes, this is way too
popular nowadays. Every Tom and Dick has a window on their
case, but you know what? It looks damn good! If you have some
insane equipment, flaunt it.
Before we start, we should get together some
essential tools to help us out:
- A Dremel, tool of all mod freaks
- Flat and a Philips head screwdriver
- Masking Tape
The Lian-Li case is made of all-aluminum, a really
light weight but sturdy material to work on. A point of advice
for anyone modifying this case and any aluminum case, the metal cuts
fast! Go slow and measure twice, you will not be sorry.
To start off, we get the side off that
is located directly covering the main compartment. This is the
panel we will be adding our Window Kit. You can order this
case with the panels cut or uncut. You can specify on
PCMods.com's website, a nice feature for people who do not have the
time or the necessary tools to get it done. For a detailed
idea of how to cut out your own window, check out our guide
we wrote a while back.
Here is the side we are talking about:
We received an oval window kit, but
there are other shapes you can choose from. I just think oval
brings out the best in this case : )
Included in the kit is a precut sheet
of acrylic, a black rubber holding strip, a smaller black locking
strip and a nice sheet of instructions. The instructions are
adequate in explaining everything, but we discarded it like how all
manly men do...hopefully this won't backfire.
The holding strip contains a slit on
the top and the bottom and a large gap in the middle. Manuver
the slit over the cut side panel of the case. You want to make
sure that the gap in the middle is facing the inside of the case, it
will look rather silly if it was on the outside.
After trailing it around the whole oval
edge, make sure its tight and in line. So use your hand and
squeeze like you never squeezed before. You do not want your
acrylic window to fall out while moving it!
Once you have that complete, take the
pre-cut acrylic sheet and place it over the other edge of the rubber
holding strip. Place one edge into the other slit and start
squeezing the window into it.
It takes a good 10 minutes to get this
totally in. For us at least, I have a set of barbarian hands which
are not meant to work with such small items. Anyway, if you are
having trouble squeezing the window into the holding strip, pry the
edge of the rubber toward you and the window should slide a lit
easier into it.
After the window has been shoved in, we
are left with a semi-wobbly window. What we want to do is take
the locking strip (the real tiny rubber thing) and place it in the
middle of the larger rubber holding strip to lock it. It's
rather ingenious considering that the two rubber strips cause enough
friction against each other to hold each other together. A
real simple and effective way to keep the window in place.
Once the strip is in and secure, your
window is complete. Here is what you should most likely
I did a little testing and shook it a
little to see if I would get a flying acrylic frisbee coming out of
the panel, but it was nice and firm. Now on to our next mod
for Part 1 of our LAN Box Guide, a nifty handle!
Can Handle This >
Box Guide : Part 1