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-- Cutting Edge Casemods
-- Price: ~ $10.00 USD
-- 07.14.2002
-- By: GideonX
-- Page: 1

   We got contacted by one of our Forum dwellers who was starting up a case mod shop.  He wanted to show me a PSU mod that he put together that even a bumbling fool like me could put together.  What he had in mind for a PSU mod, was to change out the upper portion of the power supply to an acrylic cover.  Aside from being clear, you get to choose different colors.  Neat.

   I received two colors, blue and red.  This sort of helps aid in the debate we have in forums as to what colors are the best for anything.  So far, I think blue is in the lead.  Anyway, let's take a look at what we have here.  Some quick specs first:

  • 1/8 thick cast acrylic

  • 2 15/16 tall x 5 13/16 wide x 5 9/16 deep

   Here's what you get in the package:

  • PSU Mod cover

  • 4 double sided tape

  • 1 zip tie

   Please do note, that this mod will increase the size of your PSU 1/8 in height and 1/4 in width.

   From far away, you can't really see through the cover.  Up close is a different story.

   This is the test PSU I will be using, it's a Powerman 300 Watter.  There are 4 screws up top, use a philips screwdriver and remove them.  Do this after unplugging the power cord.  The instruction sheet says to leave it unplugged for about 5-10 minutes to discharge it.  I recommend about a day just to be on safe side if you are new to all this.  By the way, you void your warranty by doing this.

   You will probably want to clean up the insides if you have any dust bunnies.  First we're going to rip off a side of the tape and place it on the top edges of the power supply.  I didn't take the other piece off since we're going to measure it up first.  Let's throw this on and see what it looks like:

   Fits pretty snug, but there will be an increase in the size of your power supply.  Just be sure it clears the insides of your case.  Once you have it all set, just rip the top piece of the tape and set the cover down.  The package includes an extra 2 pieces of tape just in case you mess up.

   The kit is easy to install and provides a quick and easy way to highlight the PSU.  I wouldn't exactly go out and get this kit if you don't have a window kit already in your box.  No sense in putting this in if you can't see it.

   I thought I would mess around a bit more, so I added an LED inside the PSU to light it up a bit:

   Just something real simple, you can do something like this with a few LEDs.  I used white, since the cover itself was blue in this case, it gave off a nice blue color.  At just $9, this is pretty cheap compared to going out and getting your own acrylic and bending it.  All materials needed are included, and so far CECM has said it fits nearly every PSU they've tried.

   Thanks to Cutting Edge Case Mods for sending over this simple to use modification.  They've got other items of interest, check them out.

  Pros:
  • Easy to install
  • Lots of different colors
  • Low price

  Cons:

  • Not something an unmodified case can use
  • A small size increase after mod is completed on the PSU
  • Voids warranty immediately, be warned

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