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Antec 300 mod motherboard tray

Discussion in 'Antec' started by Tommo, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Tommo

    Tommo Well-Known Member

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    CPU:
    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 4.1GHz
    Motherboard:
    Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H AMD 890GX
    Memory (RAM):
    Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz
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    OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB 2.5" SATA-II SSD, Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB
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    HIS ATI Radeon HD 5850 iCooler V Turbo 1024MB GDDR5
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    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600w Silent SLI
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    Modded Antec 300
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    Iiyama ProLite E2407HDS 24"
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    Making the most of an Antec rep being onside :) I have a few cheeky questions.

    I'm looking to make a few holes in the motherboard tray for my PSU cables.
    Mostly I'm trying to hide the 4pin power that currently drags across my entire motherboard (gigabyte obviously believe that all PSU's are located in the top of the cases above the motherboards.

    Being a steel case, would the best tool for cutting these holes be a dremel with a suitable attachment? Or would I have better luck with a carbon blade hole cutter (at a slow speed)? My thinking of the hole cutter would be that I can maybe then protect the sharp edges after the cuts with some rubber grommets?

    Would putting a few holes in the motherboard tray adversely affect the airflow or the structural strength of the case?

    Also, anything you can suggest to stop vibrations in the hard drive caddy? Little silicone washers or something similar. Its not generally an issue as the case is very quiet, just my mechanical harddrive is getting a bit old by the sounds of things.

    Thanks for any help in advance
     
  2. Stefan@Antec

    Stefan@Antec Marketing Coordinator - Antec

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    Hi Tommo,

    Suggest to use the dremel - it gives it a better spin and more side protection. but both would obviously work.
    The airflow will not be affected, as you will drill on the motherboard - the side where there is no airflow. Only if you drill through the motherboard, then the airflow will be affected.

    For the vibrations, you could use some silicone wshers as you suggest if it gets too desturbing. Or you can use some rubber bands, so that the hard drivers can hang inside instead of using screws,

    Hope it helps,

    Antec Support
     
  3. Tommo

    Tommo Well-Known Member

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    Location:
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    CPU:
    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 4.1GHz
    Motherboard:
    Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H AMD 890GX
    Memory (RAM):
    Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz
    Storage:
    OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB 2.5" SATA-II SSD, Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB
    Graphics Card(s):
    HIS ATI Radeon HD 5850 iCooler V Turbo 1024MB GDDR5
    Power Supply (PSU):
    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600w Silent SLI
    Case:
    Modded Antec 300
    Monitor(s):
    Iiyama ProLite E2407HDS 24"
    Operating System(s):
    Windows 7 Premium
    Internet Connection:
    Plus Net ISDN
    Thanks for taking the time to answer. I'll give it a bash, might post some before and after pics if I get the camera working
     

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