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Frostytech Fatty Case Mods
Frostytech Fatty Case Mods
Abstract: What better way to modify the Fatty Case then by drilling it full of big, and I mean big holes. With all those tiny vents it was practically asking for it anyway.

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Frostytech   Cases   Sep 13, 2000   Max Page  

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One last bit of drilling an the standard 12v fan that comes with the Fatty Case has a much better means of bringing in cool air into the case. For this fan, we simply removed the metal grill which usually stills overtop of the intake fan with a pair of tin snips. Then we measured out the location of the fan in the metal frame and transferred those dimensions to the plastic bezel. The last thing we want is to drill a nice hole in the front bezel and have the fan below misaligned.

We used the 60mm bit on the hole-saw to drill through the plastic on the front bezel. The edges were filed to remove the little bits of plastic which remained, and the holes for the four grill mounting screws drilled. Five seconds later the grill was attached, and everything was just about ready to go.

About the only thing we had to do now, was to finish up some of the wiring at the back of the case where the power cord attached. Once those connections were made and insulated from the surrounding area it was time to test out the case. The Fatty Case was plugged in, the 120mm side fan was plugged in and the switches were turned on. The first fan came to life... the second switch was turned on and the and the exhaust fan came to life. For those that are wondering, I'm not including the wiring schematic because if you know what you're doing you don't need to see it. If you need to see it you shouldn't be doing this kind of mod.

With two large 120V fans spinning around the noise wasn't really that bad. A lot less than I would have expected. The airflow was amazing! Putting my hand behind the case you could feel the air escaping from every nook and opening in the cases frame. Inside was a virtual wind tunnel - excellent!

Looking at the back of our modded Fatty Case you know this is no normal case. After all, how many cases have you see with their own power supplies? This Fatty Case has two! All being told it took us about two hours to do all the mods for this case and to wire everything up properly. The use of 120V fans was really just because that's what we had on hand, and hell why not use 120V fans? EMI be damned! So long has there are no chances of wires shorting, or coming loose and landing on a heat sink or video card this kinna wind speed is well worth it. Equally valuable is being able to turn off the fans when you need to. There can be nothing worse than watching a DVD with the shrill hum of many fans in the background.

The back of the modded Fatty Case shows its distinctive dual power requirements, and hints at the wind it's capable of putting out with the one visible 60mm 120v exhaust fan. Surprisingly, with all the fans on the noise level wasn't really that bad.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Frostytech Fatty Case Mods
 2:  Hole....saws ya say?
 3:  The big hole:
 4:  The exhaust fan:
 5:  Let the Electrical Wiring Begin:
 6: — The final, modded Fatty Case

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