Howto LIFT you case off the floor and get more AIR in?

Howto by SidneyWong @ 2005-10-17

Most homes in the U.S. have carpeted floor; we all know too well most ATX tower cases anchored or sunken into the carpet with those tiny rubber pads called feet. Are you sick and tired of dragging your PC from under the desk out? How about letting in more outside air? $4 to get your rig higher on the rug in 5 minutes and get more air from your front panel for $1 in about 30 minutes.
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Get more IN

Getting more air IN:

Most if not all budget cases are very much air restrictive from the front pane; such as these -

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A simple way to get more air is by opening up the bottom part of the front panel using a Dremel tool. The larger out of sight opening will increase air input together with the case being lifted up from the carpeted floor and the use of alum screen; the result can be rewarding.

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There is another way that requires more work; using a hole saw, I removed the front panel from the case and made two holes making sure I did not cut any wiring behind the panel. Again, I use alum screen to filter out some dust. I use nail polish (comes with many different colors) to touch up any paint that came off from the cutting process; try using the slowest drill speed as possible to prevent unnecessary burning/melting of the plastic. All of a sudden this $19 case becomes more functional.

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With some left over alum window screen, simple household tools and a few dollars on coaster wheels, this can be a fun little work out should you find nothing much to do in a rainy or snowy weekend.

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The simple mod works for me well and I hope it will work for you.

Keep dust out; or plan on cleaning the radiator or heatsink more often. Lift the case off the carpet floor, wheel out the rig rather than breaking your back :-)

Questions/Comments: forum thread
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Comment from goingpostale1 @ 2005/10/17
Good Article, think the same products will work on my Antec Full Tower Server case? By Full I mean FULL the thing weighs a decent amount and is all steel.
Comment from Sidney @ 2005/10/17
I don't see why not; the wheels position the same as the "pads"; there are other types too. I have used "small wheels" like these.

The one in the photo is free. Go to Ikea store, there are racks there fill with parts that customers claim missing in their package. Happened the cabinet I purhased did short me one wheel, when I went and asked they told me to take whatever I need. I took 5
Comment from Sidney @ 2005/10/21
Found another photo I took two years ago -

Comment from Sidney @ 2005/11/01
It does not matter much using filter or not for some folks
Comment from jmke @ 2005/11/01
Looks tasty