Jeffrey Stephenson Posted August 26, 2009 Author Share Posted August 26, 2009 No tin sample? Maybe if I can find a cheap sample somewhere. Sanded the project back down again using 100-grit sandpaper. Shown on top is my homemade leveling tool. I took a known flat piece of wood and clamped some sandpaper to it. It knocks down any high spots on the tabletop by drawing it back and forth across the surface like rowing a boat. Its test fit time after installing the computer equipment into the case. Any excuse really. Opportunity to review the equipment list. Intel E7400 C2D Gigabyte EP43-UD3L motherboard Palit GeForce GTX 280 4GB Crucial DDR2 1066 Silverstone Nitrogon NT06 HSF Silverstone 600W Strider PSU Seagate 400GB HDD Sony Blu-Ray optical drive The backside shows the HDMI adapter that I use to connect the GTX 280 to my HDTV. Also shown is my new Linksys PCI wireless adapter...well, the antenna anyway. The main purpose of this test fit is to size up the optical drive hole in the front brzel. I've been dragging my feet because of the high probability of fail for this operation. Rough cut the hole with my trusty Japanese razor knife. Size it up again to look for fail. It is lurking nearby I'm sure. The 60-grit sandpaper I was using on the top edge got caught in the grain and tore out a piece bigger than I wanted. I evened the edge out but it left a wider than planned gap between it and the top of the drive. Not a complete fail. I knew all along that compromises would have to be made. Clearances around the optical drive were going to have to be "liberal" in order to easily slide the case in and out of the shell. I could tighten up the gaps with moulding and then trim it for insertion ease but that could end up right where I'm at now. I'll have to ponder. Thanks for looking! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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