PC Mod Illustrated Part I -
Window and light

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I started with a kit from PCMods.com, though I ordered mine through Cyberguys because I wanted some of the nice case badges they have. The PcMods kit gives instructions, and claims to be a "tool-free" installation.
I presume this means their kit is free from tools (it is), not that no tools are required:
Tools (1) Tools (2)
Utility knife, Tin snips, electrical tape, masking tape Nibbler (keylock for Part II)
Also (not pictured), electric drill, pencil, ruler, band-aids, metal drill bit.
After Cutting a hole in this side of my case panel, I noticed the major problem with their kit: it relies on you being able to hold the window in place using a rubber seal scientifically designed to not want to stay in the hole you cut. I tried tape, I tried various adhesives, but the rubber seal would not stay.
In the end, I went and bought a sheet of plexiglass cut to 9.5" by 12.5, held it in place with screws and silicone adhesive (caulk), and covered up the edges of the hole using electrical tape.
Inside view of window Close-up Outside view of window
Inside view. Inside view (close-up) Outside view (before trimming,distorted)
Sticker Switch Light
(1) The sticker goes on the inside of the window (not yet smoothed out in this pic). (2) The switch to control the light went in a hole (which I cut) in the top of the case, and the light fixture itself (3) went on the relative bottom inside the case.
Sticker Switch Light
(1) Becuase it was a cold-cathode light, there is a small circuit board to be mounted. I chose near my rear auxillary fan.
(2) I decided I wanted to know inside and outside temperatures.
(3) The sensor went on my hard drives, as I already have CPU and motherboard sensors built in.
Fan Cover labels Labels (Close-Up)
(1) The old rear fan cover only allowed about 50% air flow, so I replaced it.(yes, I did smooth the edges and fill them afterwards)
(2) I added color-coded labels for connectors and cables (the Audigy particularly, all the connectors are gold plated, and you can't tell what they are from an angle)
(3) Close-up of labels (OK, so they're not perfect)
Screw Off On
(1) One of the old case screws was replaced by a keyed-screw
(2) Part I Completed (Off)
(3) Part I Completed (On) - Daylight with flash.

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