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Graphite G4 Replacement Grill Ideas

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So wait, this is from 2010, talk about perseverance! btw that new front is very inspiring, nice design. Seems like you had some problems at first when you had it plasma cut? Is plasma cutting of steel not that accurate?

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Yeah the accuracy was terrible. I didn't know what I was doing. Not that I cut it myself, but I just didn't know it would come out so bad. If I had to do it again, I would use thicker material and get it machined.

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I'm very interested in the best way to have parts cut out, working on a few parts myself. When you say machined do you mean CNC cut or on a lathe of some kind? I'm trying to find out what the best end product to cost ratio is. Thanks for the advice.

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MY FN G-D! I remember when you started down this path. Amazing. So many have got caught up in the g5 and pro case mods, and little is done anymore on these little gems. I love what you have done. Great job!

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This thread inspired me when I first read it a year or two ago, and it still does now. Lots of work in this case and some time ago I had a little go at replicating this in mirrored acrylic (my advice to anyone thinking the same is - in acrylic - is don't bother!), but to answer anyone else contemplating doing this in any material my advice would certainly be to find someone you can trust who is not horrendously expensive.

CNC or laser would work, for either type of operation it would be do-able, as long as you do the ground work yourself first and need not be too expensive.

The major part in any project like this is preparation by taking apart the machine you are working on, measuring several times, trying paper templates, getting all the measurements onto the PC and presenting your CNC or laser person with something they can quickly translate into a cutting file.

IF you can do that, or the guy with the machine is on your side and wants to do it for you, then it can be surprisingly affordable. If the machine shop are not particularly interested or have their time taken up by orders from industry then they will make it cost too much to be practical.

But hey, this forum is a good place for finding people that can help.

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Well, it's time to upgrade this old X58 system, and make a new grill. Got rid of the obsolete stuff like the optical drive and firewire port. Then I figured I might as well be cutting edge and leave out the USB-A ports. I just put two USB-C ports and a headphone jack. The horizontal slats have grown on me over time, so I think I'll go that route this time instead of vertical like I did last time.

 

Not sure which platform to go with yet. Z390 should fit my needs just fine, might even try to stuff a 9900k in there. On the other hand, it might be interesting to see if the 3647 socket builds start to gain momentum, now that the Mac Pro is available to order. X299 could work too, I don't know.

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