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    I'll go buy a hot knife tip for my soldering gun and give it a try.
    What about the PCI cards?
    I am thinking of mounting (on the exterior side of the case-parallel to the motherboard) a metal sheet corner on top of the slots I'll cut on plexiglass for the PCI card's I/Os- then screw the cards on that with self tapping screws.
    So each card will be supported by the actual PCI bus and a single screw... Do you think this will be strong enough for the car's environment.

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    I used the general purpose spiral cutting bit, #561.
    http://linear1.org/i/cutouts.jpg

    Then I used miniature filesto get the edges smooth and corners square.

    It's not shown in the pic, but I used fine snadpaper and Novus #2 polish to clean up those edges, and they have the *bling* now.

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    I built my plexicase with nothing but a scoring knife, a soldering iron, and this alcohol like glue u can buy at a glass or plexiglass shop for glueing parts together.
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    No offence Moahdib but your case is not exactly what I have in mind.
    I don't want it to be glued together (by the way... this alcohol like glue is nothing but chloroform - used in anaesthesia back in the old days - try not to inhale it's fumes, it might cause renal/hepatic toxicity (=insufficiency!)),but bolted so that I can work in it and modify it easier and you didn't even made any holes on the plexy! You used that predrilled metal plate from a metal case.

    [ 01-17-2002: Message edited by: Dimitris1976 ]

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    flipping heck, its enough to make a person use metal
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    Did you take a look at mine Dimitris? I went with the "tough and rugged" look, meaning I used screws and brackets. Sounds like what you have in mind.
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    Maveric,

    that's the kind of case I am trying to build. How did you mount the video card? I am trying to find a way to mount PCI cards securely.

    Dimitris

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    It is actually held in place by one screw in the top. I took off the cover-plate and then cut off the angle at the top where it would screw into your case. Then I drilled a hole in the top of the cover-plate where it was to be screwed to the acrylic case. It works like a charm.
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    i mounted my PCI cards securely by flattening the metal on the end of the PCI card. Instead of a 90 degree angle, its all vertical. Then you just match up the card and drill the holes. Thats just one way on how to mount them.
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    Cooler way to mount cards:
    Remove the metal bracket off the card and drill holes for whatever sticks out - vga connecter, 1/8" stereo plugs, network card, etc.
    It works really well for sound cards! Plus, you don't have to worry about lining up the motherboard a certain distance from the side of the case - all you have to do is but it up against the corner.
    I found drilling a few holes much easier than cutting long strips for the metal bracket...
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