I started the exhaust fan modification to the rear panel of the console. I will complete this tomorrow. Here are the pics of the progress so far.
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Preview of the fan on the back panel.
Preview of a rough outline to guide the cut for the fan.
Preview of the lip that needs to be cut so that the fan sits flush against the panel.
I cut the lip and started the outline cut for the fan.
The completed cut for the fan.
Preview of the fan in place after modifying the panel.
That does it for tonight. Tomorrow I will perform the sanding and clean up of the panel for the exhaust fan. Regarding the outside of the panel, I will be mounting a chrome laser cut grill. The design is in a way appropriately called an "Atomic Laser Cut Grill" (the motherboard is an 'Intel Atom') . It will be interesting to see this with the green LED shining through once my installation is complete.