Originally Posted by Keith Mickunas
Cheezit, thanks, that's a pretty good looking idea. I have actually looked at the Coolerguy's website and I was just a bit concerned about the fact that most of their assemblies use 80mm or 120mm fans. I'm thinking that if I wanted to I could go even bigger than 140mm if it is something that is made to run in a PC. However the way that 140mm fits in that particular vent is rather nice. In my new house the closet is between the media room and the loft, so it can vent to the loft without a problem.
I see you went with a flexi-rack. I'm also thinking of doing that. In my current house I have a bedroom adjacent to the loft space where I have my theater, so I have my equipment in a giant enclosed rackmount case, however I've been less than satisfied with that solution. In the past I built a couple of 36" flexi-racks, and they worked fairly well, although I didn't like the looks. Recently I saw one where a guy drilled large holes across the back of the shelves to accommodate wiring, I really like that idea. I think I'll make some new shelves and switch back to the flexi.
Yes going with the particular 140mm Fans, the two of them combined move twice as many CFM's of air as the bathroom fan I had and as I said they are virtually silent. And yes it was a very pleasant surprise when the fans just happened to fit into the vent, love it when that happens!
I do like my Flexi rack, it works very well for my purpose considering the ability to customize, minimal cost, and the fact that it is really most of the time out of sight in a closed closet. Sure you could spend more for something really fancy, but everyone who has seen my setup in person have no idea I made it myself and are awed by all the equipment in one spot.
If I was to do my Flexi over I would take the time to router a round-over on the edges of the shelves and then I saw an idea where someone cut PVC pipe to fit over the threaded rod between shelves and painted it black, gave a real nice substantial look to it.