How-To DIY: PSU Cover
Most modern cases include a power supply cover or shroud that cleans up the internal look of your PC by hiding things such as your PSU cables and drive cages. However, some cases don’t include this or you may want to upgrade your existing case with one, so I will show you how to make one on your own!
For this guide, we’re going to use a build in the Carbide Series SPEC-04 Tempered Glass case. As you can see in the image above, it’s a great budget case with an open internal layout with the PSU and cables visible. A PSU shroud would be an easy mod to do to for this case and would help clean things up.
First, I put together a quick mockup using cardboard. Cardboard is a great way to quickly prototype parts like a PSU cover which can be hard to visualize.
Next, I measured how wide the cover needed to be.
Then I measured the length, which can change based on your fan configuration in the front or any other parts that may get in the way.
Finally, I measured the height, which we’ll add to the width to figure out how big a piece we’ll need to cut out, adding a few extra millimeters for the bend.
I marked out the measurements on a sheet of 2mm thick aluminum.
This was later cut out with a jigsaw and the edges filed down with regular hand files and sandpaper.
Take the height from the measurements again and mark out on the sheet of aluminium, this will help when doing the bend. I used a sheet bender for this.
This is how the part ended up looking after the bend, however I did not want it to be raw aluminum…
…so I spray-painted it white. If you’re interested in the process I used, I covered spray-painting parts in a previous blog post.
Mounting the cover is very straightforward, I did not want any screws to be seen so I used 3M double-sided tape and mounted the cover to the PSU itself.
This is how it ended up looking mounted, much cleaner don’t you think?
When the entire project was finished I ended up with a pretty great result, what do you think? Leave a comment and stay tuned for more how-to mod blogs.