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 Post subject: Removing the XPS 630i Left Side Panel
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:53 pm 
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I have seen lately that a few people have wanted to remove the "other side" of the XPS 630i. I figured that since im getting my new case in a couple days, I decided to rip off that door from the Left Side of the 630i.

I took some pics and detailed instructions on how to remove the panel. (sorry for some of the blurry photos.)

First off, its best to remove everything from the inside of the case, because when we get to removing the door, it will take a substantial amount of force, and we dont want to risk breaking anything.

On top of that, we need to remove the front and rear bezels(which should be either black or red) from the case.

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After all that, you should be able to ssee 3 screws inside the upper right hand corner of the case, where the PSU would mount. We need to remove these screws.

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Now my case only had these 3 screws in, but when I took off my panel, I saw 2 other screw locations, but no screws in the holes. So, please check to see if yours has them installed prior to trying to remove the door. The 3 Screw holes in red furthest to the right are the 3 I circled in red inside the case. Those other 2 screw holes seem to be located behind the 5.25 Bays.

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After you have removed those screws, you should be able to remove the panel. (with a LOT of force.)

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And thats it, you have removed the side panel from your case. You can also remove the top panel as well, by removing a few screws.

I hope this helps anyone that needs to remove the side panel.

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Nice work sir, the photo's really help. I know many have asked about this so I've made it "Sticky" so we don't loose it in the future. :D

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Indecent exposure will not be tolerated! ;)

Please have your XPS 630 put some clothes on, geez! :lol:


P.S. Good job and great documentation! :mrgreen:

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This is great info :!: Probably this should be placed in the "Upgrade/Modfication/Overclocking" forum.

m3th0d1c4l, just when I'm ready to start modding a new case, I turn around and you do this to me :o Now I'm about to continue modding this 630i case because some slick ideas are bouncing frantically inside my head ;)

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I didnt know exactly where to post it, since it wasnt really an upgrade, or a modification, just a part removal. But yea i guess if the admins or mods can move it that would work.

Drblahman, sorry for the torture. LOL.

I would love to see the ideas you have with this, because I know you come up with some sick mods for the case. :D

And definitely share those ideas, because im thinking of doing something too, just dont know what yet....

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m3th0d1c4l wrote:
I didnt know exactly where to post it, since it wasnt really an upgrade, or a modification, just a part removal. But yea i guess if the admins or mods can move it that would work...


Moved.

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m3th0d1c4l wrote:
Drblahman, sorry for the torture. LOL.

I would love to see the ideas you have with this, because I know you come up with some sick mods for the case. :D

And definitely share those ideas, because im thinking of doing something too, just dont know what yet....


Thanks for your confidence :) So I'm thinking some sort of etching design with led strips behind the panel or possibly some fading leds to give it that breathing appearance. I've noticed an area that can be modified for possible cable management (need to take a closer look at that before I say it can be done). Also entertaining the possibility of spraying the structural case frame black (including the back-side of the panel).

Did you experience any difficulty when you were placing the panel back on :?:

Some may think this is going overboard with this 630i but I just like to make sure I enjoy the things I buy...especially when you feel like you've wasted money from the 1st time you've bought it ;) So right now, this is my Boss 302 & I'm working on it until I feel like it's perfected to some degree :mrgreen:

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I couldn't agree more. LOL.

But there is really no trouble putting the door back on. It just slides back into place. There are small notches on the panel that line up with the case. Im sure we can drill some small holes for cable management of LEDs or cathodes.

I am really liking the idea of a etched design with some LEDS or cathodes, and the black painted frame.

What I was originally thinking of doing was doing a Black/Green combo with some Black UV LEDs. I was thinking of doing the entire exterior black, interior a mix of black and green, and putting the UVs on both sides, with some sort of etched design with plexi glass to be able to see through. I wanted to make the X design on the main access door (like the one on the 730x) and something else for the other side. I saw one thread of someone that did it, and it turned out looking really sharp.

So many different ideas.....I might do some photoshop and CAD rendering to see what it will look like before i do it.

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Great thread!! I've always wondered how to get that side off, lol.

To be honest, I don't see why you couldn't use some automotive quick fasteners like "Dzus Fasteners", or something of that nature to make that panel easily removable from now on.

Something like these:
http://www.racebolts.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=723

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may i just say "Thank you!" for this thread... I'm so pissed at dell right now for having to put two screws on the LEFT SIDE PANEL of the DVD Drive... sheesh what a pain! I had to remove everything just to take out two screws?! idiots... grrrrr

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How do you remove the left side cover? (The brushed aluminum panel on the left side) From the first pic it looks like it has already been removed.

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Yea I had removed everything and stripped the case to begin with so it was easier to identify exactly how to remove it.

First, you must remove everything inside your case. And I mean literally everything, except for the fans and hdd brackets.

Then just follow the instructions on the first page. You will notice I highlighted and circled the screws to remove. I also showed the inside of the panel so you can see exactly where those screws go into the door. Some cases, Dell put 2 extra screws behind the CD/DVD bay area, which are real hard to remove. My case only had 3 of them, which I showed inside the case where the PSU would normally be located.

Its fairly easy.....once everything is removed from the case.

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O ok now I see. Sorry I was just a little confused. I'm trying to coordinate having my aluminum panels painted gloss black by my local high schools auto body class I once attended with a front bezel mod that will flush mount my sentry fan controller. Along with securing that fan controller from both sides (right now its only from the right side) and swapping the DVD for a Blu Ray drive. Now that I see everything must be removed and who knows how long the paint will take, I think I'll just order some replacement panels and give those to the high school just in case I have to go back to stock one day. Although a mobo swap may be worth it while I'm knee deep in this case. Funny a couple of LED fan swaps are turning into a completely new rig. I think I have the virus. lol

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This thread was EXACTLY what I was looking for! Thanks!
Now all I need is to find a used mint or new 630I brushed
aluminum case to replace the scratched one I got from Dell
Outlet. Anybody know where I can buy one? Or part number?
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Only way I know to get them is from another case. They are not sold seperately from my knowledge. Only the access door is sold seperately. You might want to try eBay.

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m3th0d1c4l wrote:
And thats it, you have removed the side panel from your case. You can also remove the top panel as well, by removing a few screws. I hope this helps anyone that needs to remove the side panel.


I managed to pick up a new access door and top panel (NY208) parts but not the left side door. I was wondering what was needed to install the top panel? Can it be done without removing the left side panel or taking all the inside parts out? Thanks.

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I believe you can, but you will have to remove at least the power supply I think. You don't have to remove the left door to do the top.

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I am stumped on removing the top aluminum panel. It appears there are NO screws going into it from uunderneath it (looking from the inside of the case). There are some screws but those are for the sliding movement parts that lock the right side panel. I have removed the psu and the front DVD, CD and floppy drives and no screws there. It is held in tight.but I dont know what's holding it tight. From the look of the spare part it might be sliding in from the front to back and locks into place. But I cannot budge it. arghhh!

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I think you have to remove the screws for the sliding mechanism. That is how mine had come off.

Beware though, that mechanism is a pain to put back on......it took me a while.

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If you remove the psu and front drives, there are indeed about 2-3 screws for the slide mechanism and I did remove those but that didnt help removing the slide mechanism nor the top panel. Luckily I only paid $20 for the new top panel. It probably would be a lot easier and less headache just to buy a used 630i w/mint case and simply move my hardware from my scratched one I got from Dell Outlet into another one.

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Don't forget, you also have to remove the front and rear bezels. They will hold the top piece in place if you did not remove them. Basically, your case should look like my first pic in the pictures above. :rofl:

It also takes quite a bit of force to remove these panels.

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m3th0d1c4l wrote:
Don't forget, you also have to remove the front and rear bezels. They will hold the top piece in place if you did not remove them. Basically, your case should look like my first pic in the pictures above. :rofl: It also takes quite a bit of force to remove these panels.


Been there and done all that, though I kept my internals (mobo etc.) in there as they are not holding the top.

Since apparently there are no screws holding the top down (btw-did you ever get the top off? ... and if so, did it slide off (like from front to back or back to front, or did it pop off going up?), I'll try a mallet for the front to back and back to front.

As a last resort, I assume I can ship the (shell) case and new part to you for you to do the surgery?!

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Yes I did get the top off myself. I don't remember exactly which direction it came off, but I believe I pushed it from the back to the front and it slid right off. It could have been the other direction, but its been 2 years since I have done this myself. I don't even have a 630i chassis anymore myself, so I would not be able to demonstrate it.

I would not mind doing it for you. But it would have to be around Christmas time when I come back home as I am away at college. :D

I know once you remove the screws, you have to pull back on the door release to be able to remove the sliding mechanism. Once you remove the slide mechanism, you can remove the top piece. There is really nothing else holding it in besides the screws.

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m3th0d1c4l wrote:
Yes I did get the top off myself. I don't remember exactly which direction it came off, but I believe I pushed it from the back to the front and it slid right off. It could have been the other direction, but its been 2 years since I have done this myself. I don't even have a 630i chassis anymore myself, so I would not be able to demonstrate it. I know once you remove the screws, you have to pull back on the door release to be able to remove the sliding mechanism. Once you remove the slide mechanism, you can remove the top piece. There is really nothing else holding it in besides the screws.



I finally did it today! Actually it was quite easy. You dont need to remove the sliding mechanism at all or play with the door release. In fact, there are only three screws that have to be removed (above the power supply) along with the two plastic black bezels. Then you simply give a whack (to the back end of the top panel piece) with a rubber mallet from the back to front motion and off it goes. Then simply put the new one in with a whack from front to back. Thanks much for your help.

Now I only need to find the holy grail GY788 left side part :) Top dollar bounty finders fee paid for someone finding one for me!

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I just found my holy grail. Been looking for a mint left side (Dell GY788) part and wound up buying a mint (as in as like new) complete case along with the like new inside parts. Cost me $350. Got all my money back by selling some of the inside parts (cpu, video cards, mobo) on fleabay along with some other unneeded mobo's I had). The rest of the like new parts am keeping for spares, like the master i/o board etc.

Anyways, taking off the left side is MUCH MUCH easier than discussed above. On the new case it just fell off (no pushing needed) after taking those 3 screws off (though the mobo and psu were already out). Taking off my scratched left side case (my normal 630i) with all inside parts intact was a simple matter. After removing the bezels, I simply unscrewed my psu, gently moved it (did not unplug any plugs) and rested it on the sides of my sli video cards, removed the 3 screws and then with just a gentle push with a screwdriver (where the left side case brackets angle into the back end black plastic bezel) and out it came. Put in the new side, put the screws back in, moved & screwed back in my psu and that was it! Yahoo!

So there you go on how to take the left side panel off without removing anything but the bezels and the PSU :)

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Dell XPS 630i, EVGA 780i FTW, Intel Q9650 Quad Core OC @ 3.80GHz
4GB Kingston HyperX 800MHz DDR2
2x MSI GTX 580 1.5GB LIGHTNING EDITION SLI
2x WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM HDD's, Dell Floppy Drive
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OCZ Vendetta CPU Heatsink/Fan, Rexus PWM 60MM NB Fan
Cooler Master 92MM Exhaust Fan, Delta AFC1212D-PWM 120mm Case Fans
Creative SB X-FI Extreme Gamer PCI Audio Card
Antec High Current Pro 1200 PSU, EVGA Power Booster
Windows XP Pro SP3-Drive 0, Windows 7 Pro SP1-Drive 1


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