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Inspired by this thread, I am going to do this setup on my Corsair 650D:



The case will be lined everywhere with Cooltek 12mm two-layer (bitumen/foam) noise dampening mats, except for the designated intakes and exhausts. I know it can increase temperatures a little, but I like the way it changes the sound-scape in my current PC to a more pleasant white noise that fades into the background.

Intakes will only be covered with dust filters, aside from a 120mm wire grill on the top intake for protection. I'll be cutting all metal grills off at intakes and exhausts.

By sectioning off the bottom I'll direct the airflow from the Megaflow more directly to the GPUs, on top of the sound dampening effect. The AX850 PSU is awesome and runs it own little air-loop anyway.

I think I've found a way to make the 5.25" bay intake decent with a combination of some 2mm bitumen pads and the two-layer noise dampening mats. The only HDD I need inside the case is an SSD I'll place behind this intake fan.

I am aiming for a quiet (by SPCR standards, so near silent for this forum ) case + cpu-cooler setup (overclocked i5-2500K). Haven't decided on GPUs yet, and might start with only one until the new cards from Nvidia and AMD are out, but they will likely be the noisiest parts in the case.
Edited by Celoth - 10/20/11 at 5:49pm
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Inspired by this thread, I am going to do this setup on my Corsair 650D:

[IMG]~snip

The case will be lined everywhere with Cooltek 12mm two-layer (bitumen/foam) noise dampening mats, except for the designated intakes and exhausts. I know it can increase temperatures a little, but I like the way it changes the sound-scape in my current PC to a more pleasant white noise that fades into the background.

Intakes will only be covered with dust filters, aside from a 120mm wire grill on the top intake for protection. I'll be cutting all metal grills off at intakes and exhausts.

By sectioning off the bottom I'll direct the airflow from the Megaflow more directly to the GPUs, on top of the sound dampening effect. The AX850 PSU is awesome and runs it own little air-loop anyway.

I think I've found a way to make the 5.25" bay intake decent with a combination of some 2mm bitumen pads and the two-layer noise dampening mats. The only HDD I need inside the case is an SSD I'll place behind this intake fan.

I am aiming for a quiet (by SPCR standards, so near silent for this forum ) case + cpu-cooler setup (overclocked i5-2500K). Haven't decided on GPUs yet, and might start with only one until the new cards from Nvidia and AMD are out, but they will likely be the noisiest parts in the case.
Nice! I'm very interested in how this works out as I plan on getting the 650D as well. If you can post pics of your process or make a build log? Pretty please! Lol...

If you haven't already check out the 650D thread.
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Nice! I'm very interested in how this works out as I plan on getting the 650D as well. If you can post pics of your process or make a build log? Pretty please! Lol...

If you haven't already check out the 650D thread.
There will be a build log.

I am still in the early stages. Cutting the foam to fit all the nooks and crannies takes quite a few hours actually, including measuring and planning how to best block sound without hindering any airflow. Been doing it an hour here and there over a few days now.

I am also waiting for some parts not out in stores yet, but I can get most of the case ready with what I have.
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Looking forward to it!
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Quick question, is the PC-9F good? The single 140mm top intake seems to be fine from what ehume's saying. A recommendation would be great too.
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1000 rpm with a 200mm fan! Are you really sure you're not trying to recreate Hurricane Irene?
Is that good or bad?

Lol, the name of my girlfriend is Irene
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This looks great. Since you have partitioned the bottom from the rest of your main plenum, you might try a second partition between the HD/GPU space and the CPU space. I don't know if it would make any difference with your temps, but it's something I'm thinking of trying.
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Quick question, is the PC-9F good? The single 140mm top intake seems to be fine from what ehume's saying. A recommendation would be great too.
I don't see a top intake on that case. I see a provision for a top exhaust, but no top intake.
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This looks great. Since you have partitioned the bottom from the rest of your main plenum, you might try a second partition between the HD/GPU space and the CPU space. I don't know if it would make any difference with your temps, but it's something I'm thinking of trying.
Yep good idea to at least try it. I should have some of the 2mm bitumen pads left over once I am done. Can probably do it with that.
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I don't see a top intake on that case. I see a provision for a top exhaust, but no top intake.
I could get one of these.
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