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The DIY bug is biting pretty hard right now, but I've got a lot of questions before I dive in.
  • When building a case from scratch, how much of the structural parts used prefab'd, scavenged from other cases, or have to be made on the fly? I'm specifically thinking about things like i/o interfaces, motherboard trays, and storage drive bays (aka, things that take a little more effort than making a case wall).
  • What materials manage resonance and sound the best? Acrylic, wood, aluminum, steel, something else less known?
  • What method of enclosure manages resonance and sound best? Multiple panels fastened or with standoffs? Unibody? Screws? Rivets? Velcro?
  • Has anyone made a case wall that hinges open like a door without using hinges? Several production cases can do this, but I wonder about the durability, how secure it is, and how it manages resonance vs traditional door panels.

Thanks for reading. Now back to scouring the build logs here for ideas.
    
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I'm using wood because it's cheap and easy to work with. It's possible to make the mobo tray and drive cages yourself, but it's easier to steal those parts from a donor case. I'm not sure what material is best acoustically. What case is an example of the door you mentioned?
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Antec DF85


Antec Lanboy Air


AcoustiCase C6607 Revised
    
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If you are worried about noise there are a number of product to help cut down vibrations, gaskets, rubber grommets... As far as hinges go simple ones with Teflon are silent.
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I have some ideas on how to reduce noise, but a certain amount of resonance is inherent in large metal panels. Steel manages this better than aluminum, for instance. I don't know how well (or poorly) acrylic does. Work's kept me from doing the research I want/need to do in order to make this case what I want it to be (inaudible overclocking with a useful graphic's card... ).
    
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