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post #1 of 6
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Hi all!

I plan on starting the process of building a case from scratch before the end of the year. One of my goals is to have it quiet. I am not a silent purist by any means, but I have been known to curse and hit a computer for the screaming fans on idle.

I am fairly inexperienced when it comes to quietting a computer, though I have been studying and learning. I plan on going with a dual water loop for my components because I like the temp benefits and I HATE how loud GPU fans get. thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif I also am going to have fan controllers for all of my fans so I can run them quietly for normal operation, but have the ability to crank them up whenever I need to.

One thing I am planning on doing is having an acrylic box, lined with aoustic foam, that houses the two non-ssd hard drives I will have. Additionally those will be held in elastic suspension inside that box. I know it is kind of overkill, but hey it's gonna look wicked cool and be almost silent. One thing I figured I'd have problems with that part in particular is hard drive temps. So I figured I would get a water loop HDD cooler, which is basically a waterblock plate that you sandwitch between 2 hard drives. I was wondering if adding that cooling plate would negate the suspension and/or the isolationbox+foam?

Also all of my case mounted fans I know I want to use the silicon gaskets. I have seen the rubber screw-type things but I dont like them as much, because the silicon will also improve the efficiency of the fan due to not having any space for air to leak in or out through. Though I have no idea what I need to look for as far as specs go in that area. All I have heard is that higher density is good. Any links or suggestions would be awesome!

Also for my rads, I am going to custom make shrouds for each side in a push-pull setup, and I was wondering if there were any 3x120mm gaskets I could use for that also. I know i could probably use 3 120mm ones, but then the sections inside would not be supported by anything and just impede the flow of air inside the shroud box.

I want to have feet for the case that are clear, because I want to mount some LED's in the top to make them glow, but I don't have the slihtest what material I should use for that, to help keep from case-desk vibration, or where I could get it.

Thanks for reading my stupidly long post, and I look forward to hearing your suggestions and advice!

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post #2 of 6
Sounds like a sweet project.

As for the hard drive cooler, you may just want to mount a single fan in front of the HDDs or place them where you have some airflow. You don't usually need much cooling at all on HDDs as long as there is some air moving across them and they aren't crammed in an enclosed space.

I don't know much about the silicon gaskets except I like them on all the cases I've owned.

The case feet would probably best made from clear acrylic. That's generally the go-to material for clear and lit. For the vibration aspect, just put some rubber/velour pads on the bottom of the feet.

This will be a fun project to follow!
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I thought about just having a fan, but I really like the idea of enclosing them in an acryllic box with the sound dampening foam. I just think that would look sweet. Also, I was reading somewhere, i forget where, that the poster said that suspending his HDD with elastic upped the temps, because they werent attached to that small metal tray that sucked some of the heat away. I was just thinking that if I combined Elastic + Enclosed space, that I would get into the dangerous temp zone. I know that normally the HDD doesn't need any kind of cooling. But I don't want to turn my HDD into an oven! mad.gif

Wht gaskets have you used. I've seen some on like frozencpu, or other sites. I just have never touched one so I wouldn't want to order all the gaskets I would need on a simple whim! (BTW this case, i it stays on my current idea, will have a friggin ton of fans! each rad will be push/pull and there will either be 2 or 3 3x120 or 4x120 and at least one 2x120.)

Yeah I figured acrylic would be the best, I jsut didn't know how it would be as far as vibrations go, but the rubber/velour is a great Idea and I think that would sove it for sure.

Thanks for your input!thumb.gif
post #4 of 6
I've just used generic gaskets. I think they all work about the same.

As for hard drives, perhaps you could make an aluminum mounting bracket with fins that is suspended in the acrylic box. Two vertical pieces that you screw your hard drives to on either side. Just brainstorming...
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post #5 of 6
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That is a good idea. I wonder if the hard drives being screwed into metal that doesnt attach to the case would make them "noisy"

If that were the case, instead of using a plain mounting bracket you could make a heatsink bracket and attach it to the HDD's. Anyone have any input on the matter?
post #6 of 6
Maybe just attach GPU memory heatsinks to the HDDs? Make it look nice and funky.

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