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can I ask why there is noise cancelling foam above the monitors, what benefit does that have while gaming?
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can I ask why there is noise cancelling foam above the monitors, what benefit does that have while gaming?

Spatial effects and surround sound.

You're not seeing the whole office. The ceiling, back and side walls also have acoustic foam/diffusers/bass traps. I drive my Polk monitors & sub off my M-Audio soundcard via a mixer and then through an audio rack (compressor, 32-band EQ, crossover, amp). Basically the setup (with help from a neighbor who has been a sound engineer for ~30 years) positions the audio perfectly at my ears when sitting at my desk. If you close your eyes it's like the music/sound is right there in front of your face and the spatial effects are behind/above/under/whatever. The types of foam/difussers and their positioning is to attenuate the sound frequencies so the sound isn't too "boomy" or reflect echoes oddly.

I've got an older Reddit /r/battlestations post that would give you a rough idea of the office as a whole, though it's changed a bit since then.
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post #33 of 138
Oh ok that makes sense and I'm jealous now lol. Wish I had a neighbor like that could help me out with a setup like that.
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post #37 of 138
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So I hit my first roadblock. The HEATKILLER 79x0 backplates arrived today. Unfortunately, they don't fit.

The Sapphire cards I have are Radeon HD 7950 OC 3GB GDDR5 (11196-02-40G). Apparently the early versions of the 7950 OC used the AMD reference 109-C38137 (7950) boards while current rev of the same card uses the AMD reference 109-C38637 (7970) boards. I bought these when they were first available so..... Since the HEATKILLER backplate is setup for the 109-C38637 most of the holes don't line up.

At this point I can either return the backplates (to Germany. Meh.) or drill holes. The drilling doesn't bother me but in order to keep the backplate from directly touching the board (using the plastic standoff cuffs that come with the backplate) I'll need to find slightly longer threaded screws for the Swiftech waterblock & cross bracket and heatsink screws. The ones that came with the HEATKILLER backplate are long enough but are a bigger diameter.

Wheee.
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post #38 of 138
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Late night update: Since the GPU backplate work is on hold, I moved ahead with some of the motherboard work.

Painted and CPU waterblock loosely placed:


I'll shoot the airbrushing tomorrow and finish up some case modifications for the fill port and other things.

I also did a little soldering. For the record, EL wire is a ***** to solder with the tiny tiny angel wires. The core wire is easy.


so that I could start on parts of the case lighting:




Wait, someone said overkill? No, THIS is overkill:

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post #39 of 138
that wire with sound activation......I WANT! biggrin.gif
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that wire with sound activation......I WANT! biggrin.gif

They're actually reasonably priced. I took the sound module apart and converted it to run off molex so I can hide it in the case.
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