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I currently have a CM-690 case but am planning on ordering a new one to paint/mod... any recommendations on what to do? I am pretty stock, my specs are below. I want to paint the inside black, not too into LEDs. I want to get a good air flow going. I was thinking of using a few of these Silverstone Scool121 for fans.
as far as painting recommendations and going into it without LED's, take a look at my build log in my sig.

I would recommend starting off the painting with a coat or three of self etching primer.. followed by wetsanding.. then your base.. then wetsand and clear.

For fans, I'm running 6 120mm low speed yate loons.. 3 intake/3 exhaust. While I haven't measured my airflow, I know my cpu normally sits around 28c. You'll see die hard scythe x-flex fanatics.. or antec tri-cools... to be honest, if there was no budget, I'd recommend filling it up with noctuas. Others here will be able to add in their own .02 as that's all we can afford after building our systems.

Of course, that's idle temps at 4.0ghz with the cores at a temp around 36c. Just the same, I picked up my fans at jab-tech. It's a great case to get into... and can still look good without metric butt-loads of LEDs.

That being said, I'm looking at picking up a red cold cathode eventually, but controlling it with the last channel on my fan controller.
Edited by trogalicious - 2/11/09 at 9:22am
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What color is that you used on your build trog? It looks like a gun metal type color. Looks great. We essentially have the same build. I had the EVGA X58 board but had nothing but problems, so I changed to the ASUS board and have been running smooth since. When you say "Wet sand" what does that intel?
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What color is that you used on your build trog? It looks like a gun metal type color. Looks great. We essentially have the same build. I had the EVGA X58 board but had nothing but problems, so I changed to the ASUS board and have been running smooth since. When you say "Wet sand" what does that intel?
I used Rustoleum metallic charcoal for the interior and wet-sanding is exactly what it would sound like. You basically get a bowl of water with a drop or two of dish detergent in it. Dip a finer grit sandpaper (I wet sand twice on the primer and base coats, once with 800/1000 for sanding primer... 1000/1500 for base) and then sand across. There are tons of videos around youtube on wetsanding processes.

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Also, what is the padding at the bottom of your case? does it help with sound?

I think my biggest question now after looking at your pictures is what is the easiest way to paint the drive bay area?
Edited by mills - 2/11/09 at 9:39am
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Also, what is the padding at the bottom of your case? does it help with sound?

I had a bit of acoustic tiling left from when I used to record a bit. It helps out with the sound somewhat, but I need to cover some more of the interior surface to deaden it even more.

Since you're in Charlotte check around with music-go-round, Sam Ash, or a guitar center... they may be able to hook you up with some auralex or something.

With painting the drive bay, I just hit it from all four angles when painting the interior of the case. If I didn't cover something on the first pass, I'd hit it on the next. It's all about patience really... well, that and being able to spraypaint upside down.
Edited by trogalicious - 2/11/09 at 9:43am
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any idea how much noise the foam cancels out?
    
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any idea how much noise the foam cancels out?
no clue how to quantify it, but when I was running benchmarks last night I had my 285 fan at 100% as well as the rest of the fans in my system at 100% and it was barely audible. If I could hear anything it was the movement of air. There is very little noise from the hard drive, if any at all.

if I can get my hand on a db meter, I may check for you.
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Talking to a buddy now and he said to check Sam Ash as well, but do you think they will have scraps? Checked the price on this stuff and it's pricey to say the least.
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http://www.mnpctech.com/SonexWilltec.html I've been wondering if putting this inside would make a noticeable difference. I'm sure it does dampen some noise but just how much would be good info to have.
    
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http://www.mnpctech.com/SonexWilltec.html I've been wondering if putting this inside would make a noticeable difference. I'm sure it does dampen some noise but just how much would be good info to have.
I would think it'd make a difference for sure. I'll see if I can get my hands on a dbmeter for you and do a test.

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Talking to a buddy now and he said to check Sam Ash as well, but do you think they will have scraps? Checked the price on this stuff and it's pricey to say the least.
They might have scraps. If not, check around for recording studios/musicians. It doesn't have to be the auralex stuff either.. just an idea. You can google audio tile or audio dampening and it will show up with quite a bit of products. I want to say that there are a few recording studios/venues near NoDa that might have some stuff around. It wouldn't take much in a computer to make a difference.
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