Hi everyone, I'm sure I'll need to shove in lots of detail to this thread so I'll try and stay brief. Hello though, great forum you've got here
Here's my situation. I have an opteron 146 in an Asus A8N-32SLI, a 6800GS, a soundcard, a RAID 5 card, and 5(yes, I know) hard drives, powered by a Seasonic S12 500. This sits in a Cooler Master Stacker. Obviously when I got this all it wasn't with consideration to quietness, but I've become obsessed.
To quieten it down, I've installed a Scythe Infinity, and Zalman VF-900 on the CPU and GPU respectively. I've installed a fan controller(the Zalman 6 fan one), and replaced every case fan I have(4 120's and 3 80's) with Nexus and NMB-MAT's. At it's quietest, the system runs with all the case 120's at 5V, two of the 80's off, one at 5V, and the CPU fan at 65% in speedfan. The fans are placed with three 120's at the front(intake), one at middle rear(exhaust), two 80's at bottom rear(exhaust) and the last 80 on the top front(intake). The hard disks are composed of a single seagate 'cuda, couldn't say what specific flavour(120GB though) and 4 samsung T133's, 300GB ones. I've also recently added an Acoustipack Deluxe into the case with little effect. I think that's everything, so now my question.
Where do I go from here?
Do I give up on this case with it's perforated front, or modify it in some way? I'm not removing hard disks, but I would welcome ways to bring down their noise levels, since they're just screwed in. I'm not really sure what else I could do, but I thought this would be a good introductory/question post. I know I can't be the perfect silence nut, having such a hefty system - however if I can't use my system for what I want to it might as well be off, solving any silence problems in the course :p
Thanks for reading