cool setup there nate, what's the material u're using for that sound deading stuff that u're cramming in between the plates? it looks like rubber carpet underlay.
Quokked, that would be thermaridge (I think thats the brand name) material, which is a mat to sleep on and keep you comfortable and warm when you're backpacking. I seem to keep finding many uses for it, although if it hadnt already been cut up, I wouldnt have used it, as it cost around 20 bucks for a matt. It was just handy. One of these days Ill get some other materials to try too, it seems to work pretty good though.
Well, i think that the plates you have will still provide a great attenuation of the sound from the HDs. And if, like you say on your site, you cant hear your computers unless its very quiet and you listen very intently, then id say its fine! If it works for you then great!
BTW, i see your using an Audiophile, are you a musician?
ChiefWeasel, I think the thinner plates help alot too. Im not as sure about the cooling properties of the thinner aluminum; however, at least the drives are not getting any hotter...I was just wondering if they could be even quieter and cooler. Yes, my setup now is very quiet and it takes a perfectly quiet room and a trained ear to hear the hum of (I think) whats mainly the VGA fan. Two things though:
A: Its somehow kind of fun and like a game to see how quiet you can get it. (Kind of like how overclockers get excited about tweaking their computers)
B: I would like to be able to have my computers out in the open for easier access and such. Its kind of a pain to go under that blanketed desk every time I want to burn a CD or mess with some hardware.
Finally, yes, I am a drummer (african and afro-cuban percussion), my main passion besides computers. I do some recording in my room, hence another reason to have it very quiet. Thanks for the feedback!