can this case be quiet enough for a bedroom server?
That's subjective (can you quantify your goal or at least describe it qualitatively?) but most people would rather put a server with lots of drives elsewhere.
Yes, it is subjective. What in human experience isn't?
One thing to know, we live next to what has become a major traffic artery. The ambient at our house is not at the low end of the ambient scale. So, this doesn't need to be an "inaudible at 1m in the anechoic chamber" build.
What I want is something that doesn't sound like a server in a rack at work. A gentle whooshing/whirring would be fine. Even with lots of drives, suspending them all should chop down their noise. I think the newer drives are amazingly quiet already, even mounted in the standard, bolted to the case way.
What I'm asking is if this case is capable of being quiet with modifications for fans, drive suspension, deadening, etc., or if I should give it to the Goodwill computer store and buy a brand new case with quiet thinking in the design? The case is "quiet" as it sits, it doesn't seem to have any loose parts that would make noise or vibrate, it's very sturdy. I suspect it can be quiet, with some time spent modifying it, but I don't want to spend that time, and discover it was doomed before I started. I'd rather spend the money than the rest of the summer trying to beat it into submission, and still having a rattletrap.
Opening the existing fan grilles, creating a suspension system for all the drives, deadening the case panels, buying quiet fans, buying a quiet HSF, using a video card with no fan, these are all things I'm willing to do.
I'm in no particular rush to do the job, I don't have any deadlines. But it is going to happen, and it would be nice to have something that the wife won't complain about at night. Happy wife, happy life.
I guess at the end, what I'm asking is, are there any glaringly obvious defects with this case
that would make it a poor choice to start with? Or should I start buying parts, and get the tools out? That's the way I'm leaning, unless there's something you folks know and I don't. (That's why I'm here, after all!)