ive been following this forum for a few months but never felt like registering to post, because i didnt have the funds to modify my pc (still dont actually, heheh
well, i am extremely pleased that my first post could be on this wonderful topic...
ive always thought the current solution to pc silencing wasnt really an optimal solution, no manufacturer is really trying to make cheap and silent pc parts (well excluding the spinpoint hdds), so we are scrambling around and finding these difficult to implement solutions.
i have this nagging annoyance that we are putting in all this effort and energy, and if we just wait like 1 or 2 years, the manufacturers will get their act together and start making cheap silent pc components and entire systems.
kind of like, when mp3s first hit the scene, some people went to great lenghts to modify their car by putting in a computer or laptop, so they could have mp3s in their car.... nowadays you can just buy a $50 cd based mp3 player and hook it up to the car stereo.
i kind of feel our solutions are like this. plus i am really annoyed by the price gouging that is going on by some companies to sell a quiet pc part. $80 for a PSU, etc. is total BS.
anyway, what i was looking for is a cheap simple easy solution that is guaranteed to work.
today on slashdot i finally found a solution that will probably work.
its basically a big box heavy box to put the pc in, with 180 degree sound vents.
umm... ill just quote the whole news posting from /....
"An anonymous reader points to this wacky but effective-looking home-brewed answer to computer noise, consisting of a wooden case stuffed with ventilation shafts which follow a number of 180-degree turns, and implementing several ideas found at 12ghosts.de (in German) <http://supergee.com/de/silence/>. From the description on the site <http://www.carsten-buschmann.de/noise-protection/>: "By traveling through the shafts, the noise is weakened gradually on its way through the sections. On the front the case has a door for accessing drives, the cables come out of a kind of "mouse hole" at the rear panel. A fan inside pulls an air flow through the wooden box." "
the english website is http://www.carsten-buschmann.de/noise-protection/
if you didnt catch it
there are pics of it here...
http://www.carsten-buschmann.de/noise-p ... cture1.htm
i remember reading somewhere that in order to stop noise, the walls must be thick, and that they dynamat and all that stuff that some people try isnt applicable to our situations. the thick wood box is where its at.
its not that thick actually only 19mm. and say this isnt quiet enough for you, just double it to 40mm and im sure it will be even quieter.
anyway what do you guys think about this... hopefully someone will sell this and it will incite some competition in the pc silencing scene. the guys site says it only costs about $50 in materials