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by Lubb
Sat May 15, 2010 5:11 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Anyone Tried Tar sheet ?!
Replies: 11
Views: 2123

I'd agree that it does dampen sound a lot because it adds a lot of weight to the normally-thin panels--but I think that if I tried to do this again I would just go buy adhesive-backed rubber sheet and use that instead. 100X cleaner and no smell at all to ever worry about. You might even be able to f...
by Lubb
Fri May 14, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Anyone Tried Tar sheet ?!
Replies: 11
Views: 2123

I built a case once, trying to use the spray-on sound deadener stuff for cars. It is some kind of tar with fibers added to help it "cling" better. The stuff smelled badly like tar. I mean, it STANK like hot tar. People said it will smell for a day, or two, but after that it won't. Mine didn't. Two w...
by Lubb
Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fan rubber surrounds
Replies: 6
Views: 1895

You can get any little plastic tubing from the hardware or pet store (aquarium tubing) and slice it once lengthwise with a knife. This is cheaper and also keeps the fan from touching (and rattling) on the metal case.
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by Lubb
Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent 41cm side-blowing fan case mod brainstorm..
Replies: 10
Views: 2520

Electrostatic-only air filters seem to be a great idea--there's no filter to clog and impede airflow, so they can be silent (by not requiring much air pressure) yet they can capture ALL non-gasses that pass through them. All of that is true in theory, but there are practical problems involved with u...
by Lubb
Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent 41cm side-blowing fan case mod brainstorm..
Replies: 10
Views: 2520

Re: Silent 41cm side-blowing fan case mod brainstorm..

You can get silent room air filters for cheap.. here's one for $40 which has an AC-powered 41 cm fan. http://www.heartlandamerica.com/browse/item.asp?PIN=93701&SC=WIS20001& It would be as ugly as hell, but would it be a stretch to make a case mod which replaced a case side panel with such a filter ...
by Lubb
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quietest case option to date?
Replies: 16
Views: 3490

Re: Quietest case option to date?

ces wrote: ... You didn't answer the store part of the question. Is it that you just do this on the side as opposed to through a store?
Ahh, I thought you wanted to know where to buy the sorbothane.

No, I don't do this professionally--just for relatives and friends.
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by Lubb
Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quietest case option to date?
Replies: 16
Views: 3490

Re: Quietest case option to date?

"Use sorbothane" How do you even know what that is or if they are using it| I see you are from Illinois. Where is your store located? Sorbothane is priced higher than other kinds of rubber, I'd think if they were using it the case manufacturer wouldn't hesitate to say. The website shows they make i...
by Lubb
Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:26 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quietest case option to date?
Replies: 16
Views: 3490

Re: Quietest case option to date?

Hey guys, I'm looking for recommendations for my upcoming system - and although I'm sure this topic is worn out by now, I'd rather hear some simplified facts rather than reading through a couple hundred posts about cases like the Antec p1** or Silverstone something or other. ..... My experience/opi...
by Lubb
Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:29 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P180 still THE case to get???
Replies: 15
Views: 6471

I'm one person who thinks that the P180 is not all that great; it is nicely built but not worth the price difference, IMO. I think the main thing that makes my current setup "quiet" is that the fans are slowed down by a fan controller panel. I have good heatsinks and good fans (though I don't think ...
by Lubb
Fri Sep 23, 2005 6:05 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Power fans seperately?
Replies: 16
Views: 3298

Wallblock adaptors usually have little to no regulation, so the fans might sound noisier hooked up to one of them than they would on a real PSU. Why not just use a cheap generic PSU with the proper wires shorted over?
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by Lubb
Fri Sep 23, 2005 8:02 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Homemade TNN-500A
Replies: 8
Views: 3338

What I would do is try one tube inside another, with the inner-tube wrapped with some cotton fabric. And the inside tube would have small holes drilled along its length. So the alcohol/water mix would be able to wick to the hot end through the cotton fabric, and then vaporize off through the open ce...
by Lubb
Thu Sep 22, 2005 5:24 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Homemade TNN-500A
Replies: 8
Views: 3338

The giant heatsinks are not that hard to find. The heat pipes would be the adventure here. If you can get the sink blocks machined, then why not try to make the pipes yourself? All they are is copper tubing with a two-layer wick, and some water+alcohol inside: http://www.npowertek.com/what.html .......
by Lubb
Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:37 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dust Kills Computers.....
Replies: 67
Views: 23888

...This is nuts......Why not just invent/buy a stand-alone air fiter machine? Place it in the room with your computer. Collect all the dust you want, but keep it away from your computer.. Yes, this is nuts, but enacting a "no-nuts on SPCR rule" would drastically cut into current membership. ....And...
by Lubb
Wed Sep 21, 2005 3:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Loading up a P180 with Nexus fans; expect mounting problems?
Replies: 10
Views: 3049

The top fan is only held in with two screws in the rear corners, and it has hooks to hold the front two corners. The Nexus fans have the closed-in corner holes, so (to avoid modding the case) you will need to trim open two of the corners on one of your fans for this. ----- I put Nexus in mine, I jus...
by Lubb
Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:13 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dust Kills Computers.....
Replies: 67
Views: 23888

No, but surely you must have come across unreliable CD writers and the unpleasant encounter of computers belonging to heavy smokers. I think filters might help here. -Well I am pretty certain that I have read that cigarette smoke is some of the finest, smallest dust particles there are. Only a HEPA...
by Lubb
Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dust Kills Computers.....
Replies: 67
Views: 23888

I tried to do a DIY case and it essentially flopped (Brutal Tripod). Since it was primarily concerned with noise and dust-control, I am posting the page here, which also showcases my "next great idea" (Dirtcan). http://www.norcom2000.com/users/dcimper/assorted/inanities/pc_case/diy_bomb.html -There'...
by Lubb
Mon Sep 19, 2005 9:05 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dust Kills Computers.....
Replies: 67
Views: 23888

Taking this a step further, maybe computers could be tweaked to absorb more dust?... -I had this idea for my DIY, but that effort bombed out near the finish line. Flat-element-type filters are very compact but have some serious drawbacks; I did a cyclone-style filter--but it measured about 7 inches...
by Lubb
Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:54 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Why No Yate Loons?
Replies: 22
Views: 6782

Well first of all, most people who buy aftermarket fans in retail stores now tend to buy the UV-neon stuff. I went into an area chain looking for a branded fan that was using the Yate Loon frame and was said around here to be extremely quiet--but they did not stock any plain black 120mm fans at all....
by Lubb
Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P180 Design Suggestions
Replies: 21
Views: 6335

I got the Nexus fans in today, and the P180 is even quieter with them in than the stock tri-cools. ------ And my wiring is still a mess too. I tried to see what could be helped, but found nothing. I don't think it can be cleaned up, with the lengths of what I have and all, the dual-ended power cable...
by Lubb
Sun Sep 11, 2005 11:39 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: A fanless PSU for the P180
Replies: 27
Views: 8265

I just got a Coolmax CF480W and a P180 case. I too expect to run a lower fan. I am still running the stock fans at the moment; triple Nexus are currently in-transit. And yes 480 W was far more than I needed, this was just to provide a large margin of safety. ---- I get some buzzing from the case wit...
by Lubb
Tue Sep 06, 2005 3:52 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Chipset Temperature when using passive Scythe Ninja in P180
Replies: 4
Views: 1888

I have a MSI K8T Neo2 mobo with a Athlon-64 3000/939 (Winchester core, 1.8Ghz), and with the Scythe Ninja running passive in a P180 case with both upper fans on their low setting, the usual temp is around 35C. ....About what it was with the stock heatsink and fan. The Ninja is quite less noisy howev...
by Lubb
Tue Sep 06, 2005 3:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: What was the reason for ignoring hd cooling in the p180...
Replies: 7
Views: 2732

I'm pretty sure that the lower chamber is supposed to draw air front-to-back. Whatever way it has to, taping vents or whatever. Something about that air-filter-thing on the front....
by Lubb
Tue Sep 06, 2005 12:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P180-General Comments/Suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 2647

My problem with the lower drive area is the cables want to stick straight out of the plugs. I was using SATA drives with 4-pin power. It appears that your SATA cables are pre-bent, did you hit them with a heat gun or something? As stiff as they are, I didn't know how tight they could be bent without...
by Lubb
Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:56 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P180 Door Bulge - possible solution
Replies: 18
Views: 9106

Mine bulges. Sometimes. I have mine sitting on the edge of a desk that is about six inches from a wall. On the floor below the front edge of the desk is a AC/furnace vent. When the AC is running, the door bulges out perhaps 5mm. After the AC has not been running for a while, the door only bulges out...
by Lubb
Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:33 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Most Reliable Fanless PSU?
Replies: 48
Views: 17082

...Fanless PSUs do poorly with NO airflow, but they don't need a lot. "Some" is enough, and "some" is what is in our tester.... -Perhaps it would be useful to contact all the "label manufacturers", point out the higher failure rate of fanless PSU's and ask for diagrams of what testing setups they u...
by Lubb
Mon Sep 05, 2005 4:12 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Most Reliable Fanless PSU?
Replies: 48
Views: 17082

...This is incorrect, the SPCR test rig takes intake air through the PSU tester and exausts is through / across the PSU.... -It would seem to me that, when testing a fanless PSU in a standard ATX case (with the PSU high in the rear) you would need to use front-intake fans (or the load tester) and t...
by Lubb
Sun Sep 04, 2005 11:34 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Most Reliable Fanless PSU?
Replies: 48
Views: 17082

....Fanless power supplies are not meant to run with no air moving through them. They just allow you to move the fan elsewhere. In ATX cases you have a problem because you would want the case fan below the PSU to blow air in the same direction as the air moves through the PSU. If the PSU is an exha...
by Lubb
Sun Sep 04, 2005 11:00 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Out Of Time: the DIY case is a wash
Replies: 8
Views: 2254

PSU - The Coolmax review on the main site made it kinda iffy, consider one of the 2005 Phantom models or a Silverstone/Etasis models as well. I don't think I understand the concept fo the way the SPCR is testing fanless PSU's, but that is a matter for another forum I guess. And anyway--I got the 48...
by Lubb
Sun Sep 04, 2005 10:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P180-General Comments/Suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 2647

P180-General Comments/Suggestions

There are other various threads with fitting particular parts in the P180, so this is more of a general discussion of what hardware the case comes with as-is. Overall the case is very good, but a couple things did work poorly IMO: Firstly--I don't like the fans theselves. They only have two-wire tai...
by Lubb
Fri Sep 02, 2005 3:45 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Tri-Cool Fans on a controller panel?
Replies: 3
Views: 1572

Umm, yea, that's what I said, PWM. You hard a hearin or somethin? Anyhow--it all arrived today and I got it together. P180 case is generally nice, a couple things I'd change though, but as far as the fans go--I thought they had both 4-pin and mini-3-pin plugs on them, so you could hook the fans up e...