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Dasa 
28/5/08 9:42:58 AM
Hero
Titan


I have been playing with some ideas for a quiet air cooled case layout and have just slapped this together for anyone who is interested
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y83/dasa09/caselayout.jpg

its very rough but should give you the basic idea

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0shift 
28/5/08 12:46:24 PM
Master

It would make for a very tall case. But wouldn't having all your cables coming out the top be a problem for people with cases on their desk. And the opposite ture for optical drives a the bottom for cases under desks.


Edited by 0shift: 28/5/2008 12:49:21 PM

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m0zes 
28/5/08 1:05:29 PM
Champion
Very rough is one way you could describe it, i guess. Though i think it would have looked better as an ms paint diagram. As a completely passive system i could see the advantage, but in that case i don't see any reason why you wouldn't go for a traditional desktop arrangement as you'd get alot more surface area for exhaust. For a system also using active cooling i'd be looking at a case which minimises openings and uses thick panels:
-To minimise openings keep input and output on one side, input at base and exhaust at top.
-If you apply this to the back panel you are also placing these in the area furthest away from the user.
-Using thick sides, front, top, bottom aswell as accoustic foam you can trap the majority of noise inside the case.
-Place fans in towards the middle of the case
-Consider using a usb optical drive to ensure your not opening the front to much.
-Again this will be taller than a standard mid tower case to allow for a decent size input and output.
-Obviously it isn't going to cool aswell as a standard arrangement but it should be very quiet.

cheers


Edited by m0zes: 28/5/2008 1:07:21 PM

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TheFrunj 
28/5/08 1:37:07 PM
Titan

So you want to build a custom case for it?

System specs would help to know the amount of space needed/heat generated.

But you should be able to get away with two slow moving 12CM fans, one intake and one exhaust, as well as one of the Corsair or Zalman PSUs that are very quiet. You definitely don't need the added noise of three fans.

Those HDDs will also make a LOT of vibration noise when running, so you'll have to look into silicon brackets, or suspend them.

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Dasa 
28/5/08 2:14:20 PM
Hero
Titan


I guess cables out the top may be a problem for shorter people but then getting behind a desk isn't always easy either and yes low optical drives would be no good for under desk pc's

Yes its tall but its also not as deep as a normal pc

The idea was to have no front top or side openings (other than removable panels for installation) and to have a bit of a baffle between internal parts and the exhaust to cut down on escaping noise

I have no plans to build anything like this for the time being just playing with ideas as I have little else to do

As for the fans i was thinking a single 120mm in and out isnt really enough for my tastes so maybe a bigger fan or two side by side or perhaps use 3x120mm above or below the hdd to move air up threw the case which should keep temps as good as most cases but without hot spots that miss out on airflow

Thanks for your ideas and point of view

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TheFrunj 
28/5/08 2:29:48 PM
Titan

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_601&products_id=7104

That fan is supposed to be 105CFM, and only 20dBA. You could run that off 7V, and it would be near silent, but still move a lot of air. Maybe put it internally, against the sidepanel, so that there isn't a direct path for noise to escape, but there's a lot of air movement too.

There'd be no hotspots with something like that in there, especially if you had some rear exhausts too.

*edit*
Damn https...


Edited by TheFrunj: 28/5/2008 02:30:11 PM

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Master_Scythe 
29/5/08 10:19:59 PM
Titan

isnt it easier to use a DESKTOP case and have it blowing\exhausing that way?

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battlefield_gir 
5/6/08 2:23:52 PM
Guru

make a sammich ( cross section

* dual slow moving 200mm fans blowing out)*
::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
::::::::::Modders mesh::::::::
::::::with components behind::
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* dual slow moving 200mm fans sucking in)*

make sure that the heatsinks are mounted facing teh right way so the air flows though it not bouncing off it.

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m0zes 
9/6/08 1:56:19 PM
Champion
Well, well, well, look what silverstone have pulled out of the bag:

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=13653

There you go dasa, you might want to send them an email asking for royalties on your design ;)

cheers


Edited by m0zes: 9/6/2008 1:58:08 PM

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battlefield_gir 
9/6/08 4:38:41 PM
Guru

dsa demands royalties, though we can prove it with the time stamp.

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m0zes 
12/6/08 8:43:10 PM
Champion
Damn Dasa add another one to your list, this time hp with the new voodoo omen:

http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9964865-1.html

This time however it's so exclusive hp have to ask you to buy one. There's not a lot of images going around yet, but hp seem to have done a damn good job designing this case. Finally a 'gaming' system with a touch of class and sophistication instead of mindless layers of plastic

cheers


Edited by m0zes: 12/6/2008 8:46:33 PM

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Dasa 
13/6/08 12:25:50 AM
Hero
Titan


bugger me that was quick and so close its not funny

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