- Line the side panels with vibration dampening material (cork, high-density foam rubber, etc).
- Fill the plastic front bezel with spray foam.
- Fill dead space with foam rubber to reduce reverb.
Avoid metal-to-metal contact. Use some sort of gasket material whenever possible (thin vinyl sheet, weather stripping, adhesive-backed felt, etc).
Words of caution. whatever you do, do it safely. make sure the materials you use are non-flamable and non-toxic. also, some types of foam can possibly create a static electricity hazard for your components.
Dynamat and sound insulation is best bought from a car stereo place if you must buy retail. Expect to pay easily $1/sqft though. Cork, carpet padding, and some kinds of foam are best bought at the hardware store. (Osh, Home Depot, etc.)
3M double-sided mounting squares. Their ment for sticking posters and stuff to walls, they are made out of foam about 1mm thick with adhesive on both sides. They are stong enough to stick your ass to your elbow, or a fan to a metal case. Cut on little mounting square into four smaller bits and stick the on the corners of the fan. I have two blowhole fans in the side of my case mounted this way because I was trial fitting them before drilling screw holes. After putting them on this way I never thought about drilling those holes again. The foam does a surprisingly good job of getting rid of any small rattles and bering noises, and thos fans are REALLY stuck on there. I can lift the whole mid tower side panel (8 - 10 lbs?) by one of the fans without any problems. Some Compaqs have this kind of tape between the PSU and it's fan (screws too), I assume this is for vibration dampening. You can fid this stuff at the local Target, Wal-Mart, gas station, wherever.
- Cheaper than screws
- quicker than screws
- quieter than screws
- better looking than screws holes
less permanent than screw holes (but they won't come off unless you really try)
- Noise Dampening Material
- nice box layout
- Sound deadening wallpaper stuff
NoiseMagic NoVibes III Silent Hard Drive Mounting System (pdf) -- Looks great!
- That link is to an official reseller.
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