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MDF pc case?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Orbitalzone, Feb 26, 2003.

  1. Orbitalzone

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    Just wondering what peoples ideas are on using MDF to construct a PC case... I thought the dense MDF might absorb PC noise more than a metal case... I appreciate it might not provide any real EMF protection... although I might cover the outer casing with alumininium to look half decent...

    Has anyone done something like this?

    I really want to silence the PC innards as much as I can!
     
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    I've heard of a few people making wooden pc cases before.
    My concern would be heat, how would you cool it down?
    If your going to end up having to have air vents in the fibreboard then you may aswell just buy some of that insulating material and insulate a standard case.
     
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    I was really taken with the idea of a beautifully constructed , laquered wood PC case. Think something along the lines of a piano with baroque brass buttons and inlaid mother of pearl details etc. However I could never find anything close or any company/artists who were up for it and I don't have the time to learn how to do it myself. ( anyone whose read william gibson and knows about "Sandbenders" would get what I'm after)

    Anyway with wood you've got some issues:

    earthing is something to bear in mind . If you look at some of the perspex cases on some of the custom case sites you'll find some info about the pros and cons of this.

    With regard to sound I'm not really sure it would be a huge improvement: it might even resonate more than a heavy steel/auminium case. I'd suggest that if sound is an issue the best solutions don't involve a wooden case. Look at watercooling, quiet psu, coolers, etc.
     
  4. Orbitalzone

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    OK thanks.. I wondered whether it was worth the bother...

    I just thought it might be a good sound deadner... but as you say, quiet PSU, fans etc would be the best step..then maybe case mods later...
     
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    Hey there, I wandered in via a link to Comer's wc joke. Glad to find people with interests in HTPC applications to silent computing.

    MDF is a very good material for building computer cases. MDF is used in speaker enclosures because it works well as a non-resonant material. Here's a link to a built-in desk PC built from MDF: http://www.silentpcreview.com/modul...ns&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=44&page=1

    As for concerns about temperatures, it will have no significant impact on interior temperature of a case. Because air conducts heat so poorly to steel and aluminum, they play virtually no part in keeping a system cool. All you need is properly designed airflow.
     
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    yuck !
     
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    Wow! It looks....different.:smoke:
     
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    Another example...............here


    Very adaptable stuff, MDF, now where did I save all those pictures of HCPC cases...:devil:


    Sean G.
     
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    Thanks for the links... I like the cubed VIA eden based one...

    I assumed MDF might be a good bet to reduce the annoying rattles and vibrations that seem to vibrate through my (cheap) case.... well a project for the next for months perhaps...
     
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    Have you looked at eliminating those vibrations at source? Mounting fans on grommets or foam etc.? Can help a fair bit, depending how bad each one is.

    I've been doing a fair few tests using stepper motors at work and reducing their vibtration. Simple rubber grommets work wonders!
     
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    Yes I had thought about rubber grommets and such like, I assume you'd need an earth lead to the drive just to be on the safe side of static?
     
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    Wouldn't have thought so. There's no mains votlages going near there, so no need for an earth for that reason. Also there are ground wires within the IDE cable and the power cable. Wouldn't do any harm tho' to have them, just something to remember to disconnect when removing the drive!

    Thinking about it, there's no earth on drive caddies etc.
     
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    I think I'll give the rubber gromit a try on my noisy vibrating drives... hopefully it'll reduce those annoying whines and vibrations in the case.
     
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    While grommets are good (the Antec Sonata & iStyle case uses them) a novibesIII is better at isolating a drive's vibration. A further step up is a SmartDrive which will also help a lot with drive whine.
     

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