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    Well, I started this just for people to throw out cheap and easy ways to mod your computer while still having great performance results and not totally offending one's aesthetics. I think we've already covered how great electrical tape is (and it's many uses) in fatguy's thread, so I'd like to point out another great material: plastic foam sheet packaging. This stuff is the s*** for quiet computing. Today I went to my local PC store, which sucks, and I asked the guy for some vibration absorbing material (my fans rattle). He said he didnt have any, but he gave me some of this pink foam sheet stuff (I would have prefered a different color, but hey, you do with what you get) that is usually used in packaging mobos, printers, etc. So, I came home cut a piece 80x80 to make a ring for my new 80mm Vantec Stealth fan. Then I used the inside of the ring to make little strips to put on the back of my PSU, and on the back of the bracket that holds my 92mm exhaust and attaches to the case. I turned on the comp, and wow, I think I may be at 22dB total. Anyways, try it, its great stuff, and its free (I did buy 3 electrostatic bags from him for $1 each). Other suggestions?
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

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    duck tape :laugh:
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    rubber washers between screws and metal to reduce vibaration noise & cutting away stamped sheet metal fan gards to improve airflow and reduce noise
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    Just do away with the case and hang the components off the wall or into a desk.

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    Milk crate case is the best ghetto solution to having a bunch of computers that need airflow in a small room. Looks like ****, but very effective.
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    Here's a real ghetto mod...I used to use one of these with my last comp.
    Just remove the side panel, point it at the mobo, and turn it on.
    Works well even if your place isn't air conditioned.
    Link : Honeywell floor fan

    P.S. "Low" speed setting is all you need. "High" is pretty high, and "Super" is a hurricane !!!
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    Wish I had a pic for you.

    My genuine Martha Stewart 5-Compartment Pill Box/Fan Bus mod is a real ghetto classic!

    If there's ever a ghetto hall of fame, my fan bus box is going to be a cornerstone of the archive:laugh:
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    Lmao, this is building up nicely. I forgot to mention my panty hose air filter (I forget who suggested it). They're great, and fit any frame you can make :thumb: . And oh yah, twisty ties (the plastic coated kind if you wanna go rich) rule too. I have a 60mm fan suspended by them. Damn, I really need x-mas to get here so I can get my digital camera and show you all how ghetto my comp is :D . : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    I have an uncanny ability to view everyday objects and how they may relate to a PC. (seems I'm in good company) :)

    However, Mrs. C is more inclined toward calling it an obsession instead of a talent:confused:
    The reason a diamond shines so brightly is because it has many facets which reflect light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. C
    However, Mrs. C is more inclined toward calling it an obsession instead of a talent:confused:
    gee, that sounds awfully familar... :laugh:
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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