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Thread: Wood case Magnetic insulation?




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    I was thinking of modding my old/ugly Aopen case, removing all panels and the front bezel and replacing all that with wood or anything i can think of. Here is my question, i heard that the case is forming some sort of electromagnetic shield to protect the components, will it be risky to remove the panels?

    BTW i use 2 200W speakers on the side of my desk, one right next to the case.
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    Actually it forms a shield to protect the user from electromagnetic radiation.

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    So is it safe to have a 90W subwoofer right beside my case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dyck15
    So is it safe to have a 90W subwoofer right beside my case?
    probably not with all the vibrations and everything.
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    No, get that subwoofer away from anything electronical thats worth money, as subwoofer's are barely ever magnetically shielded. You can easily destroy your hard drive by putting a subwoofer next to it. Most desktop speakers are shielded though, so they're fine to stick next to towers and monitors.
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    If you got your product, it should say weither it was Shielded or not...Just check the Manual or the Box.

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    I have an old HP with plastic sides- on the inside it has very tihn metal panels. I guess that you could get some thin alloy, and put it on the inside of the wooden panels, and then you would have some shielding.

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    I doubt that it would pose a real issue. Look at all of the Acrylic cases that are out there now, I do not see any metal shielding inside of them.

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    The metal in your case does protect the user from radioactive fields but it actually is mostly intended to protect the inards of your pc from outside interference. Things like speakers, radio waves, wi-fi, ect can interfere with your comuter components and monitor. The components invulantarily pick up these outside frequencies known as EMI. The metal is also used to ground the components. Even the cases made out of platic have to have some kind of metal inside of them to ground compnents. If they did not have this the slightest static discharge could foul your entire system. Having the metal allows any electronic dischage to typically pass through your compnents and into the metal minimizing any damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatguy3
    No, get that subwoofer away from anything electronical thats worth money, as subwoofer's are barely ever magnetically shielded. You can easily destroy your hard drive by putting a subwoofer next to it. Most desktop speakers are shielded though, so they're fine to stick next to towers and monitors.
    That would explain why my computer restarts..when my subwoofer is on...how far do you think i should put my subwoofer away from the computer? :spam:
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