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Start with the computer case when you build your computer.
It's the natural place to start.
When you select the computer case for a recording studio computer building you
would want to keep the noise level down. No, I'm not
talking about bad vocal performances;).
Inside a computer there are a lot of noisy parts. Cooling fans (on the CPU,
possibly on the graphics
card, and maybe one in the case itself), hard drives, floppy disk drives and
All of these add up to a great deal of noise sometimes. There are
types of really quiet fans and hard drives, but these tend do
The cheapest way of reducing noise in the
case is to isolate it.
Putting soft pads on the inside walls of the case.
Remember if you plan on putting pads in your case that
it will make the case tighter and heat will build up faster inside. Make sure
you have plenty of "breathing space" in the case if you're going to do this.
Another cheap way of reducing noise in the case is
to place the case in another room. This might be the easiest way to get
rid of the noise from the case all together, but it requires longer cables for
all your connected equipment, depending on how far away your next door room is.
you're getting a case with a built-in power supply make sure that it's
a quiet one. After all the power supply tend to be the most noisy part in the
Note on power supply:
If you're planning
on buying an Intel P4 CPU you need a power supply with an extra connector for
the P4 CPU, so keep that in mind whether buying a case with the power
supply built in or you're buying it separately.
The right computer case for you may differ depending on what
you want exactly, but follow these action steps for noise reduction and you
won't be annoyed by it in your recording studio environment.