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HAF 922 noise reduction

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March 19, 2010 8:20:37 PM

I am building my first pc and am using the Cooler Master HAF 922. I bought this case based on its roominess and cooling ability. However I understand that it can be quite loud running under stress. In order to quiet some of the noise I am contemplating using a noise dampening foam like

Good idea or not? I've seen case interiors that have a product like this throughout, even on the MB side panel. Hardily seems safe to me but what do I know. Like I said this is my first build. :sweat: 
a b ) Power supply
March 19, 2010 8:35:11 PM

I wouldn't buy that. It's absolutely unuseful.
Try to control the speed/noise of the fans installing a fan controler (the NZXT sentry 2 is a good choice)
a c 248 ) Power supply
March 19, 2010 9:35:42 PM

+1 what Henry said.

Most of the foam products produce mixed results. In addition, the 922 like the 932 has a lot of ventilation (openings) so there aren't any really large areas where the foam could could be applied.

Some gamers install a fan control in a front bay which lets them manually adjust fan speed. During ordinary use they will reduce the speed of the fan to lower the noise level. They'll raise the fan speed during intense gaming sessions or other sctivities that would result in higher temperatures.
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a c 141 ) Power supply
March 19, 2010 10:03:00 PM

+1 for what the other skeleton guy said. The HAF is very "venty" is a big advantage for cooling, though it does give noise lotsa places to get out and whichleaves little room for application of any sound deadening material. . Cases which emphasize noise control have to take other steps to provide cooling....See Antec P183 / P193 for example.

Still, I wouldn't be doing twin GFX cards and serious OC's in one of those two cases.

Other cases have fan controls on the case exterior .... one such is the Antec 1200 which has variable speed dials for the front fans and 3 speed switches for the rest.

One option you can take is as JL said, get a fan controller like the NZXT Sentry 2

Another (my preferred) is to use an enthusiast board like the Asus Rampage 2 Extreme which has 8 fan headers, all of which can control fan speed, 3 of them via temperature probes.

March 24, 2010 3:13:20 PM

Best answer selected by BernardC.