|Building a ultra silent high performance workstation|
It's nothing new in that
computers are noisy - more or less !
Choosing the components for the project :
One of the advantages of building up a quiet pc using this cabinet is what you see here : it has a open construction - you actually see straight trough the cabinet from the front. This system is not gonna be overclocked ( ehhhrrm - at least not any heavy overclocking ) - so one of our goals was to run the system without any - or so few as possible- cabinet fans to avoid noise.
There are room for two 60mm fans both in the front and in the back of the cabinet, so this cabinet should do a good job in a overclocked environment too !
This is the smartest way I ever have seen when it comes to drivebays : push the handle back and slide the whole drivebay out and install your harddrive and other 5.25" units before you put it back in and hook up the cables. Same principle with the fans - take out the holder without use of any tools : install the fan and snap the holder with the fan inside back in place.
The reason for that Chieftech have this solution for the
drive bays is probably because you can't take out the mounting plate for the mainboard as
we see on most of other cabinets today. By removing the drivebays you have adequate space
to install the motherboard,cards and cables.
But there are a few things I don't like with this cabinet
: first the lockable frontdoor, it's hinged so it swings from the right to left - in
other words if you as me are used to have the cabinet at your right side the door swings