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$30 DIY IsoBox
Old 30th May 2010
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$30 DIY IsoBox

Hey guys,

Just thought I would share this project with you. Took me about 2 hours and $30 to make.

My server was extremely loud, So I built this box. Materials, 1.2" MDF, 1/2 inch high density foam. nails,glue,staples etc.

It is now whisper quiet and cool inside too.

Last edited by shuttrbg22; 30th May 2010 at 11:59 PM.. Reason: pictures too big
Old 31st May 2010
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Thanks for sharing, very nice design!
Old 31st May 2010
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Hey looks awesome man, can u post list of materials and a plan or something to follow the build?
Old 31st May 2010
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It will be interesting if you have any overheating problems.
Old 31st May 2010
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Yeah, from what I see it looks like it will cause major heat issues. Hopefully you've taken that into account or got lucky!

Long live DIY.
Old 31st May 2010
Gear nut


Is that open or closed-cell foam? I would think that using mineral-fibre would be better acoustically, though maybe more expensive.

How is the low freq. noise reduction?
Old 31st May 2010
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Well it has been 24 hours...The temperature is the same as before I put it in the box (actually 1 degree lower). The key to this whole design is the fan I put on the exhaust side. I just pulled a computer fan off an old computer and powered it with an ac adapter. The air moves very well. Keep in mind this is a budget model, I'm sure you can find better foam. The foam high density urethane from a craft store, on sale for $4.99 a yard. The server is not sitting on the foam directly, it is sitting on legs (little pvc pipe couplers)

As for the DB reduction. The difference is amazing. I wish I had a more technical description but... it went from a shop-vac to a microwave.
Please pardon my crude drawing!

Old 31st May 2010
Gear nut

How are your hard drives mounted in the chassis?

An easy way to buy a few additional dB is to vibration isolate them... suspend them within the chassis using elastics or similar.
Old 1st June 2010
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patent it, cool idea

I just moved mine in the other room
Old 1st June 2010
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Well I can't say i've ever heard the hard drive, really hard to hear anything over the two 13,000 rpm fans. The two server fans are 60db each.

And to those who WILL ask "Why dont you put it in the other room, buy a quieter computer, change the fans, put it in the fridge, put it in the closet, etc etc." The answer is , cause it was loud and free.
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