MDD (FW400) Case Details Question

Posted by: waamatt

MDD (FW400) Case Details Question - 06/22/06 08:55 AM

The MDD case is metal with plastic face plates on the sides and front. Does anyone know the clearance between the plates and the metal? Could you fit some dampening pads in there (possibly 4mm thick)? Or, would it be better to put them inside, possibly under the mother board or something?

Speaking of under the motherboard...
I saw mod from a guy who I think was in the UK and when he took everything out to clean the case and overclock, he decided to put a clear sheet of some sort of low-/no-static plastic under the motherboard because of some kind of paranoia that it wouldn't ever sit in the right spot again so he didn't want it to directly touch the case. Is this actually a concern? Does the motherboard not have a set of stumps or guides of another sort to rest on?

Also, does anyone know if it's worth the minor trouble to add heatsinks to the various chips on the mobo? I've seen things like northbridge heatsinks (some crazy looking ones too!) and people do put 'em on the memory chips of graphics cards. What about some of those other myriad chips? Maybe they just never generate any amount of heat worth speaking of.

Some of the mods I wanted to do, like replacing the ribbon cables for the HDDs, I may put off 'til the rest of the work is done.

Did I mention in any of my older posts that I have zero intention of changing the case of my MDD? Well, aside from moving the tower's speaker, since it's almost 100% useless to me.

Anyway... As always, thanks for any answers!

-matt
Posted by: Waragainstsleep

MDD (FW400) Case Details Question - 06/22/06 11:31 AM

If you mean pads for dampening sound, I expect you could fit a layer of Dynamat or similar in there behind the plastics. I would have conserns about heat doing something like that though.
I believe adding heatsinks to the chipset can be beneficial when overclocking (especially the system bus). It certainly won't do much harm if you do it right (supergluing bits of metal onto chips is not advised for example). The memory controller in particular will get quite warm in some systems.

The motherboard should sit happily on its standoffs. The build quality of Apple's cases is second to none. You needn't worry about shielding the back wall of the case.
Posted by: waamatt

MDD (FW400) Case Details Question - 06/23/06 03:32 PM

Thanks, War. The tube of Arctic Silver 5 compound I'll be buying provides plenty of "glue" so if I suddenly feel the need to add heatsinks to chips on the mobo, I should be fine.

I may add some Dyanamat pads to the side door since my tower sits sideways on my desk (easy access to all ports, drives, etc).