I've never bothered with case modding before (I'm lazy, what can I say? ) but I'm becoming increasingly irritated by the fan in my SN45G; it's just too loud! This is mainly due to the fact that I have an AMD 3200+ XP (400MHz FSB version).
Anyway, the idea I'd like to explore with those of you who have experience with this sort of thing is passive cooling for my CPU and possibly even my Radeon 9800SE AIW. Now I'm not too sure of myself so I'd rather not knacker the current case but rather to construct a replacement case allowing plenty of airflow and possibly even acting as a large heatsink (yes, the whole thing - is this a crap idea? I plead ignorance!). I'm *really* impressed by heatpipe technology and figured that if the case is turned into a big heatsink with a bunch of gaps I could run heatpipes from copper contacts on the CPU/Radeon to the case to dissipate heat.
I'm fully prepared to be shot down on this one, but please try to give alternative ideas. I'm a rather skint student so perhaps heatpipes are a bit pricey, I really don't know. I found a site with some useful info, but nowhere to buy heatpipes from. Oh, and I'm not really bothered by how it looks, just how it sounds.