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by GrahamGarside
Tue Sep 06, 2005 7:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 6800GT
Replies: 1
Views: 951

SLI systems have to have the space to fit the two slot ultra coolers so an aftermarket cooler shouldn't be a problem. I would tend to recomend the Zalman VF700-Cu as it's a good cooler and fairly quiet, but in an SLI rig the first card is gonna be starved of air So I think a Thermalright V-1 would b...
by GrahamGarside
Fri Jun 24, 2005 4:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Plz List Software for testing/ burning in new Computer
Replies: 4
Views: 1432

Prime95 will test you cpu, memory and chipset stability, it's pretty much the best stress test for this and will pick up on even the slightest fault. For video card stability I recomend ATITool, even for nvidia cards. The artifact detection tool still works and is a good way to test if you have gone...
by GrahamGarside
Mon Jun 06, 2005 10:21 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which SeaSonic S12 PSU for HTTP/FTP/SSH/file server?
Replies: 1
Views: 1086

well the 330 would do it, but you would probably get by with a super silencer/tornado, of which the 300W units would be plenty
by GrahamGarside
Fri May 20, 2005 7:44 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which Low Cost out-of-the-box PSU for Celeron?
Replies: 7
Views: 2510

Thats either a coppermine or tualatin core so you're looking at low power requirements, a 250W psu would be plenty, but they aren't easy to source That Fortron would be a good choice, as for the Sonata PSU, apart from being overpowered, they aren't silent even on the lowest setting and the efficienc...
by GrahamGarside
Thu May 19, 2005 2:06 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which Low Cost out-of-the-box PSU for Celeron?
Replies: 7
Views: 2510

What kind of celeron?
by GrahamGarside
Wed May 18, 2005 9:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Would this be a good upgrade to silence my PC?
Replies: 10
Views: 2446

I do think it will help a little, it's just it's the most expensive thing you are getting, and likely to make the least differance. Acoustic foam makes sense if you are going all out no holds barred for silencing, but on a budget it's not the most effective measure I'd expect that with that setup, o...
by GrahamGarside
Tue May 17, 2005 11:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Would this be a good upgrade to silence my PC?
Replies: 10
Views: 2446

I'd say yes to the fans, Arctic Silver and VF700-CU Don't know about the cable braiding kit, you could just get a load of cheap zip ties and do the same job but not look as pretty As for the acoustipack, I would consider it if your case is aluminium, if it's steel it's hard to say, with mostly 120mm...
by GrahamGarside
Tue May 17, 2005 11:28 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Normal CPU Temps: Winchester & MSI Neo2 Platinum
Replies: 3
Views: 1461

It's not uncommon for a winchesters idle temp to be below the system temp, remember that northbridge only has a dinky little heatsink/fan combo on it and depending on your cooler some of the cpu's heat is being blown onto the motherboard.
by GrahamGarside
Tue May 17, 2005 11:23 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which Seasonic?
Replies: 2
Views: 1316

I'd say go with a 350W model, the 300W would probably suffice but better safe than sorry. For that system you wouldn't need the ATX2 S12 unless you want a psu that could handle a possible full system overhaul. As for Tornado vs. Silencer it all dpends on your case setup, it's hard to say which would...
by GrahamGarside
Tue May 17, 2005 11:18 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: any thoughts/experience on this card? [passive GF6200 AGP]
Replies: 14
Views: 3899

A 6600 doesn't clock as well as a 6600GT, you can overclock a 6600GT to 550-600mhz, a 6600 will do 500-550mhz
by GrahamGarside
Sun May 15, 2005 6:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: any thoughts/experience on this card? [passive GF6200 AGP]
Replies: 14
Views: 3899

Actually 6600's aren't that hot, they are on 110nm process so even the 6600GT runs reletively cool. The 6200 is a very good card for pci-e, but the agp version makes little sense as it's just not cheap enough. Go for a decent 128bit memory interface 6600, they overclock to at least 500mhz meaning on...
by GrahamGarside
Sun May 15, 2005 6:03 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: VERY hot Gigabyte Geforce 6800
Replies: 33
Views: 10250

You definately need some case airflow if you are gonn use a passive 6800, two case fans preferably
by GrahamGarside
Sun May 15, 2005 5:58 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: GA-K8NF-9 NB_FAN
Replies: 10
Views: 6188

I'm a little lost. You're talking about the header on the motherboard labled NB_FAN? this is where the fan on the chipset should be attached, which should be a 2pin connector. Have you removed the fan or does your board have a passive chipset cooler?
by GrahamGarside
Tue May 03, 2005 2:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best quiet 300gb IDE drive with good perfomance ?
Replies: 7
Views: 3013

With Seagate not supporting AAM and Samsung only offering up to 2 platters I believe your best bet is a Maxtor 10 drive
by GrahamGarside
Mon Apr 25, 2005 5:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MOUSE whine?!
Replies: 40
Views: 25952

I'd never noticed that, damn you!
by GrahamGarside
Mon Apr 25, 2005 5:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Exhaust Heat Sink to Side or Rear?
Replies: 10
Views: 2409

Yesterday I stopped my CPU fan to see what would happen. In about 5-10 minutes my CPU temp only rose 5*C to 35*C. I take it thats at idle though. It could probably run passive at load as well with an XP-120 but it makes more sense to have a fan running at silent levels as you can then get away with...
by GrahamGarside
Sun Apr 24, 2005 5:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Exhaust Heat Sink to Side or Rear?
Replies: 10
Views: 2409

I also think exhausting from the rear exhaust would be the better option, it allows a bigger fan, so more air will be shifted. Make sure you have an intake fan in this configuration though, as you will be restricting the fan to the point where it may not create enough negative pressure to bring much...
by GrahamGarside
Fri Apr 15, 2005 1:21 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Can the graphics card work in the PCI x4 slot?
Replies: 5
Views: 2087

Yes it will work (which is why the pci-e 4x slot is open ended as pci-e is scalable, you can tape up up to 15 of the channels and a card will still work, in fact there is pretty much no performance gain above 4x mode any way.
by GrahamGarside
Tue Mar 22, 2005 7:57 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI Radeon X800XL Help
Replies: 6
Views: 2199

I do believe the fan speed varies, but the stock cooling on radeons is far from silent, though not as bad As an X850XT or 6800Ultra it will still be audible and prominant. HIS do a version with an Arctic Cooling ATI silencer, this will be quieter than a stock cooler, and also a better cooler.
by GrahamGarside
Fri Mar 18, 2005 10:37 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Much gain from replacing SonataPSU fan?
Replies: 14
Views: 2978

Does anyone know if the true power 380's fan control is on the ground or + line? I know most other psu's have it on the ground allowing you to connect the + line up to 5V and have 5V as the most the fan will run at
by GrahamGarside
Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:10 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Much gain from replacing SonataPSU fan?
Replies: 14
Views: 2978

For the MB temp add another 30 or so for the PWM's and that HDD temp is bordeline max, remember the sensors aren't the most accurate in the world
by GrahamGarside
Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:59 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Much gain from replacing SonataPSU fan?
Replies: 14
Views: 2978

If i disconnect my rear exhaust fan in my sonata, with an athlon64 3400+ newcastle, 6800 and 2 7200.7's it puts my cpu temp up about 5°C andabout the same for my hard drives. But the northbridge and pwm's get incredibally hot very quickly, normally the northbridge and pwm heatsinks are quite warm to...
by GrahamGarside
Thu Mar 17, 2005 8:40 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Much gain from replacing SonataPSU fan?
Replies: 14
Views: 2978

Woh! don't disconnect the exhaust fan, you'll cook your components quicker than you can say damn that was a silly thing to do :)
Get a couple of zener diodes and solder them into the fans + line, this should bring the voltage down to 3V and the fan will be near enough silent
by GrahamGarside
Wed Mar 16, 2005 9:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Finally! A moddable NF4 board!
Replies: 8
Views: 2496

I don't think there are any cards that fit the pci-e1x slots, nor can I see any being produced, but theoretically you could install any pci-e card in one by modifying the slot to allow the added length of the pci-e connector to fit. erm, that's like saying you can put a Winchester in an s754 mb if ...
by GrahamGarside
Tue Mar 15, 2005 3:19 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Almost decided, just a few more q:s...
Replies: 10
Views: 3523

Dropping the memory speed does usually allow for tighter timings. For instance my corsair value select at DDR400 manages 2.5-3-3-5 1T, dropped down to DDR333 it allows 2-2-2-5 1T but performance is much much better at 400mhz
by GrahamGarside
Tue Mar 15, 2005 2:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on a A64 Build
Replies: 6
Views: 4619

You should note that there is a problem to do with the 6800 ranges video procesor unit, I don't know if this affects the pci-e range or not though you'll have to read around, but basically pure video doesn't work, so no hardware accelerated HD video though standard dvd's HW acceleration does work. F...
by GrahamGarside
Tue Mar 15, 2005 7:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Any comments on my HTPC project?
Replies: 6
Views: 2613

Yeah a 7000 would do, but I think the video abilitys of the 9200 are bettwer than the 7000

Nvidia's are better supported in linux, but this only has much impact in 3D stuff.
by GrahamGarside
Tue Mar 15, 2005 5:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Any comments on my HTPC project?
Replies: 6
Views: 2613

Don't go for the thermaltake PSU, go for an enermax or seasonic, even a fortron or nexus but not a thermaltake. A radeon9200 should do the video, linux isn't great with a radeons 3d functions but 2D is straight forward To underclock/undervolt the cpu you need a board that supports voltage and multip...
by GrahamGarside
Tue Mar 15, 2005 5:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on a A64 Build
Replies: 6
Views: 4619

CPU In word, no. To be honest the 3000+ is a better buy, your talking about increase of 30% in cost, for like 8% performance and yes you should be able to overclock easily to 3500 speeds and probably quite a bit higher. That extra money saved can then go on an XP120 and nexus fan and you would have...
by GrahamGarside
Tue Mar 15, 2005 3:45 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Much gain from replacing SonataPSU fan?
Replies: 14
Views: 2978

As Devonavar said, the psu air gets so warm the fans thermal sensor probably wouldn't have any effect. The stock fan doesn't have any rating on it, it's a nasty cheap bit of clear plastic tat that has no place in whats meant to be a quiet system. It's worth mentioning that a simple change to a 1.4W ...