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by elasticdog
Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:57 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How to tackle Linux/Nvidia/2560x1600 video requirements?
Replies: 5
Views: 1516

It looks like the Acceleros aren't made for the GTS/GTX 2xx series cards...aren't there other chips and whatnot on the boards that need to have specific cooling? I'd definitely go that route if I knew that it would fit and be adequately cooled... How do people feel about the various Arctic Cooling c...
by elasticdog
Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How to tackle Linux/Nvidia/2560x1600 video requirements?
Replies: 5
Views: 1516

How to tackle Linux/Nvidia/2560x1600 video requirements?

Ahoy all...I haven't built a new machine in ~4.5 years -- see The Beige Box Sleeper ...I've only upgraded to 2GB of RAM and a passive GIGABYTE GeForce 7600GS since I built it (it will make a great file server) -- but I'm starting to do research to build a new primary machine and am at a loss on wher...
by elasticdog
Tue May 03, 2005 1:11 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Liquid-Metal Cooling Loops
Replies: 36
Views: 13996

Liquid-Metal Cooling Loops

Just saw this on Slashdot and thought they looked intriguing... http://www.nanocoolers.com/images/liquidmetal_setup_diagram.gif Advantages * Very low thermal resistances * Silent performance * High reliability due to no moving parts and the simplicity of the solution * Small form factors * High powe...
by elasticdog
Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: where to get U-channel rubber?
Replies: 20
Views: 6954

I ordered the same stuff that Ralf suggested from McMaster Carr, and couldn't be happier. It's hard to think that you could find something better for less (I believe I paid $0.22 per foot), and the package arrived at my door less than 24 hours after I placed my order.
by elasticdog
Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:47 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Newbie cooling questions
Replies: 3
Views: 2001

You should have absolutely no problems at all with switching the chipset fan with the passive heatsink. The Evercase 4252 has great airflow, and the Zalman NB47J provides more than enough cooling for the chipset. If you think about it, a small 40mm fan, even going at high speeds (and LOUD), won't be...
by elasticdog
Mon Mar 14, 2005 4:01 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: nexus case fan
Replies: 3
Views: 1632

The side of the case pretty much covers the 120mm holes even without the hose, it's a pretty tight fit. I ended up using E-A-R grommets instead of vacuum hose on mine, and had to cut little rectangles out of the edge in order for it to fit. It's really not too hard to do with tin snips, and pretty m...
by elasticdog
Fri Mar 11, 2005 3:17 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard disks rated by noise & heat
Replies: 10
Views: 2734

Darn skippy Tibors! Not everyone has the exact same needs/goals with their hardware...just because they are seeking information on building a quiet system, doesn't mean they're willing to give up on certain aspects of performance to do so. The answer isn't always to buy new hardware, but to learn ho...
by elasticdog
Tue Mar 08, 2005 6:18 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The Beige Box Sleeper
Replies: 8
Views: 4954

Or...if you looked at my parts list under Miscellaneous, you could see my original retailer, which is McMaster Carr, whom sells it for $0.22 per foot. They have a variety of shapes and sizes, and I highly recommend them. I ordered a 10-foot length, which was only $2.20, but believe my shipping was a...
by elasticdog
Tue Mar 08, 2005 9:38 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The Beige Box Sleeper
Replies: 8
Views: 4954

The Beige Box Sleeper

The Beige Box Sleeper For a while now, I've wanted to build a computer to act as a testbed web server for doing development work. I've also wanted to play around more with Linux, but never wanted to install anything on my primary machine for fear of inadvertently causing a catastrophe. The only dis...
by elasticdog
Mon Mar 07, 2005 1:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Socket A system with XP-M and IDE RAID?
Replies: 8
Views: 2558

With my setup (System 1 below) I can run it at 7 x 200 = 1400 MHz @ 1.175V, which is equal to about 22.22 max wattage or half of what it draws at stock settings. It has been extensively tested for stability and errors, with absolutely no problems. The performance loss is only about 20-25% lower than...
by elasticdog
Sat Mar 05, 2005 10:45 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: MBM v SpeedFan
Replies: 9
Views: 3122

I like them both, but for different purposes. I like SpeedFan for its charting capability, and MBM for its logging and high/low/ave chart. You can also use SpeedFan to adjust the speed of your fans, and change the RPMs automatically based on temperature, which can help to quiet your system. They are...
by elasticdog
Sat Mar 05, 2005 10:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is it ok to use rounded cables on DVDRW/CDRW drives?
Replies: 4
Views: 1826

I've been looking into the differences quite a bit lately, and I'd say for the CD-RW, you should be fine with the 40-wire flat cable. You'd probably be a bit safer using the 80-wire (40-pin) flat cable (especially if you want to burn at higher than 24x speed), as the extra wires are just ground wire...
by elasticdog
Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case advice
Replies: 3
Views: 1501

With either one, you can completely remove the HDD cages in order to open up even more suspension possibilities. It also depends on your style, and if you want a front door or not. I own the Evercase 4252 and love it...however, even though I got mine without a power supply, I did have to contact the...
by elasticdog
Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:31 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best heatsink for AthlonXP mobo w/o holes
Replies: 12
Views: 3579

Well, you have to keep in mind that my 120mm Nexus exhaust fan is right up next to it (also undervolted and running at about 515 rpm), so some of the heat probably is taken care of by it as well. Not all mobo sockets will necessarily be aligned the same way. **pic** I wouldn't be against trying it f...
by elasticdog
Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:46 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: modular PSU cable supply better cooling - lower noise?
Replies: 6
Views: 1945

You'd also have to consider things like efficiency, and you wouldn't necessarily just want to undervolt the stock PSU fan or you might get higher temperatures that are potentially unsafe. I say modular power supplies are a good idea, but not really an idea that has been implemented well enough to be...
by elasticdog
Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:32 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best heatsink for AthlonXP mobo w/o holes
Replies: 12
Views: 3579

Good luck, and don't forget a fan! In case you're curious, I have a Nexus 92mm that's undervolted to 5V-ish (around 620 rpm) on mine.
by elasticdog
Wed Mar 02, 2005 7:08 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best heatsink for AthlonXP mobo w/o holes
Replies: 12
Views: 3579

I second the SI-97...great heatsink! I did an extensive search, not only here, but other sites as well, and they all agree it's pretty much cream of the crop. With my setup (see System 1 below) set to stock speeds, I idle at 27°C and only top out at 40°C under load, with about 21°C ambient temperatu...
by elasticdog
Tue Mar 01, 2005 11:43 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Removing excess cables?
Replies: 5
Views: 1586

I've heard of cutting the cables being done, but as with any mods to a power supply, you have to be extremely careful and make sure you know what you're doing. I've debated doing something like this before, and have also seen some of the modular power supplies on the market that let you choose exact...
by elasticdog
Tue Mar 01, 2005 11:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Undervolting Made LM75 Sensor Extremely Hot!
Replies: 5
Views: 1725

From what I can tell, this sensor is most likely not hooked up to anything. I have not been able to find an official source of information about what sensors are on specific boards and where, but I now think the only two on my board actually hooked up to anything are the system temp (although I'm no...
by elasticdog
Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:15 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Undervolting Made LM75 Sensor Extremely Hot!
Replies: 5
Views: 1725

I'm hoping that something like your random temperature reading is happening with mine as well. I'm at work right now, but will look into the specifics of it more thoroughly once I get home. There are actually two temp sensors showing on SpeedFan that I'm not sure what they're for, but this is the on...
by elasticdog
Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Undervolting Made LM75 Sensor Extremely Hot!
Replies: 5
Views: 1725

Undervolting Made LM75 Sensor Extremely Hot!

See "System 1" below...running at stock speeds, it's very quiet and theoretically shouldn't draw too much power considering the processor, but I wanted to fool around with undervolting to see what would happen and to lower its power consumption even more. I set it down to 6 x 200 FSB, and got it to ...
by elasticdog
Wed Feb 23, 2005 3:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Evercase ECE-4252 - Any Recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 2785

I also recently bought this case and have done a few things to it. First I cut out the back fan grill, which is recommended for most any case. I also, however, made a few other modifications as to allow hiding of extra wires behind the right panel of the case. On top of that I used grommets for moun...
by elasticdog
Tue Feb 22, 2005 1:04 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: SI-97 Clearance Problems on DFI Lan Party NFII Ultra B
Replies: 13
Views: 4022

I did try mounting it the opposite way, but then the fins stick too far over the mobo ports and would interefere with any exhaust fan, so that's a definite no. It seems to be working fine for the most part, athough the fit is pretty close for everything around the socket, such as the power connector...
by elasticdog
Mon Feb 21, 2005 1:40 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The result of my quest for a quiet(er) PC...
Replies: 10
Views: 18590

Great writeup and awesome pictures. This definitely gives me some ideas to try on my new machine. I'm in the building/testing process right now and am also considering HDD suspension...I like that yours attaches the the top and bottom of the case. Very clean setup!
by elasticdog
Mon Feb 21, 2005 1:16 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: SI-97 installation/temps/fan??
Replies: 18
Views: 5332

My SI-97 is paired with a Nexus 92mm fan, currently running at stock speed (around 1600 I think) on top of a mobile 2500+. I used Arctic Silver 5 and found that it sits very securely on the cpu...it can only be wiggled about 1mm or less with a decent amount of force. Could it be that your mounting b...
by elasticdog
Mon Feb 21, 2005 1:07 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best Athlon XP heatsink that doesn't need mounting holes
Replies: 16
Views: 5286

I agree with the above posts. First I would go for the Thermalright SI-97 if you have the room for it, but if not, the Arctic Cooling. Actually there is a better version than the TC, it's the Arctic Cooling Copper Silent 2M which you can select three different top speeds. It's still temperature cont...
by elasticdog
Sun Feb 20, 2005 1:23 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: SI-97 Clearance Problems on DFI Lan Party NFII Ultra B
Replies: 13
Views: 4022

In case anyone was keeping an eye on this thread, everything is now working great. At stock settings (14x133 @ 1.45V) it is running extremely well, and cool. Looks like I'm idling around 26ºC and CPUBurn pushed it up to 34ºC (although I have yet to hook up my FanMates). Once the system has had time ...
by elasticdog
Sat Feb 19, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: SI-97 Clearance Problems on DFI Lan Party NFII Ultra B
Replies: 13
Views: 4022

Ahhh...thanks for the info. Yes, it looks like it defaulted to a 6x multipler instead of the 14x it should be. I'm at work now, but will adjust that once I get home and change the voltage down to the 1.45 it should be as well. Was definitely getting worried there for a sec...glad to know that it won...
by elasticdog
Sat Feb 19, 2005 12:51 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: SI-97 Clearance Problems on DFI Lan Party NFII Ultra B
Replies: 13
Views: 4022

Well, fired it up last night, and the heatpipe definitely stays cool...however, I don't think the board recognized my processor correctly. I ran MemTest86 and it said my XP-M 2500+ was running at 808.1 MHz, and the memory was running at 133 MHz (despite it being PC3200). It passed everything (ran te...
by elasticdog
Fri Feb 18, 2005 7:07 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: SI-97 Clearance Problems on DFI Lan Party NFII Ultra B
Replies: 13
Views: 4022

Got official word from Thermalright:
Hi,

The heat pipes do not get hot and only kick-in in sequence as needed, there should be no problem with the fins touching the plastic frame around that port.

For Thermalright,

Bob
Only kick-in in sequence as needed? I guess we'll see what happens...