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by KuniD
Fri Jan 01, 2016 5:41 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best/quietest aircooling option for 120w TDP Haswell-EP Xeon
Replies: 9
Views: 4153

Re: Best/quietest aircooling option for 120w TDP Haswell-EP

I ordered the Scythe Ninja 4 in the end with some Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste. I have to admit there was a moment where I was tempted to get a NZXT Kraken X61, but as this is a 24/7 long term system I just don't trust AIO water systems. I'm still concerned about the weight of the Ninja 4 and clearanc...
by KuniD
Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best/quietest aircooling option for 120w TDP Haswell-EP Xeon
Replies: 9
Views: 4153

Re: Best/quietest aircooling option for 120w TDP Haswell-EP

Hi Abula, thank you for the detailed response. As you touched upon, my main concern with the larger cooler is clearance issues (RAM, PCI-E accessibility) and the weight. I'm definitely leaning towards a Scythe, so it comes down to the Kotetsu and Ninja 4. Cost and availability for these two isn't a ...
by KuniD
Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:03 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best/quietest aircooling option for 120w TDP Haswell-EP Xeon
Replies: 9
Views: 4153

Best/quietest aircooling option for 120w TDP Haswell-EP Xeon

So I now have the following parts arriving soon; Intel Xeon E5 2678 V3 (120w TDP, 12 cores, 2.5GHz) Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard 8 x 8Gb DDR4 2133 ECC Registered Asus GTX970 4Gb graphics card 8 x Western Digital Red 6Tb (WD60EFRX) Samsung 950 Pro 512Gb Superflower Leadex 750w Platinum I appreciate wi...
by KuniD
Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:52 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal R5 & Dual NZXT Kraken X41 possible for Xeon build?
Replies: 3
Views: 3497

Re: Fractal R5 & Dual NZXT Kraken X41 possible for Xeon buil

Thanks for coming back to me guys. After experiencing some problems sourcing the motherboard and CPU's I wanted I'm opting for a single Xeon system instead and sticking with aircooling!

Will create a new thread in that forum.
by KuniD
Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:05 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal R5 & Dual NZXT Kraken X41 possible for Xeon build?
Replies: 3
Views: 3497

Fractal R5 & Dual NZXT Kraken X41 possible for Xeon build?

I'm building a dual Xeon workstation/NAS and I'm trying to minimise noise (appreciate that can be difficult with two CPU's and loads of drives!) Right now the spec I have is: Asus Z10PA-D8 dual CPU motherboard (Intel C612 chipset) 2 x E5 2630 V3 (8C/16T, 85w TDP) or E5 2670 V3 (12C/24T, 105w TDP eac...
by KuniD
Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Media Server (Antec P183/CP-850/i7)
Replies: 16
Views: 2548

Thanks I'll check it out. I'll drop by Doom9 as well :) Thought I'd share this: http://support.divx.com/faq/view/supportFAQen107/video_tutorials_-_other?id=6 Divx7 adds H264 MKV support to Media Player in Windows 7, the video above shows how to make this work with Xbox as well! Will give this a try ...
by KuniD
Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Media Server (Antec P183/CP-850/i7)
Replies: 16
Views: 2548

Oh and I mention PS3 (the console, not the server software), as I may pick one up at some point.

I believe the PMS software muxs the x264 MKV files into an M2TS?

Regarding the Xbox 360, I think it can't do this (as the Xbox only supports MPEG4 files up to 4Gb), so it needs to transcode to MPEG2.
by KuniD
Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Media Server (Antec P183/CP-850/i7)
Replies: 16
Views: 2548

you didn't mention what software you were using to do the encoding? at any rate, i'd be looking at the i7 920, if you want the maximum overclocking performance. the Megahalems costs twice as much as the mugen 2 here in the states, check your pricing. you can easily fit 9 or 10 hdds into the p183, w...
by KuniD
Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Media Server (Antec P183/CP-850/i7)
Replies: 16
Views: 2548

Good to see there's a healthy discussion going :) To explain the situation more clearly, let me explain how things have operated for me up until quite recently. I have a media server (the dual Opteron rig I mention above, made out the bones of an old workstation), which holds around 6-7Tb worth of s...
by KuniD
Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Media Server (Antec P183/CP-850/i7)
Replies: 16
Views: 2548

Of course pretty much any spec would be fine for serving up files alone, but problem I have is with transcoding HD files. I use an application called PS3 Media Server, which can transcode pretty much any file and make it playable over the network on a PS3 or Xbox 360. Now my existing Dual CPU setup ...
by KuniD
Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Media Server (Antec P183/CP-850/i7)
Replies: 16
Views: 2548

Media Server (Antec P183/CP-850/i7)

For the past 5 years I’ve been using a dual Opteron system in a Lian Li PC-V2000 full tower as an all purposes media server, to encode and stream content. Recently I’ve started using PS3 Media Server software which is fantastic but I’m beginning to see the limitations of my processing power â€...
by KuniD
Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:49 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: ASRock NetTop ION 330
Replies: 21
Views: 50397

I've read reviews from other sites on this system.


I'm eager to get an Ion system for a bedrom HD HTPC. To be honest I reckon I'm going to go for one of these - the price difference between making my own system based on the Zotac board is frankly massive.
by KuniD
Thu Jul 09, 2009 12:59 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Anyone know what this case is?
Replies: 0
Views: 836

Anyone know what this case is?

http://www.atomictech.co.uk/istyle.php This company makes various systems using cases that are widely available (ie from Origen AE) but I don't recognise this one, and I'd quite like to buy it myself separately. I've emailed them but they gave me the usual over inflated cost for it withot one of the...
by KuniD
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Troubleshooting HDD suspension vibration
Replies: 4
Views: 1529

I've ordered some 3mm elastic/shock cord of eBay (10m for 2 pounds including postage!).

Fingers crossed that'll solve the problem :)
by KuniD
Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5 TB - Have anyone tried it?
Replies: 47
Views: 29472

by KuniD
Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Troubleshooting HDD suspension vibration
Replies: 4
Views: 1529

Well I've found a Lian Li mounting/accessories kit:

http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_2345.html
by KuniD
Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Troubleshooting HDD suspension vibration
Replies: 4
Views: 1529

Troubleshooting HDD suspension vibration

I ordered some flat shoe laces to suspend 4 to 5 drives in my Lian Li PC-V2000 . I used the shoe laces to weave back and forth through the slots in the side of the 5.25" bays, pulling the laces tight and leaving a 1cm gap to stretch and slot the drives in. In case it matters the drives are: 3 x West...
by KuniD
Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:36 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac IONITX-A: An ION / dual-core Atom Mini-ITX Board
Replies: 46
Views: 29695

How stable is the 2Ghz overclock? How significant is the rise in temp?

I'd be interested to see what kind of difference this makes to performance.
by KuniD
Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac IONITX-A: An ION / dual-core Atom Mini-ITX Board
Replies: 46
Views: 29695

Ok I think I've been a bit dense and thought the 775/9300 Zotac board was a MATX - just realised you meant ITX

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mother ... i-review/1
by KuniD
Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:08 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac IONITX-A: An ION / dual-core Atom Mini-ITX Board
Replies: 46
Views: 29695

KuniD - Zotac sells a GeForce 9300 board that supports Core 2 Duo processors... it's pretty much the same chipset. So you could get one of those right now. Or did I misunderstand your meaning? Also, if HD Flash videos are a concern, if it helps, Adobe is saying GPU accelerated rendering of Flash vi...
by KuniD
Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac IONITX-A: An ION / dual-core Atom Mini-ITX Board
Replies: 46
Views: 29695

I'm tempted to build a couple of these system for my lounge and bedroom, to play HD movies (MKV, 720/1080) over the network from a NAS. My main concern is playing online content from the likes of Youtube, Hulu and BBC iPlayer.. especially in HD. The bind I'm stuck is that I need a solution in the ne...
by KuniD
Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: The quietest: 2.5" drives
Replies: 75
Views: 86214

Potentially a stupid question, but would I have any problems playing back HD movies from a NAS if my HTPC boot drive was a HM160HI?
by KuniD
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:09 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Boot drive
Replies: 10
Views: 4710

Hmmm... I'm kind of leaning towards the Seagate's (shock horror!); ST3500418A.

The Samsung HD502HI doesn't look great performance wise and it's probably going to be a while before they release a 7200. It'll probably also be a while before WD release a 500Gb EADS or a 7200 single platter 500Gb drive.
by KuniD
Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:50 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Boot drive
Replies: 10
Views: 4710

I wouldn't call any single spindle based drive 'reliable'. I've had loads fail over the years from all sorts of brands and models. In RAID they can be reliable, but that's because you're mitigating against one or two dying on you. I see SSDs as reliable, but I agree they're still way overpriced. I ...
by KuniD
Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Boot drive
Replies: 10
Views: 4710

Single platter drives I've found so far... Name: Samsung F1 320Gb Model: HD322HJ Spec: 7200rpm, 16Mb NCQ, SATA-300 Review: Price: Tekheads 38.50 http://planetoverclocking.hartware.de/media/reviews/791/hdtune.png Name: Samsung EcoGreen F2 500Gb Model: HD502HI Spec: 5400rpm, 16Mb, NCQ, SATA-300 Review...
by KuniD
Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:13 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Which OS for drive on demand spin up?
Replies: 2
Views: 2758

Which OS for drive on demand spin up?

I know Windows can spin down your hard drives if the system has been inactive for certain amount of time, but can it do this on a drive by drive basis? I've got a file server which has about 8 drives in it. I want to set it up so that a particular drive will only spin up if someone tries to access i...
by KuniD
Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:09 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Boot drive
Replies: 10
Views: 4710

Boot drive

I want to get a new boot drive for my HTPC and my file server. I need something that's: 1) Reliable 2) Fast 3) Quiet 4) Preferably 3.5" I won't be considering SSD's (too expensive and not mature enough) or VelociRaptors (too expensive). Only going to be used for OS and software. I'm guessing I'm loo...
by KuniD
Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:19 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Boot machine without Graphics card possible?
Replies: 13
Views: 7425

Excellent, I'll give the No Errors thing a try tonight and let you know how it works out :)
by KuniD
Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:36 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Boot machine without Graphics card possible?
Replies: 13
Views: 7425

Boot machine without Graphics card possible?

I'm trying to quieten down my server. I'm wondering if anyone knows if it's possible to let the machine boot windows without having a graphics card plugged in? The box is primarily accessed over the network so it doesn't really need a graphics card. The mobo doesn't have onboard graphics nor do I wa...