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by AndrewD
Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: G33 and G35 power question? - found something.
Replies: 5
Views: 2768

Thanks for posting all of this :D . Impressive, especially with this PSU/HDD and 4Gb. Do you know the efficiency of that PSU at ~50W? With a Pico and a GP HDD, this could drop 10W+. Those E8xxx cpu's are amazing. Is 1.0v vcore the lowest stable setting at 2ghz? I've also been wondering how the G31 c...
by AndrewD
Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need advice on my proposed HTPC build
Replies: 5
Views: 1771

Looks good! The G33M-DS2R is a great board - very stable, well spec'ed and flexible. The only negative thing I can say about it is that it only has 2 fan headers (both are SpeedFan controllable), so if you want to control the CPU and case fans with SpeedFan, you'll need to buy or make a splitter cab...
by AndrewD
Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:30 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: G33 and G35 power question? - found something.
Replies: 5
Views: 2768

I don't have any definite info, but I'm interested in this too - as I want to upgrade my HTPC with an E7200 cpu, but the lack of low-power Intel IGP board options is frustrating. Did you see this comparison from the SPCR Asus G35 review? http://www.silentpcreview.com/article785-page5.html But the 4W...
by AndrewD
Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:51 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79503

Power consumption comparison of the Gigabyte and Asus 780G boards: http://www.hothardware.com/Articles/ASUS_M3A78EMH_HDMI_AMD_780G_Motherboard_/?page=12 Asus is 3W better at idle, 1W better at load. Anandtech mention the Asus board is 3-phase design whereas Gigabyte is 4-phase. So this could partly ...
by AndrewD
Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Newish Builder - Help and win a prize!
Replies: 7
Views: 2207

Here's some thoughts/suggestions: :) CPU - Intel E8400 if your budget permits. If not, since you don't want to overclock, E4700 is a cheaper option and E6750 is another good choice. If you want quad, check out the new Q9300 but that's going to be a larger price jump. If you're not buying immediately...
by AndrewD
Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:32 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Micro Fusion 350 - almost here?
Replies: 24
Views: 27045

I've been confused about the actual height of the Micro Fusion, so I emailed Antec yesterday and received a great response (and very quickly). The customer support rep who replied said that he measured the case he had on hand - so I think the measurements provided should be accurate. Here's the deta...
by AndrewD
Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:22 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: antec nsk1480
Replies: 34
Views: 34407

I posted a list of some possible heatsink options here:

viewtopic.php?t=45764

65mm clearance doesn't seem like much given the height of the case, but that probably includes some clearance above.
by AndrewD
Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:27 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Micro Fusion 350 - almost here?
Replies: 24
Views: 27045

Still waiting... but some online stores here in Austalia have started listing it today - with a release date of beginning of April. So it looks like the wait is finally almost over :D.

Price seems to be around $230 AUD - not much cheaper than the regular Fusion.
by AndrewD
Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Micro Fusion 350 - almost here?
Replies: 24
Views: 27045

Some more links: Fusion 350 http://www.antec.com/us/support_productInfo_details.php?ProdID=15737 http://www.antec.com/pdf/drawings/MicroFusion350_mechdrawing.pdf NSK1480 http://www.antec.com/us/support_productInfo_details.php?ProdID=00142 http://www.antec.com/pdf/drawings/NSK1480_mechdrawing.pdf The...
by AndrewD
Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:17 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Micro Fusion 350 - almost here?
Replies: 24
Views: 27045

No, I don't think the XP-90 + fan will fit. From the pics we've seen so far, my guess is the total internal height is about 95mm - 100mm, and the CPU cooler clearance around 80mm - 85mm. Plus, ventilation on the top appears somewhat limited and doesn't seem to be positioned above the CPU, so ideally...
by AndrewD
Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Micro Fusion 350 - almost here?
Replies: 24
Views: 27045

by AndrewD
Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Micro Fusion 350 - almost here?
Replies: 24
Views: 27045

Antec Micro Fusion 350 - almost here?

Spotted these this morning: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10007583 http://product.pcpop.com/Case/01040_1.html At last some dimensions! - 38.4cm W x 40.8cm D x 11.5cm H. If accurate, this is bigger than I expected :( , especially the height. I'm guessing this includes th...
by AndrewD
Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:35 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: CM Elite 340 microATX Build
Replies: 4
Views: 6550

Thanks for the feedback :) . I haven't done anything to optimise the airflow other than blocking the 2 side vents, so I can definitely try a few things. Thanks for the ideas on the front panel. There's about 2cm between the top of the S1 cooler and the side panel so there's scope to do something the...
by AndrewD
Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:48 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: CM Elite 340 microATX Build
Replies: 4
Views: 6550

CM Elite 340 microATX Build

I recently posted in the cases forum about the Cooler Master Elite 340 microATX case. I've completed the build, and thought I'd share some photos and results for anyone interested. My main goals were simple: - general purpose and gaming usage - very quiet - not totally silent, but unobtrusive - reas...
by AndrewD
Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung single-platter 250GB drive
Replies: 51
Views: 26971

Thanks mexell - sounds like the 250HJ is a promising option. The 500GB GP's seem to have just arrived in Aust, so it looks like it's between these 2 until the F1 320GB is available. I'm just not sure if 1 platter @ 7200rpm vs 2 platters @ 5400rpm is going to be quieter :roll: . Felger - I usually pu...
by AndrewD
Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung single-platter 250GB drive
Replies: 51
Views: 26971

Has anyone got hold of the HD250HJ yet? I'm seriously looking at this as a replacement for my 3yr old Maxtor DM10 200Gb. I've been looking at the F1 and GP's too but they're still very expensive here. My last hard drive purchase was a WD5000AAKS a few months ago, and it's been very disappointing - s...
by AndrewD
Sun Dec 30, 2007 1:47 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD3870 Initial impressions + S1 Swap and OC
Replies: 17
Views: 7606

Update: I've installed the S1 on my HD3870. The installation went smoothly. I'm running it passively, but with the case intake fan (Scythe 800rpm slipstream) blowing directly towards it. Temps (ambient ~24degC): Idle - 45degC (Slipstream at 45% in SpeedFan - 515rpm) Load - 77degC (Slipstream at 45% ...
by AndrewD
Sun Dec 30, 2007 1:09 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cooler Master Elite 340 microATX case
Replies: 13
Views: 16795

kaange - I'm not sure of the actual thickness of the 3000B panels but they're very solid (and heavy) - probably 1mm thick steel. The Elite 340 panels are noticably thinner, seem about half the thickness in comparison - my guess is they're 0.6mm. The specs don't say, but I think the TJ08 specs say 0....
by AndrewD
Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:05 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cooler Master Elite 340 microATX case
Replies: 13
Views: 16795

Thanks for the feedback guys :) . I've got the PC up and running in the case and I'm extremely happy with it so far. I just wanted to try something different with the cooling, so I went ahead with the 2x intake fans - I removed the lower fan grill and the area below the 3.5" bays and zip-tied a 2nd ...
by AndrewD
Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:41 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD3870 Initial impressions + S1 Swap and OC
Replies: 17
Views: 7606

I picked up a Powercolor HD3870 card the other day and thought I'd post my results so far. It's a great card - performs well, and very good power consumption: Idle 80W (Windows desktop) Load 165W (RTHDRIBL - GPU at 100%, CPU at 50%) Load 188W (RTHDRIBL + Orthos - GPU at 100%, CPU at 100%) Load 176-1...
by AndrewD
Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cooler Master Elite 340 microATX case
Replies: 13
Views: 16795

Cooler Master Elite 340 microATX case

I purchased one of these cases and received it yesterday. I haven't seen much about this case online, so thought I'd post some pics. Waiting on a m/board and some fans to arrive before I can start putting it together. My build specs are: E6750 w/XP-120 and Nexus 120mm Gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R Crucial B...
by AndrewD
Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:27 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: GA-MA69GM-S2H released yet?
Replies: 103
Views: 57891

Yes, I meant the 4x slot as the position/height of the NB heatsink looks like it would be a problem. But why would they bother putting a slot there if its unusable?? :? FireTech - have you decided on a board? I've seen your posts over at the AT forums. I got tired of waiting on the round-up reviews ...
by AndrewD
Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: InWin BT611 low profile microATX case
Replies: 2
Views: 2702

Kreed, no, I hadn't even heard of this model. Must be a fairly recent addition. This would have been the perfect size for what I've been looking for :cry: - ideally I want a case < 380mm deep. But, yes, it doesn't seem to be available here in Aus yet. Thanks for the heads up though, I'll keep an eye...
by AndrewD
Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:03 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: InWin BT611 low profile microATX case
Replies: 2
Views: 2702

InWin BT611 low profile microATX case

I picked up one of these cases yesterday for my first attempt at a HTPC build. I got tired of waiting for the micro Fusion :roll: . I'm waiting on the rest of the parts, so haven't been able to do anything with it yet. http://www.in-win.com.tw/products_case_series.php?cat_id=1&series_id=4&model_id=8...
by AndrewD
Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:22 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: GA-MA69GM-S2H released yet?
Replies: 103
Views: 57891

Has anyone tried fitting a PCI-E card in this board? I haven't been able to find anything definite on whether that 4x slot can actually be used???

I've already ordered an Asus M2A-VM, but would have gone with the Gigabyte if I thought a PCI-E tuner would fit :x .
by AndrewD
Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cases < 300mm deep, Silverstone LC-02?
Replies: 3
Views: 3023

The LC-02 officially allows for 60mm fans, but a couple of forum members have said 80mm fans fit just fine. The case is 100mm height in total, so I'm guessing the interior height is about 83mm. Also looks like a 92mm fan should fit above the CPU. I thought about using USB dongles for the tuners and ...
by AndrewD
Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:12 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cases < 300mm deep, Silverstone LC-02?
Replies: 3
Views: 3023

Pelago, I'm currently looking at building an LC02 based HTPC too. My main requirement is SDTV recording/playback so don't need anything too high-end. I've been searching for a long time and struggling to find any nice looking HTPC case that will fit my space - a shelf in my TV cabinet about 470mm wi...
by AndrewD
Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:34 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Fusion dimensions
Replies: 1
Views: 1710

Antec Fusion dimensions

Hi. Does anyone here have the exact dimensions of the Antec Fusion case (most importantly the total height including the feet)?? I'm about to attempt my first HTPC build, but I'm having huge difficulty finding a case :x . I have a limited space in my TV cabinet and I suspect the Fusion won't quiet f...
by AndrewD
Thu Nov 03, 2005 2:05 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Phantom Users Poll
Replies: 211
Views: 263754

My Phantom 350W just died this afternoon... :cry: S/N D04115398351 Purchase date: 17/3/05 It's worked flawlessly for 7.5 months. When I power it up, it makes a buzzing sound for about 1/2 a second and that's it. System details are in my sig. At the time of failure the system was idle and had only be...
by AndrewD
Wed Sep 14, 2005 5:40 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Thermalright V-1 passive?
Replies: 8
Views: 2716

gitto - Great, thanks. I might give this a try then. I tried searching for any posts on VF700 fan swapping but didn't find anything. Cheers!

I'll post some details and temp comparisons when I'm done.