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by neilgunton
Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:24 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo upgrade soon?
Replies: 71
Views: 23074

Re: Antec Solo upgrade soon?

I got a response from Antec today regarding this question about choosing between the Solo and P183: [quote]If you want things as quiet as possible, I would recommend the P183. While the Solo is also a very quiet case, the P183's triple layer design will block any unwanted noise from leaving the PC c...
by neilgunton
Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo upgrade soon?
Replies: 71
Views: 23074

Re: Antec Solo upgrade soon?

I mean the vibrational hum transmitted from the drive to the case.

I'm not sure what you mean by "not even by mistake"?
by neilgunton
Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:16 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo upgrade soon?
Replies: 71
Views: 23074

Re: Antec Solo upgrade soon?

I hope Antec reads this thread and considers updating the Solo. I am in the process of speccing a new quiet workstation for myself, and I'm having a really hard time deciding between the Solo and the P183. Apparently Antec is coming out with an update to the P183 soon - one of their people told me t...
by neilgunton
Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a Linux developer workstation
Replies: 18
Views: 2212

Re: Building a Linux developer workstation

Ok, thanks again. The CPU thing is a constantly moving target, obviously... the one that everybody was salivating over last year as being the best of the best is now old hat and bleh, if you chase after the best then you'll either be paying through the nose for 10% better or always waiting. I think ...
by neilgunton
Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a Linux developer workstation
Replies: 18
Views: 2212

Re: Building a Linux developer workstation

Thanks again for all the tips. Luca, you now have me thinking again about my choice of platform. It sounds like you might favor the new sandy bridge architecture, and I have to admit it does sound very capable. I like AMD, but I am not wedded to any particular brand or platform. The nice thing about...
by neilgunton
Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a Linux developer workstation
Replies: 18
Views: 2212

Re: Building a Linux developer workstation

Thanks again! That's very interesting. I have to make a decision about whether to stay basic and just go with the Athlon II X4 640 ($99.99 on newegg), and end up with a total machine cost under $1000, or get more ambitious, in which case your thoughts on sandy bridge seem to make sense - although I ...
by neilgunton
Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a Linux developer workstation
Replies: 18
Views: 2212

Re: Building a Linux developer workstation

Thanks for those articles - just got through the "AMD Refresh" one and that X4 970 is looking pretty attractive! If it's possible to build a quiet PC using this CPU, then I might just go for it. What cooler do you think would go well with this processor in an Antec Solo box? The Athlon X4 640 also c...
by neilgunton
Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a Linux developer workstation
Replies: 18
Views: 2212

Re: Building a Linux developer workstation

I'm planning on running Debian Squeeze as the main OS, with Windows 7 running in Virtualbox. Is that what you're asking about, or was it some other aspect of the config?
by neilgunton
Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a Linux developer workstation
Replies: 18
Views: 2212

Re: Building a Linux developer workstation

Ok, I am still working out this build. I am with you now on the PSU - I've looked at a couple of calculators and it looks like the SS-400FL will probably do just fine. Will this PSU be ok mounted at the top of the Antec Solo case? I assume it'll have to be inverted. Surely all the heat from inside t...
by neilgunton
Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a Linux developer workstation
Replies: 18
Views: 2212

Re: Building a Linux developer workstation

Well, I think I'm pretty settled on the Antec Solo. I've been looking through the various reviews and builds that people have posted, and it just seems like a highly regarded case. I think I prefer the general design, and the drive suspension being built in is the clincher. It would be nice to have ...
by neilgunton
Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a Linux developer workstation
Replies: 18
Views: 2212

Re: Building a Linux developer workstation

Thanks for those tips. Do you have any links to good suspension enclosures, and good SSDs? Actually I don't think an SSD would be practical here, since my workstation serves as a backup to my production server. It has to handle mirroring more than 150 GB of pics, steadily growing, and the MySQL data...
by neilgunton
Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a Linux developer workstation
Replies: 18
Views: 2212

Re: Building a Linux developer workstation

I'm surprised nobody has anything to say about this! I called Antec for some help in helping to choose between their cases, and they gave me an interesting tip: There is a new version of the P183 coming out, which has USB 3.0 for the ports. Apparently this should be on newegg within a few weeks. I t...
by neilgunton
Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a Linux developer workstation
Replies: 18
Views: 2212

Building a Linux developer workstation

Hi, I'm in the process of speccing parts for a Linux developer workstation for myself. I'm interested in the Antec Solo and Mini P180 cases, and finding it hard to choose between them. The motherboard I am looking at is an Asus Micro ATX, nothing special, but it was recommended when I asked for advi...
by neilgunton
Sun Apr 24, 2005 5:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fan proximity to hard drive
Replies: 4
Views: 1870

Thanks for the advice... I think I will try the fan for a little bit as it is currently, since it would seem that it's not catastrophic (in terms of magnetic fields at least) to have a fan that close. I'll try monitoring it and gauge how the fan and hard drive are doing together. Perhaps I'll try in...
by neilgunton
Sun Apr 24, 2005 7:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fan proximity to hard drive
Replies: 4
Views: 1870

Fan proximity to hard drive

I have mounted a new Samsung 160GB drive on the front bottom of the case, suspended on one of those elastic cord arrangements. As a result, the drive can no longer dispurse heat via the side connectors (since it is only touching the elastic). So, I tried putting an 80 mm Panaflow fan on top of the d...