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by nomoon
Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:26 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 51893

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

This article isn't listed on the home page article list anymore. It was published Oct 14, 2010, so I would expect to see it listed between "SFF Gaming/File Server" (published 2010-10-19) and "WD Caviar Black 2TB & VelociRaptor 600GB" (published 2010-10-10). I found it by going to this forum and find...
by nomoon
Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: WHS vs Windows 7 for NAS/Application server?
Replies: 1
Views: 4496

WHS vs Windows 7 for NAS/Application server?

Does WHS offer anything that you can’t get with Windows 7 (Professional or Ultimate)? I’m looking at my options for a box that will primarily act as a file server, though it may also act as a server for a video security application. It would seem that Windows 7 might be more flexible. Backups : If u...
by nomoon
Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:32 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Arrggh: going crazy trying to get three monitors from HD5750
Replies: 7
Views: 2011

I ended up buying another cheap 43xx series card for $21 (US) so that I could run four monitors. I now only use 3 monitors now that I have larger monitors. The two card system works well, so I haven't tinkered with trying to get the three to work with the single 5750 card. To be clear: I did eventua...
by nomoon
Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Arrggh: going crazy trying to get three monitors from HD5750
Replies: 7
Views: 2011

Eyefinity isn't supported in XP, though, it's not necessarily needed for 3 monitors. However, the support for the the third port is extremely shoddy for XP. I also have the powercolor passive HD5750 and I tinkered with 3 monitors for a while and eventually gave up and added another card to the secon...
by nomoon
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 1 fan vs 2 fans vs large fans (theory)
Replies: 3
Views: 3371

Interesting. I like these kinds of topics. Mike Chen made a related posting here Are 2 fans noisier than 1 blowing the same CFM?. Mike measured the noise from two fans, and his measurements showed only a one db increase in noise instead of 3 db. I made a comment here (Passive CPU cooling not necessa...
by nomoon
Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is there a quiet 30" 2560x1600 monitor out there?
Replies: 7
Views: 1421

I'm beginning to think that my NEC monitors are quieter than I realized, and that the increased noise that I'm hearing is mostly from the changed acoustics. The three monitors seem to be acting like a parabolic reflector, and are amplifying small noises from other parts of the room. I can definitely...
by nomoon
Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is there a quiet 30" 2560x1600 monitor out there?
Replies: 7
Views: 1421

I use NEC LCD3090WQXi monitors that emit a faint 60 Hz hum, but it's definitely not a high pitched noise. It sounds a lot like a low frequency fan vibration. Even with three of these monitors on one computer and it's not too bad. One seems to be louder than the others, but it could just be the acous...
by nomoon
Thu May 13, 2010 10:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Ever ship a PC with a tower heatsink?
Replies: 15
Views: 4401

I've encountered two machines that were damaged during shipment when they were shipped with Zalman flower-style coolers. There was no visible signs of damage, but neither would boot. They both worked after the motherboards were replaced.

Jason
by nomoon
Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fastest sub-75W videocard to date
Replies: 38
Views: 6217

dhanson865 wrote:
quest_for_silence wrote:not to mention that without the connector it won't boot.

Regards,
Luca
Is this true?
Yes, it's true. I have tried it with mine. The Powercolor 5750 Non-go green version will not boot if the power cable is not connected.
by nomoon
Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:43 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: VGA+DVI+HDMI = Tri Monitor setup or fail?
Replies: 12
Views: 5063

Do you have an extra slot? I ended up getting a $21 Asus ATI 4350 card to add to my fanless 5750 card in order to get four monitors. I originally tried to get 5 monitors working, but gave up. I am currently running 4 monitors in XP using a fanless 5750 and fanless 4350. Eyefinity requires Windows7 o...
by nomoon
Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:43 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive CPU cooling
Replies: 28
Views: 5670

You can likely do it, and it would likely be quieter than your current situation. However, I would say that your system would be even quieter if you put a slow 120mm fan on a good tower CPU cooler. See this thread ( Passive CPU cooling not necessarily the quietest solution .) Adding a slow CPU fan w...
by nomoon
Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Rear fan gets louder when I close the case
Replies: 21
Views: 5777

How fast is your fan spinning with your side panel on and off? It's normal for fans to run slower when you open the case. With an open case, more air is being moved per rotation (more work per rotation), so the RPM must drop if the supplied power is constant. Likewise, the fan will speed up when you...
by nomoon
Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cosmos S
Replies: 18
Views: 3445

Re: Cosmos S

Also I think psu positioned on the bottom of the case is a HUGE disadvantage as the heat rises up and heats up my graphics cards, so annoyed about it. That really isn't an issue. Forced convection from the fans greatly overwhelms any thermal convection in a typical computer case. Unless the PSU is ...
by nomoon
Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:27 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec 300 on its way to silence and performance
Replies: 35
Views: 15709

Are you using any fan controllers to reduce the fan speed? With that many fans, I'll bet that you can use extremely low fan speeds while still adequately cooling the components. I'll bet that you could run that system with all fans running between 500 and 700 RPM.
by nomoon
Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:12 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive CPU cooling not necessarily the quietest solution
Replies: 18
Views: 5915

---- snip -------- I would argue that: 1. Your case fan(s) would be able to run slower if there is an active fan running on the CPU heat sink. 2. A fan mounted directly on the CPU heat sink will cool the CPU more efficiently than a case fan trying to cool a passively mounted CPU heat sink. The dire...
by nomoon
Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:54 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive CPU cooling not necessarily the quietest solution
Replies: 18
Views: 5915

while a fan on the heatsink will be more effective at cooling the heatsink, it wont be as effective at exhausting the air from the case. given that, there's no real reason to not mount an exhaust fan.. I agree. I've never advocated not having a case fan. and if your exhaust fan pulls enough air to ...
by nomoon
Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU cooling pull fan only?
Replies: 19
Views: 4587

I just installed a fan on an older Ninja using danimal's first suggestion. The RAM was a little tall, so I moved the fan a bit towards the top of the heat sink (away from the motherboard). About 5% of the fan blows over the top of the heat sink. It works fine. I'm an advocate of the idea that more f...
by nomoon
Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Looking for Quiet Single Platter 300-500 GB, 7200 3.5"
Replies: 2
Views: 1807

Thanks for the response! It looks like my original problem with the drive was actually due to a problem with the power cable from the PSU. I'm going to get a replacement drive anyway. Thanks again!
by nomoon
Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Fans page
Replies: 146
Views: 145195

I have a suggestion: You already list the startup voltage, but I'd also like to see the RPM of the free standing fan at the startup voltage. The would give me an estimate of the minimum RPM that could be used as a case fan for most situations.
by nomoon
Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:14 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Looking for Quiet Single Platter 300-500 GB, 7200 3.5"
Replies: 2
Views: 1807

Looking for Quiet Single Platter 300-500 GB, 7200 3.5"

The drive on my work computer seems to have died in the middle of a project and I need a replacement quickly. It was a horrible Maxtor (either 250 or 320 GB) drive. The drive recommendations page seems to be a bit out of date. I don't need more than 320 GB for this machine, but I'll get whatever dri...
by nomoon
Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quieting HDs using RubberMaid Freezer Packs
Replies: 5
Views: 2484

Ralf, Thanks for the links for the historical record. I think that I saw those back in 2006 when I installed the gel packs, but couldn't recall or find them when I recently wrote up when I did. CA_Steve, they've been installed for 4 years now without any leaking. The plastic is fairly durable. Havin...
by nomoon
Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Can I use HP LaserJet 3100 with Windows 7 64-bit (XPMode ?)
Replies: 9
Views: 4621

Re: Can I use HP LaserJet 3100 with Windows 7 64-bit (XPMode

Here is the last sentence of the first page: " The board doesn’t have any COM or LPT ports, which may be worth keeping in mind, but it is no longer a drawback these days anyway ." The scoundrels! I bought my HP Laserjet 5P in 1994 and it won't die! I just buy a new $70 cartridge about every two y...
by nomoon
Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need help troubleshooting intermittent crashes!
Replies: 7
Views: 1547

nomoon > Thanks for the link. I was aware that this board was picky about RAM and that led me to run all those RAM tests. They even released a BIOS revision (F7) supposedly increasing compatibility, but it didn't do it for me. What bothers me about it is that used to fail reliably on Memtest, but l...
by nomoon
Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Powercolor GO! Green HD5750 (passive)
Replies: 88
Views: 43875

I'd love to know accurate power numbers for the non-Green version of the fanless Powercolor 5750 card.
by nomoon
Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need help troubleshooting intermittent crashes!
Replies: 7
Views: 1547

If you haven't already, it may be work a look at the Gigabyte forum at tweaktown . In the past, some (many?) Gigabyte motherboards were picky about the brand of memory. The first memory with my GA-EP45-DS3R board had to be returned. I've been running Mushkin memory and it's been happy since. Jason
by nomoon
Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:27 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Can I use HP LaserJet 3100 with Windows 7 64-bit (XPMode ?)
Replies: 9
Views: 4621

Re: Can I use HP LaserJet 3100 with Windows 7 64-bit (XPMode

The Motherboard does not have a traditional parallel printer port Forgive my dumb question, but are you sure that it doesn't have an LPT1 cable connection on the motherboard? With my latest MB, I had to purchase a bracket with the a cable that connected to the MB. I thought that I'd ask, just to ma...
by nomoon
Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smaller cases better for quiet computers?
Replies: 25
Views: 4049

for this thread - and again the sake of argument - all the components would be the same between the two cases. So the same CPU heatsink would be used, and you can assume the same good attention to cable management. Thus the only real variable would be the case itself. If everything else were equal,...
by nomoon
Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smaller cases better for quiet computers?
Replies: 25
Views: 4049

So the physics seems to show that this smaller case with same 40CFM fan drops air temperature inside the case by 1,46C ! I did some more calculations in OOcalc, it seems that the same steady +5,58C is reached in this smaller case with a 34 CFM fan. That would mean -15% in fan speed. Or from 1200rpm...
by nomoon
Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smaller cases better for quiet computers?
Replies: 25
Views: 4049

Re: Smaller cases better for quiet computers?

funklizard wrote:Bigger cases give you more options for a silent build: bigger (slower) fans, room for bigger heatsinks, and heavier (sound deadening) construction.

Of course, the main downside to big cases is that they're...big.
I think that you've summarized the situation quite well.
by nomoon
Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smaller cases better for quiet computers?
Replies: 25
Views: 4049

Re: Smaller cases better for quiet computers?

Well for argument's sake, let's say both the mid-tower ATX case and the mATX case both use 120mm fans (one front, one rear), the components are already quiet - to where sound-dampening won't be of value, and a with a passive CPU heat-sink that will fit either case. Would the case's resonance be the...