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by fmriguy
Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Re: Mike's final sign-off - POSTPONED
Replies: 70
Views: 91070

Re: Mike's final sign-off

Wow, such a sad day. I've visited this site almost daily for several years and love the rigorous reviews and unique contribution to the hardware scene. It was a breath of fresh air to certain folks who were tired of every overclocker screaming to talk to his friend over his ridiculously loud Delta f...
by fmriguy
Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:18 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Can the Enzotech CNB-S1L cool the Nforce4 sufficiently?
Replies: 7
Views: 3285

I think people have found the much bigger Zalman NB47J to not be big enough for passive cooling on an nForce4 board. Yep, you're right about that, if I run it completely passive, it approaches 75deg C. However, the minute I put any undervolted fan near it the temps drop down below what the stock he...
by fmriguy
Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:45 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Can the Enzotech CNB-S1L cool the Nforce4 sufficiently?
Replies: 7
Views: 3285

I have an Ultra D and use a Zalman ZM-NB47J for the northbridge. I do have some airflow directed over it though (undervolted 92mm fan). It's WAY cooler than the stock hair-dryer fan/heatsink combo. I would be hesitant to use it in an environment without airflow directed towards it, as it gets extrem...
by fmriguy
Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building from scratch, wooden case/coffee table
Replies: 14
Views: 3319

Unfortunately, I couldn't download your pdf (404 error), but I think I understand your tiered/chambered idea. I wonder though if it would just be making things a bit too complicated having each in a separate chamber. Your components are quite cool and would probably do fine with some directed/ducted...
by fmriguy
Tue May 27, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Antec Solo fan question
Replies: 10
Views: 4079

Yep, I agree with the others, you'll be in pretty good shape with pretty much any quiet, slow moving fan. I have a Yate Loon at about 8 volts and it keeps my 2 HDDs at around 38 Celcius. Out of all of the cases I've worked with I'm tempted to say it has the best HDD airflow out of them all. edit: I ...
by fmriguy
Tue May 27, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Cooler Master Hyper Z600 CPU Cooler: A Real Heavyweight
Replies: 14
Views: 8309

Excellent! :D Thanks for adding to the review. I wonder what they were thinking with that odd channel in the center...probably just for aesthetics. Granted I think I will be sticking with my 2 Ninjas given the fairly modest performance difference.
by fmriguy
Mon May 26, 2008 2:02 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Cooler Master Hyper Z600 CPU Cooler: A Real Heavyweight
Replies: 14
Views: 8309

Hello, I'm wondering if turning the fan around (so it blows away from the fins) would work? Maybe covering the "hole" at the top (and maybe the bottom) would help? I was wondering the same thing. It seems a bit of cardboard or duct tape over the central gap might convince a bit more air to flow thr...
by fmriguy
Wed May 07, 2008 8:29 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ninja backplate (original)
Replies: 7
Views: 2151

Re: Ninja backplate (original)

I have the original Scythe Ninja, and I'm having a bit of a problem with the backplate. It's kind of screwed up since I removed it from my previous mobo. The adhesive on the backplate was so strong it was a real battle to remove, and when I finally did, the rubber was all torn. I *have* since insta...
by fmriguy
Sun May 04, 2008 9:35 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Fry's B&M Antec Solo + Gigabyte MB +free AMD 4800x2 $185
Replies: 2
Views: 1483

You're right, it's not really worth the gamble and the 30 minute drive to Fry's. I bought the egg deal yesterday. It had actually dropped $10 since Friday, it was previously at $89.99 -$50 MIR.
by fmriguy
Fri May 02, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Fry's B&M Antec Solo + Gigabyte MB +free AMD 4800x2 $185
Replies: 2
Views: 1483

Fry's B&M Antec Solo + Gigabyte MB +free AMD 4800x2 $185

Just saw this deal in the Fry's ad today for Manhattan Beach, CA: $184.99 Antec Solo Gigabyte MA69GM-S2H Mobo *Free AMD x2 4800 Now all I really want is the Antec Solo. Have any of you had luck with returning parts of bundles in order to get one of the components at a steal? It seems that taking int...
by fmriguy
Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:53 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Low Budget, Zero Moving Parts PC.
Replies: 8
Views: 7794

Very nice, too bad the snowman in all of his stylish glory can't power it himself... So what were you planning on doing with the system, just using it for casual web browsing, office, etc? I suppose it would also work quite well as a low-power home server. Although you don't have much in terms of st...
by fmriguy
Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:09 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 15,000 hour SMART limit on Fujitsu MHN2300AT
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

It looks to me like the drive is counting down to "Old Age". I don't know if it will operate differently then or what :? I don't see any indication that they expect the drive to fail when the end of the countdown occurs. Right, I'm not necessarily expecting it to self-destruct at that time, i was j...
by fmriguy
Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:47 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 15,000 hour SMART limit on Fujitsu MHN2300AT
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

15,000 hour SMART limit on Fujitsu MHN2300AT

I'm posting this merely because I couldn't believe my eyes. I run Ubuntu on an IBM laptop as a home file server (quiet and low power requirements). I decided recently to set up cron job to log the output of the smartctl command which is a very detailed dump of the SMART stats on the hard drive. The ...
by fmriguy
Sun Jun 24, 2007 11:03 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate going "chirp"
Replies: 14
Views: 5253

Just to update on my ka-chunking seagate...the other day the bios detected a SMART failure on boot-up and the drive made 6 or 7 painful noises. Checking the SMART stats showed that it had failed the spin retry count value. It's strange, but on my drive the starting value is 100, but the failure thre...
by fmriguy
Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:33 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Elegant and SIMPLE Network Storage Solution (for dummies)
Replies: 4
Views: 2225

Thanks for the quick responses. @ andyb: That looks like a viable option. I've used Syncback in the past and that looks very similar to the program you mentioned. @ Bluefront: I actually own Acronic TrueImage, which has worked wonders for me in creating disk images, but i've never backed up the whol...
by fmriguy
Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Elegant and SIMPLE Network Storage Solution (for dummies)
Replies: 4
Views: 2225

Elegant and SIMPLE Network Storage Solution (for dummies)

Hi all, I'm sure most people here are familiar with frequent and painful calls from family members and friends requesting computer tech support. In the past week I've gotten two from my mother (one dead toshiba laptop and one constantly rebooting home-built pc) and I'm about to lose my mind. How man...
by fmriguy
Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:34 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: hooking together two PW-200-M 200W psus
Replies: 11
Views: 4836

another question- im my motherboards manual it says not to use a power supply less than 300watts, so even if all of my system components use less than 125 watts will this be a problem? Manufacturers often overestimate what the system may need--mostly to compensate for crap power supplies that SAY 5...
by fmriguy
Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:46 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate going "chirp"
Replies: 14
Views: 5253

Hmmm, not quite a ping. You know, I just realized what it sounds similar to. I remember I had a really old DVD-ROM drive that I tried putting a fancy new DVD-RW into and the drive made this "ca-chunking" sound as the laser flew to the outside of the disk and then back as it tried to find the startin...
by fmriguy
Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate going "chirp"
Replies: 14
Views: 5253

Do you ever hear anything strange on startup? I've noticed a strange sound recently, but it occurs only on startup (sometimes 5 or 6 times in succession). It's actually more like a click followed by a beep...like a "cha-weep". (And yes, i'm being serious). I haven't noticed anything during normal op...
by fmriguy
Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:54 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: New Computer Break-In Procedures?
Replies: 8
Views: 4622

CPUBurn is a utility that stresses your CPU and will generate the highest temps you're ever likely to see on the processor. This can be good for diagnosing an incorrectly installed heatsink (e.g. your temps are well above what might be expected) or just configuring your fan speeds etc for the worst ...
by fmriguy
Thu Jan 11, 2007 4:19 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: DFI LP UT NF4 Ultra-D vs P180 vs S12
Replies: 2
Views: 2772

I have the exact combination you're referring to (see sig below) and although the power connector is a bit tight, it works fine.
by fmriguy
Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:24 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: RivaTuner: setting it up - a tutorial
Replies: 1
Views: 1431

Thanks for this! I've only used the basic fan speed settings in the past, but that's a great guide...can't wait to get back home to fiddle with it.
by fmriguy
Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which video card should I get?
Replies: 36
Views: 13456

I just pulled up the Dell website. Wow, is that helpful! It says that I have 1 AGP 8X slot. So, the 7600GS is the card I want? Can this card do what is named Vista Aero Glass?? Thanks. The 7600gs is a great choice and it looks like it fully supports windows vista: http://www.nvidia.com/page/technol...
by fmriguy
Sun Dec 10, 2006 11:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is this too hot? -- new system
Replies: 9
Views: 3506

Re: Is this too hot? -- new system

Is that the Seagate 7200.10? That temp is about right. How do you like that drive so far? I found mine to be unacceptably loud (high pitch whine drove me crazy) I just bought the same drive and it's driving me crazy as well. At first, it was relatively quiet (except for VERY loud seeks), but after ...
by fmriguy
Sat Dec 09, 2006 6:42 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which video card should I get?
Replies: 36
Views: 13456

anyone? If you go to the Dell Support website you can punch in your Dell ID number and/or just look up your model # and then navigate to the specifications section. Then you can see what types of ports, slots, etc that it has. You could also attempt to go to their "upgrade" section and see what it ...
by fmriguy
Tue Dec 05, 2006 2:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What do YOU want for the holidays?
Replies: 42
Views: 30879

fmriguy, if you get the E3Cs (good headphones, those) be careful if you have pets, especially dogs. See, things that go in your ears start to collect earwax, and something nasty like that is naturally irresistibly tasty to dogs. I had my pair for only seven weeks... :cry: As a matter of fact, I DO ...
by fmriguy
Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:24 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Do fans TICK?
Replies: 8
Views: 2791

I have a Scythe fan (the one that comes with the Ninja) that makes a very quiet, rapid ticking sound, but I've never heard of a Nexus making that sound...perhaps it was damaged in shipping? Did it start all of a sudden or ever since you installed the fan? Maybe you could try stopping the fan with yo...
by fmriguy
Sun Nov 26, 2006 1:47 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Will DFI Ultra-D work with less than 480w power supply?
Replies: 8
Views: 2683

If you search for NB47J and ultra-d on this forum or google, you'll see full pics of people who have modded this heatsink for use on the ultra-d. It involves some creative cutting and bending of fins. However, you only need to mod it if you really want to use the top pci-e slot or are going SLI. If ...
by fmriguy
Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:40 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What do YOU want for the holidays?
Replies: 42
Views: 30879

Wow, didn't expect this thread to become a stage for political commentary...I just wanted to see what random things people wanted. :roll: I’m torn between either a new pair of slippers or world peace. I gotta say, I'd go for the slippers. World peace definitely wouldn't last as long as your new sl...
by fmriguy
Fri Nov 24, 2006 10:21 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What do YOU want for the holidays?
Replies: 42
Views: 30879

What do YOU want for the holidays?

After missing out on a cheap new laptop on Black Friday (I guess getting up at 4AM is too late...), I was curious to see what everyone was hoping to get this season. I debated about asking for a complete upgrade (core 2 duo) but thought it might be a bit much to ask considering the family helped wit...