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by paapaa
Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Fractal Define R3
Replies: 14
Views: 4406

Re: Fractal Define R3

What CPU cooler are you using? That means a lot more than the case fans. I have R3 and I'm using a single Nexus Silent 12cm @800rpm at the rear of the case. It suffices just fine. I have Intel E6400 @3GHz. Temps are just fine. You don't need 3 case fans. You need a low power CPU and a big heavy heat...
by paapaa
Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel SSDs - 330 vs. 520 vs. 510
Replies: 13
Views: 10081

Re: Intel SSDs - 330 vs. 520 vs. 510

I'd buy the Samsung 830. It is even a bit faster in normal desktop usage and reliability seems to be at least as good as with Intel 520.
by paapaa
Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help, can't locate noise driving me cr-a-zy
Replies: 3
Views: 849

Re: Help, can't locate noise driving me cr-a-zy

First of all: you have way too many fans! You don't need gazillion fans. I have overclocked E6400 system and my whole system has 2 fans: one for CPU@1100rpm and one case fan@800rpm. No other fans. First detach all fans expect maybe one case fan and the necessary CPU/GPU/PSU fans. Then it is easier t...
by paapaa
Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Recommendation for 500-600W PSU
Replies: 42
Views: 14842

Re: Recommendation for 500-600W PSU

I bought Super Flower which costs a bit more than your average 550W PSU, BUT:

1. It is fanless under 400W.
2. It is modular.

So I get dead silent computer and clean cabling.
by paapaa
Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Recommendation for 500-600W PSU
Replies: 42
Views: 14842

Re: Recommendation for 500-600W PSU

Kingwin 550W Platinum + model is 100% fanless when the load is under 400W. So I see no reason to spend bucks to an purely fanless model. In case you have to think about price...
by paapaa
Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Recommendation for 500-600W PSU
Replies: 42
Views: 14842

Re: Recommendation for 500-600W PSU

I have a X3 440 with an ATI 5770 I ran my system into a PSU calculator (with a ATI5870 incase i upgrade) and it recommended a 520W PSU (assuming 30% degredation which is fair because I'de want to keep my PSU for a long time). Your X3 440 + AMD 5770 consumes maybe 250W under load. That 520W is pure ...
by paapaa
Wed May 23, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Still have to decide and I can't 550D/R3/Antec Solo
Replies: 9
Views: 2968

Re: Still have to decide and I can't 550D/R3/Antec Solo

I bought R3 as it was quite cheap, it does everything quite well, no big problems. It is easy to build silent PC with R3. My system now has 2 moving parts: one CPU fan and one case fan. The rest is passively cooled and I use SSD. Radeon 4770 and E6400@2,7GHz stay very cool in heavy load. I can recom...
by paapaa
Sat May 19, 2012 8:35 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking to fit a fan controller and ~6 fans
Replies: 3
Views: 1112

Re: Looking to fit a fan controller and ~6 fans

Brduk wrote:I've noticed my rig running hot while gaming...
What is the max CPU and GPU temperature you measured during gaming?
by paapaa
Tue May 15, 2012 3:22 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 24" monitor?
Replies: 11
Views: 2965

Re: 24" monitor?

I have played CS:S with my PVA TFT monitor and it is totally usable. New LED LCDs are equally good. I didn't notice any bad blurring that would ruin the gaming experience. And LED backlight does not automatically mean better color rendition that cold catode tube backlight. It all depends. All in all...
by paapaa
Mon May 14, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua fans ticking all of a sudden
Replies: 12
Views: 4470

Re: Noctua fans ticking all of a sudden

birthdaymonkey wrote:About a month ago, I noticed a faint ticking coming from my case and decided to investigate...
My Nexus silent fan also emitted some ticking noise. But it went away. I maybe tapped it a few times. Don't know what actually helpet but try to tap/know/shake it to see if it helps.
by paapaa
Mon May 14, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New 23 or 24 inch monitor Ultrasharp?
Replies: 22
Views: 6768

Re: New 23 or 24 inch monitor Ultrasharp?

Get the larger one. 120 extra pixel rows is a very good thing. And they don't cost that much more.
by paapaa
Mon May 14, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 27408

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

Here is a good example of how a video can be quite useful when doing a subjective comparison of noise output: I don't need a video to tell me if a GPU is passively cooled :roll: And audio samples are only good if the microphone is very good and the speakers/headphones are also very good. Usually th...
by paapaa
Mon May 14, 2012 4:39 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Super Flower Golden Green Pro 400W
Replies: 3
Views: 2401

Re: Super Flower Golden Green Pro 400W

I have the modular Golden King Platinum+ 550W.

I is 100% passive under about 400W load so it is completely silent always in my setup - or in most single GPU setups you can imagine. It is a great PSU I can easily recommend.
by paapaa
Fri May 11, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 27408

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

Btw, this has nothing to do with the topic, why are SSDs so much more expensive than HDDs when they have less material, no moving parts etc. aren't they much easier to manufacture? Is there some specific thing that makes them so expensive? I don't know but I guess: Supply and demand. SDDs are fast ...
by paapaa
Fri May 11, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which mobo maker generally has best BIOS fan controls?
Replies: 5
Views: 2059

Re: Which mobo maker generally has best BIOS fan controls?

Just a heads up. Some manufactures implement most of their fan control in BIOS, and some in applications that run in Windows. This mostly only matters if you are going to be running an OS besides Windows (Linux, BSD, OS X, etc) Very true. I think fan control should be done in BIOS so that it works ...
by paapaa
Fri May 11, 2012 7:38 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 27408

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

It is better to know which GPU models and brands are silent by default instead of having additional expenditures and installations. Most stock coolers suck. Simple. Period. If you want silence, you need a huge heatsink and a slow and big fan. I don't know any stock cooling solutions that does this ...
by paapaa
Fri May 11, 2012 3:16 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 27408

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

Just buy a good aftermarket cooler for your GPU and you don't have to worry about the stock cooler noise at all. I bought Accelero S1 Plus for my 4770 and now it is totally silent - passive.
by paapaa
Thu May 10, 2012 7:53 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 670 launched
Replies: 38
Views: 14812

Re: GTX 670 launched

99% of all stock coolers suck, big time. I just bought Accelero S1 Plus. That is a great and very efficient passive cooler. When needed you can attach a 12cm fan and the cooler will handle any GPU.
by paapaa
Thu May 10, 2012 7:51 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which mobo maker generally has best BIOS fan controls?
Replies: 5
Views: 2059

Re: Which mobo maker generally has best BIOS fan controls?

Intel seems to have quite good controls. I'd check these things: - can the fan headers regulate both PWM and voltage - to which temp sensor they can be linked to - what is the minimum and maximum pulse width/voltage - how many headers I guess Asus and Intel are the best in this respect in Z77 mother...
by paapaa
Sun May 06, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic X-Series Power rating vs. Noise
Replies: 10
Views: 2948

Re: Seasonic X-Series Power rating vs. Noise

I'd get a PSU that is passive at low loads. The Seasonic X-Series PSU's he is considering are passive (no fan spin) at low loads (below 20% of rated output). For the X-560, that would be no fan spin below 112 watts, which is not quite double the idle load. But the 550W Kingwin won't spin below 400W...
by paapaa
Sun May 06, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: need help choosing case for positive air pressure
Replies: 13
Views: 9269

Re: need help choosing case for positive air pressure

I don't know about positive pressure thing but other than that R3 is a great case. The included fans suck - you want to replace them. They made some slightly clicking noise. I now use a single 800RPM Nexus case fan and my computer is very, very quiet.
by paapaa
Sun May 06, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic X-Series Power rating vs. Noise
Replies: 10
Views: 2948

Re: Seasonic X-Series Power rating vs. Noise

I'm building a system with an i5 3570 processor, SSD + 5400RPM HDD, and a Radeon 6950. I can crudely estimate that under load, my system will probably draw less than 400W of power, but I rarely play games so it will probably be idling most of the time drawing closer to 200W. Where did you get those...
by paapaa
Sun May 06, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: System temperatures of silent gaming PC
Replies: 3
Views: 1063

Re: System temperatures of silent gaming PC

You would have done better with Ivy Bridge system: consumes less power and generates less heat -> less noise. I also think you PSU is greatly overpowered for your needs. A semi-passive Kingwin would've been a better and silent choice. But I understand you already assembled the system so we'll focus ...
by paapaa
Fri May 04, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Just pick the case!
Replies: 36
Views: 8757

Re: Just pick the case!

I just built Fractal R3. Great case but the included fans suck. I hear a clicking noise even with minimum setting. I removed both an installed single Nexux silent 12cm fan to rear and set it to almost minimum. Works great and now my computer is really quite. Only moving parts are 2 Nexux fans: one r...
by paapaa
Fri May 04, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Explain PWM fan control
Replies: 3
Views: 4365

Explain PWM fan control

Let's say we have a PWM fan Thermalright TY-140. It has a speed range of 900-1350 RPM. Let's assume we use a motherboard which can send duty cycles in range 50%-100% to PWM fan header. What is the minimum RPM I can achieve with this combination? 1150 RPM? The mobo in question is MSI Z77A-GD65. It ha...
by paapaa
Fri May 04, 2012 1:52 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: tower or top-down cooler in a P183 w/ Ivy Bridge?
Replies: 14
Views: 4339

Re: tower or top-down cooler in a P183 w/ Ivy Bridge?

Considering this is Silentpcreview I suggest to buy a tower cooler and overclock "just enough". Nobody should worry about the last 1% performance if that makes the CPU 10C hotter. Ivy should overclock easily to 4,0GHz with a good tower cooler like Macho HR-02. Just keep the voltage as low as possibl...
by paapaa
Tue May 01, 2012 2:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New Ivy Bridge Setup
Replies: 15
Views: 5178

Re: New Ivy Bridge Setup

I vote Samsung 830 for SSD. It seems to be very reliable, fast, indifferent to data type (compressed, uncompressed). The speed is very good in multiple situations in normal desktop usage. PSU: Kingwin/Spureflower Platinum+ 550W. It is totally fanless with power levels less than 400W. Very good quali...
by paapaa
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung 830 questions
Replies: 6
Views: 2856

Re: Samsung 830 questions

Temperature won't be a problem. My Samsung 830 is 29 C when idling and went to 35 C when running CrystalMark for a short time and quickly came back to 29 C when it stopped. 5W is nothing. Even if it used more power it would mean nothing in normal desktop usage as most of the time SSD is doing nothin...
by paapaa
Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: is it possible Static Damage to CPU by touching a heatsink?
Replies: 5
Views: 1822

Re: is it possible Static Damage to CPU by touching a heatsi

cloneman wrote:my youtube started doing this intermittently following the night where I kept shocking it.
So you get this green band in all Youtube videos or just some? Otherwise your computer works fine?