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by derekva
Mon Dec 14, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headphones
Replies: 29
Views: 26990

Re: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headph

Digital front-end: - Raspberry Pi (running Raspian Weezy / SqueezeLite) with HiFiBerry DAC - Sony DVP-S7700 Analog front-end: - Denon DL-103R - Audiomods DIY Series V - Nottingham Analogue Interspace Preamplifier: - Denon PRA-1000 - AD797 LOMC phono stage Amplifier(s): - Dynaco Stereo 35 - Fisher 66...
by derekva
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: MikeC's Audio Craft: An Introduction
Replies: 29
Views: 27609

Re: MikeC's Audio Craft: An Introduction

I'm with total agreement with you on the Audiomods tonearm - I built mine in May. I'd been following Jeff's work when it was still just a DIY project and got to see the evolution to the current Series 5 arms. This is one of the best bang-for-your-buck components in audio and will embarrass many pri...
by derekva
Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: MikeC's Audio Craft: An Introduction
Replies: 29
Views: 27609

Re: MikeC's Audio Craft: An Introduction

I'm with total agreement with you on the Audiomods tonearm - I built mine in May. I'd been following Jeff's work when it was still just a DIY project and got to see the evolution to the current Series 5 arms. This is one of the best bang-for-your-buck components in audio and will embarrass many pric...
by derekva
Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Supermicro SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 Rackmount Server
Replies: 22
Views: 14485

Re: Supermicro SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 Rackmount Server

*BUMP* @MikeC & @derekva I don't suppose you can spare a minute to address my post now? http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=593894#p593894 Thank-you. Sorry. I've not been on SPCR in a while. I am still planning on swapping out the power supply and cleaning up the wiring, but before...
by derekva
Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Supermicro SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 Rackmount Server
Replies: 22
Views: 14485

Re: Supermicro SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 Rackmount Server

Having just built a Windows 2012 R2 Essentials server using the Supermicro A1SAi-2750F board, 8GB RAM, a Fractal Design Node 304, a RAID controller (PERC 6i), and a lot of drives (currently two Samsung SSDs + four 3.5" 2TB "green" drives, but I will be switching to eight 2TB 2.5" drives when financ...
by derekva
Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Supermicro SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 Rackmount Server
Replies: 22
Views: 14485

Re: Supermicro SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 Rackmount Server

Having just built a Windows 2012 R2 Essentials server using the Supermicro A1SAi-2750F board, 8GB RAM, a Fractal Design Node 304, a RAID controller (PERC 6i), and a lot of drives (currently two Samsung SSDs + four 3.5" 2TB "green" drives, but I will be switching to eight 2TB 2.5" drives when finance...
by derekva
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 750Ti sips power
Replies: 153
Views: 97552

Re: GTX 750Ti sips power

For the record, I was easily able to install an Arctic Cooling Accelero S2 without issue (e.g. no card modifications) on an EVGA GTX 750Ti. I'm using it with a 92mm Scythe PWM fan and it is inaudible from my chair and I have no heat issues even at full loading.

-D
by derekva
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8
Replies: 16
Views: 22806

Re: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8

Why on earth would you try and install Windows 7? That's what Windows Home Server 2011 is for.

-D
by derekva
Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 87831

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

Classic question dodge. Let me rephrase it for you. If you were the President, had both houses full support (and had been democratically elected), would you (as you DO have the power), dramatically cut down on the gun ownership of your people if there was solid proof that the murder rate would halv...
by derekva
Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:45 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Looks Like 1156 Socket is being superseded by a new socket
Replies: 45
Views: 10143

It's true, and I'm pretty angry (as are a bunch of others) because Intel touted the 1156 to be the long term mainstream replacement for the 775. 1366 was supposed to be the high end gamer / Xeon socket. I don't exactly call one generation "mainstream" or "long term". Drive out Hwy 26 to Hillsboro a...
by derekva
Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: First HTPC Build - Need advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1071

If I were building a new HTPC today, I'd buy the following: ASRock H55M Pro - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157181 - $89.99 Intel i3-530 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115222 - $119.99 AData 2x4GB PC3 12800 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...
by derekva
Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:37 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: LogicSupply's BCM970012 PCIe mini card for HD on Intel Atom
Replies: 33
Views: 22012

I'm assuming this would have virtually the same benefit on an older laptop (C2D) that uses the i945 chipset + IGP. Is this correct?

-D
by derekva
Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:39 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Corsair CX400W Power Supply
Replies: 21
Views: 10088

The Corsair is even better when it is found on sale at Fry's for $29.00. :D

I just put one in my parents' PC. The first thing my mom said was "If it didn't have the light on the front, I wouldn't know it was on!"

-D
by derekva
Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:27 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PCStat's Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
Replies: 25
Views: 20924

As a coworker says (from experience):

"Wine, screwdrivers and motherboards don't mix."

-D
by derekva
Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel LGA775 Low Profile Heatsink Roundup
Replies: 38
Views: 19397

Mike - quick question - is the listed height of the Big Shuriken (57mm) with or without the slim 120mm fan?

Thanks!

-D
by derekva
Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Windows 7 (32bit or 64bit)?
Replies: 72
Views: 15706

Getting 64bit Windows seems like the way to go although that road still appears treacherous for many users including myself. Looks like I may just stick to 32bit XP for now. Plus Win7 is still way too expensive in my part of the world for the retail versions. It's quite laugable really that you hav...
by derekva
Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My Kitchen HTPC
Replies: 28
Views: 13339

Is that the Logitech DeNovo? Looks really nice with your setup.

And yes, the Psile is a thermal nightmare of a red-headed stepchild. :D

-D
by derekva
Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC build - need some pro eyes to look over
Replies: 14
Views: 3322

If you would like to record hd from somthing other than over the air then you will not want the hd tuner. Windows 7 supports Clear QAM natively, so if your cable provider broadcasts local network HD content in the clear, you can record content on those channels. However, if they encrypt all QAM, th...
by derekva
Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonex Mini Willtec
Replies: 18
Views: 13104

[quote="Bill Owen"]We are stocking these Grey acoustical foam sheets with adhesive backing

http://www.mnpctech.com/Acoustical_Foam_Sheets_PC.html

How does this compare to the Sonex (both from a noise absorption as well as longevity standpoint) that Ralf was raving about?

Thanks!

-D
by derekva
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case
Replies: 35
Views: 14645

Well...the ugly tree at Antec has certainly been getting a lot of action.

-D
by derekva
Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec ISK-300 Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 86
Views: 59058

One more typo, Mike. I believe you meant using the Zotec board with the integrated 12VDC conversion would not allow you to test the Antec's power supply... Other than that, great article. I'm starting to think about building a Zotec-based system for my (almost) 4-year old son - this case and a good ...
by derekva
Tue May 12, 2009 8:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7 ...
Replies: 16
Views: 3552

Can anyone confirm if current buyers of Vista 64/SP1 will be able to upgrade to 7, ie free? ROFL, you must be an apple user. Nothing from MS is free. So far the only thing I've seen in win 7 that makes me want to upgrade from XP Pro are the optimizations for SSD's. Nothing from Apple is free either...
by derekva
Sat May 09, 2009 10:15 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Don't walk, run to your nearest store and buy a SSD now.
Replies: 51
Views: 27961

Ummm... OK. Why not use the normal power management features to power down the hard-drive? I find this an interesting comment. From looking at the options in windows I don't see an equivalent to what was being proposed though. Is there a way to tell the OS to turn off a hard drive then turn it on a...
by derekva
Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 2009 Predictions
Replies: 26
Views: 5067

Re: 2009 Predictions

Windows 7 released - Looks too much like Vista and doesn't come with ability to choose a Windows XP Luna desktop theme, users unsuprisingly cling to XP. I managed to get a copy of Build 7071 (after running Windows 7 Beta) and based upon what I've seen, I think Windows 7 is going to sell almost as w...
by derekva
Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Why is ATX STILL Alive?
Replies: 57
Views: 33004

Well as I said before, it used to be a good idea for BTX because it put the GPU in the right direction, although with blocked slots. With a lot of BTX boards, the PCI x16 slot is usually the first (or in some cases, the second) slot away from the I/O panel so worst case you are losing one slot. I'm...
by derekva
Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:09 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Why is ATX STILL Alive?
Replies: 57
Views: 33004

If you want to put your graphics cards somewhere other than the expansion slots, go and buy a PCI-E riser adaptor. Some are in cable form so you could theoretically put the card external to the case. Well as I said before, it used to be a good idea for BTX because it put the GPU in the right direct...
by derekva
Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:10 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hell just froze over -MS to allow 'removal' of IE.
Replies: 11
Views: 2297

The decision, rather than to appease Windows users, has been added to keep Microsoft off the radar of U.S. antitrust regulators and European regulators who grew increasingly frustrated with the way Microsoft bundles its programs directly into the OS. Microsoft eventually was forced to remove its me...
by derekva
Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Where to get U-channel tubing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1630

Re: Where to get U-channel tubing?

I'm planning on doing some mods to my case/cases in the near future, but I was wondering if people had any suggestions on where to get the U-channel tubing to cover up the edges of cut holes. Digikey? McMaster Carr? Local hardware store? Try FrozenCPU. That's where I got mine. :D http://www.frozenc...
by derekva
Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:54 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech: NVIDIA's Ion Platform (Atom+GeForce 9400M)
Replies: 47
Views: 20794

What front end are you guys planning on using with this little box? Boxee and XBMC don't support DxVA acceleration. Those are both excellent front ends but this platform would be nearly worthless with that software. Or at least not any better than a Xbox. SageTV would be a good choice and maybe eve...
by derekva
Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:57 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Gentle Typhoon Fans by Nidec Servo Corp
Replies: 67
Views: 74191

While they aren't up on their web site yet, Coolerguys has the 120mm Gentle Typhoon fans as well (http://www.coolerguys.com). You can call them directly (I live a few miles away from their HQ so I picked one up in person yesterday).

-D