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by yacoub
Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Why is Corsair VX450 so hard to find for sale? Alternatives?
Replies: 3
Views: 1104

Re: Why is Corsair VX450 so hard to find for sale? Alternati

If you still want the Corsair name on your power supply Nope, more concerned with a high quality components in a power supply with 80+ efficiency for a good price. Corsair has been that for me on my past two builds, but I don't need 500+watts for this next one, and all of their high quality lines o...
by yacoub
Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:45 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: NewEgg has the P183 V3 on sale today for 48 hours $120 & FS
Replies: 0
Views: 915

NewEgg has the P183 V3 on sale today for 48 hours $120 & FS

Plus a $20 MIR, bringing it to $100 after rebate. The Free Shipping is a big help on a heavy case like that. Antec Performance One Series P183 V3 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $159.99 Your Price: $119.99 With Promo Code EMCKCKE85 $99.99 After $20.00 MIR Figured some f...
by yacoub
Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: What not to buy & what I ended up with
Replies: 5
Views: 1764

Re: What not to buy & what I ended up with

To add to the data: I had a Corsair HX-520 that was perfect in an Antec P150. No fan noise, no buzz, squeal, whine, or anything else. Upgraded to an HX-650 with my current build, also perfect and silent in my P180 Mini. Building a new Sandy Bridge box and looking for a Corsair VX450 (Seasonic built ...
by yacoub
Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: X-400 buzz noise
Replies: 31
Views: 9378

Re: X-400 buzz noise

fwiw, I had the high-pitched noise experience with an Antec PSU nearly a decade ago. Chalked it up to a noisy capacitor, since it responded exactly as one poster described above, where it would be a faint noise even when PSU was off and it even lasted a couple seconds after power cable was removed. ...
by yacoub
Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:46 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Where to buy replacement Antec TriCool 200x25mm fan?
Replies: 5
Views: 1662

Re: Where to buy replacement Antec TriCool 200x25mm fan?

Ah, thanks guys! Much appreciated.
by yacoub
Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Why is Corsair VX450 so hard to find for sale? Alternatives?
Replies: 3
Views: 1104

Why is Corsair VX450 so hard to find for sale? Alternatives?

Are they about to replace it since it has been out for several years? I am looking for something around 400 watts that is durable, actively cooled (120mm fan) but quiet, and a good bang for the buck. The Corsair PSUs made by Seasonic fit that bill well for a decent price and good quality with genera...
by yacoub
Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:30 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Where to buy replacement Antec TriCool 200x25mm fan?
Replies: 5
Views: 1662

Re: Where to buy replacement Antec TriCool 200x25mm fan?

So the implication is that the technical spec description of the top fan in the P180 Mini is incorrect and it's actually 30mm deep?
I wish I had a way to measure mine right now to confirm/deny that. :)
by yacoub
Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:49 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Where to buy replacement Antec TriCool 200x25mm fan?
Replies: 5
Views: 1662

Where to buy replacement Antec TriCool 200x25mm fan?

Their website lists a 200x30mm Big Boy but that wouldn't fit in the spot at the top of the P180 Mini since that fan is stated to be only 25mm deep and just barely clears the top of the motherboard.

Any idea if there's an OEM or reseller that offers the 200x25mm model TriCool?

Thanks.
by yacoub
Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO
Replies: 48
Views: 19539

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO

Greetings. I am curious to know how peripheral card fitment is on the Asus board, particularly if running a modern dual-slot GPU in the PCI-E x16 slot and a soundcard in the PCI slot. Is there reasonable clearance or not? I see the Intel board appears to have more clearance between the PCI-E and PCI...
by yacoub
Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Size comparison of Antec P150 and Mini P180
Replies: 5
Views: 2593

Yes, you do have a less flexible setup in that sense, but overall it's a much better case. The parts feel much more durable, there is much-improved cable management, and it's a pretty large uATX case to work inside. And, on the upside, it can fit much longer GPUs than the P150 could, since the HD tr...
by yacoub
Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Size comparison of Antec P150 and Mini P180
Replies: 5
Views: 2593

haha, yes, the Mini P180 was sitting on the anti-static baggy from the motherboard for ease of maneuvering on the rug. i had just built the Mini P180 system so the baggy was convenient. I moved my current system in the P150 down to the floor for the comparison shots. It normally sits on my desk.
by yacoub
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Size comparison of Antec P150 and Mini P180
Replies: 5
Views: 2593

Size comparison of Antec P150 and Mini P180

For anyone wondering about relative sizes: The Mini P180 is slightly wider, almost identical in height, and about an inch shorter. (The Mini P180 is MicroATX, the P150 is full ATX.) Pic1 Pic2 Pic3 Pic4 The MiniP180 looks and feels like it should be more durable. Over the past three years I've had it...
by yacoub
Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:21 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anyone running EVGA P55 Micro (E562) or Gigabyte UD2?
Replies: 3
Views: 1437

I'm also considering the Gigabyte UD2 uATX board (as I just added to the thread title), because it's a good $55-60 cheaper and has solid reviews. My only curiosity is that there is a v1.1 revision out but no word on what differences it has from v1.0 and who knows which revision one might get when th...
by yacoub
Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anyone running EVGA P55 Micro (E562) or Gigabyte UD2?
Replies: 3
Views: 1437

Anyone running EVGA P55 Micro (E562) or Gigabyte UD2?

Thinking about picking one up for my next build in a Mini P180.

Looking for user reviews, input, tips, cautions, etc.

Thanks.
by yacoub
Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:01 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel's LGA1156 and Lynnfield core
Replies: 53
Views: 16343

Here are two update articles from Anandtech. The first one mentions overclocking and power consumption data. In the second one there's a nice comprehensive run of charts showing of where the three new Lynnfield CPUs slot in performance against a nice array of other CPUs: http://www.anandtech.com/cpu...
by yacoub
Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:07 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel's LGA1156 and Lynnfield core
Replies: 53
Views: 16343

Check this out: http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=642 Note also Gary's comments beneath the article to get an idea of what they have coming up (P55 motherboard roundups, possibly a P55 onboard audio chipset review later this month.). Between SPCR and Anandtech, all the info we could wa...
by yacoub
Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel's LGA1156 and Lynnfield core
Replies: 53
Views: 16343

Thanks for the review! Yours and Anandtech's were the two I most looked forward to. :) I hope to see you guys test the Gigabyte and MSi uATX s1156 motherboards. Would love to see how they stack up voltage-, stability-, and performance-wise. Also, word is Lynnfield i7 chips with Win7 are quite a pair...
by yacoub
Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:08 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Sugo SG05 and SG06: Gaming mini-ITX cases?
Replies: 41
Views: 38628

Great article about two very interesting caes, but I'm left wondering if it's possible to get a quiet PC in there with a mid-range graphics card. The article says the graphics fan howls like a banshee, so no further tests are done -- but you can turn down the fan on the graphics card way down when ...
by yacoub
Thu Aug 20, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Sugo SG05 and SG06: Gaming mini-ITX cases?
Replies: 41
Views: 38628

Great article!

Add me to the list of people who would be interested in seeing temp/sound results for the SG05 with the front fan reversed to exhaust air out the front instead of drawing it in. :)
by yacoub
Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:14 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Going from mATX to Mini iTX - Thread contains 77 pictures !!
Replies: 26
Views: 13916

Thanks, great thread - great pics :)
by yacoub
Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:35 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's 785G Chipset Boards: 780G Evolved
Replies: 69
Views: 37880

Most reviews on other sites, maybe even all reviews on all other sites, fail to mention things that matter to us like SpeedFan compatibility. It was good to know the MSI board is currently not supported. I would want to know if/when it is supported, because that's important to me.
by yacoub
Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case
Replies: 35
Views: 14625

Seems like a great case, i just wish it weighed more like 12lbs instead of 25. I have a 25lb case (P150) that I'm looking to replace. The weight and footprint (size) are two reasons I'm looking to move to a uATX setup, but that generally precludes building a worthwhile gaming rig if i also want it t...
by yacoub
Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Transform 'Cuda 7200.11 1.5tb into Velociraptor Killer
Replies: 78
Views: 55691

autoboy wrote:I thought the article would tell me how to get a 10K rotation speed out of the 7200.11. As it is written, i am not impressed.
It's arguably more impressive to get the same/better performance without needing to increase the rotational velocity.
by yacoub
Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Transform 'Cuda 7200.11 1.5tb into Velociraptor Killer
Replies: 78
Views: 55691

On the downside, supposedly these 1.5TB drives, like a number of recent Seagate models, are trash (i.e., have poor quality control and higher-than-normal rates of failure).
by yacoub
Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD GPs are dying? Really?
Replies: 67
Views: 27912

So for someone running SpeedFan in Windows XP, is this issue avoided by simply disabling SpeedFan monitoring the HD temp polling?
by yacoub
Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:16 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac IONITX-A: An ION / dual-core Atom Mini-ITX Board
Replies: 46
Views: 29687

Any recommendations on a case for this? Was thinking of something that could hold 2 x 3.5" HDDs or 1 x 3.5" and 1 x 2.5", maybe with space for a quiet 120mm fan. No ODD needed. I came to this thread to ask the same thing. I am looking for a roomy case for it that will be small but allow for a quiet...
by yacoub
Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:50 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac IONITX-A: An ION / dual-core Atom Mini-ITX Board
Replies: 46
Views: 29687

Any recommendations on a case for this? Was thinking of something that could hold 2 x 3.5" HDDs or 1 x 3.5" and 1 x 2.5", maybe with space for a quiet 120mm fan. No ODD needed. I came to this thread to ask the same thing. I am looking for a roomy case for it that will be small but allow for a quiet...
by yacoub
Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:28 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Is it safe to buy Nvidia? (The Inquirer and other stories)
Replies: 34
Views: 8869

using newegg prices the scale is 4350 fanless $36 4650 with fan $50 4650 fanless $64 4670 with fan $65 4670 fanless $80 4770 with fan $110 still waiting for a 4770 fanless option Me too! That might allow it to fit in the <75w range that will remove the need for the extra power connector! Especially...
by yacoub
Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:19 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 106186

You know, one of these with a 256-bit bandwidth (which could then run lower clockspeeds and use less voltage) would be awesome. It could probably run passively cooled and not bake itself to death like a lot of passively cooled higher-end cards tend to do.

If only... :cry:
by yacoub
Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 232506

I would warn buyers against any GPU that can't stay under ~75C under load. Temps much above that are pathetic, both in regards to the longevity of the card itself and for the heat it's putting off into the rest of your case. If AMD/NVidia can't design adequate cooling for a given card, I will wait u...