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by joelmusicman
Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:56 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Should PSUs be replaced after so many years?
Replies: 8
Views: 3207

Re: Should PSUs be replaced after so many years?

The other possible reason is as a troubleshooting method if your computer blue screens a lot. Most of those are caused by either bad memory or power issues.
by joelmusicman
Fri Jan 30, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC: snappy, quiet, efficient
Replies: 3
Views: 2035

Re: HTPC: snappy, quiet, efficient

I think you might be pleasantly surprised by an i5 NUC... Take a look at this reviewer on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/RCKYMZK2JPY3I/ref=cm_cr_dp_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00F3F38O2&nodeID=541966&store=pc#wasThisHelpful Just pick up an mSATA SSD (840 evo?), low voltage memory, and you're golden for ...
by joelmusicman
Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone DS380 8-Bay Server/NAS Chassis
Replies: 6
Views: 6880

Re: SilverStone DS380 8-Bay Server/NAS Chassis

Since this would be an ideal case for a server and decidedly not ideal for a gaming box, I think Silverstone made a mistake by having that cutout for a GPU and having the entire affair removable; I bet those two issues are what cause the vibration issue. The case would be much more solid without tho...
by joelmusicman
Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital Red 4TB & Se 4TB Hard Drives
Replies: 21
Views: 19795

Re: Western Digital Red 4TB & Se 4TB Hard Drives

Wow, that's quite a find that these drives do have head parking enabled? I must say I doubt it. I am considering buying the Red's for my ZFS raid system, but really need to know if this headparking is audible or not. I dont' need extra noise every 8 seconds. It's not a matter of noise; ZFS is quite...
by joelmusicman
Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit DC3217BY
Replies: 36
Views: 24445

Re: Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit DC3217BY

I'm surpised that no one's compared this to the Raspberry Pi. Sure it doesn't have anywhere close to the performance of this box, but at $35, it can run XBMC & play H.264 movies at 1080P. Max power draw is 700ma @ 5V.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/
by joelmusicman
Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Virtual Memory ... worth to modify ?
Replies: 16
Views: 3139

Here's another thought that would satisfy both camps: Use a RamDisk ! If you have 4g or more, you could assign 1.5 gig or so, set aside 1gb for the ramdisk and then use the rest for IE/Mozilla temp files. That way you have the best of both worlds. I found this on a forum discussing large Photoshop f...
by joelmusicman
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: phenom II AM2+ vs AM3?
Replies: 26
Views: 12885

I believe that the better performance for the x3 has to do with its superior overclockability and more L3 cache per core. Therefore, single-threaded or dual-core only apps would do better on the triple core Phenoms.
by joelmusicman
Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:08 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: phenom II AM2+ vs AM3?
Replies: 26
Views: 12885

intx wrote: price difference is like $30.

The only true AM3 boards are $140+, or they are "AM2+/AM3" which means they are really AM2 boards (DDR2 memory, etc.).

REAL AM3 boards

Fakes
by joelmusicman
Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low power HTPC, HD/Bluray capable
Replies: 6
Views: 5203

If you want to get an SSD, also be sure to compare them against the new ESATA thumb drives that are out now. They have comparable performance to an SSD, and are mounted in your os just like a Hard drive (no funky OS install worries).
by joelmusicman
Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Looking for a quiet, preferably fanless 3/4 screen card
Replies: 2
Views: 1144

If you're looking AMD, then get the 740/780G motherboard. The graphics on the motherboard can drive 1 or 2 monitors (depending on the board), and you can add an ATI graphics card to drive 2 more. The dedicated card you get wouldn't need a whole lot of horsepower, so you could get a passive card as w...
by joelmusicman
Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:08 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Aerocool 400mm side fan :shock:
Replies: 25
Views: 8470

If you were to control it with a potentiometer (like a fanbay, but for that size you might need something with a higher Amperage capacity), it might work better by starting at full, then dialing it down after running. I'd really doubt that it would start at 5v, or even 7v reliably, but that's just m...
by joelmusicman
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:58 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Basic PWM question.
Replies: 6
Views: 2445

You might want to try using SpeedFan instead. The program you're using may set a different "true" load for 10%.
by joelmusicman
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:51 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Nexus PWM 120mm fan details released, more yet to come...
Replies: 22
Views: 17763

I seem to remember from a review SOMEWHERE on SPCR that the clear plastic frames tend to be very stiff, so that's probably the cause of the increased vibration.

Why oh why Nexus, didn't you just make it white on black?!
by joelmusicman
Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:49 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Lower TDP Processor or Better Hestsink - help me decide! : )
Replies: 11
Views: 2964

Did you notice any power reduction with Hybrid Power enabled?

The SPCR review found only marginal power savings with the dedicated card switched off...
by joelmusicman
Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:30 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Powerful but still quiet laptop
Replies: 17
Views: 23157

I can also vouch for Lenovo, owning a T400 for about 5 months now. The loudest part of it is the hard drive (I have the lower processor speed with IGP). The fan may run at low speed sometimes (I can feel air moving, but can't really hear anything...), but the 5400 hard drive seek is a muted "cruncy"...
by joelmusicman
Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:31 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Recommendations on a Lenovo laptop
Replies: 3
Views: 5231

I have a T400, and it's GREAT! Noisewise, it's very quiet. My wife's old Toshiba has a really loud fan on it, but the fan on my Thinkpad is just about inaudible (I think I might be able to hear it under load if the background noise is very quiet). Probably the loudest part of it is the 5400rpm hard ...
by joelmusicman
Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:19 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Want a fanless PC to use as a private server with OS Win2003
Replies: 9
Views: 4690

Another thing to consider carefully is if it really needs to be fanless... With a wireless card, you could put a quiet computer in a closet since you're planning to RDP into it.

Besides, fanless retail computers are big $$$ (at least for the performance you get).
by joelmusicman
Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:43 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: New [NAS] build
Replies: 9
Views: 7144

by joelmusicman
Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:51 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: noise from computer or ears?
Replies: 6
Views: 3620

I have intermittent Tinnitus, and it's a very distinct sound. Louder computers tend to set it off (partly what brought me here), but I can easily tell the difference. It is a relatively high pitched, and very tonal sound. The desktop I used to have at worst had a quiet broadband "rushing air sound" ...
by joelmusicman
Sat Nov 01, 2008 3:58 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: WTB: Scythe Ninja Mini
Replies: 4
Views: 1567

Umm... $8 more can get you a brand new one that is guaranteed to have your mounting method...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835185046
by joelmusicman
Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:44 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Lipstick on a Pit Bull
Replies: 151
Views: 24683

I second that Nomoon. <rant> The story about the guy Palin fired was because he *refused* to fire an Alaska state trooper who threatened the lives of Palin's father, and Palin herself, before she was governor. This guy had a record of tasering his son, DRINKING IN A PATROL CAR... Wooten was his name...
by joelmusicman
Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 4gb of RAM, 2.7gb in Windows XP
Replies: 16
Views: 4352

Aside from reinstalling, there's actually not much if any additional hassle. EDIT: besides the issue of ACQUIRING the 64 bit os... I simply "borrowed" a corporate install CD from my company. Using Vista 64 bit, the only headache that I found was the driver signing issue. Even then, I only ran into t...
by joelmusicman
Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:40 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: **SOLD**
Replies: 5
Views: 2059

UPDATE: Listed on eBay

Lower price: $399 Starting Bid
by joelmusicman
Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: **SOLD**
Replies: 5
Views: 2059

Case temps: Idle (all fans turned low): all (CPU, GPU, SYS, HDD) sitting ~39C. wPrime (multithreaded): CPU hit 55C without adjusting fan speeds. 3DMark 06: GPU hits 55C running low fan speed. Hard drives got to 45C doing large file transfers. The system fans run at 800rpm, and dial up to 1200. The S...
by joelmusicman
Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I need a new harddrive... some questions...
Replies: 7
Views: 4303

The GP line's 5400/7200 is a misnomer. They run at 5400 100% of the time. I read a review about the drive... I don't remember if it was SPCR's review or somewhere else.

That said, the large size of the platter makes the slower rotational speed less noticeable than older 5400 drives.
by joelmusicman
Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: First time builder: please help me choose
Replies: 17
Views: 3785

Thanks for the explanation. There shouldn't be any problem with putting both the Samsung and a Pioneer 116 on the same PATA/IDE cable, right? Is the Samsung generally known for good single-layer CD burning as well? I actually anticipate burning a lot more CDs than DVDs, since my wife is a musician ...
by joelmusicman
Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:37 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: **SOLD**
Replies: 5
Views: 2059

Motherboard: Yes, it is a very high end motherboard... Originally cost about $275... 4 SATA ports (the black ones) are 3.0Gb/s, RAID capable, controlled by Southbridge. The blue SATA ports are 1.5Gb/s, also RAID capable, controlled by a dedicated controller. eSATA anyone? Gigabit LAN and Firewire, ...
by joelmusicman
Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: First time builder: please help me choose
Replies: 17
Views: 3785

A bit of topic, but why would you want to purchase a DVD-ROM? DVD writer is dirt cheap in recent days. Get 2 different writers to complement the deficiency that individual writers hold. Interesting point. What deficiencies would that Samsung have that I'd need to remedy? It has dual-layer support, ...
by joelmusicman
Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:36 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: **SOLD**
Replies: 5
Views: 2059

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by joelmusicman
Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:12 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: **SOLD**
Replies: 5
Views: 2059

FS: **SOLD**

UPDATE: LISTED ON eBay I completed this computer about 18 months ago, but now I want to sell it and get a laptop instead. This computer is a silent powerhouse. I have followed SPCR for about 5 years now, and this computer shows it. When all the fans are turned down (they *only* get turned up for gam...