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by psiu
Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Solo Bedroom PC
Replies: 41
Views: 25394

The duct merely cut the HD temp a degree or two, does anyone else have a 1.5+ year old WD blue and can compare HD temps? I guess I'm trying to make a P180 out of a Solo :lol: . Mine usually run 40-45 FWIW. Have a couple pre "Blue" designations and a couple Blue's but the one constant is pretty weak...
by psiu
Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Looking for WD 320GB drive dated jan 24 2008-ish
Replies: 3
Views: 1255

Dang both of mine are Sept. 2009 models. What signifies different firmware--is it the portion after the model number (ie 00B3A0)?
by psiu
Mon May 31, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: 5W idle green computer 1Ghz x86 CPU
Replies: 5
Views: 7095

Nice. I had a chance to grab 3 of the wyse WinCE models with the AMD Geode processors for free but passed on them. Sounded like too much of a hassle and I have enough stuff around the house I don't use :P

Glad someone could put one of these type of things to use.
by psiu
Fri May 28, 2010 7:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Need a few opinions on Plasma TV market
Replies: 20
Views: 3449

I looked at that plasma at Costco as well--they had their demo loop running instead of a movie and the 1024x768 resolution was very apparent, very jaggy text and angles. Was a bit above our price range and desires anyway (well, the wife's ;) ) so we got a 32" LCD. I have heard the talk of plasmas go...
by psiu
Sat May 15, 2010 6:48 am
Forum: Donate for Reviews
Topic: Donate: Titan Fenrir
Replies: 19
Views: 22602

Even worse for me. Wouldn't have read the review (of some tower heatsink like mentioned above) but happened to see this in the forum topics sidebar this morning. What about the usual donating setup? Does that affect reviews at all, like if a specific item is at 75/100 and you get a general donation ...
by psiu
Sat May 08, 2010 7:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Ever ship a PC with a tower heatsink?
Replies: 15
Views: 4156

There was the article on here where MikeC shipped one overseas, filled the case with some padding I believe (air bags?). Should be fairly effective I would imagine, just have to make sure they take them out on arrival. Or try to find one where the backplate or whatnot can be setup and mounted to the...
by psiu
Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Wanted: 754 Athlon CPU (UK)
Replies: 2
Views: 1149

I've got a Sempron 2600 you could have for the price of shipping (12.78 USD currently) if you can't find anything local.

For that matter, I have a Sempron 3400 and socket 754 board I'm looking to sell as a combo if you're interested.
by psiu
Fri Apr 23, 2010 6:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: My reflections on Seagate Barracuda LP
Replies: 29
Views: 7523

I knew there was a reason they were $79.99 for 1.5TB at Microcenter this week. Glad I didn't bother with them.
by psiu
Fri Apr 23, 2010 6:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD EARS vs Samsung EcoGreen F2? Three vs two platter?
Replies: 4
Views: 2997

In my WHS I have:

640GB WD Blue
1TB WD Green (EADS)
1.5TB F2
2x 1.5TB WD Green (EARS)

The Sammy is definitely noisier. Also it somehow uses its serial number as its name so that always goes to far and overruns columns and irks me.
by psiu
Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Biostar A760G M2+ back in stock at Newegg for $64.99 w/FS
Replies: 1
Views: 897

Biostar A760G M2+ back in stock at Newegg for $64.99 w/FS

linky This is an AM2 board from Biostar, has 6 internal SATA ports, unofficially supports ECC memory, has Gb LAN, PCIe x1 and a PCIe x16 slot that will work with non-graphics cards, and plenty o'usb ports for additional storage. I bought one refurbed and it's powering my WHS, it's the one brought u...
by psiu
Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Amazon -- WD15EARS --$84.99 FS today -- 1.5TB/64MB cache
Replies: 3
Views: 1525

Yep DEAL IS DEAD, looks like I must have gotten in on it while it was still good--message on that page now says: Due to high demand the Western Digital 1.5 TB Caviar Green SATA hard drive (WD15EARS) has sold out at our special Gold Box price (then blah blah sell you something else). I usually comple...
by psiu
Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Newegg - $149.95 for 2TB Samsung free shipping
Replies: 2
Views: 1048

Re: Newegg - $149.95 for 2TB Samsung free shipping

Michael Sandstrom wrote:I just ordered the Samsung HD203WI. The price finally dropped to a level I couldn't resist.
Don't suppose you saw the Amazon sale for today did you :wink:
by psiu
Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:24 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Amazon -- WD15EARS --$84.99 FS today -- 1.5TB/64MB cache
Replies: 3
Views: 1525

Amazon -- WD15EARS --$84.99 FS today -- 1.5TB/64MB cache

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-I ... B002ZCXJZE

Bought 2 for my WHS. These have 4K sectors (I plan on doing the software alignment).

1.5TB, 64MB cache. Bought 2 for 169.98 = 3TB!!
by psiu
Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Microcenter - $7.95 Mainboards/GA-MA78LM/M4A785-M/M4A79XTD
Replies: 5
Views: 1963

The Phenom II 555 BE you have a chance of unlocking to 4 cores with the 6MB L3 cache also.

Hmm...
by psiu
Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:32 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Subtle alternative to Antec 183
Replies: 27
Views: 4895

Or the P182, will have cable management improvements definitely included.

edit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811129154 <--p180, and according to neweggs pics it has the revised cable management. Definitely a great case.
by psiu
Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:48 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: do i really need a gigabit router[?]
Replies: 27
Views: 18047

Xbox 360 only supports 100Mb Lan anyway.

However, for future purposes wouldn't be a bad idea if you have the money.
by psiu
Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:44 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: So how much has changed in the last five years?
Replies: 18
Views: 4658

Obviously big changes, but depends on where in the purchasing spectrum you lie. At a minimum, you will be going dual core IMO. Intel has made some tremendous improvements, but AMD is still viable. And obviously there are tri/quad/hex cores out there now depending on your needs. Video cards--massive,...
by psiu
Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Powercolor GO! Green HD5750 (passive)
Replies: 88
Views: 42712

lowest voltage i could set before the card crashes is around 0.775 V 0.80 V = 13.6 W 0.85 V = 14.0 W 0.90 V = 14.3 W 0.95 V = 14.7 W Wow. Nice to see you posting here W1zzard, fantastic software and reviews over the years. Didn't realize how fast these 5750's were until tonight...and the power draw...
by psiu
Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lenovo A70Z & Asus EeeTop ET2203 All-In-One PCs
Replies: 7
Views: 3862

Would it be asking too much for someone to mount the dang thing on a stand? We don't have monitors just plopped on the desk like that--why should they be when there is a computer attached to them? I don't think the imacs are that revolutionary or anything but they look a billion times better/normal....
by psiu
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Searching for mATX Low Power Server Motherboard
Replies: 18
Views: 5959

I have found that in regards to the Open Source Operating Systems (OSOS?) that a big factor in dealing with them is the individuals familiarity with each specific one and their ability to understand their particular quirks and way of going about things. Also, was about to mention the Biostar board b...
by psiu
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:54 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silent PC articles, publications and so forth for grad work
Replies: 11
Views: 5956

I know time is fairly short for you at this point but maybe look into less specific noise/workplace studies (not specifically PC noise but you get the idea). Anything showing benefits of a quieter workplace vs a noisy one. And perhaps contact some IT personnel at some corporate locations, ask if you...
by psiu
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:13 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The P180 is Back?
Replies: 11
Views: 1945

It is in stock and the search listing shows they had a coupon for $60 off yesterday (now expired). So back to $149.99 (versus $89.99 yesterday). They must have dug up some old stock...Newegg let me 100 into an order though so they must have found a bunch 8) Antec doesn't list the original under curr...
by psiu
Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 2010 Olympics USA live coverage workaround?
Replies: 28
Views: 3524

I honestly haven't checked yet, and I figured it would be like this when I saw a pre-Olympic column by a writer (I think it was on espn but who knows) begging to just let us watch the Olympics. He had been at the Nagano Olympics (I think) and it was exciting for the fans/athletes etc, but when he ph...
by psiu
Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Beware of "Internet Security 2010" -- worst Trojan
Replies: 18
Views: 2698

Hmm... viruses and the likes feels so pre-2003. But maybe that's just me. xD Just sent out an email reminding the old people in my life to not click on anything. I'm the remote phone tech-support and don't enjoy (1200 mile round trip) in home support calls :( Why do otherwise smart people click on ...
by psiu
Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Beware of "Internet Security 2010" -- worst Trojan
Replies: 18
Views: 2698

My father in law got this on his machine. Luckily he had it dual-booting with Linux. Was able to get him to download Malwarebytes Anti Malware (aka MBAM) and get it all sorted out. His AV (I think it was AVG) didn't pick it up. Nothing like late night phone support. Urgh. My dad got one of the Vundo...
by psiu
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low power HTPC - advice on last remaining parts needed
Replies: 9
Views: 2367

I'm pretty sure the Mini Ninja seems to be the preferred heatsink choice for HTPC's around here, assuming you get a case it will fit in. Hopefully with a fan near it and then you can run it without a fan directly on it.
by psiu
Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:49 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Swap Manchester A64 X2 for Sempron D0 or A64 single core?
Replies: 5
Views: 1759

Not sure what it's like in Europe but you can make some decent money here on something like ebay or tech forums selling the dual core 939 parts...might be better to sell off the stuff and get a more modern system. Even the single core parts are pretty power hungry. Don't think you would get an equiv...
by psiu
Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: PC is inaudible, ambient is NOT
Replies: 18
Views: 3314

Am I missunderstanding this, or does your room double as a toilet?!? edit: ok, after posting this, it crept up on me that "wc" could double as water-cooling. hehehe 5 flatmates and a whole of london = more. The only time I faintly hear the pc is late at night. Welcome to American English! You will ...
by psiu
Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: *SOLVED* weird Intel EIST and Windows 7 problem...
Replies: 5
Views: 1877

Is it possible that you disabled AHCI from the BIOS? win7 requires AHCI in order to interact with EIST. AHCI or ACPI? I'm 99% sure ACPI is on, not so sure about AHCI since the BIOS isn't real clear (it combines the IDE controller and SATA controller, though I picked the one that let me specify SATA...
by psiu
Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: *SOLVED* weird Intel EIST and Windows 7 problem...
Replies: 5
Views: 1877

danimal wrote:that sounds like a weird mb bug, it's not normal behavior for eist... check to see if the board has the latest bios.
Yeah it does...in fact (doh!) I put it on before doing the Windows install, so I don't know if perhaps the new one added a bug...