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by CA_Steve
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic new 'Connect' PSU design
Replies: 1
Views: 7

Re: Seasonic new 'Connect' PSU design

Techpowerup and Guru3D also reviewed. Looks like Seasonic needs to tweak the fan profile a bit.
by CA_Steve
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)
Replies: 9
Views: 113

Re: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)

for: it's cheaper

against: it's used. That said, my current mobo was bought used. It's a 6 year old platform. Still should work fine w Windows 10. Couldn't say more w/o knowing the model number.

<shrug>

You seem to be torturing the hell out of this decision :)
by CA_Steve
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)
Replies: 9
Views: 113

Re: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)

Here's a cut at it @ pcpartpicker. USD pricing **CPU** | [AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor] | $149.99 @ Best Buy **Motherboard** | [Asus PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard]| $79.99 @ Newegg **Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory] | $63.99 @ N...
by CA_Steve
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)
Replies: 9
Views: 113

Re: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)

See above. I don't recommend any more $'s spent on the existing CPU platform. It's obsolete and power hungry.

Figure out what your budget really is and then we can go from there.
by CA_Steve
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)
Replies: 9
Views: 113

Re: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)

I wouldn't spend more money on a 12 year old CPU platform. Here's a couple of benchmark comparisons for your current i7-920 and GTX 260. Passmark CPU score compares your CPU vs the Haswell i5 in the HP SFF and the Ryzen 3 3200G. Passmark GPU score compares your GTX 260 vs the integrated gfx in the s...
by CA_Steve
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: need suggestion of xxwatt psu quiet and cheap for old beast
Replies: 9
Views: 645

Re: need suggestion of xxwatt psu quiet and cheap for old beast

If it's old enough to favor 3.3V rails and not favor 12V, then you have to ask:
- does it have over-voltage and transient protection?
- how much have the components derated? A PSU capacitor blowing out can do harm to the connected components.
by CA_Steve
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: need suggestion of xxwatt psu quiet and cheap for old beast
Replies: 9
Views: 645

Re: need suggestion of xxwatt psu quiet and cheap for old beast

Well, your post was a little rambly, didn't actually say the PSU model, didn't list the CPU (so hard to gather what power use is), you spent some time explaining the current PSU's downsides, and it appeared you were looking for a replacement. So, I posted a low cost decent replacement. Worst case: t...
by CA_Steve
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: need suggestion of xxwatt psu quiet and cheap for old beast
Replies: 9
Views: 645

Re: need suggestion of xxwatt psu quiet and cheap for old beast

If the primary goal is price, then get the be quiet! System Power U9 500 W for $70 CAN.
Here's a review.
Reasonable efficiency, fan won't ramp for your probable power use of well less than 300W. Downside is non-modular cables. So, you'll want to cable tie the unused ones and stuff em in a corner.
by CA_Steve
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Apple time capsule
Replies: 5
Views: 520

Re: Apple time capsule

Sorry - I used up my google-fu. Perhaps another Time Machine user will step up.
by CA_Steve
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Buying a UPS battery backup
Replies: 6
Views: 356

Re: Buying a UPS battery backup

UPS' have an Energy Star spec as of Aug. 2012. It boils down to requiring ~97% efficiency. So, look for the energy Star label if you are a US consumer. I have a couple of the APC Back-UPS from several years ago. Upside is they are fanless. It looks like the new models got rid of what was an awesome ...
by CA_Steve
Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Power supply fan is noisy and I don't know why
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Re: Power supply fan is noisy and I don't know why

Welcome to SPCR.

What's the PSU make/model #?
What kind of noise is it making?

What's the Pc build (CPU, gfx card, etc, case)?
by CA_Steve
Sun May 31, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: OS effect on power consumption? Windows 7 vs Windows 10
Replies: 5
Views: 5390

Re: OS effect on power consumption? Windows 7 vs Windows 10

resurrecting this, eh? I think that lower level firmware and hardware features impact desktop power use much more than whatever optimization MS has done for Windows. Processor power stepping and the race-to-idle modes, for example. DX12's ability to greatly lessen CPU calls is another great example....
by CA_Steve
Tue May 26, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new rig
Replies: 21
Views: 1949

Re: Time for a new rig

What motherboard did you end up with?

Inside the BIOS level fan control, there should be a setting for adjusting the hysteresis. If you increase the time it takes to respond, it should even out the up/down stuff without adversely affecting temps.
by CA_Steve
Tue May 26, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Efficient and silent home office PC
Replies: 19
Views: 12492

Re: Efficient and silent home office PC

cool. You could increase the hysteresis setting for the cpu fan profile to widen the on/off cycle.
by CA_Steve
Tue May 26, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Gaming Case
Replies: 13
Views: 1316

Re: Gaming Case

Yikes!
by CA_Steve
Mon May 25, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Gaming Case
Replies: 13
Views: 1316

Re: Gaming Case

You might ask him to run task manager while he's playing and capture the values at endgame rather than at idle.
by CA_Steve
Mon May 25, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Gaming Case
Replies: 13
Views: 1316

Re: Gaming Case

He left out the part where the pro's are sponsored and don't pay for their rigs. :)
by CA_Steve
Mon May 25, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent PC build with HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 and Intel Core I9
Replies: 4
Views: 773

Re: Silent PC build with HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 and Intel Core I9

Very nice. What temps are you seeing?
by CA_Steve
Sun May 24, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Gaming Case
Replies: 13
Views: 1316

Re: Gaming Case

Was the bogging down with DX11, DX12, or both? Because it looks like DX12 solves the CPU loading issue (although the 2% GPU number across the board looks suspect). 16GB of RAM and PCIe NVMe SSD are fine.
by CA_Steve
Sun May 24, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Gaming Case
Replies: 13
Views: 1316

Re: Gaming Case

One more thought....if he runs task manager/performance tab in the background while playing, you can get a feel for what may be bogging down game play.
by CA_Steve
Sun May 24, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Gaming Case
Replies: 13
Views: 1316

Re: Gaming Case

Also, DX12 was made available for the game last year...See if that's enabled. It should even out fps a bit.
by CA_Steve
Sun May 24, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Gaming Case
Replies: 13
Views: 1316

Re: Gaming Case

Have you looked to see what in the current build is crippling his game play? What resolution (1080p, 1440p, 2160p?) and quality level (Epic, high?) is he using? Looking at game benchmarks for Chapter 2 shows the GTX 1070 with a 29fps 1% low at Epic level and 4k resolution. His CPU isn't the limiter....
by CA_Steve
Sun May 03, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for decent case for M-ITX build
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: Looking for decent case for M-ITX build

Heya.

Does the Ryzen 5 3400G have enough CPU horsepower for your needs? If so, then no need for a discrete gfx card.

Why not go with an HDPlex case? Small footprint, passive design.
by CA_Steve
Fri May 01, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new rig
Replies: 21
Views: 1949

Re: Time for a new rig

AMD announced B550 will release June 16. That said, my recommendation is to wait until August or September to buy it as there are always high levels of firmware updates/bug fixes/memory controller tuning in the first few months.
by CA_Steve
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new rig
Replies: 21
Views: 1949

Re: Time for a new rig

70% of 32GB used for just desktop and browser tabs still sounds high... I'm running a game atm and have 12 tabs open in two different browsers, and an email client and other little bits going on and am only using 7.3GB out of 16GB. You might go into task manager/performance tab/memory and see what's...
by CA_Steve
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new rig
Replies: 21
Views: 1949

Re: Time for a new rig

Wow, what apps are needing 64GB of RAM? A couple of things to ponder: - do you have anything that will make credible use of PCIe 4.0? If not, and going with AMD, consider B450 boards to save some $'s and have passive chipset. - this year's batch is the last gen of CPUs using AM4 and socket 1151 mobo...