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by CA_Steve
Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: New site look(!)
Replies: 4
Views: 75

Re: New site look(!)

Sorry - don't know the new owner. His email is listed at the bottom of this page. Don't know the size of the site, either. Just a volunteer worker bee here keeping the lights on.
by CA_Steve
Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?
Replies: 21
Views: 176

Re: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?

fans are controlled by the mobo. Some mobos have fan stop feature...or, you can set the fan value in the bios to a voltage lower than their starting speed - which is sort of the same thing.
by CA_Steve
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?
Replies: 21
Views: 176

Re: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?

RAM: When they list 1,2,and/or 4 channels for a given size of RAM module and speed, it's telling you whether or not the memory controller has enough oomph to drive the capacitive load and still meet timing specs for that speed. They don't list three because..it's called dual channel for a reason :) ...
by CA_Steve
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: New site look(!)
Replies: 4
Views: 75

Re: New site look(!)

MikeC sold the site.
by CA_Steve
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?
Replies: 21
Views: 176

Re: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?

Ah, your prices are CAD and not USD :) It all becomes clearer.

Don't have time at the moment to research B450 mobos, but I'm sure there are some threads in here somewhere. You might do a search on that or go look at Abula's posts.
by CA_Steve
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?
Replies: 21
Views: 176

Re: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?

Some pre-coffee answers, so take w a grain of salt. What country are you in? These prices are way above US levels. Have you tried https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ ? ..................................... I don't believe in future-proofing. I can't predict the future. I do have an idea what I need now a...
by CA_Steve
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?
Replies: 21
Views: 176

Re: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?

Honestly, I think you'd be happy saving money and going with the 3400G and a b450 mobo, but what the heck - let's spur the economy. :) When you dump the gfx card and your PSU (yes, the PSU, too), the system will be damn quiet when the HDDs are parked. The only big heat source will be the CPU. So, th...
by CA_Steve
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?
Replies: 21
Views: 176

Re: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?

heh - seriously more text than I have time to read right now, but here's a couple of useful things to know. 1) Intel CPUs without the F suffix have integrated graphics. AMD Ryzen CPUs with the G suffix have integrated graphics. So the Ryzen 5 3400G does, the Ryzen 5 3600 does not and you'd need a gr...
by CA_Steve
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?
Replies: 21
Views: 176

Re: Time for a new silent PC? What to keep? What to replace? What to rethink?

Welcome to SPCR. Since your current system seems to meet your performance needs, it might be useful to benchmark it and see what might be the limiting bits. Then, you can decide how much added CPU power, etc. you really need. For example, The CPUMark score for your Phenom is 2576. A Ryzen 5 3600 com...
by CA_Steve
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Disappeared thread
Replies: 3
Views: 69

Re: Disappeared thread

Nope - might have been lost in the site overhaul.
by CA_Steve
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Testing my understanding on case/build philosophy
Replies: 23
Views: 742

Re: Testing my understanding on case/build philosophy

That Le Grand Macho is a monster :) I tend to run the case fans off of mobo ambient rather than tie them to the CPU (don't think you have an option to run them off of the gpu sensor as it's data probably isn't sent to the mobo...) primarily as I like the case fans to have a very slow ramp..a fast ra...
by CA_Steve
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: The idiocy of Intel's T desktop processors
Replies: 16
Views: 8432

Re: The idiocy of Intel's T desktop processors

Honestly, All of the i5's will use the same amount of power for lower level loads. One thing you can do is go into device manager and turn off devices you aren't using (like the wifi if it's LAN-connected and vice versa).
by CA_Steve
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: The idiocy of Intel's T desktop processors
Replies: 16
Views: 8432

Re: The idiocy of Intel's T desktop processors

Welcome to SPCR. If you are buying an aftermarket mobo, there should be options to disable turbo, set a lower clock speed, and also under volt the CPU. Note that some of the lowest priced SKUs in the stack may not provide all of this functionality (like under volting). That said, if you are using th...
by CA_Steve
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new rig
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Time for a new rig

From that same 5600 XT review. AMD's card keep the RAM clock running at rated speed rather than downclocking to the few hundreds of MHz when there's more than one monitor connected. Nvidia's cards do - except for the case Abula mentioned. In your use case, an AMD card would use 18 to 36W for genera...
by CA_Steve
Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define 7 & XL - Reviews and Discussion
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: Fractal Design Define R7 & XL - Reviews and Discussion

Don't know if it can be removed. The shroud serves two useful purposes: - PSU intakes air from the case bottom and expels it out the back. So, PSU waste heat isn't added to the case ambient to affect CPU/GPU/case fan profiles. - Case ambient doesn't affect PSU fan profile. Net effect is generally a ...
by CA_Steve
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silent Wings 3... high speed or normal version? (3950x build)
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: Silent Wings 3... high speed or normal version? (3950x build)

The bottom 120mm is mostly pushing air into the PSU tunnel where it serves little benefit. If you have to run the case fans at more than 1000rpms, then something is wrong with your configuration. If you do go with 120mm, then follow Abula's advice. In a well designed system, the gfx card fans are th...
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Testing my understanding on case/build philosophy
Replies: 23
Views: 742

Re: Testing my understanding on case/build philosophy

Welcome to SPCR. Yep, starting with quiet components makes the case decision more flexible. The R6 is a well rounded case. Your stressed power load with the 3950X is maybe 410W and probable high load power is closer to 340W. With the 3700X it's 355W and 290W, respectively. The R6 can quietly cool th...
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silent Wings 3... high speed or normal version? (3950x build)
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: Silent Wings 3... high speed or normal version? (3950x build)

My suggestion is always to try the stock fans first and see if they meet your needs, rather than buy new before you try. Why 3 120mm's in front instead of 2 140mm? What's your perceived benefit? normal vs high speed: I've never run a case fan above 800rpm. It tends to be very diminished returns at h...
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1650 Review compilation thread
Replies: 26
Views: 13664

Re: GTX 1650 Review compilation thread

Without directed airflow from the front fans: 80-90C.

With directed airflow: 60-70C

Give or take 10C :)
by CA_Steve
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Current forum posts not appearing on Home page
Replies: 5
Views: 411

Re: Current forum posts not appearing on Home page

Is there a reason the quick links/new posts link isn't a good option for you?
As for the RSS stuff, idk.
by CA_Steve
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: There is no such thing as silent PC
Replies: 12
Views: 2101

Re: There is no such thing as silent PC

With semi-passive PSUs, mobos with fan stop modes, and gfx cards that only turn on fans with moderate to heavy 3D loads, even a regular case can make for a silent PC for light and 2D loads, and pretty quiet for everything else. If you need it silent for everything, then, yep, HDPlex etx are pretty a...
by CA_Steve
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1650 Review compilation thread
Replies: 26
Views: 13664

Re: GTX 1650 Review compilation thread

Probably won't be a 1650 Super KalmX as the power use would be around 90W. 50-75W is typically the limit for OEM passive designs. I'd expect this 1650 KalmX to need some directed fan airflow (like from frontal case fans) in order to keep temps in line.
by CA_Steve
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)
Replies: 9
Views: 9407

Re: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)

<shrug>

Does getting the 1600 AF free up money that you can spend on a gfx card that better suits your needs?
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)
Replies: 9
Views: 9407

Re: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)

got it :)

Yeah, for gaming it's usually the gpu that constrains fps.
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Current forum posts not appearing on Home page
Replies: 5
Views: 411

Re: Current forum posts not appearing on Home page

I see the last post listing for each forum when I look at the index page.

That said, I never look at the index page - I just grab the quick links/new posts.
by CA_Steve
Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)
Replies: 9
Views: 9407

Re: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)

Just wondering why you are opting for Ryzen 2xxx instead of 3xxx (especially if opting for Ryzen 5 series)? Nice bump in performance and at lower power use for the 3xxx.
by CA_Steve
Thu Jan 30, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Adding a cooling fan to my fanless GPU
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: Adding a cooling fan to my fanless GPU

Welcome to SPCR.

This card is 9 years old and low performance when it first came out. Chances are your CPU has better integrated graphics...

What's your CPU? Maybe you can just use that.
by CA_Steve
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Optimization of airflow and sound in very tied place
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: Optimization of airflow and sound in very tied place

Here's an additional thing: Is the side of the case sitting directly on the metal drawer? Is it causing any vibration induced noise of it's own (potential to amplify what's coming from the case)? If so, try isolating it with something simple, like a rubber/fabric keyboard and/or mouse mats and see w...