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by Apprentice_GM
Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice please for a value (cheap) Micro ATX upgrade
Replies: 9
Views: 2974

Re: Advice please for a value (cheap) Micro ATX upgrade

Thank you so much for your replies so far - I probably should have been more specific in my original post, it's just my computing life, like my real life, is in a state of flux making it hard to determine what I need or want, which yeah, I realise makes it hard to get good advice. My comment "Basica...
by Apprentice_GM
Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice please for a value (cheap) Micro ATX upgrade
Replies: 9
Views: 2974

Advice please for a value (cheap) Micro ATX upgrade

G'day all, Having been so helped by SPCR'ers 6 years ago and so satisfied with the quiet results from my bought-in-2005-silenced-in-2006 PC, I haven't upgraded since - just been enjoying quiet computing for light computing tasks. However it looks like I finally need to upgrade as Grumpy can't handle...
by Apprentice_GM
Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:05 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus ENGTX260: A Quiet Graphics Card for Gamers?
Replies: 57
Views: 33085

Spelling Error

It is a great card and article, and all I have to offer is a request to fix this spelling mistake:

"For those obsessed with silent computing, adding a high-end graphics card without some kind of quiet, third party cooler, is propesterous."

I would suggest "preposterous" and a spell-checker . . . :)
by Apprentice_GM
Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:17 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: IDF Fall 2008: Through the Silent Glass
Replies: 32
Views: 22008

Yeah interesting news for sure - thanks as always for keeping us up to date from a silent perspective. I have been waiting for years for SSD's to get seriously mainstream, with Intel doing this it's going to force the issue quickly. Everyone has known the bottleneck has been HDD's for ages, even wit...
by Apprentice_GM
Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:13 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Turn One PC into Two w/free virtualization software
Replies: 25
Views: 35010

yeah, what wrong said is right . . . this is better than virtualisation in that a simul multi user in the one OS on the one PC is even more efficient than a virtual PC running on the same PC and having one user in each.
by Apprentice_GM
Fri Sep 28, 2007 2:52 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Fanless CPU cooling test at TH : Only Intel e2xx0 passes ...
Replies: 5
Views: 2263

fans dont just stop with no visible or audible warnings beforehand. never seen it or heard of it happening. they start making noises way before they fail. so its not like one day your playing your favorite online game and with no warning your cpu fan just stops for no reason. it just doesnt happen ...
by Apprentice_GM
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:19 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: D.I.Y. heatpipes
Replies: 16
Views: 25014

I thought I'd read an article here, possibly by fmah, (in his fanless / passive cooled "reference" article? ) but although searches show a hit the page isn't available any more. Maybe it's been archived or something . . . it had a fair bit of detail of someone building heatpipes from copper pipes an...
by Apprentice_GM
Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:50 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Annual Update to "CPUs ranked by Noise/Heat"
Replies: 53
Views: 48561

Thread update would be great

It would be great if the CPU list could be updated with some of the latest CPU models - Core 2 Duo's and AMD's Dual Core's etc . . . I am looking at building a new standard PC for a friend and was looking for a specific thread posted by a newbie a while ago (maybe a year) asking "what components etc...
by Apprentice_GM
Thu Sep 14, 2006 7:53 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: what wattage do I need?
Replies: 8
Views: 2725

You could go a lot lower PSU than even the 2 you mention. My PC (A64 3500+ / 1 GB RAM / 2 x WD SATA II 250 GB HDD's / 6600 GT / Gigabyte K8N Ultra9 mobo / DL DVD-RW / 5 x fans initially / 5 x USB devices) draws <100W through my AC power measuring device. I know your CPU is slightly higher and GPU mi...
by Apprentice_GM
Thu Sep 14, 2006 4:31 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Apprentice_GM PC silencing project
Replies: 6
Views: 5324

Thanks for your input ecto - I think if there is a bit of longitudinal airflow (as I intend to place them in a 5.25" bay and draw air through the heatsink gap) it should be fine (link a cpu tower style heatsink). The bottom one is a bitch to DIY due to the number of folds. The top one is simple, one...
by Apprentice_GM
Thu Sep 14, 2006 1:32 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Apprentice_GM PC silencing project
Replies: 6
Views: 5324

Apprentice_GM PC silencing project

I first became interested in quieting PC's about a year ago when I bought 2 new A64 3500+ PC's and was subjected to 5 fans going full-bore. Since then I have become somewhat obsessed with the idea of silent computing - (my definition of silence as opposed to 0db is "at least below the ambient room n...
by Apprentice_GM
Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:45 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe pushes towards Infinity
Replies: 49
Views: 33433

Can anyone at SPCR say how the weight is distributed in the heatsink? One thing that initially attracted me to the Ninja was a couple places (SPCR included) commenting how most of the weight seemed to be in the base. Maybe someone who has a Ninja and someone who has an Infinity could place it on so...
by Apprentice_GM
Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe pushes towards Infinity
Replies: 49
Views: 33433

Wow... now that's a dissapointment. I tought that: 1) the Infinity could be used passively 2) given it's bigger, heavier and all that it would perform better than the Ninja Glad I bought 1 extra Ninja in prevision for my new computers later this year. They do seem to be harder to find now.... 1) It...
by Apprentice_GM
Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:29 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe pushes towards Infinity
Replies: 49
Views: 33433

I bought 5 x Nexus 120mm fans, and to be honest, the 2 I have tried so far (at 12V) aren't that impressive - quite a lot of thrumming like they are off-balance and wobbling. Could be a bad batch but I thought Nexus cherry-picked YL's? I don't think they "cherry pick" them so much as have YL make th...
by Apprentice_GM
Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:46 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe pushes towards Infinity
Replies: 49
Views: 33433

I just installed an infinity

I just bought & installed a Scythe Infinity heatsink on my Athlon64 3500+ and it's cooling it passively no problem (30 deg C) with a 12V Nexus 120mm case fan and a never-ramps-up 120mm PSU fan. I went for the Infinity over the Ninja as the Infinity is a bit cheaper ($69 vs $89 AU$) and I figured it ...
by Apprentice_GM
Wed Apr 19, 2006 8:51 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet DIY OC'd Pentium D 830 System
Replies: 95
Views: 55763

Chris, First, thanks for the excellent article. Your attention to detail is terrific and is definitely worthy of a prominent posting in the DIY section. Second, I would like to know which specific applications you use, or intended to use, when designing the PC around the Intel CPU. I have no doubt g...
by Apprentice_GM
Mon Feb 27, 2006 6:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New SME Data Centre advice sought
Replies: 0
Views: 862

New SME Data Centre advice sought

Dear All, I am organising the creation of a new Data Centre for a SME Down Under. ~100 users / 4 server racks / 2 comms racks + expansion capacity. As they are an SME budget is modest, and I am after 90% of the bang for 10% of the buck . . . or in this case 90% of the "silent bang". I know this foru...
by Apprentice_GM
Sun Dec 04, 2005 9:27 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Deaf iPod Generation
Replies: 119
Views: 62931

I'm surprised no-one has pointed out that ipod's (and MP3 players in general) music quality is crap, and listening to crap quality music at loud volumes sounds even worse to me than at low volumes (despite the oft-repeated mantra that people prefer, other things being equal, louder music eg AB speak...
by Apprentice_GM
Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Preventing a PS fan going high-speed / noisy in an HP DX6120
Replies: 2
Views: 1725

I had the power supply replaced under warranty. All has been well for over a week - blissful peace and quiet at last. I forgot to mention before it was my office PC doing that, I reckon that particular HP model was pretty well designed for a normal office ambient noise level it was "noiseless" - les...
by Apprentice_GM
Tue Oct 11, 2005 10:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Preventing a PS fan going high-speed / noisy in an HP DX6120
Replies: 2
Views: 1725

Preventing a PS fan going high-speed / noisy in an HP DX6120

Hi everyone (first post) :) First, many thanks for such a wealth of information provided in articles and on these forums. I have been lurking and reading (nearly) everything for the last few weeks, and it's been terrific to see so many low/no cost solutions using common materials to the silent + coo...