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by El Doug
Fri Jul 14, 2006 4:33 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe) Cooling
Replies: 9
Views: 4735

that depends entirely on the motherboard itself, not the chipset

the only thing that would stop it would be poorly placed components - the mounting holes are identical to current LGA775
by El Doug
Thu Jul 13, 2006 2:16 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Phantom Users Poll
Replies: 211
Views: 260837

ive been running a phantom350 in an incredibly low airflow environment (often the PSU gets hot to the touch) in a high-powered gaming rig (4400+, 7800gtx, both reserator cooled) for 4 months. the last 2 weeks I have added a second 7800gtx for SLI, and still have experienced no problems with this PSU...
by El Doug
Wed Jul 12, 2006 7:45 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 1st DIY build: Suggestions/advice?
Replies: 18
Views: 4764

@El Doug: My current rig might not tax the S12-430. I think it would tax the 380 though. But say I replaced my video card with a GeForce 7800 GTX style card, then it would come pretty close to the 430W. Say I replaced it with a 7950 GX2 and I would be exceeding the 430W. I would rather futureproof ...
by El Doug
Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 1st DIY build: Suggestions/advice?
Replies: 18
Views: 4764

u still may want to consider the quieter S12-430 or even 380. Your current rig would not tax either of those - as for future proofing, power usage is on a downward trend
by El Doug
Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:40 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Anti-SPCR Responses
Replies: 21
Views: 7450

Not everyone sees silence as a priority... but that gentleman needs to reevaluate his manners :? But in reality, this is one guy posting on one forum. It is not an official document from Anandtech, and it most certainly is not a featured article in the forums. Sounds mostly like he's trying to convi...
by El Doug
Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:33 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: When do you need a 500W PSU (over a <=430W)???
Replies: 14
Views: 4089

I do like to have a reserve for worst-case scenarios, like upgrading to SLI down the road or the next gen vid card, so I'll probably get at least a 400W model. [ emphasis mine ] IMO, SLI is the biggest scam going in the PC world these days. You will almost always get better value for money (that me...
by El Doug
Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:00 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Reserator coolant alternatives
Replies: 13
Views: 5914

ethanol kills heat capacity much faster than glycol - id stick with the tried and true
by El Doug
Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:01 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which is the better choice
Replies: 1
Views: 1161

quetness?

NeoHE
by El Doug
Fri Jul 07, 2006 7:32 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Very Ambitious Pico/Phantom Proposition
Replies: 11
Views: 4037

well fellas, i thought id give a follow up in effect, i just want to praise the phantom 350 even MORE! its the most amazing PSU in existence. I am now running 7800gtxSLI - survives all stress tests. It's simply incredible the kind of output this thing really has! Not to mention that having the secon...
by El Doug
Wed Jul 05, 2006 4:25 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: OCZ GameXStream or FSP 700W
Replies: 10
Views: 3338

Ive never seen the fsp used, but I can comment on the GameXStream. Its REALLY REALLY LOUD :P

OCZ claims that the Modstream is near-silent... and even it is ridiculously noisy.


I cant say Ive had experience with the FSP. However, what is possessing you to believe you need 700watts?
by El Doug
Wed Jul 05, 2006 12:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: mATX to fit 7900GTX / XFi
Replies: 4
Views: 1380

can't seem to find any uATX nvidia with DVI :S
by El Doug
Wed Jul 05, 2006 12:06 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: mATX to fit 7900GTX / XFi
Replies: 4
Views: 1380

If you can somehow overcome your hatred for ATI, their chipsets run cooler - which will allow you to put a passive heatsink on it. Anyways, if you are cool with an ATI chipset, really want integrated graphics with DVI, and need an extra space between lowest PCI slot and the 7900 cooler, then here's ...
by El Doug
Mon Jul 03, 2006 7:06 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Very Ambitious Pico/Phantom Proposition
Replies: 11
Views: 4037

Edit: Just see that El Doug has decided to go with one PSU now. So this post is less relevant (for now). :) FOR NOW is the key phrase. Ill soon find out how viable this is... give me a few days I'm having a dual PSU set up, and am recalling my reading on the subject a while back - there're a few ca...
by El Doug
Mon Jul 03, 2006 5:10 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Very Ambitious Pico/Phantom Proposition
Replies: 11
Views: 4037

interesting idea. perhaps I WILL try running the SLI off of the phantom alone, before bothering with a complicated dual-independant-power setup i guess i knew it was possible, i was just scared to put that much load on it. good deal! Ill be trying this out then the 112 IS from the wall, so it looks ...
by El Doug
Mon Jul 03, 2006 10:10 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Very Ambitious Pico/Phantom Proposition
Replies: 11
Views: 4037

yes, id be using both PSUs at once. no, they would not be connected. its a phantom 350, and i want it to ONLY power the GPUs and drives. I know that the picoPSU would be able to handle the cpu/mobo (and there are no peripheral cards less the single graphics currently in there). The question is, can ...
by El Doug
Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:36 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Very Ambitious Pico/Phantom Proposition
Replies: 11
Views: 4037

Very Ambitious Pico/Phantom Proposition

Running an X2 4400+ and 7800gtx on a phantom, Ive been very pleased the last 6 months. However Ive been itching to try SLI ever since the next gen cards have been released, and the prices have gone down. All cooling aside (ill handle that myself)... I have done the wattage calculations based on the ...
by El Doug
Fri Apr 21, 2006 3:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: dealing with summer heat
Replies: 2
Views: 1112

dealing with summer heat

i unfortunately got into silent computing in the winter. i was in 7th heaven running an X2 4400+ and a 7800gtx both on a reserator plus, with 2 5v L1A's and a phantom 350 on an A8N-premium (passive northbridge). with a NIDEC-driven Samsung SATA2 soft-mounted, i felt invincible with a litterally no-n...
by El Doug
Thu Mar 30, 2006 11:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Optical drive... driving me crazy
Replies: 2
Views: 1260

Optical drive... driving me crazy

I thought i was done with this place. Reserator, 5v L1A's, 2.5'' HDD... but now my DVD drive is really killing me. ive given rivatuner a whirl to turn-down the drive speed, but im still frustrated. are those expensive drives on the silence-enthusiast retailers really worth the dough? am i out of luc...
by El Doug
Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:23 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: CeBit: Zalman's new GPU / RAM waterblock
Replies: 1
Views: 1631

the last thing the reserator needs is the flow restriction that the ram unit looks like it will cause :S
by El Doug
Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:22 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: A place to buy aluminum for sandwiching?
Replies: 9
Views: 2544

the idea is no fans...
by El Doug
Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:54 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Lack of Proper Reviews?
Replies: 13
Views: 2984

im 100% certain that there was a speadsheet somewhere that had all of these readings for almost every model fan imaginable.
by El Doug
Mon Feb 20, 2006 5:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Electronics chattering
Replies: 5
Views: 1486

that very well could be my source as well - i never considered the video card

mines a 7800gtx... i pray that theres hope for me with such a high-power card
by El Doug
Mon Feb 20, 2006 5:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Electronics chattering
Replies: 5
Views: 1486

i dont know really - its hard for me to isolate even with the panel off and my ear to the comp when switching from low to high power activities. however as it seems generalized, i can only assume mobo? the PSU is a phantom350 which i notice never made these sounds when i ran it outside the case, so ...
by El Doug
Mon Feb 20, 2006 5:07 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Zip-Tie Techniques...Now Used For a HD Mount.
Replies: 21
Views: 7978

thats looks brilliant - i must try this
by El Doug
Mon Feb 20, 2006 5:06 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermaltake Typhoon 12cm fan heatpipe CPU Cooler
Replies: 27
Views: 8003

i dont think anyone here really doubts its cooling abilities (after all, its a thermalright design :P )

however the combination of a piss poor fan with the most densly spaced fins on the planet make this an unwise choice for a silent pc
by El Doug
Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Electronics chattering
Replies: 5
Views: 1486

Electronics chattering

Ive heard that once you completely silence your system, the HDD will make the most noise. i on the other hand am finding that, for whatever reason, that clickety clackety indigestion-sounding electric activity noise is the loudest in my system. not to be picky, but i am almost ready to re-install my...
by El Doug
Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:53 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Hard drives and water, the saga begins...
Replies: 23
Views: 8281

Proving both points- a German guy has had a PC (including the PSU) submerged in the cheapest canola oil he could find, for almost 2 years now. Still works perfectly. Speaking from my culinary background, canola is a highly unsaturated fat! That stuff goes rancid in the kitchen in 2 weeks if not pro...
by El Doug
Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:12 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Orientation of stock X2/Opteron heatsink
Replies: 8
Views: 2105

ive heard so many debates about the theory of this - but it should come down to testing it out, no? why dont you try both and tell us how it works out :)
by El Doug
Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:10 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Compatible with my motherboard?
Replies: 5
Views: 1518

i think he knows he'll need a brick - however im not exactly sure how to calculate what youll need
by El Doug
Mon Feb 13, 2006 10:29 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Power Supply Advise Please!
Replies: 44
Views: 14625

As far as that psu calculator, well just to prove it wrong again: lets grab one of those nice opteron 165s, which apparantly draw 110w according to that psu calculator. Increase the vcore to 1.55V, and frequency to 2.7ghz for a nice overclock, and apparantly the cpu uses 235W! Congratulations - you...