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by Chocolinx
Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.12: how good is it?
Replies: 3
Views: 1572

I do like how my 500GB version is so thin. Like ultra thin.
by Chocolinx
Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:43 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Twelve Hundred - cover the window
Replies: 2
Views: 1110

you could easily swap the left and right side panels. if that still bugs you, I usually buy the thick kind of bristle board (black).
by Chocolinx
Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: hunt for an ultra quiet PSU
Replies: 8
Views: 2601

A power supply that isn't on the list is Fortron's Sparkle Power 400W http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku= ... wer%20Intl. Great PSU for the price and uses an ADDA fan like the Seasonics.
by Chocolinx
Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Media Server (Antec P183/CP-850/i7)
Replies: 16
Views: 2567

@kunid So yeah it works the same way TVersity does. MPEG2 or MPEG1. That kind of encoding isn't heavy, but like I said it'll suck your hdd's bandwidth before the CPU if you're doing 2 1080p streams. At least in theory, I've never tried before. m2ts is a container used most commonly in HDTV captures....
by Chocolinx
Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Media Server (Antec P183/CP-850/i7)
Replies: 16
Views: 2567

Transcoding is going to MPEG so it's not all that taxing on the CPU. MPEG is very low CPU usage in general. that is not correct. your insistance on calling everything "mpeg" indicates that you are unable to differentiate between mpeg1, mpeg2, and mpeg4, which is critical knowledge for understanding...
by Chocolinx
Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Media Server (Antec P183/CP-850/i7)
Replies: 16
Views: 2567

Transcoding is going to MPEG so it's not all that taxing on the CPU. MPEG is very low CPU usage in general. Muxing, the task of moving video and audio into a container, is all dependent on how fast the HDD is. Transcoding IMO and many on doom9 would say it's a bad idea since you're essential re-enco...
by Chocolinx
Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Media Server (Antec P183/CP-850/i7)
Replies: 16
Views: 2567

I think you got it all backwards, or the wrong idea. Transcoding to MPEG doesn't use much CPU power at all. The CPU is simply there to decode the H.264 material. That's why you need at least a C2D 2.14 for 1080p. So a decent 7200RPM HDD will do fine for transcoding. However, you should simply use mk...
by Chocolinx
Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Media Server (Antec P183/CP-850/i7)
Replies: 16
Views: 2567

All I can say is... That's major overkill for a media server lol My media server has a lowly Sempron 140 and 1GB of ram, and a 785GM motherboard because it has 6 SATA spots. Adding additional SATA slots isn't hard by buying a few cheap SATA Controllers. My only comment is, if you can afford an Antec...
by Chocolinx
Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 - Zads "HTGPC"
Replies: 16
Views: 8121

Can't wait to see this thing in action!
by Chocolinx
Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:05 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Realistic power consumption of 785G + Athlon X4 630
Replies: 18
Views: 7571

I would safely assume less then 150W under load. A good 350W power supply would power this easily. A Pico 120W probably would too.
by Chocolinx
Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Best psu for under £50?
Replies: 4
Views: 1916

There are Sparkle Power PSUs made by Fortron that are fairly cheap but the quality is top notch. I got a 400W for something close to 20 quid.
by Chocolinx
Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:15 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec 300 Media File Server - Current Size: 5.5TB
Replies: 5
Views: 4337

why use a X1 raid controller? use a PERC 5/i X8 controller, 8 sata connectors + hardware raid I only really have space left for 6 more drives. I guess a card that has 8 slots would be a lot more handy but I don't want to spend too much money on the hardware. The PCI-e 1x card for 2 slots (maybe 4 n...
by Chocolinx
Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec 300 Media File Server - Current Size: 5.5TB
Replies: 5
Views: 4337

spookmineer wrote:Very usefull info! I've been looking on and off for a case to house at least 4 HDD's, seems I need to strike the 300 from my list.
Strike as in remove it from your list? But, the 300 can hold more then 4. Not to mention it comes with a bag full of thumb screws for the HDDs :)
by Chocolinx
Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:58 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec 300 Media File Server - Current Size: 5.5TB
Replies: 5
Views: 4337

Antec 300 Media File Server - Current Size: 5.5TB

To start here are the specs of the machine: CPU: Sempron 140 (Unlocked Dual Core) Motherboard: Gigabyte MA785GM-US2D Memory: 1GB DDR2 PSU: Fortron 400W Sparkle Case: Antec 300 Hard Drives: 1 - WD Green 1.5TB 2 - SG 7200.11 1.5TB (Soon to be 3) 1 - SG 400GB (In eSATA) 1 - SG 500GB (Coming Back Soon) ...
by Chocolinx
Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:35 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Was 3.7TB - then 2.7TB, now 19.1TB "quiet" server
Replies: 121
Views: 82147

Got all my parts and the system is finally built. Antec 300's fans are damn loud... and the stock cooler for the Sempron is hell loud, swapping those out when freezer64 and yateloon fans come in... Although maybe it was all in vain since it's a file server and the harddrives alone will produce so mu...
by Chocolinx
Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:05 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for YateLoon Bulk Buy
Replies: 2
Views: 996

Looking for YateLoon Bulk Buy

I remember back a couple years, Yate Loon were really cheap. I remember one store selling them for like $2 a piece. I got 5 of them at the time. Does anyone remember which online site that was? or if there's anywhere that still sell them cheap? Like NCIX is selling them for one ridiculous price of $...
by Chocolinx
Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New exciting case: Fractal Design - Define R2
Replies: 72
Views: 57611

I've had this case up and running for a little while now. It's not Antec quality. Build quality is not bad, but the sheet metal is very thin so I guess it really needs its stick-on asphalt dampening plates. Speaking of the dampening plates; I just received a replacement set from Fractal Design free...
by Chocolinx
Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Was 3.7TB - then 2.7TB, now 19.1TB "quiet" server
Replies: 121
Views: 82147

Building my mini-server (compared to Wibla's) this week. I ended up going with the following parts. Fortron 400W AMD Sempron 140 (Unlocks into a Athlon II X2) Antec 300 (6 HDD Slots, More with Modding) Giga 785GM Board 1GB DDR2 Ram (NCIX didn't price match my $70 4GB :( So using RAM that I found lay...
by Chocolinx
Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Was 3.7TB - then 2.7TB, now 19.1TB "quiet" server
Replies: 121
Views: 82147

Think a AMD Athlon LE-1660 will be fast enough to be in a server? My basic setup was going to be about half the size of yours... Thinking of only needing to hold 8HDDs 1.5TB each, so only 12GB. I was thinking of picking up an Antec 300, and changing the 3 5.25 with suspension for more hdds, it alrea...
by Chocolinx
Fri Nov 06, 2009 8:14 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Was 3.7TB - then 2.7TB, now 19.1TB "quiet" server
Replies: 121
Views: 82147

Dude your build inspires me! I need this so bad. I currently have 4 to 5TB worth of HDD space lying on my desk, I really need a machine like this to start stacking more HDDs. It'd be great to help others in my house stream all the media I download, which is roughly 600GB a month haha 8Mbit isn't so ...
by Chocolinx
Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:01 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Replace or Repair Socket 478 DDR2 AGP mobo?
Replies: 4
Views: 1396

I didn't even know Socket 478 had DDR2 Motherboards :shock:
by Chocolinx
Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Will A 380W Work For This System?
Replies: 2
Views: 1106

Will A 380W Work For This System?

mATX Board - Gigabyte GA-G31M (G31 Intel Chipset)
E6400
1 Stick of Ram
6 HDDs, Maybe 8.
SATA expansion PCI card

Powered by a 380W PSU by Antec, case is 4480B.

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.ph ... cid=CS.874

I'm just unsure how much power 6HDDs would draw out.
by Chocolinx
Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:48 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Heatsinks for cooling a Intel Quad core ?
Replies: 4
Views: 2021

Depends what Quad you're talking about. Q6000? or Q9000? Personally I wouldn't do either Passive, have at least a fan at 500RPM or something will help a whole lot. But that's up to you.
by Chocolinx
Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:13 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Time for RAID
Replies: 21
Views: 9313

I recently went RAID 0 a month ago. It's great for what I do. I do a lot of video recording/editing. So lots of files get moved around from externals and stuff. My RAID 0 is actually 2 Notebook Harddrives WD 160s. I noticed a HUGE speed increase after they went RAID. Files move along my drives a lot...
by Chocolinx
Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AC Accelero S1 is the BEST cooler for 8800GT / ATI38?0 cards
Replies: 221
Views: 124209

VRM cooling I can understand, but is it really necessary to buy more ramsinks? Those things hardly ever get hot.
by Chocolinx
Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:42 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which silent cooler?
Replies: 7
Views: 2896

S1 all the way. I just straped on to my X1950Pro and it works so nicely. No fan = same C as stock cooler at 80%. Add a 120mm fan working at 600RPM gets it even lower (roughly around 40C on load). If you really really really want the fan there's always the X1 by Arctic cooling which cools the card gr...
by Chocolinx
Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:40 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Windows on USB Flash or CF Practical?
Replies: 15
Views: 5972

Windows on USB Flash or CF Practical?

That is the question. I was thinking about it lately and even tried googling some facts about it. But something still profounds me. How reliable would this be? I did read in some places that you can't use it as a main boot drive and really it's only to be used as a backup, should your windows ever c...
by Chocolinx
Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: MTron MOBI -- reasonably priced consumer SSDs
Replies: 10
Views: 3448

These are still by far more expensive than the OEM SanDisks. I think it was only $300 for a 32GB SSD from SanDisk.
by Chocolinx
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:28 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Northbridge fanless cooler burning hot to the touch...okay?
Replies: 6
Views: 2730

Well hot is a good sign of it working. If it gets too hot you might want to consider getting some airflow going around it.
by Chocolinx
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:27 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800GTS (new g92) v. 8800GT v. ATI 3870 sound levels
Replies: 10
Views: 4436

Could the HD3850 be cooled with a Arctic Cooling S1? I heard their temps are already super low with the stock cooler so an S1 would do about the same right?