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by Chris Chan
Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:56 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HFX Classic build
Replies: 25
Views: 17685

Re: HFX Classic build

Sweet build, I like the massive overkill of everything :) But defeating the strain relief on the power supply cable scares me. Strain relief is there for a reason and that's so the strands inside don't break. I've had to debug issues at work where a wiring harness works intermittently -- usually the...
by Chris Chan
Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: DH61AG versus more orthodox board
Replies: 3
Views: 2919

Re: DH61AG versus more orthodox board

I didn't see a power cord included on Intel's site for that board, nor did I find any images of the inside of your machine. But I did see that unless that motherboard has an unusual rear panel arrangement and is installed upsidedown, any cooler you get will have to be 1U. Unless you get a board wit...
by Chris Chan
Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: DH61AG versus more orthodox board
Replies: 3
Views: 2919

DH61AG versus more orthodox board

So I've got this DFI R100 industrial PC, which currently has a Pentium 4 system in it with a 1U power supply and high speed fan on the heatsink that are each about as loud as a vacuum cleaner. What I'm going to do with it is rip out all the guts and replace them with Sandy Bridge ITX board, i3-2100,...
by Chris Chan
Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Electronic Whining Noise Solutions Research Project
Replies: 19
Views: 750673

Re: Electronic Whining Noise Solutions Research Project

Are you interested at all in mouses? I ahve a couple logitech mouses that produce a high frequency whine that aggravates my tinnitus.
by Chris Chan
Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua NF-F12 "Focused Flow" PWM Fan
Replies: 22
Views: 10816

Re: Noctua NF-F12 "Focused Flow" PWM Fan

It reminds me of the Delta FFB series. http://www.delta.com.tw/product/cp/dcfans/download/pdf/FFB/FFB120x120x25.4mm.pdf Apparently these series of fans has been referred to as Focussed Flow way before Noctua. https://www.google.com/search?q=delta+focussed+flow&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:...
by Chris Chan
Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:12 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD FX-8150 8-Core Bulldozer Processor
Replies: 26
Views: 8749

Re: AMD FX-8150 8-Core Bulldozer Processor

frostedflakes wrote:Future steppings (the earliest is due out in Q1 2011 from what I've read
2012 maybe? q1 2011 has come and gone :P
by Chris Chan
Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD FX-8150 8-Core Bulldozer Processor
Replies: 26
Views: 8749

Re: AMD FX-8150 8-Core Bulldozer Processor

Where's the (performance per watt) per dollar graph? I'd be very interested to see that.
by Chris Chan
Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: SPCR number plate?
Replies: 1
Views: 3070

Re: SPCR number plate?

Nice! I hope the owner of this plate shows up (if indeed they are a SPCR member...) Also...
Welcome to SPCR!!!

I'm sure many people would love to see your current setup (myself included), how about making a General Gallery post for it?
by Chris Chan
Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet, small-ish non-gaming build for Linux
Replies: 3
Views: 937

Re: Quiet, small-ish non-gaming build for Linux

I don't really understand why you say some Z68 features aren't supported in Linux, then go on to select a Z68 board. Choosing a H67 board will save you about $50, and you can get an Intel-brand board which are known to be more power efficient. http://ncix.com/products/?sku=62305&vpn=BOXDH67BLB3&manu...
by Chris Chan
Mon Oct 03, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 motherboard
Replies: 1
Views: 1586

FS Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 motherboard

Hi, I'm building my am3 system into micro atx case now, so I want to sell my full ATX motherboard. Here it is, it's a GA-880GA-UD3H from Gigabyte. It can control two 3-pin fans by BIOS control but it doesn't respond to SpeedFan. I can't speak to its 4-pin fan support because I lack such fans. Here's...
by Chris Chan
Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent rackmount case?
Replies: 1
Views: 1953

Re: Silent rackmount case?

Some Silverstone Lascala HTPC cases have optional rack ears. But if you want a purpose-built rackmount case, the Antec Take4 (designed, in fact, for audio production racks) was well reviewed a few years back but isn't widely available anymore. It'd be easy enough to quiet down any El Cheapo 4U case ...
by Chris Chan
Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:04 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: mATX Overclocked Gaming mini tower - Which case?
Replies: 7
Views: 1683

Re: mATX Overclocked Gaming mini tower - Which case?

Cases with the PSU over the CPU heatsink area gross me out just because that's a P3 era ATX case design trope and case design has evolved so much since then. But thats just a personal prefereance. Have you checked out the Fractal Design Core 1000? It has very open front to back ventilation which cou...
by Chris Chan
Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What happened to all the coolers that exhaust outside?
Replies: 0
Views: 1032

What happened to all the coolers that exhaust outside?

I was just on Newegg today looking for a new cooler for my desktop's HD4850. (the stock cooler isn't temperature controlled and doesn't exhaust outside of the case) then I noticed that not a single one of the coolers currently offered for sale exhausts outside of the case. Why is this? What happened...
by Chris Chan
Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: mini itx: AM3 or start over?
Replies: 3
Views: 1063

Re: mini itx: AM3 or start over?

The 945 was great for me when I did use it. Im considering starting over for efficiency reasons, my concern is that the Phenom + 4850 or even without the 4850 will be too hot to cool quietly in a mini itx case. I could go to a sugo or q08 instead of isk or mi008 but those are also less small.
by Chris Chan
Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-Itx Core i3
Replies: 5
Views: 1765

Re: Mini-Itx Core i3

Why a high end h67 board instead of a more basic h61? It seems like a h67 board would have more integrated devices thus consuming more power. Also check out the i3 2100t low power processor.

(Posting from phone excuse my brevity )
by Chris Chan
Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: mini itx: AM3 or start over?
Replies: 3
Views: 1063

Re: mini itx: AM3 or start over?

Also, as far as a Sandy bridge setup I would be looking at a board with dual digital video outputs, and an i5-2400S. I'm currently considering the ASUS P8H61-I . Lack of integrated wireless is a concern to me, but I could always put a USB wireless card off an internal header and run antennae pigtail...
by Chris Chan
Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: mini itx: AM3 or start over?
Replies: 3
Views: 1063

mini itx: AM3 or start over?

Last year I built a Phenom II X4 945 system in a mid-tower case but it's been sitting in my parents basement because carting around a desktop doesn't make sense for me as a student. However, now I'm getting the urge to have something more powerful than my laptops but it has to be small. So, my quest...
by Chris Chan
Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quietest cooling for AMD Athlon 64 LE-1600 in home server?
Replies: 12
Views: 3155

Looks like FreeNAS formats its disks as UFS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_File_System) by default. Yuck. Linux has no write support for it. xBSD does though, apparently.
by Chris Chan
Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: What's a good OS for a pentium 1 or 2?
Replies: 28
Views: 22019

I liked Win2k on my Celeron533 (P2ish tech at a higher clockspeed) with 160MB of RAM. Now I run Debian 5.0 + LXDE on my sister's Celeron500 tablet with 128MB. I want to upgrade the RAM. Skip XP. It blows goats given anything less than 512MB. 98SE was a screamer on my P2/300/256MB, but 98-compatible ...
by Chris Chan
Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus EeeBox EB1501 ION Mini-PC
Replies: 51
Views: 26166

AlexNC, you would'nt happen to have the chance to pop it open and see if a thicker (3mm thicker then standard) drive would fit inside? are you speaking of the WD VelociRaptor? Trying to understand why you'd want a Veloci in a nettop... No, I'm thinking of the new 1TB WD 2.5" WD10TEVT model. Aha. I ...
by Chris Chan
Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:29 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus EeeBox EB1501 ION Mini-PC
Replies: 51
Views: 26166

kamina wrote:AlexNC, you would'nt happen to have the chance to pop it open and see if a thicker (3mm thicker then standard) drive would fit inside?
are you speaking of the WD VelociRaptor? Trying to understand why you'd want a Veloci in a nettop...
by Chris Chan
Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case for silent uATX powerhouse
Replies: 18
Views: 11069

This new case from InWin deserves a mention. Although the front is very ugly (personal opinion) it conforms to the majority of my requirements. The case is not yet available but was spotted at CES by AnandTech here: http://www.anandtech.com/tradeshows/showdoc.aspx?i=3710&p=3 Unnamed InWin case [sni...
by Chris Chan
Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:45 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Low cost quiet EATX case possibility
Replies: 9
Views: 3254

rcassettyjr wrote:What works good to polish the top of processors (to remove pencil marks and skin)? LOL
That's called lapping. A quick web search on "cpu lapping" led me to this article:
http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=82
by Chris Chan
Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: micro ATX towers with 120mm fans
Replies: 6
Views: 2623

The NSK3480 is also fine but you'll need both 92mm front fans with that GPU. Are you sure? It doesn't seem like a half height passively cooled card would output that much heat. Were you thinking of a higher end card? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127436&cm_re=hd_4350-_-14...
by Chris Chan
Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: micro ATX towers with 120mm fans
Replies: 6
Views: 2623

The Aerocool looks like a really innovative case - I'd like to try it out and would be willing to report back here. But it doesn't seem to be available in the US yet. The Thermaltake looks ugly imo. And the down-to-the-floor HDD cage leaves no soft mounting options except in the CD drive bays. Meh. ...
by Chris Chan
Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: micro ATX towers with 120mm fans
Replies: 6
Views: 2623

micro ATX towers with 120mm fans

I'm going to build a Micro ATX system for college in about six months. I've specced it out already (obviously, when I go to build, specs may change based on what's up to date) except for the case. Here are the specs: Athlon X4 630 with retail HS/F Radeon HD4350 8GB DDR3 2x500GB 3.5" drives in RAID 1...
by Chris Chan
Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Low cost quiet EATX case possibility
Replies: 9
Views: 3254

Would you be able to use two tower heatsinks that don't have the short sides sealed? I see the NH-U12DX's sides are about a third sealed. And then blow a fan from the side of the heatsinks? Here's a picture that shows what I mean. http://i47.tinypic.com/bg205.png Of course the fan would have to prod...
by Chris Chan
Thu Dec 24, 2009 7:22 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: mATX case design (conceptual)
Replies: 7
Views: 5072

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Cool ... 540/3.html

looks a lot like the Centurion540 turned on its ear, but with a rear 120mm instead of 2x80mm.
by Chris Chan
Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:28 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 4480 vs. Arctic Cooling Silentium T1 ECO 80 (silent)
Replies: 4
Views: 2817

The 6580 is a much larger case, but the HDD mounting system I've heard is dodgy. I think you should get as large a case as you can afford, since you will inevitably have problems fitting everything together should you go with the smaller case - Sod's Law.
by Chris Chan
Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:56 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Going Green....Organic-powered Ham-fan.
Replies: 3
Views: 1527

On a more serious note, I'd like to see a ball bearing hamster wheel. When Amy had her hamster upstairs I always heard it going on the wheel.