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by Beel
Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:50 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel newbie building ESX server - CPU recommendation for MB
Replies: 10
Views: 3229

Also want to add that if you plan on expanding the system to include more than a quad-core processor per board (e.g two quad-core processors, a common config in a VM environment), you might want to invest in a Xeon quad-core instead of a desktop quad-core since only Xeon processors are multi-proces...
by Beel
Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:33 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel newbie building ESX server - CPU recommendation for MB
Replies: 10
Views: 3229

Anandtech has a excellent article about different types of virtualization and the processor support. You will need some technical knowledge to be able to read it, however. The different types of xeons from 2005 till now have different features helping virtualization, which are shown in a benchmark....
by Beel
Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel newbie building ESX server - CPU recommendation for MB
Replies: 10
Views: 3229

If you are going to use more VM's simultaneously a LOT of memory and a lot of cores will really help improve the performance. I haven't got a lot of experience with VMWare and virtualization, but they say that for every virtual core you will assign to a VM, you need 1 real cpu core as well. Assigni...
by Beel
Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:31 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel newbie building ESX server - CPU recommendation for MB
Replies: 10
Views: 3229

Re: Intel newbie building ESX server - CPU recommendation fo

FWIW, one of the sources that suggested this motherboard, (which is a server board, as you pointed out) is using the board with a desktop version cpu. I'm leaning towards playing it safe, and going with a server version of the CPU. I've been to the ASUS site to check out the certified CPUs, and it l...
by Beel
Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel newbie building ESX server - CPU recommendation for MB
Replies: 10
Views: 3229

Frank, Thanks for that tidbit. I rechecked NewEggs cpu list. You're right - There are a few cheaper CPUs and they don't support virtualization in hardware. I'll watch for that. Since you will be running vmware you want to make sure the processor you select supports hardware virtualization. A cheap $...
by Beel
Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel newbie building ESX server - CPU recommendation for MB
Replies: 10
Views: 3229

Intel newbie building ESX server - CPU recommendation for MB

I'm building a machine to test VM ware ESX, and the motherboard ( ASUS P5BV/SAS ) I've selected uses an Intel CPU. All the machines I've had recently have been AMD, so I'd like to ask for opinions on which CPU to use. I plan on using this machine primarily as a test environment, and a centralized pl...
by Beel
Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Looking for USB 2,5" Silent drive
Replies: 5
Views: 2139

kike_1974, I don't have any firsthand experience with 2.5" external enclosures, but it might help if you posted why you are interested in the choices you made. (SATA vs PATA, 2.5" vs 3.5") Also how do you plan on using it? External boot drive, or convenient backup? What is most important to you, siz...
by Beel
Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:07 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-101: Aluminum *Can* be Quiet!
Replies: 14
Views: 13380

1. i would like to see if there is a mod here at spcr for the li li drive cage as it is stock. i would rather not remove it from my case since it seems to provide a fair amount of case stability and rigidity by providing a support structure to the mid-floor. What model Lian Li case do you have? The...
by Beel
Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Computer will not start
Replies: 5
Views: 2158

Yet another thing to check is if all of your cards are correctly seated. I have seen a few cases where add in cards (especially video cards) have come unseated during swaps.
by Beel
Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:26 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Thoughts on Chenming 501AW?
Replies: 3
Views: 1990

Matt, I got some quick shots of the fan mounts in case you want an idea of what they are like. After thinking about it some more, you could probably file off the fan mounts and rely on the side clips instead. A little foam rubber wedged in should cut down on vibration. http://i57.photobucket.com/alb...
by Beel
Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: anyway to cable sleeve without removing molex connector?
Replies: 6
Views: 3556

If you are using the woven nylon sleeving kits, there is a little trick that can help some. If you compress the sleeving material lengthwise, its diameter increases. This enables you to push the sleeve over the larger connector. Once you have the correct amount over the connector, stretch the sleeve...
by Beel
Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Thoughts on Chenming 501AW?
Replies: 3
Views: 1990

Matt, I have the Antec version of that case (or one very close), and I think you are correct about them OEMing for Antec. The only differences I can see between my case and that one are: 1) Mine has an 80 mm fan opening on the rear 2) mine has an 80 mm fan opening on the side panel, and 3) Antec bad...
by Beel
Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Lian Li 6070 - Looking for suggestions to improve airflow
Replies: 3
Views: 1984

Lian Li 6070 - Looking for suggestions to improve airflow

Thanks to all that I have learned here, I have managed to improve on a machine that I bought from End PC Noise. The only remaining noise that is audible from outside the case is a light whoosh from the power supply. I can eliminate that also, but first I think I need to improve airflow. Here's why: ...
by Beel
Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:38 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New build problems
Replies: 2
Views: 1358

There is a thread about incompatibility with Antec power supplies and ASU motherboards. I thought it had all been worked out, but maybe you have a P/S that's been in the store for a few months.

Check the consumer advocacy forum for the thread:

Antec Neo HE PSU Users Poll

Good luck.
by Beel
Fri Aug 18, 2006 4:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Alternate softmount HD in Solo or P150 - double grommets!
Replies: 7
Views: 3273

I like the look of the Solo, but haven't seen the HD mounting up close. Are the grommets you are referring to included with the case, or are you referring to some of the DIY solutions from the board? Did you put the grommets in like grommet, then drive cage, then another grommet, then the drive? Fin...
by Beel
Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:37 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Whineless PSU.... Do They Exist?
Replies: 13
Views: 4817

We suspend drives to keep them from transmitting seek vibrations back to the case. Might the same concept apply to PSUs? Part of the post has pictures of using Stretch Magic to isolate the PSU from the case. http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=28987&highlight=lian If the noise comes fro...
by Beel
Wed Aug 02, 2006 5:45 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Can you use a SI-97A on a Gigabyte GA-7N400E?
Replies: 1
Views: 1311

Well I don't know if this is going to help your situation, but here goes anyhow. I have a Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro2 with the Thermalright SI-97. From what I understand, the SI-97 heatsink is identical to the SI-97A, (I seem to recall that one of them includes a mounting clip that the other doesn't have...
by Beel
Tue Aug 01, 2006 6:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Northbridge and video card fan woes.
Replies: 4
Views: 1764

I think you are on the right track wanting to get rid of your Northbridge fan. It's a perfect example of something that is not terribly loud, but is very annoying. Some thoughts: Have you looked at other Zalman Northbridge heatsinks? They have several different models, and some of them are shorter (...
by Beel
Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: home made IDE cable, need help
Replies: 1
Views: 1195

According to several sources, 18" (about 45 cm) is the standard maximum.

For a longer explanation, see the following:

http://www.dansdata.com/rcables.htm
by Beel
Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:59 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 140mm fan experience and where to buy?
Replies: 18
Views: 8180

The 120 mm fans are only a little quieter than average. Hmm, the YL D12SL-12 is generally reckoned to be one of the quietest 120mm fans on the market, along with the Globalwin NCB. Do you mind if I ask what these "average" fans are that you are comparing them with? Also is this at 12V, 7V, 5V? To b...
by Beel
Sun Jul 23, 2006 3:44 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 140mm fan experience and where to buy?
Replies: 18
Views: 8180

I can't help you about 140 mm fans, but I can recommend Silencio777's eBay store. He answered all questions very promptly, worked with me to save on shipping, and delivered quickly. One thing I did learn while buying fans, is that you can't use information about one of a manufacturer's products for ...
by Beel
Wed Jul 19, 2006 6:40 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The Lian-Li S80 - will this thing work?!
Replies: 5
Views: 2496

I can see why you like the case; it's pretty good looking. There are two bad things that seem to be common to Lian Li cases. 1 - They are susceptible to hard drive vibration. Suspending the drive in their cases is mandatory to get a quiet, much less silent computer. 2 - Airflow is not good enough. T...
by Beel
Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:58 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Wheels on P180
Replies: 15
Views: 5318

I kept waiting for someone to suggest buying one that was pre-made, but no one ever did. (So I will). When PCs first started being available in tower style cases, some companies started selling stands that would let you turn your desktop box on end and stand it safely on the floor. If you can't or d...
by Beel
Thu Jul 13, 2006 3:02 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: cAPSLOCK's Wooden Case
Replies: 16
Views: 4534

My phantom plug is ~52mm (just a hair over 2 inches) at its widest
by Beel
Sat Jul 01, 2006 7:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low Capacity HD Choices?
Replies: 19
Views: 4063

If you are willing to do the rebate thing, MicroCenter has a 160GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 for 39.99 after rebate. They have locations in NY. I don't know if the offer is available on their web site. The flyer says 1 week only 7/2/2006 to 7/8/2006.
by Beel
Wed Jun 28, 2006 6:24 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dremels?
Replies: 7
Views: 2093

I did a little bit of research and finally took the plunge last week. Here's some stuff that's obvious after you figure it out, but might be useful. There seem to be 5 models of the tool, 3 corded, and 2 cordless. The corded models include the 400XPR at 2 amps, the 395 and the digital 398 each at 1....
by Beel
Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Noisy, vibrating Seagate 7200.9 250GB in Antec SLK3000B
Replies: 5
Views: 2180

yjs - If your case is amplifying the seek noise your drive makes, suspending the drive can make a really big difference. I use a simple test to see if suspending the hard drive will help reduce the noise. Wad up an old rag, put it in the case, and put the hard drive on it. (an old T shirt works well...
by Beel
Wed Jun 07, 2006 2:07 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung vs Seagate notebook drive
Replies: 1
Views: 1545

I don't know if this relates to your question, but I think the Samsung may not run as cool. I put one of the Samsungs in my laptop and the fan comes on a little more often than it used to. The drive that it replaced was a Hitachi.
by Beel
Mon May 15, 2006 8:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which Samsung to get ? Looking @ SP2504C
Replies: 9
Views: 3466

I have this drive mounted in an aluminum case. When it is hard mounted directly to the drive cage, the seek noise is too loud. (Although they are quieter than the 80 gig Seagate I had been using.) After I suspended the drive using elastic, I can no longer hear any noise from the drive. One thing to ...
by Beel
Tue May 09, 2006 6:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-6070 problem
Replies: 7
Views: 2507

Dealing with the Northbridge

OK, that throws a new wrinkle into the mix. My motherboards have integrated video, so I don't have to be concerned with clearing video cards. A rough measurement has the Zalman heatsink rising about 2 inches above the motherboard. From the photos you linked, I would guess the fan is only about 3/4 o...