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by simeli
Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:49 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Help: HTPC built for Bu-ray and RPG games.
Replies: 86
Views: 55807

Re: Help: HTPC built for Bu-ray and RPG games.

It's been a while since my last post, but i was sort of in a similar situation when building my friends system. Bluray and later on gaming was also on the list. Its been a good while since that was built but thermal requirements have not really changed for the worse in the past few years. Concerning...
by simeli
Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: quiet office/gaming machine
Replies: 5
Views: 1408

like the lian li's a lot. especially the b10 looks nice. however it also has the problem of the door that i have to avoid. but the a71 is also available w/o a door it seems. that may be a good option. any ideas how quiet the included fans are? since there's not so many 140mm aftermarket models to ch...
by simeli
Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: quiet office/gaming machine
Replies: 5
Views: 1408

quiet office/gaming machine

hi all. after a couple htpc builds that turned out nicely thanks to everyone on the board for sharing your experiences, i have another quest. i need to put together a new machine for my friends father. he wants to do mostly office work, some moderate image editing and some gaming, mostly ms flight s...
by simeli
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluray capable HTPC build
Replies: 14
Views: 4389

Many thanks for your efforts! I'll report back how it all goes.
by simeli
Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluray capable HTPC build
Replies: 14
Views: 4389

@nutball
What cooler are you using?
by simeli
Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:04 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluray capable HTPC build
Replies: 14
Views: 4389

After quite a bit of researching, we have decided on the components we'll use. Board: Gigabyte GA-E7AUM-DS2H Processor: Intel E8400 RAM: 2x2GB Kingston ValueRAM DDRII 800 Disk: 2x Western Digital GP 1TB (it is the newer Version with 32MB cache) Optical: LG GGC-H20L HD-DVD/Bluray ROM, DVD Burner PSU:...
by simeli
Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluray capable HTPC build
Replies: 14
Views: 4389

I think I may just stick with MC as it seems to be the better fire and forget solution for my friend. Still, if he feels he needs a specific feature, we can always try MP.

Any thoughts on the possible disk setup I mentionned above and the Platform choice?
by simeli
Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluray capable HTPC build
Replies: 14
Views: 4389

I'll have to look into MediaPortal. In your experience, is it stable, so one does not have to hunt troubles and install funky updates every couple weeks? I am fine doing that myself but rather not on someone elses box. should be as easy as it can be... In your opinion, what's the biggest advantages ...
by simeli
Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluray capable HTPC build
Replies: 14
Views: 4389

I would agree completely. Personally I use my iPhone for my Mythtv box as well. Windows Sideshow would allow precisely that as well but there seem to be no two way capable remotes available so far. Othe than the Ricavision that's not available none I think. The squeezebox is a fine piece and would d...
by simeli
Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluray capable HTPC build
Replies: 14
Views: 4389

Bluray capable HTPC build

Hello all. I've been following SPCR for quite a while and was able to make some good purchases based on the forums' posts and reviews. Personally I run a Linux based HTPC with mythtv based on MoDT components. A friend of mine asked me to put together a HTPC for him with the following characteristics...
by simeli
Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new HTPC build -- bear with me please
Replies: 10
Views: 2947

mythbuntu is definitely worth a try. I've been running Gentoo on my box, but I started well before mythbuntu was available and ubuntu just getting mature. What I can tell you though, Nvidia traditionally has the best video drivers for linux that support even awkward resolutions. Don't know about cur...
by simeli
Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:54 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: P180 / 182 SE "Warranty Build" -No part mods- Sile
Replies: 29
Views: 21026

I love the cat 8)
by simeli
Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2TB storage in RAID 5 mode...
Replies: 49
Views: 16310

performance wise, as stated before the more disks you add the better the performance. theoretically. but - the more disks you have in the array, the more likely one will fail at some point. thus, using fewer disks may make sense too. on top, cooling and noise are easier to cope with as well if you u...
by simeli
Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any Merom (C2D) mATX??
Replies: 18
Views: 7199

Re: Speedster stability

i am also looking in upgrading my current rig to the merom speedster. i currently also run mythtv on mine. could you post the exact specs of your machine? ram, graphics etc? do you use an additional graphics card? many thanks Here comes the specs: - Core 2 Duo T7200 Merom - MSI 945GT Speedster-A4R ...
by simeli
Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:20 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any Merom (C2D) mATX??
Replies: 18
Views: 7199

Re: Asus

The machine is now running Windows MCE flawlessly (well it was flawless until I forgot that later Nvidia drivers don't support the MCE extensions and ended up watching all my DVDs in negative colours :shock: ) This seems odd. About a year and a half ago I tested WIN MCE sucessfully with a NVidia Ge...
by simeli
Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any Merom (C2D) mATX??
Replies: 18
Views: 7199

Re: Speedster stability

I can also mention that swapping the cpu coolers retention bracket on the Speedster-A4R to a standard 478p one is very easy and works very well. I now cool my Merom processor (T7200) passively with a Zalman 7000 Cu and it never goes above 65C with dual instances of cpuburn running. As for stability...
by simeli
Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Pentium M 753 vs. Core Solo U1400
Replies: 31
Views: 10860

here you'd find the htpc machine: http://www.digitallogic.ch/english/products/datasheets/mec.asp it is basically based on their "normal" microspace machines and adapted for multimedia. http://www.digitallogic.ch/english/products/mobile/mpc.asp here you find all their microspace fanless pcs. the pcf ...
by simeli
Sun Feb 25, 2007 6:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Pentium M 753 vs. Core Solo U1400
Replies: 31
Views: 10860

I'd go and check the mini pc's from digitallogic. they have a host of different fanless machines for industrial applications and even a media center. some run on lv pentiums. if you are prepared to spend some money, they even make you custom boards to exactly fit your needs. http://www.digitallogic....
by simeli
Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:31 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: mini-itx with PCI Express
Replies: 10
Views: 5414

Vanseb wrote:Oh, I didn't understand, excuse me ;).
no worries :wink:
by simeli
Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:18 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: mini-itx with PCI Express
Replies: 10
Views: 5414

In the test they used a 6600GT. I think some recent card like 7600GS/GT will work, but that's an hypothese. I guess that any PEG (PCIe Graphics Card) would work. However, lots of mainboards only support 16x graphics cards in that slot. 4x or 8x RAID controller often do not work. I would like to use...
by simeli
Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:01 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: mini-itx with PCI Express
Replies: 10
Views: 5414

Hi ! You got this : http://de.kontron.com/index.php?id=226&cat=61&productid=1336 A review, in german : http://www.minitechnet.de/kontron_986lcd-m.html Love this card, but very expensive, and hard to find. yeah, i read about the kontron. would be just what i want, but i cannot find any info whether ...
by simeli
Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: mini-itx with PCI Express
Replies: 10
Views: 5414

I have found something: GlobalAmerica lists a Yonah board and advertises the PCIe slot as being 4x compatible on the website. http://www.globalamericaninc.com/new_spec/spec2.php?id=664 However in the manual it only says 16x and 1x mode. I am waiting for a reply still. http://www.endpcnoise.com/cgi-b...
by simeli
Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:32 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: mini-itx with PCI Express
Replies: 10
Views: 5414

yeah, I was also looking at the Speedster. Might be an option if I cannot find a mini itx board. One with a 8x or 16x slot that accepts raid controllers would also be fine. I was just planning on a mini cube server with 4 2.5" sas disks. So in case you remember one with a 8x or 16x slot, that would ...
by simeli
Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: mini-itx with PCI Express
Replies: 10
Views: 5414

mini-itx with PCI Express

Anyone know of a mini itx board that has a PCIe slot and supports anything else (speak raid controller 4x or 8x card) besides video cards in that slot?

The MSI 945GT Speedster would support 4x PCIe cards, but i'd love to find something in the mini-itx ballpark...
by simeli
Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:10 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja Plus or Thermalright Ultra-120! please help!
Replies: 10
Views: 3155

i'd probably go with the ninja. the wider spread fins are less likely to be blocked by dust buildup...
by simeli
Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:21 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU cooler on MSI 945GM Speedster
Replies: 4
Views: 2129

yes i do mean the MSI 945GT Speedster-A4R. Did you run it with a core2duo or a core duo? I read in a German forum that most people running it with a core2duo have problems. Memory also seemed to be a source of trouble. I am mostly interested in the msi for it's 4x PCIe slot (RAID controller). Otherw...
by simeli
Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:30 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU cooler on MSI 945GM Speedster
Replies: 4
Views: 2129

CPU cooler on MSI 945GM Speedster

Has anyone actually installed an aftermarket Cooler on the MSI 945GM Speedster CoreDuo mainboard? I understand that it uses a custom retention module but the holes in the board are standard. I'd love to be able to mount a Scythe Ninja cooler even if that means loosing the PCIe graphics slot. Current...
by simeli
Sat Jan 06, 2007 3:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MSI Speedster 945GT report
Replies: 41
Views: 28815

has anyone sucessfully mounted a scythe ninja on the 945 speedster? i am worried a bit that the weight might break the die of the proc
by simeli
Sat Nov 25, 2006 8:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New system (file / backup server)
Replies: 14
Views: 4525

i also had a sun netra running for a while as my home server. a very nice machine indeed. even though it does not consume a lot of power, they are very noisy. and the scsi drives used cost a fortune. this is a bit better with the newer suns that also use ide or sata drives. as you can see in my earl...
by simeli
Thu Nov 23, 2006 1:34 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New system (file / backup server)
Replies: 14
Views: 4525

Western Digital Caviar RE2, 7200, 16MB, 500GB, SATA II
that's the ys version

this would also be my bet. rated as a nearline storage drive for 24/7 operation. it's what seagate calls it's nl series. and, best of all, it's as quiet as the regualr desktop drive that has won a spcr award...