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by Meato
Sun May 29, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: In Win BUC ATX Tower Case
Replies: 8
Views: 3203

Re: In Win BUC ATX Tower Case

I for one was clamoring for this review...

Oh wait, maybe that was for a case that had a slim chance of being quiet.

InWin paying the SPCR electric bill this month?
by Meato
Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:17 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Fractal R3
Replies: 21
Views: 8817

Re: Fractal R3

faugusztin wrote:You should do the same i did. Remove all the unused drive bays. Only if the whole 3,5" drive bay construction wouldn't be riveted but only screwed in, i would remove it ASAP.
1/8" drill bit solves the rivet problem
by Meato
Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Proposed new SPCR rig for my everyday machine - how'd I do?
Replies: 6
Views: 1495

I don't understand the point of going with the Core i5-660 with the integrated video if you intend to use a discrete GPU. Go with the Core i5-760 for the same price and double the cores. However, if you don't require the turbo modes, then the Core i3-560 is a better deal. Core i5-660 3.33GHz / 3.60G...
by Meato
Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: $150US Budget - Which CPU/Mobo/IGP-GPU?
Replies: 18
Views: 2552

Thanks for the recommendations. I have set my sights on either; Asus H55 + Core i3-530 or Asus 785G + Athlon II X2 245 + Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 . The two options come to around $175 each. I will just have to watch Newegg and my funds closely and catch them when there is a price drop or discount code.
by Meato
Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: $150US Budget - Which CPU/Mobo/IGP-GPU?
Replies: 18
Views: 2552

How about investing 50$ more and get it soon back in electricity bills? Your kids ears would probably appreciate this solution too: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/asus-at3iont-i-deluxe-atom-330nvidia-ion-motherboard-review/ Anyway, at stock clock, the Atom 330 scored 2.30. That puts it in the realm ...
by Meato
Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: $150US Budget - Which CPU/Mobo/IGP-GPU?
Replies: 18
Views: 2552

$150US Budget - Which CPU/Mobo/IGP-GPU?

I'm looking to replace my kids hand-me-down Dell box. I'd like to bring it more in-line with the other two computers in the house. Money is tight right now, but the daily frustration has a price. The budget is ~$150US. Dell box: 2.4ghz (P4 era) Celeron, 1.25gb RAM, 100GB HDD, Intel IGP (82845G), Win...
by Meato
Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New cool 'n silent rig, in need of further advice
Replies: 27
Views: 5047

I'll second the P183/CP-850 recommendation. (~$250)

Also, you should look at Silverstone Fortress 2 or Raven 2 paired with a Seasonic M12D-750/850. (~$375)

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html
by Meato
Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ATI Radeon HD 5450 & HD 5570 Graphics Cards
Replies: 24
Views: 13217

My HTPC uses a 90 Watt PicoPSU with an athlon x2 2.0ghz at 1.05 volts. (65nm). And laptop hardrive with 2 gigs of ram. So i dont think that is too much for a Pico, but still dont care to go over budget. I highly doubt 7w max load is going to put you over capacity on your Pico-90, as long as your po...
by Meato
Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:04 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Insights on Home-Made MDF Case?
Replies: 25
Views: 10469

An MDF carcase will need a frame and also needs to be sealed on both sides and all edges to avoid warping due to moisture ingress, a clear varnish was suggested to me - and paint the exterior afterwards. Yes, apply a sanding sealer after assembly. You won't need to sand and re-apply on the inside, ...
by Meato
Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Insights on Home-Made MDF Case?
Replies: 25
Views: 10469

Nails and liberal use of wood glue holds MDF quite well, even butt joints. Circular saw with a fence clamped to the piece does fine for making dados that won't be seen on the exterior of the finished product. An inexpensive hole-saw kit for your drill motor would suffice for making fan cut-outs. Don...
by Meato
Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Insights on Home-Made MDF Case?
Replies: 25
Views: 10469

If i needed that much space for HDDs in a mATX style case, I would probably design a desktop style case with the shell being 1/2 inch MDF. Set the 4 HDDs on a soft, non-static form sheet on the bottom of the shell. Dado in a slot just over them to install a 1/4 inch piece of MDF horizontally to set ...
by Meato
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:18 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT02 ATX Case
Replies: 76
Views: 44261

Great review, great product. Deserves and Editor's Choice in my opinion. /rant Take note Antec! Silverstone is fast becoming the brand of choice for consumers looking for quality, quiet, classy computer cases. They took an innovative configuration and made it aesthetically pleasing to the over 30 cr...
by Meato
Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:16 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: SAPPHIRE Launches HD 5670
Replies: 26
Views: 7656

This chip is only exciting for Apple and other OEMs will love these for the $50 or so they will pay for them. It is actually lower on the performance spectrum than the 4670 was when it was launched. It is more like the 3650/2600/etc. It deserves 64-bit memory bus. Even the 5770 is pretty low end, b...
by Meato
Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:35 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Looking for advice on system for light gaming
Replies: 10
Views: 2287

My 2 cents,

WoW runs 30+ FPS at 1600res "Very Good" settings on an E7300 + HD 4670 under the most taxing circumstances (25 player raids).
Try to scrape together enough change for a 60-80GB SSD.
by Meato
Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:04 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gutting failing HTPC, looking for component suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 2588

Thanks, Meato. I'm thinking ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD (would link it if I could) for the mobo would work out well. What's the school of thought between the Sempron or the x2? The EVO ATX would be my choice as well. The Sempron is an X2 with one core disabled. It will consumer le...
by Meato
Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gutting failing HTPC, looking for component suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 2588

Mobo: choose from one of these
CPU: AMD Sempron 140 or AMD Athlon II X2 240
CPUHS: Scythe Mugen 2
GPU: Integrated
RAM: 2GB (2x1GB) DDR3 1333
by Meato
Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU idle consumption chart
Replies: 24
Views: 15984

http://www.anandtech.com/bench It keeps throwing my browser to an error page today, but if memory serves me, they have idle power consumption on the charts. If you could give specifics about what duties the CPU would be performing, I'm sure some of the HTPC/NAS savy users could point you in the rig...
by Meato
Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Replacing Abit IP35 Pro XE?
Replies: 2
Views: 1131

Asus P5Q Pro Turbo This P5Q version features heatsinks around the CPU socket and Crossfire support. There is a Gigabyte board that comes close but it lacks Crossfire and has several complaints about memory slot failures. I own the Asus P5Q Pro (non-Turbo) and haven't had a Vista64 install go any sm...
by Meato
Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: $500 First PC Build
Replies: 9
Views: 2103

AMD Quad wishlist

I'd put that together and then use your own ears to find what parts are the noise offenders. Possibly a fan swap for the Earthwatts PSU. If Newegg is still selling the mini P180 for $45, that would be a good purchase along with the Nexus Value 430W.
by Meato
Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:10 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Mission
Replies: 31
Views: 12346

Top-notch design man. I voted for your mod on the challenge site.

My top 3 picks would be;
Mission
Murderbox 008
Blue-man
by Meato
Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: [Closed]Intel E4300 or better Conroe CPU[Closed]
Replies: 2
Views: 1100

[Closed]Intel E4300 or better Conroe CPU[Closed]

I'm looking for a dual core Intel Conroe series CPU. No extremely overclocked/abused chips please. Here is the list of supported CPUs for the motherboard. I am looking to spend around $50 USD for a E4000 series and slighty more for a E6000 series 4mb cache version. The item would be shipped to Tulsa...
by Meato
Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My shopping cart, your expertise
Replies: 10
Views: 2245

What about the mATX route?

Antec Mini P180
Nexus Value 430
MSI 785GM-E65
AMD Athlon II x4 600e(45W)/605e(45W)/620(95W-Undervolt)
4GB DDR3
Samsung F3 500GB/1TB
Xigmatek or Scythe top-down heatsink
by Meato
Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:50 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro info
Replies: 0
Views: 1178

Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro info

The new Alpine 11 Pro is available. It fits socket 1156 and 775. It has a 92mm PWM fan that operates between 500 and 2000RPM.

Arctic Cooling Product Page

TweakTown Review
HardwareSecrets Review
HardwareBistro Review

$11.99 @ eWiz.com (USD)
$14.99 @ NCIX.com (CAD)
by Meato
Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive card with the lowest idle power draw?
Replies: 7
Views: 2329

Take everything from Tom's with a grain of salt, but here is their power testing of the GeForce 220 and 210. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-220,2445-16.html The 210 has the lowest idle draw on that chart, but also the lowest performance of any card on that chart. Also, note that in t...
by Meato
Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bedroom PC in planning
Replies: 3
Views: 1089

For Seagate and HITACHI, I was able to find the number of platters in their downloaded *.PDF data sheets. Seagate Momentus 5400.6 250GB 5400rpm HITACHI Travelstar 5K500.B 250GB 5400rpm I don't have any personal experience with these drives. I'll keep poking around and trying to find out if Samsung a...
by Meato
Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:04 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bedroom PC in planning
Replies: 3
Views: 1089

How much expansion room do you need? Are you going to be adding a second 1+TB hard drive later? Will you need a video card installed down the road? If not, have you considered mITX? What is your budget? Antec ISK-300-65 case/psu Intel mITX G41 board Intel E3200 Quiet 80mm fan w/ softmounts OCZ/Intel...
by Meato
Tue Oct 13, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic X-650 review at Jonnyguru
Replies: 17
Views: 5667

@Okie Wolf

It was entertaining if nothing else. Thanks for the read.
no TV and no beer make Wolfie something something
20th Treehouse of Horror is coming up!
by Meato
Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Recommendation on [quiet], powerful and small Corei5 system?
Replies: 16
Views: 4047

But the I5 would work? Or am I already stretching the silent&cool part of the pc with it? The case has 2 12cm fans (front) and a 8cm fan in the back, so not exactly small except the rear one. Thanks for all the replies so far! I wanted to provide some evidence that your setup would in fact work and...
by Meato
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:17 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5750 - Holy Poop
Replies: 23
Views: 6611

Oh I completely agree with you on the 5750 being a great value, more so than the 4770 was. The price is only a small premium over the 4850 which it most closely compares to. The 5770 on the other hand, the price needs to come down to match the performance.
by Meato
Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:53 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5750 - Holy Poop
Replies: 23
Views: 6611

Hard OCP's site alone hurts my eyes, much less trying to follow their review of the product. Their charts are confusing. The products and in-game specs differ even in evaluating the same game. What the heck.. apples to apples?