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by Scrooge
Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: This may be the Holy Grail of silence
Replies: 37
Views: 28629

Re: This may be the Holy Grail of silence

So the main market is people who need legacy serial ports? What sort of equipment doesn't support USB? If they want to include the COM ports, they should just put them on the back with the rest of the I/O where they belong. Edit: Not that I disagree with you. It seems like they had some corporate c...
by Scrooge
Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 8: what do you think about it?
Replies: 87
Views: 43144

Re: Windows 8: what do you think about it?

But what you quoted from andyb was describing the metro interface NOT Windows 8 as a whole. For completeness... He was replying to a statement that the Start Screen is just a bigger Start Menu. Which is true. It does not replace any of the other things he mentioned, which are still present in Windo...
by Scrooge
Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:08 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 8: what do you think about it?
Replies: 87
Views: 43144

Re: Windows 8: what do you think about it?

I agree with you in principle, but it actually goes way beyond that, it also replaces the start bar, the system tray, the quick launch icons and to some degree it IS the desktop.Andy Are you lying, or just wrong? Because Windows 8 has a Start Bar, with app pinning, and the system tray (no need for ...
by Scrooge
Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Why I won't recommend a Haswell system until August+
Replies: 59
Views: 33547

Re: Why I won't recommend a Haswell system until August+

That... looks extremely minor. I don't like using sleep anyway.
by Scrooge
Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:25 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: This may be the Holy Grail of silence
Replies: 37
Views: 28629

Re: This may be the Holy Grail of silence

I'm waiting for the Haswell NUC - that should alleviate the heat issue somewhat, and bring better graphics. The IVB NUC struck me as a stop-gap.
by Scrooge
Sat Mar 30, 2013 3:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new build soon
Replies: 55
Views: 15609

Re: new build soon

I really WANT to like the PS07... but the front is just so busy, without even any rhyme or reason to it; just a mess of lines every which way.
by Scrooge
Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:41 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
Replies: 18
Views: 6647

Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?

dan wrote:mini-itx is fine but i wonder about hard drive size 3.5".
Why would you use 3.5" on a mITX? I'd go with an mSATA SSD and a 2.5" 1TB if you needed bulk storage. Whole point of mITX (IMO) is to make things crazy small.
by Scrooge
Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new build soon
Replies: 55
Views: 15609

Re: new build soon

I got the Define Mini, but wasn't happy with it, so I returned it and got the PS07 which I like better. I realize some folks will consider that a step down, but I like this Silverstone better. Would you mind letting us know what you didn't like about the Define Mini? I'm thinking of doing my Haswel...
by Scrooge
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: i think hard drives are too loud
Replies: 5
Views: 2438

Re: i think hard drives are too loud

SSD FTW

Next?
by Scrooge
Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:05 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anybody do more than a cursory comparison of 720p vs. 1080p?
Replies: 60
Views: 23859

Re: Anybody do more than a cursory comparison of 720p vs. 10

You also need to consider panel quality - I prefer 1080p (sharper eyes than average; still young), but a quality 720p looks better to me than a cheap 1080p screen. If you ever want to use it as a monitor, I'd strongly recommend 1080p. If you'll only ever be streaming Netflix or Hulu, 720p should be ...
by Scrooge
Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:06 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 11933

Re: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

colm wrote:of course, I'd still rather listen to a formula 1 v12 than what they got going today. :wink:
I'd rather listen to the old F1 V10s of a few years ago, especially at low revs.
by Scrooge
Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua NH-L12-Very quiet, but not as effective as expected
Replies: 5
Views: 3428

Re: Noctua NH-L12-Very quiet, but not as effective as expect

You also need to be aware that while your IVB CPU has a lower TDP than the AMD one in the SPCR review, it has a higher heat density because the die is very small. This means the heatsink has less area to pull heat from, and the energy that remains raises the die temperature higher than the larger AM...
by Scrooge
Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 11933

Re: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

What makes you think it's the RAM makers making the killing? The markup is at the final stage. What you want to do is get into the business of selling overpriced memory upgrades to consumers who just click the "upgrade" checkbox when ordering.
by Scrooge
Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New build component advice
Replies: 7
Views: 2435

Re: New build component advice

If you're not gaming, why the GPU? The HD2500/4000 is more than enough for what you listed. Some parts of Photoshop, I believe, will use GPU acceleration, but is it really worth hundreds of dollars to speed up a few filters if you aren't a professional photographer working on hundreds of photos at a...
by Scrooge
Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 2 DIMMs or 4 DIMMs
Replies: 4
Views: 2239

Re: 2 DIMMs or 4 DIMMs

Memory isn't a significant source of heat anyway, so unless seriously power-limited, I wouldn't opt for the 1.35v, which probably makes less of a difference than whether you run a screensaver or blank screen. If you're set on it, though, go 2x8gb if you can afford it - always better to leave room on...
by Scrooge
Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Glutton for punishment - Silencing a Poweredge 2950
Replies: 17
Views: 11348

Re: Glutton for punishment - Silencing a Poweredge 2950

Don't forget that the newer Intel chips have a host of instruction sets for dealing with VMs to aid performance. Let me add my voice to the chorus and suggest an i5-3550 with a ridiculously big tower heatsink. The reality is, you're going to spend more than that to get this thing to where you want, ...
by Scrooge
Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:46 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Large HTPC case - but will a fanless CPU cooler fit?
Replies: 17
Views: 7196

Re: Large HTPC case - but will a fanless CPU cooler fit?

I know there's an external Ceton, so there are probably external version of more basic tuners as wel.
by Scrooge
Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: HTPC on a budget
Replies: 6
Views: 3001

Re: HTPC on a budget

kuzzia wrote:You could cool it quietly by using the tiny Scythe Kozuti CPU cooler.
Isn't the Kozuti discontinued?
by Scrooge
Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: scythe kozuti question
Replies: 3
Views: 2340

Re: scythe kozuti question

The "suitable for 65w CPUs" is assuming absolutely horrible case and ambient conditions. Mine could cool a 95w 2500K running P95+Furmark without issue. I was thinking about putting a 100mm fan on top, as mentioned here, but I gave the machine away before I got around to it. I'm sad they discontinued...
by Scrooge
Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell rumors?
Replies: 13
Views: 5762

Re: Haswell rumors?

Blizzard games aren't GPU intensive...and tend to just need a fast dual core. Assuming 1080p, you could probably play it with the HD4000 if you really dialed down the quality level (no AA, etc). The GT3 is supposed to double the fps compared to HD4000...but you still won't be able to turn up the ey...
by Scrooge
Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell rumors?
Replies: 13
Views: 5762

Re: Haswell rumors?

Yeah, I can never remember if the process or architecture change is the tick. Either way, I'm honestly fine with getting an i5 from the first tranch of CPUs released - that's usually where the strong graphics are anyway; the i3-xxx5s don't usually come out until much later. Gaudy CPU power never goe...
by Scrooge
Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell rumors?
Replies: 13
Views: 5762

Re: Haswell rumors?

I'm well aware of what Haswell brings. I'm wanting to build an HTPC that can play Diablo3 acceptably, and hoping the GT3 graphics will allow that without a graphics card. And I'm a bit of a chip geek, so I enjoy playing with the new ones.
by Scrooge
Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell rumors?
Replies: 13
Views: 5762

Haswell rumors?

Did it seem like we had more Ivy Bridge rumors at this point last year than Haswell rumors this year? Feels like we've barely heard anything since late last year and I'm waiting on it for my next machine. Am I just missing the rumors, or are we in a holding pattern?
by Scrooge
Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:01 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: [Quiet] All-arounder That YOU Recommended. Thanks! [BigPic]
Replies: 6
Views: 6318

Re: [Quiet] All-arounder That YOU Recommended. Thanks! [BigP

Cyäegha wrote:
wrl wrote:CPU cooler: Thermaltake HR-02 Macho
Actually, it's Thermalright. Only a few different letters, but it makes one hell of a difference - for instance, you can actually be happy with your computer! :mrgreen:
So very true.
by Scrooge
Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Apple should put optical drives in all Macs
Replies: 11
Views: 5167

Re: Apple should put optical drives in all Macs

Windows can be installed from a thumbdrive. So can basically any other software you name. And even if you install from a disc, you can then put the drive away for a LONG time. I wanted one in my current laptop, but I've barely used it. Not next time. Blu-Ray is NOT obsolete for video, but it's best ...
by Scrooge
Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Philosophy of PC building - future proofing.
Replies: 17
Views: 3237

Re: Philosophy of PC building - future proofing.

Agreed on all the points about upgrading the CPU usually not being worth it - when it bottlenecks, you need a whole new architecture, not a few more MHz. RAM is cheap - buy at least 8 now, leave room for 16. Gobs of RAM never goes out of style. Have the ability to upgrade/ add a graphics card - that...
by Scrooge
Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are SSDs really that bad?
Replies: 46
Views: 15445

Re: Are SSDs really that bad?

The price/ capacity of SSDs should only be a concern for people who, for whatever reason, insist on having a single drive for anything. With the 256gb Samsung 830 being WELL under $200 now and very reliable, any performance computer should have one of those and add 2tb spinny drives as required. Dat...
by Scrooge
Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 8: what do you think about it?
Replies: 87
Views: 43144

Re: Windows 8: what do you think about it?

Since when does not wanting to deal with zealots and fanatics who will never concede anything or shills who only want to troll and insult everyone = not wanting to listen to (logic and sound) proponents? There are people you cannot reason with, I do not want to deal with those people. Does that mak...
by Scrooge
Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 8: what do you think about it?
Replies: 87
Views: 43144

Re: Windows 8: what do you think about it?

*looks around* No shills. No metrovangelists. No MS fanboys. No elitist muppet calling everyone else a backwards, fearful of change Luddite noob. Ah... bliss. Oh, and Metro sucks. It doesn't belong in a desktop OS. It deserves to DIAF. So, other than that eye-bleaching inducing mess, Windows 8 is n...
by Scrooge
Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:34 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kozuti Low Profile CPU Heatsink
Replies: 38
Views: 22154

Re: Scythe Kozuti Low Profile CPU Heatsink

flemeister wrote:
Scrooge wrote:This little guy, unfortunately, seems to have been discontinued. Hard to find something else this small and effective.
I wonder if the Noctua NH-L9 can be a good replacement? Need to see a performance comparison though.
That and the TR AXP-100 would make an awesome review.