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by Mr. B
Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Worth Upgrading an Antec P180?
Replies: 7
Views: 9875

Worth Upgrading an Antec P180?

After many years with my aging build in the trusty Antec P180 , I'm finally contemplating a new build, perhaps in a new and slightly more compact case. I've done some shopping and I'm not all that impressed with anything I've seen out there. I know newer cases allow cable routing behind the motherbo...
by Mr. B
Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:08 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Still... A P180 Rig: Mod for Behind the Motherboard Cabling
Replies: 7
Views: 9245

Re: Still... A P180 Rig: Mod for Behind the Motherboard Cabl

It's called " edge molding . Several varieties are available online. Edge molding for car doors can be found at auto parts stores. BTW, I am still using this same rig, largely unchanged. I did rotate the Scythe Mugen heatsink 90 degrees so its now mounted the 'right' way. I've also upgraded the RAM ...
by Mr. B
Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Backup by internal removable disks
Replies: 19
Views: 3356

Everybody keeps telling you : your disk drive will fail some day, but nobody seems to equate this with "RAID 1 is a minimum requirement". I don't get it. That sounds like a good argument against RAID0, in which one disc failure destroys the array... but of course if you lose a disc in a RAID1 array...
by Mr. B
Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Backup by internal removable disks
Replies: 19
Views: 3356

Both my home and work PC have broadband internet. I don't know what the exact speed it but it seems to be on par with uploading things to my website which is limited to 200-ish kB/s, so I usually let it run overnight. On the rare occasion it was running while I was at work, I didn't notice any troub...
by Mr. B
Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Backup by internal removable disks
Replies: 19
Views: 3356

I guess you have all the advice you need but I'm posting anyway. Rotating discs out to an external location isn't a bad idea, although more troublesome than may be necessary. I have a two disc RAID1 array in my computer and a duplicate drive hooked up to my work computer across town which I keep up ...
by Mr. B
Sat Jul 31, 2010 2:28 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Still... A P180 Rig: Mod for Behind the Motherboard Cabling
Replies: 7
Views: 9245

The noise levels are largely unchanged from the last build since I still have the same fans with the exception of the included fan with the Mugen which is quite good. I have them throttled to just under 1000 rpm. Moving air is barely audible within two meters where I sit. In the summer months, the c...
by Mr. B
Sat Jul 31, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Still... A P180 Rig: Mod for Behind the Motherboard Cabling
Replies: 7
Views: 9245

Still... A P180 Rig: Mod for Behind the Motherboard Cabling

This is the third build in my beloved Antec P180 case. The first and second builds were also posted here. Prior modifications to this case including removing the fan grills and improving airflow on the filter doors, both now commonly seen modifications. Full gallery with 8mp images located at http:/...
by Mr. B
Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:04 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Is it me or have things slowed down considerably?
Replies: 44
Views: 23276

I stopped frequenting SPCR well over a year ago as I don't frequently upgrade my desktop. A lot of my attention was devoted to my laptop collection as a lot of my computer was happening away from home. I recently graduated from college and now I'm spending a lot more time at home. My laptops are in ...
by Mr. B
Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:30 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Recycled Chieftec
Replies: 52
Views: 16787

...pretty impressive feat if you actually got this case to be quiet. I had one of these a few years back and it was quite awful noise-wise. That was the only reason I replaced it with a P180.
by Mr. B
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5 TB - Have anyone tried it?
Replies: 47
Views: 30597

I just thought I'd chime in real quick. I bought two of these things to replace some Samsung HD501LJ drives and I'm very happy with the (lack of) noise coming from both drives. They are admirably quiet. The seek noise is audible at close distances but not offensive. Any sound they make while spinnin...
by Mr. B
Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:08 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silent but Speedy Homer Sever
Replies: 6
Views: 5726

Typically I put Artic Silver on the tip, then tape them as clost to the die of the compont I'm looking at as possible. That way I can get a more accurate readings. That's a cool idea. I never would have thought to put thermal paste on a temp sensor. I'm glad to hear the wd15eads drives are quiet as...
by Mr. B
Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: M-ITX DIY case with 120mm fan / now with HD3450 mod!
Replies: 30
Views: 35923

Lovely case, sort of reminds me of the vintage alarm clocks I collect.

What's the story on those speaker stands?
by Mr. B
Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:45 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: P182 W/ Mugen2
Replies: 15
Views: 5910

nice and tidy. I would also recommend removing the upper cage... and maybe breaking out the black spray paint for that floppy drive.
by Mr. B
Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: TNN 500AF + SSD + 6 monitors
Replies: 31
Views: 32939

That's a pretty impressive setup. I can't remember the last time I saw one of those Zalman cases here in the gallery.

Two questions. What's the application for all that screen real estate and what's the shiny enclosure device at far right?
by Mr. B
Tue May 26, 2009 8:17 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: A perfectionist HTPC build, The PITA of Media
Replies: 32
Views: 18788

That is one sharp looking rig. I couldn't think of a single nitpicking remark.
by Mr. B
Mon May 18, 2009 12:31 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Yet Another P182 with some Ducting
Replies: 12
Views: 8612

Did you record any comparison temps with and without the ducting? That GPU temp seems pretty high for an aftermarket cooler.
by Mr. B
Sun May 17, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5 TB - Have anyone tried it?
Replies: 47
Views: 30597

Great to hear there's another 1.5tb drive on the market... especially since Seagate's 7200.11 disaster drive only has one direct competitor.
by Mr. B
Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: P182, D830@3.8, HR-01+, 3HDD etc
Replies: 9
Views: 4189

axee wrote:There was never room for middle fan between HDDs and PSU, but I really want to keep drives cool.

Why? Do you think it isn't good solution?
Based on your pictures I don't see why one wouldn't fit.
by Mr. B
Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:09 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Another P182 fan install
Replies: 8
Views: 4269

It looks like you need a very neat job in making all the little modifications you did. I do find this trend of putting the HD cooling fan at the front rather perplexing, however.
by Mr. B
Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: P182, D830@3.8, HR-01+, 3HDD etc
Replies: 9
Views: 4189

What was your reasoning behind your choice to mount the hard drive fan like that?
by Mr. B
Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec Micro Fusion 350 HTPC
Replies: 14
Views: 12607

Nice build. That is one sharp-looking case.
by Mr. B
Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: whats the deal with Velociraptors?
Replies: 9
Views: 3090

Fast, Small, Quiet, Expensive - http://www.silentpcreview.com/WD_Velociraptor
by Mr. B
Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Choosing a VelociRaptor
Replies: 8
Views: 2242

I did some looking and the difference between the blue and black seem minimal. That being the case, I found no reason or evidence that the black would be noticeably louder than the blue. For me the double cache (lower CPU usage?) and 5 year warranty are sufficient motivation to pay the small price p...
by Mr. B
Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Choosing a VelociRaptor
Replies: 8
Views: 2242

I think I'm sold on the Caviar Black. I had a look at performance and they are more than sufficiently comparable for my needs.

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by Mr. B
Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Choosing a VelociRaptor
Replies: 8
Views: 2242

I haven't considered the Cavair black but I certainly will. I am currently using Samsung's HD501LJ drives in my PC and I just want a faster C drive with no additional noise penalty.
by Mr. B
Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Choosing a VelociRaptor
Replies: 8
Views: 2242

Choosing a VelociRaptor

I am looking to buy a new "C:\" drive as part of upgrades I'll be doing this year. I've read a handful of the topics here and decided to take a chance on the noise factor and buy a 300gb WD VelociRaptor drive and NoVibes 2.5. From what I've read, it seems the WD3000BLFS (no icepack) is the best choi...
by Mr. B
Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Post Your Workstation setup
Replies: 25
Views: 12988

http://mrbsdomain.com/gallery/var/resizes/repository/deskhistory/My%20Desk%20-%20January%202010.jpg?m=1362045433 Pictured: Safco 1933 - 54'' Reversible Top Desk Two (2) Samsung 226BW 22'' LCD monitors Humanscale M7 Dual-monitor mount (M7T2A22G17Q) Logitech THX Z-5300e 280 Watts RMS 5.1 Speakers Log...
by Mr. B
Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Cheap Way to Add HDMI port with Audio Support?
Replies: 3
Views: 1404

Cheap Way to Add HDMI port with Audio Support?

I have a reasonably standard desktop PC (see sig) and I want to add an HDMI port with audio support to it. My mobo has spidf pin-out which I understand is required for audio. I currently have an nvidia 7800gt card which i'm using for my dual monitor setup. I'm not yet ready to upgrade my main card a...
by Mr. B
Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:01 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My New Box
Replies: 6
Views: 4270

pics or it didn't happen :)
by Mr. B
Thu May 08, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: No fans
Replies: 28
Views: 10890

I'd also like to echo my 'colleagues' here, hard drives are simply louder than good, undervolted fans. YOu're much better off investing your efforts and funds in quiet hard drives than just turning off the fans and hoping nothing melts.