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by Ethyriel
Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:57 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: In case there was any doubt, Seasonic support also rocks
Replies: 1
Views: 466

In case there was any doubt, Seasonic support also rocks

I know we all tend to get caught up on forums in the negatives, and in the ultimate performance of a product. But as we all know, there are also failures. All else being equal, I'm a big fan of products whose companies back them up. This X400 is my third Seasonic PSU, but the first time I had to con...
by Ethyriel
Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questions?
Replies: 11
Views: 3010

Re: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questi

Sorry it took so long. It's hard to tell with the power supply in, but you have about 1" to 1.25" clearance from a video card to the PSU.
by Ethyriel
Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questions?
Replies: 11
Views: 3010

Re: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questi

There's approximately 142mm from the CPU socket to the power supply, so that should give you some idea. I'll pop my old 9800GTX+ in tomorrow and try to measure that, but I don't know how accurate I'll be able to get.
by Ethyriel
Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questions?
Replies: 11
Views: 3010

Re: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questi

You have approximately 142mm by measuring the overlap of the Meghalems over my Seasonic X 460 power supply. So that might vary be socket, and you of course still have to worry about RAM, expansion cards, and junk around the socket. Unless you have parts already, I'd wait for Sandy Bridge, this case ...
by Ethyriel
Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questions?
Replies: 11
Views: 3010

Re: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questi

I'm thinking it's going to be the Thermalright AXP-140, since the socket is under the PSU. I'll get you some clearance measurements, but I don't think you'll be able to use any towers, so it's more going to be motherboard limitations.
by Ethyriel
Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questions?
Replies: 11
Views: 3010

Re: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questi

Actually, my first dry run was a little off, the Meghalems is hitting the part of the 5.25" cage which juts out a bit to act as a runner for the top 3.5" cage. A S1366 or Sandy Bridge motherboard looks like it would still be just fine. It's too bad the modularity isn't a bit different. You can take ...
by Ethyriel
Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questions?
Replies: 11
Views: 3010

Re: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questi

Well, all my internals came yesterday, and the case came today. I'm still messing around with it, but I really love this case. I've owned a ton of Lian-Li cases dating back to one of the first shipments of PC-60's to come to the US. This is by far the best build quality I've seen from them, and that...
by Ethyriel
Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questions?
Replies: 11
Views: 3010

Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questions?

I had to buy it on eBay since the only ones with stock were Sundial Micro, and I refuse to buy from them again. So I won't have it until between the 11th and 18th, but that will let me test all the others parts which should be here around Wednesday. I'm going to be building a Linux (or a very slight...
by Ethyriel
Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:17 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Recommended PSU for Mini-ITX NAS?
Replies: 8
Views: 2655

Honestly, if it's just a NAS, which it is unless you're planning on decoding the media on their with something like MPD, one of the Supermicro Atom boards might be best.
by Ethyriel
Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:45 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: passive-ish LGA 1156 heatsink for a PC-Q08
Replies: 7
Views: 2941

Tim, what kind of video card are you using? I'd be very worried about a video card that doesn't vent through the back while relying on the PSU fan to cool. Besides, I've tried that with an SG01 once before, and I was less than thrilled with the results. Mounting a fan in a PSU really seems to reduce...
by Ethyriel
Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: passive-ish LGA 1156 heatsink for a PC-Q08
Replies: 7
Views: 2941

passive-ish LGA 1156 heatsink for a PC-Q08

I'm looking for a passive heatsink for the PC-Q08. I'm going to be using the Gigabyte GA-H55N , which has some junk behind the CPU socket, so I don't think I can use a bolt through mount (unfortunately). I'm not entirely sure it will work, so I want some versatility, but this is what I'm thinking fa...
by Ethyriel
Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" 500GB drive roundup, with noise and power measurem
Replies: 2
Views: 1787

2.5" 500GB drive roundup, with noise and power measurem

http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/17010/13 The test includes the Scorpio Blue, Spinpoint M7, Travelstar 5K500.B, Momentus 5400.6, and Momentus 7200.4. They throw the Intel X25-M in there as well. I would have liked to have seen more qualitative descriptions, but such is life. It looks like the Sc...
by Ethyriel
Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need recommendation on new quiet tower style PC build case..
Replies: 6
Views: 2528

I can only say good things about my new A20, but damn did I have to pay for it. My A16 is great, as well, but is taking more work to silence. I've just started with the A20, but with careful consideration going in, it doesn't take much more than a normal build.
by Ethyriel
Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:42 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Will 520W run my dream system?
Replies: 7
Views: 2008

Only if he's right, and he is.

Most people get their concepts of power loads from maxing out cheap throwaway power supplies. Like FartingBob mentioned, those supplies aren't able to provide nearly the amount of power they claim under real world situations.
by Ethyriel
Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Good quality soundcard?
Replies: 10
Views: 2623

I absolutely love my HT Omega Striker. It works great in Linux and Windows, and does have I think hd audio compatible pin outs. It has optical in and out, and digital coax out. Very nice sound quality, too, but no shielding like some of the new Asus cards, so it does suffer badly from EMI when you m...
by Ethyriel
Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:13 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: quiet budget PSU?
Replies: 4
Views: 2006

There's a $30 MiR for the 430w Earthwatts right now, which makes it $30 from Newegg, assuming you ever get the check.
by Ethyriel
Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Could you fit a Micro-ATX in this case?
Replies: 10
Views: 4035

Are there even any mitx motherboards that support quad core? I immediately thought of the DG45FC, but it looks like Intel artificially limits that board to dual core. Probably out of heat concerns. Actually, if you could get by with a dual core processor, and don't need discrete graphics, that board...
by Ethyriel
Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super bright case leds
Replies: 17
Views: 4925

Since most of my stuff is black, I use a gob of black silicon rubber over the offending LED. It's easy enough to peel off when the time comes. This reminds me how much I love my NEC LCD, it has an option for LED brightness from 0-100% in 5% increments, and also the color between blue and green. Unfo...
by Ethyriel
Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:28 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Could you fit a Micro-ATX in this case?
Replies: 10
Views: 4035

Yeah, I'm a big fan of Lian-Li, from way back.

And yes, they did some really weird stuff for awhile, trying to innovate silence. They've always had some more normal cases (I love my A16), and their latest wave of high end cases look very interesting. My new A20 seems very promising.
by Ethyriel
Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Could you fit a Micro-ATX in this case?
Replies: 10
Views: 4035

Well, Micro ATX motherboards are specced at 244 x 244mm, though some are smaller. At that size, it's going to be very tight, and take a lot of modifications. The question is, do you have the tools to modify a Lian-Li case without great injustice and destructive force? Lian-Li does make some very att...
by Ethyriel
Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:48 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: 40mm CPU cooler suggestions?
Replies: 16
Views: 6841

Thanks for the impressions on the Scythe 40mm. I've been thinking about replacing the little 40mm fans in a couple switches at work.
by Ethyriel
Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A new PC is always exciting!
Replies: 12
Views: 2715

If you're doubting the Asus board, I've always had very good luck with Intel based Gigabyte boards. The latest I've used is the P35-DS4, and a 965P-DQ6 in my server, so I can't speak for P45. I would definitely suggest taking a look, though. I know my DS4 has very good cooling and voltage regulation...
by Ethyriel
Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:00 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Velociraptors - high pitched hum
Replies: 14
Views: 3461

David Cole wrote:Is the ICEpak heatsink off? Mine were unacceptable until I took the heatsinks off.
Yeap

I ran some stressful diagnostics to try and induce an early failure, and took that thing right off.
by Ethyriel
Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Velociraptors - high pitched hum
Replies: 14
Views: 3461

That sounds like it. HDD Scan shows it set to 254, and suggests 128. The damned thing won't let me change the setting, though. I grabbed Ultimate Boot CD, so I'll see if Hitachi's ftools work from there tomorrow.
by Ethyriel
Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HP LP2745w - new IPS monitor
Replies: 7
Views: 2728

But that's half the fun of owning a high resolution LCD, the constant need to upgrade in order to game with it. I do miss my old Cornerstone P1600 when I'm gaming sometimes, but all that heat just didn't work in the low desert. I'm sure it's nice up there in the frozen north, though. Who needs a spa...
by Ethyriel
Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua NF-P12, question, better?
Replies: 2
Views: 1811

I see no reason for you to use the P12 instead of the S12-1200, considering you don't have any back pressure. If you already have the S12, try it and find out. Every situation is a little different, so only you can answer if the cooling vs noise tradeoff is worth it to your ears. If not, I don't thi...
by Ethyriel
Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Velociraptors - high pitched hum
Replies: 14
Views: 3461

HDD Scan says it was on to begin with, but I've never used that tool before, so I'm not sure I trust that assessment. Unfortunately, I'm having a hell of a time getting a CD with Hitachi's Feature Tool to boot. It's really odd, I boot burned CD's all the time.
by Ethyriel
Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:39 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Velociraptors - high pitched hum
Replies: 14
Views: 3461

I'll trade you one of yours for mine... I have it suspended using stretch magic in a 5.25" bay, and it's by far the noisiest thing in my case. That's saying a lot since I'm still using the stock cooler on my 9800 GTX+. And no, the stretch magic isn't so tight that it's relaying the vibrations to the...
by Ethyriel
Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:34 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: In case you guys haven't seen this yet: Thermalright T-Rad^2
Replies: 20
Views: 7339

God, I just can't wait anymore, I hope they don't delay this thing again. It's going to be so perfect in my PC-A16 with the expansion slot fan venting over it. With any luck, that fan mounting hardware that impedes airflow will be easily removed. Oh, by the way, I did get confirmation from Thermalri...
by Ethyriel
Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:23 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New build - small case recommendations !?
Replies: 14
Views: 5427

+1 for the nsk3480! .... The only thing, having worked with 2 of these cases, it makes you really think about what order you install your parts. Take your time with the build, and that solid little beauty will serve you well. My parents have been complaining about the noise in their system (failed ...