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by ck8-04
Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec Solo II Gamer
Replies: 7
Views: 5019

Re: Antec Solo II Gamer

Thanks, guys! When I designed the machine, my priorities were, starting with the most important, reliability, manufacturer support, acoustics, serviceability, performance and aesthetics. Because manufacturer support was the second most important criteria for me, most of the components I've selected ...
by ck8-04
Sat Dec 27, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec Solo II Gamer
Replies: 7
Views: 5019

Re: Antec Solo II Gamer

Time for an update. Upgrades are in italics : Case: Antec Solo II PSU: Corsair AX650 CPU: Intel Core i7 980 CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 Fans: Noctua NF-P12 (exhaust), Noctua NF-P12 PWM (CPU) MoBo: Intel DX58SO revision 705 (final revision) RAM: 12GB (3 x 4GB) Crucial DDR3-1333 GPU: eVGA Geforce G...
by ck8-04
Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Tower vs. downdraft?
Replies: 2
Views: 2199

Re: Tower vs. downdraft?

Hi lodestar,
Thanks for your insight, but I ended up going with the U12P SE2 because of its lower weight, lower price, and better performance with low airflow. It turns out that my concerns were only partially unfounded. I created a new thread about my new system here.
by ck8-04
Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec Solo II Gamer
Replies: 7
Views: 5019

Antec Solo II Gamer

Let me first say that I was using the original Antec Solo in my previous build and the Solo II is a major improvement over the original for me. Case: Antec Solo II PSU: Corsair AX650 CPU: Intel Core i7 980 CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 Fans: Noctua NF-P12 (exhaust), Noctua NF-P12 PWM (CPU), Scythe ...
by ck8-04
Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:42 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic website listing Platinum 520w, 660w and 760w PSUs
Replies: 25
Views: 16053

Re: Seasonic website listing Platinum 520w, 660w and 760w PS

I have the Seasonic Platinum 520 and it emits an audible buzzing that can be heard from a few feet away. The buzzing changes pitch if there is any hard drive activity. I will be returning it for the X-560.
by ck8-04
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Tower vs. downdraft?
Replies: 2
Views: 2199

Tower vs. downdraft?

I've recently inherited an Intel DX58SO and a Core i7 980 and I'd like to build a new system using these components: XFX Radeon HD 6870 (already own) Intel SSD 320 160GB (already own) Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250 Hybrid TV Tuner w/ Video Recorder PCI-E x 1 (already own) Antec Solo II Seasonic SS-520FL K...
by ck8-04
Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:21 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gelid Icy Vision vs. Accelero Twin Turbo
Replies: 3
Views: 3025

Re: Gelid Icy Vision vs. Accelero Twin Turbo

Thanks for the responses. I wish I didn't need to buy the cooler so soon but there was a defect with the stock cooler where the fan rubbed against the shroud. I went with the Icy Vision and it did not work with the stock heat plate as depicted here so I ended up having to use the included RAMsinks a...
by ck8-04
Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:21 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gelid Icy Vision vs. Accelero Twin Turbo
Replies: 3
Views: 3025

Gelid Icy Vision vs. Accelero Twin Turbo

I just received an XFX reference 6870 to replace a dead 5850, but my Thermalright T-Rad won't fit on the 6870. I did some research on Google and the 2 coolers in the subject caught my interest. What I like about the Icy Vision is that I can use the stock heatplate for cooling the memory and VRMs, bu...
by ck8-04
Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Recommendations for a good 16:10 aspect gaming monitor?
Replies: 33
Views: 5520

Re: Recommendations for a good 16:10 aspect gaming monitor?

Still not sure about the HP ZR24W or Dell U2412M though. I hear that Dell have appalling customer service if you have a fault and the ZR24W doesn't do scaling properly. As I'm only going to be using it with my PCs, I can use the scaling options in Catalyst, but I'm not sure how well they work. They...
by ck8-04
Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:37 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Recommendations for a good 16:10 aspect gaming monitor?
Replies: 33
Views: 5520

Re: Recommendations for a good 16:10 aspect gaming monitor?

tanassi wrote:Does it buzz when contrast is reduced?
No. I am very annoyed by the buzzing from inverters in other monitors, but I can't hear a thing out of this one. I have brightness set to 7/100 and contrast at 100/100.
by ck8-04
Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:56 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Recommendations for a good 16:10 aspect gaming monitor?
Replies: 33
Views: 5520

Re: Recommendations for a good 16:10 aspect gaming monitor?

The 2007FP is 4:3. 16:10 is a widescreen ratio.
by ck8-04
Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Recommendations for a good 16:10 aspect gaming monitor?
Replies: 33
Views: 5520

Re: Recommendations for a good 16:10 aspect gaming monitor?

Here's another recommendation for the HP ZR24W. I am very anal about the noise coming out of my monitors and of the quality of the panels themselves. Believe me when I say this: this is the quietest IPS monitor I've ever used. Not only is it quiet, but it meets all of your requirements.
by ck8-04
Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:11 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Can I have 2 video cards but only activate one of them?
Replies: 11
Views: 1993

Re: Can I have 2 video cards but only activate one of them?

[quote="tzhu07...I was hoping that someone out there managed to combine the best of both worlds...quote] I believe I've come pretty close. My goals when I built the machine in my sig were very similar to yours except I wanted the video card to be very quiet even at maximum load. I ran stability test...
by ck8-04
Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Intel 6-series chips are damaged goods, now what?
Replies: 5
Views: 812

Re: Intel 6-series chips are damaged goods, now what?

Why not just upgrade to a Q9300 or a Q9550 if you have such a need for a quad core? It's the cheapest option and the P45 platform is still solid for gaming. Hell, I'm still using a 975X chipset with a Q6700 and I can run all my games at 1920x1200 with near max settings.
by ck8-04
Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build
Replies: 12
Views: 1936

Re: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build

Sorry, I should've been more clear with that. I meant the heatsink with the stock fan installed. Even if I replaced the stock fan with a slimmer fan, there would be a very miniscule amount of space between it and the PSU so airflow would be restricted. The more I think about this, the more I lean to...
by ck8-04
Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build
Replies: 12
Views: 1936

Re: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build

Well, I attempted to assemble the system today and there's one issue. The CPU heatsink is too tall for the case by between 5-10 millimeters. With the heatsink mounted, the PSU can not be installed. I've presented three options to myself: return the Scythe Samurai-ZZ for something shorter, replace th...
by ck8-04
Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD15EARS-00MVWB0 - 2 or 3 platter drive?
Replies: 8
Views: 3900

Re: WD15EARS-00MVWB0 - 2 or 3 platter drive?

Lawrence Lee wrote:The ribs on the bottom of the drive don't look tall enough for a 2-platter model.
That is my thought exactly. Like I said, I'll grab a scale and weigh both the WD10EADS and the WD15EARS just to make sure.
by ck8-04
Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD15EARS-00MVWB0 - 2 or 3 platter drive?
Replies: 8
Views: 3900

Re: WD15EARS-00MVWB0 - 2 or 3 platter drive?

Here is the bottom of the drive:
Image

My WD10EADS-00L5B1 has the exact same frame. I think this WD15EARS is indeed a 3 platter drive. I'll weigh the drive once I find a scale just to be sure.
by ck8-04
Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD15EARS-00MVWB0 - 2 or 3 platter drive?
Replies: 8
Views: 3900

WD15EARS-00MVWB0 - 2 or 3 platter drive?

I just received a WD15EARS at my door and it has a revision code of 00MVWB0. I know that a WD 20 EARS-00MVWB0 exists, but this is the first time I have seen this code on a WD15EARS. Does anyone know how many platters this drive uses? http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/aznxgenius/My%20computers/wd...
by ck8-04
Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build
Replies: 12
Views: 1936

Re: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build

Understood. How are the acoustics on the stock 140mm Lian-Li fan? I may just use it and undervolt it if it's decently quiet. And should it be blowing inwards or outwards since there's no rear exhaust?
by ck8-04
Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build
Replies: 12
Views: 1936

Re: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build

What do you mean? Do you have any suggestions, then?
by ck8-04
Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build
Replies: 12
Views: 1936

Re: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build

So it looks like I'll be settling on a Scythe Samurai-ZZ. Keeping in mind a passively cooled CPU, would it be more efficient for the front 140mm fan to exhaust or intake air?
by ck8-04
Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build
Replies: 12
Views: 1936

Re: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build

Thanks for the tip. I changed it to a Scorpio Black (already have one somewhere). Going back to the subject of heatsinks, it looks like anything with a backplate is ruled out since there are components on the backside of the DG45FC that prohibit their use. The Scythe Samurai-ZZ, Big Shuriken, and Pr...
by ck8-04
Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build
Replies: 12
Views: 1936

Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build

I'm in the market for a new WHS and, so far, I've decided on the following parts: Lian Li PC-Q11 Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 (already own) Intel DG45FC WDC 160GB Scorpio Black (for OS, already own) 2x WDC 1.5TB GP drives (RAID 1, for data) Mushkin 2x1GB DDR2-800 (already own) Seasonic SS-300ES (already o...
by ck8-04
Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Has DFI (LanParty) definitely gone?
Replies: 15
Views: 2866

I was sold on Intel the moment I tried out their D875PBZ 'Bonanza' motherboard. I use nothing but Intel when I build Intel systems. To put it in short: best BIOS change log in the industry, edited English on documentation and BIOS, extremely easy BIOS updates (Windows, ISO, floppy), easy to find dri...
by ck8-04
Wed May 26, 2010 4:20 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ThermalRight T-Rad2, worse than stock cooler.
Replies: 7
Views: 1470

I have an XFX 5850 Black Edition with a T-Rad2, a VRM-R4, and a Scythe S-Flex 800RPM and I'm getting 38C idle and 75C load, and that load temperature is from Furmark with Xtreme Burning Mode on. There is definitely something wrong with your cooler. I'm with echn111 in recommending an RMA of the cool...
by ck8-04
Sun May 16, 2010 7:46 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 78564

That's my exact video card setup and it works much better than the stock cooling.
by ck8-04
Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX vs. Visiontek
Replies: 2
Views: 2543

XFX vs. Visiontek

Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade my 9800GT to a 5850 and I've been spoiled by EVGA's superior service and warranty (they once upgraded me from a 7950GT to an 8800GTS). I haven't purchased an ATI card since the X850XT (this was a Sapphire) and I need help deciding between Visiontek and XFX. I see tha...
by ck8-04
Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Own a flat panel? Don't go to this link.
Replies: 27
Views: 3720

What about us IPS panel owners?
by ck8-04
Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:40 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH55TC drivers and similar?
Replies: 5
Views: 3317

Try not to use the drivers on the included CD if you can. They are usually outdated. Grab the latest drivers here. You can also download and install the latest BIOS as well as the Rapid Storage Manager (the Matrix Storage Manager has been renamed).