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by santacruzbob
Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:07 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: What is the best/lowest (idle) power C2D or am2 X2?
Replies: 22
Views: 7126

From my recent research I came to the conclusion that it was not possible to have an HTPC that was both low-power consuming at idle and be able to play games at decent settings (my definition of acceptable gaming settings was 1920x1080 at high quality settings). can you spell LOL? I guess some peop...
by santacruzbob
Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Doxazosin 4 mg
Replies: 17
Views: 2618

no

^^
by santacruzbob
Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:21 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Intake fans...next to useless?
Replies: 29
Views: 15153

QuietOC wrote:With intake fans you are limiting this path with the case. You are basically increasing noise and heat by forcing air to bounce against the case and slowing the air down.
lol...
by santacruzbob
Sat May 31, 2008 12:48 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Q9300 cores idle 45-48c
Replies: 22
Views: 6941

How confident are you that you're installing the push pins correctly? The last pin needed a lot of force to click in all the way. also, you have the pins twisted to the locked side when you install, not the unlocked side correct? I can't imagine even the worst example of Q9300 would run anywhere nea...
by santacruzbob
Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hypermiling: A new hobby for gas savers & environmentali
Replies: 95
Views: 23811

Another tip which wasn't immediately obvious to me was to keep the car in gear (high gear) when decelerating and braking until you almost stall. I had naively presumed that coasting in neutral would use less petrol, but it seems that that's wrong. In neutral the engine management system needs to us...
by santacruzbob
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:56 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is it bad if the heatsink base touches any solid capacitors?
Replies: 6
Views: 2256

I'd be most concerned about getting proper cpu/heatsink contact/pressure.. it's not gonna do any damage to the caps, so if temps are good you've got nothing to worry about
by santacruzbob
Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:34 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How do you calculate power requirement?
Replies: 14
Views: 3208

Spare Tire wrote:Isn't TDP the heat dissipation and not the power consumption? The CPU must certainly consume more than it dissipates.
where does it go?
by santacruzbob
Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build advice requested: Linux, GA-G33M-DS2R, ADD2, Celeron
Replies: 34
Views: 19521

wow, that's a monster post. I think you're a little confused as to your overclocking options if you think a 1333mhz fsb cpu is gonna clock better.. these new intel cpus are really, really good and it's probably going to be your motherboard holding you back-- for that you would want a higher multipli...
by santacruzbob
Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2TB storage in RAID 5 mode...
Replies: 49
Views: 16612

No offense, but that really seems like a stupid concern to me. It's already been said that pci sata controllers are very cheap and easy to find and use. You're going to be spending a considerable amount of money building your raid array ($500+), and I'm sure you want it to perform well for a long ti...
by santacruzbob
Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Server Dilemma
Replies: 19
Views: 4552

you could cut the price a little even with what it is, by only buying 1 of the 500GB drives. if you really need a lot of storage, get an 80-160gb drive for the OS [no need to make it bigger than it has to be] and then have only one 500gb drive for data storage/network access [if thats the use]. i d...
by santacruzbob
Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Server Dilemma
Replies: 19
Views: 4552

you're all over the map with those servers... I really doubt you'll have need for dual quad core xeons :P what's the intended use? just about any modern machine will do fine as a fileserver, I'm still using a P2-450 for mine and it comes close to saturating my 100mbit lan. Assuming you don't really ...
by santacruzbob
Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Looking for constructive critisism on a new build.
Replies: 7
Views: 2123

looks like a pretty good build. I would recommend going with the E21xx series cpu as I've got an E2140 that runs very cool even bsel modded to 2.13ghz that runs 28*C idle, 42*C load stock cooler @ 20*C ambient. You could save a few bucks and run undervolted yate loon fans and spend the extra cash on...
by santacruzbob
Sun Aug 19, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P180 v1.1: The front door
Replies: 1
Views: 1313

that vent on the left is probably popped out on one side. most people don't know this, but if you lift up on the top of the front fascia with the door open, you can unclip that vent and it will fold back (so you can have your front door parallel with the side of the case. be careful not to break it!
by santacruzbob
Sun Aug 19, 2007 11:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: IS 450W enough for a quad core computer?
Replies: 15
Views: 3817

600+ watts? that's such a joke. I bet you can easily get away using a 300W psu by a quality manufacturer.
by santacruzbob
Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:55 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Article on PSU size & overkill; irresponsible journalism
Replies: 137
Views: 72810

well, as an overclocker, i do get the idea of an overkill. also, as an overclocker, i'd like to choose my components carefully and with consideration. so far it did not include the psu, apparently. a 500w unit would have been more than sufficient for the components and would have had a buffer to wi...
by santacruzbob
Mon Jun 25, 2007 12:12 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Swap power supply in P150, how?
Replies: 7
Views: 2700

removing mobo

it should be like 8 screws and 5 minutes to pull the board out. definitely worth pulling it instead of risking breaking a cap or cutting a trace on the mobo or soemthing bad.
by santacruzbob
Sun Jun 24, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anybody use Portable Apps Suite?
Replies: 1
Views: 1079

portableapps suite

I've used this a little bit, it's not a complete operating system, just a collection of apps that save all their data to their root directory so you can easily move your apps+settings to other computers. I've tried running most these apps with wine under gentoo and almost all of them worked flawless...
by santacruzbob
Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: salvage my old P4 3.2Ghz into a quiet HTPC
Replies: 4
Views: 2203

I'm assuming that's a socket 478 mobo in which case I could recommend a scythe ninja cooler. You'll probably still have to run it with a fan but it should be very quiet and do a good job of cooling that heater. As far as power supply it's really up to how much you want to spend. Something like a cor...
by santacruzbob
Sat May 26, 2007 1:53 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AM2 microATX board that undervolts/underclocks
Replies: 15
Views: 6722

VIA

Have you considered getting a really low power via? it should have all the features you are looking for and will run cool and quiet :)
by santacruzbob
Sat May 26, 2007 8:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Music and File Server
Replies: 8
Views: 4408

NTFS driver

I'm assuming you intend to format the partitions with ext3 or reiserfs or something of the sort, and not NTFS. Read support for NTFS has been near flawless in linux for 5+ years. You aren't going to need to jump through any hoops or worry about fscking your disks if you only intend to copy from NTFS...
by santacruzbob
Sat May 19, 2007 9:05 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: oc'd e6600 3.6 and 8800GTX powered from 380W PSU - why not?
Replies: 13
Views: 6849

380W PSU

that sounds reasonable. I've been powering an overclocked core duo system with a 7950GT KO on a 300W sparkle psu from ~1999. numbers don't mean as much as quality.
by santacruzbob
Tue May 08, 2007 11:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPSU cable length?
Replies: 7
Views: 3943

cable length

I'm not sure how long the picopsu cable is but I do know that you can get just about any length (up to a couple feet) of ATX power extensions.. I think we sold them for about $25 for 12"
by santacruzbob
Fri Apr 06, 2007 3:19 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Thoughts on low power HDD storage
Replies: 41
Views: 26690

I think we've pretty much agreed that a complete, low power computer system will be your best bet. I'm not sure about Europe but here in the states it's not uncommon to find a cpu+mobo combo that will run fanless and dissipate under 20W at full load for under $100. The advantages of having a complet...
by santacruzbob
Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:29 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Thoughts on low power HDD storage
Replies: 41
Views: 26690

I'd have to agree with Jesse. The added hassle of adding switches and running several different controller cards would more than offset the power consumed by a low power full-fledged computer which could do everything you need (switching drives, sharing media etc)and imo be a cleaner and more functi...
by santacruzbob
Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:29 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Semi-poll of Core 2 Duo Ninja users
Replies: 46
Views: 32640

I've got an e6300 at 425fsb (~3ghz) running a ninja rev. b and my idle temps are about 40*C while under load they reach ~58*C (ambient about 20*C).. I'm really not concerned with the temps although I do have the scythe fan running at full voltage and I'm wondering if that is normal or if I should lo...