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by zerok66
Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:40 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How to silent my DVD-Rom
Replies: 1
Views: 1390

How to silent my DVD-Rom

Hi Guys,

I have a DVDRW recommended on this site for being fairly quiet... but I can say it aint :( - I have seen some comments about on software that slows down the drive? Is this correct... if so what should I look to install to slow the spin down?

Cheers,
by zerok66
Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can I get freesat HD through Vista MCE & Sky Dish?
Replies: 1
Views: 1222

Can I get freesat HD through Vista MCE & Sky Dish?

Hi Guys, Just setup a second room in my new house as a second TV/Games room. The aerial in the house is awful and I dont get decent signal. I have a Sky Dish already setup with Sky+ in the main TV room. Wondered if it would be possible to get a Satellite TV card for the PC and link this to the SKY d...
by zerok66
Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NAS Box Recommendation for my environment
Replies: 6
Views: 2255

Thanks, gone with the 209 II and it will be mounted in a rack cab in my roof, so noise is not an issue.

Went with the 209 in the end for its Surveilence software which I think I would make use of in time :)
by zerok66
Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NAS Box Recommendation for my environment
Replies: 6
Views: 2255

Right, looks like the TS-201 is the baby for me. I will take a page out of your book and try get some cheap and nasty device to do incremental replication backups to :)
by zerok66
Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:45 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NAS Box Recommendation for my environment
Replies: 6
Views: 2255

Wow... QNAP products certainly tick every single box under the sun!! The 209 looks like just the toy for the job. Possibly a bit overkill, but certainly some of the functions it offers I would take advantage of. Thanks, would you mind if I dropped you a PM if I got one and got a little stuck? I woul...
by zerok66
Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NAS Box Recommendation for my environment
Replies: 6
Views: 2255

NAS Box Recommendation for my environment

Hi Guys, Been reading up on what raid boxes are avaialble and it seems the D-Link DNS-323 is a pretty decent choice. I have a stack of old SATA HDD's and so this could work well. My home network is as follows: Vista Home Premium PC - Acting as a Media Center Apple iMac - Running both MacOS and Vista...
by zerok66
Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Good 5.1 Speaker system with rear wireless speakers
Replies: 0
Views: 936

Good 5.1 Speaker system with rear wireless speakers

Hi Guys, Don't need anything too flash as this will go in a home office - my HTPC has been replaced by sky+, so my HTPC has been stuffed itno my home office I am building. I looked up good speaker systems and the Logitech Z-5450 looked great, reviewed by Toms hardware as a winner - but that was a ye...
by zerok66
Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sapphire 3850 SILENT Heatpipe 512MB
Replies: 89
Views: 42237

Sapphire 3850 SILENT Heatpipe 512MB

Thanks to your help here and a few reviews online, it seems the 3850 runs at half the temp of the 3750 yet is not too much slower. Searching for stock of a 3850 has proven difficult, but has led me to find this: http://www.expreview.com/img/news/071130/sapphire_3850_512mb_15.jpg http://www.expreview...
by zerok66
Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 3850 vs. 3870
Replies: 37
Views: 12562

Found the following review... look at these temperatures...

http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/vi ... 2429&cid=3

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So no brainer then, the 3850 with 512mb memory, now all I need to do is find someone with stock!!

Cheers,
by zerok66
Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:45 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 3850 vs. 3870
Replies: 37
Views: 12562

Right found this MSI 3870 512MB Over Clock edition in stock...

http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func ... at2_no=137

Any reason to chose this over the Sapphire or vice vercer?
by zerok66
Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:59 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 3850 vs. 3870
Replies: 37
Views: 12562

Hi Guys, Everything I do is at 2560x1600. I have had my 8600GT struggle a bit with MCE playing back movies at this res. I have had it up to here with nVidia cards. Every generation I have had has had some issue or another, all I ever read with Media Center users is how flawless the ATI seem to perfo...
by zerok66
Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:07 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 3850 vs. 3870
Replies: 37
Views: 12562

3850 vs. 3870

Hi guys,

Any reason to choose one over the other... ignoring costs.

I dont game much, but do run a 30" dell monitor at silly resolutions. I would like to cool it silently, preferably not passively as my case suffers from poor airflow (OrigenAE X11).

Cheers,
by zerok66
Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Should I ditch my passive cooled 8600GTS?
Replies: 5
Views: 2230

No probs with modding, I shall get the credit card out followed by the hacksaw :) thanks guys.
by zerok66
Fri Dec 07, 2007 4:34 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Should I ditch my passive cooled 8600GTS?
Replies: 5
Views: 2230

Should I ditch my passive cooled 8600GTS?

Hi Guys,

I think its time for an upgrade... wanting to move to ATI, but not sure if this is a wise thing. Are there any passive/silent cards out there wiht an ATI chipset that would offer better performance than the 8600?

Thanks,
by zerok66
Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:57 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: E6750 Idle Temps - Do They Look About Right?
Replies: 19
Views: 7282

Another example of this board (VERY similar) and a Ninja (Full size) with the E6750... his results are very similar to mine...

viewtopic.php?t=42462&highlight=
by zerok66
Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:55 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: [60+ PHOTOS] A Newbies Journey to a Silent PC [56k WARNING!]
Replies: 43
Views: 30848

Great results!! Makes me almost want one of those cases... but I am a HTPC case lover, and so have crammed VERY similar hardware into my HTPC case, but have had pretty decent results.

Great write up, fantastic end result!
by zerok66
Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Best P35 Motherboard?
Replies: 16
Views: 5532

I have voted for the gigabyte... I researched for several weeks on what to get. I ended up getting the gigabyte just because everyone said that was the way to go... something about the solid capacitors being great for running cool and reliably
by zerok66
Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:34 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja Mini + Gigabyte P35-DS3P/R
Replies: 5
Views: 2793

There have been a couple posts recently about this cooler and the E6750... with not great results. I am using an SI-128 thermalright cooler with a 120mm fan - I am getting great idle temps in my awful OrigenAE X11 case. Never really stressed it - but I am guessing I will get great results. The syste...
by zerok66
Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:22 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja Mini experience
Replies: 14
Views: 6471

Second post regarding the E6750 and the scyth ninja mini... see here: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=42893&highlight= I am using an awfully flowing case (OrigenAE HTPC) using the thermalright SI-128 cooler + 120mm fan. I have not done any load testing, but initial idle and gene...
by zerok66
Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:16 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: E6750 Idle Temps - Do They Look About Right?
Replies: 19
Views: 7282

Right... I have the same board, same processor, running Vista and using speedfan my results are as follows at idle: CPU Temp: 25-30 degrees Core 1: 15 degrees Core 2: 16 degrees I am using the OrigenAE X11 HTPC Case which is knows to flow very poorly... I am using the Thermalright SI-128 cooler with...
by zerok66
Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: noisy 30" monitors?
Replies: 13
Views: 3858

I have the Dell 3007WFP-HC and this from time to time can buzz - like an electronic buzz, but switching off and back on again seems to make it go silent. On a separate note my 40" bravia in the living room has what looks like a 120mm fan in the top rear of the screen, but it is in-audible and has ne...
by zerok66
Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My Silent Performance HTPC Struggle - Moving to P35 Core2Duo
Replies: 3
Views: 2036

Here are the pics: Before: Athlon 64 4200+ x2, nForce4-SLI 4GB DDR Temps: CPU - 45-65 Northbridge - 70-76 Graphics - Hot to the touch Memory - RED hot to the touch HDD's 35-45 PSU - Warm to the touch http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a41/ZeroK66/PC/P1020895.jpg http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a41/Ze...
by zerok66
Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: What processor Q6600 Quad or E6850 DC?
Replies: 21
Views: 7745

Well my E6750 runs VERY cool in my "average" air flowing HTPC case. CPU temp reads at 25degrees - core 1: 15 core 2: 16 at idle. When pushed these figures dont change hugely. A MASSIVE improvement from my AMD 4200 x2 which ran at around 45-55 degrees at idle.
by zerok66
Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:03 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fusion Max -- ATX version of Antec Fusion is coming
Replies: 156
Views: 111524

Having removed my HDD rack and 80mm fan + DIY installing a 120mm fan into my origenAE X11 v2 case (reducing 3.5" bays to 2) my case flows very well, runs silent and very cool. :D
by zerok66
Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:01 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Single DVI Low Profile VGA Card -> 2 x Monitors?
Replies: 3
Views: 1858

That is exactly what I thought... I was just thrown by the fact that there are low profile single DVI cards out there that have some form of DVI splitter cable in the box which DOES actually support 2 x separate monitor signals. I guess this must be a proprietary DVI connector/cable.

Thanks
by zerok66
Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My Silent Performance HTPC Struggle - Moving to P35 Core2Duo
Replies: 3
Views: 2036

Hi Guys, Latest is: I finally received my SSD (same as the one reviewed here: http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/08/13/flash_based_hard_drives_cometh/index.html ) and all I can say is WOW. My system is entirely silent now and is lightning quick. Opening apps such a media player, media centre, IE etc e...
by zerok66
Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:58 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Single DVI Low Profile VGA Card -> 2 x Monitors?
Replies: 3
Views: 1858

Single DVI Low Profile VGA Card -> 2 x Monitors?

Hi Guys,

Am I correct in assuming - if I own a Dual Link DVI low profile graphics card with a single DVI-I connector - I can get a DVI splitter cable which will allow me to run 2 x monitors through Windows (as separate displays)?

Thanks,
by zerok66
Fri Aug 03, 2007 7:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fusion Max -- ATX version of Antec Fusion is coming
Replies: 156
Views: 111524

What are the alternatives then to a cool (for a HTPC) case that is full ATX? Since I have moved to c2d system I have dropped loads of temp and my CPU cores idle at 15-20 degrees. I have not loaded it yet, so these temps could still get silly high. Waiting for my SSD to arrive then I can move HDD's a...
by zerok66
Fri Aug 03, 2007 7:01 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Corsair HX520 most silent PSU to buy?
Replies: 17
Views: 7309

Modular - non-modular???? Eh, please help me? I have no idea what you guys are talking about :( I am interested in the HX530 to run my system when I change cases... but not sure what all this modular stuff is about. Quick google search found nothing and searching the forums it is just discussed as a...
by zerok66
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS, Gigabyte or ABIT P35 board for Q6600?
Replies: 39
Views: 18136

I chose the gigabyte too with DDR 2/3 support.

I was tempted by the Q6600 but was unable to find the B0 stepping and so settled for the E6750 - more that quick enough and nice and cool. Both cores idle between 15-20 degrees c :)