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by Fëanor
Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Looking for 2 2.5" silent drives to run in RAID0 config
Replies: 27
Views: 5635

All I can say is that I recommend 2 TB 3.5" HDD's. Large cheap storage capacity is the only advantage left for HDD's. I know that's not a great way to achieve silence, though.
by Fëanor
Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cases with separated area for power supply?
Replies: 13
Views: 2342

I'd solve this by using a fanless power supply. As long as there is some amount of airflow on it, it'll be fine. And without fans it won't pull in hot air :)
by Fëanor
Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Micro ATX case recommendations
Replies: 53
Views: 13515

My plan is to use the SG03-F with one of the new Seasonic fanless 460W PSU's that are coming, and a Dynatron G618 2U fanless CPU cooler on a 130W CPU. There will also be a fanless HD5750. Never! ;) The video card is not a problem, because the front intake fan is close by to blow air across the pass...
by Fëanor
Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: $150US Budget - Which CPU/Mobo/IGP-GPU?
Replies: 18
Views: 2726

If you want your kid to have fun playing Starcraft 2 or Diablo 3, spring for a graphics card. Your kid will not enjoy lag or poor-quality graphics very much.

My 256MB 8600GTS is barely enough for SC2.
by Fëanor
Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:34 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Looking for short 1u case w/ 5.25 bay (NAS build)
Replies: 2
Views: 867

It's expensive but for $258:

http://www.hd-plex.com/H10.ODD.html

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by Fëanor
Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Bending Heatpipes on Heatsinks Help?
Replies: 20
Views: 5838

If you're willing to take the chance, go for it.

I think it hurt the performance, though. How much remains to be seen. I think the solid wick structure inside the heatpipe could be damaged, hampering the flow of the fluid.
by Fëanor
Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Micro ATX case recommendations
Replies: 53
Views: 13515

...SG04-FH... Don't do it! It puts the PSU tightly up against the CPU area, on the left side. Very cramped space for cpu heatsink, and likelihood of high cpu/psu heat interaction. Think it'll be that bad? I'll find out. My plan is to use the SG03-F with one of the new Seasonic fanless 460W PSU's th...
by Fëanor
Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Newegg renames item to increase sales
Replies: 14
Views: 18327

I've got news for you: NewEgg doesn't make up names for the products. They enter the manufacturer's product name into their database. [quote=zodaex]4. Having to wait 10 seconds for the "the way it's nvidia ment to be played" logo to go the fuck away when you launch a videogame and want to play the v...
by Fëanor
Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU cooling might not be the most important thing to review
Replies: 24
Views: 5535

Re: CPU cooling might not be the most important thing to rev

You're looking to solve a problem that doesn't really exist. There are not common problems with the temperature of these components. Adding cooling costs money, power, and noise. Show me the benefit of those expenditures, and it better be more than theoretical component life if you want to convince ...
by Fëanor
Sat Jun 26, 2010 6:38 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Any advantage to connecting gigabit ethernet to PCIx16 slot?
Replies: 3
Views: 3857

IMO it won't benefit you at all versus the integrated ethernet. The motherboard architecture isn't the bottleneck; Windows is. Vista/7/Server 2008 use a newer TCP/IP stack that significantly improved network throughput compared to XP, but it's still not capable of using the hardware's full potential...
by Fëanor
Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: C2D E6400, P45, HD3850 draw 77W idle, need less!
Replies: 10
Views: 2929

Based on some Googling (not 100% reliable) it sounds like the box of your HD 3850 recommends at least a 450W power supply.

If that is indeed the case a PicoPSU won't cut it.
by Fëanor
Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright HR-02 !!!
Replies: 52
Views: 31911

I think a properly secured motherboard can easily handle a couple pounds of tension. The Thermalright bolt-thru kits are pretty secure.

I just know I love my HR-01.
by Fëanor
Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How Can I Silence My....Speakers?
Replies: 21
Views: 9931

Awesome, thanks for your suggestions you guys. The case is an Antec P182 that's heavily lined with AcoustiPack sound-absorbing foam. I'm not sure much EMF is getting in there. Based on all your input I'm pretty sure the subwoofer itself is the problem, and is amplifying the interference to the speak...
by Fëanor
Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:29 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How Can I Silence My....Speakers?
Replies: 21
Views: 9931

How Can I Silence My....Speakers?

I have a set of Creative Inspire P7800 7.1 speakers. They are great for the money ($80 when I bought them a couple years ago). However, they are very susceptible to interference from EMF-generating devices such as cell phones. When it was only a problem with cell phones, it was not so bad as the pro...
by Fëanor
Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Is this possible? wireless and wired networks at once
Replies: 4
Views: 4194

Good luck; I always run into conflicts when combining a wireless connection with a wired one. When troubleshooting network issues on a laptop the first thing I do is disable the wireless adapter.
by Fëanor
Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: antec p-183 vs. 182- final conclusion/s?
Replies: 24
Views: 6177

Just wondering, why do you insist on 'fun' instead of 'fan'? Not trying to nitpick but you were just so consistent with it...

I would go with whichever is cheaper. The differences will be incredibly small, and you'll be happy with either case.
by Fëanor
Fri Oct 30, 2009 9:10 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case or no case?
Replies: 7
Views: 2107

A case with airflow will keep components cooler than an open case. It also protects them. Also, personally I think that the open-style cases (like the "Bzerk" case or the Antec skeleton case) look terrible (I prefer a clean look). If you moved the Noctua 120mm on the case near the CPU, then the HR-0...
by Fëanor
Wed Oct 28, 2009 9:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Suggestions to this fanless HTPC case?
Replies: 11
Views: 6483

Are you able to fix the images in the first post? I'm curious to see the temperatures and how effective the heatpipes are.
by Fëanor
Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: ***Public Service Announcement***
Replies: 19
Views: 3913

The filters on the P182 keep the inside of the case pretty darn clean, but thank you for the reminder. Usually a good idea to open it up and clean it out whether I think it needs it or not.
by Fëanor
Fri May 02, 2008 6:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: XP Stability Issues and SATA issues
Replies: 1
Views: 988

XP Stability Issues and SATA issues

Hi Everyone, Here are the specs of the machine: Case = Antec P182 Fans = 3× Noctua NF-S12-1200 (1200 rpm but I don't remember if I put in the resistors to lower the rpm, too lazy to open the case to check) Hard Drive = Hitachi Deskstar 7K160 HDS721616PLA380 (160GB) Hard Drive Cushions = 2× TheraPr...
by Fëanor
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:30 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Which fans are needed for P182?
Replies: 5
Views: 1824

I'd guess that you should be OK if you put the 3 hard drives in the lower chamber along with one of the 1200RPM fans. Put an 800RPM fan in the rear opening. Put a 3rd fan in the top exhaust or clipped to the middle drive cage depending on how you want air to flow over your CPU. Personally I have had...
by Fëanor
Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Which fans are needed for P182?
Replies: 5
Views: 1824

What type of components are you cooling and how are they arranged? If you have a fanless PSU or you have multiple hard drives in the lower chamber, you should probably put a fan there. Do you have a fan on your CPU heatsink? I don't, so I put fans in both the rear and top 120mm openings to pull a lo...
by Fëanor
Sat Sep 15, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Help with P182 5.25 Installation
Replies: 5
Views: 2911

Alright, that's what I thought, just wanted to check before I broke something off that didn't need to break. :oops:

Thanks!
by Fëanor
Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:54 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Help with P182 5.25 Installation
Replies: 5
Views: 2911

Help with P182 5.25 Installation

Hi, I'm building my first system in a P182 and I'm trying to install my DVD drive. The manual only says: "Carefully remove the plastic drive bay cover and the metal plate covering the drive bay." The plastic cover popped right out as it should. But the metal plate seems to be a part of the case. It ...
by Fëanor
Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My HTPC Build 2007
Replies: 26
Views: 12799

Lensman wrote: Will the 8600GTS feed sound over HDMI? That's the main reason I'm inclined to get the 2600XT.
Ah, OK, I see. Didn't think of that. I looked at the MSI website and the 2600XT has an integrated HD audio controller.

No mention of anything like that on the 8600GTS.
by Fëanor
Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My HTPC Build 2007
Replies: 26
Views: 12799

I'm still without the video card, trying to figure out what to buy. I'm mostly torn between the MSI passive 2600XT card and the MSI passive 8600GTS card. At the moment I think the 8600GTS is the better choice but may have to go with the 2600XT because it would be much more convenient for me to have...
by Fëanor
Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:50 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Variant "Homebrew" Hard Drive Enclosure
Replies: 9
Views: 3454

With the right arrangement of several powerful magnets, you could "levitate" the drive in mid air. Oh, wait... ;) Too risky. The last time I was playing with really powerful magnets I managed to hurt myself. The magnets were stuck together so strongly that when I finally pried them apart one with a...
by Fëanor
Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:34 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Variant "Homebrew" Hard Drive Enclosure
Replies: 9
Views: 3454

Liquids transmit sound much better than solids, but solids transmit vibration much better than liquids. Sound is vibration. 8) True. I'm no physics expert but let me give this a shot. A solid will directly transmit vibration in the same direction and amount it is applied to the solid (ie if you hol...
by Fëanor
Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Variant "Homebrew" Hard Drive Enclosure
Replies: 9
Views: 3454

So do you guys think it would be better if I used a non-conductive water cooling fluid like Fluid XP+ Ultra or something? (cost for a 32-oz bottle is roughly the same as a couple 12g tubes of AS5) I wonder what density/viscosity would be best to use. Liquids transmit sound much better than solids, b...
by Fëanor
Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Variant "Homebrew" Hard Drive Enclosure
Replies: 9
Views: 3454

Variant "Homebrew" Hard Drive Enclosure

http://www.silentpcreview.com/files/images/alleycat/index.html My idea starts with this SPCR member's concept of gel-packs cushioning the drive inside an enclosure which I will then suspend in the case. Here's what I'm thinking. I want to use some heat-sealable anti-static bags. I was thinking of ma...