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by hikeskool
Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: New SPCR design & management
Replies: 20
Views: 4129

Re: New SPCR design & management

Good to see things up again. Not gonna waste time with sentimental stuff. Let's just say you have big shoes to fill. A few things: 1) This content is still relevant. A couple recent personal examples: - I bought a 2080 Super recently (EVGA Black; 08G-P4-3081-KR). There is almost no content out there...
by hikeskool
Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Small Footprint Silent Lab PC
Replies: 7
Views: 20943

Re: Small Footprint Silent Lab PC

Yep, over 6 months now.

Should I switch my Amazon affiliate link to something more active?
by hikeskool
Sun May 03, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Cooler Master Silencio 652S Tower Case
Replies: 10
Views: 6055

Re: Cooler Master Silencio 652S Tower Case

...do I dare the impossible? Try to retrofit her for modern, quiet computing??? I would, in fact I did and my PC is in the very similar ACTS 201. Very quiet at idle with fans 300 (140mm) to 600rpm (80mm) Load is still quiet, but not dead silent, and I'm not running low end hardware either, at the t...
by hikeskool
Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Cooler Master Silencio 652S Tower Case
Replies: 10
Views: 6055

Re: Cooler Master Silencio 652S Tower Case

Man, I wish CoolerMaster would return to its roots. You know what I'm talking about, before they built "gaming" cases to appease the teenage boy rice rocket "gamer" demographic. Just simple, sleek, and beautiful. Like the old ATC-110: http://www.hardwareluxx.de/Images/Coolermaster/ATC110/02070003.jp...
by hikeskool
Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W PSU
Replies: 44
Views: 82578

Re: Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W PSU

I just bought a Seasonic Platinum 400 power supply. I installed it in my PC which otherwise has no moving parts. The power supply is not silent at all, and clearly some of the electrical components are vibrating. Unlike other people here, I can hear mine from all the way across a room (25 feet away...
by hikeskool
Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

Abula wrote:
CA_Steve wrote:This is starting to sound like something posted at a .xxx site...
lol, and still no naked pics.... =P
You guys are too much!

I will be out of town most of Friday and Saturday but we'll see what I can get done over the weekend.
by hikeskool
Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

I've found I can't really "pull" the mounts through for fear of snapping the ends off. I just grabbed 'em with a needle nosed pliers and pulled - I had faith in their elasticity and strength. That is a good idea, especially if you grab them in the "meaty" part near the base. Nice tip, I think I'll ...
by hikeskool
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

Congrats on your build. Yeah, the Antec fan mounts were a challenge...but only had to do it once. :D I'm for sure not looking forward to that again! I've found I can't really "pull" the mounts through for fear of snapping the ends off. So I use the metal tip of a 5mm mechanical pencil to help push ...
by hikeskool
Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

Hi guys, I just thought I’d give an update here since it’s been awhile. I have ordered all my parts and have built this whole rig completely out. Unfortunately, I have run into a somewhat-common R4 problem whereby the “door clips” on the case require replacement. In short the ones that shipped with ...
by hikeskool
Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

Guru3d is my favorite place for GPUs, but for noise i think its good to compare between both as its tested with the same things on the same environment, but nothing like the chamber that SPCR has or the detail into tonality and different rpms, but still there is no much option as its limited to wha...
by hikeskool
Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

At 1920x1200, the only possible game that could use up more than 2GB or vram is something like the high rez download packs for Skyrim. If you were running >1440p, then extra memory is useful. Is there a downside to extra vram? It'll use more power. Maybe 20W-30W when in 3D mode. Will this mean a hi...
by hikeskool
Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

At 1920x1200, the only possible game that could use up more than 2GB or vram is something like the high rez download packs for Skyrim. If you were running >1440p, then extra memory is useful. Is there a downside to extra vram? It'll use more power. Maybe 20W-30W when in 3D mode. Will this mean a hi...
by hikeskool
Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

One thing I was thinking of, regarding the MSI card. I know MSI has a 4GB version of the GTX 760 as well as a 2GB version . Both are offering rebates right now, $20 and $10, respectively, as well as a free copy of Watch Dogs which looks super-cool. Is there ANY reason to believe that the 4GB version...
by hikeskool
Sun Jun 22, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

Excellent, thanks for those shots. I'm gong to see if I can somehow get my hands on a Kotetsu and try my original memory CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMY16GX3M2A1866C9 or search the QVL for something lower-profile with 1866 speeds. I'll hope...
by hikeskool
Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

Excellent, thanks for those shots. I'm gong to see if I can somehow get my hands on a Kotetsu and try my original memory CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMY16GX3M2A1866C9 or search the QVL for something lower-profile with 1866 speeds. I'll hopef...
by hikeskool
Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

How much space is between the top of your memory and the very bottom of your fan on the Macho? Would you mind terribly measuring for me? Crucial was kind enough to email me specs on the height of their memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Pr...
by hikeskool
Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

It's not a matter of being "fancy". If you use optical or HDMI for the audio, you bypass the analog circuitry on the motherboard, rely upon the Logitech or Receiver to do so, and there's very little benefit to using a sound card. If you don't bypass the analog circuitry, there MAY be benefit to the...
by hikeskool
Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

I don't think you need the sound card at all. 1) Run the optical output on the motherboard to your Logitech system. Run DVI from the video card to your Dell monitor. 2) The TV side: either, a) Run HDMI from the video card to your A/V Receiver. Run HDMI from the Receiver to your TV. Or, b) Run HDMI ...
by hikeskool
Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

I appreciate, again, the responses. All this info is very helpful! My only concern is that it might get too close to the bottom intake fan position on the R4. Is the Lazer too long or do you think it will be OK? Either way, this is a great suggestion, thanks! You have good eyes and do see things tha...
by hikeskool
Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

Thanks for your input Steve! Abula captured most of my thoughts. Here's a few more: - Wander through my signature thread. You'll see how unspectacular the stock Intel cooler is. Hah, I actually have read through your thread prior to me starting this thread and appreciate the detail you have taken in...
by hikeskool
Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

Re: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

Thanks so much for the replies! It really means a lot coming from you guys since your setups are basically what I hope to emulate at some point. Case : Fractal Design Define R4 ($100) - Looks good, relatively inexpensive, and lots of great quiet features. PSU : Seasonic SS-520FL2 ($140) - Can’t beat...
by hikeskool
Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please
Replies: 41
Views: 15802

"Value" gaming/general use build suggestions, please

I would like some evaluation of my current planned build. I’m coming from an E7400 Core 2 Duo on a P45 chipset board and a GeForce GTS 250. Right now I’m fairly pleased with the Z97 and Haswell refresh options. This is clearly a substantial upgrade for me and I want to keep my build decently quiet. ...
by hikeskool
Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W PSU
Replies: 44
Views: 82578

Re: Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W PSU

Any updates on this, is anyone experiencing any kind of problems or have they all been resolved either with newer units sold by Seasonic or obtained via RMA? Any luck with BIOS settings? Also, while the unit in the review is the "SS-520FL2" I have noticed an "SS-520FL" being sold as well. I assume t...
by hikeskool
Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SPCR Designed Computer Systems
Replies: 216
Views: 293595

peerke wrote:There is a VR available that comes without the Icepack. WD says it's for enterprise applications. http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products ... 494#jump55
Good call.

This should avoid any warranty-voiding.
by hikeskool
Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:45 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SPCR Designed Computer Systems
Replies: 216
Views: 293595

raptor

I didn't see anyone mention this as an upgrade option, but maybe offer one of the new Raptors sans the "Icepak" or whatever, since the system already uses a 2.5" drive? After reading the SPCR review of this drive I had to have it. After stripping off the Icepak and suspending it in my P182 I have be...
by hikeskool
Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Redefining Budget Gaming Graphics: ATI's HD 4670
Replies: 53
Views: 22634

dhanson865 wrote:Please learn to edit quotes properly. I never said that. The correct attribution would be to "QuietOC"
Please don't talk down to me.

It was a simple mistake.
by hikeskool
Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:28 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Redefining Budget Gaming Graphics: ATI's HD 4670
Replies: 53
Views: 22634

QuietOC wrote:
hikeskool wrote:The majority of users will probably never have a hardware or driver-related problem.
No, they will almost certainly have both hardware and driver related problems--and blame both on Microsoft! :)
Here here.
by hikeskool
Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Redefining Budget Gaming Graphics: ATI's HD 4670
Replies: 53
Views: 22634

Yep, no driver problems here. Xpert 2000, Radeon 64 VIVO, Radeon 8500, Voodoo 5 5500, Radeon 9500 (softmod 9700 Pro), X800GTO, 7900GS, X1950GT, 8600GT, 8800GT, 7300GT, 9600GSO. I have had hardware related problems with several of those--mostly nVidia based products. Just because you personally have...
by hikeskool
Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Redefining Budget Gaming Graphics: ATI's HD 4670
Replies: 53
Views: 22634

ATi has had fine drivers since the Rage 128 circa 2000. That's a joke, right? I've owned a Voodoo 2, Rage 128, TNT2 Ultra, Gefore 3 (original), Radeon 9800 Pro and now a 7800GT so I feel I have some good representation from both firms. The Geforce 3 and Radeon boxes are still up and used for some l...
by hikeskool
Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:21 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD vibration & noise reducing methods - ranked
Replies: 195
Views: 625812

Hello there, Here is my solution for removing hard disk vibrations. This is really good because you can move your PC anywhere without worry that your hard disk will fall out or be damaged. They are well placed and can be easily removed. You will need one bicycle inner rubber (2 euro) and two wood p...