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by fwki
Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #2: NCASE M1 Edition
Replies: 36
Views: 25524

Re: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #2: NCASE M1 Edition

I built an NCASE gaming machine for Christmas, and it was the first Micro ITX build that I actually enjoyed. It is amazing what you can cram into that case. I used EVGA GTX 970 ref card with the blower style cooler (model 1970) and was able to fit a full 750W ATX PSU (non-modular) because this versi...
by fwki
Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: NAS build: part list feedback?
Replies: 16
Views: 10836

Re: NAS build: part list feedback?

I use these Winmates in my pc-based Touchscreen Jukeboxes: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/130W-mini-ITX-ATX-Power-DC-DC-converter-Pico-PSU-Y2-/181347884473?pt=PCA_UPS&hash=item2a392d1db9#ht_3544wt_945 Unlike most picoPSU's they do not just pass through the brick's DC supply since these are real PSU's that g...
by fwki
Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: NAS build: part list feedback?
Replies: 16
Views: 10836

Re: NAS build: part list feedback?

duplicate removed
by fwki
Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:38 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Planned Green ITX BUild
Replies: 20
Views: 7776

Re: Planned Green ITX BUild

Hyper 212 is like four inches too tall for the case. Xeon E3-1225 95 watts TDP is far less efficient than the Xeon E3-1225V2 at 77W. Case has severerly restricted airflow for 3 HDD's with or without extra fan and cheaply made (I used it once and will never again due to broken parts). Spinup on three...
by fwki
Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:53 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: I want a quiet 2.5" HDD
Replies: 30
Views: 20387

Re: I want a quiet 2.5" HDD

Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive......http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1071-page5.html SPCR test of older model, new models are out and have more SSD memory, but I have two of these in two desktops and they are fast and silent relative to any traditional HDD.
by fwki
Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:21 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: need a recommendation for a 120mm fan...
Replies: 5
Views: 2325

Re: need a recommendation for a 120mm fan...

You may not even need a fan if you're running a <30 watt system. What's your rig.......MB, CPU, CPU cooler, graphics, HDD's and PSU?
by fwki
Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPSU vs external DC power brick
Replies: 9
Views: 3746

Re: PicoPSU vs external DC power brick

PicoPSU's also use an external AC/DC brick, so it's all about the brick wrt to efficiency. You'll have more flexibility to choose your own brick with a picoPSU rather than a bundled brick with a MB. But with a typical picoPSU your MB is subject to the quality of the 12V brick output since the picoPS...
by fwki
Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell rumors?
Replies: 13
Views: 6135

Re: Haswell rumors?

I think its probably because Haswell isn't a major change from Ivy Bridge, Intel call Haswell a tock so there isn't as many changes as when going to new a architecture. Or do i have my ticks and tocks mixed up :lol: Haswell is a Tock, but Tocks bring the new architecture. In this case the Tock brin...
by fwki
Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:04 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR (EDIT: now 12 years)
Replies: 61
Views: 51491

Re: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR

Still my favorite site and forum.....took me from overclocker to undervolter and launched me into computer-based DIY Audio. Thank you Mike.
by fwki
Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:48 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPSU advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1701

Re: PicoPSU advice

If you want a Winmate, better act fast becasue Electrodacus indicated he's selling out inventory due to time constraints. The 24V connector is INPUT ONLY unless you use it to daisy chain to a second Winmate powered by a single 200W+ brick (there's an entire thread here on that subject). Here's an eb...
by fwki
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:46 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: What is this 4 pin connector called?
Replies: 4
Views: 3115

Re: What is this 4 pin connector called?

I went through the same process looking for various brick capacities and it's apparently not a formal standard or not one that is strictly adhered to....the polarity is sometimes reversed, so be sure and test it before powering up the board.
by fwki
Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Suggestions for small microATX case similar to CM Elite 341?
Replies: 6
Views: 2950

Re: Suggestions for small microATX case similar to CM Elite

It's likely the vibrations & rattles were due to my mounting of fans and HDD. Also I did not take any further silencing measures since I was under the budget and time gun. I like the idea of magnetic sheets, expecially since I have some laying around that were used for truck signage. And best of all...
by fwki
Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:09 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Suggestions for small microATX case similar to CM Elite 341?
Replies: 6
Views: 2950

Re: Suggestions for small microATX case similar to CM Elite

I built a system for a friend using the 341 to save some money, but you get what you pay for and the Elite is a signicant step below the Antec 3480 which I have for one of my home systems. The Elite developed rattles, so you'll have to be very carefull with hdd and fan mouting. The 3480 is much quie...
by fwki
Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I want a small tower case for a uATC board
Replies: 12
Views: 5244

Re: I want a small tower case for a uATC board

There are some things that seem wrong for my use: only 2 SATA connections, no P4 connector, and an 80 mm fan The molex peripheral connectors can be converted to SATA with a short cable converter that seems to be included with eveything I buy, the EPS 12V is the P4 connector and the 80mm fan is...we...
by fwki
Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: The quest for a silent HTPC PSU
Replies: 15
Views: 4069

Re: The quest for a silent HTPC PSU

Forgot his name.... Someone chime in! Electrodacus....he has a 120W psu powered by 19V brick and you can use 2 with a large brick for 240W. The 12v is clean and dirty 12V is the biggest shortcoming of pico psu because they just pass through from 12V brick....Mike reviewed it here not long ago and n...
by fwki
Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:04 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: Dayton DTA-100 Class D Amplifier
Replies: 34
Views: 24350

Re: Dayton DTA-100 Class D Amplifier

Have you considered assembing your own Tripath amp? Amp board, PSU, case and some cables for around $150 would be a fun project. Check out the T1 here http://hifimediy.com/?page_id=18&category=1 .
by fwki
Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What to do with D510MO?
Replies: 8
Views: 1691

Re: What to do with D510MO?

In a small case the D510 will overheat without airflow. At first I had in in a Coolermaster Elite 100 and it was crash city until added two 40MM fans, UV'd, both intakes. Also the board temp readings in BIOS were incorrect, too high if I remember, known fault in original BIOS. edit grammar. addendum...
by fwki
Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What to do with D510MO?
Replies: 8
Views: 1691

Re: What to do with D510MO?

I used a D510 in a touchscreen jukebox. I just added a class D amp and a good internal DAC in a slightly modded Silverstone Grandia case. The power supply was tricky, but the setup powers the MB, DVD, HDD, DAC, amp and an 8" touchscreen. The D510 works great with no audible EMI on the DAC or amp.......
by fwki
Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:18 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Mediacenter + PicoPSU
Replies: 17
Views: 3144

You could start with one Winmate 130 watt supply and a 220 watt brick and add second Winmate once you add HDD's. That's how I am powering my HTPC. The 12v supply from the Winmate is higher quality than a pico psu in any case. See this link for a how-to: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic...
by fwki
Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:00 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Any advantage to connecting gigabit ethernet to PCIx16 slot?
Replies: 3
Views: 3989

Here's a good article on network throughput limiting factors: http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas-howto/30679-how-to-build-a-really-fast-nas-part-6-the-vista-sp1-difference?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= Onboard NIC with PCIe 1x is plenty fast enough to reach the theoretical peak of ...
by fwki
Sat May 01, 2010 1:00 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fanless 130W ATX PSU with 120W AC adapter *Video.
Replies: 186
Views: 156399

Thanks for checking the pinout, I'll get that psu for my next build, but I went ahead and got the 220W, figuring to also run a 12V LCD from your board and consolidate wall pluggage, plus the 220W is a beast!
by fwki
Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:07 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fanless 130W ATX PSU with 120W AC adapter *Video.
Replies: 186
Views: 156399

Electrodacus, Check out the 150W Liteon PA-1151-03MS (ebay Item number: 280397609323) http://cgi.ebay.com/LiteOn-19V-7-9A-150W-4Pin-AC-Power-Adapter-PA-1151-03MS-/280397609323?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Laptop_Adapters_Chargers&hash=item4148fff96b . Do you think the pin-out is compatible with Winmate? I could ...
by fwki
Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:00 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive low-profile CPU heatsink needed for custom case
Replies: 12
Views: 4573

The Silverstone Sugo case (SG01, 02 etc) uses the PSU fan to move air across a low-profile top down cooler. I believe the Nitrogon NT06-E is the favorite for this appication. http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=NT06-E&area=usa Edit - I've been following this thread for a while:...
by fwki
Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: new light weight 5450/5670
Replies: 9
Views: 5318

Fuad has some info on the HD 5570...looks close to the HD 5670 but with lower clocks..."the maximum TDP is 42.7W, while in idle the card's power consumption is 9.69W.....we will probably see quite a few passive cards"..more here: http://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/17561/34/ Edit: Don't know about ...
by fwki
Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:14 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: new light weight 5450/5670
Replies: 9
Views: 5318

I'm searching the same territory. Anand has weighed in here: http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3734&p=15 The 5450 is primarily a cheap HTPC card whereas the 5750 is a gamer's card with the 4670/5670 in-between. I'm waiting to see what the 5500 brings to the table. It's supposed to be a m...
by fwki
Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:23 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: BTX or ATX?
Replies: 6
Views: 5859

I believe that some BTX cases were converted to inverted ATX cases once BTX waned, such as the Lian Li A05. The Lian Li PC-767 ( http://www.silverpcs.com/product_info.php?products_id=109&osCsid=f5e61d1457f9ddc27bbe67e25e392ec3 ) still has BTX mounting holes, but you'd have to find the optional BTX b...
by fwki
Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: BTX or ATX?
Replies: 6
Views: 5859

BTX was an Intel-promoted standard that never caught on due to several factors. The main factor was the high cost to MB manufacturers to redesign the well-understood ATX standard. The direct as well as hidden costs were too much, especially since the primary driver for the re-design was the ill-fate...
by fwki
Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:40 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Video card for two monitors and as little power as possible
Replies: 3
Views: 1214

OEM's will give minimum psu requirements which is an indicator, but any decent card review will measure idle/load power consumption. Avoid cards that require a supplemental power connector, the PCIe slot provides max 75 watts under load. If you go back a few generations, you'll find the 6600GT, 7600...
by fwki
Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:07 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Video playback from homebuilt NAS on gigabit network - slow?
Replies: 21
Views: 11106

Do you think that could slow things way down for everyone else?
Yes it could, try the Flow Control trick.

See this http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30212/54/
by fwki
Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:19 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Video playback from homebuilt NAS on gigabit network - slow?
Replies: 21
Views: 11106

Your write speeds are higher due to RAM caching so the read speeds are a better indication of NAS performance. The theoretical maximum is 1000Mb/s and you are only hitting 18% of that. Some swtiches will reduce entire gigabit networks to 10/100 speeds when one client is 10/100, and you would have to...