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by Broadleaf
Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Best high CFM to noise ratio case fans?
Replies: 18
Views: 3878

"...a decently high CFM case fan that is still reasonably quiet?' http://xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/120-140-fans-roundup_28.html#sect0 "...where can I get rubber case fan mounting grommets to reduce vibration?" http://216.139.228.207/Anti-Vibration-Products-C57.aspx?UserID=6273351&Session...
by Broadleaf
Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is Mike Married?
Replies: 9
Views: 2432

Are you trying to confuzzlate these funsters with facts???

PS: Isn't the WWW great? I can invent a new word for the English language and start the infestation immediately!
by Broadleaf
Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Not just "silent" - zero moving parts rig [pics]
Replies: 40
Views: 22052

It was only 50% load because the CPU burn-in app appears to be single threaded. To get 100% loading I use CPUburn from http://users.bigpond.net.au/CPUburn/ and run as many instances as there are threads. I don't have air cooling and this way I can be sure that there is enough headroom for a heavy d...
by Broadleaf
Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Not just "silent" - zero moving parts rig [pics]
Replies: 40
Views: 22052

Now I'm really getting fired up about a 'Zero Moving Parts' PC. If I am not making noise then I don't have to consume precious finances on "silent" or "quiet" components. I can use a cheap power supply as long as it can be adapted for convection cooling. Normally for a quiet build the challenge is t...
by Broadleaf
Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:43 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is Mike Married?
Replies: 9
Views: 2432

The door of my den has a poster something like this: Dr. Jekyl is [ ] [ ]. Yes, the good doctor is in, but busy. Please knock gently and wait for him to invite you in. Dr. Jekyl is [ ] [ ]. Yes, the doctor is in and is very busy. Please knock gently, if you must, and wait. Dr. Jekyl is [ ] [ ] . The...
by Broadleaf
Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:22 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan placement in P183
Replies: 8
Views: 2713

I highly recommend that you read this spcr article: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article255-page1.html It can be very limiting to build a silent system. It's not difficult to build a quiet system with lots of computing power. My challenge was to get the system reasonably quiet and non-annoying at i...
by Broadleaf
Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:38 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Alternatives to P182/P183
Replies: 7
Views: 3329

by Broadleaf
Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: silent pc case
Replies: 13
Views: 3666

When all the choosing is done and you get started on your build here a quieting tip: You can get a big improvement in the loudness and character of the noise of the rear chassis fan. Put a 2.5 cm (1 inch) duct in between the fan and the chassis grill to give the turbulent air coming off of the the f...
by Broadleaf
Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: silent pc case
Replies: 13
Views: 3666

The Antec 300 is probably the worst case for building a silent computer. Everything about this case is the opposite of what you want for a silent build. These are the major flaws for a silent build: > there is an acoustic leak on the side > there is an acoustic leak on the top > there is an acoustic...
by Broadleaf
Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: To [Dremel] or not to [Dremel], that is the question
Replies: 18
Views: 4403

oops ...I wasn't fast enough with my reply...for others out try this before firing up the dremel: You can get a big improvement in the loudness and character of the noise of the rear chassis fan. Put a 2.5 cm (1 inch) duct in between the fan and the chassis grill to give the turbulent air coming off...
by Broadleaf
Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: silent pc case
Replies: 13
Views: 3666

The Sonata Elite:
- This case has a lot of potential for building a silent system and has a lockable door that deters toddlers.
- The case can be quieted further by putting a self sticking floor tile on the side panel.
by Broadleaf
Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:15 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan control questions
Replies: 14
Views: 4053

You can get enough air sucked into the case with only a single fan blowing out the back. The challenge is to get the system reasonably quiet and non-annoying at idle. You can build a quiet PC doing the things that you are doing. Two slow fans mounted on the front of the Antec 300 will be closer to y...
by Broadleaf
Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan control questions
Replies: 14
Views: 4053

I suggest this experiment:

- put 2 of the Scythe S-Flex F fans on the 2 front panel locations and connect them to the cpu fan header.
- connect the Scythe S-Flex F on the Ninja to the system fan header.
- leave the side, top and rear fan positions empty.
by Broadleaf
Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:12 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan control questions
Replies: 14
Views: 4053

I have operated multiple fans from the cpu fan header. It works great. The spcr article "http://www.silentpcreview.com/article695-page5.html#sflex" indicates that the S-Flex SFF21F that they tested used only 1.05 watts at 12 volts which is 88ma and much lower that than the scythe spec'd 200ma. The s...
by Broadleaf
Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Replaced Q6600 B3 for a E8400 E. So much easier to cool!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2413

I recently changed from a Pentium 840 Extreme Edition to a Core 2 duo family CPU. My ASUS P5WDG2 WS PRO mainboard hasn't had a BIOS update since 03/06/2008 and won't ever because it is discontinued and so I have limited options. Also, I'm on a tight budget. I leave my computer running 7/24 because t...
by Broadleaf
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: RAM for Q9550
Replies: 21
Views: 6134

- LodeHacker - Q: So, would you recommend it for a new build? A: I wouldn't stick my neck out to recommend a used and discontinued mainboard. The seller says "slight used motherboard in perfect condiction". The list of supported CPU's is frozen now. I wish that ASUS would put the SL number on the su...
by Broadleaf
Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: RAM for Q9550
Replies: 21
Views: 6134

I leave my computer running 7/24 because the sattelite TV card disagrees with sleep mode and so the EIST is a must for me otherwise my den gets very warm. I'm overclocking the 2.4 GHz Pentium Dual Core E2220 in my main PC to 2.9 Ghz. The FSB is bumped up to 242 MHz and if I interfere with the core v...
by Broadleaf
Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright AM3 Heatsink Rotation
Replies: 2
Views: 1816

There are lots of good coolers out there. It depends on your goals and the prices and availability. I recommend the Scythe Mugen 2 as a great combination of quietness, performance and price balance. Check out this review with comparison chart: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/2736/scythe_mugen_2_cpu...
by Broadleaf
Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:32 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: HR-01+ rotate or leave horizontal?
Replies: 6
Views: 1591

Changing to a Mugen 2 and ducting it to the rear of the chassis with some "tupperware" from the dollar store would also eliminate the need for the noisy rear chassis fan.
by Broadleaf
Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: RAM for Q9550
Replies: 21
Views: 6134

I never overclock a customers computer except during the hardware certification process. The system goes out the door at stock speeds and ready for years of reliable service. I gently recommend home users against overclocking and I strongly dissuade professional users from overclocking a work machin...
by Broadleaf
Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: RAM for Q9550
Replies: 21
Views: 6134

I have not yet found a mainboard that did not work (100% reliable) with Kingston ValueRAM.
by Broadleaf
Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: HR-01+ rotate or leave horizontal?
Replies: 6
Views: 1591

If your power supply has a 120mm fan adjacent to the CPU, then rotating your CPU Heat Sink won't solve your concern about the PS inhaling heated air. If you are determined to have cooler air for your PS in this chassis, then a PS swap and/or ducting forward might be a solution.
by Broadleaf
Tue May 19, 2009 12:30 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P183: The P182 Gets More Air
Replies: 145
Views: 87498

Regarding the "lack of dust filters for the optical bay" concern, the Antec manual on the web site describes each of the 5.25 drive bays as having a "drive bay cover/filter assembly". If you have small children with access to the room where your computer is located, you will want to lock the door an...
by Broadleaf
Fri May 08, 2009 3:59 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Raven EATX Tower Case
Replies: 29
Views: 14885

Thankyou spcr for this first review of this VERY COOL looking case. I eagerly await your second review of this case as a quiet system.
by Broadleaf
Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:02 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Apex MI-008: A Cheap Quiet mini-ITX Case?
Replies: 62
Views: 47476

corsairf4u - subject: Fan Fight

Yes, the fan can be easily flipped around so that it blows towards the CPU cooler. (And as always the reminder: "When you break the seal on the PSU case your warranty has ended.") The air will be heated up a few degrees passing through the power supply. Depending on the CPU and heat sink, you probab...
by Broadleaf
Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:35 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate Pipeline HD Pro 1TB Hard Drive
Replies: 12
Views: 5628

Historically A/V (audio/visual) rated drives differed in their greater ability for a steady content delivery. The A/V friendly delivery is related to the amount of surface flaws and how they are remapped.
by Broadleaf
Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Apex MI-008: A Cheap Quiet mini-ITX Case?
Replies: 62
Views: 47476

Fan Fight

The fans are fighting against each other for air.
by Broadleaf
Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Non-gaming Antec 3480 build, video encoding box
Replies: 23
Views: 7419

Yes, Jokoto, a great observation about the airflow short circuiting caused by intake grills which are close to the chassis and power supply outputs. When cooled with a Ninja e/w the included 1200 rpm fan aimed towards the rear of the chassis there is already a high pressure zone at the chassis grill...
by Broadleaf
Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Non-gaming Antec 3480 build, video encoding box
Replies: 23
Views: 7419

Reducing Annoying Fan Noise

The air on the high pressure (output) side of a fan is very turbulent. Placing this turbulent air against the heatsink fins or the chassis grill will sometimes cause unpleasant effects. Placing a 2-3 cm (1 inch) duct in between the fan and the heatsink fins or the chassis grill will give the turbule...