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by Blondie
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo I & II parts
Replies: 1
Views: 1223

Antec Solo I & II parts

I have a collection of parts from Antec Solos and Solo IIs, left over from builds. Drive trays, fans, filters, suspension parts, etc. Does anyone have an interest in these or should I just toss them? I didn't see anything on eBay.
by Blondie
Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD WD20EZRX WD20EARX
Replies: 7
Views: 17760

Re: WD WD20EZRX WD20EARX

I installed the EZRX in a Solo II and it is very quiet. However, I am not using it as an OS drive. It's just for storage.
by Blondie
Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Blue 1TB single-platter WD10EZEX
Replies: 5
Views: 8230

Re: WD Blue 1TB single-platter WD10EZEX

I just returned mine and ordered a WD Green instead. I could hear the WD Blue 1TB several feet away. It was not acceptable for a near-silent build.
by Blondie
Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD WD20EZRX WD20EARX
Replies: 7
Views: 17760

Re: WD WD20EZRX WD20EARX

Good to know the WD Green is quiet. I just bought a WD Blue 1TB. It is very loud in my Antec Solo II build. In fact, it's the only audible component and I can hear it at idle several feet away. I am shipping it back to Amazon tomorrow and have already ordered the WD Green 1TB to replace it. The odd ...
by Blondie
Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!
Replies: 169
Views: 154586

Re: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!

I love the Seasonic I used in my last build (X650 Gold) and am a loyal customer now. The G360W would be perfect for the new "green" build I am planning.

PC World recommended Seasonic in their newest issue, in an article about building a gaming rig. Nice to see them getting more press.
by Blondie
Wed Oct 01, 2008 8:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Three HDs in a Solo? More cooling needed?
Replies: 5
Views: 1436

temp question - Core 2 Duo E8400 in Solo

Thank you. Should I need to, the options you all have suggested are easy enough to test. I always keep a spare PWM fan or two, and I can certainly block the holes next to the PCI slots to see if the temps change. I have an almost identical Solo system that I just built, but it has an E8400 and only ...
by Blondie
Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Three HDs in a Solo? More cooling needed?
Replies: 5
Views: 1436

Three HDs in a Solo? More cooling needed?

Can I safely put three SATA HD's (WD 64000AAKS) in an Antec Solo case? Would I need another fan besides the 120mm PWM fan in the rear? Does/should this prevent me from suspending them? System Specs: Core 2 Duo E8600 Foxconn P45A-S 4GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 800 EVGA 9600GT (w/ dual slot cooling) Xigma...
by Blondie
Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:47 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 64000AAKS - jumper for SATA II 3.0Gb/s speeds?
Replies: 4
Views: 2920

Thank you for clearing that up. I realize that Newegg can be a fountain of erroneous information, but it seemed like something to double check.
by Blondie
Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:24 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 64000AAKS - jumper for SATA II 3.0Gb/s speeds?
Replies: 4
Views: 2920

WD 64000AAKS - jumper for SATA II 3.0Gb/s speeds?

I just read some Newegg reviews for the Western Digital 6400AAKS that talk about a jumper modification being required to get SATA II 3.0Gb/s speeds. "Other Thoughts: the jumper on the drive isn't to enable sata 300, its to enable sata 150 for backwards compatibility and all sata 300 drives have them...
by Blondie
Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mobo/Video Card(s) for Photoshop Dual/Tri Monitor System?
Replies: 4
Views: 1508

Photos would be great, Nick. Since the 9600GT is not an ultra-fast gamer's card, would an S2 be enough to cool it? Did your motherboard have enough room for two S1's or did you have to use the S2 due to space constraints? I have owned a few Matrox cards in the past and while they did the job, they w...
by Blondie
Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mobo/Video Card(s) for Photoshop Dual/Tri Monitor System?
Replies: 4
Views: 1508

Thank you for your recommendation. I have been reading about the 9600GT and it does look like a good choice. What is the difference between the Accelero S1 and the S2? Are the Accelero coolers a better choice than buying a card with passive cooling already built in, like the Asus EN9600GT ? Regardin...
by Blondie
Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I'm not up to date - Update - Memtest: 4.5 million errors
Replies: 17
Views: 3082

Re: I'm not up to date

Faster_Madman wrote:Other components include:
WD500AAKS or Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB
If you stick with Western Digital, I suggest the WD640AAKS instead. It has the newest WD drive technology in two 320 GB platters and is very quiet. There is almost no difference in price between it and the 500GB version.

Blondie
by Blondie
Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mobo/Video Card(s) for Photoshop Dual/Tri Monitor System?
Replies: 4
Views: 1508

Mobo/Video Card(s) for Photoshop Dual/Tri Monitor System?

Hi, all: I am looking for advice on a motherboard and video card(s) for a new PC. I run Photoshop and other design programs nearly all the time, plus several browser windows and the other usual stuff. I don't usually do heavy filters; my system demand comes from having lots of programs running and l...
by Blondie
Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:52 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Moving P4 3.06 system into Solo -- which Scythe 120mm fan?
Replies: 2
Views: 985

Thank you for the quick reply, Neil. I guess I will go with the 1200, just to have some headroom since the CPU is a bit toasty compared to the newer ones. It runs about 44-50C in my current Kingwin case, with the Minja I just installed.
by Blondie
Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:12 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Moving P4 3.06 system into Solo -- which Scythe 120mm fan?
Replies: 2
Views: 985

Moving P4 3.06 system into Solo -- which Scythe 120mm fan?

I gave up the fight with my old case and bought a Solo for my Northwood system. I want to swap the included TriCool fan for a Scythe. Which one would be the best choice for my setup? My mobo supports SpeedFan and I have an available 3-pin SFAN1 connector on it, which I am hoping to use to control th...
by Blondie
Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:05 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: EndPCNoise.com - a customer review
Replies: 5
Views: 2747

Removing the zip ties shouldn't be painful! If you don't have a wire cutter or similar tool at home, get yourself an inexpensive PC tool kit at Radio Shack or online. The snipper cuts through the zip ties perfectly, without damaging the wires. And the kits usually come with some zip ties, so you can...
by Blondie
Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:58 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Advice needed on new P4 Northwood cooler and case fans
Replies: 16
Views: 3917

A quick update ... the Corsair VX450 is installed and as quiet as can be. Really nice -- the cables are all neatly wrapped and I had no problems at all. And although I guess it doesn't really matter in the end, the packaging is superb. The Minja is also installed with the included Scythe fan and AS5...
by Blondie
Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Advice needed on new P4 Northwood cooler and case fans
Replies: 16
Views: 3917

Bonestonne: Sorry, I misunderstood about the front fans. Turn them off, but don't block them. If I cut out the front grills, though, that will let even more dirt into the case. My case is on top of my desk (dogs) and always in A/C (no open windows) but it still gets dirty inside fairly quickly. So t...
by Blondie
Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:07 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Advice needed on new P4 Northwood cooler and case fans
Replies: 16
Views: 3917

Any help/suggestions appreciated. My new Minja and VX450 are arriving later today. : )

TIA
by Blondie
Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:36 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Advice needed on new P4 Northwood cooler and case fans
Replies: 16
Views: 3917

Also, I am not unhappy with the present cooling, just the noise. From what I read, my temps are fine for a Northwood. Do you disagree?
by Blondie
Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:35 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Advice needed on new P4 Northwood cooler and case fans
Replies: 16
Views: 3917

Hi: OK, I ordered a Corsair VX450 power supply, a Scythe Ninja Mini and a tube of Arctic Silver 5. Thank you for your help with this. Before buying new fans, I would like to try your suggestion of disabling/blocking the front case fans and using the existing rear case fans. Top fan is disabled/block...
by Blondie
Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Advice needed on new P4 Northwood cooler and case fans
Replies: 16
Views: 3917

The cooler issue is crazy to me. Here we are discussing this humongous beast of a cooler, the likes of which I never knew existed until recently. A couple of weeks ago I had my parents' HTPC case open. It runs an Athlon 64 3200+. The CPU cooler was the typical box style with fan (like my current The...
by Blondie
Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Advice needed on new P4 Northwood cooler and case fans
Replies: 16
Views: 3917

An update .... while researching the fan resistor you suggested, I found out that I could safely pull the power on the case fans while the PC was on. So I did, and discovered that the makeup of the non-CPU-cooler noise was not quite what I originally thought. The front fans aren't terrible, but defi...
by Blondie
Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:58 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Advice needed on new P4 Northwood cooler and case fans
Replies: 16
Views: 3917

I apologize if I was unclear. The new PC would be in addition to this one, not in place of it. So I do want to get this thing running quieter because it still has a lot of life in it. I looked around on the net and the Rev A looks like a very difficult thing to find. What about the Ninja Mini? I see...
by Blondie
Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Advice needed on new P4 Northwood cooler and case fans
Replies: 16
Views: 3917

Advice needed on new P4 Northwood cooler and case fans

Hi, all: First of all, I have to say thanks for a great site. So much quality information. I will be building a new quiet PC soon -- I can see hanging around here is going to get expensive! Anyway, before I embark on that adventure, I need to address my current PC, a P4 Northwood 3.06 HT. It sits on...