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by FartingBob
Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Kühler H20 620 & 920 CPU Water Coolers
Replies: 31
Views: 10204

Re: Antec Kühler H20 620 & 920 CPU Water Coolers

I always thought that water cooling did not stack up against a good air cooled setup with the noise perspective thrown in. Good to see confirmation. If you are willing to buy all your own parts (not a kit or all in 1 like this one), and spend hundreds of dollars and hours and hours of research you ...
by FartingBob
Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPSU for fileserver?
Replies: 12
Views: 3284

Re: PicoPSU for fileserver?

Well ive ordered a pico 120w wide input (12-25v input), should arrive early next week, and the 19v adaptor mentioned that JohnyGuru's roundup linked earlier. My current setup has 5 3.5" HDD's and a conventional PSU tied to a single core sempron. As i said, it settles around 80-82w, but at startup pe...
by FartingBob
Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:09 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPSU for fileserver?
Replies: 12
Views: 3284

Re: PicoPSU for fileserver?

Have you seen these?: Cables@ mini-box.com and more specific this one: 4-Pin P4 Power Cable @mini-box.com Thank you, i found a few molex to P4 cables on uk sites for very cheap as well. From my original plans i am changing them to 3x 3TB drives most likely. With 3 5400rpm drives i shouldnt think th...
by FartingBob
Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:11 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPSU for fileserver?
Replies: 12
Views: 3284

Re: PicoPSU for fileserver?

Follow up question, rather thatn start a new thread. Does anyone have cable lengths for the PicoPSU's (120w version most likely ill be buying), just want to know if everything will fit ok on my board and case. I know when SPCR reviewed it they measure length but its quite an old review, a more curre...
by FartingBob
Tue May 24, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs
Replies: 48
Views: 22867

Re: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs

As others have pointed out, at stock there is no real reason to get the low power derivatives of SB chips, they are all very power efficient anyway. But if the 2100T can undervolt even further on a mid ranged H67 board, could be worth the $10 extra. Either way, i was very tempted to get one until i ...
by FartingBob
Mon May 16, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A Silent and very powerful PC for less than 1,000 GBP
Replies: 13
Views: 1790

Re: A Silent and very powerful PC for less than 1,000 GBP

Thoughts: Your RAM is expensive. Any DDR3 speed you wont notice the difference at the same capacity unless you are a liquid hydrogen overclocking type. You can save £40 by buying 1333mhz and the performance difference is probably less than 1%. The motherboard is really expensive. Why do you need a r...
by FartingBob
Sun May 15, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: need help with i7-2600k/6950 2GB based multipurpose computer
Replies: 10
Views: 1763

Re: need help with i7-2600k/6950 2GB based multipurpose comp

If you are spending that money, why not get a decent CPU cooler (check the recommended list), and maybe some better fans for the case? It wont add that much to the overall system cost, but make things far more pleasent to your ears. I suggest if you are not intending to use the PC for things like me...
by FartingBob
Sat May 14, 2011 2:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Single Platter 500GB 2.5" Hard Drive?
Replies: 15
Views: 5751

Re: Single Platter 500GB 2.5" Hard Drive?

Does anyone have a list of single platter 320GB 2.5" drives? Or even better a site with a list of all the common models and platter count? WD has some decent spec info on their site, but it doesnt mention platter count or density.
by FartingBob
Sat May 14, 2011 2:22 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Best energy efficient monitor?
Replies: 28
Views: 22287

Re: Best energy efficient monitor?

I have a 27" HannsG thats a few years old. As you can imagine cheap, large screens arent the most power efficient. Mine sits at 70w(!) at 45% brightness. Bit scary to be honest, when watching a movie, my PC uses less power than the monitor displaying it, but i cant give up my 27" of real estate so u...
by FartingBob
Fri May 13, 2011 10:12 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPSU for fileserver?
Replies: 12
Views: 3284

Re: PicoPSU for fileserver?

All the m-ATX boards ive looked at have 5 SATA ports.

Back on topic though, is there any reason a single PicoPSU (100 or 120w most likely) wont run a system like the one i am building with 4+ HDD's?
by FartingBob
Fri May 13, 2011 1:58 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPSU for fileserver?
Replies: 12
Views: 3284

Re: PicoPSU for fileserver?

So if the peak wattage of everything seems fine then there is no other issue i would have to worry about with having so many HDD's connected at once? I can get a e-350 and 2GB of RAM for around £115 right now, the cheapest SB setup i can do is around £160, and it only has 4 SATA ports, so i would ne...
by FartingBob
Thu May 12, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPSU for fileserver?
Replies: 12
Views: 3284

PicoPSU for fileserver?

I mentioned this in another thread (here) , but need a more specific answer so came here. My plan is to have a small fileserver/HTPC that will use an AMD 'hudson' e-350 board (the new all in 1 atom rival that SPCR reviewed not to long ago). I will be having at least 4 HDD's 5400rpm HDD's connected. ...
by FartingBob
Thu May 12, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC / Fileserver combo, low power a must!
Replies: 6
Views: 1168

Re: HTPC / Fileserver combo, low power a must!

I don't think you'd need two picos. But don't quote me on that. Make a thread with a more specific title in the appropriate section if you have doubts after searching the forum's archives. Its all media files that im not editing or anything so im not to worried about the benefits of backing up v RA...
by FartingBob
Thu May 12, 2011 2:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC / Fileserver combo, low power a must!
Replies: 6
Views: 1168

Re: HTPC / Fileserver combo, low power a must!

Are you sure you'd need a new CPU? I doubt it. But the cheapest Zacates are priced low enough so yeah, why not? Note that there is a low-power version of that (named Ontario) but availability and pricing was terrible last time I looked. My current fileserver CPU and board are well overdue a gold wa...
by FartingBob
Thu May 12, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC / Fileserver combo, low power a must!
Replies: 6
Views: 1168

HTPC / Fileserver combo, low power a must!

Im looking at upgrading/building my fileserver to double as a HTPC in the summer, just want some advice, see if im missing anything. Firstly i will have at least 4 HDD's and option for more in the future. Its going in a cupboard with little ventiliation, although i can open the door up in summer to ...
by FartingBob
Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PSU for a basic needs system...
Replies: 8
Views: 1304

A 120w PicoPSU would be sufficient for this. If as you say you want to do some basic photo/media editing and encoding, and with the general cheapness of AMD CPU's might i suggest you upgrade the sempron (if you havent already purchased it. If you have ignore the rest of the post :) ). Its not a bad ...
by FartingBob
Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:49 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 200mm fans?
Replies: 1
Views: 1043

200mm fans?

A recent trend in large cases coming out now seem to be to stick a 200mm fan on top or as the intake. Given the huge size, these should be able to move significant amounts of air while being effectively inaudible, but are there any aftermarket fans that people would recommend? My housemate is gettin...
by FartingBob
Thu May 06, 2010 2:46 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Enermax Modu87+ 500W 80Plus Gold
Replies: 43
Views: 20472

I already have a modu82+, so as much as i would like to be able to i cant justify spending £112, plus postage. Sure, its usually the only thing i can hear in my PC so this might make it even quieter but honestly my PC is quiet enough, until i do a full upgrade (year or 2 away i guess). Shame really...
by FartingBob
Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet and low viberation external harddrive enclosure??
Replies: 8
Views: 1307

All compact drive enclosures will transfer roughly the same vibration levels since they are all hardmounted within the enclosure (needed since they dont have any active cooling so need to use the enclosure as a heatsink).
by FartingBob
Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silent 300+GB drive for HTPC
Replies: 4
Views: 1049

I have the Samsung F3 500GB inmy main PC. I recently took out the 2 WD 640GB blue's (2 platters and very good options as well for HTPC usage) that i have had in there since they launched. Sincve all my multimedia is offloaded to my fileserver i didnt need 1.2TB and 4 platters in my main PC anymore. ...
by FartingBob
Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:43 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: low power, ssd, single fan- it's cheating, really.
Replies: 4
Views: 4070

Nice looking system. What do you use it for?
by FartingBob
Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:45 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Was 3.7TB - then 2.7TB, now 19.1TB "quiet" server
Replies: 121
Views: 81528

Think a AMD Athlon LE-1660 will be fast enough to be in a server? My basic setup was going to be about half the size of yours... Thinking of only needing to hold 8HDDs 1.5TB each, so only 12GB. I was thinking of picking up an Antec 300, and changing the 3 5.25 with suspension for more hdds, it alre...
by FartingBob
Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:01 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Was 3.7TB - then 2.7TB, now 19.1TB "quiet" server
Replies: 121
Views: 81528

Jaws wrote:You're gonna need a bigger boat.
Surely the next step up for you is a proper server rack?
by FartingBob
Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:51 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Dukla goes ITX - Antec Mini Skeleton-90
Replies: 15
Views: 10879

Very nice setup. I would have maybe tried to get a lower CPU HS in there, although the one you used is pretty damn small in most systems. And i would have used a slimline DVD drive. Screw the extra cost, that would all be about making it look nicer.
by FartingBob
Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:30 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Was 3.7TB - then 2.7TB, now 19.1TB "quiet" server
Replies: 121
Views: 81528

Ok seriously i know im a packrat, but even when with my increasingly large HD collection and 50Mb internet speed it would take me a good couple of years to fill 24TB. How full are your current HDD's?
by FartingBob
Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Will this be quiet? Core i7 860 with 5850 (passive?)
Replies: 17
Views: 4411

Yes that should be fairly quiet considering the power. Has anybody confirmed if the Acclero fits on the 5850 yet? I dont know what mounting holes it uses. Anyway, the reference cooler is apparently pretty quiet and cool running so it wont kill you.
by FartingBob
Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7
Replies: 41
Views: 11185

I got mine preordered and according to the website it was delivered today to my work (i get things sent there if they need to be signed for).
Unfortunately im off this week, so i either have a half hour drive to work on my day off just to pick up a parcel or wait until Monday.
by FartingBob
Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:43 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 78923

Im seriously considering getting a 5850 some time in the next couple of months. The games i play now run fine on my still very nice 4850 (512Mb) but since i installed that card ive upgraded my monitor from a 22" 1680x1050 to a 28" 1920x1200 and the extra power and RAM will certainly help. GTAIV has ...
by FartingBob
Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:37 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: CULV desktop builds?
Replies: 17
Views: 11254

CULV would be an ideal replacement for the desktop atom builds many companies are making now. In a netbook atom is great because its stupidly low power and its "good enough" (not many people need to watch HD video on a 10 inch screen im betting, although the next iteration of atom would be better). ...
by FartingBob
Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Project ZdB (Zero deciBel)
Replies: 41
Views: 12547

As was mentioned, with the fan in the PSU this cannot be silent / 0dBA. Is it quiet? The PSU he uses doesnt start the fan until the temp of the PSU reaches a certain threshold. So under normal usage it will have no fans running. I must say, the system looks absolutely fantastic. Im not normally one...