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by samdrong
Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Hey smart guy, how should I upgrade components?
Replies: 3
Views: 708

Question, isn't the bolt-thru kit compatible with LGA-1156? Is this the one you have: ACK-I5361 ilovejedd, No, I bought it a couple of years ago before the new socket came out. The version I have is the Crossbow ACK-l7751. That being said, the product product you suggested might be helpful for the ...
by samdrong
Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Hey smart guy, how should I upgrade components?
Replies: 3
Views: 708

Let me ask the question in a different way. I really like the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 cooler and I want to keep it. What LGA 1156 motherboards would still allow me to use the 775 cooler? I am aware of a couple of ASROCK boards that have a feature called Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.). Are there any other s...
by samdrong
Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Hey smart guy, how should I upgrade components?
Replies: 3
Views: 708

Hey smart guy, how should I upgrade components?

I need to harvest the motherboard, processor, and memory out of my current desktop to upgrade another failing PC in the house. I am looking for suggestions on what would play nicely with my current components, cost less than $400 (not including shipping, handling, tax), and be a decent upgrade from ...
by samdrong
Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Small Office Computers: What case? What heatsink?
Replies: 15
Views: 2312

Thanks for the advice. I tend to to agree with staying away from the mini-itx boards in the office (at home as an HTPC is a different matter). b_rubenstein, if I do not use a form factor power supply what case would you suggest I use? psyopper, are you certain that the Intel stock cooler will fit in...
by samdrong
Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Small Office Computers: What case? What heatsink?
Replies: 15
Views: 2312

Small Office Computers: What case? What heatsink?

I’m putting together a few office computers and I could use some help. The machines will be sitting on desks so I want to ensure they are as silent as possible. My two main questions are:

1) What “office appropriateâ€
by samdrong
Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is the 5050e up to the task?
Replies: 5
Views: 1635

Does the ATI 3200 or 3300 take more load off the processor than the NVIDIA GeForce 8300 chipset? I was planning to use the 8300 chipset because it was quality IGP and it had 8-channel LPCM over HDMI. Am I wrong? To clarify I will be watching both standard and high definition through the clear QAM tu...
by samdrong
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is the 5050e up to the task?
Replies: 5
Views: 1635

Is the 5050e up to the task?

I’m putting together an HTPC and I’d like to use AMD’s 5050e paired with an ASUS M3N78 Pro, 2GB memory, and a WinTV-HVR-2250 tuner . It’s main uses will be: 1) DVR (digital and HD broadcasts) using Beyond TV 2) Streaming content (digital and HD) to another HTPC using Beyond TV Link 3) And pl...
by samdrong
Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: System recommendation
Replies: 12
Views: 2448

There have been a couple articles on AnandTech recently about the ATI HD 4000 series and 8-channel LPCM over HDMI. If you ever consider upgrading to BluRay and you want great 7.1 channel sound you should take a look at a 4000 series card. The articles can be found here: ATI Radeon HD 4350 and 4550: ...
by samdrong
Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:29 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Three HDs in a Solo? More cooling needed?
Replies: 5
Views: 1415

I agree with Lawrence Lee. I'd add a 92mm fan in the front. I have a very similar setup with 3 HDs suspended in a SOLO with a Nexus Real silent 92mm. Its the best of both worlds... I don't second guess my case temps and I can't hear it.
by samdrong
Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:10 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ASUS 9600GT with power mgmt features
Replies: 5
Views: 2839

AnandTech just posted an article about this card with a few more details. It seems like an ideal silent PC candidate for modest gaming at medium resolutions.
by samdrong
Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:11 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Tom’s Hardware Xigmatek HDT-S1283 review
Replies: 10
Views: 3234

Tom’s Hardware Xigmatek HDT-S1283 review

Tom’s Hardware just put out the CPU Cooler Charts 2008 article. In it, they give the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 the “Recommended Buyâ€
by samdrong
Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Why the Slipstream?
Replies: 6
Views: 2930

Thanks for all your advice everyone. I'll think I'll pick up the Slipstream 1200.
by samdrong
Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Why the Slipstream?
Replies: 6
Views: 2930

Why the Slipstream?

I’m putting the finishing touches on my shopping list for my first silent pc build and I am having difficulty in choosing what case fan I should use to replace the tri-cool fan in the Antec Solo. I notice that lots of people in the System Advice / Troubleshooting forum suggest using the Scythe Sli...
by samdrong
Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD VelociRaptor: A Triple Crown
Replies: 125
Views: 60092

Will the Antec Solo suspension mounts securely hold the VR’s slimmer thickness? I know the article suggests the NoVibes III and also states that, “If the Velociraptor was positioned close to the front intake vent of a standard PC or suspended there with elastic cord in a SPCR-esque silent rig, i...
by samdrong
Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:39 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: recommend a $500 silent and cool Crysis-capable machine?
Replies: 14
Views: 3459

Tom's Hardware did a write up about a $500 gaming PC back in mid-April. Take a look at what they did. I think it might be exactly what you are looking for. However, this was not built with silence in mind. The Antec case/psu should be ok but you would definitely have to find a different heatsink and...
by samdrong
Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Build Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 2088

I just quickly browsed through the Thermalright website and didn't see a S775 bolt-through kit but I did see a LGA775 Bolt-Thru-Kit. Will that work? Did I miss the S775? Thanks again for everyone's comments. I'd like to know what other people think about waiting to put together a machine until the N...
by samdrong
Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Build Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 2088

Antifro, thanks for your valuable input.

The “wait six months and something better will come outâ€
by samdrong
Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Build Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 2088

New Build Advice

Thanks in advance to anyone who has input on this build or answers any of my questions. As with any build, I’m trying to balance all my needs and wants as best as I can. I want a computer that will: A) Be as close to silent as possible B) Keep power draw to a minimum C) Be able to play FPS games a...
by samdrong
Fri May 09, 2008 12:21 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cooler Master Hyper Z600
Replies: 4
Views: 1443

Cooler Master Hyper Z600

Cool master just announced the Z600. http://www.coolermaster.com/products/product.php?act=detail&id=4510 Apparently "the cooler’s X shape design retains rapid heat transfer and creates a lower backpressure, forcing air to pass through quickly." Does this design seem like a plausible new breakthrou...
by samdrong
Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus EN9600GT Silent Edition Graphics Card
Replies: 21
Views: 11631

Release Date?

When is Asus releasing the card? I didn't see a release date in the review and Asus's website has no mention of it on the products page. I found the press release here: http://www.asus.com.tw/news_show.aspx?id=10645 ... but when can I buy it?

Am I missing something?
by samdrong
Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:18 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Routers that will send wake on lan?
Replies: 4
Views: 4554

I realize this is an old thread, but I was wondering if anyone has had luck sending magic packets for a WoL over a VPN? If so how did you configure your firewall to not open it up for smurf attack or other vulnerabilities?