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by elemental
Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which passive GPU offers HDMI video/sound and dual DVI?
Replies: 7
Views: 2246

BTW DVI and HDMI video are the EXACT SAME QUALITY, so if your motherboard or audio card has a digital out you can just link all your digital A/V up like that. It'll be a little "messier" than a single cable, but it''ll look and sound just as good.
by elemental
Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:14 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: madness of 1080p
Replies: 71
Views: 34679

Going back to OP's question... The larger your screen, the more resolution you'll need. Period. I just got a new 24" widescreen (1920x1200). My previous monitor was a 1280x1024 19" standard. I set the pixel ratio to 1:1, and I spent the evening enjoying my games at 1920x1200 resolution. Then at nigh...
by elemental
Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:30 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ga-p35-ds3p trouble recovering from sleep?
Replies: 48
Views: 20070

Sorry if this has already been suggested -- don't have time to read the whole thread at the moment. However, I had this issue w/ my Q6600 previously. It turned out to be a problem with undervolting the processor. Try bumping up the voltage a step or three and see if it helps. If that's the problem, ...
by elemental
Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:38 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: 45nm quad core with passive cooling?
Replies: 13
Views: 5682

Yes, Mikey's got a point. You should consider case airflow too when it comes to fully-passive or not. I've got all my stuff in a fairly cavernous P182. I think my CPU is a good 5"-6" above the PCIe 16 slot. I'm not sure why I got such a huge case, since I don't have that much stuff to put in it, but...
by elemental
Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:33 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: 45nm quad core with passive cooling?
Replies: 13
Views: 5682

Just my two cents -- I think a passively-cooled CPU is overrated. If you run your CPU w/ a passive heatsink, you'll need to maintain enough overall airflow through the case itself to get decent temps, or else put up w/ higher temps. That amount of airflow will require fanspeeds -- and fan noises -- ...
by elemental
Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:26 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Need inexpensive HSF or thermal paste for Q6600
Replies: 10
Views: 3354

My setup is pretty similar to yours. I also have a Q6600 and an ECS S1-cooled 8800GT, though my stuff sits in a P182 case. I was running just the stock intel cooler for a while, which was noisy but effective. Recently I switched to an OCZ Vanquisher, which I got on sale from ZZF w/ Google Checkout f...
by elemental
Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Is one fan enough?
Replies: 17
Views: 4220

Huh, I have no idea why I thought he was using a 8600. Maybe cuz I'm helping my best friend build and we're considering an 8600 for her *LOL* Okay, well, if it's an HD 2600XT, maybe one fan would be possible! I think a 1200 Slipstream @ 1000rpm is a good idea though, because the 800rpm fans barely m...
by elemental
Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:21 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: from push pin to bolt-thru -- how to get pushpins out?
Replies: 9
Views: 2938

i'm a neurology grad student, so i can actually get my hands on some pretty fine tools. the problem is more patience and willingness to wait until i have the tools, for me. usually i just decide f' it and use whatever's on hand. it's not a big deal when it's stuff i'm going to toss out anyway, like ...
by elemental
Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Is one fan enough?
Replies: 17
Views: 4220

hm, my worry is that if he doesn't duct the CPU, a single exhaust fan wouldn't be enough to cool all the passive heatsinks in his system, and if he did duct the CPU heatsink his GPU temps would go through the roof. i'm not sure how 8600s are for temps, but in my P182 my Accelero S1-cooled 8800GT get...
by elemental
Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:12 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Is one fan enough?
Replies: 17
Views: 4220

Eeee. I seriously doubt it! How hot is your house, and is that PSU also fanless?
by elemental
Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: from push pin to bolt-thru -- how to get pushpins out?
Replies: 9
Views: 2938

Too late, they've long since been yoinked out with one broken tab and several chipped 'hooks' *LOL* And yeah, honestly, if I had been able to cut them easily I would have. Alas, all I had on hand were a pair of (dull) scissors. I have small wire cutters somewhere, but it would've probably been more ...
by elemental
Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:23 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: from push pin to bolt-thru -- how to get pushpins out?
Replies: 9
Views: 2938

thanks for the instructions! i figured it out after a moment of o_O. unfortunately, i used needle-nose pliers and i did break one of them. oh well, i doubt i'll be reusing them ever again. i had a hell of a time getting the intel stock HSF onto my Q6600 in the first place, and i swore i'd never do i...
by elemental
Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:01 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: from push pin to bolt-thru -- how to get pushpins out?
Replies: 9
Views: 2938

from push pin to bolt-thru -- how to get pushpins out?

I'm switching from a push pin mounting kit to a bolt-through, but since the bolt-thru kit only has the backplate I need to keep the top plate from the pushpin kit. Ergo the pushpins need to go.

How do people usually do this? Do you just cut them? Or is there a way to take a push pin apart?
by elemental
Sun Jun 15, 2008 12:30 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua 80mm fan
Replies: 4
Views: 2064

yeah, i put one into my antec 850W too. it's awesome :D

did you undervolt yours with the included resistor attachments or just leave it? i just left mine, cuz i figured the PSU would self-volt-regulate.
by elemental
Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:07 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Any reason I shouldn't run CPU fan off fan controller?
Replies: 2
Views: 1610

Any reason I shouldn't run CPU fan off fan controller?

In an attempt to strike a balance between performance and silence, I've decided to mount noisier, higher-CFM fans in my system and then attach them to a fan controller to modulate noise via undervolting. This is my setup right now: Q6600 Processor w/ OCZ Vanquisher HSF (not a super one, I know, but ...
by elemental
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:30 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is the BEST thermal grease/paste or T.I.M for Air?
Replies: 24
Views: 4996

LOL -- a truly multimedia computer: sight, sound and scent!

but -- I think you can pretty much get anything and be more or less okay. I still hear AS5 being recommended highly, though (but there are naysayers who are worried about the slight electrical conductivity of almost-pure silver).
by elemental
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:27 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is the BEST thermal grease/paste or T.I.M for Air?
Replies: 24
Views: 4996

http://www.dansdata.com/images/goop/nofibgraph2.gif

I think that tells you all you need to know :P
by elemental
Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:44 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: TRUE vs bolt-thru Ninja rev.B
Replies: 11
Views: 3261

thejamppa wrote:
elemental wrote:A little off-topic, but where would you get a bolt-through kit for the Ninja? I've looked around performance-pcs a little and couldn't readily find one.
thermalright bolthru-kit for LGA 775 is usually used for Ninja.

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/lgbowiscsp.html thing like this
Thanks!!
by elemental
Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:15 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: TRUE vs bolt-thru Ninja rev.B
Replies: 11
Views: 3261

A little off-topic, but where would you get a bolt-through kit for the Ninja? I've looked around performance-pcs a little and couldn't readily find one.
by elemental
Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:49 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacing Antec Truepower Quattro 850W PSU fan?
Replies: 16
Views: 6315

In my experience, the Noctua is SUPER quiet. Of course, my standards might be a little lower than die-hard SPCRers, but right now if I unplug the stock Intel CPU fan and the stock Tricool case fan, the Noctua fan is almost completely silent -- with my head about 8 inches away. Even at full speed (i....
by elemental
Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacing Antec Truepower Quattro 850W PSU fan?
Replies: 16
Views: 6315

So, I did it! It took me longer than I thought -- I had trouble getting the little plastic seat off the two pins, and then I forgot to put the fan grill back on and didn't notice til the PSU was bolted into my case again -- and the new Noctua fan is this funky flesh-toned color... ...but it was WORT...
by elemental
Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Caviar 640GB vs Caviar GP 500GB vs Samsung F1 500GB
Replies: 8
Views: 3500

Huh. You know what? I've had issues with tiny little stalls while gaming (I've noticed it most in Sims2). I've always thought it was cuz I was running 32bit games on 64bit Vista, but now I'm starting to look sideways at the 640GB western digital caviar I've got. I mean, it's nothing unbearable, but ...
by elemental
Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Front Intake Fan on P182
Replies: 14
Views: 4814

this is probably belated, but -- your setup sounds very similar to mine. i've got a 8800GT with an S1 fanless cooler too. however, my P182 doesn't have a fan in the front at all, and i also took out the fan between the PSU and the lower hard drive cage. it just has 1 fan at the top, 1 at the back, a...
by elemental
Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:02 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacing Antec Truepower Quattro 850W PSU fan?
Replies: 16
Views: 6315

yup, i've read 'em all... but then there's a good number of posts that add a caveat in the vein of: "BUT EVEN LIKE THIS THERE'S STILL THE CHANCE OF A HUGE SHOCK! AND YOU ONLY NEED (miniscule number) AMPS ACROSS THE HEART TO KILL YOU!" i think i'm just going to unplug, hit power button 10 times, then...
by elemental
Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:17 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacing Antec Truepower Quattro 850W PSU fan?
Replies: 16
Views: 6315

OK, comparing your pics with this one from hardwaresecrets.com: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/555/2 It looks like you had to take off one of those little black shields to get at the fan connector. Have you used your PSU at all before doing that? Or was it an uncharged factory-state PSU? As ...
by elemental
Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:19 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacing Antec Truepower Quattro 850W PSU fan?
Replies: 16
Views: 6315

Hey Sanders, can you take a picture of the fan plug inside the PSU? I'm trying to get the right 3pin-to-2pin adapter from performance-pcs.com and I don't want to pop the lid on the PSU until I have to. And yeah, I've seen those specs too :P Don't worry, it's NOT actually 40dBA. That's only if it run...
by elemental
Sat May 31, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How to wire fans in series vs. parallel?
Replies: 2
Views: 1665

oh, duh. yeah, they're all in parallel at the moment. MOLEX (FAN1/FAN2) just refers to the fact that i would plug the two fans on top of each other, and then onto the molex. so, sort of like this: ..........FAN1 ..........FAN2 ====MOLEX=== ...just ignore the dots. they're just space-fillers because ...
by elemental
Sat May 31, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How to wire fans in series vs. parallel?
Replies: 2
Views: 1665

How to wire fans in series vs. parallel?

Hi all, Forgive me, it's been a long time since the circuits lectures in physics. I'm having a little trouble figuring out how I would wire fans in series vs. parallel on a 3-head molex connector. Is this right: PARALLEL = PSU----MOLEX1 (FAN1,FAN2) ---- MOLEX2 ---- MOLEX3 SERIES = PSU----MOLEX1 (FAN...
by elemental
Wed May 28, 2008 5:59 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacing Antec Truepower Quattro 850W PSU fan?
Replies: 16
Views: 6315

thanks! happy to be here :D and yeah, i did check that out -- my worry is that those are all case fans, i.e. it's okay to have a lot of them running at low RPMs. for my PSU, i only have one fan slot, so i'm worried that if i only have one fan running at 1500rpms max pushing <35CFM max, it won't be e...