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by truckid
Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:58 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 200-250W 80+ mAXT PSU ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1014

FSP/Seasonic

In my previous post, I have found serious issues for the MSI, i.e. it can not wake from S3 Sleep. There still isn't a firmware fix, and I can't be bothered to wait for one. http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=135675.msg1019084 I did consider the Intel DH55TC, but the Gigabyte has more features w...
by truckid
Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 200-250W 80+ mAXT PSU ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1014

200-250W 80+ mAXT PSU ?

Hi, I've been away for a while and now am back home and about to order my PC (hopefully today). It follows from this thread, http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=57855&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0 It will be an always-on file server and an occasional desktop, the parts are as fol...
by truckid
Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD 785G/240e V Intel i3
Replies: 32
Views: 15753

Intel i3

GaryRW - I've been busy and haven't been online in the last few days. Would be very interested in the figures you get for your system.
by truckid
Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD 785G/240e V Intel i3
Replies: 32
Views: 15753

Gigabyte H55M-USB3

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3748&p=7

After discounting the MB with i3 CPU, the Gigabyte is still 9-13W more power hungry at load against the lowest H55. Its sits in the middle of the H55 motherboards for efficiency, though it is more feature laden
by truckid
Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:15 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD 785G/240e V Intel i3
Replies: 32
Views: 15753

Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 ?

surrealillusion - Very true. In the drive to get the most efficient system, lost sight of what the actual cost impact is. An extra 5w works out to about an extra £5 per year - hardly breaking the bank. gsmithsa - Looks like you are in similar situation to me, the i3/H55 combo seems like the ideal s...
by truckid
Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD 785G/240e V Intel i3
Replies: 32
Views: 15753

Alternative H55 MB

OK, so the it’s a no-go on the MSI H55M-E33, outstanding issues with it not being able to wake from S3 Sleep. The nearest alternative (for which I can find data) is the Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-233-GI Its has a few more features (which I would ...
by truckid
Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:51 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH55TC vs. MSI H55M-E33 for lowest power consumption?
Replies: 19
Views: 13778

Wake from S3 bug

Was about to purchase the MSI H55M-E33 myself, but have read about issues with the MB not being able to wake from S3 Sleep. May be worth waiting for a Bios fix.

http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic ... msg1018306
by truckid
Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:46 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD 785G/240e V Intel i3
Replies: 32
Views: 15753

H55 MB

Looks like the MSI H55M-E33 and Intel i3 530 is the 'perfect' solution, or so I thought... Just noticed quite a few postings where users can have 'issues' with the H55M-E33 not being able to wake from S3 Sleep ; http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=135675.msg1019084 The MB seems ideal otherwise, ...
by truckid
Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD 785G/240e V Intel i3
Replies: 32
Views: 15753

785G v i3

flyingsherpa - I'm sure your system runs well, and if it wasnt for the fact that I need to do some database work, I would have ordered similar in a minute. - I may still go for the 785G/AMD option, open to suggestions It seems that mines are conflicting requirements, i.e. low power consumption for N...
by truckid
Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD 785G/240e V Intel i3
Replies: 32
Views: 15753

AMD 785G/240e V Intel i3

Just as I got ready to order my components, I have been reading the merits of Intel i3/i5 and how power efficient they are and now not sure if I should go down Intel i3 route. I'm looking to build an nearly always on NAS/File server (WoL, Suspend to RAM S3), primarily running ps3media server and squ...
by truckid
Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low(ish) Power NAS/File Server/HTPC
Replies: 7
Views: 1914

ASUS v MSI

I haven't found much info on underclocking on the board, just because I haven't really considered it. I was just about to purchase the components, but have seen that the Asus M4A785TD-M EVO is not much more and I'm tempted to go for it ; http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-M4A785TD-M-EVO http://www....
by truckid
Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low(ish) Power NAS/File Server/HTPC
Replies: 7
Views: 1914

So I guess I should stick to the Seasonic 330W ?
by truckid
Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low(ish) Power NAS/File Server/HTPC
Replies: 7
Views: 1914

Case/PSU

I chose the PSU, following my advice in my posting on the PSU forum http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=57590 Though my power requirements are low, I've read each HDD takes upto 20W when spinning up (potentially 3/4 HDDs in the future). Even then I thought I might be borderline betw...
by truckid
Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:39 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low(ish) Power NAS/File Server/HTPC
Replies: 7
Views: 1914

Low(ish) Power NAS/File Server/HTPC

Ok, I am finally ready to order my parts for my new build and would appreciate any info in terms of what kind of power consumption I can expect, and if there any components I should reconsider. I am looking to build an always on NAS /file server, primary running PS3MediaServer and Squeezebox Centre,...
by truckid
Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:07 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Nas/HTPC 785G PSU Requirements ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1907

Its not as easy as you may think to find a suitable PSU. I have gone through the stickys, postings, done searches online and found more specialised retailers such as watt-power, Kustom PCs and overclockers and still no joy I am looking for a 300W 80+ MicroATX in the UK. The two options I have found ...
by truckid
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:53 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Nas/HTPC 785G PSU Requirements ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1907

300W 80+

Thanks alot for the info.

Seems like a 300W 80+ PSU is the way to go. Gives me a little extra headroom for additional HDD later on.

Cheers
by truckid
Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:42 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Nas/HTPC 785G PSU Requirements ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1907

Nas/HTPC 785G PSU Requirements ?

I posted the below, in the CPU/MB forum and after 125 views, have not receieved a reply. I think I should have posted in the Power supply forum, but I can't see a way to move postings, so had to copy and post again. Would anyone please have any info on what type of PSU I should be looking for, I've ...
by truckid
Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Nas/HTPC 785G PSU Requirements ?
Replies: 0
Views: 828

Nas/HTPC 785G PSU Requirements ?

I am looking to build an always on Nas server, mainly to run PS3 Media Server and Squeezebox. It may be used an HTPC in the future, but for now its mostly for hosting video/audio files. Because it will always be on, I am looking for a system with low energy consumption. I plan to buy the following c...
by truckid
Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:53 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Biostar A760G-M2+ - 30W barrier broken
Replies: 119
Views: 103685

FSP 250W

Matt, Thanks for the info. I was thinking of the 150w PicoPSU, but your calculations show that would be still be underpowered. Its seems that a 250w power supply would be ideal, for a 760G + 5050e pc with 3 green 1tb+ HDD and some headroom. I've done a quick search, found this PSU and saw it mention...
by truckid
Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:01 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Biostar A760G-M2+ - 30W barrier broken
Replies: 119
Views: 103685

Matt, Been following your thread with great interest, your postings are really informative. I'm in a similar situation, in that I'm looking to build a low power consumption Nas/Fileserver. I'd like to run all my apps, with the lowest possible wattage. I will use Windows Home Server or Win 2003 with ...
by truckid
Fri May 22, 2009 2:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: NAS/HTPC Case
Replies: 0
Views: 1464

NAS/HTPC Case

I am looking to build a multi-function pc, its main functions will be as an always on Nas device, streaming media and files and in the future, a HTPC hooked up to a Plasma. I think I will go for a MB based around 780G chipset because of low energy requirements. Not sure if it will be micro or mini M...
by truckid
Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:05 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Power [Consumption] - Laptop as NAS/media server
Replies: 2
Views: 6305

Power [Consumption] - Laptop as NAS/media server

Hi, I have a few old components and am thinking of going the the route of using an old laptop with an attached external drive to serve as a NAS but was wondering on what kind of power consumption I can expect. I have an old Acer Aspire 3610 - Celeron 370 1.5G, 1.5gb RAM, 60Gb HDD - the screen was da...
by truckid
Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:06 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 1TB Or Seagate 1.5TB ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4879

WD 1TB Or Seagate 1.5TB ?

Hi, Following on from my earlier post, I had decided on the WD10EADS. However I read around OEM warranties and how Manufacturers won't honour them and decided to avoid OEM drives altogether. This bought the price of the WD 1TB drive closer to the Seagate 1.5TB. 1. Western Digital WD10EADS 1TB + ICy ...
by truckid
Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which 1TB drive - Go Green ?
Replies: 2
Views: 2288

Which Enclosure ?

think I will order the WD10EADS. I was thinking about going for a 2.5 HDD, as these are assumed to be more reliable, in terms of being able to take knocks. (discussions on this in another thread) and have more start/stop cycles. But at 50000 cycles for your average 3.5, thats alot of life from the d...
by truckid
Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:52 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which 1TB drive - Go Green ?
Replies: 2
Views: 2288

Which 1TB drive - Go Green ?

Hi, I am looking for a backup external drive (for archived data/files) and have decided on a 1TB bare drive with following Icy Box enclosure (connect via USB2 with my laptop and SATA with my desktop) IcyBox IB-390StUS-B The important thing for me is reliability, the drive wont be used 'on the road' ...