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by ilovejedd
Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Small fun computer (for web surfing and nothing major)
Replies: 5
Views: 1243

Re: Small fun computer (for web surfing and nothing major)

A Sandy Bridge PC would be ridiculously overpowered for web browsing. If you really want to go down that road, best wait for a while as the price of an entry-level Sandy Bridge system should drop quite a bit in the coming months. Lol, perhaps it might even be as early as next month. :) There's alre...
by ilovejedd
Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AM3+?
Replies: 10
Views: 2922

Re: AM3+?

Computers are no longer dull beige boxes used by people to do work on, they are sleek machines of entertainment, information, play, and sometimes work. Media has changed our usage of computers a lot in just a few years, AMD saw the way the market was moving and is moving with it, I know that FM1 wi...
by ilovejedd
Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AM3+?
Replies: 10
Views: 2922

Re: AM3+?

Socket AM3+ or Socket FM1 ? http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/amd-llano-socket-fm1-sample,news-35350.html I am guessing that AMD will officially call the socket FM1 to avoid confusion with AM3 motherboards as obviously the socket is very different. Looking at the socket it is now obvious that AM3 CPU's...
by ilovejedd
Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sandy Bridge + i3-2100T -- why can't I get under 22w idle?
Replies: 37
Views: 12287

Re: Sandy Bridge + i3-2100T -- why can't I get under 22w idl

quest_for_silence wrote:They explicitly declare it's AC and you're just inclined to think it's AC because of another site? Somewhat hilarious. :idea:
I didn't notice the statement where they say it's AC. Had my reply written before your post. Just left the desk and wasn't able to submit it until later.
by ilovejedd
Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sandy Bridge + i3-2100T -- why can't I get under 22w idle?
Replies: 37
Views: 12287

Re: Sandy Bridge + i3-2100T -- why can't I get under 22w idl

I'd like to specify one thing -- Missing Remote review didn't specify whether 14.5W is AC or DC draw. If it were AC draw, it's too good to be true. Better than my notebook! :o From this , I'm inclined to think it's the former (AC). As mentioned in another SPCR article, Intel motherboards are partia...
by ilovejedd
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: New Generation Intel 510 "Emcrest" SSD - 450 MB/sec Read
Replies: 46
Views: 17137

Re: New Generation Intel 510 "Emcrest" SSD - 450 MB/sec Read

The 120GB G2 is a value sweet-spot in the meantime. +1. Couldn't help but wish I bought more of them during Black Friday when they were going for $200 ($165 after MIR) a piece. I only bought two (the limit for the rebate) as I was expecting the G3 drives to arrive February. Now, we're already into ...
by ilovejedd
Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100 vs. AMD Phenom II X2 565
Replies: 76
Views: 25449

Re: Intel Core i3-2100 vs. AMD Phenom II X2 565

andyb wrote:7-ZIP decompression - WTF is this test, I want to look at it, I decompress 1,000 times as much as I compress.
Probably because it's unnecessary. With decompression, I've noticed you're pretty much limited by HDD throughput.
by ilovejedd
Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: USB SSD
Replies: 6
Views: 1706

Re: USB SSD

I've been using Intel X-25M (G2) in an Antec MX-25 enclosure for about a year now. Was using it connected via eSATAto my desktop and USB to my laptop. It comes with a combo cable that you can use to connect to your computer as pure USB to USB, powering the drive via USB and connecting to the drive ...
by ilovejedd
Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: USB SSD
Replies: 6
Views: 1706

Re: USB SSD

Have you looked at hard drive enclosures with USB and SATA connections? Alternatively, you could save money by getting just a SATA to USB adapter. That would adapt the bare drive to a USB interface without requiring disassembly to put the drive in your PC bay. Or, you could change out your hot swap...
by ilovejedd
Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: USB SSD
Replies: 6
Views: 1706

USB SSD

I've moved all my virtual machines (~6) at home to an unused Kingston SSDNow V 40GB (same as Intel X25-V 40GB but w/o TRIM). Now I've never really fully appreciated the value of storing them on an SSD until I tried running 2 VM's at the same time from an external 500GB Western Digital Passport USB d...
by ilovejedd
Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: How much increase can I expect on my electric bill?
Replies: 16
Views: 10477

Re: How much increase can I expect on my electric bill?

It's about 20 cents in NY state. It used to be under 15 cents before "plateau oil" (or whatever happened in 2005). I don't know the rates in NY city but I wasn't expecting someone living there to want to run a distributed computing app on an unusually powerful PC. Lol, that sounds around the same a...
by ilovejedd
Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: How much increase can I expect on my electric bill?
Replies: 16
Views: 10477

Re: How much increase can I expect on my electric bill?

Figure ~ $1/Watt/year for any device left on 24/7/365. So, if your PC uses 120W when folding, that's $10/month. If it's a laptop that draws 60W, then $5/mo. Of course, those estimates are for fairly low to mid-power PC's. If you're folding with a Core i7-980X and 3x GTX 580, I'd hate to see your po...
by ilovejedd
Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Upgrading mobo/cpu/ram
Replies: 6
Views: 815

Re: Upgrading mobo/cpu/ram

Core i3s really overclock like crazy. My 530 (2.93 stock clock) runs at 4.4 without even raising the voltage. I just upped the BCLK from 133 to 200 and that was that. You sure about that? Or did you leave motherboard voltage control on Auto? My i3-530 can only do 3.5 at stock volts and I think that...
by ilovejedd
Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Win7 Discrete Video Cards
Replies: 6
Views: 1321

Re: Win7 Discrete Video Cards

My question is with Win7 Ultimate 64-bit what is actually supported? What are the problems with two discrete (non SLI/Crossfire) cards today? Can you determine which card is managing 2d graphics vs 3d graphics? I'm a minimalist so if I will have zero ability to support this config in Windows or won...
by ilovejedd
Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:35 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: P55+i3 540+G.Skill Eco+Go!Green HD5750+CaviarGreen+etc.
Replies: 8
Views: 1759

Re: P55+i3 540+G.Skill Eco+Go!Green HD5750+CaviarGreen+etc.

also: source on that info? i havent heard anything about the bus speeds being locked down on sandy bridge (though admittedly, i havent been paying attention) That info's pretty much everywhere. It's not so much that Intel's locking bus overclocking. It's just that there's a central clock generator ...
by ilovejedd
Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Upgrade suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 1396

Re: Upgrade suggestions

Since you mentioned it might take you a month, here's what I'd recommend :wink: :

Asus/Gigabyte P67 motherboard
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
by ilovejedd
Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Seeking Planning Advice (Gaming/Development: Spring 2011)
Replies: 11
Views: 2067

Re: Seeking Planning Advice (Gaming/Development: Spring 2011

Obviously Sandy Bridge is the prime target for the build. At the moment I expect to grab one of the Socket 1155 CPUs. I don't see much to gain in the 1356 or 2011 sockets as they will be far more power than I would normally use. Looking at the planned releases, the i7-2600S looks appealing due to i...
by ilovejedd
Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:12 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: OOPS! 6850 -> 5850 and Power Supply/AMP concerns
Replies: 7
Views: 1685

Re: OOPS! 6850 -> 5850 and Power Supply/AMP concerns

Seriously, the X-650 is cheaper compared to two of those models. Curious, have you measured actual power consumption?
by ilovejedd
Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My new system I5 760 high temps? need some help
Replies: 7
Views: 1202

Re: My new system I5 760 high temps? need some help

Unless you've got incredibly low ambient temperature, those core temps are normal. No idea why you'd think they're not. And yes, some cores tend to be warmer than others.
by ilovejedd
Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Lounge HTPC build advice spec needed please
Replies: 16
Views: 2866

Re: Lounge HTPC build advice spec needed please

1) Watch & record 2 digital signals (1+1). If you're planning to rely on the CPU to compress a high-definition stream in real time, you might need a powerful one. It depends on the details which you didn't provide. He mentioned digital signals so I assume they're already compressed. No need for rea...
by ilovejedd
Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Lounge HTPC build advice spec needed please
Replies: 16
Views: 2866

Re: Lounge HTPC build advice spec needed please

2) if you're going to leave it on all the time, an SDD is unnecessary in my opinion. The only time an SDD really makes up for the insane cost, is if you're going to be booting/shutting down often, media editing, or loading huge games into memory. Since you'll be doing none of those things, there's ...
by ilovejedd
Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2010 SSD pricing (for drives >= barefoot controller perf)
Replies: 114
Views: 35645

Re: 2010 SSD pricing (for drives >= barefoot controller perf

aristide1 wrote:NewEgg has them for $200 on Black Friday as well. Free shipping.
I know, but then I'd have to pay tax plus I've got $60+ worth of Amazon gift certificates.
by ilovejedd
Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:39 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2010 SSD pricing (for drives >= barefoot controller perf)
Replies: 114
Views: 35645

Re: 2010 SSD pricing (for drives >= barefoot controller perf

Ordered from Amazon since I had some gift certificates. Shipping in 1~3 weeks. Let's hope it arrives before the 12/15 rebate deadline. If not, it's still a good deal at $200. Probably a safer bet than the Onyx 2 I was considering. Newegg has the G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB for a bit lower but I'm not ...
by ilovejedd
Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2010 SSD pricing (for drives >= barefoot controller perf)
Replies: 114
Views: 35645

Re: 2010 SSD pricing (for drives >= barefoot controller perf

Intel X25-M 120GB currently $200 from Amazon and Newegg while the Intel X25-M 80GB is $170. Cancelled my Onyx 2 120GB order ($196) and getting the Intel 120GB instead. :D
by ilovejedd
Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Going from HD/Vista to SSD/Win 7 - Thoughts?
Replies: 14
Views: 2864

Re: Going from HD/Vista to SSD/Win 7 - Thoughts?

IMHO, you should spring the $90 and get 64-bit win 7 if you're going to be using Photoshop (mostly to handle more RAM, but also because 32-bit is dying out). And I might be mis-remembering this, but I thought there was a way to use a 32-bit win 7 key to unlock a 64-bit version. The keys for 32-bit ...
by ilovejedd
Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:18 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SSD Reliability
Replies: 120
Views: 42491

Re: SSD Reliability

Looks like they scrubbed the reviews from the failed launch. It also looks like these are still on the market even though the Onyx 2 is out. You can order an Onyx 2 but I highly doubt you'll be getting them soon. I pre-ordered mine almost as soon as they became available on Amazon and ETA is after ...
by ilovejedd
Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:59 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Atom or DH57JG with an i3 for NAS?
Replies: 18
Views: 4953

Re: Atom or DH57JG with an i3 for NAS?

Another pathway pass through a low cost mITX AM2 (and undervolting your Sempron): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813500045 Tough to beat that $40 price! But probably can't idle as low as an Atom board... w/o a lot of tweaking. I'd be very wary of this board. I've had 3 Zotac ...
by ilovejedd
Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Atom or DH57JG with an i3 for NAS?
Replies: 18
Views: 4953

Re: Atom or DH57JG with an i3 for NAS?

Thanks for all the replies guys. I'm still undecided, maybe I'll just wait for a while before upgrading. That's probably the best option. I think a Celeron Sandy Bridge should work well. Let's just hope the H61 chipset has enough SATA ports (4~6 would be good for a mini-NAS). H61+Celery Sandy shoul...
by ilovejedd
Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low idle power motherboards and CPUs?
Replies: 9
Views: 4896

Re: Low idle power motherboards and CPUs?

I'm disgusted all over again! Perhaps I was remembering the 270 vs 330 atom figures when I quoted my (incorrect) figures. I still don't understand the market for a 30W AC idle atom system :D Hmm, idle is slightly less than that. I believe my D945GCLF2 build consumes 27W idle. I think the system it ...
by ilovejedd
Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low idle power motherboards and CPUs?
Replies: 9
Views: 4896

Re: Low idle power motherboards and CPUs?

The chipset also makes a huge difference. I'm not sure about the more recent versions, but it was almost impossible to find a mini-ITX board with the 945GSE mobile chipset a year ago. Everything had the 945GC chipset. I think the 945GSE had a TDP of ~2W, and the 945GC had a TDP of ~8W (which, I wil...