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by Shamgar
Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:24 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Eaarth
Replies: 123
Views: 32990

aristide1 wrote:
This site is international but I'll assume you are in the US if you don't tell me otherwise.
US population - 300 million +
Earth's population - 6 billion +

Should one be readdressing one's defaults?

Just a thought.
If in doubt, assume a person is from the US.
by Shamgar
Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Pope's visit to an unreligious country
Replies: 40
Views: 5785

England is a godless country that rejected the Revivals which made America into the greatest nation on earth. That's why it (England) has long gone down the tubes as a nation. And now it needs its old master Papa Rome to bail it out of bankrupcy and destitution. BBC is just another lame publicly fun...
by Shamgar
Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:57 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestion for a quiet speedy small OS drive (not SSD)
Replies: 16
Views: 4448

Re: Suggestion for a quiet speedy small OS drive (not SSD)

It's difficult to get a (new) low capacity mechanical drive now. There is little point economically to buy less than 500GB... even 1TB drives are very cheap.. some are even cheaper than the 500GB models. I use less than 50GB total across all my storage mediums. I have 160, 500, 640 GB and 1 TB drive...
by Shamgar
Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:06 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Widespread Laptop Whining / Buzzing problem
Replies: 48
Views: 72891

Craptops are made for the average consumer who couldn't care less or are ignorant about the things that makes SPCRers depressed and poor for years on end. It's sad to hear that even professional minded laptops (as testified by the users in this thread) aren't that much better despite being much more...
by Shamgar
Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Eaarth
Replies: 123
Views: 32990

The easiest way to live green is to be poor. Consuming resources takes money, so the only way to truly reduce the usage of resources is to make everybody poor. The more poor, the lower the resource usage. This is proved by the UN statistics of per-capita income versus per-capita resource usage. In ...
by Shamgar
Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:26 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Eaarth
Replies: 123
Views: 32990

1. You request simply defies the conservative principal. Caring about the environment is not restricted to left wing anti globalisation anti capitalists. Don't stereotype all the people who are not left wing. Same goes for being open minded. Environmental concern is not a monopoly of the far left, ...
by Shamgar
Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 63272

frostedflakes wrote:Out of stock at NewEgg. I guess that's a good sign, they must be selling pretty well. ;)

Any other places to buy them online, or is NewEgg the only one currently?
I'm buying thousands of them, just in case. I'll start with one though. Everything else is not-great after this.
by Shamgar
Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: An Interview with Seagate's Henry Fabian
Replies: 9
Views: 6277

HDDs aren't going away anytime soon. Exactly. As with serial, parallel, IDE, 32-bit, 16-bit, electricity, petroleum, plastic, paper, cardboard, real humans, real food... HDDs are cheap, no nonsense and familiar and whether you like it or not, still the "standard". Those who call them "clunkers" are...
by Shamgar
Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:53 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: energizer "advanced" lithium
Replies: 12
Views: 6006

Thanks for the tip about low discharge NiMH batteries. That has been one of the main downsides of rechargeables for us. Thomas Distributing is a well known supplier of specialist batteries and chargers in the US. They have a good range of low discharge NiMH . For quality "smart chargers", the Power...
by Shamgar
Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU cooling might not be the most important thing to review
Replies: 24
Views: 5282

Aftermarket m'board heatsinks are usually expensive. Would like to see more m'board manufacturers implement better stock cooling on their boards. Same for their graphics cards.
by Shamgar
Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:27 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: 8W idle! (2010 Mac Mini)
Replies: 5
Views: 3989

Re: 8W idle! (2010 Mac Mini)

As much as I personally hate Apple and what not, this is a pretty awesome product, as for the idle power consumption. Don't hate Apple just cos they are Apple. They aren't the bad guys. You even acknowledged their "awesomeness" yourself, and so does Microsoft in a roundabout way. Mac Mini... wish i...
by Shamgar
Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU cooling might not be the most important thing to review
Replies: 24
Views: 5282

We've had past discussions here at various times concerning motherboard cooling. Most people don't seem to be concerned with it, while others are. Here are some of those threads: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=50714 http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=54682 htt...
by Shamgar
Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:44 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: local recycle
Replies: 3
Views: 3293

Towards Zero Waste WA - Electronic Waste promotes e-cycling in my locality. It's wise to take unwanted electronics to specialist recyclers who know how to dispose of it properly as opposed to dumping it on the kerbside for the local council/shire/town's junk collection where it will often end up in...
by Shamgar
Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:45 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: energizer "advanced" lithium
Replies: 12
Views: 6006

Lithium disposables work well for devices like cameras when you don't have rechargeables on hand. That's if your camera is one that takes AA batteries, which is increasingly rare. (Some entry level superzooms and dSLRs still do as well as battery grips for more enthusiast dSLRs.) The lithiums will l...
by Shamgar
Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 44693

I agree about the quality of the panels in the iMacs. Most competitors do with a TN panel. Some of the so called All In One desktops from MSI, ASUS, HP etc are almost the same price as the iMac too. The iMac's quality and finish overall make the others look like cheap pretenders in comparison. I've ...
by Shamgar
Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: More Cache - What good is it?
Replies: 63
Views: 18152

MS Security Essentials???? That is against my religion. May I ask why? Just because MS is the company we all love to hate? :) Yeah sort of. Everyone has their own reasons, I have mine. Each person's particular reasons may differ, but they all rhyme. Windows is the default OS for most people. We are...
by Shamgar
Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 44693

They have updated the iMacs as of late July 2010 with Corei3/5/7 processors and discrete ATI graphics across the range. And thus the masses flock... Oh, I actually have thought of going down the Mac path on a few occasions (frightening!) For a lifetime Windows user, this is a big deal. I have had a ...
by Shamgar
Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:45 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Is it me or have things slowed down considerably?
Replies: 44
Views: 22706

Building box systems is something of rapidly declining benefit to most people nowadays. A computer, for most ordinary folk, simply performs the job of an Over-Glorified Communication Device (OGCD), and for that purpose, does not require the fire breathing monstrosity of an eight core CPU/32GB RAM/2G...
by Shamgar
Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which quiet, inexpensive SATA drive?
Replies: 42
Views: 11946

dhanson865 wrote:Ordinarily I wouldn't suggest it as a cheap drive but right now the Samsung drive seems to be in high demand and the price has been distorted.
Okay, everybody start rubbishing the Samsungs. Hopefully, then, the demand drops and so does the price.
by Shamgar
Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec case: Lanboy Air
Replies: 40
Views: 8795

Hello Antec_Rep . Thanks for the positive spin---I mean, input. Yes, input. Some of us have been quite critical of Antec lately because of the departure from "the norm" as you put it. I guess it's because many users have gotten used to a particular Antec signature design over the years and expect it...
by Shamgar
Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:52 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Is it me or have things slowed down considerably?
Replies: 44
Views: 22706

Computers are spreading through our homes, our DVD player is soon a computer. Our kitchen is going to be a computer. Everything is a computer. Soon, human beings will be a (part) "computer". Externally, people already are in a way: they have phones, audio players and technology gadgets as part of t...
by Shamgar
Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:22 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Buying Quiet PC Components in Australia
Replies: 96
Views: 167949

Australia: the land of the long red tape. :) Gotta love C-Tick. They're looking out for us, unlike in a lot of "less regulated" countries. You have to wonder why there aren't more Australian PC parts manufacturers out there. We have the capability here. They just have to design (approved for Austral...
by Shamgar
Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I5 750 heat question
Replies: 12
Views: 2714

60°C+ temps is a ripoff. Doesn't make your screengrabs look good. Plus high temps turns your PC into a heater. All respectable computer people should aim for 30°C or less idle; 50°C or less load. You can have the best of both worlds: cool and quiet. Just don't sweat over it though. 8)
by Shamgar
Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I5 750 heat question
Replies: 12
Views: 2714

at 20C ambient (which is pretty chilly) Couldn't help but chuckle at that part. My ambient in a basement suite might peak 21 on the hottest of summer days, otherwise it's usually 15-18. I need to move somewhere warmer :lol: Totally agree with the rest of your post, though! I think you have misinter...
by Shamgar
Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: EarthWatts 380 PSU included in Antec NSK3480: deafening
Replies: 9
Views: 2944

You should be able to return the PSU only. Your supplier/retailer should be good with that. I had to do this several years ago with a DOA Antec PSU. Dealt straight with my supplier but had to pay the postage. EWs aren't that quiet to begin with but good enough for what they are. Hopefully a replacem...
by Shamgar
Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:15 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: new quiet system: Core i7, or stick to Core 2?
Replies: 11
Views: 2334

LGA775 boards are increasingly being phased out by many retailers. So while you might find a cheap Core2 or Pentium Dual Core, finding a good board to pair it with may not be so easy. Most top tier manufacturers are focusing on the new platforms now. The only boards left in stock are low end models ...
by Shamgar
Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Describe your ideal mATX mini tower
Replies: 52
Views: 14849

Nobody uses floppy drives anymore, and 3.5" bays on the front of a case always make it look ugly. So not one person in the entire world uses a floppy drive? Is this the same as noone uses DOS anymore? The NSK3480 is as good as it gets. Which means there is still a long way to go... Thus the search ...
by Shamgar
Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Windows 7 (32bit or 64bit)?
Replies: 72
Views: 16363

Microsoft will not abandon 32-bit for a few years yet. There are too many businesses that still use old software and hardware with little reason to change and add to their immediate CODB. This is why XP Mode was included in Windows 7 so Microsoft wouldn't alienate this significant group of people. W...
by Shamgar
Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Windows 7 (32bit or 64bit)?
Replies: 72
Views: 16363

The thing is that very few people actually own Photoshop for the sort of demanding use that 64-bit and high RAM systems would help with. A lot of people obtain it illegally and play around with it, while others might use it for proper use at school or work for a while, and families might use Element...
by Shamgar
Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:27 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Don't walk, run to your nearest store and buy a SSD now.
Replies: 51
Views: 28664

Actually I have partitioned harddrives for atleast 10 years by now. Makes re-installing faster and easier. C:\ 40GB , windows 7 Ultimate 64bit +programs +swap file (hibernation disabled). This uses about half of the partition. I expect the next windows to fit into this same hdd space, but I will pr...