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by saitrix
Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New ~550W psu, what is recommended?
Replies: 5
Views: 4325

Re: New ~550W psu, what is recommended?

That's brilliant, I think I will go for the RM650x due to the such small price different and the higher passive mode.
by saitrix
Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:05 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New ~550W psu, what is recommended?
Replies: 5
Views: 4325

New ~550W psu, what is recommended?

So I have had a good look round on the forums and reviews, it seems like the following psu's are highly regarded. I have decided that my Nexus value 430W is getting a little old and I have lost a pc before from a PSU blowing up! Corsair RM550x (£70) Corsair RM650x (£75) EVGA G2 550 (£80) EVGA G2 650...
by saitrix
Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Which fan for Macho 120
Replies: 3
Views: 2695

Re: Which fan for Macho 120

So to expand on that, yes you're correct there I have the one which only goes down to 600rpm. So my case is a Fractal Design R5 with stock fans plus an identical additional intake fan all running at 350rpm. I didn't think of just looking at the fans which Noctua uses on their heatsinks, that would m...
by saitrix
Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Which fan for Macho 120
Replies: 3
Views: 2695

Which fan for Macho 120

Hi,

I have a Thermalright Macho 120 cooler but I am not that happy with the fan. Is something like the Noctua NF-P12 PWM still the best PWM fan for a cooler or is there something else I should consider?
by saitrix
Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:39 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?
Replies: 11
Views: 11632

Re: HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?

For me the important thing is the fans being software controllable as I always use speedfan for controlling it. This is due to being able to specify the temperatures to start reacting and by how much. I will update this thread as I decide, but I am still swinging towards the i3-3220t.
by saitrix
Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?
Replies: 11
Views: 11632

Re: HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?

porkchop, I should have been more specific on my emulation requirements, I am only after SNES level stuff. :p

fuzzymath10, That is good to hear with the Q8200. Was something I was worrying a bit about, sounds like I was over reacting on that!
by saitrix
Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?
Replies: 11
Views: 11632

Re: HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?

I have at least found out the MSI H61I-E35 does not allow undervolting. I did have a thought, the i3-3220T is identical prices to the i3-3220 so I could always go that way so I don't have to worry about undervolting.
by saitrix
Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?
Replies: 11
Views: 11632

Re: HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?

Will be using onboard gpu with Windows 7. A lot of what I watch though is 10bit which instantly means software decoding. monkeyesque, Spot on the pricing there, the motherboards are so expensive for the AMD's! I am trying to get away with doing a fanless (Thermalright HR-02, only using fan when unde...
by saitrix
Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:53 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?
Replies: 11
Views: 11632

HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?

Hi, I have a bit of dilemma, I am looking at a new htpc and I have found that both the A6-5400k and i3-3220 come out at the same costs as each other! This is due to the m-itx motherboards being so expensive for the AMD route. I watch 1080p 10bit h264 which requires cpu so am I correct thinking the I...
by saitrix
Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC component recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 1165

Re: HTPC component recommendations

Ahh yes I should have said it will be in my bedroom. Hense why fan speed is of a concern. I was going to use speedfan to control the fan on the cpu allowing it to ramp up if needed. I would have thought if I put the settings in windows to stop the 3.5" drives spinning after 15mins then the noise of ...
by saitrix
Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC component recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 1165

HTPC component recommendations

Hi, I am wanting to build a HTPC which I will keep on 24/7 as it will also serve as a NAS and download box. I have selected the following parts: Lian Li PC-Q11 - Looks like I can soft mount hard drives at the base, should be able to fit up to 3 with using the dvd drive space. 120W PicoPSU - I alread...
by saitrix
Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent SB htpc build, does this look ok?
Replies: 14
Views: 2546

Re: Silent SB htpc build, does this look ok?

If that works for you then it's great. A big cooler is what keeping me from mounting the system at the back of the monitor - too little space between the monitor and the wall. EMI could be a potential problem with no case at all. Should that be a problem a simple wire cage could solve that. :) That...
by saitrix
Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent SB htpc build, does this look ok?
Replies: 14
Views: 2546

Re: Silent SB htpc build, does this look ok?

Hmm I have just thought why bother making a full case for the pc? I could just use a sheet of acrylic or metal to mount the motherboard onto, to then vesa mount. An extra level to the side could easily be made to hold a 2.5" ssd, plus it would let me use a larger cooler. What do people think to this...
by saitrix
Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent SB htpc build, does this look ok?
Replies: 14
Views: 2546

Re: Silent SB htpc build, does this look ok?

Oh that must have slipped by me with the new sandy bridge cpu's coming! I currently have a htpc so I can wait. Those celerons looks like a good choice though, but I would at least want the dual cores.

Is there much advantage to an ssd performance wise when using something like xbmc?
by saitrix
Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent SB htpc build, does this look ok?
Replies: 14
Views: 2546

Silent SB htpc build, does this look ok?

Hi, I am after a new htpc which I keep on 24/7. Originally I was looking at an E350/SU2300 setup but it seems people have been getting excellent idle power usage from the sandy bridge setups, so the extra power would really be handy as I run mine as a nas/downloader/htpc. So if you could let me know...
by saitrix
Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Good budget quiet case?
Replies: 10
Views: 2204

Re: Good budget quiet case?

Well it was £400 overall for the pc.

ces, Yeah I have the same psu in my pc. :p
by saitrix
Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Good budget quiet case?
Replies: 10
Views: 2204

Re: Good budget quiet case?

Not really to be honest, as long as the costs arnt vastly different. What idea have you got?
by saitrix
Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:26 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Good budget quiet case?
Replies: 10
Views: 2204

Good budget quiet case?

Hi, I am building a PC for a friend and he is after a quiet PC. It is going to be a sandy bridge i3 build without a gfx card so won't be much heat in the case. I am not wanting to spend as much as a fractal design r3 is so is there any good alternatives at a lower price? Any in the coolmaster range ...
by saitrix
Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: What psu for my new htpc?
Replies: 5
Views: 1243

Re: What psu for my new htpc?

Thanks, did more digging and was able to find someone with a similar setup running 36W at idle and 60W load, and I will be undervolted too. Though they didn't have the 4350 but that apparently is only ~15W.
by saitrix
Tue Mar 08, 2011 6:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: What psu for my new htpc?
Replies: 5
Views: 1243

Re: What psu for my new htpc?

I doubt a laptop CPU requires a 300w psu. Does anyone know what amount it will use roughly? I was looking at 90w picopsu. The 4350 seems to use 12w at idle and I only use it for films so I doubt it will go over 20w. Hard drive I don't think will go over 20w, so that just leaves the CPU and motherboa...
by saitrix
Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How much should I reduce the fan speed for my psu?
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Re: How much should I reduce the fan speed for my psu?

Well I have done the mod to 7v and it is perfectly fine. Unfortunately it still isn't as quiet as I'd like, and the fan only has 2 wires so no rpm monitoring. Think I may swap the fan for an aftermarket 80mm fan and like you say, run it ~700rpm. Ksanderash, Unfortunately a 120mm itself is wider than...
by saitrix
Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:42 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How much should I reduce the fan speed for my psu?
Replies: 3
Views: 901

How much should I reduce the fan speed for my psu?

Hi, For my htpc I run laptop components with an amd 4350, I estimate the pc uses no more than 150w under load, probably less. The case I bought for it came with a 400w(!) sff psu. So I am not pushing the psu at all. Annoyingly that psu is also the loudest thing, so I opened it up. I found it had an ...
by saitrix
Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:14 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: What psu for my new htpc?
Replies: 5
Views: 1243

What psu for my new htpc?

Hi, I have just bought some bits 2nd hand for a htpc I am building. I have bought laptop parts so they are running passive, with only a need for a case fan. So this means I need a silent/quiet psu, so I got thinking and decided a picopsu/electrodacus psu would be the way to go. One thing though is I...
by saitrix
Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Can't decide between P183 and Fortress 2, advice?
Replies: 37
Views: 9463

Re:

120mm x 5 = 600mm of overall fan surface area 180mm x 3, + 120mm = 660mm of fan area, with 180mm behind the hdd cage Sorry but that is flawed, surely you need to work out the area of each fan, not just the diameter, as when you double the diameter of a circle, you have 4 times the area. 120mm x 5 =...
by saitrix
Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:35 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: What PSU for me?
Replies: 7
Views: 1916

Thanks for the help there. In the end I decided to spend the extra for the Nexus Value 430, should certainly be quiet!
by saitrix
Sun Aug 15, 2010 1:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: What PSU for me?
Replies: 7
Views: 1916

Thanks for that, I was ideally looking at spending less than that though. From a little digging I have found the following psu's: Seasonic SII-380w = £45 Enermax Pro82+ 425W = £53 Enermax Modu82+ 425W = £62 (I realise thats very similar costs, but it is modular too which could be nice) I noticed ...
by saitrix
Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:45 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: What PSU for me?
Replies: 7
Views: 1916

What PSU for me?

Hi, I have gone about making my pc quieter bit by bit and now I am fairly happy, but annoyingly the psu is the loud part to it! So I am wondering what I should go for really. Here is my pc specs: E7200 @ 0.99v (Xigmatek S-1283 with Nexus fan @ 1000rpm) 4 sticks of DDR2 AMD 4850 @ stock (Akasa Vortex...
by saitrix
Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:30 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My first try at [quieting] down my rig.
Replies: 20
Views: 7135

Took some photos of my case now. I know its not that good a silent pc compared to others but its slowly improving, lol. http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/6084/imag0038vf.jpg http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/3453/imag0039d.jpg http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/7721/imag0040i.jpg http://img529.image...
by saitrix
Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My first try at [quieting] down my rig.
Replies: 20
Views: 7135

Sorry for a slow reply here! Well I went for 2 Nexus fans in the end, that way I knew they would be good and quiet. I find the AC vga cooler excellent with the fan control, it really has improved my 4850 so much. I have overclocked too and it still handles the temps well. Was nice and easy to fit to...
by saitrix
Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Replacement for the Scythe Kama Flex 80mm (2000rpm)?
Replies: 1
Views: 991

Replacement for the Scythe Kama Flex 80mm (2000rpm)?

Hi, Previously I found that someone had used a Scythe Kama Flex 80mm (2000rpm version) in their antec earthwatts 500W (EA-500D) psu to quieten it down. Now as it seems my system should be pulling less than 200W (on the dc side) then I should be able to run a slower than stock fan all fine. Now as so...