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by sschnee
Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new gaming/media server build
Replies: 30
Views: 8967

Re: new gaming/media server build

Thanks for all the info.

I think 'll just keep it the way it is. It's already very quiet, and if the noise bothers me, I'll just rearrange my room so that I can put the case on the floor.

Steve
by sschnee
Sun Nov 01, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new gaming/media server build
Replies: 30
Views: 8967

Re: new gaming/media server build

I have good hearing, and the case is on the desk, right next to me. The room is quiet when my kids aren't in it.

What fan might you suggest to replace the stock Scythe fan?
by sschnee
Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new gaming/media server build
Replies: 30
Views: 8967

Re: new gaming/media server build

Fan Xpert3, yes. It's on Silent mode.

The only fan spinning is the Scythe CPU fan at 419 rpm, but I can hear it. It's not an unpleasant noise, but it's audible.
by sschnee
Sat Oct 31, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new gaming/media server build
Replies: 30
Views: 8967

Re: new gaming/media server build

I just wanted to post what became my build. Many thanks to those who answered my questions and gave their opinions. Case: Antec Solo II PSU: Rosewill Silent Night 500W MB: ASUS H170 Pro Gaming CPU: Intel i5 6500 CPU Cooler: Scythe Ninja 4 GPU: MSI 970 GTX Gaming 4G Ram: 8GB DDR4 Case Fans: 3 of the ...
by sschnee
Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gaming PC (AIR+QUIET) - Please advise
Replies: 26
Views: 6893

Re: Gaming PC (AIR+QUIET) - Please advise

Cost doesn't seem to be much of a concern for you, but if you're not using any HDDs, the Fractal Design S might be as good as the R5, at a lower price.
by sschnee
Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Kotetsu fits in a Solo II?
Replies: 6
Views: 2939

Re: Kotetsu fits in a Solo II?

Thanks the replies everyone. I appreciatively your help.
by sschnee
Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Kotetsu fits in a Solo II?
Replies: 6
Views: 2939

Kotetsu fits in a Solo II?

I'm finalizing my new build, and pcpartpicker flagged the Kotetsu as potentially not fitting in a Solo II. The Kotetsu is supposedly 160mm tall and the Solo II can supposedly fit coolers up to 160mm tall, so it seems right, or maybe impossible, depending on tolerances. Does anyone know for sure it t...
by sschnee
Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new gaming/media server build
Replies: 30
Views: 8967

Re: new gaming/media server build

Build time is rapidly approaching and I thought I'd resurrect this post Updated build Case: Antec solo ii Case fans: 3 of the Antec True Quiet 120s PSU: Rosewill Silent Night 500W CPU: i5 6500 or 6600 MB: Asus H170 Pro Gaming RAM: 8GB DDR4 CPU Cooler: Scythe Kotetsu SSD: Samsung Evo 512GB HDD: WD re...
by sschnee
Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:50 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Non k sky lake processors
Replies: 3
Views: 2764

Re: Non k sky lake processors

Apparently my search criteria skills were poor.

I am surprised I haven't seen any value or performance comparisons on the main tech sites I visit.
by sschnee
Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Non k sky lake processors
Replies: 3
Views: 2764

Non k sky lake processors

Where are the non k processors? I had heard they were being released in the US at the end of September. Is that not true?
by sschnee
Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:03 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need 80+ PSU for Half-Height HTPC - New Styles Not Working
Replies: 5
Views: 3149

Re: Need 80+ PSU for Half-Height HTPC - New Styles Not Worki

Does your HTCP draw too much power for a Pico PSU?
by sschnee
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:40 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Skylake thoughts
Replies: 81
Views: 34745

Re: Skylake thoughts

CA_Steve wrote:Looks like Asus added all of the Fan Xpert functionality into the BIOS, including fan speed calibration. :shock: That, plus letting you select the time it takes for a fan to ramp up/down is pretty darn cool.
So, now it's independent of the OS?
by sschnee
Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:43 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Braswell motherboards
Replies: 53
Views: 51257

Re: Braswell motherboards

Where did you find the N3150dc-tx for sale?
by sschnee
Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:11 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU for braswell PC
Replies: 2
Views: 2177

Re: PSU for braswell PC

Good question. I thought I might save money this way, since I have a case already, but that might not even be true. I'll look into it.
by sschnee
Sun Aug 02, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU for braswell PC
Replies: 2
Views: 2177

PSU for braswell PC

I'd like to build a new PC soon for my kids, for web browsing and streaming video from my Plex server. I'll probably run Linux Mint, but might stick with Windows 10. My plan is an ITX Braswell board, either a 3150 or a 3700, a SSD, 4GB RAM, a DVD drive, and a couple of fans, if needed. I was origina...
by sschnee
Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:24 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Passive Cooling vs Silent Cooling for my purposes
Replies: 25
Views: 12698

Re: Passive Cooling vs Silent Cooling for my purposes

xan_user wrote:
QUIET! wrote:I would take anything from CA with several grains of salt.
Oh & my. :shock: (now there's something i've never seen posted on the internetz...)
I'm sure he meant CA to mean computer audiophile, not CA-Steve, just to be clear.
by sschnee
Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: braswell in Antec Solo original
Replies: 5
Views: 2664

Re: braswell in Antec Solo original

Good to know. Thanks so much!
by sschnee
Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: braswell in Antec Solo original
Replies: 5
Views: 2664

Re: braswell in Antec Solo original

Thanks. Do you happen to know about the ITX board fitting? I don't know how the stand-offs work.
by sschnee
Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: braswell in Antec Solo original
Replies: 5
Views: 2664

braswell in Antec Solo original

I have an original Antec Solo case that I plan to repurpose to hold a Braswell motherboard, either a 3150 or a 3700 chip. I have a couple of questions: 1) Can the Solo hold a mini-ITX board, or just a micro-ATX? 2) What cooling do I need for this system with this case? The system would be the SoC Br...
by sschnee
Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new gaming/media server build
Replies: 30
Views: 8967

Re: new gaming/media server build

Abula,

Does the Asus H97 have true PWM fan control for the case fans? I had heard the the 87 boards didn't really. Is that fixed for H97 and Z97 boards now?

Thanks,
Steve
by sschnee
Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Idle computer power usage
Replies: 5
Views: 1906

Re: Idle computer power usage

That is a super useful link. Thanks so much.

Steve
by sschnee
Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Idle computer power usage
Replies: 5
Views: 1906

Re: Idle computer power usage

Ok. So plugging those numbers into a calculator show I'd save $30 a year by using the lower power system as always on with the gaming build only on when gaming.

I'll do a little shopping to see how cheap I can build a such a system, but I'll guess it won't be worth it.
by sschnee
Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Idle computer power usage
Replies: 5
Views: 1906

Idle computer power usage

I have a thread in this forum about building a new gaming and media PC. It will probably have a Sky Lake core i5 processor, GTX 970 GPU, 500w platinum PSU, one SSD and one HD. If I were to make it my media streaming PC, I'd likely leave it on all the time. I used an online calculator, which estimate...
by sschnee
Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new gaming/media server build
Replies: 30
Views: 8967

Re: new gaming/media server build

Thanks for the reply.

Did you recommend the MSI gaming GPUs over the Asus Strix ones because they are quieter?


Steve
by sschnee
Sat Jul 11, 2015 4:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new gaming/media server build
Replies: 30
Views: 8967

Re: new gaming/media server build

About the case. I really do like the look of that Rosewill Legacy W1.

I read the MIni ITX review where the fans didn't control well. How hard would it be to quietly cool a GTX 970 and i5 not overclocked in that case, if I were to replace the 140mm fans with ones the motherboard could control?
by sschnee
Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new gaming/media server build
Replies: 30
Views: 8967

Re: new gaming/media server build

Is the 6600K chip still the best bang for the buck if I don't plan on overclocking, or is the non-K variant better?Steve My psychic powers don't tell me what the final SKU specs and their pricing are. Crystal ball says wait until they are intro'd and reviewed. Then make a decision. :) Lol. Point ta...
by sschnee
Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new gaming/media server build
Replies: 30
Views: 8967

Re: new gaming/media server build

Is the 6600K chip still the best bang for the buck if I don't plan on overclocking, or is the non-K variant better? I'll look in to the Noctua fans as well as the fast Noiseblocker fans, as I will want 1 exhaust in the back and probably will put two intakes up front, controlled by the motherboard. S...
by sschnee
Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Rosewill Legacy W1 case on sale
Replies: 0
Views: 5288

Rosewill Legacy W1 case on sale

I was shopping for my new build today, and while I don't think it fits my needs, I did see that the Rosewill Legacy W1, which was part of the first Mini ITX gaming build article on this site, is on sale at Newegg for $60, which seems like a good deal to me.

Just FYI
by sschnee
Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new gaming/media server build
Replies: 30
Views: 8967

Re: new gaming/media server build

OK, so a single WD Red would be fine. I understand the 3TB version is quieter than the 4TB, so I'll probably get that, unless you think a 2.5" drive would make a big difference. Do I need 16GB of RAM, or is 8GB the right amount for this system? For case fans, it seems that the Scythe fans I was thin...
by sschnee
Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new gaming/media server build
Replies: 30
Views: 8967

Re: new gaming/media server build

Regular DVDs, not BluRays.
I don't know whether I want them compressed. Would it make streaming them much harder if they are?

Fallout 4 is supposed to be released Nov 10th. Is it possible to have a Sky Lake system put together by then, do you think?