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by 40974111
Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:05 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Scythe PSUs - any opinions?
Replies: 4
Views: 1477

Scythe PSUs - any opinions?

Does anyone have any opinion on the Scythe PSUs? Particularly the Scythe Stronger line?

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?mai ... th=15_1127

I ask because they are relatively cheap, with a presumably good quality fan.
by 40974111
Sat Jun 26, 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Seasonic X-650 - buzzing
Replies: 6
Views: 2336

It didn't occur with a specific application, would happen in office apps, stats programs, windows environment, games. It happened at both idle and load. I put the PSU in for assessment with the retailer last Saturday, I got an email the next Friday saying that they had a new one ready for me to pick...
by 40974111
Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Seasonic X-650 - buzzing
Replies: 6
Views: 2336

Seasonic X-650 - buzzing

I have a Seasonic X-650 and it worked perfectly up until about a week ago. I've had no issues to suggest that the PSU is unstable. Yet.l However, it has developed a strange electrical noise. Buzzing is probably the wrong word for it. What I can liken it to is a sporadic and quieter version of a ligh...
by 40974111
Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5770 + EA380
Replies: 1
Views: 838

I think you should be right running all of those on the Earthwatts 380. 5770 shouldn't consume more than 120 watts, and even your overclocked graphics card would be consuming less than that.

5770 is just short of a GTX260. GTX260 is significantly better than the 9600GT.
by 40974111
Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P183 and its two fans
Replies: 1
Views: 1014

Don't go with a smaller fan. Look at the SPCR recommended fan list. http://www.silentpcreview.com/article63-page2.html Typically a Scythe, Noctua or Nexus fan running at 7v will be a good bet. Although not SPCR tested or recommended, I use Arctic Cooling 12025 PWM fans, because they are cheap, allow...
by 40974111
Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 5xx0 quiteness - Should I beleive other website reviews ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1795

5870 would be overkill for an HTPC.
5750 is probably more what you need. Saphire have made a Vapor-X 5750, which would probably be more suitable to your needs than a Vapor-X 5870, and would almost certainly run cooler and quieter.
by 40974111
Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:40 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless 5750 announced
Replies: 21
Views: 11365

What do you think the possibility of this card running in a completely passive environment will be? (as of the end of the month the only moving part will hopefully be in a bottom mounted Seasonic X-650). Replaced my 4850 because it struggled to run under 100 degrees in 2D mode on hot days (in a comp...
by 40974111
Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:49 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Does SPCR seem way too obsessive compulsive about noise?
Replies: 77
Views: 47632

On obsessive removal of non-PC related noise... To sleep: - mobile phone needs to be on the opposite side of the room, else I can hear it make some kind of noise - stereo needs to be turned off at the wall, not just into its 'off' state - laptop can not be charging, else the charger emits a high fre...
by 40974111
Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silent USB/eSATA HDD enclosure
Replies: 1
Views: 1206

I think for most people it isn't a really big issue. Usually these devices are only hooked up temporarily, and so their noise is not of too much concern. Even if it was a concern, I think it would be hard to achieve. Even my cheap 'astone' generic brand enclosure has almost no vibration. However, it...
by 40974111
Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:44 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Green gaming computer suggestions?
Replies: 22
Views: 10372

I don't think the CPU is the issue though. I wouldn't use anything with a TDP over 65W with your goal though. The issue is that gaming graphics cards consume a lot of power in idle or load. Your best bet, as someone else has mentioned, is probably something like a 9600gt (Green edition), but it lack...
by 40974111
Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:09 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Green gaming computer suggestions?
Replies: 22
Views: 10372

To my understanding, most CURRENT graphics cards do not reduce power usage to very low levels at idle. If you wait for the 5850 to come out, you can expect a fantastic graphics card with idle power consumption ~ 30 watts.
by 40974111
Sun Sep 13, 2009 5:00 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 5 best computer games according to you...
Replies: 42
Views: 9134

UT2004 (I did like UT3 too, unlike many people)
Simutrans
Sim City 2000
X3 Reunion (never got to play Terran Conflict - hopefully when I have a bit of a break from study).
Baldur's Gate II
Track Mania series
by 40974111
Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:50 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PSU Fundamentals & Recommendations
Replies: 200
Views: 178976

Re: disclaimer's about product models in same series not being quiet: It's a nice idea, but where would it stop? Maybe a general disclaimer that says something to the effect of "Just because another PSU is in the same series (e.g. Corsair HX) or same brand (e.g. Enermax) does not mean it has equivel...
by 40974111
Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PSU Fundamentals & Recommendations
Replies: 200
Views: 178976

I was wondering if a note could be added to the Corsair HX520/HX620, saying that "The HX450 may not be equivelant to the HX520/HX620". The reason I suggest this is that I know a number of us on these forums bought HX450s because of Corsair's reputation, the performance of the HX520/HX620, and the fa...
by 40974111
Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:16 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Please do a PWM fans roundup!
Replies: 32
Views: 12469

My further 2 cents worth on the matter: Arctic Cooling F12 Pro PWM = horrible (heaps of motor buzz, and their is also noise caused by the fan rotating at slower speeds, almost no vibration transfered to case with conventional screws, can only be used as an exhaust and only wiht conventional screws) ...
by 40974111
Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:11 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Surprised more people aren't talking about District 9
Replies: 7
Views: 1696

I thought that in purely an artistic and cinematic sense the film was fantastic. One of the very best I've seen.

However, it did leave you feeling very sick and uncomfortable.
by 40974111
Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:25 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair HX450W... Loud!?
Replies: 7
Views: 4036

my HX450 is loud.
I read here that removing the plastic baffle inside removes most of the noise. Haven't got around to doing it yet.
Honestly, I was disappointed with mine too, and its clearly the most noticeable sound in my system.
by 40974111
Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Most powerful card with fanless stock cooler?
Replies: 5
Views: 1353

My 2 cents worth: steer clear of the passive 4850s, they run too hot, and heat up everything else in the case a lot too.
by 40974111
Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:18 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Coolest PCIe card made in the last few years?
Replies: 6
Views: 1865

Can we get a photo of the system posted? We may be able to spot a solution seeing the set up in front of us?
by 40974111
Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PSU placement in case
Replies: 5
Views: 1712

Hot air rises.
This hot air gets into the PSU if top mounted, increasing its temperature.
An increased PSU temperature (typically) increases the PSU fan speed, increasing noise.
Just my thoughts.
by 40974111
Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:54 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1635595

The Korpiklaani album Karkelo
by 40974111
Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:54 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: [Inaudible] cpu cooler for intel e5200?
Replies: 6
Views: 2464

Here are my recommendations: Get a tower heatsink that will fit your case. An E5200 should be easily passively cooled by something like a Xigmatek S1283 (unless you are running at full load for many hours). However, I'm not sure if you can fit one of those in your case. The other problem is that you...
by 40974111
Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:28 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Problem Cooling CrossFired 4870s
Replies: 7
Views: 1799

Is there space on that motherboard to replace the stock 4870 heatsink with one which sits on the side of the card? (Just throwing a suggestion out there...)
by 40974111
Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I'm going mad - PSU fan as final source of sound!
Replies: 7
Views: 1527

Ideally, a Scythe S-flex 1200 or 1600rpm fan. These have FDB bearings which are more reliable than sleeve bearings. But lots of people have used sleeve bearing fans (cheaper) w/o reliability issues. I have a Noctua that is doing almost nothing as an intake fan. Would it be as good as the scythe? It...
by 40974111
Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:38 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: DDR2 800 memory okay for Intel E7400 ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1904

No throughput advantage if you set the RAM divider to 1:1, but the 1066 could allow you to drop the latencies more if you ran it at 1:1.
by 40974111
Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:44 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Look at this beauty! - Wooden case, nMediaPC HTPC 8000
Replies: 14
Views: 5733

Cordis, I'd love to hear your impressions on the case acoustically once you've got it. I'd be a sucker too and order one, but I can't find a supplier in Australia - probably just as well, my bank balance can't afford anything at the moment.
by 40974111
Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:40 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermal compound comparison?
Replies: 6
Views: 2366

I believe the answer is yes the temperatures will be better. By how much? Probably 2-4 degrees is reasonable to expect - not much, but can make a difference to how fast you have to run fans. I'd go with the OCZ Freeze or the AS5.
by 40974111
Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7 on a Vertex = Slow. Why?
Replies: 5
Views: 2509

Firmware is 1.3.
Could the iso I burnt of W7 RC have been faulty in some way, leading to a botched, but completed install?
I'll have a go putting W7 RC onto a traditional hard disk later.
by 40974111
Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7 on a Vertex = Slow. Why?
Replies: 5
Views: 2509

Windows 7 on a Vertex = Slow. Why?

Alright, its time for a game. I just installed Windows 7 RC on a 60gb OCZ Vertex. It is so incredibly slow, and keeps on freezing, and going unresponsive, etc. The Vertex seems to run fine. Does anyone have any ideas why? Here is the list I have brainstormed so far: Asus P5Q-SE has no Windows 7 driv...
by 40974111
Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I'm going mad - PSU fan as final source of sound!
Replies: 7
Views: 1527

I guess I just have an ever so slight hesitance about swapping out the fan.

If I was to go down that root which fan would be best (Access to Nexus, Noctua and Scythe).