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by Taxcheat
Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: X99 silent 4k gaming build
Replies: 3
Views: 3732

Re: X99 silent 4k gaming build

Since you are going for one gpu, iw ould stay with the P183/CP850 combo, once you buy the second i would check if the case is good enough or will you need to bump the speeds of the fans too much. Im buidling a twin GTX970 in a month or so on FT05, that should be as good as it gets for aircooling. A...
by Taxcheat
Sat Dec 27, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: X99 silent 4k gaming build
Replies: 3
Views: 3732

X99 silent 4k gaming build

Inspired by the Linus-SPCR video, I'm going to convert my existing i7-920 rig into an X99 beast. My question is -- does the case have enough airflow for SLI? Here's my Newegg shopping cart, before I hit buy... Items from existing build : Monitor: Acer 4k Gsync, plus a Dell 1080p IPS-like monitor for...
by Taxcheat
Wed Dec 24, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Linus does Silent PC ... with a little help from his friends
Replies: 24
Views: 15758

Re: Linus does Silent PC ... with a little help from his fri

After reading the mATX build, I wonder if Linus' rear dust filter had any impact. It's small, but if it choked air to the cpu cooler, maybe it cost a few db on load?
by Taxcheat
Sun Dec 21, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Linus does Silent PC ... with a little help from his friends
Replies: 24
Views: 15758

Re: Linus does Silent PC ... with a little help from his fri

This was a great video. I've been looking to upgrade from my i7-920 (tired of the slow sata2 & USB2, etc), but Broadwell keeps getting delayed. Good to know a silent build is possible with Haswell-E despite the 140w TDP. The video says 27db is the limit for a "quiet build" label. 24db while gaming? ...
by Taxcheat
Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help plan a NAS with aspirations...
Replies: 12
Views: 2885

Re: Help plan a NAS with aspirations...

You don't need more than 1G of RAM for a NAS unless you want to use ZFS or some other memory guzzler. Even 1G would be overkill with reasonable software. Nor do you need virtual machines. Actually, OP's future NASpirations sound like he wants a full server. He mentioned serving up virtual machines ...
by Taxcheat
Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Core i3 530 vs. 550 for silence
Replies: 11
Views: 2653

Re: Core i3 530 vs. 550 for silence

Yeah man, your probably right. too bad OP is from 17-Jan and I bet its a working machine by now.. :( :lol: Yup. The system is here: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=61358 I went with a Xeon L3406. The reason for the Supermicro board was ECC. I can't say whether the Xeon vs....
by Taxcheat
Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406
Replies: 14
Views: 5458

Re: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406

Here's the final look of the quiet file server next to the old-fashioned file server. final.JPG I also got a Killawatt from the Newegg sale for more accurate power measurements. Drive load was copying files to each of the RAID1 arrays: Off: 4.3w (IPMI active) Boot: 58w, max spike 89w Idle: 38w - 45w...
by Taxcheat
Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:40 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406
Replies: 14
Views: 5458

Re: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406

Couldn't find any good Linux benchmarks except this one: y-crunch . The L3406 calculates 25m digits of pi in 23.8s. 50m digits takes 51.3s. For comparison: i5-540M laptop 25m @ 32.4s / 50m @ 58.4s i7-920 desktop 25m @ 13.2s / 50m @ 27.2s temps after calculating pi for 6 hours -- 40C for CPU via bios...
by Taxcheat
Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406
Replies: 14
Views: 5458

Re: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406

tdr, The Nexus case is as expensive as the P183 :shock: Mostly because it's a new case and there's currently only one supplier. I was confused on which way to face the PSU. Google brought me to a MikeC post that suggested upwards. It's totally irrelevant because with a total power draw that will nev...
by Taxcheat
Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:43 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406
Replies: 14
Views: 5458

Re: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406

Is this case noisier than the p183 ?Do you think i could i fit a thermalright hr-02 heatsink into this case? Compare the measurements of the TRUE to the HR02. If it's taller, I doubt it. Which case is quieter? Not sure. My P183 case holds an i7-920 that is a beast to cool down so it's hard to compa...
by Taxcheat
Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:46 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406
Replies: 14
Views: 5458

Re: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406

There's plenty of room behind the MB. I have a few cables hidden behind there. Even if the Supermicro had different placement, the problem remains. E.g., I had no place to put the cables for the 140mm fan (left side of board). Basically, the choice of Nexus (or Coolermaster) was to have the wiring b...
by Taxcheat
Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:48 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406
Replies: 14
Views: 5458

Re: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406

When you hit the side panels with your knuckles, do they "clang" or "thud"? Nice build by the way. :) Thanks. I just hit the sides and it sounded like hitting thin metal more than hitting a bank vault. It didn't keep reverberating long, but I'd go with clang. The sides aren't screwed on, so it migh...
by Taxcheat
Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:38 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406
Replies: 14
Views: 5458

Re: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406

Ok, system's built and is quiet. The fans hum, but probably will be inaudible when on the ground and the settings are tweaked. It's been running Memtest at a solid 32-33C. Will run mprime next. Being able to watch bios temps and the test screen over wifi (via IPMI) is pretty awesome. Pics: COMP4.JPG...
by Taxcheat
Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:11 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406
Replies: 14
Views: 5458

NAS build - Nexus Prominent 5 / Xeon L3406

Case: Nexus Prominent 5 CPU: Xeon L3406 (30w TDP) Cooler: Thermalright 120 Rev C + Scythe S-Flex 1200 rpm fan (on fanmate) MB: Supermicro X8SIL-F Ram: Kingston ECC 4GB (might need to add more, we'll see) HD: 5xWD Green 2TB PSU: Seasonic X650 OS: Ubuntu Server 10.10. First Impressions: This is only m...
by Taxcheat
Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: No hot-dogs in Washington DC?
Replies: 16
Views: 2435

Re: No hot-dogs in Washington DC?

So, is it true that hot-dogs are difficult to find in Washington DC, or I was just unlucky? I am not from Washington, but I know that "Five Guys" has hot dogs (and hamburgers) and they have many locations in Washington. Five Guys also has killer fries (fresh-cut and twice cooked in peanut oil). Exa...
by Taxcheat
Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:23 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Which "quiet" case for 9 HDD home server?
Replies: 6
Views: 1772

Re: Which "quiet" case for 9 HDD home server?

I'm doing a 5-drive NAS build and went with the Nexus Prominent 5. After looking at dozens of options, this struck me as a perfect fit for my needs. I'll post observations when it arrives Monday. Maybe the Edge case is worth a look for your setup, or possibly the Prominent 9 (same case as the 5, but...
by Taxcheat
Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Core i3 530 vs. 550 for silence
Replies: 11
Views: 2653

Core i3 530 vs. 550 for silence

I can get the i3-550 for $105 at a local Microcenter. The 530 seems discontinued and is only available in outlets for $140ish, the 540 is $115. What's the best pick for a silent NAS project? Usually, slower/quieter is cheaper, but not here. Supermicro X8SIE/X8SIL Bios options are limited, so I'm not...
by Taxcheat
Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent NAS/server please critique
Replies: 4
Views: 899

Re: Silent NAS/server please critique

I won't be shorting my RAM :shock: I found Intel's technical paper on the i3/i5 capabilities, which states clearly that the processor takes advantage of ECC, but only when used with the chipset found in the Supermicro board. That makes me feel comfortable and accounts for the confusion -- 95% of mot...
by Taxcheat
Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent NAS/server please critique
Replies: 4
Views: 899

Re: Silent NAS/server please critique

I was basing the assumption that ECC would work on this post . This test shows the configuration functions. How do you verify ECC is actually working? The X8-SIE is the same as X8-SIL, just in an ATX board instead of microATX. No reason to go with a smaller board in a giant case -- is there? Supermi...
by Taxcheat
Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent NAS/server please critique
Replies: 4
Views: 899

Silent NAS/server please critique

I'm looking to build a quiet storage server and want to submit the following for criticism: Processor: Intel Core i3-540 $115 -- Newegg didn't list the 530 anymore. Figure it can be undervolted just the same. Wait for Sandy Bridge in February for price drop? CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14 $90 PSU: Season...
by Taxcheat
Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:03 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 48957

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

The new article is fantastic. One question: is there a more appropriate case? I looked at the SPCR reviews of the cases listed as meeting the drive-space criteria, but they appeared to be designed for gaming. I'm inclined to go with something proven, but having a plexiglass side and blue glowing lig...
by Taxcheat
Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 48957

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

FWIW, I stumbled upon this NAS build that had quiet, lots of drives, and ECC ram as goals. Other than the $370 mobo/CPU combo, seems like you could go with most of the rest of the SPCR components.
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by Taxcheat
Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 48957

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

First, thanks to Mike for posting this. My obnoxiously noisy QNAP NAS is running out of space, and I've wanted a quiet replacement. I will build one of these. I'm way out of my depth, and someone mentioned this earlier in the thread, but isn't an easier solution to not having ECC memory going with s...
by Taxcheat
Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte passive HD4850
Replies: 77
Views: 58185

This card works great on my build . With the case intake fan blowing on it, temps are fine (actually, CPU temps are my problem). Even plays Crysis with high settings at lower resolution -- I only have a 19" CRT at the moment. ATI's Linux drivers are my only complaint. They totally suck. I can't get ...
by Taxcheat
Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:19 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Noob builds an i7 w/P183 case
Replies: 17
Views: 9474

I used the Shin Etsu TIM which came in a tube with no instructions. When I tried to put a drop on the chip, it dumped a gigantic blob, so I had to use a plastic bag to pull off the extra and spread it evenly as I could. It sat at least 24 hours before being turned on. I read a test of 50 thermal pas...
by Taxcheat
Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Noob builds an i7 w/P183 case
Replies: 17
Views: 9474

Update... two problems: 1. Prime95 runs hot. :evil: Got up to 81C on Core 0 in about 5 minutes. :shock: The other cores were about 3-4 degrees cooler. Going to try to take off the cover and see if it's an airflow issue. I didn't tighten the heatsink too much since I didn't want to bend the motherboa...
by Taxcheat
Fri Jul 17, 2009 7:05 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Noob builds an i7 w/P183 case
Replies: 17
Views: 9474

About the tunnel for the GPU. I just sorta noticed that Antec designed it that way. My scientific thinking was: "Closer Fan Cooler Than Farther Fan," not fluid dynamics. 8) But there is one problem. It's touching the PCI power wire for the card. :shock: I think it's ok, but I'll take a second opinio...
by Taxcheat
Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:05 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Noob builds an i7 w/P183 case
Replies: 17
Views: 9474

Thanks. I got the CP-850 because I like the design and I don't want to run short of juice in the future. The price difference was pretty minimal. In the Asus motherboard manual, it says you need a 1000w PSU if you use SLI. :shock: I assume that's an exaggeration, but I might add a better graphics ca...