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by audiojar
Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Vibrational/ acoustic properties of plexi?
Replies: 7
Views: 1909

Yep, Plexiglass is a brand name of PMMA, which is also called acrylic.
by audiojar
Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Efficiency Makes a HUGE Difference
Replies: 7
Views: 1926

Some PSUs will have a really wide range of peak efficiency, some will drop off fast outside their optimum range. You can't really say whether a 350W will be less efficient at low power than a 150W without looking at both efficiency curves. Also, the way we talk about efficiency, saying that somethin...
by audiojar
Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Core i7 DAW advice, please!
Replies: 14
Views: 3906

Putting the HD elsewhere is a good suggestion and one of the reasons I got a NAS in the first place. But the details of my old house make implementing this less than ideal. Plus I have run into many NAS annoyances. I would also like to save on power cables everywhere. In short, I have tried this id...
by audiojar
Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: DDR2 power consumption?
Replies: 9
Views: 5375

The point is that you could save much more power in other things in your life but you aren't nit picking about those things. The extra watt in your machine isn't going to affect it's cooling or anything, so the only real affect is on your power bill.
by audiojar
Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:39 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Core i7 DAW advice, please!
Replies: 14
Views: 3906

Your largest noise source is going to be all those HDs. Even with quiet drives the noise adds up. You would be better of with a single internal drive and then use a NAS in another room for storage, or you can even open sessions straight from it with gigabit ethernet.
by audiojar
Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: DDR2 power consumption?
Replies: 9
Views: 5375

It's in the milliwatts. No one really bothers to nail down an exact number because it's minimal. And like Neil said, it could likely lower your power consumption by requiring the HD to spin up less.
by audiojar
Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:25 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need silent PSU at as low cost as possible
Replies: 15
Views: 2811

Well a better quality fan will be able to draw the same of amount of air with less noise. It's just a matter of choosing one that has enough airflow.

I'm not saying it's optimal, but it is the cheapest way to get a lower noise PSU.
by audiojar
Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD green - really quieter then WD blue?
Replies: 8
Views: 3134

Make sure to also look at the vibration rating that SPCR gives, the Green has the lowest vibration of any 3.5" drive. It would be more fair to compare the 3.5" Green to the 3.5" Blue, in which case yes the Green is a good amount quieter. Laptop drives are their own class and if you are looking for t...
by audiojar
Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need silent PSU at as low cost as possible
Replies: 15
Views: 2811

If you are happy with your current PSU besides the noise then consider a simple fan swap. It takes but the simplest of DIY skills.
by audiojar
Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Active Noise Cancellation For Computers?
Replies: 15
Views: 14379

The car is still a static environment that they can engineer the system to work in. To work with a PC you would have to engineer the system for each individual room and the positioning of the PC and person. It really doesn't matter if you can do it or not though. It's clear that it's much easier and...
by audiojar
Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: DAW PC- Antec P183 or Fortress FT02?+ other valid questions.
Replies: 6
Views: 2577

You don't need a high end GPU for a DAW, go with a fan-less model. You really don't any GPU at all with decent integrated graphics. Once you've got a well designed case, quality fans, and a quiet PSU it's most likely that it's going to be the HDs that you hear. I would consider a SSD for the OS and ...
by audiojar
Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which is the quietest > 1TB drive today?
Replies: 4
Views: 2081

The WD Green was just reviewed and it appears to be the quietest large drive.
by audiojar
Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent HTPC and gaming rig
Replies: 6
Views: 1586

I don't see why you should be concerned about a Ninja on a i5 not being enough. Also, CPU fan speed will ramp up if needed. You probably don't even need a fan on the GPU, it's designed to be passively cooled.
by audiojar
Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Build with Win7 Pro 64-bit. Which to get, OEM or Retail?
Replies: 26
Views: 3547

I demand that Microsoft answer these important philosophical questions before I choose which type of Windows 7 to get. So Bill, does swapping out a MB and CPU make oneself a new entity even if the exact contents of the HD are preserved? Wont my PC still think it's its same old self, only faster?
by audiojar
Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I need a little help choosing a new Power Supply.
Replies: 15
Views: 2306

That completely depends on the efficiency curve. Many quality PSUs maintain high efficiency up to near max load. If that's the case then it wont heat up any more than a higher rated PSU with the same efficiency at that draw. That link is lacking in a lot of specifics. For instance, they did the test...
by audiojar
Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Build with Win7 Pro 64-bit. Which to get, OEM or Retail?
Replies: 26
Views: 3547

Are you sure that OEM versions of XP are non-transferable? I seem to remember reading that making the OEM version of 7 non-transferable was a new thing.
by audiojar
Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Build with Win7 Pro 64-bit. Which to get, OEM or Retail?
Replies: 26
Views: 3547

I believe you theoretically/legally can use an upgrade copy if you plan on not using your copy of XP on the old machine anymore (if you are throwing it away or putting Linux on it, for example). It can be a hassle and requires one of a number of different workarounds. But you do have the right to tr...
by audiojar
Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:57 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I need a little help choosing a new Power Supply.
Replies: 15
Views: 2306

Take a look at the thorough PSU fundamentals article. On page 4 it lists some actual measured draws of some example systems. The highest end system draws 256W under full CPU and GPU load. Granted, it only has one video card, but that card is among the highest wattage and the CPU is rated at 130W (th...
by audiojar
Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Can I run Atom without fan?
Replies: 1
Views: 1136

You can run much more powerful systems passively, it's just a matter of how much a of a heat-sink you need. I believe one or two passively cooled Atom systems have been reviewed here. Look at some comparable systems and see what sort of heat-sink and ventilation they have.
by audiojar
Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:58 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I need a little help choosing a new Power Supply.
Replies: 15
Views: 2306

Look around at some of the actual measured power people's systems pull, I think there is a thread about it stickied somewhere. Nobody is pulling anything near 500W, it's even a challenge to break 300W. Another video card isn't going to double your draw or anything. Your PSU is fine. You can also get...
by audiojar
Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: DAW with raid 5. Help Please.
Replies: 13
Views: 3471

Personally, I'd put a single large drive in the DAW to record on to and then have a NAS for storage/achieving. A 1.5TB WD Green could be a good choice, I don't think its lower speed will be an issue for a DAW (and it's quiet). I agree, keep the DAW as simple as possible. A single large drive will be...
by audiojar
Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:27 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Powder Coating Case Interior?
Replies: 2
Views: 988

The coating is very thin, so I don't see how it could do much acoustically. You need mass to dampen or lower the resonant frequency.
by audiojar
Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:56 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo airflow
Replies: 31
Views: 7704

You should be able to use a Solo with just exhaust. Your MB is designed to be used with the supplied heatsinks with not a whole lot of airflow. The temps you gave seem normal, so I don't see any reason to suspect your SB is running too hot. It's common to not be able to touch the heatsink for more t...
by audiojar
Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:02 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID hard disk
Replies: 9
Views: 2904

If top of the line performance isn't needed the WD Greens are hard to beat right now. 1.5TB is around $100 and they are plenty fast enough for media server or NAS use.
by audiojar
Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: RIP Brittany Murphy - COD is in.
Replies: 7
Views: 2062

At least King of the Hill ended first.
by audiojar
Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung UN55B7100 55" LED HDTV
Replies: 39
Views: 17333

Wouldn't a LED backlit TV also have a much longer lifespan? That would be a nice bonus.
by audiojar
Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: How much is a cable modem
Replies: 2
Views: 2448

I know Comcast in the US charges $5 a month to lease their modem. It's of course a better deal to go buy one for $30 or so.
by audiojar
Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need a very heavy case for less vibration
Replies: 10
Views: 2449

It's far more effective to isolate the source of the vibration, the HD. Simple grommets can go a long way. Suspension is the next step. And of course picking a drive with low vibration to start with is very important.
by audiojar
Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Confused about Audio Path/Setup
Replies: 4
Views: 1696

Just think of the PC as another media source in a typical home theater/stereo setup. You have a CD player, DVD/Blue Ray player, probably a cable or satellite box, etc. You need some sort of switcher to manage all of these sources, usually that's an AV receiver (or a TV if you are using it for sound ...
by audiojar
Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7
Replies: 41
Views: 11683

A lot of features aren't plainly obvious, and some are down right hidden. So it's best to read up on the features to get the most out of it. Here is a good place to start.