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by Parappaman
Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Zotac mini-ITX Z68 motherboard
Replies: 21
Views: 4972

Re: Zotac mini-ITX Z68 motherboard

Will a Prolimatech Samuel or Scythe Big Shuriken clear the Supreme's northbridge/VGA cooler? If so, the small fan could be ditched in favor of the airflow created by the CPU cooler's larger and presumably quieter one... :mrgreen:
by Parappaman
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:58 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Cooler Master Silencio 550 Quiet ATX Tower
Replies: 31
Views: 13937

Re: Cooler Master Silencio 550 Quiet ATX Tower

It's weird you didn't give to this cheap and nice case a Golden Award. The only thing it needs to perform at least as good as the competitors is an extra fan, plus it is cheaper and looks refreshingly understated. Also, an integrated SD slot, damped panels and hot-swap cage are something rare at thi...
by Parappaman
Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quietest ATI (r300-r700) video cards
Replies: 2
Views: 860

Re: Quietest ATI (r300-r700) video cards

The quietest cards are passively cooled. Just pick a card that has no fan among the ones supported by your driver and you'll be fine. :wink: If they're supported, and since you don't demand ANY gaming power, I'd get a HD2400 Pro or HD3450, just to use one of the latest architectures with better vide...
by Parappaman
Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:32 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive (Accelero S1 Rev. 2) Gigabyte Radeon HD6850
Replies: 19
Views: 5339

Re: Passive (Accelero S1 Rev. 2) Gigabyte Radeon HD6850

Hi, seal off that back fan slot to improve overall thermal performance. :wink:
by Parappaman
Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:42 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thermalright Silver Arrow Dual 14cm Fan Cooler
Replies: 15
Views: 7272

Re: Thermalright Silver Arrow Dual 14cm Fan Cooler

The Cogage Arrow is the same cooler without caps on the heatpipes' ends, but costs much less. It's a very good choice if one doesn't need (or want) the fans included in the Silver Arrow. It also comes with 3 pairs of clips to mount as many 120/140mm fans, and rubber strips to decouple them to the he...
by Parappaman
Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:42 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Soundscience Rockus 3D | 2.1 by Antec
Replies: 29
Views: 11580

Re: Soundscience Rockus 3D | 2.1 by Antec

50$ is a pretty poor budget to get any good sound. I think spending up to 150$ on some PC sets might not be a bad investment (for example, one could get a good 2.1 with optical input, which is a nice touch to overcome the awful, poppy and cracky integrated audio chip you can find in lesser motherboa...
by Parappaman
Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Soundscience Rockus 3D | 2.1 by Antec
Replies: 29
Views: 11580

Re: Soundscience Rockus 3D | 2.1 by Antec

MikeC wrote:
Parappaman wrote:Nice one, congratulations! :wink:
Will audio equipment testing be a regular part in SPCR's future?
I think so, but we will be selective -- ie, try to screen out obviously ordinary products.
May I recommend something from the GigaWorks lineup, like the T20/T40/HD50? :mrgreen:
by Parappaman
Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Soundscience Rockus 3D | 2.1 by Antec
Replies: 29
Views: 11580

Re: Soundscience Rockus 3D | 2.1 by Antec

Nice one, congratulations! :wink:
Will audio equipment testing be a regular part in SPCR's future?
by Parappaman
Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:21 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Reference PWM fan - 120mm
Replies: 10
Views: 5980

Re: Reference PWM fan - 120mm

Because 2-300 RPMs is just too little for me, my pc is not based on an ultra-efficient i3/i5. At 600 RPM they're plainly inaudible, and when temps rise, 900 RPM are simply necessary. Plus, when you can get them, slightly used, for 8 euro each including delivery, it's hard to resist! :mrgreen:
by Parappaman
Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Reference PWM fan - 120mm
Replies: 10
Views: 5980

Re: Reference PWM fan - 120mm

I have two Noiseblocker Blacksilent Pro PL-PS. Setting them at 0% PWM rate, they dial down to roughly 600 RPM, and at just 1%, they quickly jump up to slightly less than 900, which might be just too much for the OP. They're fairly quiet in the entire range though (at 900 RPM, it sounds more or less ...
by Parappaman
Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: No Moving Parts Rig by rkay
Replies: 28
Views: 15588

Re: No Moving Parts Rig by rkay

rkay wrote:By looking at the design of the Orochi you can see it was built to be used with a fan.
Well, not really actually :|
Huge mass + large fin spacing = designed for fanless use/extremely low airflow conditions, just like this enormous Silentmaxx. :wink:
by Parappaman
Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:14 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: No Moving Parts Rig by rkay
Replies: 28
Views: 15588

Re: No Moving Parts Rig by rkay

That's what I call overkill! :mrgreen: I'd still install everything inside that case, even with the side panels off. Placing the motherboard on its side will let the hot air go up, potentially improving your temperatures. BTW, any reason for you not to consider the de-facto standard for fanless comp...
by Parappaman
Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:44 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: Dayton DTA-100 Class D Amplifier
Replies: 34
Views: 23356

Re: Dayton DTA-100 Class D Amplifier

That's what happens if you don't trust the internet. It recommended you the Scythe, but you didn't pay any attention to it. :mrgreen:
by Parappaman
Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:28 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-V354 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Replies: 20
Views: 9709

Re: Lian Li PC-V354 MicroATX Mini Tower Case

Hideous case. Ugly as sin and with horrid proportions. All of the "nice touches" (thumbscrews everywhere, fan filters + rubber grommets on the same assembly) are wasted if you think a little about the way they implemented them. And what's the point with so many fan slots? Why not sealing up the top,...
by Parappaman
Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:02 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New xBits 120 mm Fan Roundup, Part I: 1350 RPM or Lower
Replies: 17
Views: 7981

Re: New xBits 120 mm Fan Roundup, Part I: 1350 RPM or Lower

The LED Nexus performs much worse than the regular one, that's a fact. I'm surprised by the Arctic fans. Not by their relatively poor performance, but for the high price they mentioned. Here, I got my PWM fans for 5 euros each. At that price, they're a steal, but not for twice as much. By the way, t...
by Parappaman
Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:45 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Recommend a quiet gigawatt or higher PSU?
Replies: 10
Views: 1774

Re: Recommend a quiet gigawatt or higher PSU?

LOL @ gigawatt OR HIGHER :mrgreen:
by Parappaman
Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:14 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suggestion for Silent PSU
Replies: 17
Views: 2739

Re: Suggestion for Silent PSU

Whoa, and you said you would want to be budget! :mrgreen:
Get the Seasonic, passive FTW. If you can find it for less, get the X-560. The Enermax is a good but overpriced unit, that's why you keep getting recommendations for the Seasonic.
by Parappaman
Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:23 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suggestion for Silent PSU
Replies: 17
Views: 2739

Re: Suggestion for Silent PSU

They're good quality, just be sure to get one of the new E8 series as they're tuned for extreme silence rather than just being quiet like the old E7. Many wattages and fixed/modular cabling models to consider, I'd go for the 400w one with fixed cables as it's plenty power and still relatively cheap...
by Parappaman
Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:03 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: TR Ultra-120 eXtreme Rev.C & AC Freezer Xtreme Rev.2
Replies: 25
Views: 9449

Re: TR Ultra-120 eXtreme Rev.C & AC Freezer Xtreme Rev.2

Still eagerly waiting for the time the HR-02 will be tested. :mrgreen:
The Arctic Extreme is just wrong. Proof is that the lesser Freezer 7 performs on par, while costing much less and being much smaller. I'm surprised they didn't make it any better over the years though...
by Parappaman
Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Suggestion for Silent PSU
Replies: 17
Views: 2739

Re: Suggestion for Silent PSU

They're good quality, just be sure to get one of the new E8 series as they're tuned for extreme silence rather than just being quiet like the old E7. Many wattages and fixed/modular cabling models to consider, I'd go for the 400w one with fixed cables as it's plenty power and still relatively cheap.
by Parappaman
Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:31 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9466

Re: The quiet beast: Lian Li PC-C34F based HTPC

Well that makes sense. :mrgreen:
Have you tried placing the sensor where it's colder, or even outside the case? If that didn't help, just short-circuit it and undervolt the fan. 8)
by Parappaman
Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:18 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: OOPS! 6850 -> 5850 and Power Supply/AMP concerns
Replies: 7
Views: 1698

Re: OOPS! 6850 -> 5850 and Power Supply/AMP concerns

You will be fine following any of your options, but if you can take it back and get the cash you're saving, I'd get the X-560. They are essentially the same power supply (the X-400 is so overspecced you might end up pulling 600W from it without a hiccup, just like the X-560), but the added cables an...
by Parappaman
Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:07 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9466

Re: The quiet beast: Lian Li PC-C34F based HTPC

Congratulations on the meticulous soundproofing and vibration damping you figured out! But I don't understand the sheer amount of hard drives you're using. If you need capacity and storage, you should have ditched out at least one of the 3,5" and get some larger drives, a RAID5 with three 2 TB (or 1...
by Parappaman
Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: EVGA Classified SR-2 Case (designed not to be too loud)
Replies: 7
Views: 3873

Re: EVGA Classified SR-2 Case (designed not to be too loud)

Mom! My closet has turned into a PC! :shock:
by Parappaman
Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:04 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850
Replies: 41
Views: 26701

Re: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5

Checking back at the last picture, I finally noticed the aluminum cap you made for the fan. That's so sweet! :mrgreen:
by Parappaman
Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:22 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: New build; reasonably quiet i5
Replies: 5
Views: 2198

Re: New build; reasonably quiet i5

Love passively cooled rigs! And that Thermalright is a Godsend.
Are you still using the stock Tricool on the rear? Is the 4850 stable at high loads? I remember having troubles with the VRM temperatures on many games that led to blue screens.
by Parappaman
Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Gaming System Build Guide
Replies: 36
Views: 32466

Re: Silent Gaming System Build Guide

MikeC wrote:I have no idea how they compare performance-wise.
They're much slower. A mobile HD5870 is based on the desktop HD5770. Also, CPUs run at slower frequencies and rely on Turbo Boost to get decent speed, so when everything heats up there's no boost at all and they're stuck at less than 2 GHz. :wink:
by Parappaman
Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:43 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Will Seasonic SS-460FL, 460W be enough for this ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1452

Re: Will Seasonic SS-460FL, 460W be enough for this ?

Oh i forgot....my case is Cosmos 1000 with bottom mounted psu....becouse i want to lover the heat transfered to my gpu (heat rises from the psu to gpu) i want to mount the psu venting holes facing down.....will that be ok? No, the psu is intended to be mounted with the holes facing up, don't worry ...
by Parappaman
Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 120hz monitors and gaming
Replies: 34
Views: 5923

Re: 120hz monitors and gaming

Didn't do any gaming on that, just some programming. Scrolling was smooth as silk, that was enough to convince me. Also, a 120Hz refresh rate should mean a faster pixel response time, and that is alway good when gaming. Kind of makes up with the good old CRTs we used to have, the high-end ones had b...
by Parappaman
Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:36 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 120hz monitors and gaming
Replies: 34
Views: 5923

Re: 120hz monitors and gaming

I once used a pc with a 120Hz monitor for a while. Getting back to my 60Hz one was frustrating and irritating. Get it, I think it's an upgrade just as dramatic as getting from a regular hard drive to a SSD. :wink: