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by pete6032
Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS US - Athlon 4850e, Lian Li PC-C37B (HTPC Case), 2GB DDR 2
Replies: 0
Views: 1077

FS US - Athlon 4850e, Lian Li PC-C37B (HTPC Case), 2GB DDR 2

All 3 components are used, in good condition. Selling because I've upgraded. Athlon X2 4850e socket AM2 45w processor - this is a great processor for an HTPC as it has 45w tdp. Never overclocked, only ran at stock for the last couple years in my HTPC. $35 shipped or best offer, includes an AMD HSF. ...
by pete6032
Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:40 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: First try quiet HTPC vol1 - Apex MI-008, 21-08-2011update
Replies: 17
Views: 16152

Re: First try quiet HTPC vol1 - Apex MI-008 based

Even though this is an old thread I just wanted to say thank you. This guide has helped give me some inspiration for my HTPC. I will be using an Apex MI-008, PicoPSU, and a Big Shuriken. I started my build today and got very discouraged at not having any space. These are some great space-saving idea...
by pete6032
Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which Pico do I need for this build - 45w CPU + itx board
Replies: 1
Views: 667

Which Pico do I need for this build - 45w CPU + itx board

So my new case, an Apex MI-008 just came today and low and behold the case is too small for me to mount electrodacus' winmate solution in it. I can't find a space anywhere for it even after removing the psu from the case. I need to get myself a PicoPSU for the following system. Which to choose, 150,...
by pete6032
Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need advice on ITX HTPC parts
Replies: 0
Views: 415

Need advice on ITX HTPC parts

My 780G system died. I have a winmate PSU (similar to PicoPSU) and I need to replace the motherboard, RAM, and CPU in an ITX board. It seems like the two options I am looking at for AMD and Intel are as follows.. AMD ASUS M4A88T-I DELUXE Athlon X2 240e Or Intel GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 Core i3 550 Coul...
by pete6032
Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:49 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: What utility to control fan speed on MA785GM-US2H?
Replies: 5
Views: 3475

Re: What utility to control fan speed on MA785GM-US2H?

I just installed Gigabyte's utility to see what it was like. At idle my CPU is around 40 degrees and the fan is at 1800RPM when I let the motherboard "smart" control the fan speed. However, I can set the utility to manual fan speed control and decrease the fan speed to about 900RPM without seeing an...
by pete6032
Thu Nov 04, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: For Sale: Earthwatts 430
Replies: 0
Views: 750

For Sale: Earthwatts 430

For sale is an Antec Earthwatts EA430 power supply. I got this power supply from an RMA after another Antec Power Supply I had ended up failing. I used it in my system for only a couple of months before I bought another PSU. This a great PSU if you're looking for something 80+ that is quiet and does...
by pete6032
Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Where can I buy a Nexus Value 430?
Replies: 1
Views: 560

Where can I buy a Nexus Value 430?

They're out of stock at Newegg, who had them for $79. The recent Home Server article listed the Nexus Value 430 at $75 street price. I don't see them for that amount anywhere. Anyone know where I can get one, or an alternative around the $75 price range? :| I'm trying to quietly power this system. S...
by pete6032
Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: "Stepping" on processors - C2 vs K0 - difference?
Replies: 4
Views: 3119

Until people start getting i3's with the new stepping, you won't know what the differences are between the two. The reason CPU steppings are discussed is because the steppings can be tied back to when/where the processor was manufactured. So if you were planning to overclock or if you wanted to unde...
by pete6032
Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:35 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How can a Pico be enough for a 73w i3?
Replies: 16
Views: 5437

Well, my Core i3-530 build uses around 80W full load (AC) so I'm going to take a guess that it doesn't really use 73W unless under extreme conditions - the TDP is really just a guideline for coolers. Besides, the 73W is supposed to cover both the CPU and integrated GPU (H55/H57/Q57 chipsets have pr...
by pete6032
Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:15 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How can a Pico be enough for a 73w i3?
Replies: 16
Views: 5437

How can a Pico be enough for a 73w i3?

Dumb question maybe, but the last system I built was a mATX 780G motherboard with a 45w Athlon 4850e and HD 5450. The TDP at load was around 100w. Now I'm seeing that people are building systems based on a 73w Core i3 and are using PicoPSU's. How is it possible that this can be done if I could get m...
by pete6032
Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1491

What is better, a low-end Core i3 or Athlon 234/240/245 based system in this situation?
by pete6032
Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Spec me the cheapest PC for web-browsing
Replies: 9
Views: 1854

GearXS has some good deals on complete systems.
by pete6032
Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:13 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Rogged and Rebuilt
Replies: 2
Views: 1857

What kind of pump do you have running the W/Cing? How is the noise level with the pump and where do you place it? I had a watercooled system but the vibration from the pump was unbearable.
by pete6032
Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: parts for a quiet HTPC
Replies: 14
Views: 2469

The DiNovo edge is a nice keyboard. I have one and it was the most expensive component in my HTPC setup (aside from TV/speakers obviously). Here in the States, you can get the Mac edition for about $30 less than the PC edition. The keyboard is basically the same. You might want to see if you can get...
by pete6032
Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: ITX HTPC case/mobo based on Athlon 235e?
Replies: 2
Views: 2240

ITX HTPC case/mobo based on Athlon 235e?

After finishing upgrading my HTPC to a Slimline Lian Li PC-C37B case and some quiet fans and other goodies, I'm still not happy with the space that the system takes up. I want to build another HTPC in a Mini ITX case. I want to use a Winmate/PicoPSU and have a full sized BDROM in it. I'm totally new...
by pete6032
Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My quiet Air cooled Lian-Li PC-A05N (with pics)
Replies: 10
Views: 6343

Nice build, I recently built myself an everyday-use system and was debating between the Silverstone TJ-08 and this Lian Li case. I ended up going with the TJ-08 since my previous build, an HTPC, was in a Lian Li PC-c37B and I wanted to see what Silverstone had to offer. Its nice to see a similar bui...
by pete6032
Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:05 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac H55-ITX-C-E: Stacked LGA1156 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 23
Views: 10109

This board looks very promising. Too bad I just upgraded my HTPC case or I would have happily gone with this option. Pairing this with a SFF Lian Li, PicoPSU/Winmate, Core i3, Blu Ray drive, and an Ati 5450 and you would have a great portable HTPC option. :!:
by pete6032
Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:09 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Can anyone recommend software?
Replies: 9
Views: 3120

Mediabrowser (WMC plugin for media organization)
Arcsoft Totalmedia Theater 3 (Blu Ray)
DVD Shrink
Metabrowser (TV/DVD metadata getter)

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=26
A good forum for reading, but not newbie friendly and its hard to get a question answered.
by pete6032
Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: What utility to control fan speed on MA785GM-US2H?
Replies: 5
Views: 3475

You don't have to use anything if you don't want to - Gigabyte has decent BIOS-based fan control. IRC, it does dynamic control on the CPU fan header (both for PWM and regular fans) and static (fixed speed) control on the SYS fan header. If you prefer a more customizable solution, SpeedFan works on ...
by pete6032
Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:16 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: What utility to control fan speed on MA785GM-US2H?
Replies: 5
Views: 3475

What utility to control fan speed on MA785GM-US2H?

I just built myself a new system - Athlon II X4 635 and a Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H with a Samurai ZZ HSF. I plan on getting a pair of case fans to spin at a low RPM. For those that have the MA785GM-US2H, what utility do you use to control fan speed? Do I need one just to control the case fans because t...
by pete6032
Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Passive cooling and HDD suspension
Replies: 3
Views: 907

Passive cooling and HDD suspension

Came across this statement when searching about HDD suspending. "You lose the passive cooling power of the case when mounting a HDD" (since the case is not touching the HDD any longer). Do you need to have a fan blowing on a HDD that is suspended or is the passive cooling power of a metal case touch...
by pete6032
Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PICOPSU - how many SATA connectors?
Replies: 6
Views: 5185

This thread should be very helpful. http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=504750&highlight=#504750 I have a 780G board, Athlon 4850e, 2GB DDR, Big Shuriken, Blu Ray Drive, Ati HD 5450 PCI express card, etc. running on a Winmate 150w (150w at brick, 130w out of Electrodacus' circuit bo...
by pete6032
Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please critique this quiet but not silent $700 configuration
Replies: 19
Views: 3856

if you are still shopping... Have you considered an 880G motherboard instead of the 785g? Next gen features and all that. Many mobo's come with eSATA brackets that fit over a rear PCI slot. PSU - prolly don't need to go w/ a 650W Corsair. The Nexus Value 430 would work well or the Enermax Modu87+ 5...
by pete6032
Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Anything better than a Shuirken?
Replies: 11
Views: 2075

Any comment or am I overanalyzing? :lol:
by pete6032
Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Anything better than a Shuirken?
Replies: 11
Views: 2075

I still haven't bought my gear yet, but I just read the Scythe Samurai ZZ review. The ZZ is a top-down cooler. Would I be dumb to get a top-down cooler like the Samurai ZZ when I could probably fit a tower cooler like the Mugen 2 in the case?
by pete6032
Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:12 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: 2.5 inch laptop drives slower than Desktop drives?
Replies: 3
Views: 1756

2.5 inch laptop drives slower than Desktop drives?

In general, is a 7200RPM laptop drive slower than a 7200RPM desktop HDD with similar specs? I know it will vary depending on lots of conditions, but is a standard 500GB 3.5 inch WD SATA HDD faster than its equivalent 500GB 2.5 inch SATA counterpart?
by pete6032
Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard, $45 after MIR on Newegg
Replies: 1
Views: 1179

I bought one of these a couple of days ago and sent in my rebate form. I think I have been spoiled using my Dinovo Edge because i wasn't overly impressed with the finish on this keyboard. The illumination is nice, though, and it is a very thin keyboard that can withstand some abuse.
by pete6032
Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Anything better than a Shuirken?
Replies: 11
Views: 2075

This would be quite a tight fit. Going by the numbers (haven't measured yet), the Solo is 206mm wide and had 15mm of spare room with the HSF on. The TJ08 is 195mm wide. Assuming the motherboard mounting situation is similar in each case, that would only leave 5mm of space between the side panel and ...
by pete6032
Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Anything better than a Shuirken?
Replies: 11
Views: 2075

I'm liking the Scythe Mugen 2. Has anyone fit that sucker in a mATX case? It looks huge from the pictures I've seen.
by pete6032
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Anything better than a Shuirken?
Replies: 11
Views: 2075

Anything better than a Shuirken?

System to be used for photoshop/video ripping and as my daily-use pc. No gaming. Silverstone TJ-08 Athlon II X4 635 Earthwatts EA-430 430w Gigabyte 785g board I will try to undervolt the cpu. My case came with two fans but I will probably only have the rear fan running. Is a big Shuriken my best bes...