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by fwiffo
Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: System Advice on a New Build
Replies: 6
Views: 1208

What's yer budget? Lynnfield (e.g. an i5-750) is going to be the best performance/heat ratio. Of course, you'll want an aftermarket cooler, as the stock Intel coolers suck for both cooling and acoustics.
by fwiffo
Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Non-optical USB mouse?
Replies: 78
Views: 94800

I've never heard of one. As has been mentioned earlier in the thread, even if you could find a ball-mouse these days, they all have optical sensors inside. There simply isn't any other mechanism that's used. So, the answer is "no". But you're not having a reaction to your mouse. If you were, then yo...
by fwiffo
Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:44 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Non-optical USB mouse?
Replies: 78
Views: 94800

It must be difficult for you to go outside with all the EMF from the sun!
by fwiffo
Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Nexus Value 430 Hissing When Turning Rear Switch-Normal?
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Mine does not do that. I'd RMA it.
by fwiffo
Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quietest active video cards?
Replies: 7
Views: 2302

There are actually passively cooled HD5750 cards by PowerColor and Gigabyte. I have the PowerColor Go Green card which is a passively cooled 5750 and I have no complaints.
by fwiffo
Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Front Panel Audio Interference (Antec Mini P180)
Replies: 30
Views: 24269

It works! I'm sitting here listening to my headphones making no noise whatsoever, which is what they're supposed to be doing when my computer isn't playing any sound. :-) And they still make the noises when asked to do so, just not at other irrelevant times like when I move my mouse or use my hard d...
by fwiffo
Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Front Panel Audio Interference (Antec Mini P180)
Replies: 30
Views: 24269

Just got the replacement module from Antec today. We'll see how it goes when I get home. Support was pretty responsive, and the module appears at least slightly different from the old one (the USB connector is two separate 5 pin plugs instead of one 10-pin plug). But as they say, the proof of the pu...
by fwiffo
Fri May 28, 2010 12:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet comp that can play Starcraft 2! Feedback appreciated
Replies: 7
Views: 2448

A tower CPU cooler will overhang the RAM slots on many microATX motherboards. Usually isn't an issue unless you have RAM with tall heat-sinks. I've got a thread about it here.
by fwiffo
Fri May 28, 2010 5:27 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec p183: Mount PSU upside down or not?
Replies: 5
Views: 2609

I have the same PSU in a Mini P180. 120mm fan PSUs are supposed to be mounted upside-down, at least according to the case manual.
by fwiffo
Wed May 26, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Drive rails too long in Mini P180?
Replies: 8
Views: 1450

Alright, it was a pretty challenging subject. Black on black in low light in a cramped space with a cell-phone camera, but hopefully this illustrates the problem. As you can see, the rail doesn't even fit right even when not attached to a drive: http://www.phong.org/misc/computer/drive-rails/rail.jp...
by fwiffo
Tue May 25, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Drive rails too long in Mini P180?
Replies: 8
Views: 1450

I looked at the rails when I got home. There are different screw holes that let you change the depth at which the drive is mounted, but no way to change the length of the rail.
by fwiffo
Tue May 25, 2010 10:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Drive rails too long in Mini P180?
Replies: 8
Views: 1450

Do you mean the different screw-holes? That's not the issue, as they don't quite fit with or without a drive attached. Do you mean the metal clip portion adjustable relative to the plastic portion of the rail? I'll take another look when I get home.
by fwiffo
Tue May 25, 2010 9:22 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Test System, 2010
Replies: 89
Views: 32233

Maybe gRaphaël for the graphs?
by fwiffo
Mon May 24, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD loudest part in system
Replies: 12
Views: 2021

I can BARELY feel the vibration from the drive spinning. Compared to feeling the drive itself, it's almost nothing. I can feel it when it seeks, but it's not very audible.
by fwiffo
Mon May 24, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD loudest part in system
Replies: 12
Views: 2021

I have a Mini P180 and I'm using the stock mounting mechanism for my drives. Some vibration is transferred to the cage, but it's not excessive. I just transported the Seagate 1 TB drive from my previous computer; it wasn't originally purchased as a particularly quiet drive. It's about as loud as my ...
by fwiffo
Mon May 24, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Will 5750 or 5770 passive cards fit antec 2480 fusion case ?
Replies: 21
Views: 7817

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by fwiffo
Mon May 24, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD loudest part in system
Replies: 12
Views: 2021

If you have it mounted too firmly (the silicone pads give a lot of leeway) then the effectiveness of the rubber doo-dads is reduced. You don't want it loose enough to be wobbly, but you don't want the pads to be significantly compressed. But I don't think suspension mounting necessarily implies inse...
by fwiffo
Sun May 23, 2010 2:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Drive rails too long in Mini P180?
Replies: 8
Views: 1450

I did end up just shaving a bit of plastic off the end with my swiss army knife. Worked fine then.
by fwiffo
Sat May 22, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Front Panel Audio Interference (Antec Mini P180)
Replies: 30
Views: 24269

Thanks for your response. I filled out the form; will let you know if I have any other questions.
by fwiffo
Sat May 22, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Does your P55 rig have electrical noise?
Replies: 11
Views: 5449

Processor: Core i7 860
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2
Power supply: Nexus Value 430
Graphics card: PowerColor Go Green HD 5750
Electrical noise: None as far as I can tell
Fix for electrical noise: -
Description of noise: -
by fwiffo
Sat May 22, 2010 9:28 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Will 5750 or 5770 passive cards fit antec 2480 fusion case ?
Replies: 21
Views: 7817

I think that you're right the powercolor wouldn't fit, even if you got one with a straight heat-sink. :-) I'll be happy to post to pictures for you though, I'll send you a PM. Oh, the Powercolor is running about 5 degrees cooler than that for me. Can't say if it's a more open case, cooler ambient, o...
by fwiffo
Sat May 22, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: RAM Clearance on Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2
Replies: 7
Views: 3112

Between the increased number of pins, and the flappy metal cover thing, they're tricker than they used to be back in the day. I didn't feel as comfortable as I did with the old ZIF sockets with the pins on the processor package. But it's obviously keyed, and if you've installed a processor and you'r...
by fwiffo
Fri May 21, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GIGABYTE 9800GT Silent Cell - anybody using this card?
Replies: 26
Views: 9116

That's the only thing I can think... I did have a problem where sometimes it was getting stuck on the bootsplash. I never tracked down what it was, it might have even been before I installed the binary drivers. But I am not a tender child who needs scary kernel messages hidden from me, so I just tur...
by fwiffo
Thu May 20, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Different noise character in identical fans (Gentle Typhoon)
Replies: 13
Views: 2049

Yeah, it's on there good and tight. It's sounds like a siren or a whistle, so I'm guessing it is some kind of resonance or harmonica effect.

Trust me when I say I'm being picky. The fans are really very quiet.
by fwiffo
Thu May 20, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Different noise character in identical fans (Gentle Typhoon)
Replies: 13
Views: 2049

Actually, the heat-sink's bracket (CM Hyper 212+) has little rubber pads already. I'm like 30-40 under TJ max under load right now, so I guess I can turn these babies down a bit further still. The room is air-conditioned (more or less a necessity in Florida just to keep the mold at bay), so I guess ...
by fwiffo
Thu May 20, 2010 8:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Front Panel Audio Interference (Antec Mini P180)
Replies: 30
Views: 24269

I fixed it! I had the case apart to fiddle with my fans so I decided to give it another shot. I pulled the module out of the front bezel and cut it open with a Dremel. It was more or less as I expected. The audio part of it was in its own sub-unit made of translucent plastic embedded in the molded b...
by fwiffo
Thu May 20, 2010 8:05 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Different noise character in identical fans (Gentle Typhoon)
Replies: 13
Views: 2049

I took the fans out of the case, and they were indistinguishable from one another. They even spun down exactly the same when I turned off the power. It was like two synchronized swimmers. Almost like creepy twins. And they took forever to spin down - the bearings must be very well balanced. Near as ...
by fwiffo
Thu May 20, 2010 7:44 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GIGABYTE 9800GT Silent Cell - anybody using this card?
Replies: 26
Views: 9116

Kubuntu 10.04 64-bit...
by fwiffo
Thu May 20, 2010 3:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GIGABYTE 9800GT Silent Cell - anybody using this card?
Replies: 26
Views: 9116

I've got the PowerColor Go! Green Radeon 5750 which has been discussed around the forum. Allegedly the 5000 series have some missing features in the Linux drivers, but I've had no trouble. Granted, I've only had it set up for a week, but I've done overnight stress tests and whatnot without any insta...
by fwiffo
Thu May 20, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GIGABYTE 9800GT Silent Cell - anybody using this card?
Replies: 26
Views: 9116

Huh, I haven't had any problems with the latest fglrx. I guess YMMV.