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by kuzzia
Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sub-$20 CPU Coolers: A Reader's Roundup
Replies: 10
Views: 7487

Re: Sub-$20 CPU Coolers: A Reader's Roundup

It's great to here that my AC Pro does well in your test.

I have one myself, cooling an AMD Athlon X3 425 @stock and I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who needs a very quiet, budget cooler.
by kuzzia
Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair RM Series intro'd
Replies: 90
Views: 39613

Re: Corsair RM Series intro'd

Wow! The 450 W is perfect for my needs and I could definitely deal with the price.
by kuzzia
Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet workstation build (Core i3 or A10)
Replies: 5
Views: 2598

Re: Quiet workstation build (Core i3 or A10)

I agree with all of the suggestions made regarding the CPU. An i3 is overkill. I'd consider an AMD A4 or A6 or an Intel Pentium or Celeron. It must at least have two cores, however. Your usage will not make the CPU dissipate much heat so a cheap & quiet CPU cooler such as the Arctic Cooling Alpine 1...
by kuzzia
Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Some questions on Fractal Design Core 3000
Replies: 11
Views: 4586

Re: Some questions on Fractal Design Core 3000

There's the NZXT Source 210/220. You could perhaps also consider the Fractal Design Arc Midi which is practically a R4 without the noise dampening features.
by kuzzia
Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:00 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Argon AR01 & AR03 CPU Coolers
Replies: 10
Views: 8077

Re: SilverStone Argon AR01 & AR03 CPU Coolers

I think it's very nice to see any tower CPU coolers in the 30-50 USD region. As the results show these can easily cool many contemporary CPU's. It's also nice to see some competition to the CM Hyper 212 EVO.
by kuzzia
Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best solution for 1TB of data: WD Green or 2,5"?
Replies: 4
Views: 2709

Re: Best solution for 1TB of data: WD Green or 2,5"?

No 1 TB 2,5" HD reviewed by SPCR has been as quiet as the quietest 3,5" drives from WD Green/Red. So go for a 3,5" drive. I don't know which variant to go by, but look at the most recent reviews of WD Green and WD Red. You'll have to suspend the drive in order to achieve as much as quietness as poss...
by kuzzia
Thu May 02, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Preferred SSD Brand These Days?
Replies: 13
Views: 5693

Re: Preferred SSD Brand These Days?

I haven't heard of many failures from Crucial m4 owners. These can be considered quite reliable. I own two of them and couldn't be happier!
by kuzzia
Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:20 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo as best buy?
Replies: 7
Views: 7614

Re: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo as best buy?

The Cooler Master fans are not the best. Mine had a ticking problem. This could be anecdotal, is it generally known that Cooler Master brand, especially for CPU cooling, is not silence friendly? Well, you could say that reviews from SPCR have shown that the fan noise from Cooler Master fans is not ...
by kuzzia
Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New gaming/music creation Haswell system advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1933

Re: New gaming/music creation Haswell system advice

As CA_Steve says you should also consider the Fractal Design Define R4 and the Corsair 550d. And I also agree with CA_Steve with regards to the 4770-t. It's practically an artificial limitation of a CPU. In general, ASUS has better fan controlling than Gigabyte. There are a lot of choices when it co...
by kuzzia
Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silence the Silverstone 180mm Air penetrator ?
Replies: 4
Views: 2294

Re: Silence the Silverstone 180mm Air penetrator ?

That's the reason why I prefer the Precision PS07 over the Temjin TJ-08E. Though the thermal performance of the Precision PS07 is worse than the Temjin, it's quite hard to make the Temjin quiet enough for SPCR standards. Plus, I do believe that an exhaust fan in the Precision would greatly improve t...
by kuzzia
Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice for new pc
Replies: 8
Views: 2261

Re: Advice for new pc

The components chosen don't dissipate much heat so I would suggest orden a fractal design r4 or a corsair 550d as these case have covers to block any noise going upwards in the case.
by kuzzia
Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new build soon
Replies: 55
Views: 15684

Re: new build soon

@toronado455: What a nice build. And the pictures are very good as well.

What do you feel about the components in general? How quiet is the system? And how was it to build in that case?

We want to hear it all :)
by kuzzia
Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PC for programming and occasional gaming. Money efficient.
Replies: 8
Views: 2840

Re: PC for programming and occasional gaming. Money efficien

GPU: I don't know of any screens with a 2560x1900 solution. Do you mean 2560x1440? or 2560x1600? Look for a passively cooled radeon 7750. What games do you intend to play and at what resolution and graphical settings? Mobo: I prefer ASUS boards because of their windows application, FanXpert. It's a ...
by kuzzia
Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Casual gaming workstation
Replies: 7
Views: 2105

Re: Casual gaming workstation

According to this techspot review, the Radeon 7850 2 GB (normal quality, 1920x1200) achieves 69 fps. http://www.techspot.com/review/537-max-payne-3-performance/page3.html The Radeon 7770 only achieves 43 fps. The Radeon 7850 definitely hits the sweet spot IMO. You can get the 1 GB version and save s...
by kuzzia
Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:07 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How hot will you go...
Replies: 9
Views: 3134

Re: How hot will you go...

As long as it's under 90 C then as silent as possible.
by kuzzia
Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice and Critique on Gaming build.
Replies: 5
Views: 2131

Re: Advice and Critique on Gaming build.

There's also the Kingwin Stryker STR-500.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Fanless_P ... one_ST50NF

Regarding the CPU cooler you should also consider a cooler from Noctua though I don't have a particular one in mind.
by kuzzia
Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:32 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Bang for the buck silent cooler for i5-3570K?
Replies: 14
Views: 8369

Re: Bang for the buck silent cooler for i5-3570K?

There's also the Scythe Mugen 3 which has a fan that's very quiet if you have good PWM controlling.
by kuzzia
Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Bang for the buck silent cooler for i5-3570K?
Replies: 14
Views: 8369

Re: Bang for the buck silent cooler for i5-3570K?

You could also buy a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. Cooler Master fans haven't been known to be the best but you can always try out the stock fan. If it doesn't perform well then you can buy a Scythe Slipstream 120 mm PWM and replace the stock fan.
by kuzzia
Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:30 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: New system - best step for correcting an issue?
Replies: 6
Views: 2887

Re: New system - best step for correcting an issue?

Perhaps the CPU fans aren't compatible because they are 3-pin fans. Try plugging them into 3-pin fan headers and see if they are controllable. And I would remove the rear facing fan in any situation. It's simply not necessary for cooling the 3570 non-OC'ed.
by kuzzia
Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New build component advice
Replies: 7
Views: 2449

Re: New build component advice

If you can re-use the old PSU, and it's quiet enough, why not use it? RAM: Does Photoshop require fast RAM? Otherwise, just choose the cheapest RAM from a reputable company. Only consider the Pro-version of the motherboard if you need the additional features. If the "Pro" has FanXpert 2 then it woul...
by kuzzia
Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: HTPC on a budget
Replies: 6
Views: 3021

Re: HTPC on a budget

I've read somewhere not a long time ago here at SPCR that a fanless solution consisting of a low-powered AMD APU isn't ideal for even small amounts of multitasking, i.e. running high-def videos while doing something in the background. So if I were you I would at least choose an Intel Sandy Bridge Ce...
by kuzzia
Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Need Recommendations for 250-320GB HDD
Replies: 7
Views: 2735

Re: Need Recommendations for 250-320GB HDD

Well, the WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB WD5000LPVT, reviewed within a year, could fit your needs. Though 500 GB, it's quite cheap and ultra quiet. It received the Editor's Choice Award here at SPCR.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1268-page7.html
by kuzzia
Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Mini P180 vs Fractal Design Define Mini
Replies: 5
Views: 3759

Re: Antec Mini P180 vs Fractal Design Define Mini

The unpleasant odour could only be found with the Fractal Design R2. As the Fractal Design Mini was released around the same time as the R3, the problem should be resolved. I have never heard of any Fractal Design Mini owners who have complained about an unpleasant odour from the sound dampening mat...
by kuzzia
Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HTPC
Replies: 3
Views: 1637

Re: New HTPC

It's quite difficult to guess. The Scythe Big Shuriken could probably handle the 100W APU but the small volume of the case will surely leave the CPU cooler starving for fresh air. Perhaps you could find a high-end 65W A10 or A8 APU. Overclocking is out of the question so don't bother choosing a K-ve...
by kuzzia
Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need suggestions for Silent MiniITX case
Replies: 7
Views: 5573

Re: Need suggestions for Silent MiniITX case

@defaultluser: Very nice to see the picture. Isn't the cable mess a problem when building the computer?
by kuzzia
Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: silent pc - xbmc, torrents, nas
Replies: 4
Views: 2002

Re: silent pc - xbmc, torrents, nas

According to this Anandtech review it is unwise to choose a modular PSU because it's longer (usually 160 mm vs. 140 mm for a non-modular unit).

I also don't see the need for RAM with a heatsink unless, of course, it costs the same as generic RAM.
by kuzzia
Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:47 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quietly cool your GPU using PCI!
Replies: 7
Views: 7477

Re: Quietly cool your GPU using PCI!

Very nice! And good to know that a PCI fan mount can be purchased on eBay. Also good to know that those fans have such a significant effect on temperature.
by kuzzia
Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD vibration & noise reducing methods - ranked
Replies: 195
Views: 630219

Re: HDD vibration & noise reducing methods - ranked

Need opinions on the Sharkoon Vibe Fixer . Considering it looks exactly like a NoVibes, can one assume it's as good? I know it's a very late answer. I currently use the exact same version of the Sharkoon VibeFixer as shown in the link on an ancient WD Green 500 GB. And I can confirm that it elimina...
by kuzzia
Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:55 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: advice on, alternatives to Define Mini or CM Elite 431 Plus?
Replies: 7
Views: 2954

Re: advice on, alternatives to Define Mini or CM Elite 431 P

There's also the Silverstone Precision PS-07 though in many ways it's very similar to the Temjin TJ08-E