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by Rekonn
Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:39 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fractal Design Mini build plans
Replies: 26
Views: 3579

Re: Fractal Design Mini build plans

That is a sweet looking case! If it's mostly for gaming - would it be acceptable to have a very quiet machine at idle, and some noise under load? I'm thinking with both proc and vid card overclocked, that will be more achievable.
by Rekonn
Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:38 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: ..
Replies: 12
Views: 1073

Re: Opinions on this build?

I just built a system with a Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B and a pair of Ripjaws, and I can confirm they don't interfere. I installed the heatsink, then added the ram, and then attached the fan to the heatsink no problem. Now, if I wanted to add more ram later, I'd need to detach the fan first, but that's no...
by Rekonn
Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please
Replies: 16
Views: 2330

Re: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please

Thanks! After lowering fan speeds using the Asrock AXTU utility and the MSI Afterburner utility, the system is very quiet. I'm finding the most noticeable noise is now caused by case resonance. Pressing with my hand on the top and side of the case reduces the noise right away. I suspect the 3 fans t...
by Rekonn
Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please
Replies: 16
Views: 2330

Re: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please

Just downloaded and ran Furmark v1.9, chose the 720 Benchmark preset, score is 2278 (37fps). This is with everything at stock, nothing overclocked. Ambient temp (motherboard sensor) is 23C - vid card went from 29C to 56C during the benchmark. Vid card fan (default settings) speed went from 40% to 59%.
by Rekonn
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please
Replies: 16
Views: 2330

Re: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please

Got all the parts, built my computer, and have been enjoying how ridiculously fast it is compared to my old POS. :lol: Here's the parts I wound up choosing. Once the motherboard was available, I couldn't hold out for the Crucial M4 anymore and went with the C300 SSD. Intel i5-2500K Scythe Mugen 2 Re...
by Rekonn
Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI R6850 Cyclone
Replies: 13
Views: 4782

Re: MSI R6850 Cyclone

Just bought the 6850 Cyclone myself, will let you know what it's like when I put the new rig together.
by Rekonn
Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice Needed For High Performance, Compact & Quiet Build
Replies: 12
Views: 1815

Re: Advice Needed For High Performance, Compact & Quiet Buil

No SLI, only two hard drives, and a need to be compact for lan parties... how about a PC-A04B? It's mATX, but Asus makes a P67 mATX mobo. For comparison: PC-A04B Review Link 18.1 x 7.4 x 15.2 9 pounds PC-7FN 19.3 x 8.3 x 18.5 12 pounds The A04B has two 120mm intake fans in front, one 120mm top exhau...
by Rekonn
Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:48 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX 6850 dual fan
Replies: 7
Views: 2291

Re: XFX 6850 dual fan

Maybe you can return that card and try another? I've been seeing some really good things about the MSI 6850 Cyclone PE. Review Link If the noise measurements can be compared with other reviews on the same site, it looks like a great card. ASUS Radeon HD 6850 Direct CU 1 GB - Idle 28dbA Load 38dbA MS...
by Rekonn
Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:13 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX 6850 dual fan
Replies: 7
Views: 2291

Re: XFX 6850 dual fan

How does it sound at idle? Seems like the noise only becomes an issue once you're gaming?
by Rekonn
Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX 6850 dual fan
Replies: 7
Views: 2291

Re: XFX 6850 dual fan

Cool, let us know what you think. I'm in the process of building a new system (currently delayed by chipset situation) and was looking at the xfx dual fan cards. One guy here was very positive about the 6870 dual fan, while another said his made a low vibrating sound. link
by Rekonn
Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Parts list critique for long time geek, first time builder
Replies: 34
Views: 3552

Re: Parts list critique for long time geek, first time build

Looks like a good build, I have a couple of suggestions. 1) I agree that your PSU is overkill, especially with only one video card. You can save $40 by going with a Antec TruePower New TP-650 , which got a great review by SPCR . 2)With everything else quiet, the noise from your GTX 470 will stick ou...
by Rekonn
Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SSD + data drive question
Replies: 3
Views: 974

SSD + data drive question

I'm in the process of building a new pc (currently interrupted by the P67 mobo situation). I'm going to have an SSD, most likely a Crucial C300, for OS and programs. I'd like to also get a regular drive for data files. Is there a way to make sure it only turns on when needed? I don't want to negate ...
by Rekonn
Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on New Build and Air Flow
Replies: 10
Views: 1654

Re: Advice on New Build and Air Flow

Article on memory for Sandy Bridge builds below. Shows not much difference at all for CAS latency 8 vs 9, like a fraction of an fps in games.
LINK
by Rekonn
Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please
Replies: 16
Views: 2330

Re: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please

"Crucial’s M4 SSD will hit the shelves in mid-March." LINK

Sweet... this makes the wait a little easier.
by Rekonn
Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black - quietest 6870
Replies: 12
Views: 6512

Re: XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black - quietest 6870

livetaswim06, do you notice the low vibrating noise that falcon26 heard on his? How low can you set the fan speed?
by Rekonn
Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent PC with ability to play games
Replies: 29
Views: 3293

Re: Silent PC with ability to play games

Thanks for your posts. I just want to mention again that I don't care about a loud system when I am playing a game. Important is the idle mode of the graphic card... Here's a comparison of many high end cards idle noise (stock cooling) from Anandtech. LINK http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph41...
by Rekonn
Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build advice: quiet, pretty, ALL components, 2,500 USD
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Re: Build advice: quiet, pretty, ALL components, 2,500 USD

What's your current system? What games will you be playing on the new system? Just trying to get a sense if you can wait a month or so for fixed Sandy Bridge motherboards to get back on the market. You can look at the rig I'm planning for ideas, LINK.
by Rekonn
Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent PC with ability to play games
Replies: 29
Views: 3293

Re: Silent PC with ability to play games

What's your timeframe? Do you need a new system right away? Or could you get by with your current setup for another month or two? If you can wait, I'd recommend getting a Sandy Bridge based system when motherboards are available again. Also, by that time, there may be more info on the new C400 SSD.
by Rekonn
Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Donate for Reviews
Topic: Prolimatech fans
Replies: 5
Views: 12185

Re: Prolimatech fans

MikeC wrote: We will make a concerted effort to get the fan testing going again by Jan.
Any update?
by Rekonn
Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please
Replies: 16
Views: 2330

Re: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please

Just bought a power supply, Antec Truepower New 550W for $39.99 after rebate and free shipping. 48 hour deal from newegg, use coupon code EMCYTZT277. LINK
by Rekonn
Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please
Replies: 16
Views: 2330

Re: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please

Well, looks like the decision to wait or not has been made for me due to the Intel SATA bug. I looked at newegg, seems like you can't buy any sandy bridge motherboard right now. Hopefully the C400 ssd will be out by the time I can buy a system.
by Rekonn
Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please
Replies: 16
Views: 2330

Re: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please

Ok, you guys have convinced me to go with the MX-2. CA_Steve, looking at newegg, I see the price difference between the Vertex 2 and the C300 is about ~$40. Got a link comparing the two? The budget increase is fine, but I'd like to know what difference it would actually make. Then again, I could pla...
by Rekonn
Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:04 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black - quietest 6870
Replies: 12
Views: 6512

Re: XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black - quietest 6870

I have that 6870 xfx dual fan card now. Its much quieter than any stock 6870 card yes, but the fans do make a whoosh sound and like a low vibrating sound as well. The card is quiet but its not as quiet as say a 6870 fitted with an artic cooling twin turbo pro. I think I am going to returning it, ma...
by Rekonn
Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please
Replies: 16
Views: 2330

Re: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please

Excellent article! Learned a lot reading that, but I'm a litte confused because it still looks like the Arctic Silver 5 is better than the MX-2.

Arctic Silver 5, 37.55°C, A+
Arctic Cooling MX-2, 38.20°C, A-
by Rekonn
Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please
Replies: 16
Views: 2330

Re: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please

Found the answer to one of my questions, the Asrock P67 PRO3 motherboard has one four-pin connector for the CPU cooler and four three-pin connectors for auxiliary fans. So, that should work well with the K7 case that'll have 3 120mm case fans + cpu fan. motherboard review link As for vid card, I'm n...
by Rekonn
Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:41 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Xfx 6870 with Silent cooling?
Replies: 10
Views: 2819

Re: Xfx 6870 with Silent cooling?

Falcon26, do the fans change speed based on gpu temp?
by Rekonn
Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:41 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black - quietest 6870
Replies: 12
Views: 6512

XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black - quietest 6870

Anandtech had an article yesterday where they were really excited about how quiet the XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black video card was. LINK "this card is for all practical purposes silent... making it the quietest actively cooled mid-range card we have ever tested in our existing rig." What do you guys thin...
by Rekonn
Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120mm 71CFM 11dBA - Enermax T.B.Silence UCTB12 Fan
Replies: 5
Views: 4727

Re: 120mm 71CFM 11dBA - Enermax T.B.Silence UCTB12 Fan

Thanks michaelius, checked out that roundup. Not an easy read even after translation, there must be some polish word that translates both to something fan related, and the word 'placenta'. Anyway, looks like it did pretty well being the 2nd quietest in the roundup.
by Rekonn
Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New xBits 120 mm Fan Roundup, Part I: 1350 RPM or Lower
Replies: 17
Views: 7849

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

Yeah... I would have selected a much different group of fans. And the xbits reviews just don't seem as thoughtful as SPCR's. Sort of the difference between a gourmand and gourmet. I agree. In the comments of the article they explained that they excluded some fans because they already reviewed them ...
by Rekonn
Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:12 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet case for dusty area
Replies: 12
Views: 1917

Re: Quiet case for dusty area

How about a Lian Li Lancool PC-K7B? It's a mid tower case for about $90 with two 120mm fans in the front, both with removable filters. Nothing on the sides, only 1 120mm in back and PSU for exhaust.