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by nzdcoy
Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:01 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: low power netbook/notebook to use as server?
Replies: 21
Views: 18749

Re: low power netbook/notebook to use as server?

how do you plan to connect hard drives to it? usb->sata adaptors?
by nzdcoy
Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:30 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 64907

Re: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU

I’ve noticed a difference between the new X-series (including X-650) and the older M12. Every time there is a momentary power outage the PCs with M12 keep working but the X-series reboot. Can anybody confirm that? I can confirm that my x560 can survive a 2-4 second power outage and keep the compute...
by nzdcoy
Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What is head parking problem?
Replies: 10
Views: 16093

Re: What is head parking problem?

1) The drive uses a non standard 4K block size vs. 512 bytes, this throughs off many OSes like OpenSolaris afaik this is normal for all (currect) 2tb+ drives 2) The drives "park" the heads every 8 seconds, so they park, unpark, park, unpark over 1,000 times per day in a normal environment. I had to ...
by nzdcoy
Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:12 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Gigabyte Odin Pro 800W fan replacement. Lessons learnt!!
Replies: 4
Views: 3117

Re: Gigabyte Odin Pro 800W fan replacement. Lessons learnt!!

What about putting a capacitor inline so the initial voltage is higher, satisfying the minimum voltage required to start the new fan? then it could be kept tidy/all in the PSU housing
by nzdcoy
Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: First try quiet HTPC vol1 - Apex MI-008, 21-08-2011update
Replies: 17
Views: 16378

Re: First try quiet HTPC vol1 - Apex MI-008, 21-08-2011updat

Because there are several models right now that power themselves by 2 USB ports!! (very nice feature for laptop owners -my case also) fyi: There are also models that power themselves through 1 usb port http://go.iomega.com/en/products/multimedia-drive/dvd-cdrw/dvd-superslim/?partner=4750#tech_specs...
by nzdcoy
Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:21 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone GD04/05 - Remove dust filters?
Replies: 4
Views: 1393

Re: Silverstone GD04/05 - Remove dust filters?

just had a quick look inside mine. while I didnt power down the fan, shining a light through from the outside makes it look like there is a decent amount of dust buildup. there is some sitting on the outside of the intake too, mainly on the grill areas that are not directly in front of the blades. I...
by nzdcoy
Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low power causing problems booting?
Replies: 7
Views: 1679

Re: Low power causing problems booting?

"One issue I've seen occasionally is that the BIOS screen doesn't show up over the HDMI output" and how quick the monitor selects the input, I have had that problem too. "On the speaker, I suppose you know that you need the kind that plugs into the motherboard " iirc ive used a spare LED across the ...
by nzdcoy
Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Black 2tb
Replies: 13
Views: 2935

Re: WD Black 2tb

you can see the pics here. see the screw holes for 2.5" drives directly over where you mount the 3.5s? you slot it in between the metal and the drive in the forward one, and instead of the rear 3.5

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by nzdcoy
Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: seasonic 400w fanless or x-series 650 in an p183?
Replies: 8
Views: 1505

Re: seasonic 400w fanless or x-series 650 in an p183?

Actually just found a really good deal on a p183+seasonic 560w fanless bundle, it will end up being $80NZD cheaper than buying them both (with either psu) seperately, so thats pretty much sold me on the 560! thanks for all the input. at a store (rather than second hand)? linky plz? got friend looki...
by nzdcoy
Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Black 2tb
Replies: 13
Views: 2935

Re: WD Black 2tb

there is a spot for a 2.5" drive on top of the front 3.5" space, and a choice of a 3.5 or 2.5 drive sitting in the back.

Only the 3.5" drives have rubber grommets.
by nzdcoy
Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Moving HDDs out of the computer?
Replies: 17
Views: 3410

Re: Moving HDDs out of the computer?

... PB tech has them (1m). and some ebay sellers ship stuff to nz for dirt cheap, only it takes like 2 weeks to get here and another week to clear customs (from experience)

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p ... -300Mpbs-D
by nzdcoy
Tue May 31, 2011 11:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: help diagnosing problems with mid-range micro-atx build
Replies: 26
Views: 3300

Re: feedback on mid-range micro-atx build

have you tried different ram? I had a mission of a time getting a h55n-usb3 to boot the first time, eventually I needed to use other ram to get it to boot first time, then the stuff I originally intended to use worked.
by nzdcoy
Sun May 29, 2011 2:10 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: In Win BUC ATX Tower Case
Replies: 8
Views: 3332

Re: In Win BUC ATX Tower Case

"Adding a second HD 4870 produced an extra 1 dB when idle, along with hotter temperatures. Both the southbridge and top GPU were 8°C warmer in this configuration. On load, the overall noise level rose up to a very loud 32~32 dBA@1m"

misstype?
by nzdcoy
Mon May 23, 2011 3:14 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: [SOLVED] Couple of questions about laptops
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: Couple of questions about laptops

^^btw, on idle you can still hear my new mbp 15" fans running away in the background. not intrusive, but definitely audible. it idles at about 40 celcius with the fans (2) running at 2000rpm.
by nzdcoy
Wed May 11, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Lets discuss illegal drugs - and legal ones too
Replies: 57
Views: 16700

Re: Lets discuss illegal drugs - and legal ones too

1,) Are these "synthetic drugs" actually legal as their sellers often claim or are they illegal as the government tells us they must be if they mimic or are similar to know drugs that are also "illegal" (was mention in on of my links). 2,) Have these "substances" that have been sold as "bath salts"...
by nzdcoy
Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:45 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: HTPC to replace painful Acer Aspire laptop
Replies: 14
Views: 3593

Re: HTPC to replace painful Acer Aspire laptop

I have one at the moment. ases e350m-m (mATX) I am finding it pretty good so far. At the moment its running windows 7 ultimate. Haven't done any fullHD decoding yet, but boxee runs pretty smooth playing standard quality tv shows and movies. It hasn't complained yet when I am watching something and s...
by nzdcoy
Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Nexus vs Seasonic
Replies: 24
Views: 3951

Re: Nexus vs Seasonic

I think my new seasonic x560 has a small amount of whine for the first ~10mins of the pc turned on. am yet to investigate what is making the noise. its audible at ~1m in a gd04 I can't actually be sure what the source is, but afaik if started happening after I installed the x560. fwiw i think the fa...
by nzdcoy
Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:20 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: iMac 27"
Replies: 5
Views: 3323

Re: iMac 27"

haven't heard my mates 27" core2duo one ever. it gets quite hot along the back at the top though
by nzdcoy
Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: HTPC or Desktop Case with 120mm Rear Exhaust
Replies: 6
Views: 1612

Re: HTPC or Desktop Case with 120mm Rear Exhaust

Silverstone LC-03.

Only problem is it is 2*80mm rear exhaust.

That thing is a beast on its own, let alone if you tried to put a 120mm exhaust in there
by nzdcoy
Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: 'Noob' considering P182 silencing (mods)
Replies: 19
Views: 4530

Re: 'Noob' considering P182 silencing (mods)

if you are worried about it, just do the mod to a molex extension cable instead :)
by nzdcoy
Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Zotac IONITX-T-U vs. ASUS AT5IONT-I
Replies: 6
Views: 2778

Re: Zotac IONITX-T-U vs. ASUS AT5IONT-I

ces wrote: Just get the cheapest SB. I think you can get the 2400 for about $150 at Microcenter.
...
For about $100 and a handful of watts you will have a green computer that will be able to do anything you might ever ask of it...
Huh?

do you mean $100 more?
by nzdcoy
Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Zotac IONITX-T-U vs. ASUS AT5IONT-I
Replies: 6
Views: 2778

Re: Zotac IONITX-T-U vs. ASUS AT5IONT-I

Mainly onboard WIFI.

Will 2 Sata ports be enough?

I say atom or fusion if HTPC (playback) is the most taxing thing it is going to be used for.

re: price,
Titus wrote:Even going with the most expensive E-350 on Newegg, you'd save about $100 on the Motherboard+CPU combo
^^that was re: 2 core SB
by nzdcoy
Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Inaudible HTPC Advice
Replies: 15
Views: 4029

Re: Inaudible HTPC Advice

You can read reviews here and all across the web that say the E-350 is sufficient for full HD playback, but I don't know about recording/decoding TV while playing back 1080p content. I don't think it would be up to an encoding/recording task if the graph below is anything to go by. http://www.phoro...
by nzdcoy
Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Inaudible HTPC Advice
Replies: 15
Views: 4029

Re: Inaudible HTPC Advice

I am going the same route soon, although it will be a low power server too This is as far as I have got: E-350 Motherboard running linux server, with either XBMC or Plex or Boxee or similar auto starting (link shows that it can do 1080p fine). The asus one is fanless GD-04 case (with most of the fan...
by nzdcoy
Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: lenovo s10 netbook dead? help me fix it or put it to rest.
Replies: 5
Views: 758

Re: lenovo s10 netbook dead? help me fix it or put it to res

My GF's compaq laptop is weird sometimes.

Sometimes it needs the power connected after doing a battery pull for the screen to light up/to boot.

Sounds silly, but does something as simple as that work?
by nzdcoy
Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD20EARS vs Hitachi 5K300
Replies: 14
Views: 3669

Re: WD20EARS vs Hitachi 5K300

Well, if we're only talking 0.5 sec extra (or thereabouts) I'm not going to get hung up about that. I just wasn't clear how much slower these drives tend to be than faster ones. Like nzdcoy, I normally just boot my HTPC when I get up and I'm making a cup of coffee. I tend to leave it in standby a l...
by nzdcoy
Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD20EARS vs Hitachi 5K300
Replies: 14
Views: 3669

Re: WD20EARS vs Hitachi 5K300

I should hope nothing does come out of it. Oh, you meant noise :lol: No seriously, thanks for the post as it's good to have confirmation that the WD20EARS really is quiet. What I was trying to ask though, is whether it's the best drive in a single drive system (IE holding the OS and data) or if the...
by nzdcoy
Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Enjoy the silence... (Updated May 2014)
Replies: 77
Views: 84152

Re: Enjoy the silence...

Beautiful Build.

Re: the sound card question on the last page, as long as you have the programs setup correctly to only use X or Y sound card, everything works fine. At the moment I am using 2 outputs and one input at a radio station with a similar S.C setup.
by nzdcoy
Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:52 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD20EARS vs Hitachi 5K300
Replies: 14
Views: 3669

Re: WD20EARS vs Hitachi 5K300

Never heard anything come out of my WD20EARS in the past two months that I have had it if that helps, it is sitting less than 2 feet from me