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by lapon
Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:00 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: US Deals from MicroCenter
Replies: 0
Views: 4178

US Deals from MicroCenter

MicroCenter is having a sale on all of its cases, PSU's, GPU's, SSD's and CPU's. Antec P280 for $90, just to name one.

Cases
PSU's
GPU's
SSD's
CPU's

I first found them when I was looking for a store I could go try different mechanical keyboards before I bought one. Really great stuff!
by lapon
Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Ancient, Loud PSU...
Replies: 6
Views: 3034

Re: Ancient, Loud PSU...

You want a quiet fan, but it should keep the PSU the same temperature, since its performance and lifetime depend on that. With that said, measure the fan width to get an idea for the size, and make sure the wires coming from it match those in a standard fan. From there, perhaps the company has a dat...
by lapon
Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on new build
Replies: 6
Views: 1698

Re: Advice on new build

That is a cute little case. Probably not bad for keeping quiet and cool. I have no idea where that GPU will go, that case looks pretty full, though if the hard drive slot comes out it might be OK. I would get a fan for the front to blow air over the GPU, something in the 800RPM range should move eno...
by lapon
Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:15 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 card.
Replies: 4
Views: 1863

Re: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 card.

I know AMD just dropped the prices on their cards by $50, maybe Sapphire is redesigning the cards and doing the same?
by lapon
Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: [Build help] Silent workstation
Replies: 4
Views: 1307

Re: [Build help] Silent workstation

Looks like a nice system. If you have the funds I would invest a little more into the PSU. 80 PLUS Gold or Platinum rated units will really ensure you have a quiet, powerful PSU for a long time. Its the difference between dissipating an extra 50W which can help you run that much cooler and quieter. ...
by lapon
Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:33 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Advice on new quiet computer.
Replies: 6
Views: 2505

Re: Advice on new quiet computer.

It looks like a good, strong setup. The GPU will put out a bit of heat, so I would take out the top HDD bay to let the fan there blow cool air over the GPU. I would remove the lower fan, that SSD+HDD will run cool enough I think. Perhaps look for replacement fans that are around 800RPM to get a good...
by lapon
Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Micron Phase Change Memory for Mobile Devices Now Available
Replies: 5
Views: 2027

Re: Micron Phase Change Memory for Mobile Devices Now Availa

The chips themselves are, the SSD's and such like built from them are likely a year or more off. Companies that use the chips for storage and memory will have to build test devices first to evaluate performance, etc, before selling things to the public.
by lapon
Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:09 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Micron Phase Change Memory for Mobile Devices Now Available
Replies: 5
Views: 2027

Re: Micron Phase Change Memory for Mobile Devices Now Availa

Looks interesting. Hopefully this is the first in a long line of flash-killers. Several places seem to confirm, but it will likely be a while until we see products made from it. For older devices (looks like 90nm process):The VCC is a little high, at ~3V, but the highest current draw I could see is ...
by lapon
Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:27 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Some advice regarding a Case and a CPU cooling solution[?]
Replies: 1
Views: 1665

Re: Some advice regarding a Case and a CPU cooling solution[

That GPU is a hot one, and OCing wont make it happier. I would recommend the Antec SoloII, it has gotten great reviews here at SPCR, and looks to be the best cooling PC case aside from the huge ones with tons of fans. It has the benefit of a fan at the bottom of the case that would blow cool air dir...
by lapon
Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:10 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: help me chose ddr with noctua u12p p6tv2
Replies: 1
Views: 2434

Re: help me chose ddr with noctua u12p p6tv2

The XMS3 RAM in the link you gave should be fine. So long as the RAM doesn't have a heatsink that extends above the module, most CPU heatsinks are built to be taller than the RAM in the slots. As for performance, they all will probably have roughly the same. DDR3 is a pretty mature market now. http:...
by lapon
Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:04 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Do i need to fit a fan grill above my cpu cooler?
Replies: 7
Views: 3414

Re: Do i need to fit a fan grill above my cpu cooler?

I think a case hole and a grill would be the best fix for the lowest cost. Fans really do need a larger space than about 1cm to pull air from. I haven't done the modeling, but I would bet the clearance should be roughly half the fan width; SPCR'ers please correct me if I'm wrong. I would probably re...
by lapon
Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:56 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SSD's and speakers
Replies: 3
Views: 1977

Re: SSD's and speakers

SSD's shouldn't be sensitive to magnetic fields below those used in MRI machines. SSD's use stored charge to hold your data, so unless you are working with some wickedly powerful magnets, they should be pretty solid. Static might be a problem but just always ground yourself and be careful when worki...
by lapon
Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:52 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Nofan fanless CPU heatsink
Replies: 3
Views: 1938

Re: Nofan fanless CPU heatsink

Interesting! Takes up a lot of volume though, but with a few good case fans will probably work well. Wish those wires were all heatpipes!
by lapon
Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: System imaging tools and image transfer
Replies: 2
Views: 1804

System imaging tools and image transfer

I want to upgrade my hard drive to a new, faster, quieter one. Are there any recommendations on inexpensive or demo-ware hard drive copy programs? I've seen lots of SSDs sold with some software, often Norton Ghost. Its a bit expensive at $70 for what I want, though. If I need to, I think I will get ...
by lapon
Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:51 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: SSD, readyboost, win 7 and an old, loud HDD
Replies: 18
Views: 3775

Re: SSD, readyboost, win 7 and an old, loud HDD

Thanks everyone for all the replies and information! Looks like a main SSD is the best bet for me. Prices are still a bit steep for the volume of data I keep but I'm sure they will come down as competition abounds. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!
by lapon
Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:34 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: SSD, readyboost, win 7 and an old, loud HDD
Replies: 18
Views: 3775

Re: SSD, readyboost, win 7 and an old, loud HDD

Oh, yea, sorry let me be more clear. I had a system with 4 HDDs in it, back in 2002 or so, that lasted until 2008. One for system, one for applications/games and two for video/audio. Its a mess, but it works when you are 17 and putting together a system piecemeal at college, it works. I don't know i...
by lapon
Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: SSD, readyboost, win 7 and an old, loud HDD
Replies: 18
Views: 3775

Re: SSD, readyboost, win 7 and an old, loud HDD

What is the risk? From my understanding, with the Win7 built-in mechanism the data is always on the HDD and the system will look back there if anything is missing or corrupted. How do these addons and special drives etc compare against Win7's built in caching software with a standard drive? Do they ...
by lapon
Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:58 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Best Silent Gaming Case
Replies: 7
Views: 8632

Re: Best Silent Gaming Case

Welcome! What about the recommended list don't you like? I was looking at a Antec P280 and a SoloII, the SoloII actually has an excellent review from here , and it manages to keep things pretty cool while being quiet and small. What kind of system are you putting into this new case? Perhaps you can ...
by lapon
Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: SSD, readyboost, win 7 and an old, loud HDD
Replies: 18
Views: 3775

SSD, readyboost, win 7 and an old, loud HDD

I've been reading a little bit lately, and am thinking about buying a small 32-64 GB SSD to act as a cache for my larger, but "slower", louder and more power hungry HDD. I'm hoping I can install a small internal SSD and set it to use as readyboost to increase system boot times, program load times, e...
by lapon
Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:04 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: anything mid-towers better than the P183 V3 these days?
Replies: 8
Views: 7543

Re: anything mid-towers better than the P183 V3 these days?

I think the Antec Solo II would be an excellent case. It has great airflow, can fit the components you desire and is quiet. You can probably scale back on the PSU a bit, down to something in the 500W range, I would recommend a nice platinum one like the KINGWIN Absolute Platinum Series AP-550, $120 ...
by lapon
Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:21 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua NH-L12 vs Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev B?
Replies: 13
Views: 13846

Re: Noctua NH-L12 vs Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev B?

I want to say that the Big Shuriken 2 Rev B with a 120mm fan would be better than than Noctua with a 92mm fan, but honestly I have no idea. I am puzzled by the relatively low seeming performance of the Big Shuriken 2 Rev B, as it has 5 heatpipes (which other companies would call 10), etc. I am consi...
by lapon
Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:39 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Having trouble deciding on a system case
Replies: 6
Views: 1825

Re: Having trouble deciding on a system case

That's about right, the CPU should only ever pull 125W and the Mobo, HDD, etc, usually pull no more than 50W all together. But thats at steady state - when running. And without using the GPU at all. When booting, the system draws a lot more power to bring everything up. Though newer motherboards spr...
by lapon
Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: HTPC case without an optical bay
Replies: 3
Views: 2224

Re: HTPC case without an optical bay

That's quite a specific set of requirements. Can the HDD's go into an external enclosure, as 5 is a lot of 3.5" spaces in addition to the 2.5" drive. I don't know of any cases that have fewer than one 5.25" external bay, I guess case makers worry that you have to install the OS somehow. Most cases i...
by lapon
Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent Cell Troubles!
Replies: 1
Views: 612

Re: Silent Cell Troubles!

I would worry about trying to cool a case who's air has come in over the cooler of the GPU. If the exhaust is big enough, it will keep it cool, but I think you might sacrifice some quietness.
by lapon
Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent Gaming Computer Feedback
Replies: 5
Views: 1449

Re: Silent Gaming Computer Feedback

It looks like a pretty solid setup. I tend to run a bit overkill on my PSUs, so I would say you might need a bigger PSU, as the CPU (77W) and the GPU (151W) draw 228W of its 324W max on the 12V line. If you are willing to spend twice as much, a nice platinum rated one would be good, much lower waste...
by lapon
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Showing off my NZXT H2 gaming rig
Replies: 2
Views: 4935

Re: Showing off my NZXT H2 gaming rig

Looks like a pretty awesome set up! I would keep an eye on those CPU temps but like you say, very few games stress the CPU like Prim95 does. Sounds like a frustrating case to work in.
by lapon
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: HTPC Desktop Case & Tower Cooler?
Replies: 4
Views: 2344

Re: HTPC Desktop Case & Tower Cooler?

That seems like a contradiction in terms. You don't want a tower style case? Generally any of those have more than enough room for the cooler you describe. If you are going mini-ATX, you might be able to find one if you do not install a DVD/Blu-ray drive in it. I have a Antec NSK1380, which at 8" ta...
by lapon
Thu May 31, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How do 4-pin PWM headers work? and how are they implemented?
Replies: 13
Views: 7325

Re: How do 4-pin PWM headers work? and how are they implemen

Pulsing power like that is hard on a system. All PWM fans draw a constant 12V, there is no pulsing of the power from the PSU. An integrated circuit (IC) fan driver chip within the fan itself generates the pulses and supplies them direct to the fan motor. Right, but if the PWM was implemented on the...
by lapon
Thu May 31, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Having trouble deciding on a system case
Replies: 6
Views: 1825

Re: Having trouble deciding on a system case

Thanks for the reply Mike! And the great welcome to the community! Yea, the PSU is a noisy beast when I am drawing a lot of power. I am definitely looking at the gold and platinum rated PSU's recommended here to drop power draw, temps, noise, etc. Seems like it's a win all around. The Black HDD wasn...
by lapon
Thu May 31, 2012 8:38 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Having trouble deciding on a system case
Replies: 6
Views: 1825

Having trouble deciding on a system case

Hey all! Thanks for the help with what is probably the most posted and contested question: What should I buy? Right now i have a CHENMING CMUI-601AECB-U case, which is large but unwieldy and only supports 80mm fans. I run it mostly open case with the case fans off (the existing fans are LOUD), but b...