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by MattP
Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I have really bad whine from my Seasonic P-520FL
Replies: 12
Views: 7351

Re: I have really bad whine from my Seasonic P-520FL

I've had two of these PSUs. The first had a bit of buzzing - nothing extreme but it was there. The second has no buzzing at all... so perhaps there's some variance with them, or maybe they revised the design a little?
by MattP
Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: CPU cooler on GPU (super silent cooling)
Replies: 9
Views: 7749

Re: CPU cooler on GPU (super silent cooling)

Don't think that's not crossed my mind :wink: but unfortunately it would have no chance of cooling a GPU, as TDPs are usually MUCH higher in the 150w range for a midrange card.
by MattP
Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:19 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: CPU cooler on GPU (super silent cooling)
Replies: 9
Views: 7749

Re: CPU cooler on GPU (super silent cooling)

The cooler is mounted using just a steel plate, which was actually the side of an old PSU and was cut to fit using tin snips, with holes drilled in the right places for the screws. The standoffs you see actually came with the cooler, so they are designed to be the right height with that particular c...
by MattP
Tue Nov 12, 2013 2:34 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How to make a graphics card quieter using sponge
Replies: 7
Views: 5656

How to make a graphics card quieter using sponge

Okay, so after my previous experiment , I found out a way to reduce fan noise somewhat using some sponge! It basically removes any vibration noise the fan makes, though this is only a problem in certain situations. With my case and GPU, the difference after the mod was genuinely quite profound, but ...
by MattP
Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:31 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: CPU cooler on GPU (super silent cooling)
Replies: 9
Views: 7749

Re: CPU cooler on GPU (super silent cooling)

Hmm, using a liquid cooler sounds like quite a good solution actually. I'd rather avoid them though, because of the pump noise. Regarding the pics, I've disassembled it for now as I'm waiting until I get a better card to mod. The video is HD though, so you could pause it and have a pretty good view ...
by MattP
Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: CPU cooler on GPU (super silent cooling)
Replies: 9
Views: 7749

CPU cooler on GPU (super silent cooling)

Hey everyone, I've done an experiment that I think will be of interest to a few of you :) One of thing with graphics cards is that they usually use more power than CPUs (often TWICE as much), but their heatsinks are not very efficient at all. The air is just recycled, rather than blown out of the ca...
by MattP
Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: silencing hard drives
Replies: 6
Views: 2823

Re: silencing hard drives

I was actually trying to describe the sound that would be emitted from a HDD if it was suspended by elastic, rather than the air actually absorbing any of it. The air would, I presume, help a tiny bit with heat, but I'm not sure on that. Anyway, what are your thoughts? Could it be effective?
by MattP
Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: silencing hard drives
Replies: 6
Views: 2823

silencing hard drives

I've recently been wanting to silence my HDDs as they're currently the most audible component when my computer is idling. I've been going through this article and I've had an interesting thought. Would it be possible to make an enclosure with sides that are effectively heatsinks, and top, bottom, ba...
by MattP
Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: External Control Hub (the ultimate in silent computing)
Replies: 7
Views: 4583

Re: External Control Hub (the ultimate in silent computing)

It's not so much the cable quality than the cable length. You ought to use an active USB cable with a length no longer than 3m. Solves any problems that might occur with cable length, and results in very solid reliability. Power wise, I wanted it to turn on and off with the PC, so a separate power s...
by MattP
Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:19 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: External Control Hub (the ultimate in silent computing)
Replies: 7
Views: 4583

Re: External Control Hub (the ultimate in silent computing)

Ahh, I see now. All of the devices I used were USB 2.0 devices, so using a USB 3.0 cable for its higher speed wouldn't have been necessary for my particular unit. I see no reason why it wouldn't work though. How long is your USB 3.0 cable? It's worth noting that a USB 3.0 cable has a max 'recommende...
by MattP
Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:02 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: External Control Hub (the ultimate in silent computing)
Replies: 7
Views: 4583

Re: External Control Hub (the ultimate in silent computing)

Thanks :)

Not sure what you mean about the USB 3.0 cables. Tried using them for what?
by MattP
Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:55 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Revamped: The Elysium Beast V2.8, 23 HDDs and 18.0 TB
Replies: 52
Views: 26650

Re: Revamped: The Elysium Beast V2.5, 24 HDDs and 20.0+ TB

Just curious... what do you use all that space for? I've got a 2tb HDD, and it just never seems to fill up! :lol:
by MattP
Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: External Control Hub (the ultimate in silent computing)
Replies: 7
Views: 4583

External Control Hub (the ultimate in silent computing)

external control hub_MatthewPerks.jpg Hi everyone, I've finally finished the build log of my 'external control hub', which works in tandem with my silent wooden PC . The unit provides remote access to all the ports and devices that would otherwise be on the PC itself, meaning that the PC can be els...
by MattP
Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)
Replies: 25
Views: 14436

Re: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)

Waiting eagerly. Are you opposed to giving us a little write-up preview? Not really, it's just that it'll take time away from making the actual video. I'll be covering every little thing in the video though, and it should allow me to explain things a bit more clearly than otherwise. A build log is ...
by MattP
Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)
Replies: 25
Views: 14436

Re: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)

Great stuff! You'll have to do a build log as you go along. :) Looking forward to seeing what you come up with, design wise!
by MattP
Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:24 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)
Replies: 25
Views: 14436

Re: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)

I've been working on the final video over the weekend, which covers how I wired it - not finished with it yet though, but will be soon. I'll make a post about it when it's up. :)
by MattP
Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:11 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)
Replies: 25
Views: 14436

Re: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)

Hmm, yeah.. I wish I could get hold of some of that air cond. filter that cheap here in the UK. :| Looks like it would be perfect. On the picture the angle seems to be higher/lower than 90°. This is the important part. Why? If it's okay at vertical, and okay horizontal, then it's going to be okay in...
by MattP
Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:00 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)
Replies: 25
Views: 14436

Re: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)

Well sure, pantyhose. :) Anything reasonably strong while thin and resembling net/mesh will do well. Like insect net, but not the ones with too tiny holes in it. One could find thin metal mesh at some hardware stores I guess, if really sturdy material is desired. http://s9.postimage.org/m5gxsojlr/m...
by MattP
Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: motherboard swap win 8 pro
Replies: 1
Views: 970

Re: motherboard swap win 8 pro

You should be fine. If there is a significant change in hardware, sometimes Windows will ask to be reactivated, but I don't think changing the motherboard for one of the same type will be a problem. Regarding BIOS, try and make sure the hard drive settings are the same, as some changes can cause win...
by MattP
Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:20 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)
Replies: 25
Views: 14436

Re: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)

Presumably the big fans are rotating quite slowly for maximum silence. You didn't mention components; I chose components for minimum wattage in my latest build (e.g., Ivy Bridge!) so as to have fewer watts heating up the box. But you mentioned overclocking, indicating your priority was speed rather...
by MattP
Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:53 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Streacom Passive HTPC Build
Replies: 10
Views: 7031

Re: Streacom Passive HTPC Build

Wow, that looks awesome! Is the actual case acting as a heat sink?
by MattP
Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)
Replies: 25
Views: 14436

Re: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)

I had no idea that a case such as the FOrtress FT02 existed, haha! I do think mine's still more efficient air flow wise, however ;) I can understand your question. I actually didn't originally plan to have it up in the cupboard, though I had always planned the ECU. Having the case up in the cupboard...
by MattP
Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:57 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)
Replies: 25
Views: 14436

wooden case with optimal airflow (my first silent PC)

I've been a lurker on these forums, but this is my first post, so greetings :) I've always been averse to the noise PCs usually make, and always endeavoured to make something really quiet. So I recently built myself a wooden PC, with a more efficient airflow than a typical ATX case. Nothing new for ...