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by adamlevy
Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Caviar Black or Blue? Noise/Heat/Performance?
Replies: 6
Views: 5244

The cache is certainly different, but I get the impression it's more of a marketing gimmick than an actual real-world differentiator. I found a set of benchmarks directly comparing the two, and in theoretical use (HDTach) the Black does have better performance. But it's hard to tell from that review...
by adamlevy
Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Caviar Black or Blue? Noise/Heat/Performance?
Replies: 6
Views: 5244

WD Caviar Black or Blue? Noise/Heat/Performance?

I'm struggling deciding between the 640GB versions of the WD Caviar Black or the Blue. I'm going to use this as my OS drive in an Antec Solo case just under 1m from my ears. 1. Is there a real-world difference in noise & heat between the two? 2. Is there a real-world performance difference between t...
by adamlevy
Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which PSU for my Antec Solo Quad Core?
Replies: 7
Views: 2135

I'm considering the Corsair TX650W since it's on the Recommended list AND it's $80. The only criticism of it I can find is that it apparently has many very-long cables and is non-modular ( see image here , near bottom of page). Is the cable-management in the Antec Solo gonna provide enough room to g...
by adamlevy
Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which PSU for my Antec Solo Quad Core?
Replies: 7
Views: 2135

Is there any reason to *avoid* a modular PSU?

Is it just another feature you can pay more to have, or does it come with a technical trade-off other than price?
by adamlevy
Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:22 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which PSU for my Antec Solo Quad Core?
Replies: 7
Views: 2135

Which PSU for my Antec Solo Quad Core?

First off, thanks to the SPCR community for being so helpful! I've finally (after much waffling) decided on the Antec Solo for my new build. Now I'm stuck not knowing what to do about a PSU. Here's what I'm building: - AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE - 790GX mobo (prob gigabyte) - 4GB RAM - Radeon HD 5850 (...
by adamlevy
Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:10 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Will Caviar Black be audible in an Antec SOLO?
Replies: 3
Views: 1119

Will Caviar Black be audible in an Antec SOLO?

Trying to decide which HDD to go with for my new build -- will a WD Caviar Black drive be audible inside an Antec SOLO case? Would a Caviar Blue be any better?
by adamlevy
Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Will an Antec SOLO provide enough cooling?
Replies: 13
Views: 3127

^ True...but also not me ;)
by adamlevy
Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:12 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Will an Antec SOLO provide enough cooling?
Replies: 13
Views: 3127

Okay now I'm flip-flopping between 3 cases... 1. SOLO 2. P183 3. Mini P180 SOLO: Will I be able to fit a better GPU later? P183: Large, expensive. Maybe best long-term value, could likely re-use in next fresh build. Mini P180: Accommodates larger GPUs, but limited to mATX. I wish I weren't so flippi...
by adamlevy
Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:43 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Will an Antec SOLO provide enough cooling?
Replies: 13
Views: 3127

Nope - always been in Austin. Adam Levy is a really common name, though -- I'm sure there are many in NY :)

Is there enough room in the SOLO for decent gpus? Looks like if I wanted to upgrade to a longer card down the road, I'd have to completely remove the hd cage?
by adamlevy
Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:33 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Will an Antec SOLO provide enough cooling?
Replies: 13
Views: 3127

Where do the 92mm fans mount? In front of the HDD cages? What fan should I buy?

I keep flip-flopping between the SOLO and the P183. How do they compare cooling-wise?
by adamlevy
Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:37 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Will an Antec SOLO provide enough cooling?
Replies: 13
Views: 3127

Will an Antec SOLO provide enough cooling?

I'm planning to run the following. Will an Antec SOLO provide enough cooling for me? - AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE - Radeon HD 4850 (or maybe 5750) - 2 WD Caviar Black 750GB drives (or comparable) If I overclock, it will be just a tiny bit. Thanks! (also, how do I figure out how much wattage I need in m...
by adamlevy
Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help: Case & PSU Advice
Replies: 2
Views: 764

Thanks for the suggestion. A few questions...

1. Would the Solo give me enough cooling power for my setup?

2. Will the 500W PSU you recommended give me enough headroom to add a discrete gpu later?

3. How does the Solo compare with the Sonata III in terms of Noise and Airflow?
by adamlevy
Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help: Case & PSU Advice
Replies: 2
Views: 764

Help: Case & PSU Advice

I'm putting together a new system, and I'm lost in all the case and psu details. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! What I'm building... - CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE - MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H [790GX ATX] - RAM: 4GB (2x2GB) [haven't figured out specifics yet] - VIDEO: [just using int...
by adamlevy
Sat Jul 19, 2003 4:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How much PSU do I need?
Replies: 3
Views: 1436

How much PSU do I need?

Pretty much the only thing I haven't purchased yet for my new system is a Case/PSU. When I go to buy the PSU, what kind of power do I need for the following? - P4 2.8GHz - GigaByte 8KNXP - 2x256MB Corsair TwinXLL - ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB - Western Dig. 80GB SE (WD800JB) - Lite-On CD-RW - Lite-On ...