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by cmcquistion
Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:04 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 100194

Anyone know how this platform works for Blu-ray playback, from the standpoint of high definition audio codecs, including DTS Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD? Are there software decoders that can decode DTS Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD? Are the analog (amplified) audio outputs capable of outputting au...
by cmcquistion
Sat Dec 09, 2006 2:18 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SPCR Designed Computer Systems
Replies: 216
Views: 293826

Mike, I'm curious about the heatsink mounting on the Model 11. The PC is using a Zalman 7000AlCu, but this heatsink does not come with an adapter to attach to socket AM2. Based on the photo, it looks like maybe a customized aluminum bracket was made to mount that heatsink on the AM2 mounting holes....
by cmcquistion
Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:13 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SPCR Designed Computer Systems
Replies: 216
Views: 293826

Mike, I'm curious about the heatsink mounting on the Model 11. The PC is using a Zalman 7000AlCu, but this heatsink does not come with an adapter to attach to socket AM2. Based on the photo, it looks like maybe a customized aluminum bracket was made to mount that heatsink on the AM2 mounting holes. ...
by cmcquistion
Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:26 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

I like the way you stealthed the optical drive. Can you post some pics or give some instruction on how you went about doing that? Can you still open the drive by pushing on the plastic cover or do you have to open it through software control? What are you doing with the box? Are you using MythTV to ...
by cmcquistion
Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:02 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silent hard drive for Mac audio/video use (Seagate?)
Replies: 11
Views: 5165

atlr wrote:cmcquistion, what make & model of firewire enclosures have worked for you?
This is the model that we use: (Macally PHR-100AF)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817146608
by cmcquistion
Sun Aug 20, 2006 8:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

My modded Zalman 7700 with Scythe fan almost never spins up, since I'm undervolting the CPU Vcore, so it really isn't any louder than a completely passive solution, but it has the advantage that if it DOES need active cooling, it gets it automatically. Also, the passive northbridge gets a little per...
by cmcquistion
Sat Jul 08, 2006 3:38 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

I just got two of those new WD 500GB drives, too. Mine also run significantly hotter than other drives. This may be real heat or it may just be a difference in calibration or location of the sensor.
by cmcquistion
Fri Jun 30, 2006 9:24 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

I think that there is a version of the Zalman 7000 that might work with your Socket.
by cmcquistion
Mon Jun 12, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

awesome...okies thanks for the replys guys. I am still considering this case as I really really like it. Other than that, I want to make sure...the 7700 Zalman heatsinks will they fit in the case? I think thats what the bigger one in the review is...but it looks like the socket is awfully close to ...
by cmcquistion
Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

You CAN set it on its side, with the PSU vent on the floor, if you have to. There is an opening between the PSU chamber and the main chamber, to run cables through and such. It has a plastic door that can be adjusted to a closed position and then tightened down with a small screw. If you just leave ...
by cmcquistion
Fri May 19, 2006 6:18 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

The fan is powered via a standard 2-pin connector. It shouldn't be hard to swap.
by cmcquistion
Sun May 07, 2006 4:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

Thanks! That is good to know. I have already ordered a Silver Asus DVD-ROM from Newegg for my current build, but on my next build, I might like to just re-use a drive I already have on hand. Also, the Asus silver may or may not really match this case, so I may end up spray painting it, any way. Whe...
by cmcquistion
Sun Apr 30, 2006 3:38 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

Would the NEC 3550 DVD-burner look okay? The silver one that is. For that matter, would the ASUS one? Basically, the few silver DVD-burners on Newegg. You'd have to have them side by side with the case to tell, and it might change with different lighting. Ask Ralf Hutter about using dyes to custom ...
by cmcquistion
Sat Apr 29, 2006 11:09 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 35 Watt X2 3800 on the way from AMD
Replies: 38
Views: 25034

Here's why I'm not going crazy about it: That X2-4800+ featured in my recent CPU power article... I've now got it running undervolted on another board w/ an 80+ PSU. At idle, system power is 36W. W/CPUBurn x2, it's at 107W. Avg power will be 43W if you go by the 90% idle/10% max formula I used. It ...
by cmcquistion
Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:06 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

cmcquisition, How did your SI-120 mount? Did you lose access to DIMM slots? I have the MSI board with the XP-120 in the NSK and lost my first two DIMMs due to clearance issue with the capacitors. I have a Samsung SpinPoint SP2504C and it is running at about 40C. However, I don't remember if that wa...
by cmcquistion
Wed Apr 26, 2006 5:29 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

I've ordered an NSK2400 , a MSI K8NGM2-FID (mATX Nvidia Geforce 6150 MB with onboard video), a Scythe 120mm FDB fan (lowest speed), and a Thermalright SI-120 . I already have an Athlon 3200+ and Seasonic S12-330. I'm going to throw these together and see if the SI-120 can passively cool my 3200+, u...
by cmcquistion
Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:06 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

Edit: One other thing came to mind. What was the brand of the fan used in the SU380 PSU? How was it attatched to the fan controller of the PSU, and does anyone know of any good 80mm fans that would suit as a replacement? It is hard to find a fan that is quiet but also starts reliable with only 4.4V...
by cmcquistion
Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:25 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

Once I get Windows installed on this system, I'll play with Speedfan and see if I can control fan speeds from Windows. This motherboard (MSI K8NGM2-FID) has limited control in the BIOS, over CPU Fan speed, but no Vcore control (I'll use a software program, for that, from Windows), and no control ov...
by cmcquistion
Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:05 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

The parts just came in (everything except the Thermalright SI-120, ordered from a different distributor). I had an unused Zalman CNPS7700AlCu, on hand, so I did a fan swap on it, with one of the low speed Scythe 120mm FDB fans (800 RPM) that I just ordered. I put the system together with the modifie...
by cmcquistion
Mon Apr 24, 2006 8:26 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

SA1225FDB12L -- it came from Scythe quite a while ago -- maybe as long as 6 months. We haven't really had time to test it, but it was handy, so I grabbed it and used it.... and it turned out to work well. It may already have been changed, discontinued, replaced or whatever... Here are other details...
by cmcquistion
Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:40 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

Was the low speed Scythe fan (800rpm) used for the review? SA1225FDB12L -- 0.13A / 12V Mike, where can you buy this fan? I looked over Newegg and I ended up buying their lowest speed FDB fan (800 RPM), but it looks like this was the wrong one. All their FDB fans have a model number that include SFF...
by cmcquistion
Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HD suspension for SLK3700 or Compucase LX-6A19
Replies: 8
Views: 16849

My first post has a link here:

http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=234798

This is my original article, complete with pictures, measurements and everything. I later modified the original design, to make it taller and support three drives.
by cmcquistion
Sat Apr 22, 2006 5:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 232169

I've ordered an NSK2400 , a MSI K8NGM2-FID (mATX Nvidia Geforce 6150 MB with onboard video), a Scythe 120mm FDB fan (lowest speed), and a Thermalright SI-120 . I already have an Athlon 3200+ and Seasonic S12-330. I'm going to throw these together and see if the SI-120 can passively cool my 3200+, us...
by cmcquistion
Fri Apr 14, 2006 9:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung T133? is it quiet
Replies: 4
Views: 2892

Newegg just got the 300 GB SATA version in.
by cmcquistion
Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P150 versus P180 case cooling
Replies: 12
Views: 5068

My two cents... I've used both, but I prefer the P150. I just wish the P150 didn't come with a crappy PSU (early revision). In my case, I have to send the PSU back to Antec and see if they will replace it because it is incompatible with 3/4 of the motherboards I've tried it with. I've heard that the...
by cmcquistion
Wed Feb 01, 2006 5:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: New HDD purchase - very confused
Replies: 26
Views: 7975

I've used well over 100 Samsung drives, in the last three years. I have never had a SINGLE failure in that time. Of all the drives you're considering, I would recommend scrapping all of them and buying a 250 GB Samsung. They are quieter than all of those, they come with a 3 year warranty, standard, ...
by cmcquistion
Wed Feb 01, 2006 5:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A Protools rig. Advice needed.
Replies: 26
Views: 8436

Seasonic S12 power supplies are the best for low noise and clean power, in my opinion. They are very high quality, so their "low" wattage PSU's (330 watt) are better than many 500-550 watt PSU's I've used. I have yet to build a computer that could not run completely stable off a S12-330. Of course, ...
by cmcquistion
Wed Jan 25, 2006 1:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A Protools rig. Advice needed.
Replies: 26
Views: 8436

Kamina and cmquistion: Compability is a major issue when were talking about digidesign-products. Their apps are extremely picky about the computer they are running on. Most of the components i´ve picked are part of a system that a guy called Allen Hallada at the Digi-forum has put together. Alot of...
by cmcquistion
Tue Jan 24, 2006 7:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A Protools rig. Advice needed.
Replies: 26
Views: 8436

I would definatly verify how the protools soundcard works togeather with the nforce4 motherboard. There are alot of problems with pci-express motherboards and pci-soundcards. On the Amd front the only motherboard chipsets which work well that I have heard of is the nforce4 pro (used in dual process...
by cmcquistion
Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A Protools rig. Advice needed.
Replies: 26
Views: 8436

What about this cofig? AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Antec Performance P180 Asus A8N-E 2x Kingston ValueRAM PC3200 1024MB Matrox Parhelia APVe 2x Samsung SpinPoint P120 250 GB S-ATA I chose the Athlon 4400+ because that is the lowest that offer 2mb L2 cache. Kind of pricey tho. Does anyone make motherboar...