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by Pete
Tue Feb 17, 2004 4:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: heat vs. hard drives: an insider's look
Replies: 9
Views: 3442

Interesting. I personally would not want my hdd to hit the 50c mark. At least not on a consistent basis. I'll tweak some fan speeds or do something creative to reduce the heat. But that's just my preference - others may disagree. :wink:
by Pete
Sat Feb 07, 2004 6:25 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Can I RMA my monitor?
Replies: 18
Views: 4035

Definetely quieter. That's the main reason I sold my 19" monitor. It had a contsant buzzing noise that drove me nuts. So I replaced it with an LCD monitor which is completely silent from where I sit. I haven't regretted the decision to switch and I've never heard of anyone else switching and afterwa...
by Pete
Fri Feb 06, 2004 3:53 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Chill Vent
Replies: 3
Views: 1129

Very well done. :)

I guess that's an 80mm fan on photo # 5 but I can't make out the brand name. Also, do you remember what your cpu temps were before and after your modification?
by Pete
Thu Feb 05, 2004 3:16 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Chill Vent
Replies: 3
Views: 1129

Chill Vent

Anybody had any experience with this cpu vent/cooler? It's a strange looking beast to say the least. :shock: Wonder how it would affect case airflow?

See it here: www.koolsolutions.net
by Pete
Wed Feb 04, 2004 6:20 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Need a quiet, black, fast CD-RW drive
Replies: 19
Views: 7063

I also suggest Samsung. I bought the Samsung 52X SW-252fen model from Newegg. Pretty quiet compared to my previous drives. They probably aren't the quietest drives around but I believe they have an excellent cost to noise ratio - $35 shipped is hard to beat.
by Pete
Wed Feb 04, 2004 5:42 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How bad are Western Digital drives??
Replies: 15
Views: 4282

I'll never buy another one, at any price. The 40GB drive I had was extremely loud and died (cause unknown) on me at the ripe old age of 6 months. :x
by Pete
Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: BQE/SL350S L1A mod success report!
Replies: 40
Views: 14440

Hence in my foolish pre-SPCR days I added a blowhole to my case. Fear not Fat Bunny (I love that name :) ). You could remove or disable and then tape up the 92mm hole on your psu. Then reverse the Enermax blowhole fan from an exhaust to an intake fan running at 5-6v. The 80mm psu fan would then dra...
by Pete
Tue Jan 27, 2004 6:10 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Quiet monitor recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 13059

Well it's update time for this old thread. It seems that I have ignored everyone's recommendations (thanks anyway) and went ahead and snatched up a Sony SDM-S73/B 17" LCD monitor at Newegg. I even went $75 over budget :( but I was so impressed by the reviews at Newegg that I couldn't resist the purc...
by Pete
Thu Jan 22, 2004 6:53 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Acoustifan???? + Sunbeam Rheobus Fan Controller
Replies: 7
Views: 1987

One more FYI on the Sunbeam, the lights are extremely bright but can be remedied by pushing the protruding bulbs back into the unit. Much better after you do this...
by Pete
Thu Jan 22, 2004 2:17 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Acoustifan???? + Sunbeam Rheobus Fan Controller
Replies: 7
Views: 1987

Don't know much about the Acoustifans but the Sunbeam has been one of my best purchases recently. What a pleasure it is not to have to open up my case every time (which was often) I want to tweak my fan settings. No heat issues or problems with it and it seems well constructed. I highly recommend it.
by Pete
Mon Jan 19, 2004 4:52 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: LG Electronics L1710B 17ins monitor
Replies: 1
Views: 1041

I don't have the monitor but have read some reviews on it. If you have a DVI enabled video card to connect it to, I'd say it looks it might be a good choice. You may want to also check out the Sony SDM-S73\B monitor at NewEgg. The online reviews at NewEgg rate this monitor very high and with a $50 r...
by Pete
Sat Jan 17, 2004 7:00 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: help with psu experiment
Replies: 7
Views: 2288

Re: help with psu experiment

When/if you reduce the airflow through the psu there are several possible outcomes: 1) It is still adequate cooling, psu lasts the rest of its life (however long that is) 2) PSU overheats - fails quickly with no side effects 3) PSU overheats - deteriorates slowly causing intermittent problems (BSOD...
by Pete
Fri Jan 16, 2004 8:11 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: help with psu experiment
Replies: 7
Views: 2288

Sorry, I forgot to mention a couple of things that need to change in my sig. :oops: The 120mm Papst has been removed from the front and placed in the rear as an exhaust. There is no fan up front anymore. The blowhole on the middle top of the case has been taped up for now- I believe this blowhole en...
by Pete
Fri Jan 16, 2004 6:04 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: help with psu experiment
Replies: 7
Views: 2288

help with psu experiment

Here's my situation. I have an Antec SL-350 psu and am now noticing that the loudest fan in my system is the 80mm exhaust fan (Panaflo L1A) from this power supply. The system is quiet so I guess that's why I'm hearing this "new noise". It's not really noise, it's just louder than everything else. Th...
by Pete
Sat Dec 20, 2003 5:29 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is There a God?
Replies: 174
Views: 89488

no, why should one that has all the powers you could even think of make this kind of shitty world :) Wow, I guess mankind had no impact on the sorry condition of the world. It's all God's fault and he must be an amoral God at that. It's the age old debate about good and evil and morality, or lack t...
by Pete
Thu Dec 18, 2003 5:17 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Yet another quest for silence
Replies: 3
Views: 1543

Welcome to the forum. :) Good job on your server but why remove the sound dampening material, unless you're having heat problems? I use plain old carpet in my case and it does seem to muffle the sound somewhat. I don't think you'll see much noise/vibration reduction by replacing the fan screws with ...
by Pete
Mon Dec 15, 2003 8:01 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Newbie! Need some advice on modding Antec's Smartblue
Replies: 5
Views: 1578

Re: Newbie! Need some advice on modding Antec's Smartblue

I've been thinking of changing its fans to Panaflo L1, and I know how to do it. I've read the article on how to change fans in psu. But is it worth it? I mean will I notice the difference? I believe you will. When I removed my Antec SL350 stock fans and replaced them with L1A's, it reduced the nois...
by Pete
Sun Dec 14, 2003 8:06 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AMD XP2000+ Palomino??
Replies: 3
Views: 1335

I think you can scratch all the Thermaltake's including the Silent Boost. Heard it was a real whiner even at "21db". I've heard nothing good (quiet wise) about Thermaltake fans. I really can't recommend any of the ones you've listed. Maybe others here can. What about using a Fanmate on your stock fa...
by Pete
Sat Dec 13, 2003 3:18 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: My new computer!
Replies: 13
Views: 3776

Re: My new computer!

chylld wrote:80L: serving as an hdd fan atm, eventually it will replace the fan in the PSU (SL350S) (is this a good idea?)
Yes, if the stock fan is too loud. But keep an eye on your HDD temps. When I removed my front case fan, my HDD temps went up 10C. So I put it right back in.
by Pete
Fri Dec 12, 2003 4:41 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Papst, Enermax, Panaflo, SmartCooler, Titan... etc...
Replies: 8
Views: 2257

It's a 12v to 7v adapter from Directron. I think it was $3. I do have Fanmates on the cpu and blowhole fans.

I tried to paste the question you had onto my reply but all that showed was [quote]. Wonder what I did wrong. :cry:
by Pete
Fri Dec 12, 2003 3:45 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Papst, Enermax, Panaflo, SmartCooler, Titan... etc...
Replies: 8
Views: 2257

[quote] I don't have one. My original plan was to put the Papst in the rear of my Antec SLK3700AMB case. I even removed the grill to help airflow. Also cut out the front grill while I was at it. Then I cut a blowhole on the top of the case for a 80mm Panaflo L1A. After that I started to experiment w...
by Pete
Fri Dec 12, 2003 12:59 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Papst, Enermax, Panaflo, SmartCooler, Titan... etc...
Replies: 8
Views: 2257

I have a Papst 120mm 4412 fan that I use in the front of my pc to cool my HDD's. It is undervolted at 7V and it makes no clicking noise at all. The only noise it makes is a soft wind sound that is pleasant but can only be heard if I put my ear right next to it. I can't here it at all from where I si...
by Pete
Mon Dec 08, 2003 8:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Noisiest hard disk you've used?
Replies: 27
Views: 6573

My old Samsung 4G - still works but what a whiner. :x

30G Western Digital - seek noise was terrible. It died on me last week. Good riddance I say.
by Pete
Tue Dec 02, 2003 7:08 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Quiet monitor recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 13059

It's too late to reconsider - you have the bug too, you just don't realize it yet! SPCR is calling you, beckoning you to submit your will to this forum. :shock: Do not reconsider. Do not get annoyed. Do not resist. Do not run away. Stay, learn and obey. We have you now...and we won't let go! :twisted:
by Pete
Tue Dec 02, 2003 6:00 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Quiet monitor recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 13059

Quiet monitor recommendations

Well, it seems that I have a new noise problem that I was never aware of before. My pc is certainly quiet enough after all the mods but now I can hear my 19" monitor (Samsung) buzzing away. I've had it for almost 2 years and love it but this constant buzzing is getting to me and it looks like it'll ...
by Pete
Tue Dec 02, 2003 4:25 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Found a use for my pci slot cooler!
Replies: 2
Views: 1820

Your shroud idea is a great heat/noise solution for your video card. I don't know how hot the 8500's get but every bit of hot air that you can quietly expel from your case is a plus. I'm fairly close with my ambient temp of 20C and case temp of 23C. I can remember a few months ago while I was workin...
by Pete
Tue Nov 25, 2003 6:39 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: SL-KT600 with Thermalright SLK-900A? (and Antec Sonata)
Replies: 4
Views: 1304

According to Thermalright's info for AMD socket A motherboards, they haven't found any boards that aren't compatible with their SLK-900A heatsinks. Of course, your Soltek may be the first that isn't... I highly recommend it! I have one with a 80mm Panaflo L1A fan. The combo is quiet and an excellent...
by Pete
Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:56 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: I'm done with my quiet pc project! (I hope)
Replies: 2
Views: 1109

Sorry, no pictures. I'm inept in the picture taking department. Believe it or not the slot cooler does provide additional cooling and in a quiet way (at 7V). I have a Radeon 9800 pro video card. These cards run VERY hot and give off a great deal of heat. The VGA cooler/silencer takes care of a lot o...
by Pete
Mon Nov 24, 2003 6:48 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: I'm done with my quiet pc project! (I hope)
Replies: 2
Views: 1109

I'm done with my quiet pc project! (I hope)

Well, I believe I'm done and am pleased with the results. I couldn't have done it without all the ingenious ideas that came from this forum. Many thanks. Here's what I did: My case is a Antec SLK3700AMB * To help with air flow, I cut out the rear grill and replaced it with a standard wire grill. I t...
by Pete
Mon Nov 24, 2003 4:17 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Arctic-Cooling VGA Silencer
Replies: 2
Views: 897

SVC says they should have another batch in any day now. I'd check their web site on a daily basis 8)