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by Anodyne
Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:12 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Corsair H50 + Antec Solo?
Replies: 5
Views: 1193

Hmmm...which direction did you rotate it in, with the thicker end (the end with the tubing attachments) towards the motherboard or towards the case side? I had to mount mine with the tubing end towards the case side, because the motherboard rear-panel jacks got in the way if I tried to mount it with...
by Anodyne
Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:03 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Corsair H50 + Antec Solo?
Replies: 5
Views: 1193

:) I guess what I was asking was (1) has anyone tried this, and did the radiator fit OK with the bar gone, and (2) will my case get too 'flexy' if the bar is removed?

I usually don't remove parts like that from cases, so I didn't want to make yet another goof!
by Anodyne
Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:38 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Corsair H50 + Antec Solo?
Replies: 5
Views: 1193

Corsair H50 + Antec Solo?

Has anyone seen a Corsair H50 water cooling unit installed in an Antec Solo case? I just installed one last night, and the radiator does not fit well at the rear 120 mm fan mount. I was not smart enought to check all the dimensions before installing. :oops: The radiator bulges at the top and bottom ...
by Anodyne
Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's 785G Chipset Boards: 780G Evolved
Replies: 69
Views: 39405

Windows 7 drivers or MSI's?

I just built a new Windows 7 system using the MSI 785GM-E65 mobo. During the OS install, it seemed as if Windows 7 had all the drivers it needed for setting up the system. The only driver I manually installed was the latest Catalyst driver for my Radeon HD4850, and basically the system seems to be r...
by Anodyne
Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:53 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AM3 recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 4053

Well, I had to bite on some Black Friday deals. I ordered a Phenom II X4 955BE and the MSI 785GM-E65 from ZipZoomFly for about $235 shipped (combo deal). Also got 4Gb of GSkill DDR3 from NewEgg for $70 shipped. After I receive them it may be a few weeks before I get my system rebuilt, but I'll try t...
by Anodyne
Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AM3 recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 4053

Are you talking about Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H? The product page has that nice 140W CPU Support "sticker" and Phenom II X4 965 is indeed listed in the CPU Support List. D'oh! How did I miss that? I hadn't noticed the '140w CPU' logo to the side, I was just reading the text. :oops: In my defense, t...
by Anodyne
Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AM3 recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 4053

The Gigabyte boards do have 3 fan headers, CPU is definitely PWM. The SYS header is 4pin, however page 25 of the manual shows there is no speed control on the 4th pin, its labeled as "Reverse" Finally there's a 3pin north bridge header, but this runs at 12v all the time - no bios control. Thanks, I...
by Anodyne
Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:01 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AM3 recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 4053

Double check the supported cpu lists depending what Phenom II chip you're thinking about to ensure that it supports that processor's wattage. That's how I came up with my notion about the 140w support - the Gigabyte CPU support for those two boards does not seem to list the 140w X4 965. The Asrock,...
by Anodyne
Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:49 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AM3 recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 4053

For what it's worth, according to their 'supported CPU list' the Gigabyte boards apparently can't handle 140w CPUs and the others can. Not that I want to use a 140w CPU but knowing that the board is rated for that much power is somehow comforting.
by Anodyne
Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AM3 recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 4053

I've been looking at AM3 micro-ATX 785G mobo's also, I'm planning on building a Phenom II rig soon. The boards I've looked at include: GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128397 MSI 785GM-E65 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168131302...
by Anodyne
Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte passive HD4850
Replies: 77
Views: 60106

So is the consensus that the Gigabyte passive 4850 works fairly well in a decently ventilated case? Newegg's prices for this card have dropped quite a bit recently and I'm really tempted to pick one up... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125258 ...but they also have the HIS v...
by Anodyne
Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What is the most quiet ATI HD4870 1GB card?
Replies: 20
Views: 5939

I have no personal experience with them, but the new Vapor-X versions of the 4870 (and 4850) cards by Sapphire are getting a lot of good reviews on the web and nearly all of them comment on its low noise. I've been jonesing for one myself, but the Vapor-X 4870 (1 Gb version) seems to be selling for ...
by Anodyne
Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 110444

First review of Radeon 4770

I've never heard of this website before, but they have posted a 'first' review of a Radeon HD 4770.

http://en.expreview.com/2009/04/24/firs ... nster.html
by Anodyne
Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:05 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Single-slot quiet Video card (>8600) recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 5969

4670 with a passive S1 cooler. forget the rear venters, they are noisy, are about 30 degrees C hotter than PASSIVE! and, well, you can always re-use the s1. Are all rear-venters noisy? And how can they be hotter than passive? I speak from ignorance, my current Gigabyte 1950Pro has a Zalman cooler w...
by Anodyne
Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:10 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ATI HD3850 & HD3870: Improved Acoustics & Power Effi
Replies: 35
Views: 25330

Great article, I'd love to see more reviews of video cards as well. They are one of the easier components to swap in a system, and probably get upgraded more frequently than CPUs, hard drives, etc. The last vidcard I bought, a Gigabyte X1950PRO, promised silent running with its Zalman heatsink and f...
by Anodyne
Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:19 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD6400AAKS released
Replies: 89
Views: 66688

Nope, I don't own a Green Power to compare...and just to be clear, I'm not saying that the 6400AAKS isn't quieter than my older Samsung...I'm just saying, that with my setup, both drives are quieter than my VGA fan so I can't tell the difference in the overall system sound. I don't hear any drive no...
by Anodyne
Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:08 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD6400AAKS released
Replies: 89
Views: 66688

Received my new 6400AAKS and installed it as my boot drive this weekend....actually I expected it to take a whole weekend but thanks to Acronis Migrate Easy it took me less than two hours (non-related plug...that's a great program!). I replaced a Samsung 160Gb as my boot drive, I haven't used it eno...
by Anodyne
Fri Mar 07, 2008 2:04 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Mini P180: A micro-ATX P182
Replies: 74
Views: 75784

I was really intrigued when I first heard about this case, but I'm underwhelmed. Still a nice case, but not all what I was hoping for.
by Anodyne
Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:22 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Mini P180: A micro-ATX P182
Replies: 74
Views: 75784

I agree - why not ditch the 200mm fan for a 120mm like the P180 has, then at least you have the option of replacing the Antec fan with your favorite 120. And I refuse to put a computer case on my desk, that just moves the sound closer to my ears, so the optical drives at the bottom don't work at all...
by Anodyne
Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:26 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: mini antec p182
Replies: 82
Views: 121320

I think the $129 price at ZZF is reasonable enough (though cheaper is always better!). What I don't understand is Newegg thinking it is $30 better to purchase from them over ZZF!

Or maybe shipping from ZZF is $50? :o
by Anodyne
Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:05 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: mini antec p182
Replies: 82
Views: 121320

Newegg has the Mini P180 in stock now, but for $159.95 (plus $19.09 shipping)! What's up with that? That's more than they charge for the P182. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129041 Price at ZZF is $129.99. Hopefully a review soon? And does anyone besides me wish they had mo...
by Anodyne
Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:19 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 750GB - Samsung F1 HD753LJ 32MB or WD WD7500AAKS 16MB?
Replies: 3
Views: 4535

I don't own either one yet, but NewEgg has the new 640GB version of the WD SE16 for sale now - I just ordered one. I've been following the reviews and forum postings at several websites, as well as the NewEgg user reviews. There seem to be a lot of people reporting issues with the Samsung though of ...
by Anodyne
Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:26 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD6400AAKS released
Replies: 89
Views: 66688

NewEgg now has the 640Gb version for $129 w/ free shipping, I ordered one yesterday...that's not a sale price but the free shipping makes it more attractive. They're selling the Samsung 750Gb F1 on sale for only $10 more, but all the hullabaloo over that drive made me hesitant to get that one, the W...
by Anodyne
Sat Dec 01, 2007 5:39 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo - included fans and how good is that 120mm?
Replies: 11
Views: 4137

My Solo setup has never been as quiet as I had hoped. However I am using the stock 120 fan (on low), two Nexus 92 fans at the front, and an old Zalman 7000 cooler. I haven't been able to figure out where most of the whooshing noise comes from but I suspect the front 92's and the old Zalman. I have t...
by Anodyne
Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Suggestion for a silent Radeon X1950 Pro
Replies: 11
Views: 3481

Ryboto, did you notice a difference in noise level when you replaced the VF700 with the HR-03? Just wondering, because I replaced a passive GeForce 6800 with the X1950 Pro/VF700, and didn't really notice a difference in system noise level. However, I think the loudest item in my system is the AlCU70...
by Anodyne
Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Suggestion for a silent Radeon X1950 Pro
Replies: 11
Views: 3481

I have the Gigabyte 1950 Pro with the VF700 Zalman cooler, and have been pretty happy with both its performance and its noise level. I don't know if there are any reviews online directly comparing this card to the others you list, at least in regards to noise level. If it is available where you live...
by Anodyne
Sat Feb 03, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Video card
Replies: 5
Views: 1722

Correct; I don't own one but all the reviews I've read give the 7900GS great bang-for-the-buck ratings. The 7600GT gets good ratings too, but if the difference is only $20 I would think saving up for the 7900GS would be well worth it. On the other hand, if having a fanless vidcard is important I'm n...
by Anodyne
Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Video card
Replies: 5
Views: 1722

Is there even a 512Mb 7600GT available? I couldn't find one for sale at the Egg. For only a little more than the price of this card, you could get a 256Mb 7900GS, which I think would perform a lot better. More video memory is always a good thing but you will probably get better bang for your buck by...
by Anodyne
Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:51 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: which x1950 Pro (AGP) and what cooler?
Replies: 10
Views: 6461

Well, my previous card was a Gigabyte passively cooled 6800. I had just moved everything into a brand new case, with new PSU, mobo and CPU (only carryovers were the video card, RAM and HD's). So what I am saying is that I am still getting used to the decrease in noise level from my previous build! H...
by Anodyne
Sun Jan 28, 2007 5:19 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 'Infamous' nv4_disp.dll problem
Replies: 9
Views: 3774

This saga is over for me, at least for now. I gave up on my passive 6800 card and bought a Gigabyte X1950Pro (with the Zalman cooler). I was never able to figure out whether the problem was the drivers or the hardware, although now I suspect the card was just going bad. Uninstalled the nVidia driver...