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by Tom P
Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Precision PS07: Budget MicroATX Tower
Replies: 30
Views: 13421

Re: SilverStone Precision PS07: Budget MicroATX Tower

Just adding two cents here. I own a PC07. I noticed in the review photos that the power supply was mounted with the fan aimed up, which is logical enough considering the vent on top of the case, but the PS07 owner's manual says that "if the power supply has a build-in (sic) 120mm fan or larger, we r...
by Tom P
Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:08 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Top-Down Coolers: Kabuto vs. Zipang 2
Replies: 18
Views: 8058

Nice review, as usual for SPCR.

The article states that the Kabuto does not come with an LGA1366 mounting frame, but the one I bought and installed in a Core i7 system last month did include one...so maybe they've started to include one in the packaging.
by Tom P
Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: j&w minix 780g ITX in stock at geeks.com
Replies: 6
Views: 1901

Just a little note here. I am a fan of Geeks, in fact live less than a mile from them and have been a regular in their retail showroom for 4+ years. Having said that, they are one of the places where "refurbished" can mean the same thing as "used". Not saying that's the case here, necessarily, just ...
by Tom P
Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:04 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Fans demolished; lessons learned
Replies: 15
Views: 4171

I read posts written by someone genuinely interested in the subject and who wanted so share his observations, not "a lot of self praise".
by Tom P
Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: silencing sun ultra 60
Replies: 5
Views: 1965

I've done some minor work (quieter system fan and hard drive) on my Sun Ultra 5, which is even older than the Ultra 60 and is a desktop rather than a tower like yours. Personally, I'd open up the case first and see if there's some simple swapping out of parts that you can do, rather than mutilate th...
by Tom P
Thu Jul 05, 2007 6:14 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asus Pundit P1-AH2 - Q-Fan Control missing?
Replies: 4
Views: 4683

I put (only) one Pundit P1-AH2 together for a relative so will add thoughts in this thread for anybody that might be interested. I used a retail Athon 64 X2 3600+ processor and used the heatsink that came with the processor. The AVC fan that came with the processor appeared to be a lower-speed versi...
by Tom P
Thu Mar 17, 2005 7:39 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Making 'complex' fan adapters: Excel sheet included..
Replies: 7
Views: 2635

Nicely done spreadsheet! It's always interesting to see what can be accomplished with Excel.
by Tom P
Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:49 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Silent XA SFF "silent 4-in-1 thermal jet"
Replies: 8
Views: 3751

BTW, looks like what is sold in the US as the Chenming "Game' barebones.
by Tom P
Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:49 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Looking for a quiet, small, AMD64 system
Replies: 8
Views: 4500

You mentioned mATX. There are several different, decent mATX A64 boards available. Mine is a Gigabyte socket 754 with a SIS chipset and has almost everything, including Firewire and integrated video with 128MB onboard memory. Not the latest, greatest and fastest, but more than good enough for me. Th...
by Tom P
Wed Jan 26, 2005 8:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low noise microatx tower case?
Replies: 8
Views: 3445

I'll throw in another vote for the Inwin micro-ATX cases. Accepting a regular ATX power supply is handy. I've also noticed that they now have newer versions which have a "120mm" power supply, slightly different ducting, and room for a 92mm fan in the rear. Anyway, they're worth taking a look at.
by Tom P
Thu Jan 20, 2005 3:59 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: TriGem Kloss KL-I915A
Replies: 5
Views: 3036

Ajump.com carries the barebones. Please buy one and report here on what it "sounds" like! (I'm waiting for somebody else to be the guinea pig, hee-hee.)
by Tom P
Fri Dec 03, 2004 5:43 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: www.efficientpowersupplies.org
Replies: 3
Views: 1636

www.efficientpowersupplies.org

Some of you might find this site interesting, if you haven't already seen it. It's not a vendor, but a site devoted to improved efficiency of both external and internal power supplies. I guess the name is description enough!
by Tom P
Fri May 07, 2004 2:59 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Real silence - move your PC to another room!
Replies: 126
Views: 113444

XG2004, thank you for starting this amusing thread! I don't know which is better, your tenacity at defending your viewpoint, or the apparent wounded pride of some who argue with you. Just realize that some people can't move their computer because of their particular environment, and some won't becau...
by Tom P
Sat Jan 03, 2004 10:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: silencing humans
Replies: 32
Views: 17081

You want to make your parents speechless? Tell them that you are going to start paying your own tuition! Okay, maybe I'm assuming something wrongly, but am on the other side of this situation right now, hee-hee.
by Tom P
Fri Nov 28, 2003 4:12 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: a PINK, small, quiet case?
Replies: 23
Views: 6197

Vinyl dye works pretty well if you find a case that you otherwise like, though it is a minor project. The problem might be finding it in "pink". Most of the places I've seen it are auto parts stores, and don't recall seeing that color.
by Tom P
Fri Nov 28, 2003 4:07 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Quality vs "el cheapo" power supply
Replies: 8
Views: 3080

I bought a Sparkle power supply several years ago that had "PC Power & Cooling" silk-screened on the circuit board. Not saying it is/was completely the same power supply, though!
by Tom P
Tue Nov 25, 2003 9:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Choosing a silent Case/PSU hell....for the love of god help!
Replies: 12
Views: 4546

You already spent a bunch of money on other stuff; why get cheap over small differences in cases? Essentially all they are is a box to put the rest of your components in. Get one you like the looks of, that's reasonably priced, and a decent inexpensive power supply like the Fortron or one of the oth...
by Tom P
Fri Nov 14, 2003 1:18 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Fanless motherboard for Athlon XP 2500 Barton?
Replies: 28
Views: 7749

Somebody put together a matrix containing features of quite a few NForce2 motherboards, including whether they have a fan or not.
http://members.lycos.co.uk/surprise999/ ... atrix.html

Don't know whose page it is and looks like a work in progress, but is kind of interesting.
by Tom P
Fri Oct 31, 2003 9:34 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Brand new system, but still too noisy.. NEED SOME HELP GUYS
Replies: 2
Views: 1447

Yeah, seems like you should start with those 60mm fans, maybe see if you can get by without the intake ones and just use one as an exhaust. That is something no-cost (assuming you don't burn anything up!) you can try, to start with. Wouldn't jump right into applying sound deadening (a band-aid appro...
by Tom P
Wed Oct 29, 2003 2:11 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: How are Dell's so quiet??
Replies: 53
Views: 51772

There's also a chance that they would sound a bit louder if you had them in a different environment, such as at home. Just another factor to consider.
by Tom P
Tue Oct 07, 2003 7:04 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How cases get made at Tom's
Replies: 25
Views: 10529

You mean that youi're skeptical about all the employees being happy and really enjoying their work, and spending almost all their time at work sort of voluntarily? And they all used proper safety gear but didn't wear it because they were excited about being photographed? hee-hee. The article and pho...
by Tom P
Thu Sep 25, 2003 8:29 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Zalman NB47J
Replies: 4
Views: 1641

Using one on an NForce2 northbridge with no problems...caveat is I'm not using the board's IGP, either.
by Tom P
Wed Sep 24, 2003 2:38 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: New Passive Radiator-Silence Achieved
Replies: 32
Views: 22367

Maybe I'm just a dimwit for not understanding, but all the entire device does is replace a CPU cooler?
by Tom P
Wed Sep 24, 2003 2:13 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silent 3.5" internal 9 in 1 card reader
Replies: 18
Views: 4544

Or maybe blacklights instead? (Side benefit is that oldtimers can then drag out their old paintings of Jimi Hendrix on black velvet and have a psychedelic experience.)
by Tom P
Wed Sep 24, 2003 11:30 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silent 3.5" internal 9 in 1 card reader
Replies: 18
Views: 4544

How about remoting every component, including the monitor, mouse, and keyboard, to another room? I guess the only drawback would be that you'd have to move to the other room, too, but if you're going for true silence be prepared to make some sacrifices.
(GG, rough night?)
by Tom P
Wed Sep 24, 2003 1:46 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silent 3.5" internal 9 in 1 card reader
Replies: 18
Views: 4544

I would prefer that my card reader make some kind of noise when inserting a card because right now it's hard to tell when it properly connects. (Sorry to break the string of funny comments!)
by Tom P
Thu Sep 18, 2003 11:24 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Bartons will undervolt and underclock quiet nicly.
Replies: 32
Views: 11205

Ah, okay. Sorry about getting the terminology mixed up. Guess I meant undervolting, then.
by Tom P
Thu Sep 18, 2003 6:44 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Bartons will undervolt and underclock quiet nicly.
Replies: 32
Views: 11205

What's the advantage of underclocking a processor over buying a processor with less power consumption to begin with? I am just curious, not trying to make a point or anything.
by Tom P
Sun Aug 10, 2003 7:00 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Micro-ATX mobo
Replies: 13
Views: 4272

Ahh, okay, that's cool. Was wondering if maybe they had some sort of header on the motherboard, but didn't look at "all" the pics on Newegg.
by Tom P
Thu Aug 07, 2003 2:36 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Micro-ATX mobo
Replies: 13
Views: 4272

LushMD, that Leadtek motherboard sounds nice. Are you sure it has s-video out, though? Kind of hard to tell from the blurb on their web site or in the pictures.
Three PCI slots seem plenty these days...still seems a shortage of reasonably priced, compact, nice looking cases, though.