Search found 112 matches

by PPGMD
Thu Mar 01, 2007 3:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low power HTPC
Replies: 21
Views: 8546

I don't think it will be too big of a deal because the rest of it's fairly airy so the air should flow relatively fine, though you have to be careful that it's centered.
by PPGMD
Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low power HTPC
Replies: 21
Views: 8546

Anyways case wise I would try to go with the LC04 if you can, it's easier to get a quieter 80mm fan then a 60mm fan. Hard drive wise I would consider a Samsung Spinpoint 3.5mm hard drive putting one 200-300GB Spinpoint in with AAM enabled will likely be quieter then two 160GB 2.5mm hard drives, it w...
by PPGMD
Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: File Server(s) for Work
Replies: 10
Views: 2950

I've had good luck with 3ware raid cards, get a PCI-E based one like the 9590 or the 9650, both of those will likely set you back about $700. For hard drives I would go with 5 250GB drives, either Western Digital SE16 or a Seagate 7200.10. I would also go for a full Pentium and not a Celeron, and I ...
by PPGMD
Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: File Server(s) for Work
Replies: 10
Views: 2950

RAID Notes 1. GET A HARDWARE RAID CARD !!! (Performance is superior) 2. I probably am wrong here, but get Raid 5 if you have alot of reads . If you have alot of writes go for Raid 10. Hardware RAID is the way to go for any corporate IT servers. As far as what RAID to go for, I say RAID 5 for most e...
by PPGMD
Mon Feb 05, 2007 1:51 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thermalright SI-128: Evolution of a Past Master
Replies: 26
Views: 20982

Hmm good review, though I got to say that the SI-128 is working well for me passively in my Antec Fusion. I am using the S-Flex 1200 RPM models and I think that I could easily go down to the 800 RPM models. Of course my processor is an older model, and Athlon 64 3700 s939. I will also mention that t...
by PPGMD
Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New microATX System: Changes/Recommendations to this System?
Replies: 34
Views: 10236

The fans you selected are excellent, at 12v they will likely be inaudible in most rooms. And if you hook one up to the CPU fan headers at least one will be spinning slightly slower. Anyways changes I would make, get a passive graphics card, XFX makes a passive 7800 if you simply must have a high end...
by PPGMD
Sat Feb 03, 2007 10:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Accoustipack Application
Replies: 9
Views: 3764

Acoustipack wont raise case temps unless you block the wrong holes with it. It's a little harder, but you can install the acoustipack even after the system is in the case so you odn't ahve to get it right away. After finishing my Acoustipack installation on my system, I would first build the system...
by PPGMD
Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:03 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: AcoustiPack Application on a Fusion/NSK2400
Replies: 3
Views: 2246

AcoustiPack Application on a Fusion/NSK2400

I purchased AcoustiPack so I can get the last little bit of noise dampened on my Fusion HTPC build, the system itself is quiet with exception of when it does extensive hard drive seeking, and suspension is not an option so I am trying AcoustiPack. I purchased the deluxe kit, and was wondering if it ...
by PPGMD
Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:46 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Intel Says Chips Will Run Faster, Using Less Power
Replies: 17
Views: 6762

How can you doubt I.B.M.? Their R&D is second to none, judging by the fact that they get more patents per year than any other corporate entity by far, and that they are increasingly more focused on R&D rather than manufacturing. AMD is collaborating with I.B.M. on this technology, so I think we sti...
by PPGMD
Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:26 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Help choosing a case.
Replies: 5
Views: 3568

The key with the P180 is cable management, it's a very tall case with items positioned for cooling reasons exactly opposite of the location that board designers expect them.

I am actually planning a build a system very similar to yours in the new P182, and my current gaming PC is in the P180.
by PPGMD
Fri Jan 26, 2007 2:06 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacing S12 430 rattling fan with a Noctua?
Replies: 17
Views: 5684

I think the 1200rpm Scythe would be a better match IMO, about 21db @ 1 meter and 40CFM. Mine are inaudible in my Fusion.
by PPGMD
Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Finalized list of compontents but need some input
Replies: 2
Views: 1467

Not a big fan of that case 60mm and 80mm fans. Consider a Fusion or a NSK2400. Of course you would have to switch to a mATX board, not sure what the current Intel selection is like. As for the PSU the NeoHE is not audible in my Fusion build. And I am using quieter fans then stock. Most of the bad re...
by PPGMD
Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:25 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: I'm a little confused about Heat-Pipes, school me pls
Replies: 24
Views: 8504

jaganath wrote:There is gravity in space, just not as much of it. :wink:
Gravity is relative, but black holes are absolute.
by PPGMD
Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Confused about HDD in low power server
Replies: 4
Views: 2082

My solution to the storage problem. Network Attached Storage devices, I can hide them anywhere, and because all they are is a low power processors and a ton of drives they don't make that much noise to begin with. I put Western Digital 500GB hard drives in it. That gives you about 2TB of RAID 5 stor...
by PPGMD
Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Fusion but what CPU heatsink?
Replies: 7
Views: 4257

I actually tried to do the Silverstone, but many motherboards it simply won't work.

The Thermalright SI-128 works well in that case though.
by PPGMD
Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Fusion but what CPU heatsink?
Replies: 7
Views: 4257

If you simply can't wait for the new revision, yeah it has the space, but you are going to have to work your own bracket, and you have to remove paint on the plastic so the IR can get in.
by PPGMD
Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR does CES 2007
Replies: 22
Views: 18709

Bah I wish I knew about the new version of the Fusion. I guess I might just move to it, though I am wondering if the new LCD has full iMon support or just Antec's software.
by PPGMD
Sun Jan 21, 2007 7:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Proposed HTPC Build
Replies: 14
Views: 4927

What exactly are you looking for from your audio, both the Transit and the M-audio PCI cards allow DTS/AC-3 pass through. They both also allow bit perfect audio from ASIO sources. One problem with the Transit is that it requires you to switch on the driver control panel one mode to another. I am hop...
by PPGMD
Sun Jan 21, 2007 9:56 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: IR Receiver in Antec Fusion Case
Replies: 1
Views: 1593

I haven't mounted an IR receiver yet (still waiting for my Ricavision IR receiver to come in). But I have taken the case apart and replaced the VFD. First you can replace the VFD with the Thermaltake Medialab VFD. But you have to cut a slot in the back for the cables to extend out of. This VFD also ...
by PPGMD
Sat Jan 20, 2007 12:34 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 65nm X2 3600+
Replies: 45
Views: 20979

At newegg it's only available as a bundle with the board.

What is with newegg and these forced bundles now? They are doing it with the PS3 and a few other things, and IMO they suck.
by PPGMD
Sat Jan 20, 2007 12:32 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: ATTN Antec: Petition for Black Interior(s)
Replies: 30
Views: 10572

At most they can put would be 3 slots in the upper chamber if they adopt the same format as the lower chamber. The cage needs to be smaller to hold the kit of screws.
by PPGMD
Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: What's High End? Apple's 24" iMac
Replies: 27
Views: 19758

As some one that owns a Macbook Pro and uses it on a day to day basis. It's nice that it's a quiet machine, but I believe that people are better off purchasing a 24" LCD from Dell, and spending $1300 on a quiet PC.
by PPGMD
Wed Jan 17, 2007 4:30 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Slighlty worrying 3dMark2001SE results...
Replies: 11
Views: 2894

The MCE drivers that I used at the time that I did the benchmark sucked, so that might be why the score is so low. The newest version is much more stable and faster, but I don't have 3dmark on my system anymore. That and the system is sort of in pieces anymore as I am working on replacing it with a ...
by PPGMD
Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Wow! Intel PicoBTX - this one slipped under the radar
Replies: 4
Views: 1647

It would make a great HTPC board IMO if it had optical out, and S-video (with adapters for the other formats) out.

I personally liked BTX at least in the smaller case sizes, the idea was great. It would be even better now that Intel has gotten it's power consumption under control.
by PPGMD
Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Slighlty worrying 3dMark2001SE results...
Replies: 11
Views: 2894

3DMark is a test of your video card, the 6600 is a good video card, but it's not a great one. My A64 3700, with 2 GB of cheap RAM, and a 6800GT tops out at about 10-11k on the 2001 version. I am waiting for the P182 to come out and I will put together, my quietish (aka not quiet but more quiet then ...
by PPGMD
Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:54 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: What's Antec's B stock like?
Replies: 3
Views: 1667

New P180s are running $129 without rebates I believe, so for for less then $30 difference why take a chance?
by PPGMD
Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:15 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Fusion no additional fan system.
Replies: 3
Views: 1654

Got another question, would it be better to use my Antec NeoHE 430 that I have lying around rather then the standard PSU?
by PPGMD
Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Setting up RAID with SATA - need advice.
Replies: 6
Views: 2810

I never mess with the jumpers, at least not with SATA drives.

You do have to check the manual to see which are raid ports, many boards have two SATA controllers, one that is connected to the raid controller, and another that is just a normal SATA controller.
by PPGMD
Mon Jan 15, 2007 2:14 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Carbon-Fibre Computer Case
Replies: 60
Views: 32784

Personally though I doubt this case will make any splashes in the SPCR circles (after all it's made by Ultra), but it should be interesting if and when companies like Antec and Zalman, and the various SFF companies pick up carbon fiber.
by PPGMD
Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 16:9 Widescreen or 4:3 letterbox LCD?
Replies: 12
Views: 3837

I recommend the Dell widescreens for several reasons: They generally perform well; they are priced well (especially if you catch one of their frequent coupons or sales); and you can set the monitor itself to control how it displays a non-widescreen signal. You can set it to stretch the image or to ...