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by fastturtle
Fri Mar 17, 2006 6:48 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: The Vicious Cycle!
Replies: 61
Views: 45778

Thankfully I've been on a students budget so haven't spent lots of money on this addiction. The other thing that helped was the fact that I discovered SPCR and was able to begin incorporating silent items into my purchase plans. Currently running an MSI-6340M rev:5 XP1800 and stock cooling (1 yr war...
by fastturtle
Thu Mar 16, 2006 8:05 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Rosewill case designed for filtration...
Replies: 1
Views: 923

As usual, the pics aren't clear about the filtering material or the airflow potential so I'd say off hand it's a marketing ploy instead of a practical filtered case.

To bad as I'd prefer having a case that doesn't have lots of dust build up forcing me to clean it out every three months.
by fastturtle
Thu Mar 16, 2006 7:56 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Apple iMac w/Intel Core Duo: A User's Review
Replies: 86
Views: 72314

Forgieboy: I have to say it was a futile effort to begin with while also helping to hijack the thread away from the primary element of discussion. That being the user percieved noise of the system. Everything else is a distraction in that regards to this thread. Everyone Please forgot the DAMN Mac v...
by fastturtle
Thu Mar 16, 2006 6:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Apple iMac w/Intel Core Duo: A User's Review
Replies: 86
Views: 72314

Re: Hardware Monitoring....

I found the review reasonable for several reasons. 1st) As many Windows users are familiar with, to many times installing another program causes problems and the reviewer pointed this out as one of the reasons for finally throwing in the towel in regards to windows 2nd) Although he does indicate the...
by fastturtle
Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:11 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Going Bad & Causing System Stability Issues? Solved
Replies: 2
Views: 1115

Well after looking at the specs, turns out the unit doesn't even put out 300 watts as you'd think from the Model #. So Yea, it's getting replaced ASAP with a Seasonic that should completely solve the damn problems. :D I've decided upon the Seasonic Precise 300 as it has a 20 pin plug (older board) a...
by fastturtle
Sun Mar 12, 2006 9:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Going Bad & Causing System Stability Issues? Solved
Replies: 2
Views: 1115

PSU Going Bad & Causing System Stability Issues? Solved

I've got a noname 300 PSU that came with the case (5+yrs old) and recently upgraded my video card from a TNT2-M64 w/32 to a Geforce 5200 w/128 and noticed some stability issues. Most of them have been very subtle so far but I'm wondering if the problem is the PSU or possible somewhere's else. System...
by fastturtle
Sat Nov 05, 2005 8:16 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: CoolerMaster 80mm fan: SAF-S84-E1. Is this a quite fan?
Replies: 5
Views: 1910

I'm also looking at getting a few of these as they're listed as (13 db) instead of the Panaflo (21 db). Right now I'm using the stock AMD HSF for my XP1800 and looking at using one on my large HS that accepts 80mm fans and replacing the PSU fan along with placing one in the case rear position. I don...
by fastturtle
Wed May 25, 2005 9:18 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Matx psu
Replies: 3
Views: 1332

If you haven't looked for them at newegg, they're now carrying the SFX series.
by fastturtle
Mon May 23, 2005 10:24 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Maybe to big
Replies: 30
Views: 9243

My entire purpose in starting this thread was to get feedback from others who have them for a unit that met my stated needs of X watts based upon my calculations that was also fanless or at least very quiet. All of the input has been apreciated, even the attempts to prove me wrong on some of my stat...
by fastturtle
Sun May 22, 2005 5:49 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Maybe to big
Replies: 30
Views: 9243

There's been some good points raised by others, WSC you do raise a valid point about quaility improvements. LM your input has been appreciated. The biggest problem is that I'm not making myself clear about the 45% rule of thumb. In over 20 years of computer use(1st pc in 1982), I've learned that any...
by fastturtle
Sun May 22, 2005 3:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pentium M Dothan Based System Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 4780

Thanks all for the feedback. Ralf: Good Catch on the CPU price. As to ATI, that's a no-go. I'm a linux user and ATI support stinks. Better off with Nvidia. As to noisy burners, not a problem. No noise when not in use. O'kay here's the revised specs Aopen i915GMm Pentium M 735 Dothan Rosewill (2) 512...
by fastturtle
Sun May 22, 2005 6:43 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Maybe to big
Replies: 30
Views: 9243

For those who still doubt a 45% rule of thumb for PSU sizing: Qestion: What happens when you upgrade a system to higher performance components but keep a weak PSU? Answer: You end up with an unstable system. Question: What happens when you o'clock a system w/o thought? Answer: You end up with an uns...
by fastturtle
Sun May 22, 2005 6:05 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Maybe to big
Replies: 30
Views: 9243

To paapaa: And what does a 1A load equate to on each rail? 3w/5w/12w; the simple method is to multiply the amps times volts and you get the watts. Now according to your post, Antec states a Minimum of 20w load for this PSU. Now who can come up with figures for their chosen PSU? Lets put em in a list...
by fastturtle
Sat May 21, 2005 1:49 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Maybe to big
Replies: 30
Views: 9243

LM: As I stated the wattage I've listed is ball park for some of those components. As to the Thermal Envelope of the CPU, sure Intel does say it's 19.1 watts but to keep things simple I normally round up to whole numbers since I'm not building a satelite and have to account for every erg/watt/joule ...
by fastturtle
Sat May 21, 2005 9:28 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Maybe to big
Replies: 30
Views: 9243

Thanks for the specs on the DC/DC psu. Oh and my server is quite similar to your system, and it only draws 40W on idle, 60W max. (measured with a power meter plugged between the wall socket and the psu power cord) Specs: P3 733MHz slot1 512MB 133MHz sdram 80GB seagate barracuda IV pata matrox millen...
by fastturtle
Sat May 21, 2005 6:35 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Maybe to big
Replies: 30
Views: 9243

A few think that the AC demand of a PSU is the same as it's output. I'm afraid not; The calculation is simply Amps time Voltage to get watts. Simply put this is 12@mps x 12 volts provides you with 144 watts of output. It's the same for 5 and 3 volts. This is a basic calculation called watt's law and...
by fastturtle
Fri May 20, 2005 10:32 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pentium M Dothan Based System Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 4780

That case is garbage, I wouldn't waste my time/money on it. I've used this InWin for several systems, I recommend it. The PSU is a Forton so it's of good quality but not quiet, so you'll want to either swap the fan or replace it with a Seasonic or something similar. I just got done looking at that ...
by fastturtle
Fri May 20, 2005 8:22 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Maybe to big
Replies: 30
Views: 9243

m0002a: I guess you didn't understand my concern: the existing PSU is TO BIG so what I need to do is downsize to something smaller. The lowest wattage rating I saw was (I think) +2 watts for the 700 mhz bananias version. That's actually down in the range of the Via fanless 533 Epia CPU and with far ...
by fastturtle
Fri May 20, 2005 7:11 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Maybe to big
Replies: 30
Views: 9243

PSU Maybe to big

I'm looking at building a very low power Pentium M (Dothan) based system using these System Specs What I got to thinking about is the fact that I'm going for an ultra low wattage system and that the PSU may be :lol: To big for it. Since I'm thinking that, I want something that's going to be silent (...
by fastturtle
Fri May 20, 2005 4:54 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless VGA Cards list -- a start!
Replies: 156
Views: 322389

One card I do know is Passive is the Nvidia TNT2-M64. :o Note that this chipset is the same as the Geforce2 :lol: but it wasn't configured for gaming, instead it was marketed as a business graphics card with great 2d performance. In Linux - GlxGears shows 312 fps for performance. Not bad on a card w...
by fastturtle
Fri May 20, 2005 4:38 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pentium M Dothan Based System Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 4780

What I have decided on to start with:

under Volt/Clock to reduce heat output
Passive HS on CPU for fanless cooling
Remove Fan Grills from PSU/Case and replace with mesh

Only if needed: :(
Upgrade Fan in PSU
Isolation Mount Hard Drive
by fastturtle
Fri May 20, 2005 12:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What order to perform silencing mods on new system build
Replies: 10
Views: 2631

I'd do any case mods such as the fan grille removal before anything else. This way you can clean up the clase before you install the new hardware. I'd then install any drives to get them up and out of the way since you normally wont be moving them again. The next thing is install the CPU/HSF, memory...
by fastturtle
Fri May 20, 2005 9:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pentium M Dothan Based System Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 4780

Pentium M Dothan Based System Advice

I just finished working up the specs on a Dothan Based Silent PC setup and would like sugestions about any hardware changes to make before I order things. Since the link didn't work: Here's the specs Killed Broadway Com Corp 204SGA Beige Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply - Retail ...
by fastturtle
Fri May 20, 2005 7:22 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Low air resistance, low fan speed, low noise technique
Replies: 67
Views: 183758

Thanks for the info Katana Man. I guess I will now have to remove the fingerguard from my cpu fan as I never thought about its effect on air flow. As to the modders mesh, have you ever tried fireplace screen mesh? I've got some of that laying about from another project and was wondering how it effec...