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by justblair
Tue May 16, 2006 8:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: "Fanless" PSU mod.
Replies: 13
Views: 3650

Every time when a person starts talking about a wooden case there is at least one overly paranoid person replying about firehazard and another one about EMI. Just ignore them. There is nothing in your PC that will ever get hot enough to get solid wood burning. (There is a reason people use tinder t...
by justblair
Mon May 15, 2006 10:10 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Help me design airflow of this case.
Replies: 8
Views: 2257

What about cutting a 120mm hole on the top of the case? Install a duct from the top hole straight into the HSF, then slow it down. Remove the 60mm fan. I think what is happening is that the 60mm fan is robbing the HSF of the cool air. Other thing to try. Block the other 60mm hole, Reverse the 60mm f...
by justblair
Mon May 15, 2006 1:55 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: "Fanless" PSU mod.
Replies: 13
Views: 3650

You dont need to add a plate to ground the psu. The Psu is already grounded to the mains electricity. In a metal case, the case is then grounded to the PSU. ie. Ground - Mains cabling - PSU - Case & components. If you use a wood case it goes... Ground - Mains cabling - PSU - components. The case doe...
by justblair
Mon May 15, 2006 2:19 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Any 12v to 7v 3 pin cables
Replies: 7
Views: 2116

You could do the 7v trick and power the fan off a spare molex. Some say that it carries a risk, but I have never heard of a specific example of it doing any damage. Are you still wanting to use pwm with your 7v fan? If not use a molex. I use a 12v-7v adaptor on my CPU fan (sorry I dont know the orig...
by justblair
Mon May 15, 2006 2:02 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: "Fanless" PSU mod.
Replies: 13
Views: 3650

Just a couple of other points to consider. PSU's hold onto fairly massive amounts of charge even when switched off. Be very carefull to discharge the PSU before you work on it. Leaving it for a few days will work, alternatively you can disconnect it from the mains and start the computer up a few tim...
by justblair
Sun May 14, 2006 8:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: General Advice for Custom Case
Replies: 31
Views: 9405

I have built a case from MDF and can chip in my two pence worth. 1. Very simple one, I have often read that the motherboard mounting screws actually ground the motherboard to the case. Now, I'm planning on building my case out of wood (probably MDF), in which case it wouldn't really be much of a gro...
by justblair
Mon May 08, 2006 3:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Akasa Rounded IDE Cables?
Replies: 2
Views: 1218

I used them in this design. http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=23726&highlight=interiour+design I had to snip the end caps off to make them fit my silent drive, but this was no problem. I would do this also if you are using them with a suspended drive. The end caps are pretty infexable...
by justblair
Mon May 08, 2006 2:57 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: wall mounted pc
Replies: 34
Views: 20968

Love it!!

Really good design

I get excited when I see people producing origional designs solving common problems with simple yet radical thinking.

10/10
by justblair
Mon May 08, 2006 7:01 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone ST30NF Fanless PSU review
Replies: 89
Views: 73789

I've had my NF now since summer 05. No problems with it at all. Running it in a totally passive system, in a customised convection cooled case. Its not running a lot... 2100 pally underclocked to 1100. 1 ati 9800 AIW 1 Vstream Card ABit NF7 mobo 2x512mb 166mhz memory 120gb Seagate HD DVD/CD-R drive ...
by justblair
Wed May 03, 2006 1:27 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: made a tiny scratch to my M board, does it matter??
Replies: 8
Views: 2404

LOL.... I have managed to repair boards this way in the past, its a pain to do. Last time I think I layed the ink about 20 times, before getting a neat enough result. The thing that works in your favour on this type of job is the varnish layer. As long as you scrape off just the amount you need, you...
by justblair
Tue May 02, 2006 10:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: made a tiny scratch to my M board, does it matter??
Replies: 8
Views: 2404

The Conductive ink from the pen. It has some sort of silver compound in it. Yes, its like the pencil mod on old athlon processors (I bought it to allow me to unlock my pally processor). A Pencil wont be any good though, you need to use conductive ink Have you worked out yet if you have damaged the t...
by justblair
Tue May 02, 2006 12:31 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: made a tiny scratch to my M board, does it matter??
Replies: 8
Views: 2404

If you have damaged a trace, a conductive ink pen is your get out of jail free card. They dont cost a lot,what you do is.. with a sharp blade scrape the varnished layed off the ends of the trace that is damaged. Then mask off a line between them. Apply the ink, a little bit later remove the masking ...
by justblair
Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:32 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: The Absolute Ultimate Air-Cooling Technique.
Replies: 30
Views: 10713

Nice work Bluefront. I think that this case will give all who see it a few good ideas on building ducts. Not sure that everyone would be able to implement the whole scheme. Its good that we have pioneers on the site working at the extremes. Loads of innovative ideas in here. I am sure that we will s...
by justblair
Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Questions about building a wooden case
Replies: 24
Views: 6496

One find that Gorsnack just reminded me of. Power buttons. I got hold of three stainless steel push fit momentary power buttons from an electrical supplier. They are described as "flush fit vandal resistant door entry buzzer switches". They are way cool and quality wise about as good as you get. The...
by justblair
Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:27 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermaltake blue orb II
Replies: 20
Views: 7508

I have the Big Typhoon. The fans are labelled Hong Sheng. I've compared it though to the Nexus 120mm fan (also a loonie) and can say this. The fans are near identical. Same blade profile, same casing. The only diference I can see is that the the Hong Sheng Fan had a better finish on the casing from ...
by justblair
Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:12 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Questions about building a wooden case
Replies: 24
Views: 6496

In my wooden pc case I stole the 5 1/4' drive bays from an old atx mini tower. It was riveted to the front of the tower. Conveniently when the rivets were drilled out, I was left with two mounting holes. I then suspended the drive as normal (well normal in current company) I also jigsawed out the mo...
by justblair
Tue Apr 25, 2006 3:20 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Drive enclosure
Replies: 5
Views: 1943

I use a silentdrive. It cools a cuda v 120GB and is suspended in a completely passive case. My drive temps are in the early 40's. I would be loathed to change mine, because it does exactly what is says on the tin. Takes the last few DB's out of that (reasonably quiet) cuda. I was intending to mod th...
by justblair
Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:49 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Questions about building a wooden case
Replies: 24
Views: 6496

As for a wooden case, I don't think wood protects against EMI so you may have to consider it a little further. It may turn out a health hazard. I'd go with the Antec P180 (perhaps the Black or even the SPCR SE version). Surely your not telling me that you aren't wearing a tin foil hat??!!! An inter...
by justblair
Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:40 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: still no further
Replies: 10
Views: 3701

I'm using the typhoon with an Asus board, and getting great results from it mY Modde3d typhoon on Asus Board Cant remember what Asus board it is sitting on. If you look throught the pictures in the album I posted to, you may get an idea on the clearances. The other clearance you may want to consider...
by justblair
Sat Apr 22, 2006 11:07 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Super bling Tt fan
Replies: 3
Views: 1224

I know I shouldn't, but I like it.

Do you think it will slur the words if you undervolt it?
by justblair
Sat Apr 22, 2006 3:56 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Take an LCD on the plane?
Replies: 9
Views: 4917

Just flew on a boeing 737 and it had tft screens that popped down for safety instructions and flight info. So I would think that the problem wont be pressurisation. (luggage is pressurised these days AFAIK)

But luggage handlers.... Not the most careful.
by justblair
Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:14 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Drop of College to make horror movies?
Replies: 14
Views: 6897

I'd say do both.

If you havent read it already, Robert Rodriquez wrote a good book about making el mariachi on a tiny budget.

Good thing about eductation is long holidays! Time to pursue this sort of thing.
by justblair
Wed Apr 19, 2006 1:26 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Wooden Silent Case
Replies: 7
Views: 4428

Me likes...

Respect for doing something less ordinary

8)
by justblair
Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:36 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How much impact do rear fan grills impede airflow/temps?
Replies: 2
Views: 1214

Get rid of them, nice wire grills look better IMO and are less resistive. Iff your temps are good, removing them wont make much difference to you, but you will notice that your wind noise is reduced as well. I got a few degrees drop in the system temps when I dremelled out the honeycombe rear of the...
by justblair
Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:34 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Is it a PC or is it interior design?
Replies: 76
Views: 41459

The OHP has a double lense arangement on it (and a pretty good one it seems, very little distortion.) I think that the main problem is that the OHP is designed to display from a wider and taller source. The projection panel is only 8'. A lot of the light being produced by the bulb is simply being bl...
by justblair
Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:02 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Is it a PC or is it interior design?
Replies: 76
Views: 41459

Well to share the pain. Got the ezshow panel on Fri. Getting a good quality image but the brightness isn't really there. The projector is using a 650w halogen bulb. Looks like I am going to have to look into ways of making it brighter. Thinking about adding a lense to the bulb to direct the light in...
by justblair
Thu Apr 13, 2006 1:53 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: SPCR merchandise.
Replies: 32
Views: 20614

Haste ye back then!
by justblair
Thu Apr 13, 2006 11:55 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: SPCR merchandise.
Replies: 32
Views: 20614

I've got one for you...

Knock Knock....

shhhhhhhhhh
by justblair
Thu Apr 13, 2006 12:16 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Is it a PC or is it interior design?
Replies: 76
Views: 41459

justblair: that panel sounds quite nice. i think given your supposed destruction of a 15" lcd panel in the past, an 8" should be much easier to handle :) also, as peteamer points out, it'll let you stay away from the edges of your lenses and so you'll get a better image. another good thing about pr...
by justblair
Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:20 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Stylencio: Passively cooled custom designed HTPC (Images)
Replies: 79
Views: 64673

Yep, it will. Look forward to seeing this, as I have that task to do myself soon. Any hints and tips will be apreciated.