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by justblair
Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:13 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: SilverStone ST30NF / Etasis EFN-300 Fanless PSU Users Poll
Replies: 47
Views: 82099

Just like to say, had mine running passive for some time now, Its great, Does get a bit hot, but have never had a thermal cut out. No noises. Love the finish on the case. Looks pretty sexy. A purchase I have so far bee n very pleased with. Bought it in September last year. Have been running Athlon 2...
by justblair
Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:26 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My Silent Playstation 2-HTPC Hybrid WIP UPdate 17/10
Replies: 37
Views: 29838

riteo... i must have misread your first post, i remember reading "100% passive" as well as "ps2 fan" and the 2nd must have overruled the 1st if you are still using the ps2 fan though, perhaps there's a way to duct the area behind the motherboard to the ps2 fan so you get at least a little bit of mo...
by justblair
Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:41 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My Silent Playstation 2-HTPC Hybrid WIP UPdate 17/10
Replies: 37
Views: 29838

would it not have been possible to start with an HTPC case? i think the front facias of HTPC cases would resemble what you're trying to achieve, maybe pick your favourite looking one and take design hints from it? (e.g. volume knob) Yep. It would have been a lot less effort. I'm not even sure that ...
by justblair
Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:08 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My Silent Playstation 2-HTPC Hybrid WIP UPdate 17/10
Replies: 37
Views: 29838

My Silent Playstation 2-HTPC Hybrid WIP UPdate 17/10

Hi all. I thought I would introduce you to a work in progress. This is a lesson how "That seems a simple idea" turns into "How many of those things have I trashed now" I will in the future do a more detailed description of the process, with some shots of the trickier bits of the mod. First of all le...
by justblair
Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on building an HTPC system that's quiet
Replies: 2
Views: 1222

It does seem a bit overspecced for an HTPC machine, do you have other aspirations for it? I would tend to agree on the dual core processor, dont think that it is required for MCE. The RAID though I would say yes to. If you wish to increase the number of TV shows you can record at the same time...AND...
by justblair
Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:36 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: back side approach
Replies: 17
Views: 4782

I'm impressed with this mod... And slightly peeved at myself for not trying it earlier. I had intended doing it using ramsink when I came up with the idea about 6 months ago. My concerns over shorting out the mobo put me off, and I never really took any more time to look for a resolution to this. I ...
by justblair
Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: ThermalTake
Replies: 14
Views: 3737

5 things 1.) ripping off other company's work 2.) false specs 3.) quality is 2nd grade, flimsy Al, cheap plastic etc. 4.) prices are on par with real good quality products. 5.) too blingy, no performance In the end it just isnt worth the money. they cost just the same as the org for a pirated copy....
by justblair
Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:12 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: NV5 and NCIX = PaperWeight RESOLVED by Arctic Cooling
Replies: 14
Views: 9239

Glad to hear you got the result you deserved.
by justblair
Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: ThermalTake
Replies: 14
Views: 3737

The bling thing is something I'm not into. But then I dont buy the products aimed at that market. TT does market towards the bling modding crowd, but that is not a reason to dislike all of their product. The somewhat exagerated marketing is an issue... Though not just from TT. What I can say about t...
by justblair
Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: ThermalTake
Replies: 14
Views: 3737

I think that they have a couple of good coolers... The Typhoon is VFM if you live in the UK, a very quiet and good performing CPU cooler.. The schooner does a good job as a vga cooler as well. The prices in the UK are pretty good. I run two modded typhoons in my HTPC and bedroom pc. Both were good p...
by justblair
Sun Jun 04, 2006 10:12 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: NV5 and NCIX = PaperWeight RESOLVED by Arctic Cooling
Replies: 14
Views: 9239

In my experiance of computer retail (I worked 8 years in the industry) a prolongued warranty like that is a manufacturers warranty. The retailer will have responsibility for repair or replacement for a statutary period (1 Yr in the UK) and then the manufacturer takes over. Ususually on a user pays R...
by justblair
Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Noob to Computer Building
Replies: 9
Views: 1934

Just to step in on the TT debate (as always) Where are you buying from? The UK or otherwise. In the UK TT gives you a lot of bang for your buck. However I wouldn't use that heatsink. I have one in the house (It was called something else when my bro bought it) and can say that it aint quiet to say th...
by justblair
Fri Jun 02, 2006 11:51 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Mail-In Rebates
Replies: 17
Views: 5958

These have already been done in the UK. Citroen used them in promotions. I also used to sell PC warranties with the assurance... Dont use it and get a full refund if you dont use it. As someone has posted already, they rely on the fact that most people will have discarded the paperwork or will just ...
by justblair
Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Best LCD monitor...?
Replies: 19
Views: 5832

I got the ACER AL1916WS Widescreen TFT. Very pleased with the picture quality. 1440x900 resolution and 8ms response time. Over here it works out way cheaper than the equivalent DELL. Doesn't have the USB ports on the side, and though its not ugly, my bros dell has a nicer stand and does the 90 twist...
by justblair
Tue May 30, 2006 8:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case with 250mm fan
Replies: 6
Views: 2780

I'd be interested to hear how quiet a uber fan like this could be. The hub is bal bearing though. If it would go slow enough it may be ok. One advantage would be that it would cool several components at once? Not saying I am not sceptical, but untill someone has given it a go I'm not writing it off ...
by justblair
Tue May 30, 2006 8:26 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Want to gouge out your eyes?
Replies: 9
Views: 2554

I have seen the error of my ways... Wasting my time on quiet pc's I want one of thos cases, just can choose which one is most coooooooool.... Ok its got to be the spider one for me. That light up spider is baaad man. With a case like that I could finally get a snog. Rei.. Thanks for the hot tip, you...
by justblair
Fri May 26, 2006 7:55 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Stylencio: Passively cooled custom designed HTPC (Images)
Replies: 79
Views: 64775

Hyphe, where are you on this build? I got my IR reciever fitted without issues. It works very well behind the smoke film. Microsoft have used star type security scews to hold it together. Fortunately they dont have the raised point in the middle, so a precision scross head screwdriver was all that w...
by justblair
Fri May 26, 2006 7:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Using case as heatsink?
Replies: 3
Views: 2720

http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=28560 Yep they have. Hyphe is in the advanced stages of building one as we speak. Click the link above and gawp at an incredible piece of pc modding. He hasn't posted in his log for a while though. Shame, as he was just about finished on his last post.
by justblair
Thu May 25, 2006 2:29 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone Lc19, completly fanless mATX possibility??
Replies: 9
Views: 3624

This case looks like it can be run passive. I'm running a 2100athlon XP passive. I undervolted it and used a big heatsink. The case I made has mesh sections just like the Silverstone case has. Use a low power turion. An XP120 (if it will fit, if not mod an existing heatsink) and/or undervolt and thi...
by justblair
Sat May 20, 2006 8:18 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: False Marketing Claims
Replies: 11
Views: 7475

The 120mm TT fan that comes with the Typhoon is badged Hong Sheng. However I had one out against a nexus and the two are identical in terms of the casing and fan profile. You can tell when you examine the injection points that they have come from the same mould. The TT fan from the typhoon runs nati...
by justblair
Sat May 20, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: False Marketing Claims
Replies: 11
Views: 7475

Re: False Marketing Claims

a Thermaltake 120mm fan advertised at almost twice the airflow at a lower db than a 120mm Yate Loon Flowing air creates noise. It's physically impossible to double the airflow and reduce noise at the same time. That depends on how good the origional fan is in the first place. It is possible to prod...
by justblair
Sat May 20, 2006 6:30 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Problem with fan swap on old generic PSU
Replies: 5
Views: 1677

You could do a lot of maths to work that out, or you could do what I tend to do.

Take a variable resistor, turn the dial till you get the behaviour you wish. Then Either leave it in place, or measure it with a voltmeter and replace with a resister to that value.
by justblair
Sat May 20, 2006 6:24 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 16dbA 120mm fan!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3685

Be wary of TT's claims. But dont write it off just becasue of the brand name. TT always get a bashing here, however not all of their products are unsuitable for silencing. IMO most manufacturers are guilty of exagerating their claims. That doesn'tmean that their products are poor. A lot of people he...
by justblair
Fri May 19, 2006 5:49 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: finally have a quiet computer again
Replies: 3
Views: 2470

Thats a neat looking setup. I was a bit sceptical on the TT case when I saw it in the shop. The other day a work colleague brought his in and I have to say my mind is changing on it.

Full marks for neatness.
by justblair
Fri May 19, 2006 5:47 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Need Advice on Possible Passive Cooling
Replies: 4
Views: 2095

I'm passively cooling an undervolted palamino 2100xp. CPU power tells me its running at 32w currently (I think thats under load) Its running fine. The case has a lot of panels cut out and replaced by mesh. To do so I am using a TT typhoon which isn't even the best heatsink for passive op. The whole ...
by justblair
Fri May 19, 2006 4:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless cooler for Radeon 9700Pro AIW
Replies: 6
Views: 2084

Not sure specifically about the zalman. As I said I got one passively cooled out the box. (Saphire card I think) The difference that I can see in the pictures is that the tuner case is deeper than the caps on the standard card. Its not by much and it may be ok. Looking at the pictures the Zalman loo...
by justblair
Fri May 19, 2006 12:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Barton 2600+ Cooling
Replies: 15
Views: 3750

I use the TT typhoon on the NF7-V2 and can confirm also what Atmo has said. In the UK this cooler is superb value for money (half the price of the Ninja. It is a very quiet and efficient cooler. It can be run passive with a bit of work, but isn't the most suited cooler for this. However you can have...
by justblair
Thu May 18, 2006 11:59 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless cooler for Radeon 9700Pro AIW
Replies: 6
Views: 2084

I'm sure it can be. I have the passive 9800 and it doesn't get that hot. The only issue you will have is that the passive coolers available off the shelf generally are for the non AIW versions. I'm sure though that you could adapt one or alternatively manufacture your own heatsink to cool the card. ...
by justblair
Thu May 18, 2006 11:55 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Poll: Best UK online tech stores
Replies: 18
Views: 10441

I like Scan. Bought a 19' widescreen monitor from them just recently, got a great deal. Not on the list, and not always got what I want, but Novatech I have used on and off for years. Never had bad service... It would be fun to have an avoid poll as well. Boy I've got a couple for that. Didn't vote,...
by justblair
Tue May 16, 2006 8:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Help me design airflow of this case.
Replies: 8
Views: 2262

Doh, didn't register the top bar... Could be moved I suppose, though just bypassing it with the duct would be easier. ie the entrance hole would be off centre. The duct would travel down and to the side. but your idea sounds worth trying. Slot coolers have a reputation for being loud though. Think B...