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by cAPSLOCK
Sun Aug 06, 2006 4:53 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Anyone else running diskless?
Replies: 19
Views: 7765

While this method solves the noise problem, it actually makes your total power consumption worse, since you now need two machines. A better solution for a computer that has plenty of ram is just to find a way of spinning your harddrive down for everything but loading/saving documents. Laptop-mode do...
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Aug 05, 2006 9:35 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: New nVidia minimalist chipset
Replies: 18
Views: 8943

I can't remember where, but I think I read that these were meant for the laptop market, where the reduced feature set makes more sense. Naturally that doesn't stop the mobo maker to use them on the desktop.
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:23 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Filter effects on Fan Speed...with performance ratings.
Replies: 13
Views: 6728

Interesting comparison, but when you say increase the noise level, do you mean that the noise will increase because the fans have to be run at a higher voltage to achieve the same airflow, or turbulence noise?
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD 35W/65W dual-core CPU review @ X-Bit Labs
Replies: 76
Views: 33031

I don't really care if it runs cool idle. Perhaps from a cooling standpoint that is true, but from a power usage standpoint idle consumption is the most important. I hadn't seen any core2 vs. X2 power comparisons yet, and this is quite surprising. The core2 has a better performance/watt, but in rea...
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:39 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Core 2 Duo-based, quiet gaming rig
Replies: 10
Views: 3489

Welcome to SPCR! Looks like a pretty good setup to me. I would go for the E6400, if you go higher than that, I would also get a more powerful graphics card to balance out the power (for a gaming pc). For the motherboard, I'm not a fan of the placement of the ATX power plug on the MSI board. For a d...
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:25 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My supersilent wooden server/internet pc
Replies: 18
Views: 12658

Nice work, have you thought of putting some filtration on those bottom intakes? It's likely to act as a vacuum cleaner and fill your case with dust :wink: I have a similar harddrive and I was scared of completely enclosing it since I had no way to see if it was overheating or not. I might just do th...
by cAPSLOCK
Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: cAPSLOCK's Wooden Case
Replies: 16
Views: 4634

I hadn't thought of that problem, but there is about 8mm between the rubber lip and the paper filter material, then there's the 18mm of the case and add a couple of mm for the silicone decoupling I'll add on after I'm done painting. Should work out I guess. McBanjo, I'm sorry I won't have any temps ...
by cAPSLOCK
Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:23 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: A physical comparison of 4 120mm fans
Replies: 2
Views: 6943

Interesting observations. Which side were the 'loons quieter from?
by cAPSLOCK
Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:27 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: cAPSLOCK's Wooden Case
Replies: 16
Views: 4634

It's a pretty huge case, I was considering 18mm side panels because I wanted to make a solid case with no vibrations, but I put in 10mm because it was just getting too wide. The only way I could make this case less wide is by using smaller fans. So here are the approximate dimensions: 581mm (H) x 48...
by cAPSLOCK
Sun Jul 30, 2006 11:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: cAPSLOCK's Wooden Case
Replies: 16
Views: 4634

Well I'm back home now, I only had some minor damage to my pieces of wood. I've been sanding and filing the case to fit all the components and make a smooth finish, so there hasn't been much visible progress, but I made another test assembly (which I'll probably glue tomorrow unless it rains). This ...
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Replacement Power Switch Warning.....
Replies: 15
Views: 4095

cAPSLOCK- let me get this straight, you have magnets in your sandals (houseshoes?) and walk around switch things off and on with your sandals? :lol: The main disadvantage of internet communication is that I can't hear the tone of your voice to see if you're joking or if you're serious :lol: Most sa...
by cAPSLOCK
Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:00 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Abolish copyright? good or bad..
Replies: 44
Views: 15560

mathias wrote:In this "free society" of yours, the biggest right you have is the right to hire lawyers. If you can't afford a good team of them, you're f#$@ed in a lot of situations.
Yup, it's not the law of the strongest anymore, it's the law of the richest, that's the foundation of capitalism. :evil:
by cAPSLOCK
Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:55 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Replacement Power Switch Warning.....
Replies: 15
Views: 4095

I also find the vandal proof switches to be the coolest out there, I'll be buying this one for my wood case (that's going to be painted black, I probably would have taken another switch had I intended leaving the wood the natural colour): http://www.distrelec.com/ishop/ImagesProduct/distrelec/thumbn...
by cAPSLOCK
Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:18 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: My Personal Power Supply Guide - Real World Usage
Replies: 15
Views: 6225

I think you could choose any 300W PSU and it will work.

There is plenty reliable information about the NeoHE in the SPCR Review.
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK3300: A Mini-P180?
Replies: 82
Views: 57574

I know it's a lot to ask, but could you run this PSU through the efficiency test? Or open it up and check for sure if it is a rebranded Seasonic. Efficiency is the most important factor in an office PC, and this format makes an ideal office PC. I'm wondering if it would make sense to put a picoPSU i...
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Jul 27, 2006 11:54 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: My Personal Power Supply Guide - Real World Usage
Replies: 15
Views: 6225

Don't forget that your wattage testing was done on wattage consumed by the PSU, not the amount put out. Considering a 75% efficiency your system was probably using around 185W at maximum load. One more nail in the coffin of the "you need 500W" myth. Well if you like modular PSU's why not the NeoHE, ...
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Jul 27, 2006 2:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Abolish copyright? good or bad..
Replies: 44
Views: 15560

I think copyright should be more of a guideline, people should be mature enough to buy a CD from an artist that they like, or pay for a software that they think is worth it, but not be penalised if they don't. What this means is that people will pirate media they think is overpriced for what you get...
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: AM2 Motherboard advice
Replies: 9
Views: 2983

Another interesting product is the GA-M55plus-S3G . http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/FileList/Image/motherboard_productimage_m5plus-s3g_big.jpg It's a full ATX board that gives you more room for expansion than most nForce410/430 boards. No DVI though :( Edit: Just noticed that the biostar has the solid ty...
by cAPSLOCK
Wed Jul 26, 2006 10:33 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Assisted motorless watercooling concept
Replies: 9
Views: 4678

I don't know much about peltiers other than the fact that they use lots of power (30-50W I believe), that power has to come from the PSU which gets hotter, and the power goes somewhere, probably into the watercooling loop. What I'm saying is that a pump is probably the more efficient solution :D The...
by cAPSLOCK
Tue Jul 25, 2006 11:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Semi-Budget system?
Replies: 11
Views: 2764

So you're suggesting I go lower-end Conroe? This is because I have upgradeability in the future with newer Conroes? Specifically, which one am I talking, here (current version, not the newer ones that I may upgrade to)? This would be better than the new price-slashed X2s? Well the s.939 X2 will be ...
by cAPSLOCK
Tue Jul 25, 2006 12:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Semi-Budget system?
Replies: 11
Views: 2764

No definite system, but I have some thoughts: You definately want a dual core processor: AMD64 or Core2. 1GB should be enough, since you are trying to keep a small budget it's worth trying to keep what you have. You say you don't play games, do you need a 3d graphics card for anything else (CAD for ...
by cAPSLOCK
Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:48 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Cheapo-but-goodo PC- Zalmanised!
Replies: 25
Views: 10880

I'll hand it to you that it has excellent value for money.
When I made that comment I was actually comparing it to my computer (look at the sig to see why), for which I only paid for the case fan, GPU fan and DVD-RW... :lol:
by cAPSLOCK
Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:09 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Cheapo-but-goodo PC- Zalmanised!
Replies: 25
Views: 10880

This computer is not cheap enough to qualify for the official El Cheapo stamp of cheapness :mrgreen:
by cAPSLOCK
Sun Jul 16, 2006 12:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: cAPSLOCK's Wooden Case
Replies: 16
Views: 4634

Thanks Beel . In the end I just made a semicircular cut in the side of the separating wall that only the cables need to fit through. I'm now more or less finished with the cutting and drilling, here are some pictures: http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/2100/louverszd6.th.jpg Here's the exhaust that ...
by cAPSLOCK
Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:59 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: cAPSLOCK's Wooden Case
Replies: 16
Views: 4634

I am now at work on my case in my father's workshop. Here are some pictures: http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/3493/plankjs4lt.th.jpg The four main planks of the case. http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/1057/rear2nd.th.jpg The back panel, viewed from inside. http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/816/front1l...
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: LOW Power for 939 motherboard... suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 2257

Power is really related to current use, and DDR2 seems to have a problem there. Doing a brief google search, everybody (for example wikipedia , intel and zdnet ) is saying that DDR2 uses less juice than DDR. That doesn't mean you are wrong, but you could be more convincing with some "evidence". As ...
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:14 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Puget Delivers a Quiet Core Duo PC
Replies: 15
Views: 10578

My guess at the reason they left the front filter is that without the filter you can see straight into the case, and you'd see the cables and stuff. Some people don't like that. Apart from that it's a weird machine: SODIMMs, solid-state drive, etc... but then with a 500W PSU. Some odd decisions on t...
by cAPSLOCK
Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:30 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Dell offers free PC & peripheral recycling
Replies: 3
Views: 1906

Whoops I seem to have been a bit naïve :oops: Well it definately has been the case in Switzerland, but I was under the impression that getting rid of old pc's was also free in most of our neighbouring countries... I read here that it should have been free in the EU since 13th august 2005: http://ww...
by cAPSLOCK
Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: LOW Power for 939 motherboard... suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 2257

Well getting back into the topic: low power... You'll want to avoid any of the mobos with nForce4/5, with the notable exception of the nForce410 or whatever the integrated graphics chip is called... So: VIA, ATI, or integrated gfx nVidia. For AM2, you can't get ATI yet, VIA boards are scarce (but av...
by cAPSLOCK
Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:42 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Dell offers free PC & peripheral recycling
Replies: 3
Views: 1906

Good on them, but recycling computers and consumer electronics has been free (for individuals at least) for a few years in most european countries. And IIRC Apple already offers such a service, so Dell is not the first one "stepping up".