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by CA_Steve
Sat Oct 22, 2005 5:45 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Good quiet video card under $150?
Replies: 17
Views: 4663

First thing - get more RAM. That's your botteneck at the moment. XP and all of the glopped on dlls, etc...will consume 250MB to 300MB or more of your 512MB. Many games will disk thrash with less than 1GB total sys memory ...and some like to see 1.5GB or more...of course, if you are running 98SE, tha...
by CA_Steve
Sat Oct 22, 2005 6:51 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Olive oil ?
Replies: 39
Views: 17716

I couldn't do this. I'd be tempted to keep a baguette nearby.


Oil has been used for cooling other systems for a long time.
- the electrical transformer hanging from the pole outside your house.
- also used occasionally for temperature testing of ICs.
by CA_Steve
Sat Oct 22, 2005 6:45 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Good quiet video card under $150?
Replies: 17
Views: 4663

I guess it really boils down to your level of "good enough".

If I run WoW at it's highest level of detail with AA and AF on max, my system (2800+ Barton, 1GB RAM, 6600GT) will bog down. But, at moderate vid quality, it plays just fine.
by CA_Steve
Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Good quiet video card under $150?
Replies: 17
Views: 4663

Anyway, below is a test, which compares the 9800 Pro with many of the newer cards. According to this test, it appears, that to fully take advantage of the newer cards, you'll also want to upgrade the CPU etc :shock: 8) So depending on what upgrades you plan to do in the future... The test: http://w...
by CA_Steve
Mon Oct 17, 2005 3:04 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What software to use to see my computer temp?
Replies: 18
Views: 4319

There's a lot of info on the Sonata II on this board. Do a quick search and you'll probably find everything you are looking for.
by CA_Steve
Sun Oct 16, 2005 8:02 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What software to use to see my computer temp?
Replies: 18
Views: 4319

No place for a fan...maybe you've got a special sonata II then ;-)


From the Antec Sonata IIweb page:

Cooling System:
- 1 rear 120mm Tricool fan (standard) with 3-speed control to balance quiet with cooling
- 1 front 120mm case fan (optional) 25mm thick
by CA_Steve
Sun Oct 16, 2005 12:30 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Rigid Fiberglass
Replies: 15
Views: 6321

Bluefront wrote:I don't think that foam panel CA_Steve linked, is the same as a stiff fiberglass acoustic panel, nor would it have similar noise dampening qualities.
Methinks my humor is too dry. I just liked the pink panther motif. ;-)
by CA_Steve
Sun Oct 16, 2005 12:24 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What software to use to see my computer temp?
Replies: 18
Views: 4319

An intake fan mounted in front of the HDD will drop the temp to something reasonable...as 65C is NOT! :-)

Check out the recommended fan page for a slow moving and quiet 120mm fan.
by CA_Steve
Sat Oct 15, 2005 9:30 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What software to use to see my computer temp?
Replies: 18
Views: 4319

small fans, like 60mm, need to run fast in order to get the cfm needed to cool the gpu. 6800rpm is zooming!

43C is a pleasantly low temp. is that at idle or while gaming, etc...?
by CA_Steve
Sat Oct 15, 2005 6:41 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Rigid Fiberglass
Replies: 15
Views: 6321

by CA_Steve
Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:03 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What software to use to see my computer temp?
Replies: 18
Views: 4319

Everest Home Edition.

Provides temps, voltages, fan speeds. Collects all of the system hardware config data together as well.
by CA_Steve
Fri Oct 14, 2005 6:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P150 mid-tower case w/ Neo HE 430 PSU
Replies: 206
Views: 159014

thanks. done.
by CA_Steve
Mon Oct 10, 2005 12:01 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Tom's new ATI vid card review includes Heat Dissipation!
Replies: 1
Views: 1408

Apparently, since they reviewed the 7800GTX :-) "When the 7800GTX launched, the claim existed that although the GPU had more transistors and more horsepower, the 24-pixel pipelines allegedly did not consume more energy than the 6800 Ultra. This turned out to be true, and since then, we have wanted t...
by CA_Steve
Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please help me decide which CPU to buy!
Replies: 24
Views: 5488

It'll be interesting to see when game companies start to make use of dual core cpu abilities..until they do, go with a reasonably priced single core cpu, and a mobo that will allow you to drop in a dual core cpu later when the price drops. Games are starting to consume a lot of system RAM... WoW, fo...
by CA_Steve
Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD 64 CPU Choice ?
Replies: 16
Views: 4403

I think a stock 3000+ should cover this, i guess i only wanted the extra power for dvd ripping. Sort of on-topic...I wonder where the limiter will be in ripping speed for your system? - Needing a CPU faster than 3000+? - The FSB speed /memory management? - The speed of your HDD/ data transfer rate?...
by CA_Steve
Thu Oct 06, 2005 5:21 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: New coolers from AC: Freezer 64 PRO and Freezer 7 PRO
Replies: 16
Views: 5945

A google search came up with a few more hits...all just using the press release for info...looks like they have 6 pipes and msrp of $34.

pcmodding
by CA_Steve
Thu Oct 06, 2005 5:05 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: NF7/8rdavcore help apreciated
Replies: 4
Views: 1623

Hi,

have you tried asking at the amdmb forums? There's an ABIT subforum there....

try this