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by El Doug
Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Making a Power yet quiet HTPC
Replies: 18
Views: 4522

i have an x11 and can tell you that theres plenty room left above my 7800 inside, so unless youre looking at an uber-tower heatsink you should be fine
by El Doug
Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:29 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Asus RMA on A8N-VM CSM ? painless?
Replies: 6
Views: 3119

ive heard ASUS boards dont like mixing USB keyboards with PS/2 mice... or was it the other way around?

anywho, perhaps thats the problem? just shooting into the dark atm
by El Doug
Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:59 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: are dell inspiron 6000 or xps m140 notebooks silent?
Replies: 11
Views: 7321

you just listed the loudest modern notebooks ive ever come across - the latitude series, on the other hand, is wonderfully quiet and a pleasure to work on
by El Doug
Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:56 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Holy Phantom350 Batman!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1682

well, if my 4400+ and GTX during UT are the max pull I get from my system (all i do the rest of the time is email/internet/word-processing), and the Phantom doesnt get any hotter than luke warm, I suppose i have nothing to worry about. this is a pleasant surprise
by El Doug
Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:25 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Holy Phantom350 Batman!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1682

what i find incredible is that i just played 4 hours of Unreal, and it just barely got warm to the touch - why is everyone so scared of fanless PSUs? after reading all over these forums, i was starting to regret my decision on this power supply and feared overheating and lockups. however the fan in ...
by El Doug
Mon Jan 30, 2006 6:53 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: UPDATED: P150 / Asrock / Ninja / Raptor
Replies: 23
Views: 16852

the north pole reaches temps much lower than that - just a side note :wink:
by El Doug
Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Making a Power yet quiet HTPC
Replies: 18
Views: 4522

my reserator is on the way for my HTPC which is similar in specs to yours - ill let you know how it works out
by El Doug
Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:21 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Holy Phantom350 Batman!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1682

Holy Phantom350 Batman!!!

Wow - all i can say is wow. This was my first dive into the silent pc world (reserator is on its way, though :wink: ). The difference off of a performance power supply is astounding!!! The OCZ Modstream is said to be quieter than the average high-power PSU - if thats true, I dont want to know what l...
by El Doug
Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: mCubed HFX case & Athlon X2 3800+, ideas needed
Replies: 3
Views: 1443

at load youre putting out 110W or so - i dont think its possible to run that passive
by El Doug
Sun Jan 29, 2006 12:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Multiple HDD Noise
Replies: 2
Views: 1209

Multiple HDD Noise

Im not going to be bothered to find it, but I read here that 2 identical fans running at the same time put out no more than 3dba more than a singleton. That being said, does the same apply to HDDs? Before I finalize my rig, id like to know if 2 single-platter 2.5'' Samsungs will be louder or quieter...
by El Doug
Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Buy Premarin 1.25
Replies: 15
Views: 4851

A = Asus / Abit
8 = K8 processor
N = nf4 chipset

different order of letters for different companies to distinguish
by El Doug
Wed Jan 25, 2006 11:39 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Power Supply Alternatives ... Need maximum Compatibility
Replies: 6
Views: 3018

why would you want dual rail in the first place?

the PP&C is loud as anything, though - so best to look elsewhere
by El Doug
Wed Jan 25, 2006 11:35 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent HTPC in x15e case
Replies: 5
Views: 1809

hope its not to late to shed some light, but that case is dreadful in low-light conditions, as I assume your bedroom would be the LED on the power button is REALLY bright - and if this comp is going to be on 24/7, youll either need to solder in a higher-ohm resistor, or put a bean-bag in front of it...
by El Doug
Mon Jan 23, 2006 4:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I want to separate my HDDs
Replies: 2
Views: 1048

well, i tested the cabinet under this desk by sticking old carpet square samples into it and running my P3 in there - couldnt be heard, even with its fans going full blast. so i feel confident in it's silencing capabilities - and since its in-desk, the 3' eSATA cable should work just fine i consider...
by El Doug
Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:05 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quietest drives for RAID-0
Replies: 19
Views: 5554

I can't believe no one here plays games... For those that do, RAID 0 is a godsend for game load times. In multiplayer games where you may start running around as soon as the level as loaded for you, RAID 0 is even more of a godsend. And I'm not concerned about hard drive failure, sure it's double t...
by El Doug
Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:03 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: NEW AMD stock cooler with 4 heatpipes and swapable 80mm fan!
Replies: 21
Views: 8810

X2s get the 4-heatpipe one now too. when i got my first 4400+, it had the 2-pipe HSF. but since the CPU was DOA, i RMA'ed it to AMD and got a new one. low and behold, shorter, external fan, 4 pipes. good stuff :)
by El Doug
Mon Jan 23, 2006 11:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I want to separate my HDDs
Replies: 2
Views: 1048

I want to separate my HDDs

How feasable would it be to get a 2-4 drive sata enclosure and stick it in a desk cabinet? the cages of all the models ive looked at have miniature fans that look as if theyll whine quite a bit. but i figure if i keep the cabinet closed and line the bottom with carpet for vibration's sake, i should ...
by El Doug
Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" enclosures for a 3.5" bay?
Replies: 6
Views: 2146

you could always suspend it :P

ultimate bragging rights for suspended 2.5'', plus it would cost peanuts for basic elastic string
by El Doug
Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: possible to pull off a fanless PSU?
Replies: 1
Views: 769

possible to pull off a fanless PSU?

> Im running water through a PC for all components less HDD (CPU, VGA, Chipset). > There is ample space in a very open case > There are some vents near the front of the PSU that allowed for airflow from vents to rear fans, pushing air past PSU think i could pull it off? i have an alternate fanned PS...
by El Doug
Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:12 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Zalman officially rejects Anti-freeze. :(
Replies: 24
Views: 12135

ill take the role of rude, overly-obsessive chemist and tell you its DeIonized, which IS different from distilled
by El Doug
Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:45 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: A Liquid That Won't Get Things Wet
Replies: 12
Views: 4426

thought they had some other, even more obscene chemicals that would not freeze until -100C, so people were sticking phase changer heads INTO the liquid to cool it down.
by El Doug
Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:40 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: A Liquid That Won't Get Things Wet
Replies: 12
Views: 4426

but how are the thermal characteristics? no way to tell if this chemical is superior to oil
by El Doug
Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:34 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GeForce 7600 is only 8 pipe!!
Replies: 20
Views: 4488

Re: GeForce 7600 is only 8 pipe!!

=assassin= wrote:According to xbitlabs, the 7600 Go mobile series are only 8 pipe cards, so that is likely what the desktop versions will be.
Not at all - the GO versions always have fewer pipes than the desktop series - look at the 6800 Ultra GO, for example - 12 pipes.
by El Doug
Mon Jan 09, 2006 9:35 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5'' SATA
Replies: 2
Views: 854

HOW did i not see that before?

aw well, ty for the link
by El Doug
Mon Jan 09, 2006 7:06 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5'' SATA
Replies: 2
Views: 854

2.5'' SATA

Well, Im interested. What kind of gains can be expected with 7200 over 5400? What kind of data connector do these use (same as a desktop SATA connection or not)? Is the power-connection done by the same manner as a 2.5'' IDE? How does the noise/heat output compare to a 2.5'' IDE or a 3.5'' SATA? Was...
by El Doug
Mon Jan 09, 2006 6:01 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Tom's Hardware Ran a PC Fanless in Cooking Oil
Replies: 7
Views: 4176

At least I (and the half dozen people online that I copied the idea from) were smart enough to use Mineral Oil, instead of vegetable oil which will be a cloudy, stinking, rancid mess after a month of running at 40°C temps. Why is that, out of curiosity? Does the vegetable oil undergo saponification...
by El Doug
Mon Jan 09, 2006 5:33 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: A water cooling idea! (Dream comes true?)
Replies: 15
Views: 4803

well, if you arent charged for water (youre lucky - my landlady wont let me get away with anything), then theres no reason not to try as long as youre not combining metals (the ions in the tap may have bad affects on aluminum/copper combos) as for computer-heated water affecting the ecology of a str...
by El Doug
Mon Jan 09, 2006 2:48 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: A water cooling idea! (Dream comes true?)
Replies: 15
Views: 4803

the only problem with that is your water bill will skyrocket
by El Doug
Tue Jan 03, 2006 3:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: What do you think of the upcoming CM Stacker 830?
Replies: 10
Views: 2806

on top of that, how do you make an aluminum case 40 pounds!?!?!
by El Doug
Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Best cooling config considering current computer
Replies: 7
Views: 2051

I have the XFX as well - couldnt tell you why, but its making a racket :? I was considering using 2x Papst 80mm exhausts - was thinking this would give me the same airflow with lower sound than sticking in a standard 120mm (i dont feel comfortable using only a single nexus for case fans). For PSU, I...