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by Stereodude
Thu Dec 14, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Intel D975XBX2 mobo and memory question
Replies: 6
Views: 2275

Did you check those sticks against the "Intel tested" list?
by Stereodude
Thu Dec 14, 2006 4:15 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Ideal HTPC video card for 480p 4805 projector
Replies: 7
Views: 2835

Which input are you using on the projector?
by Stereodude
Thu Dec 14, 2006 4:11 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD rolls out its 65-nanometer chips
Replies: 31
Views: 16902

Apparently Anandtech is on crack , or they don't know how to apply a HSF consistently. The chip with the 2nd highest power consumption (ignoring the C2D) has the lowest temperature? Assuming they used the same HSF for all their testing it doesn't make any sense. All the AMD chips have the same size ...
by Stereodude
Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:18 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which video card should I get?
Replies: 36
Views: 13440

In general any DDR PC3200 should work. However, I would stick to reputable brands and reputable retailers.
by Stereodude
Tue Dec 12, 2006 4:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC build - comments appreciated!
Replies: 10
Views: 3719

Your choice of CPU and GPU will probably give you trouble with full 1080p playback. Testing by AT ( http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2886 ) shows that pairing today's bleeding edge CPU/GPU together gets by alright, but when you start moving into "midrange" gear, it's questionable. Your...
by Stereodude
Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:10 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which video card should I get?
Replies: 36
Views: 13440

There seems to be a 7600GS 512MB card. Should I got that instead? See here: http://cgi.ebay.com/nVidia-PNY-Geforce-7600GS-AGP-512mb-NEW-RETAIL-SEALED_W0QQitemZ170059372562QQihZ007QQcategoryZ40161QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem Are you sure that one on ebay is fanless? (assuming you want fanle...
by Stereodude
Sun Dec 10, 2006 6:05 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Recommended Motherboards: From a Silence Perspective 1.1
Replies: 163
Views: 214394

About the Gigabyte GA-M55plus-S3G and Cool'n'Quiet... AMD has it listed on their site as being recommended and supporting Cool'n'Quiet.

Link
by Stereodude
Sun Dec 10, 2006 5:53 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE 430 @ $58 vs. Seasonic S12-430 @ $98
Replies: 7
Views: 2919

To further complicate your decision, you can get the Corsair HX520W for ~$96 shipped free from buy.com after the $20 google checkout discount.
by Stereodude
Sun Dec 10, 2006 5:51 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: First Quiet PC - Your thoughts please
Replies: 7
Views: 3228

Thanks for the thoughts/advice. I know the GPU will be loud...but I am hoping that in the SOLO case it won't be too bad, especially since I am going from something that I can hear 2 rooms away. I got the board I did in hopes of keeping my old GPU and RAM. The Radeon is dated, but works for me in th...
by Stereodude
Sun Dec 10, 2006 5:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Do I want an AMD or Intel system?
Replies: 13
Views: 4628

Yes, Dual core is that much better. Your PC stays quick and responsive even when heavily loaded down doing other things.
by Stereodude
Sun Dec 10, 2006 5:46 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Power consumption : Geforce 7100 vs 7300 for HTPC
Replies: 8
Views: 5295

In the US some 7900GS cards with HDCP are cheaper than any of the 7600GT cards with HDCP. I watch a lot of 1080i HDTV that I record, and I find my AGP 6600GT's deinterlacing for 1080i to be lacking. Most HDTV shows are shot on film, so they can be IVTC'd, The 6600GT can't do IVTC on 1080i material a...
by Stereodude
Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:52 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Do I want an AMD or Intel system?
Replies: 13
Views: 4628

Any reason why you're not considering AMD X2 based systems?
by Stereodude
Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My first build - looking for feedback
Replies: 14
Views: 3446

I'm not sure but I think you have mistaken total system draw for individual GFX card draw; most graphics cards are certainly not 170W under load, in fact to my knowledge there is only one card that is, the 8800GTX. Most cards like 7900GT and 7600GT are under 75W at load. It's debatable whether they...
by Stereodude
Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My first build - looking for feedback
Replies: 14
Views: 3446

Well, 330W would work, but yes, it would ramp up faster and since the heatsinks on the 330W PSUs are smaller, a 380W would be better. I doubt that system will exceed 200W, and that's less than 60% of a 380W PSU's load. A 500W PSU might not ramp up as fast, but it will produce more heat because at l...
by Stereodude
Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My first build - looking for feedback
Replies: 14
Views: 3446

6) And last but not least, you could go with a lower rated PSU. If you're not thinking of going SLI, you don't need a 500W PSU even with all your add-on cards and drives. If you're getting a DX10 card in the next 6 months, then you might need 500W, but eventually, DX10 cards won't use as much power...
by Stereodude
Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Videophile HTPC
Replies: 4
Views: 2088

Unnecessary. There is zero probability of this HTPC being asked to drive an 8800GTX or something like that. The low-power S12's are the right blend of value, quality and capacity. However, the HX520w is a much quieter supply between above 150W. Those power levels could be seen playing back HD-DVD a...
by Stereodude
Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:57 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD rolls out its 65-nanometer chips
Replies: 31
Views: 16902

According to The Inquirer they're 512k L2 parts. That would make sense since the 65nm 2.1gHz part is a 4000+, where the 90nm 2.0gHz part is a 3800+ and the 90nm 2.2gHz part is a 4200+.
by Stereodude
Fri Dec 08, 2006 1:47 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Videophile HTPC
Replies: 4
Views: 2088

I'd replace that power supply with a Corsair HX520w.

I'd also suggest 1gig of RAM.

Also, take a look at this PDF. Since you're interested in HDCP (presumably for HD-DVD and Blu-Ray). One thing of note is that (at least in the US) HDCP 7900GS cards are cheaper than HDCP 7600GT cards.
by Stereodude
Fri Dec 08, 2006 1:42 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD rolls out its 65-nanometer chips
Replies: 31
Views: 16902

jaganath wrote:It also gives you more heat that needs to be extracted, so no net advantage.
There is an advantage when they're both 65W, as is the current case.
by Stereodude
Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: am2 vs Canroe (Intel Socket LGA775 vs amd am2)
Replies: 26
Views: 9529

Core2 Duo (C2D) generally is better in terms of performance per $$$ and performance per watt. The E6300 overclocks very well. However, if you plan to reuse some of your hardware you may find the single IDE channel, and shortage of PCI slots on the C2D motherboards to be too limiting or prohibitively...
by Stereodude
Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:28 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD rolls out its 65-nanometer chips
Replies: 31
Views: 16902

I assumed the 65nm parts will see a 30% reduction across the board; so the standard 65nm X2 will use less than the 90nm, the "65W" version of the 65nm will use less (say 45W) and the EESFF 65nm will use less than the 90nm EESFF; tell me if that's not a correct assumption. There haven't been any ann...
by Stereodude
Fri Dec 08, 2006 9:51 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD rolls out its 65-nanometer chips
Replies: 31
Views: 16902

jaganath wrote:Wow, I gotta have me one of those! I was going to buy an X2 but I'll probably wait now til the 65nm parts are available.
Why's that? You can get a 65W 90nm part now for less $$$, and the 65nm parts are 65W, so what's the advantage?
by Stereodude
Fri Dec 01, 2006 4:31 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: NEW AMD PLATAFORM!!!1 AMD IS CRAZY!!!!!1
Replies: 15
Views: 6034

AZBrandon wrote: The fact that Intel is going to 45nm when AMD is still all 90nm is just like Intel is kicking AMD while they're down. Ouch. Let's hope AMD pulls a rabit out of their hat in the next 18 months or so.
Per the latest rumors on the web, supposedly AMD is rolling out the 65nm X2's December 5th.
by Stereodude
Tue Nov 28, 2006 7:23 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's Fan Round-Up #2: 120mm Fans
Replies: 189
Views: 153055

Too bad there's no place in the US to buy the Noctua fans. :(
by Stereodude
Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Is this video card quiet ? ==> (BFG GeForce 7600 GT OC)
Replies: 8
Views: 3612

I ended up using a vf900 on an asus EN7600 HTDI for the 'quiet with hdcp' solution. I'm planning on starting with the MSI 7600GT since it is the cheapest HDCP compliant 7600GT card, and sticking a vf900 on it if I need to. My new HTPC will be ~3 meters from my seat, so I might be able to make the s...
by Stereodude
Sun Nov 26, 2006 11:37 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Is this video card quiet ? ==> (BFG GeForce 7600 GT OC)
Replies: 8
Views: 3612

jaganath wrote:Gigabyte makes a "SilentPipe" version of this card which does not use a fan:

GIGABYTE GV-NX76T256D-RH GEFORCE 7600 GT 256MB DDR3 PCI-E
Too bad it doesn't have HDCP support :(

It seems that finding a quiet nVidia card with HDCP support is nearly impossible.
by Stereodude
Sun Nov 26, 2006 8:08 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: 0dBA Project rev.2
Replies: 50
Views: 61568

Nice...

That's a sweet silent setup. It also looks like you've done me a favor by confirming the Scythe Ninja will fit on the GA-M55plus-S3G. That's the board and HSF I want to use. Thanks! 8)

You might be able to lower the temps inside some with one of those new and expensive 35W 3800+ X2's though.