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by tehfire
Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Boys and their toys!
Replies: 54
Views: 10973

We are creatures that try to see patterns, and one common pattern is seeing only guys interested in computer parts. That being said, I personally find it very refreshing to know that girls are interested in computing. It's not like there's a "man stamp" placed on every computer part, but it seems th...
by tehfire
Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:34 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Nexus Voltinia launched
Replies: 6
Views: 3061

Eh, looks good from the outside, but the fan grills are too restrictive. A dremel can fix this, however. For a low-power system this case might be great, but having the power supply mounted in the regular spot may cause fan spinups with higher-powered systems.
by tehfire
Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Just one fan in the whole case...
Replies: 34
Views: 6833

One fan is hard to do, but if you're up for the challenge...

Tower, fan at the rop-rear, blowing out. I'm worried about that fanless PSU...
by tehfire
Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:35 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Anybody else have problems w/ Catalyst 9.1?
Replies: 15
Views: 3767

Hmm...speed, what OS are you running? I'm using Vista64. I don't think it's a global issue with all Vista64 computers, I just wonder what it is about my configuration ::shrugs::
by tehfire
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Anybody else have problems w/ Catalyst 9.1?
Replies: 15
Views: 3767

Anybody else have problems w/ Catalyst 9.1?

Hey all, I woke up this morning and found a surprise on the internet -- Catalyst 9.1 drivers. My excitement was stymied, however, when after installing the drivers, my screen went blank -- my monitor was in power-saving mode. Rebooting into safe mode and remoting into the computer still worked. I tr...
by tehfire
Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:31 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is PSU Good enough[?]
Replies: 3
Views: 1191

The Antec will supply plenty of power for that setup. Whether it will be quiet, however, I'm not sure -- that 80mm fan might start spinning quickly, but I'm not sure if it would be loud enough for anybody except the most picky to care.
by tehfire
Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best Q9650 cooler ?
Replies: 10
Views: 5762

I would try the NF-S12 on it before buying another fan. Usually the S12 did poorly in high-restriction applications, but since the HR-01+ is relatively unrestricted, it's worth a try.
by tehfire
Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: FEAR 2 demo, you liked it?
Replies: 2
Views: 993

I played the original FEAR, but it took me so long to do so (had to do it only in the daytime and when there were people around). The Project Origin demo is...interesting. It seems like a mix between Left4Dead and Halo 3 -- cinematic elements of L4D, and HUD and such from Halo. Combat is about the s...
by tehfire
Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: VF1000 Fan Swap
Replies: 4
Views: 2017

Well, I ended up doing a fan swap with a Scythe Kama Flex fan 80x80x25, and it fit perfectly. I guess the 80mm measurement is the size of the frame, and the fan inside is smaller. The fan is so much better than the stock one! The swap was not nearly as easy as swaps on the VF700/900 series, but it's...
by tehfire
Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:05 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best Q9650 cooler ?
Replies: 10
Views: 5762

Given that you want to run your fans extremely slowly, I would go for the HR-01+. This will give you the best chance with a slow-spinning fan, and may even give you some headroom for overclocking. If you really wanted to overclock, I would recommend the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme. The fin spacin...
by tehfire
Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:02 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What sticky film on my HR-01?
Replies: 15
Views: 3692

Not sure if it does or not. What temps are you getting? That'd give you a pretty good indication of whether or not it had film on it...
by tehfire
Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:17 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman VF2000, hybrid VGA CPU cooler
Replies: 5
Views: 2597

So I'll lose 3 slots when I have to invariably to a fan swap?

The price of silence...
by tehfire
Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Glass or Acrylic , the better sound dampener
Replies: 15
Views: 3606

Because glass is heavier/more dense than acrylic, I would imagine glass would be better. That choice is like shooting yourself in the foot or the leg, however.

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by tehfire
Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:47 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Windows Home Server, $350 shipped
Replies: 1
Views: 4956

Also on sale at ebay, item # 260350602115. Starting bid $299.99
by tehfire
Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Windows Home Server, $350 shipped
Replies: 1
Views: 4956

FS: Windows Home Server, $350 shipped

Hey all, I built a Windows Home Server last week, but circumstances have changed so I'm going to sell it. Here are some pictures: http://img.techpowerup.org/090120/IMG_3186.jpg http://img.techpowerup.org/090120/IMG_3188.jpg http://img.techpowerup.org/090120/IMG_3189.jpg http://img.techpowerup.org/09...
by tehfire
Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:15 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: X2 amd or Core 2 Duo require 64 bit OS?
Replies: 20
Views: 4015

Quick and dirty is that Vista is good in terms of taking advantage of new technologies (gaming, processors, etc.), but it can be a bit of a resource hog. Make sure you have at least 2GB of memory and you should be fine. Also, it may seem a little sluggish at bootup as it loads many programs and such...
by tehfire
Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Are the new 9800 GTX+ cards as quiet as the old ones?
Replies: 1
Views: 859

If I were to guess (and would only be a guess), I'd imagine that the HS shrinkage came from the shroud over the part of the card by the power plugs. This part on my 8800GTS 512 had no heatsinks exposed to airflow -- it was just there to cover up some VRMs and such. I would imagine that the same woul...
by tehfire
Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermal compound coming with Scythe Andy Samurai Master
Replies: 3
Views: 1177

It's alright, but a good paste will go a long way. If you're not overclocking, then the stock paste should do fine, but I would get something better (AS5 or MX-2). These pastes don't dry out over time like the stock paste will...
by tehfire
Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: P45 Chipset 8gb - Failing Memtest Test 5
Replies: 11
Views: 3173

Maybe try loosening timings to 5-5-5-15? I have 2x2GB and 2x1GB that each were stable at 4-4-4-12, but once I stuck them together I couldn't get it stable unless I switched the timings to 5-5-5-15.
by tehfire
Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:02 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Just built a new Desktop, but still too loud
Replies: 16
Views: 3247

Well SPCR people usually have fewer fans because more fans equals more noise. I current config includes an E6750 O/Ced to 3.2GHz and a Radeon 4850 in the Mini-P180 and one fan in the back spinning at about 600rpm is all that I need. Processor never breaks 65C, and my 4850 has a Zalman VF1000 on it a...
by tehfire
Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:05 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Help for a fan/silentpc noob
Replies: 6
Views: 1591

I'm a huge fan of Scythe S-flex fans so I'll naturally recommend them, but some other alternatives are Scythe Slipstream fans, Noctua P12 fans, and Yate-loon fans. As I don't use them, I can't tell you which ones are best. I would replace that case fan with an 800rpm S-flex or Slipstream. I would al...
by tehfire
Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:39 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Just built a new Desktop, but still too loud
Replies: 16
Views: 3247

First of all, WELCOME TO SPCR! Pretty good rig, although I think you have: A) Too many fans, and B) Fans that spin too quickly. I haven't used the Scythe fan controller, but I would just get a couple of Zalman FanMate 2's or something like that. Also, I would only use 1 of those Slip Stream fans (at...
by tehfire
Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power file server / download machine
Replies: 20
Views: 6204

Just some clarifications: Once Windows Home Server is fully booted up and the computer is idling, my Kill-A-Watt is measuring 33-34W from the wall. During bootup, power consumption can go up to 60W (I suspect this has to do with the fact that I have a DVD drive that spins up during bootup). I have t...
by tehfire
Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power file server / download machine
Replies: 20
Views: 6204

Just finished building the following configuration: AMD Athlon LE-1640 underclocked/volted to 1GHz/0.9v Hypertransport set at 400MHz DDR (800MHz effective) GA-MA74GM-S2 Western Digital WD10EACS (I suspect that this may be a 3-platter HD) Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR2-800 underclocked to 400MHz Antec NSK...
by tehfire
Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Tips on cooling and hushing my system
Replies: 6
Views: 1360

WELCOME TO SPCR!!! Replacing your video card heatsink is a very good place to start. Other than that, I'm not familiar with your PSU, but usually PSUs are quite noisy. A quiet Seasonic, Enermax, or Corsair unit might be an upgrade if you find that your PSU is in fact noisy. Your hard drive is pretty...
by tehfire
Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Help with loud fan: Gigabyte GeForce 9800 GTX+
Replies: 38
Views: 13262

First of all, WELCOME TO SPCR!!! Secondly, your English is extremely good, so I wouldn't worry about that (tu inglés es tan mejor que mi español) </embarassing> No estoy seguro sobre tu [video card] especificamente, pero podrías intentar utilizar Rivatuner para controlar el ventilador. Es un poco...
by tehfire
Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:18 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: thermaltake Sonic Tower Rev.2 or thermalright HR-01 PLUS ?
Replies: 17
Views: 5987

Yes, you can use the FanMate2 on a 4-pin connector. You may have to disable something called Q-fan or Smart-fan in your BIOS in order to use the Fanmate properly, though. Q-fan is a technology that variably controls the voltage sent to the fan header (thus influencing the speed of the connected fan)...
by tehfire
Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:32 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: thermaltake Sonic Tower Rev.2 or thermalright HR-01 PLUS ?
Replies: 17
Views: 5987

The NF-P12 series do not have the same problems as the others, but as bluefront found, they're still not as good for pushing air around as Scythe S-flex fans or Yate-loon fans. I'd personally get a Scythe S-flex and use a Zalman Fanmate 2 to run the RPM's to 625. At that speed, my single S-flex is i...
by tehfire
Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:17 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Zune 30GB freezing?
Replies: 20
Views: 4446

My Zune lives! Just tried at 2:16 CST (GMT-6). Perhaps when Seattle crossed into the New Year?

Sorry everybody, I'll stop wasting valuable forum space ;)
by tehfire
Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Zune 30GB freezing?
Replies: 20
Views: 4446

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28449091/ Turns out it was caused by the leap year. From an MSNBC page: The internal clocks on what is known as the Zune 30 should reset at noon GMT on Thursday, the company said. After that, 30-gigabyte Zune users should follow these three steps: Let the battery die. Re...