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by angelkiller
Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Want to replace P180 due to cable mis-management
Replies: 19
Views: 3439

Yeah, the original P180 does require some cutting for good cable management. It's not as bad as you may think though. All you need is a dremel (or similar make) tool and a little time. I've done it before and I even have pics if you wanna go that route. Alternatively, The P182 is the P180 with cable...
by angelkiller
Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My system dies if I try to play games
Replies: 11
Views: 3076

I had a similar issue. Whenever I loaded any type of 3D app, my system would crash. Turned out to be a PSU issue.
by angelkiller
Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital's single-platter 320GB Caviar SE16 WD3200AAK
Replies: 46
Views: 37630

Lookie what came in the mail.... :x http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/7597/img1994g.jpg Sadly, I wonder which is faster. The 00VYA WD sent me or a 2.5in 7200rpm drive. It might be close.... Not happy here. I just traded my fast, reasonably quiet drive for this crap. I'll be in contact with WD.... S...
by angelkiller
Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:55 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital's single-platter 320GB Caviar SE16 WD3200AAK
Replies: 46
Views: 37630

I sent one of my AAKS-00B3A drives to WD because I had bad clusters on it. Those idiots sent me back the dual platter version : AAKS-00VYA. Now I am stuck with a slower and noisier drive. Is there anything I can do ? Can I ask them to send me the same drive version I sent them originally ? No way! ...
by angelkiller
Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:27 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P182 - definitely not silent - updated
Replies: 10
Views: 3587

A good place to start is to first, identify your sources of noise. Then you can easily replace the offenders.
by angelkiller
Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:01 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Motor noise in S-Flex D
Replies: 7
Views: 3220

I think something is wrong. I have several 800 rpm S-Flex's and they do not have the motor noise that you described. I can only hear it when I'm right next to my system. (~30cm)
by angelkiller
Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:50 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Hitachi Travelstar 2.5" 7200 RPM 320 GB - $50 after MIR
Replies: 2
Views: 1342

Can anyone comment on the drive's noise? It's a notebook drive, so I'd imagine it would be pretty quiet. If anyone wants performance numbers, here's a link to a HD Tune bench. About the same performance of a 1st gen (ie 250GB/platter) Greenpower. I'm mostly interested because its the same price as a...
by angelkiller
Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:14 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Hi I'm New
Replies: 8
Views: 2361

Hi, and Welcome to SPCR! When you say "single slot" do you mean just the cooler needs to be a single slot, or the cooler plus the card must be a single slot. Keeping the card and the cooler inside a single slot will be difficult. However, if you don't mind the card and cooler taking up two slots tot...
by angelkiller
Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Caviar SE16 single-platter 320GB hard drive poll
Replies: 54
Views: 69921

Download HDTune. HDTune can tell you the complete model number and benchmark results can also tell you what revision you have. (The single platter drive performs better)
by angelkiller
Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:11 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX260 owners please respond, need some information
Replies: 25
Views: 6303

Yeah, that seems abnormally hot. Have you loaded the card yet? Something is definitely wrong.
by angelkiller
Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX260 owners please respond, need some information
Replies: 25
Views: 6303

I'd like to quote myself on my experiences with a GTX 260 from This thread . (second page) I'd also recommend that you read the whole thread. I'm nearly certain that the software that SPCR used to report fan speed reported incorrectly. Actual speeds were two times more than what was reported. My fin...
by angelkiller
Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:55 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Intel Q9550 c1+Xigmatek 1283+P182 = High Temperature! HELP!
Replies: 73
Views: 18850

Undervolting will reduce heat but your also reducing the speed of the processor . What? :? How does reducing the voltage reduce the speed of the processor? @ Kate. Please resize that picture. (it's huge!) Upload it to some image hosting site that resizes the pic. And I wouldn't go as far as to chan...
by angelkiller
Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan control question - will this work?
Replies: 3
Views: 1226

Adding the resistor should work, provided that you choose the correct wire. Generally speaking, most fan controllers base the fan voltage on temperature. So the more voltage is given to the fan when the temperature increases to a certain point. They don't have target rpm's. Let's say the fan on your...
by angelkiller
Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:16 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Intel Q9550 c1+Xigmatek 1283+P182 = High Temperature! HELP!
Replies: 73
Views: 18850

looking at the temp. spread, i'd say - re-apply the compound. <snip> either way, before fastening the sink, grind it a bit to let the compound spread and thin out. I agree. Sounds like poor contact. Just to elaborate on what mcoleg said, "grind" (to me) means to add some extra pressure to the heats...
by angelkiller
Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Blu-Ray drives worth the $$?
Replies: 12
Views: 2326

I think he meant VLC. AFAIK, you have to use non-free software in order to get Blu-Ray on a PC. Also, I'm pretty sure Blu-Ray doesn't work in Linux yet.

But you can get a Blu-Ray drive for under $100. I'm definitely interested in getting one and hopefully the price will drop even more.
by angelkiller
Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: building a new rig...
Replies: 1
Views: 696

The E8400 is a good choice for a CPU. You can get it to ~3.6GHz with no extra voltage, and it does ~4GHz at ~1.3v. That's pretty reasonable, if you ask me. As for a motherboard, I would pick Intel's P45 chipset. It is modern, feature filled, and overclocks very nicely. As for a motherboard, I would ...
by angelkiller
Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:47 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI 4830... anyone silence the sucker yet?
Replies: 26
Views: 9684

Is anyone running their 4830 passively? I couldn't get mine to stay cool enough. (With AC S1) Mine idles at ~54C and I stopped Furmark when it hit 96C. This might still be in thermal limits, but it's wayyy too hot for me.
by angelkiller
Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Anybody else have problems w/ Catalyst 9.1?
Replies: 15
Views: 3629

Hmmm. 9.1 crashes my system when I enable crossfire. It's odd because it worked (seemingly) well yesterday. Switching back to 8.12 solved these issues.

I'm also using a beta version of Ati Tray Tools rather than CCC. Maybe that's the issue? Possibly. I have no problem using 8.12 for the time being.
by angelkiller
Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:09 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Help Me Get My 4830's Folding!
Replies: 5
Views: 4411

Ok, I got a bit impatient, as I missed this page that explained exactly how to get 2 GPU clients working. However, the clients are the Systray ones, not the console ones that I wanted. But at least they're working. I'll play around later and see if I can get two console clients running. Anyways, per...
by angelkiller
Sat Jan 31, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Help Me Get My 4830's Folding!
Replies: 5
Views: 4411

Help Me Get My 4830's Folding!

Ok, I now have two 4830's ready to add to my folding effort. So, I've been reading Stanford's site , and I'm confused about how to run two simultaneous clients. Ideally, I'd like to run two GPU Console clients . However, the link above talks of pointing a shortcut to two different directories, but I...
by angelkiller
Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:54 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Dampened Antec Three Hundred
Replies: 11
Views: 5863

antivenom wrote:Ah, nice DIY solution :) thanks!
QFT! That's an awesome idea! I will definitely be incorporating this into my build.

And nice job getting the 300 quiet. I like the looks and price of that case, but it obviously wasn't built to be quiet. At least it can be made into something quiet.
by angelkiller
Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is PSU Good enough[?]
Replies: 3
Views: 1156

As, tehfire said, the NeoHE 430W is plenty for your needs. The noise should be manageable. According to SPCR's review the NeoHE 430W stays at 21dBA until somewhere between 150 and 200W. At that point, noise goes up to noticeable 26dBA. A 65nm 9800GTX+ draws 115W at load . (A 55nm version draws ~30W ...
by angelkiller
Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:09 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Newegg stopped selling thermalright heatsinks?
Replies: 4
Views: 1690

It's been this way for a while now. I think Newegg just doesn't carry Thermalright's products. Couldn't imagine why. :?
by angelkiller
Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI 4830... anyone silence the sucker yet?
Replies: 26
Views: 9684

I think none of the fans will be quiet. I have the PowerColor version and I don't think its too quiet. It's not terrible at stock settings, but if you have a really quiet system (ie near silent) the card will be loud. For an average user though, it might be ok. I'd recommend putting an S1 and a quie...
by angelkiller
Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bad Axe 2 graphics card retention lever?
Replies: 2
Views: 1036

You're talking about the little white thing on the end of the PCI-E slot right? If so, I don't think it's necessary. It's only purpose is to ensure that a seated card stays seated. If you're absolutely certain it's seated, than you should be fine without it. The screw on the PCI cover gives it the m...
by angelkiller
Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:56 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Ahhh.. nice simple new CHECK THIS!
Replies: 23
Views: 10816

or when you want to over clock. water will have 10 degree less temps if you crank the cpu 20% higher and raise voltages. water is always better, always. you could never ever get as cool with air as with water. The simplest, quietest, fanless water cooling setup beats any air cooler blasting away. P...
by angelkiller
Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: SPCR Folds Team Blog
Replies: 1664
Views: 599497

It's good to be back! :D Yeah, I'm number 20, but still.... Right now I have my 4.05GHz E8400 and my 2.8GHz E2180 folding 24/7. I also have 2 4830's that are getting RMA'ed atm, so I'll add those in later. Any estimates on how many ppd the 4830's can get? Interesting though, the E2180 is running 64...
by angelkiller
Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Ahhh.. nice simple new CHECK THIS!
Replies: 23
Views: 10816

Olle P wrote:Noise level and cooling performance is roughly the same as for any "average" cooler with 12cm fan.
Too bad the price isn't. :( Average cooling performance for $150? I'll pass.

Edit: The price is actually $80. That's my mistake. My point is still the same.
by angelkiller
Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q7500
Replies: 7
Views: 3261

I don't see the point.... 4 cores, 2MB of L2 cache? 512KB per core? I thought the Q8x00 series was crippled with 1MB L2 per core. Maybe it's for OEMs so they can advertise "QUAD CORE CPU!" knowing very few consumers actually need it.
by angelkiller
Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:14 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: NSK3480 video help
Replies: 2
Views: 1089

How about a low power, passive, dual dvi graphics card? My recommendation is the Asus 3450 which will suit your needs well. The other choices I linked to will be more powerful, probably too powerful for your needs.