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by angelkiller
Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: LAN problem - can anyone help?
Replies: 17
Views: 3550

This is just a guess....

Open any folder and go to Tools --> Folder Options --> View. Then uncheck "Automatically search for network folders and printers".
by angelkiller
Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:24 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Alternative Thermal Compound?
Replies: 8
Views: 1803

I don't think there would be much advantage of changing to AS5 because the "thermal pad" on Arctic Cooling products is really pre-applied MX-2 which is pretty decent stuff.
by angelkiller
Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is the Scythe Infinity/Mugen still worth buying?
Replies: 1
Views: 986

If you're worried about breaking your mainboard.... the Infinity weights nearly a kilogram. :shock: In my experiences, I found that its really heavy and only has average thermal capabilities. (compared to its size and at low airflow) I can't recommend it as smaller (and cheaper) heatsinks can outper...
by angelkiller
Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which hard drive?
Replies: 4
Views: 2991

I'll try to get links to support my reasoning, but this is what I remember reading. Speed: WD6400AACS (tie) WD10EADS (tie) WD10EACS Noise: WD6400AACS WD10EADS WD10EACS Power Consumption: WD6400AACS WD10EADS WD10EACS Here's my logic. The 640GB drive only has two spinning platters. So it will naturall...
by angelkiller
Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:58 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Pick one
Replies: 6
Views: 1644

Ah, so it was reviewed. I will reconsider and say that both cards appear to be perfectly adequate products. However, I still slightly lean to the ECS card because when you upgrade the card you can reuse the cooler. (Minor difference, I know. But you said pick. :P )
by angelkiller
Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:07 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Pick one
Replies: 6
Views: 1644

I pick the ECS one because I think the heatsink (An Arctic Cooling S2) is more effective than Asus's passive heatsink. The S2 is larger and takes advantage of intake airflow very well.
by angelkiller
Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:26 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: really need some help choosing graphics card
Replies: 6
Views: 1744

What's your budget look like? Does your motherboard have two PCI-E slots? Assuming that it does, I'd keep the 2600XT and get a new card. Which new card to get depends on you budget. Some cards to look at are the (ATI) 4670, 4830, and 4850. Another solution is something like the visiontek 3870x2 whic...
by angelkiller
Sat Dec 27, 2008 10:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Cost-efficient builds?
Replies: 7
Views: 1620

I think they didn't factor in silent cooling costs and energy costs. Do you get a different answer if you factor in these costs? For example, would it better to overclock it a little less, saving power and cooling costs? Would a different chip be a better idea if you factor in those costs? I think ...
by angelkiller
Sat Dec 27, 2008 10:06 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X1950 Fan of Doom! [Solved]
Replies: 11
Views: 13326

The Accelero S coolers also look a little too tall for my Solo. Link . Also, they don't seem to be very effective in the reviews I found, certainly not for cards with the thermal envelope of the X1950. I ran a X1950 with a passive S1. Idle was around 48C and it loaded (in games) at 70C. And that wa...
by angelkiller
Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: GTX260 System Opinions
Replies: 30
Views: 5387

Will 300W be enough for a GTX260? Or even a 9800? Everything I read seems to say get 500+W. A 300W PSU is cutting it close. The GTX 260 has a TDP of 180W which is over half of 300W. For a larger but still quiet PSU, look at either the Corsair VX450 or the Corsair HX520. Both are very quiet and plen...
by angelkiller
Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Cost-efficient builds?
Replies: 7
Views: 1620

Does a quad-core give me more performance / $ or less? It depends on what you're doing. If you are doing say, video encoding, and your software can utilize 4 cores, than the quad core will be a better choice. But unless your software is able to use 4 cores, than the dual core will have a better per...
by angelkiller
Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:00 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 320GB or 640GB SE16 Drive
Replies: 24
Views: 10514

That extra platter = more noise, more power usage, more heat, slower drive ready time, more susceptible to shock damage, and more vibration. Makes sense. What I'm struggling to understand is why more platters (= more heads) doesn't translate into faster sustained read and write times. Don't know ab...
by angelkiller
Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:22 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus ENGTX260: A Quiet Graphics Card for Gamers?
Replies: 57
Views: 32664

I'd just like to post my experiences with a GTX 260. My findings exactly match the results that WR304 has gotten. I had an EVGA card, non overclocked, same voltages. Stock fan speed is 40% which was 1350rpm for me. At this level it's certainly not quiet. I think my system is pretty decent in terms o...
by angelkiller
Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New build for the New Year - Suggestions?
Replies: 2
Views: 981

Hello, Since you want to play games above low settings, I recommend you get a separate graphics card. A solid choice would be a ATI HD 4670. It is very power efficient and has a high price to performance ratio. It can also fully decode Blu-Ray movies. Chosing a silent graphics card is a good idea. H...
by angelkiller
Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:38 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: For the same price: 1066Mhz CL5 or 800Mhz CL4 for gaming?
Replies: 8
Views: 2285

Honestly, only benchmarks can show the differences in memory speeds/latencies. You'll never notice the difference between DDR2-533 and DDR3-1800 in everyday applications. That said, I'd get the DDR2-1066 modules because they can underclock to DDR2-800 CL4, and (most likely) OC farther than the DDR2-...
by angelkiller
Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech: NVIDIA's Ion Platform (Atom+GeForce 9400M)
Replies: 47
Views: 20662

As an alternative to Atom + 945G, Nvidia's Ion is pure win. I'd be willing to say that this platform can achieve <10W idles. This combo looks so amazing.... full HD capable, Pico-ITX, <10W idles.... the possibilities are endless. File servers can now play Blu-Ray. :D I'm looking forward to this.
by angelkiller
Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Is it possible for quiet crossfire?
Replies: 4
Views: 1554

you surely can do that. But with accelero S1's you need to modify the S1's bit by bending the fins at the corssfire connector end, so you can slip corssfire bridge between them. Can you elaborate on this? I was thinking of upgrading to 4830 CF with two S1(s). But I'm really confused on how the cros...
by angelkiller
Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice for HTPC on a budget... been away from PC building
Replies: 8
Views: 1716

Re: Thanks for the feedback

So, kind of think E7200 would be a good choice. AMD line is quite busy... basically not sure if an AMD at the same speed of E7200, would be hotter or cooler?!?! For video card, I am liking Radoen 4830, how's that different than 4670? Looks like 4830 has decent 3D power, not too expensive and runs n...
by angelkiller
Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:07 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice for HTPC on a budget... been away from PC building
Replies: 8
Views: 1716

Hello. For a CPU, I recommend the E5200 . It is cheap, runs very cool, and overclocks very well. For the graphics card, I recommend ATI's 4670 . It has an extremely high price to performance ratio. The card also has enough power to decode HD movies, so it can to Blu-Ray 1080p no problem. If you deci...
by angelkiller
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Anyone tried LTSP to salvage an old Pentium?
Replies: 21
Views: 12801

The Gangrel wrote:Of course it makes sense.

If you have another person in the house who wants a computer of their own....
Good point. One client would make sense in this situation. I kinda assumed that he did this so he could make use of the P1. Bad assumption.
by angelkiller
Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:45 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Anyone tried LTSP to salvage an old Pentium?
Replies: 21
Views: 12801

Firstly, 2 or 15 users can't just sit down at the C2D, the point is expandability. I think that if you actually expand on this idea and actually use multiple low end computers, this would make sense. But I agree that with only one client, it doesn't make sense. It's an interesting proof of concept ...
by angelkiller
Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 320GB or 640GB SE16 Drive
Replies: 24
Views: 10514

Again the caveat is that I'm only speaking of the 2 platter 640GB models. If you get a 3 platter monster you are on your own. :? Wait. Are you saying that there is a 3 platter version of the WD6400AAKS? Would you recommend the Black WD6400AAKS to someone who is on a tight budget. (ie is the $15 rea...
by angelkiller
Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: newbie with a question!
Replies: 7
Views: 1464

What does your budget look like? It would be awesome if you could upgrade a few parts. (3 HDDs to one and SLI to 1 GPU) But for now, I'll assume your budget is small. That said, a simple solution would be to change the heatsinks on your 8600GT(s). I'd recommend an Arctic Cooling S2 . You can put one...
by angelkiller
Sat Dec 13, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: HD Editing machine on a SUPER tight budget!
Replies: 50
Views: 9309

Yes, I would drop to a E5200 and get 4GB of RAM. Why? The E7300 offers little performance gains over the E5200. (3MB L2 cache vs 2MB) Yes, it's a 50% difference, but in the overall scheme of things (the E8x00 series has 6MB) the difference is small. The E5200 will still get some crazy overclocks. Yo...
by angelkiller
Sat Dec 13, 2008 7:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: HD Editing machine on a SUPER tight budget!
Replies: 50
Views: 9309

As for the 640GB WD mentioned before, how do you tell from the model number if its a double or single platter drive, and which one is faster? (I'm looking at the WD6400AAKS). There is only one version of the WD6400AAKS and it has two platters. Be aware that a 5400rpm version exists but carries a mo...
by angelkiller
Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: New Silent Build - Solo - E8400 C2D - Passive Video, etc.
Replies: 10
Views: 8061

Wow, that's a nice build! :) Excellent component selection. What kind of temps are you getting? (especially on the 4850)
by angelkiller
Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Suggestions for Intel Core i7 DAW with triple 24" monit
Replies: 6
Views: 2962

I have very little experience with building PCs, and I always like to research everything thoroughly before buying, so would anyone be able to quickly put together a list of components as reference point? You mean going the Penryn route? The only think you have to change is the motherboard, RAM, an...
by angelkiller
Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Adventures with building a home server
Replies: 19
Views: 6008

what do the 4 pins you removed power? the pci-e slot? According to this image (and if my orientation is correct) he removed pins, 11, 12, 23 & 24. Those pins carry voltages that are already carried by other wires, so technically they arn't needed. But I guess they were added to split the current ov...
by angelkiller
Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:30 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Adventures with building a home server
Replies: 19
Views: 6008

Houe wrote:I found out the fan inside this hard drive cage is the 80x15mm variety so I need to search for a quiet fan in that form. I figured it was a standard 25mm. hmmm
Could you mod the cage so that a 25mm thick fan works?
by angelkiller
Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:20 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Adventures with building a home server
Replies: 19
Views: 6008

I'm not sure what kind of adapter you are referring to. Do you have a link to one so I could see? I think that Linux guy was referring to and adapter similar to this one . The small end screws into the 80mm fan hole (on the backplane) and a 120mm fan goes on the other end. Nice mod! :D I don't know...