Search found 1831 matches

by bonestonne
Fri May 24, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Which is laptop with a VERY low noise ?
Replies: 4
Views: 2188

Re: Which is laptop with a VERY low noise ?

Acer Aspire AS7739Z-4804 1600x900 resolution, and you'll need to do a solid state swap to get it really quiet, but they're great laptops. I rarely see any come in for service, and almost every one that does come in for service has a broken screen. They're pretty quiet and work very well for basic us...
by bonestonne
Thu May 02, 2013 5:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Audio PC Build
Replies: 6
Views: 2272

Re: Audio PC Build

If you're not overclocking, then there's no reason for the "k" model of any CPU. The slip stream PWM fans are nice, but not all motherboard read/report the RPM correctly. Cooler you should really put some thought into, the HR-02 macho would be a good pick, would also allow you to run low speed fans ...
by bonestonne
Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Toshiba Laptop - driver signature issue after new hd install
Replies: 2
Views: 1100

Re: Toshiba Laptop - driver signature issue after new hd ins

Is it just wireless that isn't working? Are you able to connect over a wired network? I would run Windows Update over a wired network if you can, to see if it will pick up on device drivers that way, I've had that be a huge help many times with Toshiba computers. You may try doing a complete uninsta...
by bonestonne
Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Small, strong and silent - matx gaming build
Replies: 14
Views: 6689

Re: Small, strong and silent - matx gaming build

For what you want to do, most of the parts seem justified I suppose. Only thing to keep in mind is that 750W is way more than you need. My dual Xeon system with 3x HDDs and GTX660Ti runs comfortably on an Antec 750. You most definitely do not need that. Look at power supplies in the 400-550W range, ...
by bonestonne
Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Basic Quality Build Music Server Only
Replies: 11
Views: 3151

Re: Basic Quality Build Music Server Only

If you're only streaming to one room at a time, and you're close enough, why not just bluetooth? I've installed Sonos systems before and worked on them in other homes, and they're a PITA at first, but do work pretty well once they get set up correctly. I believe you could use a small NAS to store yo...
by bonestonne
Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on these specs (Noise wise)
Replies: 7
Views: 2301

Re: Advice on these specs (Noise wise)

I think a NAS should work fine for what you're looking to do. For example, if you have a word document open on computer 1 that is saved on the NAS (as in, you're editing directly off the NAS), once you click save and close the file, the changes are immediately available for you to open on a differen...
by bonestonne
Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: What would be a silent PSU that has 2 x 8 pin CPU plug?
Replies: 14
Views: 6685

Re: What would be a silent PSU that has 2 x 8 pin CPU plug?

I have an Antec HCG-750 and I use a dual molex to 8 pin adapter to serve the second EPS12v connector on my Asus Z9PA-D8 motherboard and it works fine. So far, I haven't had any issues with any noise. The 3 hard drives in my system make more noise than anything else, but I would definitely have notic...
by bonestonne
Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:05 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Xigmatek ack-u01 Compatability
Replies: 4
Views: 2486

Re: Xigmatek ack-u01 Compatability

Having Dark Knight II coolers makes me really wonder why they're listed as incompatible, because that mounting kit looks damn near like what it shipped with and uses. Depending on those two little nubs on the bottom of the cross bar, i could see earlier versions of heatsinks not lining up correctly,...
by bonestonne
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: advice for a small, powerful, quiet system
Replies: 6
Views: 2594

Re: advice for a small, powerful, quiet system

If you're using the CS6 platform, don't waste your money on the Quadro 4000. I thought about going this route, but went with a GTX660Ti instead and don't regret it. I actively use most of the CS6 suite and the GTX660Ti does wonderfully in Premiere with HD playback, and the quadro cards give little b...
by bonestonne
Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice and Critique on Gaming build.
Replies: 5
Views: 2206

Re: Advice and Critique on Gaming build.

I agree with CA_Steve on all of his comments. I will say that I tend to opt for cooling that is overkill from the beginning. The HR-02 Macho would be a great way to start, mainly because it will give you massive overhead to play with fan RPMs and your noise. It would let you lower the fan speeds way...
by bonestonne
Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: LGA 2011 coolers for Supermicro Xeon E5 ATX motheboards
Replies: 10
Views: 9671

Re: LGA 2011 coolers for Supermicro Xeon E5 ATX motheboards

When I was building my machine, I had put the coolers in for a dry fit test, and I used my phone for the photo. The phone was inside where the PSU currently is, because I didn't have any other components inside the case when I did this test. Since the case is white and my shop is very bright, the ph...
by bonestonne
Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New system build: Xeon workstation
Replies: 9
Views: 3098

Re: New system build: Xeon workstation

If the video rendering is through the Adobe Creative Suite, look at nVidia GTX600 series cards, as you will have the ability to modify a text file and get hardware acceleration for certain features. Also, I would be curious as to the idea of looking at a dual socket motherboard, starting off with a ...
by bonestonne
Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Glutton for punishment - Silencing a Poweredge 2950
Replies: 17
Views: 11763

Re: Glutton for punishment - Silencing a Poweredge 2950

If it has to be quiet on the other side of the wall, put it in a closed, but vented cabinet. There are few 60mm fans that are quiet, and fewer (if any) that will keep a 2U machine cool enough to run well, especially a pair of quad core CPUs, as S771 was a bugger for heat. If the motherboard is stand...
by bonestonne
Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Anyone have the new phantek (noctua lookalike)?
Replies: 2
Views: 1531

Re: Anyone have the new phantek (noctua lookalike)?

http://www.phanteksusa.com/PH-F140TS.html That's the one I have. I use the Q2.S.A. with it, brings the speed down to ~750rpm. I also used the included soft mounts. The soft mounts were less than impressive, they didn't fit very snug, and due to the fan holes being slightly different than 120mm (I di...
by bonestonne
Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: LGA 2011 coolers for Supermicro Xeon E5 ATX motheboards
Replies: 10
Views: 9671

Re: LGA 2011 coolers for Supermicro Xeon E5 ATX motheboards

I'm using a pair of Xigmatek SD-1283 Dark Knight II heatsinks with my E5-2620's, and it meant a clearance had to be within 159mm. That was a very tough call to make, but worked well for my build, however to put it lightly, it's very cramped. The NZXT Source 210 Elite that I'm using is 194mm wide, bu...
by bonestonne
Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: System Build for FEA Simulations
Replies: 5
Views: 1980

Re: System Build for FEA Simulations

I think Option 2 is your best bet. I would use a better heatsink than the Hyper 212, and the Fractal cases just don't do it for me, but it's very similar to a Xeon system I almost built. The component warranties are a better bet than the generic 3 year warranty or obscene charge for support, especia...
by bonestonne
Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: School Workstation Build (56k Warning [it's 2013 already])
Replies: 22
Views: 18954

Re: School Workstation Build (56k Warning [it's 2013 already

If I had known about the program I am now enrolled in, I probably would have built this machine much sooner. I would have gone through a similar upgrade process as you. But as with most other situations, when I built my old computer, it wasn't used for video editing, and I didn't actually see myself...
by bonestonne
Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:26 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: School Workstation Build (56k Warning [it's 2013 already])
Replies: 22
Views: 18954

Re: School Workstation Build (56k Warning [it's 2013 already

The setup is overkill right now, however the very first project is only :30 seconds, but the final projects reach 30 minutes. I'm the only student who works in full HD from beginning to end, and since I am a commuter student, this machine has to be overkill to a point. Between driving back and forth...
by bonestonne
Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Seeking advice on quiet gaming HTPC built
Replies: 6
Views: 3400

Re: Seeking advice on quiet gaming HTPC built

I'd also like to add that the Gigabyte GTX660Ti OC Windforce is comparable to the MSI TwinFrozr models. Mine runs very cool with the stock cooler on it, and very quietly as well. I do not game, however it does do very well.
by bonestonne
Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Quiestest 750w PSU ??
Replies: 1
Views: 1336

Re: Quiestest 750w PSU ??

That's some serious power draw under a heavy load that you're looking at. Nexus Power supplies are very good units, however under the heavy load, it may warm up more than you want it to do. Look for a power supply rated by continuous output, and not peak output, as it will give you more headroom for...
by bonestonne
Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: is Antec EarthWatt EA650 or HC Gamer a silent PSU?
Replies: 17
Views: 6842

Re: is Antec EarthWatt EA650 or HC Gamer a silent PSU?

edh is right about the fan addition in dB. It's not just the noise of the fan, but also the increased turbulence noise from the air that contributes to this. Sound is a funny thing to deal with, it has a lot of variables that the physics formula doesn't account for. As far as the HCG series from Ant...
by bonestonne
Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet PC for audio and video
Replies: 15
Views: 5795

Re: Quiet PC for audio and video

If you want to take a step back to your original idea, I would say it's fine, but I would swap out the CPU for a Xeon 6 core if it's compatible with the motherboard. Getting a case without side vents is near impossible these days, but you don't have to have a fan there, and you can cover it up to pr...
by bonestonne
Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet PC for audio and video
Replies: 15
Views: 5795

Re: Quiet PC for audio and video

You're looking at a building a brand new machine for what looks to be big jobs. Here's the skinny on my build...the initial order of parts in order to get my machine built and set up was $1926 and change USD. You could cut the RAM down, use a single socket, and that would cut out about $500 less. I ...
by bonestonne
Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Dell Recovery partition question
Replies: 9
Views: 3383

Re: Dell Recovery partition question

If you already have Windows 8 installed, you can delete the partition through the diskmgmt.msc tool. Beware to not delete a partition listed as active, and make damn sure you don't delete your operating system in the process. I'm not sure this will allow you to stretch your OS partition to use that ...
by bonestonne
Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet PC for audio and video
Replies: 15
Views: 5795

Re: Quiet PC for audio and video

If you're looking for a serious Audio/Video rig, forget about Core i7 CPUs and look at Xeons. They will cost about the same, but have a bit more oomph to them for what you're looking to do. Coming from someone who did a lot of support work with Avid and the M-Audio Delta series, if you're serious ab...
by bonestonne
Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Dell Recovery partition question
Replies: 9
Views: 3383

Re: Dell Recovery partition question

If you backed everything up and you're going to do a full clean install of Windows 8 and you do not want to go back to Windows 7, completely format the drive and delete all partitions. The Windows 8 setup will create all necessary partitions and mark the appropriate ones as active to ensure proper b...
by bonestonne
Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New 2013 build - I need advice on multiple parts.
Replies: 26
Views: 8341

Re: New 2013 build - I need advice on multiple parts.

A smaller case with less internal volume will cycle the air quicker than a larger case. Whether this will directly translate into lower temps is a different question. The temps may be within 1* C between mATX and full ATX, there are a lot of other variables to take into account (fans, hot components...
by bonestonne
Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New 2013 build - I need advice on multiple parts.
Replies: 26
Views: 8341

Re: New 2013 build - I need advice on multiple parts.

My current GPU is the Gigabyte 660ti OC, and to be perfectly honest, it's a GPU that's faster than the first PC I ever had (P3 Celeron). I needed support for the Mercury Playback Engine first and foremost (my computer is not used for gaming at all). GPU speed only has to be capable of rendering and ...
by bonestonne
Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:30 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: School Workstation Build (56k Warning [it's 2013 already])
Replies: 22
Views: 18954

Re: School Workstation Build (56k Warning [it's 2013 already

About the HR-55, yes, I got mixed up, when I placed the order, I ordered an HR-05, got this instead. I'm not about to complain. For now the system is running very well. In the future I have plans to change the HR-55 IFX mounting entirely, using shorter mounting clips to avoid touching the GPU heatsi...
by bonestonne
Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I would like to ask you for help (advice) with choosing comp
Replies: 6
Views: 3330

Re: I would like to ask you for help (advice) with choosing

----- | | | | --> | | --> | | | | | | ----- That's a proper Push/Pull configuration. The fans both direct air in the same direction. Optimal fan positioning if you must use two separate speed fans, the slower fan pushes air towards the heatsink, the faster fan pulls the air away from the heatsink. ...