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by PartEleven
Tue May 31, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Modern video card noise: good enough for SPCR?
Replies: 37
Views: 9298

Re: Modern video card noise: good enough for SPCR?

Thanks guys, but I wasn't looking for product suggestions. I was just asking whether you felt the current crop of video cards contained wind turbines as stock coolers or have they improved to the point where getting your own aftermarket heatsink isn't the only way to get proper noise levels. Sure I ...
by PartEleven
Mon May 30, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Modern video card noise: good enough for SPCR?
Replies: 37
Views: 9298

Modern video card noise: good enough for SPCR?

I've been holding out for the longest time on upgrading my video card primarily because I've been waiting for 3rd party manufacturers to produce quiet, cost-effective aftermarket cooling solutions for the new graphics cards. Well I've been waiting a while now, and I feel pretty disappointed. Sure th...
by PartEleven
Tue May 03, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Silent CPU cooler for socket A?
Replies: 13
Views: 3422

Re: Silent CPU cooler for socket A?

Oh wow, socket A. I was in your shoes a few years ago when I was trying to update/quiet down my old Socket A systems. Good heatsinks were hard to find then, and probably even harder to find now. Ebay or any other second-hand dealing sites is your best bet. The very best heatsinks are probably going ...
by PartEleven
Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Windows Macbook Pro alternative
Replies: 7
Views: 9708

Re: Windows Macbook Pro alternative

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I'll have to go take a look at those Lenovos. I've heard good things about them. I already know what I want in terms of hardware. I'm guess what I'm really looking for is opinions on build quality. Does the keyboard squeak when you type, does the LCD hinge wear out q...
by PartEleven
Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:56 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Windows Macbook Pro alternative
Replies: 7
Views: 9708

Re: Windows Macbook Pro alternative

The other reason I'd rather not go with the macbook is because I'd rather not be locked into the mac ecosystem. There's been far too many times where I needed a small program to do a specific, obscure task and something like this would easily be found for Windows (and free!). I'm not so sure that wo...
by PartEleven
Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:56 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Windows Macbook Pro alternative
Replies: 7
Views: 9708

Windows Macbook Pro alternative

I hate to make yet another one of these threads, but choosing a notebook has been far harder than I thought. Purchasing a whole system requires making some compromises to your needs/wants, and its really hard to assess ALL the possible options out there. So I'm going to need some of your opinions. N...
by PartEleven
Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is there any point to high speed DDR3 kits?
Replies: 8
Views: 1792

Re: Is there any point to high speed DDR3 kits?

Thanks for the links guys. It looks like the story really hasn't changed much when it comes to performance gains coming directly from faster ram, if going by that bit-tech link. It still seems like a faster cpu clock goes much farther in speeding up your system. Before, faster ram let you get those ...
by PartEleven
Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is there any point to high speed DDR3 kits?
Replies: 8
Views: 1792

Is there any point to high speed DDR3 kits?

Somewhere down the line I'm going to upgrade to Ivy Bridge (or whatever the 22nm Sandy Bridge update is called), but since DDR3 seems like it's at its all-time low in price right now, I've been buying good deals I come across. I see these deals for high speed "enthusiast" DDR3 ram all the time, but ...
by PartEleven
Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: What I have Learned about Computer Performance from SPCR
Replies: 177
Views: 242221

Re: What I have Learned about Computer Performance from SPCR

I think you're a pretty reasonable guy, ces. And this rule-of-thumbs list you have is pretty solid, but I think you could do more to emphasize that they are rule-of-thumbs that might not apply to everyone. I'd hate to have someone stumble on your list, follow it exactly only to be disappointed when ...
by PartEleven
Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:16 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 5dBA 120mm Fan.
Replies: 55
Views: 11933

Re: 5dBA 120mm Fan.

This is quite an interesting and lengthy analysis. Excuse me if this was answered somewhere in the previous posts, but where is your justification for the linear relationship between SPL and voltage? Other than your curve fitting, that is.
by PartEleven
Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:18 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: System fails to POST. Motherboard failure?
Replies: 13
Views: 1477

Re: System fails to POST. Motherboard failure?

looks like a ZOTAC NF610I-E-E ? sure is ring chokes and chinese caps in thar. have you cleared the cmos? Close enough. It's actually the NF630I-E-E I haven't tried clearing cmos yet, but I might just RMA this board since I think it's still under warranty. btw: which psu were you using, how old is i...
by PartEleven
Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: System fails to POST. Motherboard failure?
Replies: 13
Views: 1477

Re: System fails to POST. Motherboard failure?

Another possibility is replacing the video card? I used onboard video, so no separate video card that can be replaced. what you are looking for here is the beep code that's present when you first turn on the computer... you should be able to pull the ram and still get a beep code. I don't have case...
by PartEleven
Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Poll - are Sandy Bridge early adopters affected by the flaw?
Replies: 12
Views: 3934

Re: Poll - are Sandy Bridge early adopters affected by the f

Some people are clearly overreacting over this. Read the anandtech article. Intel estimates that over the next 3 years, a certain percentage of motherboards might end up having unusable sata 2 ports. No data loss. Hardly catastrophic.
by PartEleven
Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: System fails to POST. Motherboard failure?
Replies: 13
Views: 1477

System fails to POST. Motherboard failure?

I have a small file server I keep running all the time, and just overnight it mysteriously shut itself off. This morning when I tried turning it on, I got absolutely no video output. No bios messages, nothing. After tinking around a bit, I'm inclined to believe the motherboard is just dead. Here's w...
by PartEleven
Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-V354 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Replies: 20
Views: 9105

Re: Lian Li PC-V354 MicroATX Mini Tower Case

Thats kinda disappointing. But what about for people who don't need space for massive amounts of HDDs? I was looking at this mostly as a smaller-sized gaming box with room for very big heatsinks. Is the width that big of an issue?
by PartEleven
Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:16 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for Advice on Case Options
Replies: 13
Views: 2206

Re: Looking for Advice on Case Options

Pretty sure that little bit about heat pipes needing the proper orientation is a myth. Heat pipes are not affected by gravity to any significant degree that it would reduce performance.
by PartEleven
Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: WTB: AGP video card for gaming
Replies: 2
Views: 992

Re: WTB: AGP video card for gaming

Hey man thanks for replying, but that 4650 looks overkill (in power and price) for what I want to do. I already managed to buy an X850 XT platinum edition off ebay, so I've found my card.
by PartEleven
Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Gaming System Build Guide
Replies: 36
Views: 31514

Re: Silent Gaming System Build Guide

LiquidRain wrote:Turning on any form of v-sync (double or triple buffering) will fix the whine. :)
Interesting. I had absolutely no idea that turning on v-sync fixes coil whine. Where did you find this information?
by PartEleven
Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:35 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: WTB: AGP video card for gaming
Replies: 2
Views: 992

WTB: AGP video card for gaming

Looking to buy an AGP card to upgrade an older socket A machine to play some older games on. Specifically, I want one that I can stick my Acccelero S2 on. The ideal card I'm looking for is the Radeon x800/x850 cards.
by PartEleven
Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:09 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Puget Serenity SPCR Edition v.2
Replies: 50
Views: 16170

The damping helps reduce standing waves, some of the hum of cavity air resonance. Interesting. I never thought about using damping for this reason. I think cavity resonance is stopping my system from achieving absolute silence at my current air flow. What's the reasoning behind this? Less empty vol...
by PartEleven
Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:15 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are noisier drives more likely to fail?
Replies: 3
Views: 1124

I also find this hilarious. What was the point of that other thread then?
by PartEleven
Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:13 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Thermalright Shaman - I want one!
Replies: 13
Views: 3607

Sweet. Looks like a good design and being from Thermalright it'll likely be a good performer. Too bad it'll also be very expensive.
by PartEleven
Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Please vote if you click on this
Replies: 8
Views: 1455

For SSDs specifically, I think it may be more prudent to poll by controller type rather than manufacturer. Failure typically lies with the controller software rather than poor manufacturing. What complicates things is that sometimes manufacturers will tweak the controller themselves or use a model o...
by PartEleven
Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Looking for a TRULY silent drive for an 'open' pc case.
Replies: 9
Views: 1938

Seriously. Very low capacity needs and absolute silence in an open air test bench? SSD. The only option. Everything else will disappoint. If you don't like the price then that's just too bad. A quiet 2.5" laptop drive double enclosed isn't going to be very cheap either. Probably be close in price to...
by PartEleven
Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Antec Mini-P180 + Scythe Orichi rev.B + Luxurae HDD Silencer
Replies: 7
Views: 3475

I pass on the fan then. So does $28 shipped work for the two hard drive coolers?
by PartEleven
Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:44 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Antec Mini-P180 + Scythe Orichi rev.B + Luxurae HDD Silencer
Replies: 7
Views: 3475

Price on the luxurae sounds good. Are you sure about the scythe fan? What model # is it? I've looked all over their product line up and I don't see a slim PWM fan.
by PartEleven
Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Antec Mini-P180 + Scythe Orichi rev.B + Luxurae HDD Silencer
Replies: 7
Views: 3475

I'm interested in both of the luxurae hard drive coolers. How much would shipping be to the midwest?

Also, what speed is that slim scythe slipstream fan?
by PartEleven
Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:55 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair PSUs squealing noise?
Replies: 6
Views: 1538

That sounds like a bad sample rather than an endemic problem with their PSUs. I have that exact model PSU in the youtube video and I don't have this problem.
by PartEleven
Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P183 humming
Replies: 11
Views: 2207

my suspicion is that no matter how much I invest time and money into a PC equipment, it will never be dead silent This is where I disagree with you. My system is effectively inaudible, as are many PCs of SPCR members here. Some members have even built truly silent computers with zero moving parts. ...
by PartEleven
Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:09 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P183 humming
Replies: 11
Views: 2207

I'm sorry but when I buy something that is considered to be the top of the line equipment, I expect it to work. When you buy an Audi, you are not expected to fix it using duck tape. Then perhaps DIY computers aren't for you then. There's two major reasons that I believe make building PCs worthwhile...