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by Emyr
Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Could you fit a Micro-ATX in this case?
Replies: 10
Views: 4016

http://www.advansus.com.tw/product/detail.asp?pid=183 This would be an ITX-Board supporting Core 2 Quad. The problem is, that it doesn't have standard socket 775 cooler mounting holes. So you'd be limited to some obscure tiny cooler with probably not more than a 40mm fan on it. 40mm :shock: My ears...
by Emyr
Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:46 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fusion Max -- ATX version of Antec Fusion is coming
Replies: 156
Views: 109802

Whats the black piece of plastic by the two large fans for? Looks like it would just mess up the airflow. That's a retractable baffle to make sure that any air reaching the fans has passed through the heatsink. Possibly important with a Ninja-style cooler. I'm pretty sure Mike has commented on this...
by Emyr
Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:43 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: RAID and SSD's
Replies: 22
Views: 6479

Slightly off-topic...

What's the highest practical throughput of current SSDs? i.e. would you really benefit from using RAID with SSDs, or are they fast enough that it wouldn't really make a difference?
by Emyr
Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P182 Cable Management
Replies: 6
Views: 2669

Honestly, I don't even understand how you're supposed to get a hdd cable up through the hole if you leave the psu area fan in place - won't you have to route the cable through the fan? Definitely route around the mobo tray! Nope, there are two holes, one behind the fan and one in front. The two tin...
by Emyr
Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:07 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Serious Eye Candy
Replies: 39
Views: 8993

That's a MIKAEL, current price £39... :wink:
by Emyr
Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:07 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: IDF Fall 2008: Through the Silent Glass
Replies: 32
Views: 22194

New socket, "low" 550g weight limit...

They really haven't been paying much attention to the heatsink market recently, have they?
by Emyr
Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How big of a power supply do I need?
Replies: 7
Views: 2559

Indeed, it's probably easier to replace them all with two large SATA drives. eBay the old ones and you might break even! :lol:
by Emyr
Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: P182 Cable management question.
Replies: 16
Views: 3607

As a student, my term-time job is in the entertainments department of our Students' Union (in charge of sound, lights, power, stage builds etc).

To me, Gaffer = Duct. It's a shiny plastic tape with fabric in it so it tears easily. The glue is sticky and often leaves a grey residue.
by Emyr
Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help me plan my next workstation/fileserver/mediacenter
Replies: 7
Views: 1917

Motherboard Any Fatal1ty board will be overpriced, since you're funding someone's lifestyle. They are intended for marketing-victim gamers. You should be able to find a cheaper board which satisfies your requirements. Processor Not sure what everyone else thinks, but for the next few months, I'd st...
by Emyr
Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:47 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: P182 Cable management question.
Replies: 16
Views: 3607

Um...

As far as I knew, [Gaffer = Duct = Elephant] tape.

Anyone care to explain the difference?
by Emyr
Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How big of a power supply do I need?
Replies: 7
Views: 2559

The calculator I usually use is

http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

Which said <300W for your 5 drive setup...
by Emyr
Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:49 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: What do I buy for the current most power saving NAS system?
Replies: 60
Views: 53149

Ok, no Nano, but would a VIA C7 @ 2.0GHz be good enough?
http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=34#j7f2

About half the price of a Nano.
by Emyr
Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: P182 Overkill For This System?
Replies: 3
Views: 1454

You could fit a cluster of nano-itx nodes in a P182... :D
by Emyr
Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:00 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Xigmatek HDT-S1283
Replies: 19
Views: 11207

imho Folding@Home is more likely to produce medically useful knowledge than rosetta...

At least you weren't planning on running SETI!
by Emyr
Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:01 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Good quality soundcard?
Replies: 10
Views: 2609

I've was considering the E-MU 0404 for this PC, but I ran out of budget; Can't remember what the specs are, but for £80 at the time it would have been awesome quality.
by Emyr
Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:54 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Good quality soundcard?
Replies: 10
Views: 2609

Will you be wanting high-quality input, or just output?
by Emyr
Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:19 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: mini-itx 780G board
Replies: 128
Views: 72667

Hmmm...

This board + AMD64 X2 @ 2.2GHz + RAM = my first spare machine when I revamp my main machine?

That CPU apparently has a TDP of 89W, so it'll do nicely :D
by Emyr
Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New Matrox videocards: The M-Series
Replies: 40
Views: 11603

So what advantages do Matrox cards have over a similarly priced ATI card?

I get that they're not meant for gaming, and are good for quiet workstations, but so are some of ATI's lower specced fanless cards...
by Emyr
Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:00 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is there a good instant decaf coffee?
Replies: 26
Views: 5863

in the time it takes to boil If you're using boiled water for your coffee, you're barred from commenting on good coffee of any kind... :P I drink whatever the machine makes at work. When I'm at home, I don't care about waiting ten minutes for the cafetiere to finish brewing. Seriously, can't you pr...
by Emyr
Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:53 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Measuring (radeon) GPU temp and fan speed under load
Replies: 6
Views: 2038

I've been using Rivatuner for a while; By default, it shows graphs of whatever measurements you want (I usually have this open on my second screen), but you can also get it to overlay some of these numbers onto your game display: When my X1950 was dying, I had my GPU temp overlayed in the top left c...
by Emyr
Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:07 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet file server
Replies: 5
Views: 1448

You could try using Dynamat to dampen the panels, then get a better CPU Heatsink + Fan; An Athlon 1300 shouldn't have that big a TDP, so a small-ish modern heatsink should be capable. As far as I know, socket AM2 coolers have Socket-A compatible clips (i.e. the the plastic part of the socket didn't ...
by Emyr
Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GFX card for a non-gamer
Replies: 22
Views: 4731

AGP or PCI-E?

I had one of these before I started playing FPS:

ATI Radeon 9250 Passive (fanless) on AGP
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/112762
£23



Which operating system? Vista may require a decent GPU even for desktop stuff...
by Emyr
Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:13 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: how do I know what size HD to get, 2.5" OR 3.5"???
Replies: 9
Views: 4217

frenchie wrote:I don't think many cases have room for 2.5'' drives.
That only applies if you're hard-mounting them, which isn't really the done thing round here, eh?

Also, I have an MO drive in one 3.5" bay, and a ZIP drive in a 5.25" bay... heheh
by Emyr
Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Old Seagate 80 GB vs. new Samsung 500GB
Replies: 6
Views: 1792

I bought a HD501LJ each for my brother and I last month, and in his P182, it's pretty hard to make out (stock fans on low, Corsair/Seasonic PSU, Ninja with PWM fan on slowwwww).

only about £40 in the UK, so well priced I think.
by Emyr
Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:59 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: how do I know what size HD to get, 2.5" OR 3.5"???
Replies: 9
Views: 4217

2.5" drives: More expensive per GB Easier to suspend due to smaller size and lower weight May have louder seek noise Draw fewer watts. Both are mountable in normal desktop cases. You'd usually need to sacrifice a 5.25" bay (CD drive size) to suspend a 3.5" drive, but you can suspend a 2.5" drive in ...
by Emyr
Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F1 series hard drives w/1TB model
Replies: 394
Views: 309027

Maybe email them and ask if it's a significant metric before RMAing... they may be able to tell you what it actually means.
by Emyr
Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mainly NAS use... Partial shopping cart. Please comment.
Replies: 3
Views: 1280

for when I need the occasional bit of utility computing capability from this machine.
What do you class as "utility"?

The slower you go on the CPU, the less wattage you'll need to dissipate with fans.
by Emyr
Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:39 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Newbie wanting to build a silent but fast PC for £700
Replies: 8
Views: 4061

Judging from other people's experiences with the layout inside the Sonata, I'd switch to a P182 if you can afford it. Also, consider ATi graphics cards: from what I could see when I was shopping around in May, a HD3850 or 3870 was the best GPU in the pricerange at the time. Probably even cheaper now...
by Emyr
Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:09 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: asus P5K - how to disable cpu fan fail warning?
Replies: 7
Views: 2982

My board (Gigabyte I think) has an option in the "hardware monitoring" section of the BIOS where I can set the CPU fan warning to various speeds; unfortunately, my akasa CPU fan uses a "volume control" knob on the rear panel, taking its power from the PSU, so the BIOS sees 0rpm! [edit]Got confused w...
by Emyr
Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Best Way to Partition HDD?
Replies: 32
Views: 7482

Would it work if you copied the contents of C:\Documents and Settings\ to the second partition/drive, then set the mount point for that partition to be "C:\Documents and Settings\"? Might involve safemode...