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by cb95014
Mon May 12, 2008 4:30 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Antec P182 Special Edition $80 at Fry's - YMMV
Replies: 6
Views: 3727

Antec P182 Special Edition $80 at Fry's - YMMV

This was on close-out at the local Sunnyvale CA store, and I picked-up the last one. There may be more at other Fry's locations. However, as-always with Fry's, YMMV. The SKU is 5178476 and the exact price is $79.90 with a red tag (i.e., close-out). http://www.antec.com/images/160/P182SEfinal.jpg Thi...
by cb95014
Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec p182 vs antec solo
Replies: 35
Views: 12423

Re: I have several of each, and prefer the P182

Unless I am missing something (always possible...), you need to remove the side door (which requires rear access) to open the Solo front panel, *then* take the filters out. Since we keep all our computers under desks, this is a major PITA and I find we rarely clean the filters. In the P180/182, the...
by cb95014
Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec p182 vs antec solo
Replies: 35
Views: 12423

Re: I have several of each, and prefer the P182

The air filters are also *much* easier to clean, and with most BIOS now reliably supporting keyboard power-on the door is a non-issue. Why is that? Looks like filters in both are easily accessible. Unless I am missing something (always possible...), you need to remove the side door (which requires ...
by cb95014
Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec p182 vs antec solo
Replies: 35
Views: 12423

I have several of each, and prefer the P182

I have three P180/182's and four Solos at home. We game a lot! :D They are both excellent cases, but I just find it easier to get a near-silent computer with minimal twiddling in the P182. The main change is to replace the tri-cools with Scythe fans. The air filters are also *much* easier to clean, ...
by cb95014
Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:24 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How good is the intergrated sound on todays MB's?
Replies: 25
Views: 7020

There is a lot of great data in this recent comparison on the TechReport between ASUS's two Xonar cards, X-Fi & onboard (Realtek):
http://techreport.com/articles.x/14500

My next card will be the Asus Xonar DX :D
by cb95014
Tue Apr 01, 2008 6:42 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How do you reduce access to optical drive?
Replies: 6
Views: 2419

I switched long ago to Virtual CD . Completely silent. :D The latest edition allows insertion of a virtual CD in the drive letter occupied by the physical CD/DVD, so it now works with every disc in my collection. You can have multiple active virtual drives, and the licensing is reasonable even for m...
by cb95014
Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Thermalright HT-03 GT vs Arctic Cooling Accelero S1
Replies: 17
Views: 5771

What heatsink and fan did u use in your CPU? And what rpm was the fan running at? One was a Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme and the other was a Thermalright Ultima-90. The fans are Scythe SFF21E's at about 900 rpm (controlled via a Zalman ZM-MFC1 or Sunbeam RHK-BA). This configuration probably would...
by cb95014
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:45 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Thermalright HT-03 GT vs Arctic Cooling Accelero S1
Replies: 17
Views: 5771

If you don't care about the space, I would definitely choose the S1. The performance is likely to be similar, and it is obviously cheaper. However, I have had great success with the HR-03GT in the "reverse" configuration "semi-passively" cooled by the CPU fan. This was with one 8800 GTS 512MB & one ...
by cb95014
Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Synology NAS experiences?
Replies: 9
Views: 5452

Have you checked-out the QNAP NAS devices? The TS-109 is completely passive. I have two (TS-109 Pro) with the new 1TB WD drives, and they are extremely quiet and power-efficient. For more capacity (or a local backup) you can add an external USB or eSATA drive. QNAP has a nice rsync utility built int...
by cb95014
Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:12 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How many watts can a standard wall socket support?
Replies: 12
Views: 5981

Most of the circuits in my house are 20A, so check your electrical panel for the rating of the breaker. 20A @ 120V = 2400VA ~= 2400W (but often less, depending on the quality of the power supplies involved) Each standard US two-prong plug has contacts rated up to 15A. 20A outlets are also available,...
by cb95014
Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:57 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: can't decide on P35 motherboard
Replies: 8
Views: 3063

Nice board. I'd definitely prefer integrated 1394 and more USB to a useless LPT1 port.

According to NewEgg's latest newsletter, they are running a special on the DS3P for $153 with Free shipping until 2-Jan-08. Use promo code EMCBCCHBG.
by cb95014
Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:50 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: evga 8800gt or 8800gts ?
Replies: 23
Views: 7167

$236 for the gts versus $146 for the gt If those were my choices, I'd pick the GT, slap an S1 on that puppy, overclock it - and have a fast and near-silent GPU. Either way, $124 credit for a 7600gt is a lot. I only picked the GTS because the cost was equivalent in my circumstances. The performance ...
by cb95014
Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: evga 8800gt or 8800gts ?
Replies: 23
Views: 7167

The gts 512 from evga is 359.99. So if I use stepup there's no shopping for deals. How much is EVGA crediting you for the old 7600gt? Depending on the numbers it might make sense to skip the step-up program altogether and either get a discounted GTS 512 or wait for the 8800 GT to come out of the st...
by cb95014
Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Surge protector do i need one?
Replies: 12
Views: 6675

Does it have a fan? Is it quiet enough? I heard about problems with UPS with stepped sinewave and PSU with Active PFC... Yes, it has a fan, but that only runs when the power cuts out. Usually I don't worry about fan noise at that point. :) Otherwise it is completely silent. I have tried it with thr...
by cb95014
Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:01 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: can't decide on P35 motherboard
Replies: 8
Views: 3063

crazy looking heatsinks I have given-up on the upscale boards with whacko heatsinks. I found that I was always re-mounting them (the thermal compound is generally poor and/or badly applied) or usually completely replacing them anyway. For less than the cost differential, equip a mainstream board wi...
by cb95014
Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:58 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Surge protector do i need one?
Replies: 12
Views: 6675

http://www.apc.com/resource/images/products/200/br1500_f_v_200x100.jpg http://tinyurl.com/8y564 In Italy: http://tinyurl.com/59xdf There are lots of good UPS choices, but I have two of these. Fry's was selling them for $135. :D Tall & skinny (minimal floor space, & you don't need the extra 'stabili...
by cb95014
Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: can't decide on P35 motherboard
Replies: 8
Views: 3063

2) The gigabyte boards look like they'll give me grief when I try to mount my ultima-90 heat sink, because of the backplate. The other boards are probably great as well, but I have two GA-P35-DS3R's with Ultima-90s and they work fine. I have had no issues with backplate interference. FWIW, the low-...
by cb95014
Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:30 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Reliable, low-cost gigabit switch?
Replies: 7
Views: 2933

Between my home and office, I have 2 GS608's and 3 GS605's and they all work fine. Just make sure that there is sufficient space for good air circulation. FWIW, I have all of mine mounted vertically.
by cb95014
Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asus P5W DH Deluxe / WiFi Mobo - Opinions Wanted
Replies: 34
Views: 9824

Also, if I want to spend less money on a motherboard than what the P5W DH Deluxe costs ($199.99 at Newegg), which board would you recommend? I have built three machines with the P5B Deluxe WiFi, all using open-box from NewEgg. Fast, very stable and cost-effective. The integrated WiFi is actually us...