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by colin2
Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Poll 3: Do you have an SSD or plan to get one?
Replies: 25
Views: 4405

Just to pile on: you can get a 32 or 40 GB SSD for around $100 now. In terms of dollars against difference in performance (using it as an OS and app drive) it's one of the cheapest upgrades I've ever made. And for perspective, SSD $s per GB are now about where mechanical disks were 8 years ago. http...
by colin2
Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive [Graphics] Cards (plus maybe 3 screen outputs?)
Replies: 6
Views: 2109

I have a similar question, so maybe I can tag along here. I want to run 3 or 4 monitors, 1200x1600 pixels. No gaming. I'm doing word-processing, spreadsheets, that kind of thing. goals: (1) the least possible heat inside the PC (2) quiet This seems to lead me to business-oriented cards like the NVID...
by colin2
Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:22 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: iPad??? WTF, Are the Apple execs complete idiots?
Replies: 70
Views: 42770

I used to hang out on an audio board where Bose-bashing was a favorite sport: Bose's success in foisting overpriced, polished turds on the general public showed how stupid most people were, and by contrast how extra-smart audiophiles were... Nope. Acquiring expertise about gear is time-consuming and...
by colin2
Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Another SPCR recommended list: Cases
Replies: 123
Views: 203147

Thanks ces for your entertaining post at 5:56.

I'll speak up for those of us who like 'em small quiet and cool -- this is the only site addressing that fetish. And seriously, there's plenty of useful stuff on this site if you want to make more heat.
by colin2
Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: [Soundproofing materials] Eggcrate foam - questions&opin
Replies: 7
Views: 2682

another +1 for jessekopelman's response. Your money and time are almost always best spent going after noise at its source via quiet components and design. What kind of noise problem are you trying to fix? (If you still want to experiment, McMaster-Carr sells open-cell foam in different shapes and si...
by colin2
Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:59 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: loving my nsk3480 [updated 23-7-2009]
Replies: 6
Views: 6674

The holes are a great mod for this case -- better routing and better use of its limited space.
by colin2
Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 50129

Ditto the above. I'm real happy with an x-25M after a week or so of use. If your work involves a lot of opening large files, it's a big time-saver. Depends heavily, of course, on what you do with your PC. I'd also agree that given the silence and low power requirements of these things, a little geek...
by colin2
Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:58 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: NSK3480, AMD 5050e
Replies: 7
Views: 4036

Thanks, Jamie: right now Speedfan is showing a couple 40C readings but nothing alarming. So I think I'll let 'em roast. I do have all the side and back venting holes in the case blocked, and there's no obstruction in front. Ducting to the bridges is an interesting idea, though. Forgot to mention tha...
by colin2
Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: NSK3480, AMD 5050e
Replies: 7
Views: 4036

NSK3480, AMD 5050e

This was designed for work and for upgradability to Windows 7. Thanks to people who commented on the first draft of the parts list. Parts GIGABYTE GA-MA78GPM-UD2H AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e cooled by Thermalright HR-01 with bolt-through kit Intel X25-M SSD 80GB HITACHI Travelstar 5K500.B 500GB Pioneer D...
by colin2
Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Pioneer DVD Burners: MIA?
Replies: 9
Views: 4278

I got a DVR-216DBK via Amazon last week. From something called BuyDirect Corporation. Looks like it's still in stock.
by colin2
Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo....BROKEN POWER and RESET BUTTONS!!
Replies: 41
Views: 32951

FWIW by "switch" I mean both the electrical switch mounted on the metal chassis and the crappy plastic button that engages it. In any case the 2-part design is part of the problem, no? Why not pull out the plastic buttons and assemblies to leave holes in the bezel, and mount integrated pushbutton sw...
by colin2
Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo....BROKEN POWER and RESET BUTTONS!!
Replies: 41
Views: 32951

These are momentary-contact SPST pushbutton switches, right? Has anyone considered just replacing them with a sturdier switch?
by colin2
Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: First silent build: SOLO, Q9550 & Scythe Ninja, etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 4566

Ditto the above: I would do some temperature monitoring, and then then start removing fans and seeing what happens. I really doubt you need those intake fans, for example. Try some Nexus or Noctua fans. Sometimes this case works better if you block the vent holes above the PCI slots, so that all the...
by colin2
Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:39 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung F2 EcoGreen HD502HI: Silent 500GB 3.5" HDD
Replies: 77
Views: 41000

1. I share porkchop's interest in how to compare this with 2.5" drives. My experience with 2.5s has been good in terms of noise and power. And they're easy to suspend. 2. I'm planning a new PC combining the Intel X-25M (80GB), for OS and apps, with a larger HDD for storing documents. In that applica...
by colin2
Sat Jun 13, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Looking for help: Small, stylish home PC for parents
Replies: 15
Views: 5355

Not to argue, since it looks like you've made up your mind, but just to comment on the questions raised: -- I have considerable experience setting up parents and other aging and capacities-declining relatives with computers. For this purpose Macs are infinitely preferable to PCs. They are much simpl...
by colin2
Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE & Athlon II X2 250
Replies: 49
Views: 20240

Could you cool the Athlon II X2 250 passively? That is, a Ninja or equivalent plus a case fan?
by colin2
Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:39 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE & Athlon II X2 250
Replies: 49
Views: 20240

I really appreciate your work on this. And yikes, that's a lot of power consumption. I'm pinning my hopes on competition around notebook chips.
by colin2
Tue Jun 02, 2009 7:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: AMD build, mostly for work
Replies: 12
Views: 2194

The Intel drive is only $314 at Newegg. But I should look again at the OCZs.
by colin2
Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: AMD build, mostly for work
Replies: 12
Views: 2194

Thanx!

Weak point silencewise of my plan is the Earthwatts 380W PSU bundled with the Antec NSK 4480B II. Sounds like at minimum I should swap its fan. But I'm tempted by a Fortron Zen 300W, with maybe a B-Stock Antec NSK 4400 or 3480.
by colin2
Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: AMD build, mostly for work
Replies: 12
Views: 2194

Thanks much! Let's up the RAM to 4GB.

Does RAM spec matter for this kind of application?

Fan: Nexus 120mm.
by colin2
Sun May 31, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: AMD build, mostly for work
Replies: 12
Views: 2194

AMD build, mostly for work

Goals: (1) low noise/power/heat (2) snappy performance with many MS Word and Excel documents, pdfs, and browser windows open, plus ability to handle Windows 7 if I have to upgrade. Current idea: GA-MA78GPM-UD2H AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e Brisbane Ninja 1GB generic RAM Intel X25-M 80GB SSD for OS, apps H...
by colin2
Mon May 04, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: 23 CPU Cooler Roundup by Madshrimps
Replies: 23
Views: 21717

Did they do a scatterplot of the temperature/noise data?
by colin2
Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seven - and now Eight Years of SPCR!
Replies: 78
Views: 67215

I can't think of any PC-building site that has a higher signal/noise ratio than this one. Not even close. You've also built a good community on the forums. Part of it is that you've resisted pressure to get something new up every day. I really appreciate your geekish devotion to getting stuff right....
by colin2
Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Just one fan in the whole case...
Replies: 34
Views: 7254

No quarrel with your assessment, Vertigo. Just to clarify, I pulled out the fan-grilles etc. at the case front, so there's pretty unobstructed airflow from the front to the back and that's what the air does. This case allows very little airflow from the upper PSU chamber into the rest of the case. I...
by colin2
Sat Jan 31, 2009 10:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Just one fan in the whole case...
Replies: 34
Views: 7254

FWIW I have: Antec Solo BIOSTAR TA690G BE-2350 with Ninja Antec Phantom 500 PSU four 2.5" HDs and one 3.5" GIGABYTE GV-NX86T256H video card All cooled with a single 120mm fan, in the regular place exhausting from the back. AFAIK the backup fan on the Antec PSU has never come on, and the whole thing ...
by colin2
Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD suspension: best elastic material?
Replies: 13
Views: 4312

This is from a McMaster-Carr order a little while back. It's basically thin bungee cord; the polypropylene protects against sharp edges. Worked great.


50 Ft. 8858T821
Polypropylene Covered Elastic Cord 1/8" Diameter, Black (Same as 8858T82)
$4.50
by colin2
Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:16 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Caviar Black: WD's Performance 1TB HDD
Replies: 11
Views: 8533

Thanks for a timely review. I've usually used smaller and slower drives including notebook drives, OTOH you need more of them.

Suppose you want 2TB of capacity for a 24/7 server. From a power/noise standpoint, what's the best combination of drives?
by colin2
Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:04 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P5N7A-VM: Geforce 9300 IGP
Replies: 42
Views: 24401

Thanks a lot for doing this. Very enlightening and must have been a lot of work. What are the benefits that this setup would offer over a similar AMD package, using, say, a Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H with a low-power (maybe even Brisbane) CPU? Comparing reviews, the power usage seems pretty similar. I...
by colin2
Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:09 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low-power Seedbox/File-Server/NAS?
Replies: 21
Views: 7710

I've had similar thoughts and the VIA NAS 7800 jumped out in a search http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/mainboards/motherboards.jsp?motherboard_id=610 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5xyJ9An4E8 but apparently it's "not a consumer product" and the closest I can find to one on sale is http://www.e-itx...