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by pm.stacker
Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:54 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silverstone ML03 HTPC build
Replies: 10
Views: 16284

Re: New Silverstone ML03 i3-2100T build

Just cancelled mobo and CPU order since on their website they listed them as "immediately available" but that ain't the truth... Now I'll try to get my hands on a i3-2100T ultra-low power :mrgreen: Tested the NT07-1156, it is very silent in Q mode (more noisy in P mode :wink:) Since I won't have the...
by pm.stacker
Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:09 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silverstone ML03 HTPC build
Replies: 10
Views: 16284

Silverstone ML03 HTPC build

I have a plan to recycle the big fat Lian-Li PC-C34BF as a huge server in a friend's rack system, so here it is my new quiet HTPC project :mrgreen: some components arrived today :wink: Case Silverstone SST-ML03B Milo series MicroATX CPU Intel Core i3-2100T, Silverstone NT07-1156 ultra-low height coo...
by pm.stacker
Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9455

Re: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC

Well, there's the WD10TPVT :-)
by pm.stacker
Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9455

Re: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC

I just replaced the Chieftec backplane: not sure if it was that one or the InLine round cables, but I was having trouble with the 2.5" HDDs with failed formatting and sudden disconnecting. Exchanged cables with some better ones and the backplane with a Icy Box IB2222SSK and now everything's fine :-D...
by pm.stacker
Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation
Replies: 63
Views: 30697

Re: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation

Some sensor readings in June. The high GPU temp is due to the dual screen handling, in single screen mode it drops to 68 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/WS2/110604_E53.jpg RevodriveX2 card, block size 512K, stripe size 32K http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/WS2/11060...
by pm.stacker
Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation
Replies: 63
Views: 30697

Re: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation

UPS modifying, not to silence the 24V Adda fan, just to remove some "box" noise and to gain much better airflow, so fan stays on less http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/WS2/WNT_8538.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/WS2/WNT_8539.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/album...
by pm.stacker
Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation
Replies: 63
Views: 30697

Re: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation

Ugh have a LOT of pics to post :lol: Quad Blu-ray reading and writing, all drives eSATA http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/WORKSTATION/WNT_8484.jpg Fitting the OCZ VTX2-60G behind the front buttons/ports http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/WORKSTATION/WNT_8495.jpg Remaki...
by pm.stacker
Sun May 15, 2011 6:46 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9455

Re: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC

Being able to resuscitate the VTX2-60 SSD I will use it in my workstation :-) so my HTPC will remain totally HDD-based :-)
by pm.stacker
Sun May 15, 2011 6:45 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation
Replies: 63
Views: 30697

Re: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation

Using the "power off for a couple days" procedure it seems I was able to "resuscitate" my VTX2 60G SSD, so now it is candidate for VM operations :-)
by pm.stacker
Sat May 14, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation
Replies: 63
Views: 30697

Re: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation

Since the RMA procedure for a faulty Vertex2E 60G drive won't be quick (at least 10 days), I decided to swap the Hitachi 7K500-320 drive from my HTPC and use it to host the VMware data. It is very good as for performance (better than the WD3200BEKT) and since I didn't see much performance improvemen...
by pm.stacker
Sat May 14, 2011 7:37 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9455

Re: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC

After trying all the 80 fans I have :mrgreen: I found out the S-FLEX made a clicking noise, CM ultra silent vibrate too much and Enermax UCEV8 are useless (max speed at 37 °C :roll:). So for now I reverted to the good old dual-ball Verax Ventilatoren Typ 80KPE with the NTC placed between two heatpip...
by pm.stacker
Tue May 10, 2011 12:20 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation
Replies: 63
Views: 30697

Re: My dual Xeon workstation, 8 fans and still fairly quiet

I conducted some stress tests with the new ducted cooling solution: first, man it's DIY made and not that well but it's efficient :shock: a single exhaust Slipstream fan can handle two E5520 Xeons with their HR-01 towers: Linpacking for 30 mins makes the fan spin up to a mere 850 RPM and CPUs to jus...
by pm.stacker
Tue May 10, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9455

Re: The quiet beast: Lian Li PC-C34F based HTPC

Updated config in 1st post: have a C2D E7500 on the way, plus a nice fanless Seasonic X-400 GOLD :-D :-D. Other updates are a HVR1700 in place of the Terratec card (never used dual DVB-T and I need a video line input) and some minor enhancements :wink:
by pm.stacker
Thu May 05, 2011 2:21 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation
Replies: 63
Views: 30697

Re: My dual Xeon workstation, 8 fans and still fairly quiet

Been experimenting with the Samuel17's, they're quite good coolers being that very tiny size they can manage even a 80W old-style Nehalem Xeon :mrgreen: now I have to experiment with the fans: Enermax UCCL12 are useless in HSF since once placed near a grille they stop producing any kind of airflow (...
by pm.stacker
Thu May 05, 2011 2:03 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Various 1U silent builds
Replies: 9
Views: 10208

Re: Various 1U silent builds

Updates :-D Memory now is 4096 MB DDR2-800 (Kingston VLP low-profile). Storage, now we have a single WD3200BEVT boot drive and 4x WD20EARS drives, configured 2x RAID1 but plan on upgrading to RAID10, plus various external recycled HDDs in a Raidsonic USB removable enclosure. OS is now Windows 7 Home...
by pm.stacker
Tue May 03, 2011 3:07 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9455

Re: The quiet beast: Lian Li PC-C34F based HTPC

Some little updates coming :-D now this thing can be used also as a little DAW :wink:
by pm.stacker
Tue May 03, 2011 3:05 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation
Replies: 63
Views: 30697

Re: My dual Xeon workstation, 8 fans and still fairly quiet

A Nvidia Quadro 4000 card just arrived :-D :-D Another test: I will try to adapt two Prolimatech Samuel17 ultra-low profile CPU coolers to the Xeon mounting system, if they fit on my S7025 mobo I will try to place them so the 120 fan cools the DIMMs too :-D (maybe the S17 is a little small for a E55...
by pm.stacker
Tue May 03, 2011 3:01 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Various 1U silent builds
Replies: 9
Views: 10208

Re: Various 1U silent builds

That ain't a Wifi adapter but an old Terratec DVB-T TV key, with external antenna F socket DIY :-). It still is used on the last server build with this case. DSL: the cardreader is the Travla original one which fits this case model (TE1160), sold separately. It natively accepts CF cards only, it con...
by pm.stacker
Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:12 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation
Replies: 63
Views: 30697

Re: My dual Xeon workstation, 8 fans and still fairly quiet

The new Asus U3S6 card... still haven't tested it for speed compared to a X1 USB3.0 card http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/WS2/th_WNT_8357.jpg Detaching the NH-U12DXes to test some recycled HR-01s http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/WS2/th_WNT_8364.jpg Repositioning som...
by pm.stacker
Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:56 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Technical collaboration: PWM to linear fan control
Replies: 8
Views: 1997

Re: Technical collaboration: PWM to linear fan control

Oh it's a very very simple circuit I found somewhere on the net, just shrunk enough to fit on a micro pcb :-) tacho and + wires directly connected with the negative on a BC337 NPN to control speed. Base of BC337 is driven via 1K res from the PWM wire which is open collector so it needs a pull-up but...
by pm.stacker
Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Technical collaboration: PWM to linear fan control
Replies: 8
Views: 1997

Re: Technical collaboration: PWM to linear fan control

I put it mainly as a monitor to confirm that +12V are coming to the board (because the cables I made don't have keyed connectors so they could be plugged in reversed...), but it acts also as a little "bling", anyway it can be removed easily :-). If you want I have the circuit layout too, but for exp...
by pm.stacker
Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Technical collaboration: PWM to linear fan control
Replies: 8
Views: 1997

Re: Technical collaboration: PWM to linear fan control

My version, fewer components, standard input pin alignment (-/+/TCH/PWM)
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by pm.stacker
Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation
Replies: 63
Views: 30697

Re: My dual Xeon workstation, 9 fans and still fairly quiet

First, let's make some little circuits to turn any 3-pin fan into a PWM fan :-) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/WORKSTATION/th_WNT_8256.jpg They don't interfere with the airflow and are mounted to the fan frame via a M4 bolt http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/WORKSTA...
by pm.stacker
Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:39 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The quiet beast: dual Xeon and Quadro 4000 workstation
Replies: 63
Views: 30697

Re: My dual Xeon workstation, 9 fans and still fairly quiet

Some little modifications are coming :-) I'll try once more experimenting with the Noctua fans, since the NH-U12DX are some very very nice piece of coolers :-)
Will try to put the Multilane connector directly in the case, to free up the 7th PCI-E slot :-D
by pm.stacker
Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:30 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9455

Re: The quiet beast: Lian Li PC-C34F based HTPC

Replaced the WD3200BEKT with a Seagate hybrid 500GB drive and the oldest 160GB with a WD5000BEVT :) and replaced the Cinergy 1400 DVB-T with a FlyDVB-T Hybrid, since the line input (S-video) on the Cinergy couldn't be used on Win7 :-(
by pm.stacker
Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9455

Re: The quiet beast: Lian Li PC-C34F based HTPC

Some little updates, I modified the configuration on the first post :-) 4-in-1 2.5" SAS backplane, of course fans removed and trays soundproofed :wink: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/RACK5/th_SPR_6950.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/RACK5/th_SPR_6951.jpg http...
by pm.stacker
Sat Dec 11, 2010 3:54 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9455

Re: The quiet beast: Lian Li PC-C34F based HTPC

I prefer compatibility over brute capacity :mrgreen: and why not recycle some HDDs I have laying around instead of throwing them away since they're too small to be sold as used? :-D. I chose 1.0 TB because they heat up and vibrate less than 2.0 TB and because I want always the opportunity to set up ...
by pm.stacker
Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9455

Re: The quiet beast: Lian Li PC-C34F based HTPC

I modified the topic title since I added a 4x2.5"-in-5.25" backplane to host up to 8 drives :mrgreen: obviously the backplane's been slightly soundproofed :wink: Added a $30 Marvell 6145 controller card, replaced the WD10EACS drives with two WD10EARS and planning on replacing the 500G with a fourth ...
by pm.stacker
Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:16 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9455

Re: Quiet big HTPC - Lian-Li PC-C34F based

Here it comes the silent beast :mrgreen: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/RACK5/th_SPR_6900.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/RACK5/th_SPR_6901.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/dunk5.1dts/RACK5/th_SPR_6902.jpg Removing the stock fan from the hotswap cag...
by pm.stacker
Wed Dec 08, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 9455

The silent beast: PC-C34F-based 8-HDD HTPC

After dismantling the Thermaltake Bach based HTPC I had, I decided to build a new one with the recycled hardware components, except for the case and some minor things (2 fans), I waited 2 months and I was finally able to obtain a huge Lian-Li PC-C34BF ATX HTPC case. It seems huge but it is only 10mm...