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by tim851
Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:51 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?
Replies: 28
Views: 16899

Re: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?

You could do that in loads of other cases, why pick this one (or the predecessor), it doesn't make sense for such lousy hardware as you have specced that will work in such a case. Either spec a better case for gaming, or pick another case to put 4x 3.5"+ HDD's into and use as a server. How is a Rad...
by tim851
Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Just pick the case!
Replies: 36
Views: 9448

Re: Just pick the case!

Jesus imaginary christ, if someone would just put a mic to the carbide with all speed settings and post it on youtube I would immediately see if it is acceptable or not. No, you wouldn't. Cooling a 2550 is trivial if you choose a big heatsink. The GTX 680 should be relatively quiet on idle, but I'd...
by tim851
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:41 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Can I buy a system "from" SPCR?
Replies: 27
Views: 13079

Re: Can I buy a system "from" SPCR?

downwitch wrote:Does SPCR have to get compensated on my shopping spree? No. Would I like it to, because of what I've learned here over the years? Yes. Do means exist to Allow It To Be So?
Have you thought about the non-complicated way of accomplishing this by just sending Mike 50$ via donate@silentpcreview.com?
by tim851
Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fanless PSU with absolutely no electrical buzzing noise?
Replies: 4
Views: 1966

Re: Fanless PSU with absolutely no electrical buzzing noise?

It's a defect if a PSU does this. The manufacturer will claim it's within tolerance, but no PSU is designed to buzz. It's usually power conversion circuitry that emits these noises. Mainboard or graphics cards can emit them too, so can monitors. Smartphones and tablets run off batteries and don't ne...
by tim851
Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: to match...or not to match...brands in the Antec P183
Replies: 27
Views: 4566

Re: to match...or not to match...brands in the Antec P183

A 750w PSU is absolute overkill for your specs. I run a GTX560 and an i5-2500k on an Enermax 500w PSU and I still feel it's overpowered. I would've liked something around 400w for it, but it's getting almost impossible to find PSUs in that wattage. If you're waiting for Ivy Bridge anyways, you will ...
by tim851
Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Get a load of this internship "opening" More News
Replies: 16
Views: 4289

Re: Get a load of this internship "opening"

This opening is stupid. It is self-contradictory.

Nobody who applies for this internship and meets all the requirements will meet the last and most important one: an entrepreneurial, motivated, self-starter attitude.
by tim851
Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: A general question
Replies: 20
Views: 3806

Re: A general question

GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 = 75w (just about) Kingston Hyper X (2x4gb) = so small i5 2500 = 95w 2*SEAGATE 3.5" 1TB Barracuda Sata 3.0 32MB Cache 7200Rpm = 20w ZALMAN CNPS5X cpu fan = ? Quadro 600 = 40w 2-3 fans = 8-10w DVD writer = 30w I highly doubt that a Z68-mainboard will draw 75w. I doubt any board ...
by tim851
Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:37 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Baked! - or the dangers of software fan control
Replies: 4
Views: 2494

Re: Baked! - or the dangers of software fan control

Speedfan did f*ck up for me too. It stopped adjusting the fan speeds. But the app stayed responsive. Never found out what it was, because happened to reinstall Windows the next day. Now it's working again. I do have a BIOS CPU warning temperature set though, that makes a ghastly noise if the temps g...
by tim851
Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:10 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silent Lian Li PC-A04
Replies: 34
Views: 31605

Re: Silent Lian Li PC-A04

You don't need the front fans. I think they might even be counter-productive. Without the front fans producing positive air pressure, fresh air would be sucked in through the 80mm-fan-hole in the back, thereby providing some additional airflow across the mainboard VRM area. Or you could close the 80...
by tim851
Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help With Digital Audio Workstation Build !!!
Replies: 47
Views: 6522

Re: Help With Digital Audio Workstation Build !!!

Intel Processors since Clarksdale/Lynnfield in late 2009 all ship with a GPU (graphics chip). These used to be on mainboards, now they're directly in the CPU (processor). But not all mainboard chipsets support the GPU. Currently that is the P67. Whoever in Intel's marketing dept. came up with this i...
by tim851
Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PC for my parents
Replies: 15
Views: 2594

Re: PC for my parents

Hm. Are your parents unhappy with the performance of the current setup? Windows 7 should install fine on the current rig. The A8-3870 seems to be a horrible pick. It's not just that few people would recommend this CPU at all, but a quad core whose only redeeming quality is the gaming power of the in...
by tim851
Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:20 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: high end silent case
Replies: 16
Views: 4266

Re: high end silent case

The P183, for example, has much better airflow through its door, as does the P280. Most of the Fractal cases have decent airflow even w/ the door closed. Indeed. They achieve this by cutting open the sides of the front doors. And when I observe the way most people place their towers - somewhere on ...
by tim851
Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:43 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: high end silent case
Replies: 16
Views: 4266

Re: high end silent case

To be honest, I've never gotten the rave about cases being a silent factor. Most modern cases have 12cm fans in the front and back. That's the most important thing. Cooling performance will depend on what kinds of fans you stick in there. A front door will muffle the noise, but will also greatly red...
by tim851
Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Naomi Klein: Capitalism vs. the Climate
Replies: 74
Views: 16995

Re: Naomi Klein: Capitalism vs. the Climate

I think we need to be reasonable. There's no way we'll leave an economically feasible amount of oil in the ground. That's unrealistic to think and thus a waste of time talking about. We need to start focussing all our efforts on dealing with two degrees warming, since any realist knows it can't be a...
by tim851
Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:02 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion
Replies: 120
Views: 26856

Re: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion

Oh dear, immature pseudo-communist banter alert. We need capitalists like Jobs. If you tell Wozniack, that your mom wouldn't buy a computer 'cause it's too hard to use, he'll say: "Too bad, she's missing out!" - If you tell Jobs, he'll say: "Too bad, I'm missing out!" He'll quickly realize that his ...
by tim851
Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:21 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is Passive CPU Cooling Best for Silent Computing?
Replies: 48
Views: 91650

Re: Is Passive CPU Cooling Best for Silent Computing?

A bottom PSU will draw cool air out of the system as it's placed low down (unless the fan is sucking in from the bottom of the case outside) if it's reversed inside the case it simply helps to take cooler air out which is counter productive to overall system temperatures. Any air that's being exhau...
by tim851
Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:55 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Re: Mike's final sign-off - POSTPONED
Replies: 70
Views: 93296

Re: Mike's final sign-off

[quote="rpsgc"]Except, of course, for gigawatt PSUs like andymcca said and video cards that despite all the improvements still get hot and noisy.[/quote] Even Kilowatt PSUs today are virtually silent unless they are actually putting out a Kilowatt, at which point they probably have to be loud. And w...
by tim851
Wed May 18, 2011 6:02 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion
Replies: 120
Views: 26856

Re: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion

Where did the new ones come from and why? Where do they come from? I had hoped that you parents would have explained that to you by now. Ah, I see, the Mac enthusiasts are all 14 years and younger then. Makes perfect sense. Bankruptcy and 12 year low stock price are not the same. Please avoid the h...
by tim851
Wed May 18, 2011 5:21 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion
Replies: 120
Views: 26856

Re: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion

Do you see any value in Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX then? What about Shuttle Cubes. In your world, they all wouldn't exist, would they? Why dont you put some words into my mouth :roll: while you are spewing rubbish that no one has even mentioned. I didn't put words into your mouth. YOU said you wouldn't ...
by tim851
Wed May 18, 2011 2:46 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion
Replies: 120
Views: 26856

Re: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion

The cultists were always there, just fewer of them back then. Where did the new ones come from and why? But I disagree that Apple was close to bankruptcy We can disagree on what consitutes "close", but in Dec 1997 their stock price hit a 12 year low never reached again. So all the ballyhoo about br...
by tim851
Tue May 17, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion
Replies: 120
Views: 26856

Re: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion

One of the points being made is that even if Apple makes very good products ("fabulous" is an overstatement), the reason they cost so much is that a large percentage of the buyers are Apple cult members and that drives up the price to higher than what other companies are able to charge for comparab...
by tim851
Tue May 17, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion
Replies: 120
Views: 26856

Re: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion

a small tower PC can be hidden, are you suggesting that it is really worth £300 NOT to bother hiding it.? Do you see any value in Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX then? What about Shuttle Cubes. In your world, they all wouldn't exist, would they? A simple but generally pointless counter argument would be alon...
by tim851
Tue May 17, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion
Replies: 120
Views: 26856

Re: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion

Just had a shock comparing a £999 iMac with a much, much faster PC that costs £832.60 although you would have to build it yourself Yeah, the other day I bought a Big Mac for 3 bucks and then found out that I could've made a bigger sandwhich myself for half of that... At the very least you have to c...
by tim851
Sat May 14, 2011 4:29 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PaQ (Powerful and Quiet) case
Replies: 5
Views: 1832

Re: PaQ (Powerful and Quiet) case

How is this design different from typical server cases?

They usually have their fans in the middle of the case too.
by tim851
Thu May 12, 2011 5:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Lets discuss illegal drugs - and legal ones too
Replies: 57
Views: 17139

Re: Lets discuss illegal drugs - and legal ones too

I agree with djkest. If Crack or Heroine were legal, they'd produce more problems than Alcohol. I know lots of people who can handle Alcohol. From what I've heard, it's next to impossible to handle Crack or Cocaine. I've read a couple of times that Marihuana was criminalized for political reasons. E...
by tim851
Thu May 12, 2011 4:45 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Skype to be bundled with Windows 8 - Confirmed
Replies: 16
Views: 5188

Re: Skype to be bundled with windows 8 - theory

To be honest, I don't get Microsoft a lot of the time. I never understood the Browser Wars. Internet Explorer is free. Why care if people use Netscape (or today: Firefox, Chrome, Opera) ? Now Skype. It's basically the admission that the Windows Live Messenger was a failure. And what did they make th...
by tim851
Wed May 11, 2011 2:19 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Phenom II X4 955 and Athlon II X4 640 idle power?
Replies: 8
Views: 4251

Re: Phenom II X4 955 and Athlon II X4 640 idle power?

So how come Xbitlabs measure only 5 W difference but servethehome measures 16 W difference? I see many reviews with different results of idle power consumption. They don't measure the power consumption of the CPU, they measure the power consumption of the whole system. servethehome used a Gigabyte ...
by tim851
Tue May 10, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Filter Bubbles or Why I won't be so quick to use lmgtfy.com
Replies: 10
Views: 3487

Re: Filter Bubbles or Why I won't be so quick to use lmgtfy.

Very interesting. I think user-oriented filtering is still better than censorship. But the thought of SkyNet subtly dumbing down our filter bubbles has crossed my mind too. If we bring morality into the game, the problem becomes: who's morality. Who knows if the gatekeeper really wants what's best f...
by tim851
Tue May 10, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: My CPU heatsink is SOO loud! Help please!
Replies: 8
Views: 3437

Re: My CPU heatsink is SOO loud! Help please!

From what I gather, your main problem is that the CPU fan is spinning too high. If I'm looking at your picture right and using a reference pic of your mainboard, it looks, as though you might have plugged the CPU-fan into a 3-pin header. Directly above that should be a 4-pin header. If the CPU-fan i...
by tim851
Sun May 08, 2011 7:55 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Silent CPU cooler for socket A?
Replies: 13
Views: 4095

Re: Silent CPU cooler for socket A?

There's also the Zalman CNPS6x00 - the flower heatsink. They were pretty good, although the fan mounting is a little weird. Ebay currently lists two of them, albeit absurdly expensive: http://cgi.ebay.com/Zalman-CNPS6000-CU-FHS-CPU-Coolers-/260760000293?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb681d725 http...