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by trandy1001
Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung F2 EcoGreen HD502HI: Silent 500GB 3.5" HDD
Replies: 77
Views: 40945

I just recently purchased the 1TB version of this drive (Ecogreen F2). I am pleased to report that it is the best overall drive I've ever used, it is almost as fast as the 500gb single platter Seagate 7200.12 drive I use as a system drive and has better vibrational characteristics than the 640gb WD ...
by trandy1001
Tue May 26, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Innovation Cooling IC Diamond 7 TIM: Result
Replies: 6
Views: 2160

Ok so I guess I'll post my result here as well. Right now I am running the stress test for my HD4770. Test Setup: I am using my HTPC rig as it is my most powerful and versatile setup I've got, GPU fan speeds are fixed at 30% (point of inaudibility from 1m) and 100% using Catalyst Control Center v9.3...
by trandy1001
Sun May 24, 2009 2:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Innovation Cooling IC Diamond 7 TIM Giveaway/Testing
Replies: 206
Views: 204943

Just got my sample, I am excited to get started testing it.
by trandy1001
Sat May 16, 2009 4:23 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: A perfectionist HTPC build, The PITA of Media
Replies: 32
Views: 18983

Well I am short on words today, but I can honestly say awesome job on the build and I am jealous as all hell.

I should post my build sometime in the gallery, once it all comes together.
by trandy1001
Sat May 16, 2009 4:14 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Innovation Cooling IC Diamond 7 TIM Giveaway/Testing
Replies: 206
Views: 204943

I'll help them test it out. I've got a 45 watt dual and a 95 watt triple core to find various results.


I've also got a couple graphics cards that would be more than happy to be guinea pigs.
by trandy1001
Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seven - and now Eight Years of SPCR!
Replies: 78
Views: 67192

I'd like to extend my gratitude for all the wonderful content that can be found on this website and within its community of devoted PC silencers. Congratulations on seven years of great works and here's to hoping for another seven years (at least) of wonderful new content and keeping noise makers ho...
by trandy1001
Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:43 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Why is ATX STILL Alive?
Replies: 57
Views: 34380

Why not invert the ATX standard and then reinforce the videocard mounting mechanism. Then it would be a matter of placing the PCI (or PCI-e) slots below the main card(s) and then creating a mountable tower heatsink for GPU. Or instead of making a GPU "socket" just re-engineer the slot that is alread...
by trandy1001
Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:23 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: More confused than ever - "best" quiet gaming card
Replies: 35
Views: 9753

I agree with above posters, unless you are gunning to play crysis maxed out, you will not need anything above an HD4670 for your resolution. That card is the lowest wattage, but maybe not necessarily the best value for money in terms of performance. So you may want to factor that in. 9800GT/8800GT (...
by trandy1001
Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 104183

Thanks for taking the time to answer all of these questions Jay T! The I've been following the Maui platform for quite a while now and I have been really intrigued by it. Right now, the only function it would give me is the D2 audio amp card on top of my existing setup, since I specifically found a ...
by trandy1001
Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:42 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: eVGA 9800 GT vs. 8800 GTS (fan noise)
Replies: 4
Views: 2607

HD 3850 stock is only exception in noisy single slots... But doesn't Evga allow changing heatsink without voiding a warranty, then it would be good to simply get Accelero S1 and use it passively or put slow speed 120mm fan on it with zipties. I thought EVGA made a dual slot Akimbo cooler specifical...
by trandy1001
Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 104183

From all of the initial impressions I have seen from reviewers, I am tempted to believe that the audio quality is fairly decent. So I would not quickly pass judgment that this is a low end platform for cheesy audio. What this looks like to me is an attempt at an elegant affordable solution to those ...
by trandy1001
Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:23 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: fanless PCI
Replies: 10
Views: 2793

What about a USB solution like EVGA's UV Plus?

Might be easier and cheaper.

Another way to do it is to have a 780v motherboard from AMD and a single PCI-express graphics card. I know that this configuration can support four monitors.
by trandy1001
Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: X3 710 build instead of Q6600
Replies: 27
Views: 7682

I've got the Phenom II 710, and I think that it is in fact the stepping that can be unlocked, but i don't have the right motherboard to do it :(. So moot point. In any case, I have it paired with a 9800GT in a 780G based Gigabyte motherboard. The performance difference between this and the Phenom ba...
by trandy1001
Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:51 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cool to the touch Ninja despite 1.5V dual core.. Odd or not?
Replies: 16
Views: 4060

E8400 is a peice of work. I got mine to boot into windows at 4.75ghz on a DS3L P35 gigabyte board with an Ultra-120. 4.5ghz benchable. Those are some sick numbers with some sick temps, lol. Mine was voltage happy, it wouldn't clock past 3.33ghz on stock but when I really fed it, it would just keep g...
by trandy1001
Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:15 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: CPU heatsink for Antec Fusion uATX?
Replies: 5
Views: 1757

Hey alexh, For the most part, Antec NSK cases come with a pretty decent earthwatts (mostly by seasonic, some by delta). The thing is, if you do switch out to a new power supply, the cord from the atx power connector to the front VFD or LCD screen goes with it so you need to get an adapter from antec...
by trandy1001
Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: CPU heatsink for Antec Fusion uATX?
Replies: 5
Views: 1757

True that, Scythe Ninja Mini is the heatsink to use in an Antec Fusion, etc. case. Fits like it was designed for it. I own one and I can honestly say there is literally nothing better for the case.
by trandy1001
Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:30 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My very first "built by my own" computer :)
Replies: 109
Views: 45647

It isn't necessary to have just above ambient temps. But in the same way, it isn't necessary to have an ultra quiet computer. It is just the way of a computer enthusiast to have the "best" (insert user changeable variable here). That would include temps, benchmarking speed, decibels, and even the ap...
by trandy1001
Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:32 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My very first "built by my own" computer :)
Replies: 109
Views: 45647

She's intending to do medical simulations and other power-intensive tasks. By no means should a 5400RPM HDD ever touch that, it will maul the effectiveness of that multiple-grand computer. Perhaps as a program files drive it wouldn't perform as well, but for general storage there is no reason not t...
by trandy1001
Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:39 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My very first "built by my own" computer :)
Replies: 109
Views: 45647

Temps are not terrible in the least. I'm running under 30c load with a nearly passive Ninja Mini, but that's because I'm using a 45w AMD BE-2400. I'm pretty obsessive about temps, which is why I'm nervous about my northbridge (780g) chip running too warm (bios says high 30's, speedfan says something...
by trandy1001
Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:59 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My very first "built by my own" computer :)
Replies: 109
Views: 45647

Careful, a computer hobby can grow to be very expensive and take up a lot of space. But you have one leg up in that A) you enjoy silent computing so the noise won't be an annoyance and B) you are a girl so it's much less likely that you will have an angry girlfriend/wife to deal with when you consta...
by trandy1001
Tue Feb 10, 2009 5:11 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: News: AMD Phenom II processors for AM3
Replies: 48
Views: 17554

Aris - that's like complaining about how crappy the per capita income in Colombia is compared with the US. You're comparing a relatively small company with the industry giant - I read somewhere that Intel's R+D spending is greater than AMD's entire earnings. Even if that figure is slightly wonky, t...
by trandy1001
Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: News: AMD Phenom II processors for AM3
Replies: 48
Views: 17554

Wonderful news!

I've been looking forward to this set of processors since I first heard about them. AMD really needed to gain some price footing still and this is where they get it.

I will be even more excited when I start seeing some value priced low wattage parts.
by trandy1001
Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:34 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mini-ITX: MSI IM-GM45 or Intel DG45FC (unusual perspective)
Replies: 12
Views: 5355

You could get the Atom based ITX board and then give it a PCI graphics card, like the ATI 2400 PRO.

Should be sufficient for most uses.
by trandy1001
Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:35 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My very first "built by my own" computer :)
Replies: 109
Views: 45647

There is a version called the HR-03 GTX designed specifically for the GTX 260 and GTX 280 cards.
by trandy1001
Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:45 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My very first "built by my own" computer :)
Replies: 109
Views: 45647

Personally I'd pass on the aftermarket coolers for the 260. My two have never bothered me with their noise, and they really look good :lol: If I had cards with a partial shroud like ATi models and 8 and lower Nv, I'd find it worthwhile, but the full-shroud design manages to look and sound good at t...
by trandy1001
Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My very first "built by my own" computer :)
Replies: 109
Views: 45647

Love what you've done so far, and also a bit jealous.

Cooler looks very similar to my good 'ol Ultra-120, but the heatpipes are not staggered.

Definitely looking forward to seeing what's down the line.

Are you going to use aftermarket coolers on the graphics card?
by trandy1001
Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:34 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My very first "built by my own" computer :)
Replies: 109
Views: 45647

Hi, I guess I'm new to this thread but the premise interested me. I just recently helped a friend of mine pick components for a low end graphics workstation. I decided to have him go Nvidia due to their implementation of parallel computing on the GPU which may or may not be important as time goes on...
by trandy1001
Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:13 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright HR-01 3U = Scythe Ninja Mini Killer?
Replies: 13
Views: 4487

Socket 771 is pretty similar to Socket 775 so one could with slight or no modding get it to work, but who's gonna pay for that unless they have something it really works with guaranteed? I had a look at that heat sink... Duh it's only aluminium. I checked what else does Thermalright make... Duh the...
by trandy1001
Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright HR-01 3U = Scythe Ninja Mini Killer?
Replies: 13
Views: 4487

Thermalright HR-01 3U = Scythe Ninja Mini Killer?

Ok, maybe not, but it could be a contender. A tower cooler with similar dimensions. Less pipes and surface area but more solid construction. As I remeber the HR-01 was beaten by the Ninja, but seemed to do better in a lower airflow environment. The smaller profile might also help it slip into those ...
by trandy1001
Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:13 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ThermalTake SpinQ: Unique Blower-fan Heatsink
Replies: 25
Views: 11432

I think the concept is sound but the execution is rather lacking as with so many other good ideas in any field. I think MikeC has it right on where the design is sorely lacking in heat dissipation area. I also wonder how it would have been had the heatsink and blower been designed as a vertical cyli...