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by LodeHacker
Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:13 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan undervolted (12V->7V); now no rpm readout?
Replies: 12
Views: 4297

That's not how it works. The fan doesn't disable anything, "Double" +12v sources would still give +12v since the sources are in parallel. I knew I was wrong. So it's like with batteries, I can have two 1.5V dry alkaline batteries give 3V or 1.5V, but last longer. So the same applies here, ok good t...
by LodeHacker
Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:10 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan undervolted (12V->7V); now no rpm readout?
Replies: 12
Views: 4297

Have you tried to connect the fans to the PSU directly using Molex connectors WITHOUT your 7V mod? At the same time, connect the fan's RPM data pin to the PWM connector just like you did in your previous test. I doubt it will work, because I think once the fan gets power from Molex it will disable t...
by LodeHacker
Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:59 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: For the same price: 1066Mhz CL5 or 800Mhz CL4 for gaming?
Replies: 8
Views: 2245

You just said I could underclock memory and have lower latency. Is it really possible to underclock a CL5 module to have CL4 timings?
by LodeHacker
Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:26 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: For the same price: 1066Mhz CL5 or 800Mhz CL4 for gaming?
Replies: 8
Views: 2245

For the same price: 1066Mhz CL5 or 800Mhz CL4 for gaming?

Hi! I am going to replace my current RAM sticks (Kingston ValueRAM, 4x512MB 667Mhz CL5) with high end Kingston HyperX memory (for my new 2009 gaming build). I am going to overclock the whole rig to a new level (got my salary finally, will get a Core 2 Extreme Quad too and a liquid cooling kit). I am...
by LodeHacker
Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:25 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need a low power system, have some parts...
Replies: 4
Views: 877

What about my processor... can I keep it or should I get rid of it? :) YOU SHOULD KEEP IT! Welcome to the E6300 Club (yes I have EXACTLY the same CPU). Why the E6300 and not one of the newer ones? Unless you're buying expensive quad cores or one of the older CPUs from Intel's E6xxx series then stic...
by LodeHacker
Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Cable management... is electrical tape good?
Replies: 15
Views: 3763

(how often are you doing this?) Often! Not too long ago I exchanged my ASUS P5LD2 in favor of the ASUS P5K WS. Right now I removed my SCSI card and two SCSI disks from my previous RAID configuration to replace with the new SATA disks (WD Raptor). Just recently my PSU changed to the Nexus NX-8040 mo...
by LodeHacker
Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:08 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Keyboard Recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 5939

Oversized Delete key = fail. Most Logitech keyboards have an "oversized" Delete key. I find it actually really nice, cause it's possible to just slam the Delete button if you're really in the mood to free up HDD space :D I think it's just a question of habits. I think I could put in my experience a...
by LodeHacker
Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:26 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Please do a PWM fans roundup!
Replies: 32
Views: 11660

I also think PWM fans are becoming increasingly useful. That's very true. I have built my PC myself with non-stock components and find my PC very good, but my sister had bought a Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo a while back and it has a very good feature that keeps me just wondering; on startup all fans spi...
by LodeHacker
Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:46 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Please do a PWM fans roundup!
Replies: 32
Views: 11660

I'm waiting for my Nexus PWM fanto come in the mail so even Nexus has jumped to the boat, not only Scythe and Arctic Cooling. For everyone new to PWM like myself, here are some interesting products: Akasa PWM splitter (allows connection of multiple PWM fans utilizing a single PWM connection): http:/...
by LodeHacker
Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PCI-Express Sound Cards
Replies: 3
Views: 1000

Call me an audiophile if you like or the grand master of sound cards, I started the thread "Sound cards: when and why you need them" too. Now to your problem. PCI Express sound cards are fairly new, but a handful of them are available already. Many companies do tend to make cheap versions of their o...
by LodeHacker
Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Cable management... is electrical tape good?
Replies: 15
Views: 3763

Electrical tape is fine, and it provides insulation so it is certainly safe. But I don't know of any electrical tape that does not leave a stickey mess when you take it off. My thoughts exactly. All the different types of electrical tape I have ever used left sticky stuff on the wires afterwards. I...
by LodeHacker
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Cable management... is electrical tape good?
Replies: 15
Views: 3763

Cable management... is electrical tape good?

Hi! I have used electrical tape rarely but find it nice because it doesn't leave the surface sticky once removed like other tape types. For cable management one could use zip ties, but that's just about it: they are "use once" solutions and if I need to route same cables differently I need to go and...
by LodeHacker
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Does Xigmatek HDT-S1283 or SD964 match Intel DG45FC
Replies: 10
Views: 1629

Linux guy: Take a look at the motherboard from the top: http://img.hexus.net/v2/internationalevents/cebit2008/TS/Thursday/D945G1-big.jpg The space for a CPU cooler looks VERY limited. I am not sure if it would even hold a ZALMAN CNPS-7000. And if it did, it would be a tight fit. The best for such sy...
by LodeHacker
Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:28 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: PWM fans in 3-pin socket, possible?
Replies: 1
Views: 950

PWM fans in 3-pin socket, possible?

Hi! I couldn't find this information anywhere, but PWM fans are getting a bit more popular now so I thought they were similar to 3-pin fans with better dynamics or something. So I put an order on a Nexus PWM fan and now I understood that the 4-pin connector is not Molex but similar to that of the CP...
by LodeHacker
Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:47 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silent vs cool
Replies: 17
Views: 8269

Silent vs cool

Hi!

What's more important to you, that your components run cooler or that your environment is warmer, but still at a safe temp gaining silence?

- LodeHacker
by LodeHacker
Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Does Xigmatek HDT-S1283 or SD964 match Intel DG45FC
Replies: 10
Views: 1629

Looks like it could fit a ZALMAN CNPS-7000 but it would be a VERY tight fit. I think the best would be to look for a much smaller northbridge heatsink. Preferably copper as it will do a good or even better job than the current aluminium and no warranty lost. Then you could easily fit in a cooler lik...
by LodeHacker
Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sound cards: when and why you need them.
Replies: 52
Views: 10552

Monkeh16 wrote:That and you don't need to use ALSA. ;)
You have a very solid trust to your path. Respect.
by LodeHacker
Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sound cards: when and why you need them.
Replies: 52
Views: 10552

Heh the benefit of VMix is that you can change individual stream levels. True. Almost forgot due to the problems with OSS ;) envy24control is awesome in that monitoring any signal coming in and out is very easy. Also, routing the hardware I/Os to do something else (like output analog input to S/PDIF...
by LodeHacker
Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sound cards: when and why you need them.
Replies: 52
Views: 10552

Why VMix if your card supports hardware mixing? Anyway, here's a BIG download (265KB). It's basically everything about envy24control with my own help texts. Behold the power of envy24control: http://willhostforfood.com/files3/4014534/envy.png

Cheers, LodeHacker.
by LodeHacker
Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sound cards: when and why you need them.
Replies: 52
Views: 10552

funny that you mention that Super Flower case. I remember talking to someone about it a long time ago. they had some interesting problems with it, ranging from the fact that it only uses 80mm fans, to the top vent, and the lack of effective dust filters (but they had two large dogs). I hate spendin...
by LodeHacker
Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sound cards: when and why you need them.
Replies: 52
Views: 10552

Interesting facts there and no offense taken :) We have Fujitsu Siemens CELSIUS machines at school, they also have Creative X-Fi cards with that front panel on one of the DVD bays installed. I am not so impressed of Creative either, but you can't go wrong with an Audigy. Sure it has its problems as ...
by LodeHacker
Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: power efficient light gaming build
Replies: 10
Views: 2967

Hi! Have you ever had any hands on experience with the Antec Three Hundred? I was at a tight budget as well and thought the case was great. Many reviews recommended it. However, once I got it it was really troublesome. First, you need to get a couple of fans for the front and replace the back exhaus...
by LodeHacker
Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sound cards: when and why you need them.
Replies: 52
Views: 10552

Btw, have you had the opportunity to ever test a Envy24 card in Linux? I use one in Linux myself, with OSS instead of ALSA, it works very nicely. Excellent cards, although mine (M-Audio 2496) is relatively low end (96dB SNR, but it still sounds better than similiarly specced onboard devices, and th...
by LodeHacker
Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sound cards: when and why you need them.
Replies: 52
Views: 10552

Hi Linux guy (btw, it's refreshing to see some Linux folk on non-Linux forums too!) Thanks for the kind comments, but there's a single thing I need to tell you. Your Audigy, the Audigy SE is much better than the "real" Audigy cards quality wise, because it does not have the EMU10K2 processor and is ...
by LodeHacker
Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sound cards: when and why you need them.
Replies: 52
Views: 10552

Hi! Yet another audio dude? A special way to start a feedback, but is appreciated as well. You all have some good points too, but I thought that talking about interference would be a bit off the main point of my mini-howto, that's why I didn't mention why there could be hiss. However let me tell you...
by LodeHacker
Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sound cards: when and why you need them.
Replies: 52
Views: 10552

Sound cards: when and why you need them.

Hello! I'm a long time reader of SPCR, been basing most of my orders on what's reviewed here and have gained a lot of knowledge on PCs and cooling, thanks to SPCR. To make my introduction sweet and short, I'm from the orient, live in Finland and I am a 16-year-old musician. Did I mention I'm very in...