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by JamieG
Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Nexus Value 430 PSU: Affordable Silence
Replies: 149
Views: 76218

Desperately trying to source one of these in Australia. Has anybody had any luck importing them at a reasonable cost? I'd even happily settle for a used one. I was told by one of the guys that works at PC Case Gear in Melbourne (my usual source for quiet PC parts) that the Nexus Value 430 has not r...
by JamieG
Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Another PicoPSU success story
Replies: 2
Views: 1060

You might be pushing it to fit most 120mm fan tower heatsinks into that case. I would consider some of the following blow-down heatsinks: - Scythe Kabuto - Scythe Grand Kama Cross - Scythe Zipang - Noctua NH-C12P - Xigmatek HDT-D1284 - Cooler Master Geminii S OR a 92mm fan tower-style heatsink: - Xi...
by JamieG
Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Selected New Build Components
Replies: 4
Views: 1059

Re: Selected New Build Components

Nexus Real Silent 92mm Fan with PWM control #30814 X2 I'm curious why you are buying 92mm PWM fans when this case supports front and rear 120mm fans - unless I am missing something? I also didn't see an aftermarket CPU cooler on your list. I'd go with a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ with the stock fan re...
by JamieG
Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:24 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: 4 Smart Drive 2002 hard drive silencers/coole​rs
Replies: 5
Views: 1492

PM sent.
by JamieG
Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: 4 Smart Drive 2002 hard drive silencers/coole​rs
Replies: 5
Views: 1492

Would you consider shipping internationally to Australia?
by JamieG
Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: parts for a quiet HTPC
Replies: 14
Views: 2354

But the GD04 might have 1 important advantage: stealthed bluray drive. There's 1 thing my wife (yep her, less for me, but still) annoys more than fan noise and that's the blinking of a LED while watching TV. The GD04 does have a power LED. Does anyone know what color it is, and if it blinks or is s...
by JamieG
Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: parts for a quiet HTPC
Replies: 14
Views: 2354

Alternatively, if you want to stick with the Big Shuriken and will not be using additional HDDs, consider the Silverstone GD-04 or GD-05 case as an alternative. With that case, you get to choose your own preferred quiet power supply. The stock fans may also be quiet enough for a HTPC, particularly i...
by JamieG
Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Best 92mm case fan? PWM or 5V adapter
Replies: 3
Views: 1979

Nexus Real Silent 92mm fan. Add a Zalman fanmate and tune it to how quiet you want it.
by JamieG
Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:45 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Bling makes fans quieter - Nexus D12SL-12WL ???
Replies: 6
Views: 1569

I have a clear blue LED Nexus fan that I bought a while back. I haven't compared it side by side with any of the other Nexus fans (I have both the orange and black and white versions) but I seem to recall the blue LED fan being distinctly noisier when used in a horizontal orientation. I don't think ...
by JamieG
Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: i7 - 860 system, recommended CPU cooler and power supply?
Replies: 8
Views: 2101

Re: i7 - 860 system, recommended CPU cooler and power supply

Quiet performance is the primary goal. Small form factor is the secondary objective. Since you are going for a mATX motherboard, why not a smaller mATX tower case like the Antec NSK 3480 (2 x front 92mm fans and 1 x rear 120mm fans) or the Silverstone TJ08 (1 front and 1 rear 120mm fans)? Both shou...
by JamieG
Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case to minimise noise/vibration from eight hard drives?
Replies: 9
Views: 2164

@speedkar9 - I do like the idea of suspending all the discs. I use Sonatas for my desktop PCs, with all discs suspended, and it does help. Someone has built a system in Coolermaster Centurion 590 case in the General Gallery with 8 HDDs suspended: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t...
by JamieG
Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Switch on SATA DVD drive power cable?
Replies: 10
Views: 6489

Re: Switch on SATA DVD drive power cable?

According to the SATA power cable schematics, there are 3 different voltage lines in that cable (3.3, 5 and 12VDC). However, my understanding is that the 3.3V is not used by DVD drives. I may be wrong. If that is correct I could get away with a DPDT switch on that power cable, otherwise it would be...
by JamieG
Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Old rig, now with compartments!
Replies: 8
Views: 2874

I recently modded an Antec NSK4000-II to house my brother's ancient P4 system with 2 x bottom 120mm intake fans, with reasonably good results. More details on this please, with pics (in another thread?) if possible, Thanks JamieG . I haven't had time to take any photos yet. :oops: I'll update my PC...
by JamieG
Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fan swap Corsair HX750
Replies: 8
Views: 5954

Finally, the Noctua fan would not start when the HX 750 was turned on. The PSU kept sending pulses of current, so the fan jigged a bit then stopped, repeatedly. However it would not turn on. From the SPCR review of the Noctua NH-D14, which comes with one of these 140mm Noctua fans, the starting vol...
by JamieG
Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Old rig, now with compartments!
Replies: 8
Views: 2874

Looks good but I agree with speedkar9 that you shouldn't have the CPU heat being exhausted through the PSU, even if you have the PSU fan on a fixed speed. It looks like you could cut out an exhaust hole on the rear panel near the CPU, so maybe see if you can do that and duct the CPU heat out that wa...
by JamieG
Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:52 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sunbeam Quarterback case
Replies: 8
Views: 1210

The CM 330 might work fine, though the front is really open and would let all the sound out. If its in a cabinet though, you wouldn't notice it. The CM 335 just looks alot cooler 8). I guess the Antec equivalent would be the NSK 4 or 6 series, which would be alot quieter. +1 for the Antec NSK 4*** ...
by JamieG
Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:02 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What is the quietest 5700 or 5800 series card?
Replies: 10
Views: 1983

CA_Steve wrote:Powercolor passive 5750.

Haven't seen a review - don't know how warm it gets.
Gigabyte do a passive 5750 in their Silent Cell range as well now.
by JamieG
Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Reasonably quiet build for overclocked cpu
Replies: 5
Views: 959

I am still undecided on the HDD vs SSD. I will probably end up going with a cheap, small intel SSD, as I require very little space. If I go with the HDD, though, I will certainly look into your suggested mod. Removing the HDD cage will help you increase airflow either way by reducing blockage of th...
by JamieG
Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Reasonably quiet build for overclocked cpu
Replies: 5
Views: 959

You didn't mention hard drives. Unless you go with an SSD, you're going to have hard drive noise. My non-cutting modification tip would be to remove the HDD cage (may require drilling out of rivets holding it in place) and suspend any HDDs in the optical drive bays using clothing elastic. This would...
by JamieG
Sat Jul 24, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 300 Front Muffle
Replies: 13
Views: 3921

Or, for anyone who wants to maintain a bit more of a 'gamer' look, use clear acrylic instead of aluminium for the plate, with a 240 rad grill cover screwed on top or some design cut into a second layer of opaque acrylic. Backlight it with a couple of LEDs if that is your thing. Thats exactly how I ...
by JamieG
Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 300 Front Muffle
Replies: 13
Views: 3921

Would be interesting to see how it works. For a further refinement, you could have some noise-damping foam attached to the back of the extruded plate to perhaps assist with some of the noise that would leak out. Or, for anyone who wants to maintain a bit more of a 'gamer' look, use clear acrylic ins...
by JamieG
Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quieter gaming computer
Replies: 4
Views: 1291

Re: Quieter gaming computer

Gpu ati 5870 I'm still not sure if I should take sapphire vapor-x, pc pcs+ or go a reference card and buy a after market cooler. I've got a Sapphire 5870 Vapor-X and have been pretty happy with it, although my card seems to have a pretty low idle fan speed (lower than other users have reported for ...
by JamieG
Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate FreeAgent Go 1TB and 640GB portable USB drives
Replies: 28
Views: 11159

I've owned the 500Gb version of the Seagate FreeAgent Go for about six or so months now and have been really impressed with its very low noise levels. Nice to have my impressions confirmed by a SPCR review. The dis-assembly was really interesting - good to know how well the inner cage works! Great r...
by JamieG
Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: i5-750 and HD4350. Will picoPSU 160 XT cut it?
Replies: 6
Views: 1504

Well, to start with, you might want to look at SPCR's review of the i5 750. In short, with 2x2GB of DDR3 memory (1333 MHz, 9-9-9-24-1T timings), a GeForce 9400GT graphics card, WD VelociRaptor hard drive and an OEM Seasonic power supply and Turbo Boost disabled, full CPU load is 130W (110W when unde...
by JamieG
Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent PC for voice recording/editing. Looking for feedback!
Replies: 12
Views: 3570

Your system power will be in the area of 80-90W idle and 130-140W load. You could drop down to a Nexus Value 430 and it would be silent. Unfortunately, the Nexus Value 430 isn't available in Australia :( I've emailed the guys at PCCaseGear (my main source for quiet parts in Australia) and they indi...
by JamieG
Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SFF college computer build, need help!
Replies: 6
Views: 2954

If you are not too price-constrained on the case:

http://lan-gear.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1 (US$179)
by JamieG
Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent PC for voice recording/editing. Looking for feedback!
Replies: 12
Views: 3570

I didn't see an aftermarket CPU heatsink listed there. Have a look at the Coolermaster Hyper 212+, ZEROtherm Zen FZ120 or Scythe Mugen 2 - all of which should be available from pccasegear.com. High end options would be the Noctua NH-U12P or Prolimatech Megahalems + AM2/3 mounting kit. I didn't see a...
by JamieG
Sat Jun 26, 2010 6:09 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: PowerColor HD 5750 Passive Cooling Video Card Too Big
Replies: 21
Views: 7377

Too tall. Don't want a lesser card than the 5750. I may have to go with the 5770 with a fan. For roughly the same performance level, how about the Gigabyte 9800GT Silent Cell ? From the picture in that link, the cooler does not extend over the top of the card at all. However, there are some heatpip...
by JamieG
Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Anything better than a Shuirken?
Replies: 11
Views: 1959

Re: Anything better than a Shuirken?

I know that the Big Shuriken is tiny, but it seems to compete very well with other coolers in the $30 price range. Thoughts? I don't think you should have too many issues fitting a larger CPU cooler in. I think other people here have fitted 160mm tall CPU coolers in without much hassle. Around your...
by JamieG
Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My PCs: Q07 / gaming P182 / 2480B HTPC (updated 23 Jan 2010)
Replies: 15
Views: 26816

I can fit a single right angle SATA cable in there if I need to, but it is a real pain getting it in and out, as I either have to unplug the PW200V or bend its PCB upwards to fit the cable in. After doing a bit of data backing up onto a separate HDD, I've decided to leave the SATA connector in plac...