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by danimal
Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:25 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What about 140mm Enermax T.B. Silence ?
Replies: 22
Views: 5206

Re: What about 140mm Enermax T.B. Silence ?

there must be a reason that you aren't looking at the winner of that fan shootout, the ty-140... perhaps they are too expensive to import, because they aren't available in italy?
by danimal
Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:51 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P183 HDD cage fan also in P180 Mini?
Replies: 2
Views: 771

Re: P183 HDD cage fan also in P180 Mini?

there may not be enough room between the video cards and the hdd cage to mount a fan.

check out the scythe kama stay, it allows you to mount fans in all kinds of places.
by danimal
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:04 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: LED backlit monitors -- greater brightness range?
Replies: 5
Views: 2055

Re: LED backlit monitors -- greater brightness range?

if picture quality matters, you want plasma over any kind of lcd, at least for consumer-grade use.
by danimal
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Upgrade P182 to...
Replies: 6
Views: 1478

Re: Upgrade P182 to...

So, can I do better than P183? I've been considering FT02 but I think it will be too loud for me and Fractal Design R2 but I'm afraid it'll be too flimsy after P182. read the p183 vs. ft02 thread further down the page: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=60221 i ended up movin...
by danimal
Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:45 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: System rebuild, big sinks: preparing for Bulldozer
Replies: 7
Views: 907

Re: System rebuild, big sinks: preparing for Bulldozer

i seem to recall that the mugen2 comes with thermal paste?
by danimal
Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:15 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to wire center/sub speaker cables to a TRS plug?
Replies: 1
Views: 768

Re: How to wire center/sub speaker cables to a TRS plug?

sound cards don't put out nearly enough power to drive speakers, you need an amplifier between the speakers and the sound card.
by danimal
Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:41 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: P180B P5WDH Cooling Southbridge Ideas?
Replies: 10
Views: 3434

Re: P180B P5WDH Cooling Southbridge Ideas?

unfortunately you can't control the individual core temps... i lapped my i7-920 pretty hard, and i still have a spread of nearly 10 degrees sometimes.

you can calibrate the realtemp software on the high end, which is supposed to make up some of those differences, but i haven't seen it yet.
by danimal
Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: P180B P5WDH Cooling Southbridge Ideas?
Replies: 10
Views: 3434

Re: P180B P5WDH Cooling Southbridge Ideas?

you'll get rid of that mb long before the southbridge dies, but you could always try replacing the thermal paste in the meantime, see if it makes a difference.

this will add some air over that chip:

http://www.scythe-eu.com/en/products/pc ... -stay.html
by danimal
Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: P180B P5WDH Cooling Southbridge Ideas?
Replies: 10
Views: 3434

Re: Re:

Anyway i scrapped the case because i couldn't install enough hard drives, now everything in my system is running way hotter! I'm going to custom build a case using a $20 rosewill case on newegg, custom mount a hard drive cage that will hold 6 hard drives and engineer it to fit the 10.5" graphics ca...
by danimal
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Can't decide between P183 and Fortress 2, advice?
Replies: 37
Views: 7901

Re: Can't decide between P183 and Fortress 2, advice?

p183 would be quieter for an htpc, but it's still big for a microatx mb. i have the video cards screwed into the backplane in that pic, but i had to really force 'em in there, the soundcard shows where the screw hole alignment is really at... they could have made the vent hole longer, so that it mat...
by danimal
Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P182 replacement with easy to change dust filters
Replies: 3
Views: 919

Re: P182 replacement with easy to change dust filters

what i do is run a vacuum cleaner over the filters, when the floor is getting vacuumed... i used to remove 'em for cleaning, but it got to be too big of a hassle.

not sure what tab on the side panels could get broken, maybe i've just been lucky.
by danimal
Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HR-02 and Intel DX58SO boot problems
Replies: 4
Views: 1021

Re: HR-02 and Intel DX58SO boot problems

what bonn said about cracks is true, if it's flakey under pressure when it's out of the case, send it back.
by danimal
Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Can't decide between P183 and Fortress 2, advice?
Replies: 37
Views: 7901

Re: Can't decide between P183 and Fortress 2, advice?

i didn't do the math, so you could have a point with the surface area comment. after getting a bit hammered in this thread :) i went out and bought an FT02, then moved all of my hardware into it... overall, i'm glad that i did it, because of the sli, even if i couldn't afford it :-0 there are a few ...
by danimal
Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:39 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Mugen 2 alternative? (backplate issue)
Replies: 6
Views: 2520

Re: Mugen 2 alternative? (backplate issue)

you should post that fix up on the scythe mugen2 forum, i think that it's located in europe, can't remember the url.
by danimal
Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: X-460 or X-650 ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1362

Re: X-460 or X-650 ?

the center fan in the power supply compartment of the p182 will help cool whatever power supply you put in there, but i would try taping off all of the case ventilation holes around the power supply, so that the air gets forced through the power supply, instead of around it. you don't want to go com...
by danimal
Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HR-02 and Intel DX58SO boot problems
Replies: 4
Views: 1021

Re: HR-02 and Intel DX58SO boot problems

pull everything out of the case, and hook up all of the parts on a table... that way you eliminate the case as a factor; i would first check the case standoff locations, to make sure that you don't have a standoff in the wrong place, shorting out the mb. i think that dual-channel mode on that mb mea...
by danimal
Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Been a long time since I upgraded
Replies: 13
Views: 1492

Re: Been a long time since I upgraded

i have overclocked the cr*p out of two msi motherboards, with a third mis board in an htpc... they have all been rock-solid... the last gigabyte mb that i had finally wouldn't load it's overclocking settings, albeit after a lot of abuse. you can't go wrong with more ram, i would pass on the overpric...
by danimal
Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: EVGA GTX 460 Fan/Voltage Bios Mod for a quieter GPU
Replies: 63
Views: 26814

Re: EVGA GTX 460 Fan/Voltage Bios Mod for a quieter GPU

this is a very interesting post... i ran hacked bioses on my gtx470, before i destroyed it, and i wondered how to do the editing myself.
by danimal
Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:58 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 140 mm fan: Noiseblocker PK-2 or Noctua NF-P14-FLX
Replies: 8
Views: 3468

Re: 140 mm fan: Noiseblocker PK-2 or Noctua NF-P14-FLX

I recommend against the TY140.... If I use the fan with air blowing at 90 degrees or above, then the fan makes a very annoying click / scratching sound. This sound gets worse as the degrees increase. Also it gets worse as the speed is reduced. It is really too bad that the problem starts at 90 degr...
by danimal
Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HDD Reliability - Best Buys? Musts to Avoid?
Replies: 14
Views: 4269

Re: HDD Reliability - Best Buys? Musts to Avoid?

the thought had occurred to me that higher prices are set at that level in order to pay for warranty repairs, but the problem with that logic is that if it was a profitable approach, all drive manufacturers would still be doing it... most are not, because their hardware can't stand up for the durati...
by danimal
Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HDD Reliability - Best Buys? Musts to Avoid?
Replies: 14
Views: 4269

Re: HDD Reliability - Best Buys? Musts to Avoid?

pick the the most reliable hard drives the same way that the manufacturers do: length of warranty.

ask yourself; do wd, seagate, etc., base their hard drive warranties on how many platters the drive has? i can't say for sure, but i'd guess not, so why ignore what they are doing with warranties.
by danimal
Sat Oct 30, 2010 1:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pro Tools Home Recording PC Build Suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 2534

Re: Pro Tools Home Recording PC Build Suggestions

Still glad you're perfect danimal, but until I get a screaming/yelling customer about the performance of their DAW, I'm not changing. they are probably screaming because you built a junk computer, with a bunch of useless hacks that you keep failing to substantiate. bonn, you haven't provided one si...
by danimal
Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pro Tools Home Recording PC Build Suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 2534

Re: Pro Tools Home Recording PC Build Suggestions

The reason the O.C. guides say 'disable it! it causes instability' is not because the spread spectrum clock generation causes instability, but because the overclocking removes all of the buffer you have in clock/memory timings - add a little variability to the clock edges, and phoomp, you are locke...
by danimal
Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pro Tools Home Recording PC Build Suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 2534

Re: Pro Tools Home Recording PC Build Suggestions

1) Disable the following features in your BIOS: CPC C-State Intel Speedstep Intel EIST (same as speedstep, but sometimes also offered as an option) C1E HPET 2) Make sure Spread Spectrum is ENABLED. do you even know what spread spectrum does? it varies the fsb frequency, sort of the exact opposite e...
by danimal
Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pro Tools Home Recording PC Build Suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 2534

Re: stickin' up for my bro

i agree that bonn is sincere, and very helpful on a number of occasions. however, a few weeks ago he made some wild claim to the effect that no audio apps were 64-bit capable, or something of that nature... how could you think that was knowledgeable? now he's out here telling us that you MUST disabl...
by danimal
Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pro Tools Home Recording PC Build Suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 2534

Re: Pro Tools Home Recording PC Build Suggestions

the fud-mongering in this thread is overwhelming.
by danimal
Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need Advice on quiet/silent i7 system
Replies: 11
Views: 1490

Re: Need Advice on quiet/silent i7 system

the three 180mm fans might indeed be too noisy, as tim stated, it's overkill for what you needed, and whatever noise is inside the case gets vented out the top, instead of the back... you could try unplugging the 120mm fan, see if that makes it any quieter. you could also unplug one or two of the bi...
by danimal
Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Ooooooh, shiny new forum!
Replies: 59
Views: 23351

Re: Ooooooh, shiny new forum!

this new theme is not user-friendly, for all the reasons outlined already... it's a major step backwards in useability.
by danimal
Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Good i7-950 setup?
Replies: 10
Views: 1809

I had a look at the Silver Arrow, but wasn't able to find anything definitive in regard to the fan noise, "First of all, Thermalright TY-140 impressed us with its extremely low level of noise. In fact, it is the quietest fan of all models tested today, unless you are a quietness maniac, of course. ...
by danimal
Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Caviar Black 2TB & VelociRaptor 600GB
Replies: 17
Views: 7149

nice review.