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by RoGuE
Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: i7 860 Build Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 3209

Yes, the PSU you picked out is deffinately overkill....BUT, if you found a deal on it, I'd say go for it. Here are SPCR's words right off the editors choice list: Antec CP-850: An innovative PSU with 120mm in-line fan only compatible with three large Antec cases, the CP-850 is just about as quiet as...
by RoGuE
Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please crit my Gaming HTPC
Replies: 12
Views: 2796

Graphics cards are one of the fastest changing components in the modern computer. I can't think of another sole component that changes faster, with such huge perofrmance increases and price decreses / obsolescence. My advice to you is, don't even consider Crossfire for this build. It's overkill, and...
by RoGuE
Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:30 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Active Noise Cancellation For Computers?
Replies: 15
Views: 14824

I'm not sure if you understand how noise cancelation works.. You can't just put a little box in the bottom of your PC case and expect it to effectively cancel out all sound being produced within the case. Noise canceling headphones work so well for two reasons: A) they "know" where your ears are. In...
by RoGuE
Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:16 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My Antec Solo gaming rig
Replies: 25
Views: 8258

moar pics!
by RoGuE
Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:10 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: mATX case design (conceptual)
Replies: 7
Views: 5148

do you plan on making this out of sheetmetal? If so, you have a bunch of missing radii, and no reliefs for the corners. Maybe this is just a preliminary model tho.. Also, if your school has solidworks or Pro/E, the sheetmetal tools within those are much more desirable for putting together a sheetmet...
by RoGuE
Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Did I go too far?
Replies: 24
Views: 5112

the AC reading at the plug will always tell you slightly more than your DC power draw. So yes, because it is consistent, it is very useful. Say you know your PSU is 80% efficient roughly. If your Kill-a-watt is measuring 100W for example, you know that your components are eating 80W of that. There r...
by RoGuE
Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Did I go too far?
Replies: 24
Views: 5112

You asked earlier what you could buy to measure power draw..not sure if you got an answer, but here's one.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882715001&cm_re=kill_a_watt-_-82-715-001-_-Product I own one..it's a great tool to add to the arsenal. Ill probably have it for my whole l...
by RoGuE
Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A couple of questions about RAM
Replies: 6
Views: 1472

Yeah, I think ultimately Mr. Evil is right in that it will make VERY little difference between the two speeds. And in that case, I would get the 1333 to save money. When building computers, always try to get the highest performance/cost ratio...you wanna spend money on bottlenecks. Save a little mon...
by RoGuE
Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A couple of questions about RAM
Replies: 6
Views: 1472

honestly I dont know a whole lot about DDR3 ram, but basically, that latency time does affect performance. 1333/7 = 190 and 1600/9 = 177. If I were a betting man, I would say the 1333 would perform better? That is, if it can hold up to it's advertised latency times. I could be wrong..can someone wit...
by RoGuE
Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Emergency RAM: can I use these PC133's?
Replies: 10
Views: 1697

Monkeh is right, after 6 years, it works or it doesn't..there's really no mechanical deterioration untill many many more years, and by then we will all be riding SSD's :D Taking care of your OS is another story. There are programs that will delete old registry items, cookies, etc. My favorite is "Ad...
by RoGuE
Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Microsoft Outlook envelope notification in task bar
Replies: 4
Views: 1588

"every 20 min when I'm offline" I don't understand this..how can it check email if you are offline? Also, the little mail icon should be showing up when you get mail. Try playing around with the mail "unread" settings. I have win 7 x64 and 2007 outlook with no problems. However, it does have issues ...
by RoGuE
Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent HTPC and gaming rig
Replies: 6
Views: 1837

I'm too lazy right now to provide any real critisism of your build and stuff... but I will ask you this... why do you feel you need to prepare sound levels for prime 95 tests? Few games are completely multi threaded, and you didn't say anything about serious encoding or video editing etc. So my ques...
by RoGuE
Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 33522

To get an idea of how much power the CPU actually requires, we measured the current flowing directly ATX12V connector as well as the voltage with the system in various load states. *page 5 Technically not a complete sentence. %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% In that quote above, did you use a wrap-around current...
by RoGuE
Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How to slow Nexus 120mm fans on Asus M4A785TD-V?
Replies: 4
Views: 3222

It took me hours to get my speedfan config to my liking. (i now have it backed up in 3 places cause it's that valuable to me). You are correct in your hearing that Speedfan has no problem controlling 3-pin, non pwm fans. I have it controlling my chassis fans, it works very well. I have never ever be...
by RoGuE
Fri Jan 01, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec NSK3480 users -- what CD/DVD drive?
Replies: 5
Views: 1906

You can fit two, 5.25" drives in this case. Lengths are somewhat standardized..there's rarely a need to perform measurements for a component like a PSU or DVD drive. Graphics cards are not so standardized in size, so some are too long for many older cases. You will be fine to install up to two optic...
by RoGuE
Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC build list almost complete, review appreciated
Replies: 8
Views: 1845

Memory: the more, the merrier. :lol: 2GB is minimum, 4GB is recommended for smooth Win7 experience. Ehh...I beg to differ loimlo. If you aren't running anything that's memory intensive, 64-bit windows with a couple applications open uses almost exactly 1gb of ram. Im looking at it as I type this. E...
by RoGuE
Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:02 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC build list almost complete, review appreciated
Replies: 8
Views: 1845

If you plan on putting the OS on an SSD, don't install x64. It is a larger OS than the 32-bit, and it won't be giving you any benefit in terms of responsiveness, load speeds etc. I personally think getting an SSD for an HTPC is a little silly while prices are still astronomical. Are you really going...
by RoGuE
Sun Dec 27, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can someone look at my HTPC shopping list.
Replies: 23
Views: 3208

please ignore: server had issues when I was submitting.
by RoGuE
Sun Dec 27, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can someone look at my HTPC shopping list.
Replies: 23
Views: 3208

please ignore: server had issues when I was submitting.
by RoGuE
Sun Dec 27, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can someone look at my HTPC shopping list.
Replies: 23
Views: 3208

please ignore: server had issues when I was submitting.
by RoGuE
Sun Dec 27, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can someone look at my HTPC shopping list.
Replies: 23
Views: 3208

If you choose a 32-bit OS (a fine choice for this application), than I would recommend 2gb of ram. In this application, you won't overfill the 2gb if you try. You can certainly buy 2x2gb, but when you load up the OS and media, you will see it will be sitting at around 1gb of usage. Just tryin to sav...
by RoGuE
Sun Dec 27, 2009 7:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can someone look at my HTPC shopping list.
Replies: 23
Views: 3208

now THATS more like it. Just enough power to get the job done well, but not so much extra that you're throwing money out the window. With all the money savings you can route some more money into making this thing more quiet. Like how about some soft mounts for your fans? http://www.acousticpc.com/im...
by RoGuE
Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:54 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Nexus NX-5000 Silent PSU
Replies: 29
Views: 14517

Nice, thorough review. Looks like a great PSU.
by RoGuE
Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can someone look at my HTPC shopping list.
Replies: 23
Views: 3208

bone, that's a nice board. It seems perfect for his needs. Yeah, even though he may be recording and playing at the same time, even a 5400 RPM drive's seek/transfer rates are more than enough to handle that. That's where the system memory takes over..when the drive is busy, his 4gb of memory will st...
by RoGuE
Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:49 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Quieting down the stock ZEROtherm ZEN FZ120 fan?
Replies: 8
Views: 3214

Glad I could help, and glad you like your new quiet system.
by RoGuE
Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can someone look at my HTPC shopping list.
Replies: 23
Views: 3208

yeah..deffinately don't get a 7200 rpm drive for an HTPC.
by RoGuE
Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:38 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can someone look at my HTPC shopping list.
Replies: 23
Views: 3208

getting a ddr3 platform for this task is complete overkill, and quite frankly, a waste of your money. You will not notice a single performance gain in using the more expensive memory. If you want my advice, pick out a modest ddr2 platform and don't look back. AMD does offer a nicer price/performance...
by RoGuE
Fri Dec 25, 2009 6:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Trouble booting up
Replies: 4
Views: 1307

yeah.

I turn off the splash screen on all my computers...it actually speeds up boot time slightly believe it or not.
by RoGuE
Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Seeking advice on Desktop vs Laptop
Replies: 13
Views: 3318

OP, let me ask you something... Are you a "desk" person? or are you a couch/bed person? That is, when you're surfin the web, checkin email, etc...do you prefer to hang out on a couch or sit in a comfy chair at a desk. I am BY FAR a desk person..I just fit better in a desk chair. When my laptop was m...
by RoGuE
Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The quest for the HTPC
Replies: 19
Views: 9778

what made you want to go with an 80mm fan on the side? 120 moves way more air, and by the looks of it your dad just used a jigsaw to make the cut..would have been same amount of work to cut a 120mm hole. oh well nice home theater u got there! i want! The 120mm fan does not fit in there, there is a ...