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by Akustyk
Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Memory madness
Replies: 19
Views: 4657

Re: Memory madness

It would make more sense if it were the other way around, i.e., if the system didn't work WITH the fan plugged into the motherboard header. Fan headers are typically 1 AMP, though most manufacturers don't mention it in the spec sheet. Here's another idea. Perhaps it is the fan controller that has s...
by Akustyk
Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:11 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Boring but silent
Replies: 42
Views: 18215

Re: Boring but silent

Very nice and clean build! If only the case was black on the inside as well. :D Black inside case is major pain in the ass because companies lack to clear coat it and it always scratches to hell. No idea why people are always asking conpanies to do this. I have seen several modding services that of...
by Akustyk
Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:02 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Boring but silent
Replies: 42
Views: 18215

Re: Boring but silent

I'm not sure where Akustyk bought them but you can get them at FrozenCPU here: http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g2/c34/s487/list/p1/Cables-Wire_Management-Tie_Mounts-Page1.html They are called tie mounts. Also if you're in the US and live near a Home Depot, they carry them in the electrical departme...
by Akustyk
Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Boring but silent
Replies: 42
Views: 18215

Re: Boring but silent

SDouglas wrote: In looking at your pictures again, I noticed that your memory looks like it's silver colored. Is that Kingston Value Ram?
Sorry, forgot to mention that the RAM is Kingston HyperX Grey Series 4 x 4 GB sticks. I like their neutral look.
by Akustyk
Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Memory madness
Replies: 19
Views: 4657

Re: Memory madness

Thank you for your suggestions but I now doubt that timings etc are the answer - I had the cpu working with 16Gbs when I used the stock Intel cooler. When I switched to the Noctua NH-CL14 the problem happened. Maybe a different heatsink will be the answer. In any case, in the post you pointed me to...
by Akustyk
Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:47 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Boring but silent
Replies: 42
Views: 18215

Re: Boring but silent

It's nice to exchange information about our builds. Thanks for the opportunity! Ah. The mystery is solved but raises more questions. The DP67BG only has 4 fan headers. How did you handle the 5th fan? Did you split a header or are you just letting it run at full speed? If you split a header I'm assum...
by Akustyk
Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:03 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Boring but silent
Replies: 42
Views: 18215

Re: Boring but silent

I'm curious why you put an intake fan on the upper HD cage, instead of on the intake fan mount in front. I'm also curious whether you're using the intake fan slat-cover-things, which always seemed like a really strange feature of the P180 to me. Great questions. Thanks. I put the fan on the upper H...
by Akustyk
Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Boring but silent
Replies: 42
Views: 18215

Re: Boring but silent

I'm curious why you put an intake fan on the upper HD cage, instead of on the intake fan mount in front. I'm also curious whether you're using the intake fan slat-cover-things, which always seemed like a really strange feature of the P180 to me. Great questions. Thanks. I put the fan on the upper H...
by Akustyk
Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:31 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Boring but silent
Replies: 42
Views: 18215

Re: Boring but silent

Akustyk - Thanks for sharing your build. Outstanding! I love the simple, clean precision of your work. I came across your post and immediately told myself this is exactly what I'm looking to build. I have a few questions for you if you don't mind . . . 1. HDD & SSD Placement: Since the upper HDD ca...
by Akustyk
Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Memory madness
Replies: 19
Views: 4657

Re: Memory madness

So it looks like you've done a lot of testing. Here's what I would do: 1. Disconnect all components other than the CPU, RAM, and video card. 2. Use the jumper on the motherboard to rest the BIOS (it's described in your owner's manual) 3. After your BIOS has been reset, it will use the default values...
by Akustyk
Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:54 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: My Opinion About Thermalright TY-140 fan (little Review)
Replies: 23
Views: 16394

Re: My Opinion About Thermalright TY-140 fan (little Review)

The TY-140 is uneaven, has one side that measures 140mm and the other 152mm, have you tried placing the 140mm side facing the side panel? Thanks for the tip. Yes, it would fit that way, but I wanted to create a sort of push-pull effect with the HR-02, with the TY-140 pushing and the case rear exhau...
by Akustyk
Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:15 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: My Opinion About Thermalright TY-140 fan (little Review)
Replies: 23
Views: 16394

Re: My Opinion About Thermalright TY-140 fan (little Review)

I now have two of these fans. One sits on my Shaman VGA cooler and is doing a phenomenal job cooling my video card quietly. The other, however, does not fit inside my Antec P183 case. I tried putting it on the Thermalright HR-02 cooler, but, if I do, I cannot close the side panel of my case. Disappo...
by Akustyk
Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Memory madness
Replies: 19
Views: 4657

Re: Memory madness

I had a similar problem recently, but replacing ram solved so it must have been either bad or incompatible (in some strange way) ram. In your case, it is most likely the motherboard, since you tried two different kinds of ram. I am assuming that you did the BIOS reset? If so, have you tried updating...
by Akustyk
Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need help with Lian Li PC-A05NB
Replies: 4
Views: 1921

Need help with Lian Li PC-A05NB

I need to ask you for help deciding whether to use noise dampening on my new PC-A05NB build. First of all, I really love this case! It's beautiful and surprisingly roomy. The two 120mm stock fans are nice and quiet. I built a Core i7 system with an NVIDIA GTX260 video card and a silent Thermaltake C...
by Akustyk
Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Boring but silent
Replies: 42
Views: 18215

Re: Boring but silent

Very nice build :) Quite impressed the Intel board can control that many PWM fans! Thanks! I researched this quite a bit, trying to find a motherboard with good PWM support. Sadly, most motherboards still include 3-pin case fan headers, except maybe the CPU fan. Some high-end models, I believe, inc...
by Akustyk
Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:04 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 5940RPM Hard Drive
Replies: 16
Views: 8637

Re: Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 5940RPM Hard Drive

I wish your review had come out a few days sooner :). I bought the Samsung EcoGreen F4, but it seems you found the Hitachi better all around. I am not going to tear my hair out, though. I like the F4 well enough. It is silent in my PC, and I am using it primarily for storage, running the OS and appl...
by Akustyk
Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Can I Make an i7 Reasonably Quiet?
Replies: 26
Views: 7409

Re: Can I Make an i7 Reasonably Quiet?

Personally i would just go with i5 2500/2600, check for a good mobo that supports most of what you looking for (asus is my recommendation as they have very nice PWM fan management), and as ame suggested, add the extra features you need (that dont come with the mobo) via pcie cards. I agree. I just ...
by Akustyk
Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Boring but silent
Replies: 42
Views: 18215

Re: Boring but silent

Judging from the fan speeds it must be a very quiet build. Are you able to make out any disk drive noise? Thanks. I think that both the Samsung EcoGreen F4 and the WD Caviar Green are very quiet, especially with the rubber grommets that the Antec HDD suspension system comes with. I just tried copyi...
by Akustyk
Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Boring but silent
Replies: 42
Views: 18215

Re: Boring but silent

Beautiful! Thanks! I tried my best. By the way, here are my fan speeds. They're set rather low in the BIOS, at 25% of their range, to start with, then they obviously increase if need be. I find that such low speeds are perfectly adequate for most of my work. It's only when I run some specific CUDA-...
by Akustyk
Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Boring but silent
Replies: 42
Views: 18215

Boring but silent

I just finished building a system and I wanted to share it with you and hope for your feedback. This PC is specifically designed to be my research workstation. I wanted it to be relatively modern, fast, stable, cool, and, most importantly, quiet. My research is primarily in the acoustics of speech a...
by Akustyk
Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:13 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thermalright Shaman 140mm Fan GPU Cooler
Replies: 16
Views: 8317

Re: Thermalright Shaman 140mm Fan GPU Cooler

I bought the Shaman a few weeks ago. My GTX460 was the loudest component at the time. The Shaman made a huge difference, both in temperature and noise. The card never goes above 50 C (under full load), and it is virtually inaudible in my P183-based system. The PWM fan is wonderful. I like it more th...
by Akustyk
Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E: MicroATX Evolved
Replies: 57
Views: 34747

Re: SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E: MicroATX Evolved

Thanks for the review. I really like this case. It's so small. It would be perfect for the casual builds that I sometimes do for friends. I am amazed at the smart cable management options here. Nicely done. It looks like that one intake fan should be adequate for most everyday computing needs (for n...
by Akustyk
Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: My Opinion About Thermalright TY-140 fan (little Review)
Replies: 23
Views: 16394

Re: My Opinion About Thermalright TY-140 fan (little Review)

I realize I am late with my reply, but I just stumbled upon this post. I have to completely agree. The Thermalright TY-140 is a fantastic fan. I am using it with the Shaman VGA cooler; the combo is silent and efficient at cooling my NVIDIA card. I am going to order another for a CPU cooler. I'll rep...
by Akustyk
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:55 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is X-400 fanless suitable for Antec P183
Replies: 14
Views: 3894

Re: Is X-400 fanless suitable for Antec P183

It all depends on how power hungry your system is. If you do not stress your system too much, the fanless PS should be fine in the P183. When I built my system in the P183, it turned out that my loudest component was my Antec 500 W Eartwatts PS, but only under heavy stress. The Antec CP-850 PS solve...
by Akustyk
Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Cheap, readily available sound meter for SPCR forum members?
Replies: 54
Views: 44382

Re: Cheap, readily available sound meter for SPCR forum memb

Recent discussions have got me thinking - one of the biggest problems on these forums is defining "quiet". A HDD that one person considers quiet may be relatively loud to another. One person may get a very quiet sample, while one may get a louder one. You sort of answered your own question. Loudnes...
by Akustyk
Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Kühler H20 620 & 920 CPU Water Coolers
Replies: 31
Views: 11821

Re: Antec Kühler H20 620 & 920 CPU Water Coolers

These closed-loop coolers are a brand new revenue opportunity for manufacturers, including mainstream PC makers such as Dell and HP. We're going to see a lot more liquid-cooled gaming PCs and workstations. The idea of affordable liquid cooling is likely very appealing to the buying public. The reade...