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by RHN
Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:08 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 8: what do you think about it?
Replies: 87
Views: 41952

Re: Windows 8: what do you think about it?

Microsoft should take note of the many complaints here about the fewer individual choices Windows 8 allows.

It looks like a trend--less autonomy for the computer user, more control and monitoring by external third parties ranging from commercial enterprises to governments.
by RHN
Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 8: what do you think about it?
Replies: 87
Views: 41952

Re: Windows 8: what do you think about it?

"Metrosexual": that made me laugh and groan at the same time. Touché. There's an insight buried in your humor, namely that in interactions between enthusiasts and computers, displaced erotic and narcissistic projections abound. Would like to see some discussion (in other threads; off-topic here) abo...
by RHN
Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:55 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 8: what do you think about it?
Replies: 87
Views: 41952

Re: Windows 8: what do you think about it?

Computing technology is moving forward in two directions, whether we like it or not: 1) More and more people will be using touch screens; farther down the road, even more intimate links between human beings and their machines are conceivable; 2) Apps will migrate to the "cloud" and take most of the ...
by RHN
Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:58 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Define Mini with quiet bits wodged in
Replies: 4
Views: 4318

Re: Define Mini with quiet bits wodged in

"Bad things"--quite right, we don't want our builds to go up in smoke. However, PWM controls, depending on the mobo, can be fiddly. I have a heatsink fan--Noctua 140mm--regulated by a Fan Mate to just over 500 rpm and the temps are all well within the green and stay that way even under load; but not...
by RHN
Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Define Mini with quiet bits wodged in
Replies: 4
Views: 4318

Re: Define Mini with quiet bits wodged in

Regarding your heatsink, I would swap out the stock fan for another one (Noctua, Noiseblocker, Scythe--the usual suspects) and add a Zalman Fan Mate 2 to reduce the rpm. That should work wonders. I installed a Be Quiet Straight Power BQT E9 400W in a build to replace another PSU that I found too lou...
by RHN
Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Update | Mummy wants a new computer
Replies: 33
Views: 7730

Re: Mummy wants a new computer

The X400 has a higher wattage than this system requires, but then, I would install it, too, because of the lack of good, quiet PSUs under 400 watts.

Would be interested, should you go ahead with this build, as to whether the X400 is truly silent in your configuration with the Intel board.
by RHN
Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:33 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My 100% silent music(media)-server + some thoughts behind
Replies: 12
Views: 16999

Re: My 100% silent music(media)-server + some thoughts behin

A witty concoction and ingenious design using on-hand materials. The build proves that truly silent components like SSDs make elaborate damping measures irrelevant. Case materials can now be chosen more freely. I like the tilted mounting of SSDs in the drive rack, which takes into account the struct...
by RHN
Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Temjin TJ08-E Intake Fan Control, HS, Damping
Replies: 6
Views: 2313

Re: Temjin TJ08-E Intake Fan Control, HS, Damping

Thanks, Crash. The temp you state (38°) is good for two fans running at 300 rpm! Another reason in favor of two fans in a push-pull configuration. Some people find the Noctua PWM fans disappointing, but apparently you're satisfied. I think the NH-D14 SE 2011 is a good choice for the Temjin depending...
by RHN
Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!
Replies: 169
Views: 153926

Re: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!

@Backslash Just booted up my new build using the G360. Unfortunately, it seems mine has an extremely loud coil whine that can be heard across the room. In one of my builds, I installed a 380W Seasonic S12II-380GB whose coil whined so loudly that I swapped it out for another PSU. I've read since then...
by RHN
Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!
Replies: 169
Views: 153926

Re: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!

A quiet, efficient, low-wattage PSU is the Holy Grail for minimalist quiet PC builders, but I remain unconvinced that this PSU would be better than its older brother, the X-400 FL, especially since some SPCR readers who have actually tried out the PSU have written here that the fan runs continuously...
by RHN
Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Temjin TJ08-E Intake Fan Control, HS, Damping
Replies: 6
Views: 2313

Re: Temjin TJ08-E Intake Fan Control, HS, Damping

@ Kuzzia: 1) Agree, resistors are a simple and elegant solution, and I had thought of them in addition to the Fan Mate. Which of the resistors you recommend, RC56 or RC100, should I install to lower the Penetrator RPM to 500? In my experience, dedicated resistors/rheostats are better than PWM. 2) Sh...
by RHN
Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Temjin TJ08-E Intake Fan Control, HS, Damping
Replies: 6
Views: 2313

Temjin TJ08-E Intake Fan Control, HS, Damping

Would be grateful for advice on a Temjin TJ08-E quiet PC build, onboard graphics, i5 probably at 77W, 2 sticks of 8GB RAM: 1) The 18 cm 3-pin Air Penetrator fan is said to be too loud even with the installed 2-speed voltage switch. What are good options for quieting the fan in addition to the 2-spee...
by RHN
Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:02 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What's with the Noctua fascination?
Replies: 39
Views: 24222

Re: What's with the Noctua fascination?

I'm using a Noctua NH-C12P SE14 heatsink cooled by an NF-P14 140mm fan in one of my builds. Even with the supplied ultra-low-noise adapter it was too loud, so I installed a Zalman Fan Mate 2 rheostat instead to control fan speed. The result was more than satisfactory. Some of the currently published...
by RHN
Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:18 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My updated rig
Replies: 5
Views: 2899

Re: My updated rig

"I do mostly media (images, audio, video) editing, so I think the 8 threads and memory bandwidth will be more useful." I had guessed that video rendering (not gaming) was probably what you were up to. This interests me, because the speech recognition program I use makes hefty demands. With the i7 an...
by RHN
Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:01 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My updated rig
Replies: 5
Views: 2899

Re: My updated rig

Clean build.

Does the i7 and the Asrock allow you to take your memory kit to its limits or have you noticed any speed bottlenecks in your system?

Also, since you're using onboard graphics, like xan_user, I'm wondering why the extra oomph.
by RHN
Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:02 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: DH77EB + I5-3750k Combination Low Power
Replies: 22
Views: 34128

Re: DH77EB + I5-3750k Combination Low Power

Power efficiency is key to quiet computing, so the newer Intel DH boards are interesting, but according to what's been said here so far they don't allow undervolting. What about a board like the DH77EB (or DH77KC) in combination not with the i5 3750K but the i5-3475S, which like the 3750K has HD4000...
by RHN
Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:00 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: First Impressions: Asus P8Z77-M PRO mATX LGA1155 motherboard
Replies: 54
Views: 54709

Re: First Impressions: Asus P8Z77-M PRO mATX LGA1155 motherb

I refer you to this discussion if you haven't seen it already: "DH77DF vs DH77EB - power consumption" http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=64635 My source of information was an article in the German periodical "C't" comparing various mainboards and praising the energy efficiency...
by RHN
Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: First Impressions: Asus P8Z77-M PRO mATX LGA1155 motherboard
Replies: 54
Views: 54709

Re: First Impressions: Asus P8Z77-M PRO mATX LGA1155 motherb

Thanks for sharing. Looks like a good board, but as a "hard-core silencer" I now have some doubts. Perhaps a board like Intel's DH77EB (for a non-gaming rig) would be better, given its lower energy consumption, although the ASUS board meets higher standards in other areas. "It's hardcoded at 40 %, s...
by RHN
Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New P280 Build, Welcome Comments
Replies: 9
Views: 2209

Re: New P280 Build, Welcome Comments

Hey, thanks for all the advice from you guys, who are better versed in these matters than I am. According to my calculations, the maximum load should not be more than 200W even if all hard drives/SSDs etc. are switched on, and they won't be if I install the Lian-Li power switch. So, as suggested, th...
by RHN
Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New P280 Build, Welcome Comments
Replies: 9
Views: 2209

Re: New P280 Build, Welcome Comments

Many thanks, mkk and kuzzia, for your kind replies. 1) i5 vs. i7. The i5 3570K had been my first choice. I was seduced by an enthusiast's fascination with speed and technology to consider the i7 3770, but, you are right, it makes as much sense in this build as it does to take a bath in a swimming po...
by RHN
Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New P280 Build, Welcome Comments
Replies: 9
Views: 2209

New P280 Build, Welcome Comments

For what it's worth, here is a tentative build for a quiet PC. It will be used primarily for office applications, including voice recognition software, with some multitasking. Case: P280 CPU: i7-3770 Mobo: ASUS P8H77-V Ram: Kingston HyperX 12 GB DDR3-1600 HS: HR-02 Macho HS fan: Noiseblocker S-Serie...
by RHN
Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH77KC (ATX) power consumption
Replies: 4
Views: 4492

Re: Intel DH77KC (ATX) power consumption

If energy efficiency is important, don't forget to enable C1E in the Intel DH77KC bios.
by RHN
Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:27 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Still have to decide and I can't 550D/R3/Antec Solo
Replies: 9
Views: 2918

Re: Still have to decide and I can't 550D/R3/Antec Solo

Thanks, Moogles! Very interesting, though not quite what I'm looking for.
by RHN
Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:58 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Still have to decide and I can't 550D/R3/Antec Solo
Replies: 9
Views: 2918

Re: Still have to decide and I can't 550D/R3/Antec Solo

For some time, I have been searching for a case for a quiet office PC. Not so easy. I have doubts about the quality of R3 cases, too; in fact, about the quality of most other cases as well, which these days tend to look downright chintzy. I want a solid, quiet, no-BS, utilitarian case. Why is that s...
by RHN
Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide
Replies: 35
Views: 18980

Re: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide

I think it's not fair to tag the Seasonic X as being generally whiny or buzzy. They are not, in our experience, and this comment extends to the entire X line, not just the fanless ones. It wasn't just the alleged X-400 coil whine complaints that gave me pause but also my experience with a recent bu...
by RHN
Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide
Replies: 35
Views: 18980

Re: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide

Many thanks to Lawrence Lee and Mike Chin for this article. The possibilities of the Seasonic X-400 for a quiet system, especially a minimalist one, are interesting, indeed. However, I have found repeated references to alleged X-400 coil whine or other noise on several forums. This makes me skeptica...