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by Derek Semeraro
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Tips for selecting RAM in 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 3468

Tips for selecting RAM in 2018

While not directly related to silence, it is a decision builders (and buyers) will make, especially within the context of the CPU and motherboard they choose, so I wanted to give tips for beginners, or those who haven't built a PC in several years: CPU choice All RAM does is allow your computer to r...
by Derek Semeraro
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Best choices for Graphics card in a laptop for video editing
Replies: 3
Views: 14339

Re: Best choices for Graphics card in a laptop for video edi

For video editing, a good GPU helps but the CPU is far more important.

A laptop with a mobile version of the GTX 1050 (or GTX 1060) should be plenty as long as it has a great CPU.
by Derek Semeraro
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Ethernet vs. Powerline vs. Wifi Adapter
Replies: 2
Views: 12570

Ethernet vs. Powerline vs. Wifi Adapter

This is how I would rank the speed and stability of these connections. 1. Ethernet (by far the best option, though it's not feasible for all pc builds) 2. Good Powerline signal (which often depends on the electrical engineering of the building, it offers near-ethernet speed) 3. PCI-E Wifi Adapter 4....
by Derek Semeraro
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: You may not need as much wattage as you think.
Replies: 30
Views: 23536

You may not need as much wattage as you think.

Website wattage calculators err on the side of caution, to a somewhat extreme degree sometimes. Also, some enthusiasts make recommendations on the basis that the GPU (and GPU) would be overclocked to the highest possible maximum, when most people don't do that. A build without a video card most like...
by Derek Semeraro
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD Ryzen APUs (Raven Ridge)
Replies: 5
Views: 8913

Re: AMD Ryzen APUs (Raven Ridge)

2200G is a great addition to the budget market. It allows Ryzen to be a part of entry-level PC's without a video card being needed. Compared to the i3-8100, the CPU capability is slightly less but the integrated graphics are much better (though not the level of a dedicated video card). At $100, 2200...
by Derek Semeraro
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Micro ATX Case Comparison
Replies: 3
Views: 5649

Re: Micro ATX Case Comparison

Hello all, I am very interested in this topic. I want to build an mATX PC as most silent as possible, but i think ATX cases are too big. How well is Fractal Design Define Mini C in terms of noise? I can't find any review which talks specifically about the noise of this case. Best regards, I use the...
by Derek Semeraro
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: sssd sata vs nvme pci boot windows drive
Replies: 3
Views: 4501

Re: sssd sata vs nvme pci boot windows drive

NVMe offers much superior specs on paper, but in terms of real-world benefits, NVMe may not be worth the extra cost for many builders out there.
by Derek Semeraro
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini C question
Replies: 19
Views: 11764

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini C question

My build uses the Mini C. I took the drive cage out and I keep the drives on the right side mounted to the wall. This is just personal preference. The Mini C is a very good case overall. Two small criticisms. 1) It's fairly large for a case that's marketed as mini. 2) The power supply shroud worsens...
by Derek Semeraro
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Tips for buying a SSD in 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 10678

Tips for buying a SSD in 2018

A SSD is strongly recommended for boosting operating system and application speed and performance for just about any computer user. For many, it could have more real-world impact and workflow improvement than having a high-end CPU. Between buying a SSD or a hard drive first, SSD may be preferable fi...
by Derek Semeraro
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1070 Ti Review Compilation Thread
Replies: 8
Views: 7566

Re: GTX 1070 Ti Review Compilation Thread

At the moment, the 1070 Ti seems to benchmark very closely to (if not slightly better than in some cases) the 1080. At MSRP prices, the 1070 Ti is the better deal, but with volatile GPU prices at the moment, things may be different.
by Derek Semeraro
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How many case fans do I really need?
Replies: 6
Views: 4604

Re: How many case fans do I really need?

Only considering cooling performance, an intake and exhaust fan (2 fans) is the minimum recommendation and the best bang-for-buck. As more fans are added, there are diminishing returns. Although, 3-4 fans may help if you're going for more fans and slower fan speeds.
by Derek Semeraro
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is it worth considering a fanless CPU cooler?
Replies: 3
Views: 3726

Re: Is it worth considering a fanless CPU cooler?

I think a CPU Cooler with a fan at the slowest speed, all things considered, is better than no fan at all.

Numerous builds with fans have still been deemed silent by SPCR's standards.
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Old desktop - new build, simple upgrade or nothing?
Replies: 31
Views: 23731

Re: Old desktop - new build, simple upgrade or nothing?

If it's working fine, then keep using it. If not, then Keep your power supply and Sell your other parts. A 10 year old PC is really pushing it. At some point, you'd be spending more upgrading it than it's worth.
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet PC build - suggestions
Replies: 18
Views: 8033

Re: Quiet PC build - suggestions

The 8700k seems to be more powerful than the Ryzen 7, but it will also cost $100 more. If you have the money and want the best processor you can get, go for it. But if you feel like your other parts are being compromised by your budget, you may be better off using that money to improve other aspects...
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HELP - Almost deadly silent setup for audio home-recording
Replies: 19
Views: 6263

Re: HELP - Almost deadly silent setup for audio home-recordi

Guys, I am a little bit confused. :roll: I am no more so sure to stick to AMD platform. :? :? My main uses are: 1) Recording only voice for my audiobooks using an external USB Audio Interface (a Scarlett Focusrite 2i2, where I will plug my XLR microphone) but without recording any instrument whatso...
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Out of the silent loop for awhile; looking for build advice
Replies: 5
Views: 2379

Re: Out of the silent loop for awhile; looking for build adv

- CPU: Intel i5-7400 good choice. 7600k is always an option if you want to spend a bit more for more longevity. fine for (don't care about overclocking, don't do video editing or other CPU-intense activities) - Mobo: Asus Prime H270-PLUS (make sure it has enough inputs for your fans) - Cooler: No i...
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASRock DeskMini 110 Mini STX with i7-7700 (TINY!)
Replies: 2
Views: 8748

Re: ASRock DeskMini 110 Mini STX with i7-7700 (TINY!)

This build looks perfect honestly. The entire PC appears to be the size of just one ATX power supply. Perfect choice for processor, cooler, RAM, storage for a high-end non-graphical build. Those on a budget could go for 8GB RAM, a Pure Wings 2 fan, an i5-7400 and 250 GB storage to shave off ~$250 wi...
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: [Completed Build] The Quiet King
Replies: 6
Views: 9860

Re: [Completed Build] The Quiet King

Would it be possible for me to just buy a better fan for the power supply?

I have two identical fans in my case, so the fan splitter works fine.
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1070 Ti Review Compilation Thread
Replies: 8
Views: 7566

Re: GTX 1070 Ti Review Compilation Thread

More mid-high end options is a good thing in this market right now. It would be nice for a new release to push down prices of older releases. However, I'm not sure where to the 1070 Ti will fit in. It's no more energy efficient than the 1080. And if it is priced too high, people will just spend a bi...
by Derek Semeraro
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: [Completed Build] The Quiet King
Replies: 6
Views: 9860

Re: [Completed Build] The Quiet King

yes. i have that setting in place. here is what i think is keeping my build from being purely silent. 1) power supply is audible. 1) the motherboard only has 1 chassis fan input. i have a splitter for two fans, but the other two fans i'm using are not controllable. even though the non-controlled fan...
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: [Completed Build] The Quiet King
Replies: 6
Views: 9860

[Completed Build] The Quiet King

This is my very first PC build. The budget was $850 (United States); my focus was to buy the best price to performance part in each category. This build is used for home recording studio, general day-to-day productivity, 3D modeling for engineering applications, photoshop, light gaming and video ed...
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HELP - Almost deadly silent setup for audio home-recording
Replies: 19
Views: 6263

Re: HELP - Almost deadly silent setup for audio home-recordi

Your CPU, RAM, Cooler, Case and Storage are ideal choices.

A 370 motherboard may be excessive for a recording studio. A 350 is probably plenty.

3GB 1060 is a good choice for price to performance. My Asus version of the fan has software that can put it to Silent Mode.
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet PC build - suggestions
Replies: 18
Views: 8033

Re: Quiet PC build - suggestions

Ryzen 7 1700 is your best bet.

Any SSD from a reliable company (Samsung, Hynix, Kingston, Intel, Crucial, etc) is fine.

You should try out 16 GB RAM and see how it works before spending $150 more on 32 GB.
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: Scythe Mugen 5 CPU Cooler
Replies: 0
Views: 9439

Scythe Mugen 5 CPU Cooler

I bought this product because of SPCR's endorsement and stellar reviews on Amazon. The box looks premium, which is good for collectors. Included are brackets (for both Intel and AMD platforms), all necessary screws, a full-sized magnetic screwdriver, an instruction manual, and a small tube of therma...
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: [Case] Fractal Design Define Mini C (Micro ATX) Review
Replies: 5
Views: 10450

Re: [Case] Fractal Design Define Mini C (Micro ATX) Review

Thanks for the review. Although I wonder if having the drive cage is even necessary if there's only one 3.5" HDD. Regarding the PSU shroud ventilation for the PSU: if the PSU fan faces down for air intake, I think it's better that the vent holes be covered to create a tunnel-like effect for better ...
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: [CPU Cooler] AMD Ryzen Wraith Spire (stock) Review
Replies: 3
Views: 10257

Re: [CPU Cooler] AMD Ryzen Wraith Spire (stock) Review

Hello, I just got my new Ryzen 5 1600 with this stock cooler. But my problem with it is, that in idle mode (Windows Desktop doing nothing) the cooler always emits a clearly hearable low humming sound which has some sort of slowly pulsing character. It gets louder every about 2 secs (or so) and then...
by Derek Semeraro
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: [Case] Fractal Design Define Mini C (Micro ATX) Review
Replies: 5
Views: 10450

[Case] Fractal Design Define Mini C (Micro ATX) Review

I believe the other Fractal Design Define cases are similar to this one, apart from the size. This review will focus on the noise factor and air flow but I will cover the basics first. Build quality : Interior has a lot of appreciated little details. FD did not cut any corners. Aesthetic/design : Mi...
by Derek Semeraro
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: [CPU Cooler] AMD Ryzen Wraith Spire (stock) Review
Replies: 3
Views: 10257

[CPU Cooler] AMD Ryzen Wraith Spire (stock) Review

AMD's Wraith Spire fan is the stock cooler that comes with Ryzen 5 CPU. (The Ryzen 7 CPU comes with a different version of the fan with LED lights, but I believe it is the same fan.) Keep in mind that the "X" versions of the AMD Ryzen CPU's do not come with the stock cooler. This review will cover w...
by Derek Semeraro
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: [Case Fans] Be Quiet! Pure Wings 2 (140mm) Review
Replies: 0
Views: 8313

[Case Fans] Be Quiet! Pure Wings 2 (140mm) Review

In short, I purchased two of these and they are excellent. The packaging and aesthetics of the fans themselves are very good, although I am focusing my review on the noise factor. At 140mm, the large size, they are large enough to carry large strokes of air while not having to spin as quickly as the...
by Derek Semeraro
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updated version to the SFF Quiet pc guide?
Replies: 1
Views: 1649

Re: Updated version to the SFF Quiet pc guide?

CPU: Go with Intel if you only need integrated graphics. Go with Ryzen, due to lower wattage, if you plan to use a dedicated video card. RAM: 8GB is still good today. DDR4 speeds, of course though. SSD: Not much change except it's half in price. Video Card: Much outdated. Go with GTX 1050, 1050 Ti o...