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by josephclemente
Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ASUS Maximus VI Impact: Enthusiast Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 8
Views: 6349

Re: ASUS Maximus VI Impact: Enthusiast Mini-ITX Motherboard

I wish Asus would allow (in all their recent boards, not just this one) lower fan speeds, and it should be allowable in the UEFI BIOS. I don't like add-on programs for fan speed.

I'm surprised they didn't go with all-solid capacitors for this board.
by josephclemente
Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 33
Views: 29571

Re: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

I'll post my new builds hopefully soon!
by josephclemente
Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:02 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's SilverStone SG05 MINI ITX + fanless ATX PSU
Replies: 16
Views: 22990

Re: josephclemente's SilverStone SG05 MINI ITX + fanless ATX

tal.aloni - I use a nibbler hand tool whenever I need to make cuts. To keep the edges smooth, I follow up with sanding. I mask surrounding areas with masking tape to make sure I don't add "work marks" to the metal during both nibbling and filing. Also, all electronics are removed when cutting/filing...
by josephclemente
Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 33
Views: 29571

Re: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

Nice review! I have five hard drives and one SSD in my Node 304. I really cleaned up my wiring by creating my own custom SATA power cable, eliminating excess cable length between each connector. I also went with SATA data cables as short as needed for each drive. I noticed one error in the review - ...
by josephclemente
Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's SilverStone SG05 MINI ITX + fanless ATX PSU
Replies: 16
Views: 22990

Re: josephclemente's SilverStone SG05 MINI ITX + fanless ATX

macuso - I haven't recorded my temperatures just yet. Just ran some stress tests and saw the temperatures were all OK and didn't think much about it since then. One of these days I'll do it and write them down :D b3nbranch - the original grill is pretty easy to remove. The mesh is bent 90 degrees at...
by josephclemente
Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 13
Views: 9302

Re: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX Case

I have run some tests on my own Elite 120 with and without the faceplate. There is definitely a difference. I am running a Xeon E3-1230 V2 (4 cores, 8 threads total) with a Thermalright AXP-140 (power supply is an external power brick to make this happen). At the moment, I am running with only two f...
by josephclemente
Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!
Replies: 169
Views: 158997

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

I like the smaller dimensions of the PSU. Lately all of my Seasonic purchases have been pretty long. Still overkill for all of my systems! :-)
by josephclemente
Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: bulging capacitor still problem?
Replies: 26
Views: 10532

Re: Re:

http://www.bcchardware.com/index.php?full=1&set_albumName=MSI975X&id=SATA_Ports&option=com_gallery&Itemid=&include=view_photo.php That picture is of standard electrolytic capacitors. Capacitors can go bad without even showing signs of bulging. As dhanson865 mentioned earlier, badcaps.net has a lot ...
by josephclemente
Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: bulging capacitor still problem?
Replies: 26
Views: 10532

Re: bulging capacitor still problem?

I make sure to buy motherboards with metal capacitors. Most recently, I used an ASRock and it uses all metal capacitors. I have mostly been doing the same. Anything without 100% solid capacitors I normally ignore. However, when doing some builds where I wanted good performance with low idle power c...
by josephclemente
Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's SilverStone SG05 MINI ITX + fanless ATX PSU
Replies: 16
Views: 22990

Re: josephclemente's SilverStone SG05 MINI ITX + fanless ATX

Hello macuso, Welcome to SPCR! If the power supply is lowered, there would be a gap above it where the existing opening is located. You could probably add some mesh or aluminum to seal this gap. The power supply is 2.75" above the motherboard. It is about 1.375" above the Antec Kuhler's water block....
by josephclemente
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's SilverStone SG05 MINI ITX + fanless ATX PSU
Replies: 16
Views: 22990

Re: josephclemente's SilverStone SG05 MINI ITX + fanless ATX

Thanks for the nice comments! The pump and fan noise is very low. Audible, but low enough where I often mistake the computer for being off. The fan and pump speed is controlled by the motherboard in BIOS. Too slow and the pump makes a light clicking noise. So I have the speed up a few notches from t...
by josephclemente
Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's SilverStone SG05 MINI ITX + fanless ATX PSU
Replies: 16
Views: 22990

josephclemente's SilverStone SG05 MINI ITX + fanless ATX PSU

Case: SilverStone SG05 Fan: Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-13 1150 RPM 120mm, used as front exhaust PSU: Seasonic X-460 Fanless Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 CPU cooler: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 RAM: Samsung 8GB 30nm 1.35V DDR3 1600 GPU: PowerColor Go! Green AX7750 SSD: Samsung 830 S...
by josephclemente
Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:07 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is anyone watching The Walking Dead? Spoiler Alert
Replies: 17
Views: 6748

Re: Is anyone watching The Walking Dead?

I only read two sentences, from the first post, but now I wish I did not.

Please add a spoiler alert to the first post before anyone makes the same mistake I did. Thanks!

Yes, I am watching The Walking Dead.
by josephclemente
Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-Q11B + Suck hole-cooled HD 6850
Replies: 10
Views: 13630

Re: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-Q11B + Suck hole-cooled HD 6

I haven't spent much time with the stock fan. I had a different motherboard when I first set everything up. That particular motherboard's fan control had the stock fan at higher speeds than I wanted. I didn't try any other 140mm fans, so I can't compare. The 140mm NB is pleasing during normal usage....
by josephclemente
Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?
Replies: 28
Views: 13164

Re: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?

I was doing 26W (AC from the wall) idle with my ASRock H67M-ITX without video card. Other devices present during the measurement: PSU: Seasonic X-560 CPU: Intel i7-2600K RAM: G.Skill 8GB DDR3-1600 Hard Drives: Intel 120GB G2 SSD Blu-ray Burner: LG GGW-H20L Fan - Front Intake: Noiseblocker BlackSilen...
by josephclemente
Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:53 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-Q11B + Suck hole-cooled HD 6850
Replies: 10
Views: 13630

Re: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-Q11B + Suck hole-cooled HD 6

That is correct - the AXP-140 heatpipes are on the same side as the video card. Very close but nowhere near close enough for anything to touch, even with possible video card flexing.
by josephclemente
Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-Q11B + Suck hole-cooled HD 6850
Replies: 10
Views: 13630

Re: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-Q11B + Suck hole-cooled HD 6

I found the plastic case feet at Fry's Electronics. The vinyl bumpers are from Home Depot. They are thin and a bit soft. They happen to fit the case feet perfectly. These prevent the case from sliding on my glass desk. I have added a picture of the case with the power supply installed. The SSD is in...
by josephclemente
Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:07 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-Q11B + Suck hole-cooled HD 6850
Replies: 10
Views: 13630

josephclemente's Lian Li PC-Q11B + Suck hole-cooled HD 6850

Case: Lian Li PC-Q11B Fan - Front Intake: Noiseblocker BlackSilentPro PK-3 140mm Fan - Bottom Intake: Noiseblocker BlackSilentPro PLPS 120mm Fan - CPU: Scythe Slip Stream Slim PWM 120mm PSU: Seasonic X-560 Motherboard: ASRock H67M-ITX CPU: Intel i7-2600K CPU cooler: Thermalright AXP-140 RT RAM: G.Sk...
by josephclemente
Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:24 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Re: Mike's final sign-off - POSTPONED
Replies: 70
Views: 93109

Re: Mike's final sign-off

Thank you for the good news and keeping us updated :D
by josephclemente
Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:52 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Re: Mike's final sign-off - POSTPONED
Replies: 70
Views: 93109

Re: Mike's final sign-off

Wha?

SPCR is my favorite web site. Please don't close! :'(
by josephclemente
Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone GD04/05 - Remove dust filters?
Replies: 4
Views: 1446

Re: Silverstone GD04/05 - Remove dust filters?

I have removed the filters from my GD05. Filters are restrictive enough - the honeycomb plastic doesn't help. Also, the filters are difficult to access for cleaning. My plan is to just blow compressed air in the case when needed (so far not yet). Most of the time my HTPC/File Server is sleeping - I ...
by josephclemente
Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?
Replies: 28
Views: 13164

Re: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?

Also to update a problem I reported with this motherboard earlier in the thread. Looks like a temperature sensor somewhere on the motherboard was telling the CPU to throttle. I flipped the CPU fan around so it is pulling air out of the heatsink, rather than blowing into it. Now I can run Prime95 all...
by josephclemente
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850
Replies: 41
Views: 27579

Re: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5

They are Lian Li plastic fan rivets. I had them leftover from a much older Lian Li case I used to have.
by josephclemente
Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?
Replies: 28
Views: 13164

Re: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?

I don't see anything that will allow undervolting. Any voltages that can be changed appear to be for increasing voltage, and only slightly. The only voltage I see that can go up or down is for the memory modules.
by josephclemente
Sun May 29, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?
Replies: 28
Views: 13164

Re: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?

This board won't switch the fans off. It will just keep them running at a low speed and the speed starts to increase when the temperature goes above the "desired temperature" setting.
by josephclemente
Sat May 28, 2011 5:49 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?
Replies: 28
Views: 13164

Re: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?

Also are there any detailed fan control settings in the bios? I find it really lame when all you get is an option of smart fan temps or not, and no fine grain choices. You can assign a "level" to each fan individually. Level 1 is the slowest and level 9 the fastest. Both of my fans are set to level...
by josephclemente
Wed May 25, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?
Replies: 28
Views: 13164

Re: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?

I have the non "/HT" version of this board, same thing but without the remote and wireless. I like how the 3-pin case fan header speed can change based on the CPU temperature. I like this better than boards that adjust the case fan speed based on some motherboard temperature. The CPU fan header need...
by josephclemente
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850
Replies: 41
Views: 27579

Re: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5

This system worked out great for meeting my silence goals. But I am going to disassemble this system. A replacement motherboard is still unavailable after the Sandy Bridge recall, so I am returning the current motherboard for a full refund. I am going to use this opportunity to switch to a much smal...
by josephclemente
Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Attaching regular sata hard drives as external backup drives
Replies: 6
Views: 1685

Re: Attaching regular sata hard drives as external backup dr

I am using option #2 and like it a lot. I made mine look a bit cleaner by removing the left-side button and right-side esata port. Also sanded off the Antec logo. Filled the holes with bondo and painted.

I like being able to do backups without adding cables or external power bricks.
by josephclemente
Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Improving airflow in Lian Li PC-A05
Replies: 37
Views: 21701

Re: Improving airflow in Lian Li PC-A05

I tried the 140mm BS-06 first before deciding to mod my top panel.

The BS-06 didn't improve my temperatures, no matter what direction the fan was pointing. At that time I had an HR-03 with a fan on my HD 5850 video card.