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by josephclemente
Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How to Soft Mount a Fan
Replies: 6
Views: 2544

Right now I am using foam ear plugs in some of my fan holes. They seem to work very well, and the fan can be spaced a little bit away from the case metal. The ear plugs expand to fill the space nicely.
by josephclemente
Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Solo Bedroom PC
Replies: 41
Views: 25351

Is the hard drive actually blazing hot to the touch? Maybe the sensor is just reporting the temperature too hot. If the drive really is hot, I'd guess a lot of the intake air must be coming from the back of the case from the open PCI slots and vent. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of air is just go...
by josephclemente
Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Who's going to run out and see "Inception", "
Replies: 22
Views: 4003

I finally saw Inception. I found it to be entertaining, but that's about it. I guess that's all I can add to the discussion. The end. :)
by josephclemente
Sun Jul 25, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Will 5750 or 5770 passive cards fit antec 2480 fusion case ?
Replies: 21
Views: 7700

After further investication, it appears everything fits... BUT... The top casepanel is actually making contact with the video card, and flexing slightly. It might be fine, but it bothers me - so I'm going to cut a rectangle out on the panel and maybe put a grill there or something. EDIT: I have comp...
by josephclemente
Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Will 5750 or 5770 passive cards fit antec 2480 fusion case ?
Replies: 21
Views: 7700

I just installed my 5750 Silent Cell video card in my Antec NSK2400. The grill modification is not needed if the Gigabyte 5750 card is in the very first PCI card slot position, closest to the CPU. However, I might consider cutting off all of the inner parts of the grill (where IMOM bent) in order to...
by josephclemente
Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:56 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Solo Bedroom PC
Replies: 41
Views: 25351

Hangfire wrote:For really serious video cards & overclocking, a top mount fan would really keep the GPU cool... but then would be getting away from the whole "silent" thing.
That is a good point. One thing this mod really makes possible is blowhole(s) for the PCI area.
by josephclemente
Sun Jul 18, 2010 3:02 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Who's going to run out and see "Inception", "
Replies: 22
Views: 4003

Inception looks like another Matrix inspired movie according to the trailers. Maybe I'll see it since it scored well on Rotten Tomatoes. I very clearly remember The Happening, only because it was so bad. I took my coworker to see it and I apologized. A few parts were so stupid they were laugh-out-lo...
by josephclemente
Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Solo Bedroom PC
Replies: 41
Views: 25351

Wow, that is some seriously nice modding!
by josephclemente
Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PC-A05NB - questions before buy & mod
Replies: 5
Views: 5117

My build is mostly complete. Like your case, I added two 120mm blowhole fans and am using them as intakes. I've been flipping fans around and running stress tests. So far, my favorite configuration is to remove the front fan entirely and seal all rear vents. The rear and blowhole fans are all set as...
by josephclemente
Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Latest SPCR-certified PC: Puget Serenity i7
Replies: 34
Views: 15978

Second of all, hibernating is kinda dumb. Personally, I don't really feel like allocating some of my hard drive to something that is completely unnecessary. Shutting down probably makes my boot about 10 seconds slower versus hibernation..so there's no point. When it comes to SSD drives and lots of ...
by josephclemente
Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Finally a 100% fanless and total noiseless HTPC!
Replies: 16
Views: 9675

That is an awesome setup!

Does the power supply benefit from the large heatsink on the side of the case? Is there some sort of thermal pad or flat contact going on between the two?
by josephclemente
Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PC-A05NB - questions before buy & mod
Replies: 5
Views: 5117

Those modifications are very well done! How is your build going? Have you experimented with airflow directions yet? I have a PC-A05NB arriving in 12 hours. I read many pages about this case on various forums. This case has been around a long time but everyone's cooling strategy varies wildly. I was ...
by josephclemente
Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Latest SPCR-certified PC: Puget Serenity i7
Replies: 34
Views: 15978

netmask254 wrote:- What's the two case fans' speed (800rpm or higher)?
I'd like to know this also. :)
by josephclemente
Sun May 23, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: should i remove exhaust grill oh Shuttle K45?
Replies: 3
Views: 981

I removed it on my K45 and replaced it with a regular wire grill.

I used a Nibbler from Radio Shack. Just make sure you remove all components (motherboard, PSU, etc) before cutting and you'll be fine. I also like to mask the area I'm cutting with masking tape, so I don't add marks from the cutter.
by josephclemente
Sun May 23, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: bulging capacitor still problem?
Replies: 26
Views: 9661

At work I've replaced a number of machines and motherboards due to bursting capacitors. Even replacement machines have popped a cap or more after about a year.

So far I've had zero problems with solid capacitors.
by josephclemente
Wed May 12, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Zalman PWM MATE incompatible with Arctic Cooling F12 PWM?
Replies: 4
Views: 2751

Thanks for the responses! I tried the Gigabyte EasyTune software. It had a strange looking interface, didn't look like a Windows program. When I rebooted, Windows kept asking if it was OK to let the program make changes to the computer. I uninstalled the program. I installed Speedfan and it seems to...
by josephclemente
Sat May 08, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Zalman PWM MATE incompatible with Arctic Cooling F12 PWM?
Replies: 4
Views: 2751

Zalman PWM MATE incompatible with Arctic Cooling F12 PWM?

I just got a Zalman PWM Mate to control my two Arctic Cooling F12 PWM fans. With the PWM Mate, the fans make a horrible squeal on any speed other than 100%. I have tried them both daisy chained and individually. I also changed the motherboard BIOS modes to disable speed control, Auto, and Enabled. S...
by josephclemente
Sat May 01, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Best Ati 5770 Air cooler?
Replies: 51
Views: 15168

I decided to go with my mosfet heatsink idea on my 5770. I got a single Enzotech MST-73 forged copper heatsink from Newegg for $10.49. It measures 79.5(L) x 14(W) x 29.6(H) mm. Here is the item link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835708017 I then mounted in in a vise and cut ...
by josephclemente
Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:45 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Best Ati 5770 Air cooler?
Replies: 51
Views: 15168

I've got nothing on the mosfets. The ramsinks have an extremely weak adhesive. I cleaned the memory chips very well and they stick, but I know they'll easily fall off if touched. I'm thinking about what to do. I could stick these lousy little heatsinks all over the place with their weak adhesive. At...
by josephclemente
Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Best Ati 5770 Air cooler?
Replies: 51
Views: 15168

I just installed my new HR-03 Rev.A on my 5770 last night. Looks like the thread poll is closed so I can't vote. I went with the "Type 1" install, where the heatpipes wrap around the card and the cooler is closer to my CPU. I haven't stressed the card at all yet. Do the memory chips need the ramsink...
by josephclemente
Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:01 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Case mod: how to fit an Antec CP850 in a P182
Replies: 18
Views: 6272

Nice mod! Very clean - I like how it is non-destructive and can be restored back to original form with new rivets.
by josephclemente
Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 5670?
Replies: 9
Views: 4690

Here is some data on my system's power consumption with XFX HD5670 512MB: AC power consumption with no video card: Idle: 50W Prime95: 102W AC power consumption with 5670 installed: Idle: 67W Prime95: 118W Furmark: 111W Prime95 + Furmark: 177W Prime 95 test using "In-place large FFTs" and 2 threads. ...
by josephclemente
Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung UN55B7100 55" LED HDTV
Replies: 39
Views: 17091

Great review Mike. ...Wishful thinking... I'd like to see a side-by-side objective and subjective comparison with an affordable TV like the LG 50PQ20 50-in. 720p Plasma HDTV at Costco for $859.99 . I'm still using my 54" rear projection television from the 90's. I recently browsed some 50" Plasma s...
by josephclemente
Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: i5-750 with HD5770 - Airline carry-on sized!
Replies: 10
Views: 8906

This is an awesome case. Very little is posted about it on SPCR. So far I've built two machines with this case. I moved a home machine from an Antec Solo to this. The motherboard is an ATX GA-P35-DS3R. It is so nice to fit a full ATX sized board in such a small case! I was able to fit an ATI 3850 vi...
by josephclemente
Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:30 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Review of 5770
Replies: 5
Views: 2496

I have been pleased with the idle noise of the stock cooler on my XFX 5770. However, my card is in a P182 loaded with AcoustiPack.

It is definitely noisy on load but I think I might be OK with that.
by josephclemente
Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: interesting cooler master case - Elite 360 RC-360-KKN1-GP
Replies: 3
Views: 2477

This is a seriously interesting case. I built a machine needed at work using one of these. I set out to find the lowest priced case possible and found something very surprising. It handles full ATX motherboards but the case is about the same size as most Micro ATX cases. Compared to a common eMachin...
by josephclemente
Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 43921

Acronis does clone systems without regard to whether the source or target is SSD or HDD, but be aware that when cloning to an SSD, it will align the partition to a 31.5KB boundary (offset of 63 sectors, a "track" boundary on an HDD). In my experience, Acronis True Image 2009 will preserve the align...
by josephclemente
Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Any word on the new 2TB drives?
Replies: 6
Views: 2648

Now my second 2TB Seagate is clicking and running slow. Just like the last drive, the clicking starts from time to time and then becomes more and more frequent. This really sucks.
by josephclemente
Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Surprised more people aren't talking about District 9
Replies: 7
Views: 1571

Re: Surprised more people aren't talking about District 9

I didn't see the movie, but Wikipedia says "The title and premise of District 9 were inspired by historical events that took place in South Africa during the apartheid in a residential area of Cape Town named District Six."

Someone told me it wasn't a shakycam movie. That would suck if it is.
by josephclemente
Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:49 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD4770 + AC Accelero S1 Rev. 2 - pictures, some hints
Replies: 8
Views: 7359

Have you tried ATITool to scan for artifacts? I had to run a fan on my HIS 4770 + S1 to prevent ATITool from finding errors. The GPU temperatures were fine, but the rest of the card was getting very hot. I have since put my S1 on my XFX 4770 card, but haven't bothered to try it fanless due to the pr...