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by sthayashi
Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Cooling old Socket 370 in new SLK3700BQE ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1313

Any decent Socket A heatsink should work for you. There have been various ones recommended in the past, including the ones that Jabba listed. I'm a little cautious at recommending the Zalman 6000, which I have and it worked alright, though I was unimpressed with it. There are used to be a lot of Soc...
by sthayashi
Fri Aug 19, 2005 7:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What fan for XP-90?
Replies: 8
Views: 1981

My experience with 120mm Panaflo high speeds is that they're obscene in terms of noise, even when undervolted. I don't know if that impression can be extended to 92mm fans, but I'd certainly lean towards the Low speed one. BTW, I know that the 80mm Panaflos didn't take too well to on-board fan regul...
by sthayashi
Fri Aug 19, 2005 7:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: not possible to build silent system under 100% load!
Replies: 30
Views: 9898

If you're using an nForce2 board, I've found that I prefer 8rdavcore (I prefer v 0.8.7, but you might prefer the current version)
by sthayashi
Fri Aug 19, 2005 7:06 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How can i test the load on my PSU?
Replies: 3
Views: 1179

What information are you trying to get at?
by sthayashi
Fri Aug 19, 2005 7:02 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: HTPC - Accent HT-400
Replies: 14
Views: 22317

As in MCE will lighten up on the requirement to encode into dvr-ms or that Sonic will force a re-encode on already Mpeg'ed files? If it's the former, where'd ya hear that? That's GREAT news. If it's the latter, are you sure that Sonic isn't re-encoding the files due to DVB-T not necessarily being t...
by sthayashi
Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: High efficiency at very low load
Replies: 7
Views: 1855

Regarding the brick style PSU - I already own one of these for my mini-itx based PVR - I was just not aware that it was so efficient. I've heard mixed things about brick style PSUs. On one hand, I've heard they're supposed to be amazingly efficient. On the other hand, I've looked through a number o...
by sthayashi
Tue Aug 16, 2005 6:31 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How many watts do I REALLY need?
Replies: 37
Views: 11385

Ok, no one has mentiont his so I'm going to: If you're PSU can't handle the load and shorts itself, it may take your Motherboard with it. And YES I have had it happen to me. The PSU blew 3 MBs before I figured out what was going on. So, given that, I'd say go with a good quality 400-500 Watt PSU Ye...
by sthayashi
Tue Aug 16, 2005 6:09 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: High efficiency at very low load
Replies: 7
Views: 1855

I say don't worry too much about it, or even better, look into S3 or S4 suspension (Suspend-to-Ram or Hibernate). They will save far more power than a highly efficient PSU. Here's the reason. Total power of computers seem to bottom out at around 40W. Sometimes, you can get it below there, but it bec...
by sthayashi
Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:40 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: HTPC - Accent HT-400
Replies: 14
Views: 22317

Sorry for bringing this off-topic, but you've piqued my interest. Unfortunately all DVB-t cards do not do hardware encoding, only software. This doesn't really tax the system anyway. ??? I thought DVB-T was broadcast in Mpeg-2 and that all it did was capture the stream. ...it insists on re-encoding ...
by sthayashi
Mon Aug 15, 2005 10:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WOW, I lost 15oC off my HD by doing this!
Replies: 28
Views: 9319

Wow, a 2 year 4-month thread resurrection, a new SPCR record!
by sthayashi
Mon Aug 15, 2005 8:07 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1602142

Kraftwerk - Autobahn
and
E Nomine - Das Testament
by sthayashi
Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:48 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Need a 120 mm fan
Replies: 8
Views: 2863

The Top SPCR Quiet 120mm Axial Fans Compared + 120mmAC Fans. It's stickied at the top of this very forum. And in the very first post: Quiet 120mm x Thicker than 25mm Fans The Panaflo L1A 120mm, unlike the Japanaflo L1A 80mm fans, is not really considered in the most quiet fan category. It still can...
by sthayashi
Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:02 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Online time = wasted time?
Replies: 3
Views: 3074

I don't think all of those options are mutually exclusive.
by sthayashi
Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:52 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best hard drives??
Replies: 6
Views: 2152

cotdt wrote:Heck, if you're sensitive to noise as I am, even the quietest 2.5" notebooks drives are pretty loud, and those are way more silent than the SPCR recommended 3.5" drives.
:shock: Jeez, do you cringe everytime a butterfly floats by?
by sthayashi
Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:39 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Sonata/MSI K8N Neo2 Plat won't power up with S12-430
Replies: 8
Views: 2331

conductivity is the measure of electrical charge through a substance. static is the nature of similar charged particles to repel eachother. to avoid static, thus conductivity, an anti-static sheet acts as a buffer to prevent to the collision of like ions on to the HDD. The plastic bag does not prev...
by sthayashi
Wed Aug 10, 2005 9:03 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best hard drives??
Replies: 6
Views: 2152

a) Tough one to call, mostly because it's not clear to me how many drives out there are SATA II. Personally, I think it's mostly marketing BS. Use Storage Review to determine an answer to your liking. b) Quietest? Either Western Digital's 250GB hard drive, Maxtor's MaxLine, or possibly Samsung's 250...
by sthayashi
Wed Aug 10, 2005 6:08 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Sonata/MSI K8N Neo2 Plat won't power up with S12-430
Replies: 8
Views: 2331

liquid_celica wrote:Unscrew the motherboard and take an antistatic sheet(like the ones that come with the mobo) and place it underneathe the motherboard. Screw the motherboard back in, that includes screwing THROUGH the antistatic sheet.
Aren't anti-static sheets CONDUCTIVE?
by sthayashi
Wed Aug 10, 2005 6:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Poll: What do you think of cops?
Replies: 15
Views: 7391

Love cops. I've never received an attitude from them, even when I WAS on the wrong side of the law. I wanted to be one for a while, until I discovered that they generally get paid shit for crappy hours, and get even crappier time off. I've got a friend who's a State trooper in Ohio. Every major holi...
by sthayashi
Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can someone guestimate my fileserver power usage
Replies: 1
Views: 802

Split from a different post I'd say that draws MAYBE around 160W, depending on your usage. However, I'd also be willing to wager that on boot, you draw close to 300W, if not more. A less powerful PSU will not necessarily use less power, but may end up doing so anyways since a less powerful one typi...
by sthayashi
Wed Aug 10, 2005 2:55 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: need PSU recommendation for Athlon 64 system
Replies: 3
Views: 1324

In your case, yes. The Super Silencer 400 was designed for an older computer (ATX 1.3) that focused its power at 5v. The S12 focuses on 12V power, like all good ATX 2.xx compliant PSUs.
by sthayashi
Wed Aug 10, 2005 2:39 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Sonata/MSI K8N Neo2 Plat won't power up with S12-430
Replies: 8
Views: 2331

Here's a blind shot-in-the-dark suggestion: Unplug your DVD drive.
by sthayashi
Wed Aug 10, 2005 2:34 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacing Antec Smartpower 450W
Replies: 4
Views: 1576

I think it's difficult to come up with specs that the S12-430 WON'T work with.

It's tough to say whether you'll notice a noise change with the S12. I know that the older SmartPower PSUs were on the loud side. But what you've described sounds more like either dying fan bearings or coil whine.
by sthayashi
Wed Aug 10, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: need PSU recommendation for Athlon 64 system
Replies: 3
Views: 1324

You could probably get by just fine with a Seasonic S12-380, but the 430 will work alright for you.
by sthayashi
Wed Aug 10, 2005 2:24 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How much does my system draw?
Replies: 1
Views: 830

Split from Seasonic S12-500 article discussion
Your system will draw at max around 200W, if even that much.
by sthayashi
Wed Aug 10, 2005 1:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: I desire [xxx] most in my life.
Replies: 41
Views: 17147

Hedonism. Though Family/Companionship would be up there too if I didn't already have plenty of that.

For me, everything else is simply a means for it.
by sthayashi
Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice about real power needs for a P4 3GHZ and P4P800-e
Replies: 4
Views: 1258

Just to add on, your machine doesn't draw as much power as you think it does.
by sthayashi
Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:25 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HDDs for RAID in P180 case
Replies: 7
Views: 2004

Re: New HDDs for RAID in P180 case

Since RAID capability is built into the motherboard, I'd like to take a stab at it. Being the engineering type, of course I can't leave well-enough alone. ;) Please, please, DO NOT warn me about RAID 0 not being redundant, doubling your chances of losing all of your data, etc. I realize you are wel...
by sthayashi
Wed Aug 03, 2005 4:03 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Conductive lacquer remplacement?
Replies: 9
Views: 2094

Anything wrong with a conductive pen?
by sthayashi
Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet Dual CPU - possible?
Replies: 23
Views: 7295

Lots of talk, very few answers. 1) I'd definitely go with the HE processors, but only depending on how long you have this machine around for. Seeing as this essentially comes out of your pay, you have to evaluate the cost of ease-of-silencing vs. the value. With the HEs, your heat output is on the l...
by sthayashi
Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:56 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12: King o'the 500-600W SLi "quiet" PSU?
Replies: 9
Views: 3321

Have you checked your memory for errors? Faulty or bad memory can lead LOTS of crashes as I can personally testify to.

Memtest86 if you haven't tested it.