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by tempeteduson
Thu Jun 24, 2004 1:08 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Advantages to a Quiet PC?
Replies: 16
Views: 15586

Other advantages:
-Better productivity.
-Better enjoyment of your computer audio. HTPCs, anyone?
-People think you're more refined. Unless you have bling-bling all over your case, that is.
-People don't know you have the computer on all the time. So you appear less of a geek.
by tempeteduson
Wed Jun 23, 2004 10:28 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Stock Athlon 64 HSF
Replies: 13
Views: 2455

I have an ASUS motherboard, too, and ASUS Probe that I think overestimates CPU temps. SiSoft SANDRA reports a much lower temp when I compare the two. How often does the stock HSF reach 6100 RPM?
by tempeteduson
Mon Jun 21, 2004 1:21 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: are you using UPS ?
Replies: 36
Views: 10723

No, I don't have a UPS but plan to get one for my next system (most definitely APC). I've had two power outages in one month (each lasting several hours).
by tempeteduson
Mon Jun 21, 2004 1:11 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Stock Athlon 64 HSF
Replies: 13
Views: 2455

Cool, thanks.
by tempeteduson
Mon Jun 21, 2004 1:05 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silver or Black colour scheme? Help me decide!
Replies: 15
Views: 3717

To me, black is more elegant and less flashy (literally). Silver is fine, though.
by tempeteduson
Sun Jun 20, 2004 10:56 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: native command queing on Serial ATA-I
Replies: 7
Views: 1762

I believe NCQ is supported only on SATA II...I don't know of any motherboard or PCI solutions that support SATA II as of yet. Curiously, Intel claims to support NCQ in their latest 915/925 chipsets but only SATA I.
by tempeteduson
Sun Jun 20, 2004 9:44 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Athlon 64 FX-53 Machine
Replies: 12
Views: 3100

Fine choices, inxil, but have you considered Sennheiser's PC 155 headset as an alternative to the Plantronics .Audio 90 (which is in itself a great headset)? The Sennheiser can accept 3.5mm or USB input.
by tempeteduson
Sun Jun 20, 2004 3:50 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Stock Athlon 64 HSF
Replies: 13
Views: 2455

How about a review of the stock Athlon 64 HSF, SPCR reviewers? It might be useful for many of us...
by tempeteduson
Sat Jun 19, 2004 7:58 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Stock Athlon 64 HSF
Replies: 13
Views: 2455

Thank you, Neil. I was seriously considering the Zalman 7000 AlCu but don't know if I have enough room. From your advice, I think I will buy a retail A64 when there are nForce3 S939 boards available. Stock HSF should be good enough for me!
by tempeteduson
Sat Jun 19, 2004 3:45 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Stock Athlon 64 HSF
Replies: 13
Views: 2455

Stock Athlon 64 HSF

How does the stock Athlon 64 heatsink perform (I believe it's an AVC) in terms of cooling and noise? Would you recommend a third-party alternative?

I'm sorry if this topic has been covered, but I'm in a hurry.

Cheers and thanks.
by tempeteduson
Sat Jun 19, 2004 2:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: seagate 7200.8 is coming -- may topple samsung
Replies: 22
Views: 6575

Q3'04 is the official "date."
by tempeteduson
Sat Jun 19, 2004 10:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: seagate 7200.8 is coming -- may topple samsung
Replies: 22
Views: 6575

In response to the questions above:
-Yes, the SATA versions of the 7200.8 series are all native.
-Q3'04
-This remains to be seen; I will wait, though. I want native SATA all the way.
by tempeteduson
Fri Jun 18, 2004 12:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate announcement: 400gb 7200.8 w/ 133gb platters
Replies: 20
Views: 4886

Also, the 7200.8 series has an 8.0 ms average seek time (down from 8.5 in the 7200.7) and has 16MB buffers available. I'm getting the one-platter 120GB version!
by tempeteduson
Thu Jun 17, 2004 11:14 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: DVD-RW/+RW Recommendation? ( pref 8x w/ 8mb cache and QUIET)
Replies: 31
Views: 9910

The Plextor PX-708A is very quiet according to Maximum PC, and is their current "best of the best" DVD recorder. That is about to change, though, with the introduction of 12X burners from Sony, TDK, and Plextor's own PX-712. Sony has an 8X dual-layer, dual-format burner called the DRU-700, too. (It ...
by tempeteduson
Wed Jun 16, 2004 1:04 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Best floppy drive?
Replies: 29
Views: 16569

Thanks, CRT_Leech. I guess I will get the Sony for my next system then.
by tempeteduson
Tue Jun 15, 2004 10:44 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Best floppy drive?
Replies: 29
Views: 16569

The "floppy" part of the Mitsumi floppy drive/media reader is basically a notebook floppy drive. However, there seems to be reliability problems with the drive. You can read some customer ratings here: http://axiontech.com/ratings.php?act=view&cat=FLOPPY%20DRIVES&pcode=FDMIFA404A This is where I buy...
by tempeteduson
Mon Jun 14, 2004 10:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What's Best Ram? My system I'm gonna build.
Replies: 80
Views: 44594

http://hardwareguys.com/picks/memory.html I'd personally go with Crucial for compatibility and stability; their modules have conservative timings and CAS and are in perfect JEDEC compliance (up to DDR400 or PC3200). And since they make their own chips (well, parent company Micron) they know how bes...
by tempeteduson
Mon Jun 14, 2004 10:12 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Best floppy drive?
Replies: 29
Views: 16569

Regarding the most reliable floppy drive, Alps' can claim that title. Their drives have the highest MTBF I've seen (yes, I have researched) and are used in professional applications. But I have one, and it's probably the loudest floppy drive ever. I also have a Mitsumi; it's fairly quiet (and reliab...
by tempeteduson
Thu Jun 10, 2004 4:24 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Chenbro announces the Gaming Bomb II
Replies: 31
Views: 12828

How come two different cases are both named Gaming Bomb II (or Xpider II)?
by tempeteduson
Tue Jun 08, 2004 4:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thinking of putting together a quiet system (specs inside)
Replies: 13
Views: 9865

I have just bought the Fortron 350 to replace the stock PSU in my Aopen case. It is MUCH quieter and perhaps the quietest PSU I have.
by tempeteduson
Sat Jun 05, 2004 1:02 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thinking of putting together a quiet system (specs inside)
Replies: 13
Views: 9865

I would recommend going with Samsung optical drives, perhaps a black Samsung 52X/32X/52X combo. They're a bit slow to access and autorun your CDs but are quieter than other drives in my experience, including Lite-On drives. I have no experience with LG drives, unfortunately.