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by tempeteduson
Fri May 19, 2006 2:47 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe
Replies: 26
Views: 16256

The "Discuss this article in the SPCR Forums" link at the bottom of the article points to the review of an AOpen Pentium M mATX board. The ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe was compared against an ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe and a DFI LanParty NF4 Ultra D. I believe that should read: "The ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe was co...
by tempeteduson
Sat Apr 22, 2006 9:29 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 231204

qviri,

Yes, that would be a solution for some of us. Sorry, I was thinking in terms of a new build where one could always buy a full-featured uATX board. (That's becuase I'm planning an HTPC project myself. :D)

Regards,
KTK

EDIT: Corrected.
by tempeteduson
Sat Apr 22, 2006 8:42 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 231204

In the opinion of this SPCR reader, there is exactly one thing this case desperately needs--an extra 30+mm in height above the CPU. Also, it would have been nice if there were an optional slot in the main partition to allow a full size motherboard to fit. The power supply mounting would have to be ...
by tempeteduson
Sat Apr 22, 2006 12:42 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: SLK3000B question : AM I CRAZY???
Replies: 6
Views: 2427

Sorry to hear that, but unfortunately, it seems the only way to mount the optical drives is via those rails. Perhaps you can find a source for them. If not, you can always use an external drive (or mount an internal one outside the case)...

Good luck.
by tempeteduson
Fri Apr 21, 2006 11:37 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 231204

the only things i saw i didnt like about the case. i wouldve liked to see vents on the bottom of the case below the PSU. so you can have 120mm fan psu's pull cool air straight from below the case. I don't think PSUs have vents at the top (which would be the bottom in this case). On another note, I ...
by tempeteduson
Fri Apr 21, 2006 11:25 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: SLK3000B question : AM I CRAZY???
Replies: 6
Views: 2427

There should be some rails supplied with your case (these). Bolt one rail to each side of the drive (with screws) and push it into the bay. It should lock with a solid click.
by tempeteduson
Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:38 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Love at first sight. New awesome Am2 motherboards!
Replies: 40
Views: 14227

I find it odd that the plain M2N has VRM heatsinks while the M2N-SLI Deluxe doesn't. The top-end M2N32-SLI Deluxe has them. Hmmm. :? I like the fact that the northbridge fan is dying on this generation of boards, but I'm a little worried about the position of the CPU on some. The M2N, M2N32-SLI Delu...
by tempeteduson
Sat Apr 01, 2006 7:30 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: x2 3800 and good motherboard
Replies: 9
Views: 2759

I can only comment on your second question. The A8N-SLI (vanilla) does indeed have a fan, as do most other nForce4 motherboards (SLI or not). Even with an aftermarket northbridge heatsink (usually, a Zalman) temps are still high. Is SLI a requirement for your build? If not, I would recommend another...
by tempeteduson
Sun Feb 19, 2006 2:38 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Budget PC Build Suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 5586

You might want to stick with NVIDIA chipsets for their good Linux support; ATI's is terrible AFAIK. One bit of evidence to support that: Maximum PC's recent $300 PC that featured an S754 MSI mobo with ATI's Xpress 200 integrated graphics wouldn't work on Linux with ATI drivers; they had to use the g...
by tempeteduson
Wed Feb 08, 2006 7:24 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Linksys Thumbs Down, D-Link thumbs Up
Replies: 10
Views: 2852

I have not tried Linksys, but my one D-Link router (DI-524) emits a constant, very-high-pitched noise that is faint but audible within close range (probably several inches) when ambient noise is low. Setup for the D-Link was a bit cumbersome, and I'd like to try Linksys next time around.
by tempeteduson
Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New AMD based HTPC, low noise, medium performance, advice.
Replies: 13
Views: 4482

Re: New AMD based HTPC, low noise, medium performance, advic

CPU : Athlon 64 3200+ Comment: Running C'n'Q seems like the best option at this point. Should I choose the 3000+ for less heat? Or will it just work harder and make more heat. The 3000+ Venice costs just as much (or more than!) the 3200+ Venice nowadays. I suggest you buy the 3200+ and decrease the...
by tempeteduson
Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:11 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Pentium M Socket 479 CPU USA Sources???
Replies: 5
Views: 2852

Also consider axiontech.com. I've bought most of my hardware there, albeit through a local retailer.
by tempeteduson
Fri Aug 12, 2005 12:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Brand New 3000B & Athlon64 Quiet PC - Final Check
Replies: 10
Views: 2763

You can consider the ASUS A8N-SLI Premium , which uses a heatpipe design on its NF4 chip and MOSFETs and would benefit from airflow from your XP-120's fan. It is quite a bit more expensive than the AX8 but has more features. If you can get by with a slower graphics card, how about this passively coo...
by tempeteduson
Thu Aug 11, 2005 9:50 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Hmmm...7800GT
Replies: 8
Views: 2578

You can passively cool these things I'm 99% sure. They eat up 50W less power than nvidia 6800Ultra and Radeon 850XT. Maybe Gigabyte will take up the challenge? Still, I want an even lower-heat card, something like a 7600, that can run stock passively cooled without too much heat. But I'm sure NVIDI...
by tempeteduson
Sat Aug 06, 2005 9:14 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec SLK-3000B or Super LanBoy ?
Replies: 26
Views: 5969

I have the SLK3700AMB (the bronze one) and, yes, it is a bit understated. But I like it that way. It's a bit big and, I must warn you, quite heavy when loaded up. The Lanboy will undoubtedly solve that problem, but the various reviews I've read of it say that the case is too flimsy, and I wouldn't w...
by tempeteduson
Tue Aug 02, 2005 8:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: to dual-core, or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 2076

Does the 3200 compare at all in terms of performance with the 3700?? I would say no. The 3200+ has a 200MHz and 512kB L2 cache disadvantage compared to the San Diego 3700+. Of course, more games these days are dependent on the videocard rather than the CPU, but for older, CPU-bound games and CPU-in...
by tempeteduson
Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:50 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Favorite motherboard vendor?
Replies: 38
Views: 13000

I've owned one board from each of the following manufacturers: ASUS, Biostar, Chaintech, and DFI. All are still in use except the DFI (a K6 board from their OEM days), which wouldn't install Windows properly. The Biostar KT266 board has done nothing but cause me headaches, so many I don't care to li...
by tempeteduson
Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:00 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New ATI chipset looks promising for silent S939 systems
Replies: 17
Views: 6069

Yes, that board has me excited, too. :D I like everything about the board except for its poor USB 2.0 performance, which STILL has not been corrected in this new SB450 southbridge (though ATI promises it will be fixed in the upcoming SB600). Oh well, at least it's an improvement over the MSI RS480M2...
by tempeteduson
Tue Jul 26, 2005 1:43 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best Bang For the Buck? AMD CPU
Replies: 45
Views: 16573

I've been out of the Intel loop for a while. :D If you can define bang for the buck in terms of price per performance point (in the performance rating), I think the cheapest Venice, the 3000+, takes the honor. The 3200+ isn't much worse in that respect, and may be worth the extra dollars. The 3500+ ...
by tempeteduson
Thu Jul 21, 2005 11:00 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Replacement fan for AMD Athlon 64 3000 CPU
Replies: 22
Views: 4770

davids wrote:Have you tried the Freezer 64 for yourself? 8)
Unfortunately, no. But supposedly AC's CPU HSFs are better designed than their recent VGA coolers.
by tempeteduson
Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Replacement fan for AMD Athlon 64 3000 CPU
Replies: 22
Views: 4770

I wouldn't recommend a fan adapter because it adds height and, thus, distance between the fan and the heatsink, making the fan less effective. I have a 60mm-to-80mm adapter, and though the 80mm fan is more powerful than the 60mm it replaced, its airflow is somewhat diminished, which isn't very desir...
by tempeteduson
Sun Jul 03, 2005 11:43 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Slient VGA card for Antec Aria (small form factor case)
Replies: 1
Views: 984

How about this passive XFX GeForce 6600 non-GT card at Newegg . It's powerful enough for many games but shouldn't get too hot when passively cooled. I think it's the sweet spot for silencers. (Note: I have no first-hand experience.) Some people here at SPCR like Gigabyte's fanless X800 cards, but yo...
by tempeteduson
Sun Jul 03, 2005 10:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Do you prefer Audigy 2ZS or M-Revolution 7.1?
Replies: 42
Views: 11836

I love my Audigy2 ZS (retail), though it's only hooked up to cheap Logitech 2.1 speakers. Creative drivers are fine for me; I just don't like using their bundled software, especially their PlayCenter media player, which needs some updating. I have not tried the Revolution, which is supposedly better...
by tempeteduson
Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:39 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Where to Buy Panaflo 80L1A in US?
Replies: 6
Views: 1840

Well, Digikey offers lots of price breaks if you order in quantity (down to $4.95 each if you order 100+ :wink:, or $7.10 each for 4 of them). Here is the direct link to Panasonic fans in their catalog (PDF).
by tempeteduson
Mon Jun 20, 2005 5:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My first custom-built system (for gaming, but quiet)
Replies: 21
Views: 4030

How about these changes? CPU COOLER: Arctic Cooling Freezer-64 RAM: This. It says it has a CAS latency of 2. That's the best, right? I'm still undecided on the power supply -- specifically, is there any harm in going with the 430W SeaSonic instead of the 380W? I don't care about paying $25 extra si...
by tempeteduson
Mon Jun 20, 2005 1:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My first custom-built system (for gaming, but quiet)
Replies: 21
Views: 4030

lenny wrote:CAS (column address select)
I believe CAS stands for Column Address Strobe.

Anyway, I think you can find CAS 2.5 memory for relatively cheap and which should be a bit faster than CAS 3 stuff. Good luck on your build! :)
by tempeteduson
Fri Jun 17, 2005 10:28 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Is Asus K8NE-Deluxe Undervoltable?
Replies: 3
Views: 1632

It seems this board does have undervolting options. Look at the BIOS screenshot in this AMDZone review.

EDIT: But why not use CnQ instead of undervolting?
by tempeteduson
Wed Jun 15, 2005 6:28 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dust experience with the recommended quiet Antec cases?
Replies: 5
Views: 1845

Thank you, Neil.
by tempeteduson
Wed Jun 15, 2005 5:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dust experience with the recommended quiet Antec cases?
Replies: 5
Views: 1845

For me, the front air filter on my 3700AMB helps a whole lot (I still haven't cleaned it out in almost two years :wink:). There's still some dust but much less than what I've got in a non-filtered machine. The exhaust fan is cleaner on the 3700 because it's blowing filtered air, and the dust that us...
by tempeteduson
Tue Jun 14, 2005 10:38 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Radeon Xpress 200 heat output
Replies: 8
Views: 4469

Read the bottom of this page for PCStats' comments on the Xpress 200 northbridge on an MSI RS480M2-IL (in short: hot):

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1802

Check out the review of the MSI board while you're at it. :wink: