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by Straker
Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 350w PSU with Athlon 64 and SLI GPU enough?
Replies: 7
Views: 2445

I'm not sure if Antec ever changes their stock PSUs, but if anything my setup should use a little more power than the original post, running stable on the 300W stock PSU in a 1030B case. A64 3200+, k8n neo2 plat, 2 DIMMs, 3 HDs and an X800XT. The CPU and RAM's overclocked and overvolted a bit, usual...
by Straker
Sun Apr 10, 2005 2:00 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What's the best type of files to put on WD740 Raptor drive?
Replies: 45
Views: 17105

I was under the impression that with large files, a large cluster size can actually save space, due to smaller indexing tables or such. Does anyone know if this is true with NTFS? good point, should be true, but shouldn't make a huge diff either; iirc there was actually a decent article on this on ...
by Straker
Sun Apr 10, 2005 1:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Play-doh/BB composite - awesome sound dampening!
Replies: 14
Views: 5373

could just add extra water to the playdoh before initially mixing, or use like $40 of silly putty instead. :) if one were to do this on a reasonably large scale (ie more than one drive), it'd be pretty easy to just make your own, or use something like a huge blob of silicone caulking... lots of opti...
by Straker
Sun Apr 10, 2005 1:25 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermaltake's 0dB Solution: SonicTower
Replies: 90
Views: 41020

Storm wrote:It almost looks photoshop'ed
couldn't resist when i saw that comment...
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screwed up the inner edge of the front half but whatever, would have to start over to fix it now :P
by Straker
Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:20 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Complete removal of thermal pad residue from Athlon64?
Replies: 9
Views: 2318

assuming the pad was halfway decent, that might not be anything to worry about - check out AS' various instructions, they should have some pictures somewhere of how a heatsink will normally look sort of foggy after you've wiped it "clean", if no heroic measures were taken. :P
by Straker
Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:15 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Applying Arctic Silver
Replies: 7
Views: 2248

yeah, the actual CPU core is tiny, about 1cm square, so their suggestion of just using one glob in the middle is pretty good. most heatsinks are mounted with 10-20 pounds of pressure anyways, so after a while that drop is going to perfectly fill every gap where it matters anyways, with no risk of bu...
by Straker
Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help - unstable A64 system
Replies: 38
Views: 12445

what Mike said. i blew CAN$350 on a gig of OCZ EL pc3200 platinum rev2 just to make sure i wouldn't run into any annoying memory-related problems, there's plenty of even faster/more expensive memory but this is still the undisputed best for A64s. plenty of people have run into problems with memory w...
by Straker
Sat Apr 09, 2005 11:14 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How do I silence my 1000VA Trust UPS?
Replies: 17
Views: 6838

They should generate considerably less if they're not running on batteries, as they are not having to convert AC to DC. On batteries, they're going from DC to AC, but the things are ungodly loud when on battery backup so it's a moot point. er, as which are not having to convert AC to DC? online (no...
by Straker
Fri Apr 08, 2005 11:36 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cheap acoustic foam: does it even exist?
Replies: 14
Views: 4506

couldn't resist a title like that...
it exists all over, that ghetto PC mods guy even did an article about using rice cakes a long time ago. :)
by Straker
Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:59 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How do I silence my 1000VA Trust UPS?
Replies: 17
Views: 6838

since noone else has replied yet... i'd guess that any sort of online UPS or UPS with AVR (same thing i think?) will tend to dissipate as much heat as a (pretty efficient) power supply, since that's more or less what they are. an interactive UPS shouldn't normally get any warmer than a good power ba...
by Straker
Sat Apr 02, 2005 11:22 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How do I silence my 1000VA Trust UPS?
Replies: 17
Views: 6838

Anecdotally, they seem to grow older with age. what an astute observation :D yeah, i know what you meant. aside from replacing the fan if it has one, you could try opening it up (carefully) and poking around inside with a chopstick, like with a TV. if it's not fan noise it has to be coil noise, so....
by Straker
Sat Apr 02, 2005 11:09 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mac Mini - cheapest, smallest, and most quiet SFF?
Replies: 22
Views: 13858

it would compete like a ferrari vs a british laundry-hamper-with-wheels car, not really fair to compare them. a PC like that would end up costing somewhere between a fair bit more and a whole lot more, would need to put a lot of time into choosing components carefully, particularly the case. will pr...
by Straker
Sat Apr 02, 2005 8:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Torsional windup
Replies: 15
Views: 2978

I don't know for certain how these things really work, but from a theoretical perspective: 1. During the manufacturing process, not every seek head bearing is going to have the exact same amount of friction. 2. The exact amount of movement the seek head moves for a given amount of force is going to...
by Straker
Sun Mar 27, 2005 12:56 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: "Stellar Realms" - online gaming, with a twist.
Replies: 396
Views: 194586

heh. i'm near the bottom, but surprisingly i'm still far from last despite only remembering to login 3 or 4 times. :P

and yeah, missions are silly - net change from spending 250-300 turns on missions = ~10K prestige and a few thousand population.
by Straker
Sun Mar 27, 2005 12:31 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Prime 95 and AMD 64 (90nm) underclock not compatible?
Replies: 9
Views: 3438

some things are just very demanding in weird ways - best recent example is probably the WoW installer. tons and tons of players had weird issues with the installer dying (can't remember if BSoD or not) repeatedly at the same area, or files not being read/written properly. turned out to be a memory i...
by Straker
Sat Mar 26, 2005 3:15 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: "Stellar Realms" - online gaming, with a twist.
Replies: 396
Views: 194586

one major problem with this game is that research and building take future months, and not turns, ie if you have 300 turns saved and build something that takes 18 months, you still need to wait 6 RL hours for it to finish (and then login again at that time so as to not waste any time). :? fairly nic...
by Straker
Thu Mar 24, 2005 12:27 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: hard drive temps in passively watercooled system
Replies: 15
Views: 3952

well, that alone doesn't mean anything - yeah, lots of drive deaths are from electrical failure, if that happens or if you get the "clunk clunk clunk" followed by the entire drive turning into one huge bad sector, the platters will still turn fine. :) the bottom normally does get hotter but only bec...
by Straker
Wed Mar 23, 2005 11:59 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Phantom Menace - Lota talk, no answers.
Replies: 54
Views: 16165

I think that if Antec would integrate the Phantom into a case made specifically for it, with the PSU Heat Sink fins exposed on the top of the case, then it might get sufficient cooling that's exactly the first mod that came to mind, i was just too lazy and my post was already getting long enough. j...
by Straker
Wed Mar 23, 2005 11:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Parts Arriving
Replies: 16
Views: 4488

drill the holes a bit bigger, normal fan holes for either size = pushing your luck :P water + heat can help too
i've only broken one, and that was on a hole that was too small that also had sharp edges. good luck reusing them under any circumstances though, heh
by Straker
Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:25 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: INTEL Warranty is A- OK!
Replies: 9
Views: 8060

one big problem with that conspiracy theory is that... well, who makes more pentium mbs than anyone else? right, intel does :P the new contacts are actually fairly similar to what most motherboards already used; all that basically happened was the pins were removed from the CPU, and the plastic grid...
by Straker
Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:05 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Do any of you guys leave your PCI slots uncovered?
Replies: 12
Views: 4421

i have one uncovered slot atm, just temporary though, i have a hd sitting on foam on the bottom of my case and it was getting too hot, so the slot + filled slot above it acts like a duct until i get around to suspending the extra drive
by Straker
Sun Mar 20, 2005 6:38 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: The wonderful new S12: 430 or 500 Watts?
Replies: 48
Views: 13503

that, and it's still possible to put too much load on your PSU either because it's a straight up garbage PSU (rated for say 500W and dies at 250), or its 12V rail is weak and can only supply like 8A. my pc isn't anything ridiculous but it's still far above average; A64 3200+ with cpu and ram oced an...
by Straker
Sun Mar 20, 2005 6:23 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Phantom Menace - Lota talk, no answers.
Replies: 54
Views: 16165

well, fans are probably the most common points of failure in any PC, so if your PSU "needs" a fan running then yeah, you lose. i've had a few PSU fans die but i've been lucky enough that it's never damaged anything, including the PSU. the Phantom's obviously a well-made PSU and designed to get rid o...
by Straker
Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:47 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Noticing a slight buzzing from my 19" CRT Viewsonic P95
Replies: 17
Views: 4540

i'll bet you have a medium/dark background, and your entire firefox window was light/white? something like that would explain the sound. i had a piece of crap monitor for occasional linux console use several years ago, the picture would fade out every 4-5 secs unless you kept hitting it, if you beat...
by Straker
Sat Mar 19, 2005 12:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: exact measurements for aluminum hard drive silencing plates?
Replies: 15
Views: 3929

sandwiching is a good idea, just labor-intensive and you still need a way to decouple it... wasting space if you go and screw the big plates into your case :P
by Straker
Fri Mar 18, 2005 11:52 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Group Buy for sorbothane?
Replies: 16
Views: 4734

i just bought a sheet from www.britishaudio.co.uk - £13 for a 6x6 inch sheet. Hasn't arrived yet though. Is a small Stanley knife sufficient to cut through it? yeah, but it's not so much "cutting" - imagine dried rubber cement, or fresh silicone caulking. it compresses and squishes around and gener...
by Straker
Fri Mar 18, 2005 11:01 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: one fan Athlon64 3000+ rig
Replies: 12
Views: 10111

that's cute, sort of the opposite of what i did - i sealed up the front of my antec 1030B, cut a huge hole in the bottom and put an aluminum evercool in there. :)
by Straker
Fri Mar 18, 2005 10:50 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: nForce4 Chipset Fan Replacement Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 218455

my msi neo2 *seems* to measure NB temp (temp1 in speedfan), not sure about their other mbs/other nforce mbs. that being said, i'm wishing it didn't, 'cause it's just confusing and retarded - temp1 normally reads -25C (just offset by something obviously). if i lower fan1 i can definitely hear the NB ...
by Straker
Fri Mar 18, 2005 10:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Parts Arriving
Replies: 16
Views: 4488

yeah, leveling them is a major pita, i usually use 2 pieces of whatever. if you use something like bungee cord you can just put a really big alligator clip on it, or move the knot around a bit... wouldn't want to do that with stretch magic tho. anchoring it to the bottom of the case is a good idea t...
by Straker
Thu Mar 17, 2005 12:46 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MSI Neo2 Platinum or ASUS A8V Deluxe?
Replies: 7
Views: 8389

i have a k8n neo2 platinum, just rebooted to check ranges. anyone know where clockgen gets its info from btw, bios or just a database or does it not even care what your mb's limits are? anyways, range in bios is 0.825v up, clockgen lists down to 0.8, not that it matters at that point. :) be forewarn...