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by ceraf
Fri Oct 14, 2005 6:25 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD Elastic Suspension... Show your pics!
Replies: 446
Views: 954336

i've done something similar to that...i used some foam material used for crafts. Worked surprisingly well for my old, noisy IBM DeskStar.
by ceraf
Sun Oct 09, 2005 2:50 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD Elastic Suspension... Show your pics!
Replies: 446
Views: 954336

^ wow, that's a very good idea...I think i'll be doing that for future systems without a free 5 ¼ inch bay.
by ceraf
Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:15 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: almost silent Athlon XP system
Replies: 9
Views: 6136

Update:

Made a suspension for the hard drive, mounted in one of the 5¼" bays. Noise is pretty much the same.

Image
by ceraf
Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD Elastic Suspension... Show your pics!
Replies: 446
Views: 954336

Finally got around making a hard drive suspension, even though there was little need for it. Oh well, it was fun. =) http://img357.imageshack.us/img357/581/hddsus3gp.jpg Used some elastic rope-like material, like the ones used on the outside of backpacks. It seems sturdy enough. My only concern is a...
by ceraf
Tue Oct 04, 2005 11:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: silent budget office system
Replies: 0
Views: 679

silent budget office system

I'm planning to replace my current PIII office computer. So far, I've looked at the Sempron 3000+ (CnQ , 64-bit, 128KB) and Asus K8N Motherboard. Also, I'm hoping to replace my old 40GB IBM Deskstar (yes, yes...i know) with a cheap 40 - 120 GB hard drive, probably WD, Seagate, or Maxtor. As for the ...
by ceraf
Tue Oct 04, 2005 11:33 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermaltake blue orb II
Replies: 20
Views: 7515

wow...only if TT thought of this design earlier. They were almost there with their original Orb series...just needed a bigger fan and more thin fins.

i wouldn't be surprised if they release a Crystal Orb 2...
by ceraf
Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Minimalist 1.3GHz T-bird system...cheap - not quiet
Replies: 9
Views: 2629

I would suggest undervolting and underclocking the Athlon, then running the CPU fan at lower voltage (I'm guessing is one of those 60mm ones like TT Volcano 2 or 3). I've tried it to a similar system setup, and it works quite well. Also, i wouldn't suggest using the Zalman fan bracket fan. If the he...
by ceraf
Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:45 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: almost silent Athlon XP system
Replies: 9
Views: 6136

i tried that before, but the hard drive seemed to run cooler at the back, as well as quieter since my computer is under my desk
by ceraf
Sun Sep 25, 2005 7:53 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: almost silent Athlon XP system
Replies: 9
Views: 6136

almost silent Athlon XP system

Specs: - Athlon XP 1800+ TBred B - Asus A7V8X-X - Western Digital 100 GB HDD - Kingston PC3200 256MB, Hynix PC2700 256MB - ATI Radeon 64 DDR (yup, one of the first old Radeons that came out) - Enermax Noisetaker 375 (non-Active PFC model) - Generic ATX Case - Thermaltake Silent Boost K7 - Thermaltak...
by ceraf
Wed Sep 21, 2005 4:23 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: nForce 430 MCP chipset: First motherboards announced
Replies: 6
Views: 3601

this is good news. I've been planning to build an HTPC too.

ahh, passive IGP chipset cooling! I love the sound of that... :D
by ceraf
Mon Sep 19, 2005 12:38 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HTPC video cards
Replies: 7
Views: 2904

HTPC video cards

I am planning to build an HTPC. I am looking for a low-profile AGP video card that can be cooled passively in a low-airflow case. I only need to play videos off of it; rarely any games.

so far, I've only seen Radeon 9200/9250s, and Geforce FX 5200s. Any recommendations for a <$70 CAD budget?
by ceraf
Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:07 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What CPU is that? Barton M perchance? (update: microPGA!)
Replies: 10
Views: 2917

say...you don't want to take off the heatsink because of voiding the warranty, but doesn't overclocking also void the warranty?

i guess you really better hope it's a 2600+ :D
by ceraf
Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:15 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Athlon XP 1800+ & Asus A7V8X-X undervolting problems
Replies: 3
Views: 1749

i have a T-bred B, the 1.5v version. all i remember is AXDA DLT3C.

yup, that's the site where i got the bridge info from
by ceraf
Sun Jun 19, 2005 1:43 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Athlon XP 1800+ & Asus A7V8X-X undervolting problems
Replies: 3
Views: 1749

still looking for an answer....haven't given up on this problem yet.
by ceraf
Sun Jun 19, 2005 1:12 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: non-undervoltable motherboard? [or, XP 2600+ aka MP 1900+]
Replies: 17
Views: 5447

you could always go for the more difficult option of opening and closing bridges on your processor

http://fab51.com/cpu/barton/athlon-e23.html
by ceraf
Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:37 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Socket a/462 heatsink mounting
Replies: 6
Views: 2041

I have a silent boost myself. It's a decent cooler. At first when I bought it, I was amazed at how quiet it was. Then when I got a very silent power supply (main source of noise), I couldn't bear the cpu fan noise...so I ran the fan at 5v, and boy....I can barely hear it now...only some bearing soun...
by ceraf
Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:47 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Athlon XP 1800+ & Asus A7V8X-X undervolting problems
Replies: 3
Views: 1749

Athlon XP 1800+ & Asus A7V8X-X undervolting problems

I used the L11 bridge cutting method to undervolt my default 1.5V (C:::C) to 1.1V (::::C). For some reason, it locked my multiplier at 11x, and detects the processor as a 1700+. Also, I can't increase the voltage past 1.3V, even with the OVERvolt jumper option on my Asus A7V8X-X motherboard. Anyone ...
by ceraf
Sat Dec 25, 2004 9:26 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: How slow is your cpu fan running?
Replies: 38
Views: 10817

around 1000-1200 rpm. I could run it passive, but i can barely hear the fan anyways.

When my heater broke one night, I didn't even need any fans...it was 14 C in my house.
by ceraf
Tue Nov 02, 2004 12:38 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best price on CNPS7000?
Replies: 6
Views: 1746

If you're getting one, get the AlCu. It's nice and light, and usually performs around the same as the all copper version. Don't forget to make sure it's CNPS7000A or B (ordinary 7000's have no support for Socket A's) Or, the cheaper way is to change the Silent Boost fan to a Panaflo-L. The heatsink ...
by ceraf
Mon Nov 01, 2004 6:18 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Even more confusion as to what to buy!
Replies: 9
Views: 2030

having an enermax noisetaker myself, I would highly recommend it. For me, it was so quiet that I thought the fans inside weren't working or something since I had just retired from a loud generic PSU.
by ceraf
Mon Nov 01, 2004 4:12 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Do you overclock / undervolt? Please add to stats!
Replies: 34
Views: 15042

I usually overclock my Athlon XP 1800 when: - I'm going to run some cpu-intensive programs - the room is cold (I need a heater) The overclock usually ranges from 1.6 GHz to a little over 2 GHz at the stock 1.5v. I wish I could push it to around 2.3 GHz, but I don't really need to and my RAM is limit...
by ceraf
Mon Sep 27, 2004 2:14 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Finally silence...(happy newbie)
Replies: 14
Views: 6552

yay! another happy newbie!! :D Once you get in the "mood" of pc silencing, you can't stop yourself. Anyways, nice job at undervolting. I had the exact same cpu/mobo setup as yours and i could only lower it by 0.05V. As for idle temps, cpuidle can be one of your best friends. It lowered my idle temps...
by ceraf
Mon Sep 27, 2004 2:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How I spent my Saturday afternoon
Replies: 10
Views: 3170

awesome work! I would have never thought of that idea.

Just to be picky on things, shouldn't the middle two small heatsinks be rotated about 90 degrees so that air passes through nicely?

Oh, whatever. It still works well. :D
by ceraf
Wed Sep 01, 2004 11:52 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: About to do Fan Swap on Zalman 7000A - Which fan to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 3152

instead of butchering a fan, maybe you could mount it on top of the round heatsink, maybe using screws that fit into the heatsink's fins (might not be very secure). Or, you can use a Zalman fan bracket and duct to the heatsink if necessary.
by ceraf
Sun Aug 29, 2004 11:24 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: evacuating heat from under desk
Replies: 10
Views: 3789

you can try using a duct that points the exaust airflow downwards past the wooden panel.

Is the heat uncomfortable for you or your computer?
by ceraf
Wed Aug 25, 2004 5:11 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Ionic breeze cooling
Replies: 9
Views: 3456

dang...i must say, that's pretty l33t. interesting concept, but the efficiency of it...
by ceraf
Tue Aug 24, 2004 2:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: foam on hdd?
Replies: 2
Views: 1182

is there a specific kind of foam that i have to use? (anti-static?)
by ceraf
Mon Aug 23, 2004 5:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: foam on hdd?
Replies: 2
Views: 1182

foam on hdd?

I wanted to dampen my loud IBM hard drive with some foam. What parts of the hard drive can the foam not touch (underside?)?
by ceraf
Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need advice for CPU Duct material
Replies: 19
Views: 8429

i'd probably do the cardboard method, or maybe some paper that is folded into a square shape. Maybe not the most secure solution, but it should work, with some air possibly leaking out.
by ceraf
Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:56 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: How bad are stock AMD Duron heatsinks?
Replies: 14
Views: 2617

oh yeah....if you live in Waterloo, Ontario, there's a really good computer store called Canada Computers opening soon at 253 King St. N (King & University). you can check out their website at www.canadacomputers.com. they have pretty good service (well, to me)