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by BlueCan
Mon May 23, 2005 8:37 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Quieting a PC, and SPCR... in a nutshell
Replies: 71
Views: 186787

When dampening cases, I usually use water as my primary dampening agent. Works well. It moistens things right up. :lol:

When I want to deaden vibration and/or muffle sounds, I try to use materials like acoustipack. They're designed for vibration deadening and sound muffling...

-Patrick
by BlueCan
Mon May 09, 2005 1:34 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Arrrrgh! Sonata pulling air through drive bays!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 8285

Excellent, excellent , excellent post! I suggest that everyone read this and let it sink in. This sort of thing is what SPCR is all about.: I totally agree, but won't re-post it again. :lol: Having just re-built a PC for my wife (see 'Hers:'), I will attest that carefully selecting components based...
by BlueCan
Thu May 05, 2005 8:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1673617

Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys - Stay a Little Longer

-Patrick
by BlueCan
Mon Mar 28, 2005 2:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thoughts on alternate Sonata hard-drive placement
Replies: 14
Views: 3946

I wouldn't move the HD's into the 5-1/4 bays. I've had them in there, and the temps rose up to 47-48 pretty quickly.

-Patrick
by BlueCan
Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which is better, CompUSA rubber mounts or EAR Grommets?
Replies: 7
Views: 2686

EAR Grommets are probably better, if they'll work in your application (which wasn't the case for me). They definitely "stink" less.

The CompUSA isolators and the Nexus isolators are identical. They're probably manufactured in the EXACT same place.

-Patrick
by BlueCan
Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thoughts on alternate Sonata hard-drive placement
Replies: 14
Views: 3946

Why don't you just try the Sonata with everything in their "stock" locations first, and find out if it's "good enough". Mods I'd make and in the order I'd make them: 1) Bezel mod (improves airflow with little modification). 2) Soft mount drives in original location. (Bungee cords work wonders) 3) PS...
by BlueCan
Sat Mar 12, 2005 5:11 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1673617

Chet Atkins & Les Paul - Chester & Lester
by BlueCan
Wed Mar 02, 2005 3:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A64 / Sonata silencing
Replies: 3
Views: 1547

Re: A64 / Sonata silencing

1 PSU. (I almost went with the NX4090 - the fan recommendation page says it comes with a Nexus-like fan which is listed at 23dB, but the NX4090 review page says it comes with a Yate Loon fan which is listed at 35dB, so I'm a little confused there). You should just get the 4090. It will be MUCH quie...
by BlueCan
Sat Feb 19, 2005 2:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Does this sound like a well designed computer? (Revised)
Replies: 47
Views: 10995

It is not easy to replace the Intel stock HSF with a system that has equal cooling capacity and similar air flow. I may have to purchase products first and then determine whether or not they have similar airflow. Actually, it's trivial to replace the Intel stock HSF with another that has superior c...
by BlueCan
Fri Feb 11, 2005 3:05 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Sonata + P4P800 Deluxe + XP-120 - Will it fit?
Replies: 7
Views: 2125

I have a Sonata + P4P800-VM + XP-120. The P4P800-VM and the P4P800 Deluxe have the CPU socket in exact the same location. The heatsink itself just fits in this combination, but one of the clips to hold the fan on the HS can't be used. So you have to invent some ghetto construction the hold the fan ...
by BlueCan
Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:05 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Zalman heatpipe or Arctic cooler for ATi Radeon 9800 Pro
Replies: 16
Views: 3748

I've tried both. The VGA silencer works better for me in my Sonata. In a case with decent airflow, I'd probably be using the ZM80D-HP with no fan blowing on it.

-Patrick
by BlueCan
Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:52 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best CPU Cooler for P4 Prescott 3.0ghz
Replies: 10
Views: 2475

Any recommendations for a silent PSU? I haven't really noticed this one being too loud, but want something higher in wattage. Well, we're running VERY similar setups. (Sonata/ATI9800Pro/P4 3E/P4P800E-DX), so you could PROBABLY look at my sig for a suggestion of what I've found to be going in the "r...
by BlueCan
Tue Feb 01, 2005 12:24 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best CPU Cooler for P4 Prescott 3.0ghz
Replies: 10
Views: 2475

Re: Best CPU Cooler for P4 Prescott 3.0ghz

I am new to this forum and would like to get some great suggestions on a good CPU HSF for my P4 3.0ghz Prescott. I have an Asus P4P800-E Deluxe MB, 4x512 Corsair PC3200, 2x160 WD SATA HD, ATi Radeon 9800 Pro...Antec Sonata Case w/ 120mm Antec case fan. I have been doing a little research and like t...
by BlueCan
Thu Jan 27, 2005 5:56 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Where to put a 4th Fan ?
Replies: 16
Views: 3843

After looking at the pics, I stand by my suggestion. You shouldn't NEED another fan in there. You've got a good Heatsink, a fan blowing in cool air on the GPU, a fan sucking air in over the hard drives, and an exhaust fan. If your temperatures are fine, put the fan away and use it on another build. ...
by BlueCan
Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:08 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Where to put a 4th Fan ?
Replies: 16
Views: 3843

Place it on the bottom of your case, disconnected.

That way it doesn't even make any noise!

-Patrick :twisted:
by BlueCan
Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:01 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata PSU air channel/separation from CPU
Replies: 38
Views: 15861

JanW wrote:
akerr63 wrote:...along with a new front filter...
What did you use for that front filter?
I've found that "Vent Filters" for HVAC registers work pretty well once they're cut down to size...

-Patrick
by BlueCan
Fri Jan 21, 2005 5:43 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: That PCI rack...
Replies: 9
Views: 2613

...and that Sonata II air duct doesn't look ALL that hard to fabricate. I have seen several posters comment on duplicating the SonataII duct. This machine has been running for several months now. So I didn't take the idea from Antec. :wink: :lol: The Sonata II duct doesn't seem like it's going to g...
by BlueCan
Fri Jan 21, 2005 11:59 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: That PCI rack...
Replies: 9
Views: 2613

Mine arrived yesterday (along with my XP-120, yay!). The ONLY problem with it is that it won't bolt in over my graphics card without modification. Hmmmm. I notice the new Sonatas are coming with "Ovals" instead of "4 circles" in the front of the drive cage. ...and that Sonata II air duct doesn't loo...
by BlueCan
Fri Jan 21, 2005 6:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec cases being shown at CES on pcmag.com
Replies: 473
Views: 326171

A preview with some nice pictures: http://www.thetechlounge.com/article.php?directory=ces_05_antec&page=5 A question: with that duct covering the cpu won't it be kind of har to combine this case with a HS like the Zalman CNPS6000-Cu that has a separate fan, or can the Zalman fan be installed in the...
by BlueCan
Thu Jan 20, 2005 5:56 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 150426

Has anyone mounted this orange fan to an xp-120? Does it require modification of the corner posts or does it fit with no mods? Yes. They have "closed corners", so while you may be able to mount them without doing so, you're better off modifying the fans. It's not very hard--takes maybe 5 minutes pe...
by BlueCan
Wed Jan 19, 2005 9:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec cases being shown at CES on pcmag.com
Replies: 473
Views: 326171

P180 and Sonata II have ducts that pull cool air in from the rear of the case and direct it to the CPU Wouldn't that pull in hot air from the PSU exhaust? And secondly, would it also mean that there's no need for a front fan? In the case of the Sonata II, the duct is well below the PSU, so it won't...
by BlueCan
Mon Jan 17, 2005 11:18 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec cases being shown at CES on pcmag.com
Replies: 473
Views: 326171

Edward Ng wrote:I'm quite sure of this, having seen, heard, felt, smelled, but not tasted, the case for myself.
Yes, but did you step in it?

Did you get a look at the Sonata II as well?

-Patrick
by BlueCan
Fri Jan 14, 2005 3:38 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 150426

Just so everybody knows. I got my fans today from isellsurplus.com. Took a week between ordering and arrival. I don't consider that all that bad--considering some of the experiences I've had on eBay.

Sure, it's not like dealing with newegg--but newegg didn't have these fans, did they?
by BlueCan
Sun Jan 09, 2005 2:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC Builder -- any problems with these components?
Replies: 6
Views: 1859

Re: New PC Builder -- any problems with these components?

Will that CNPS7700 fit in the Antec Sonata case? If not, should I swing for the smaller CNPS7000 instead? It might , as the board layout has the CPU farther away from the PSU than my board does. The 7700 won't fit on a P4P800-DX in the Sonata--as it has about a 1.4cm larger radius. The 7000 is abou...
by BlueCan
Sat Jan 08, 2005 12:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Choice between two cases
Replies: 36
Views: 9384

I'd like to know the opinion of more people, someone could be voting for the SLK3000B just because it's from Antec :wink: I voted for the 3000B because I've already built a quiet computer that sucks air through a straw. A bigger straw than the R700. I can still cut 8C off my CPU temps by opening th...
by BlueCan
Fri Jan 07, 2005 8:14 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 150426

Hello: gah you guys sold them out already :( Did you check the other three links for places that also sell them -- in mk's post? It's about 5th or 6th down on the first page. Yeah I checked them Neil, however it will be over $10 more from the cheapest of those suppliers after shipping. Interesting!...
by BlueCan
Fri Jan 07, 2005 10:58 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: XP-120 fit...
Replies: 5
Views: 1672

The Instigator wrote:It fits...thats my exact setup. p4p800e-deluxe with xp-120 with 5v nexus. Works great and very quiet.

EDIT...not using a sonata case, but the heatsink does not go any higher than the top edge of the motherboard if that was your concern
ROCK AND ROLL! That was my EXACT concern.

Thanks!
by BlueCan
Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:27 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: XP-120 fit...
Replies: 5
Views: 1672

Great advice. I did all that, and it's VERY VERY close. I was *hoping* someone had tried it already and could give me a "yea" or "nay" without me having to go drop $50 on a heatsink...

If the answer is "silence", then I'll probably go try it myself.
by BlueCan
Fri Jan 07, 2005 12:03 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: XP-120 fit...
Replies: 5
Views: 1672

XP-120 fit...

Has anyone tried to mount XP-120 in a Sonata on top of a ASUS P4P800E-DX? If so, does it *fit*?

Just looking to cut a couple degrees (and dB's) out of the equation.

Edit: Mounted the XP-120. The answer is "Like it was made to go in there" and 3 degrees.

-Patrick
by BlueCan
Tue Jan 04, 2005 4:38 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Request for critique of proposed quiet system..
Replies: 7
Views: 1598

I'd substitute a 3000 for the BQE, and Nexus 120's for the Antec fans.

Other than that, looks similar to something I'd do. :lol: (going to get myself a SuperTornado 400 soon, hopefully)