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by Badger
Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:49 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I've put a ton of work into my system, and it's not SILENT!
Replies: 13
Views: 5218

I also have a 2400+, the mobile variety at 35 watts. If you want to cool it quietly, you can't OC it. I run mine at 166x11= 1.83ghz, at 1.35 volts. I also have an SI-97 and a Nexus 92mm. If you want it quiet, you have to run that 92mm fan at 5v. Running this way, I have case temps of 35-36C, and the...
by Badger
Sun Nov 06, 2005 5:23 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silent X2 3800+ w/ Windows x64
Replies: 11
Views: 5832

No, it's in his link.
by Badger
Sun Nov 06, 2005 4:21 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silent X2 3800+ w/ Windows x64
Replies: 11
Views: 5832

Cases not to consider: Antec Sonata I or II - These are NOT silent cases, they are very loud, and not designed very well. Do not get one of these and think you can go silent, you can get quiet, but NOT Silent. Antec cases like the Sonata I & II are pretty similiar to Antec's other cases, like the 3...
by Badger
Sun Oct 30, 2005 6:25 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: If you want it quiet, it's got to be heavy. at least for me
Replies: 16
Views: 8801

Yes I have checked that the fan is spinning. Also, because I'm using Speedfan, at startup the Nexus in the PSU is always at 12v until I log in and Speedfan loads, then it drops it to 1%. That avoids the problem a lot of the Nexus's have with starting at low voltages. And I have looked and know it's ...
by Badger
Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:37 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12 Fan Upgrade
Replies: 72
Views: 49271

Here's the difference between fan connectors. The one on the right is what connects to the PSU's regulator from the ADDA fan. It's two pinned. The one of the left is what all your other case fans have, 3 pins, fits on your mobo, etc... They are not the same size and do not fit eachother's other ends...
by Badger
Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:31 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: If you want it quiet, it's got to be heavy. at least for me
Replies: 16
Views: 8801

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/Nathan49456/Fan%20Swap/Picture016.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/Nathan49456/Fan%20Swap/Picture017.jpg The first image is of the system now. It's so, so quiet. The second picture is of the hard drive enclosures, you can make out where the cables le...
by Badger
Sat Oct 29, 2005 6:43 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: If you want it quiet, it's got to be heavy. at least for me
Replies: 16
Views: 8801

I know, those can get a bit hot. I would switch them to their sides like you're talking, but there isnt the room with the video card right there. We'll see though - those high temps (49C) were with the harddrive enclosures in the extra 5.25" drive bays at the top of the case, during summer, when we ...
by Badger
Fri Oct 28, 2005 8:42 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD400KD Impressions
Replies: 3
Views: 1512

I'm more of a sandwhich-the-drive-with-gel packs-and-stick-it-in-a-metal-box kind of guy myself.

Do something though. Hard mounting won't get it done. If you want to start with something easy first, try just running the drive on some dense yet squishy foam.
by Badger
Fri Oct 28, 2005 8:27 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: If you want it quiet, it's got to be heavy. at least for me
Replies: 16
Views: 8801

Alleycat - I run the system pretty much 24/7. After being idle for a few hours, with both harddrives on the entire time (Speedfan's SMART monitoring doesn't let the second drive spin down), my temps right now are 40C for the 80gb (my main OS drive) and 37C for the 120gb data storage drive. The 80gb,...
by Badger
Fri Oct 28, 2005 3:09 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12 Fan Upgrade
Replies: 72
Views: 49271

I'll try to take a picture later today. I just opted not use the S12 fan's controller because it's connector is only 2 pin, and is therefore smaller than and will not fit a 3 pin connector. I really didn't feel like splicing wires and soldering. So to the motherboard it is! You'll get a better idea ...
by Badger
Fri Oct 28, 2005 3:06 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: If you want it quiet, it's got to be heavy. at least for me
Replies: 16
Views: 8801

Good job, :) One little thing... I doubt the cork does anything. Agreed, it's too light to do any panel vibration damping. It's also too dense to absorb any airborne vibrations/noise. The vinyl does all the work in your setup. I've tried cork in several different ways. The best use, imo, is simply ...
by Badger
Thu Oct 27, 2005 5:42 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: If you want it quiet, it's got to be heavy. at least for me
Replies: 16
Views: 8801

The thickness, ahh I can't give you an exact number. It is Con-Tact brand, self adhesive cork liner. I guess it's a shelf and drawer liner to "reduce slipping and shifting in drawers." It's 12 inches x 4 feet. Pretty thin, too, bends really easy. $6 for a roll. The self-adhesive stuff often times ju...
by Badger
Wed Oct 26, 2005 5:19 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: If you want it quiet, it's got to be heavy. at least for me
Replies: 16
Views: 8801

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/Nathan49456/Fan%20Swap/P1010009.jpg Just cut the corners. I used a coping saw. Made an orange mess but was easy. EDIT EDIT EDIT : Oh wait! You don't have to cut corners to mount the Nexus 120mm to the SI-97! I cut those corners so I could fit some soft rubber ...
by Badger
Wed Oct 26, 2005 4:37 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: If you want it quiet, it's got to be heavy. at least for me
Replies: 16
Views: 8801

If you want it quiet, it's got to be heavy. at least for me

Case: Antec 3700bqe ripped out the hard drive cage and stuck my hard drives in some homemade enclosures (two hot/cold gel packs sandwhiching Western Digital 80 and 120gig drives). Props to alleycat for the idea. PSU: Seasonic S12-330, fan swapped the stock ADDA fan for a Nexus 120mm, running at 1% i...
by Badger
Wed Oct 26, 2005 11:39 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12 Fan Upgrade
Replies: 72
Views: 49271

I've done it

Alrighty, I've swapped it. Got the new Nexus 120mm from PCtoys.com - ordered Sunday night and received it Wednesday afternoon via USPS. Perfect. The swap was pretty straighforward. I opted to use the Nexus's three pin connector on the motherboard to control it with Speedfan. Here is the S12 out of t...
by Badger
Mon Oct 24, 2005 6:45 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12 Fan Upgrade
Replies: 72
Views: 49271

There's a Nexus 120mm in the mail coming my way. I'll post back with results, probably around the weekend.
by Badger
Sun Oct 23, 2005 5:32 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12 Fan Upgrade
Replies: 72
Views: 49271

hahaha, yes yes I suppose I should. I wouldn't expect many others to have tried it. The last time I modded a PSU was the one that comes with the 3700BQE - I took out the stock fan, rigged a Nexus 92mm to the outside of the PSU as exhaust, and ran it at either 5 or 7 v. It wasn't pretty, but it was q...
by Badger
Sun Oct 23, 2005 3:56 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12 Fan Upgrade
Replies: 72
Views: 49271

To resurrect this post: I've confirmed that the loudest part of my system is the S12's fan. It's not loud, but when I stop it for a second with a pencil the rest of the system is dead silent. According to Speedfan, the S12's fan runs at idle at 796 rpm. During load it'll go up to the 900's. This mak...
by Badger
Sun Oct 09, 2005 4:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12 Fan Upgrade
Replies: 72
Views: 49271

I'm kind of wondering the same thing. Would it be alright to run the stock fan in the S12-330 at 5v all the time, or replace it with another 120mm to always run at 5v?
by Badger
Sun Oct 09, 2005 3:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Vinyl Floor Tiles for Case Damping
Replies: 40
Views: 32325

I can't find those tiles anywhere at www.homedepot.com

The cheapest tiles I'm seeing are $20 each. Maybe I'd have to go in store to find them? Maybe they were just clearance?

EDIT: I'm finding a lot for cheap ($0.58 and up) at Lowe's, some Armstrong. What thickness are you using?
by Badger
Fri Oct 07, 2005 8:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please help me decide which CPU to buy!
Replies: 24
Views: 5589

I have to say this: get the XFX 6800 from Newegg for $164. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150106 A lot of 6600GT's are going for $150ish, the 6800 is really a good bang for your buck card. I've passively cooled mine with the Zalman ZM80D-HP and get acceptable temperatures. T...
by Badger
Mon Oct 03, 2005 3:18 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Best passive aftermarket cooler for GeForce 6800 ?
Replies: 4
Views: 2630

The Zalman ZM80D-HP works great passively for me. I idle around 60C and max out at 75-80C. Warm, but you can't hear it, or much of anything else.
by Badger
Sun Aug 28, 2005 6:04 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Pictures of Aerocool VM-102
Replies: 8
Views: 2515

That looks like it does some serious cooling.
by Badger
Sat Aug 27, 2005 7:18 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Aerocool VM101
Replies: 2
Views: 1153

I think I read somewhere that it only used up one PCI slot, and just by a hair, below the AGP.
by Badger
Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: NEW? Zalman Heatpipe Cooler for nVidia 6800/7800.
Replies: 20
Views: 5292

Ok, i've just done some minor testing. First it was a poor fit. The holes on the new backside bracket were at least 1mm off center to the backside heatsink. More like 1.5 -2mm. Difficult to get the bolts tightened. I just had a Panaflo L1A running on 12V on it and ran RTHDRIBL. It immediately got u...
by Badger
Sat Aug 20, 2005 2:21 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: NEW? Zalman Heatpipe Cooler for nVidia 6800/7800.
Replies: 20
Views: 5292

I'll keep my eye out for that. Fortunately I don't have time to game for hours on end. My hope is to one day dig out the camera and take some pics to show everyone the setup. Soon, everyone, soon...
by Badger
Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:37 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: NEW? Zalman Heatpipe Cooler for nVidia 6800/7800.
Replies: 20
Views: 5292

Just wanted to get back to everyone, the Zalman ZM80D-HP works great on the 6800NU. I put it on the XFX 6800, liberally applied AS 5, had to move on heat pipe a little further from the card than the other so the power cord would fit. Temps are great. Room temp is usually 72-74F. Case temps 33-35C, i...
by Badger
Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:12 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: "Lend me your ear (wax)"
Replies: 3
Views: 1440

I just want everyone to know they can trust my ears :D I had to have an audiology (?) test like that for my medical for the Naval Academy, and I scored "excellent." They didn't take any wax, however. I wish I asked what my raw score was, but you know... I didn't want to seem too interested in my ear...
by Badger
Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:36 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: NEW? Zalman Heatpipe Cooler for nVidia 6800/7800.
Replies: 20
Views: 5292

Yep I just ordered the Zalman ZM80D as well for the XFX 6800. Take a look at this: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/ati-vs-nv-power_10.html The 6800 isn't too bad, and better than some past generations of cards (5700, 5900's). I'm expecting it to arrive on Wednesday (two days from now)...