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by Bluefront
Mon May 26, 2008 2:56 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: My Scythe Orochi short story (install + mini-review)
Replies: 24
Views: 15014

bumthology..... well thanks for the info, but I couldn't get a single picture to load, since I'm on a dial-up connection. If I wanted to wait for a long time, maybe one would load. I think the General Gallery is the forum for large pictures, along with a warning for dial-up users. I try to keep my p...
by Bluefront
Mon May 26, 2008 2:44 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Sythe Slipstream Fans : Are they good as intakes?
Replies: 25
Views: 13192

Sorry....I don't buy any of the conclusions of this thread. When I tested ten fans against an intake resistance (filter materials), the Slip Stream and the S-Flex performed equally well. I suspect the particular example had a problem, or the testing setup was faulty. The RPM change when the filter w...
by Bluefront
Sun May 25, 2008 3:31 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Dual MB..... Rocketfish/Lian Li. Now in wood.
Replies: 34
Views: 19014

Yep.... there are two computers running in there, probably the only setup like this I've ever seen. Actually the physical installation of the boards was relatively easy. Getting the right configuration for switching between the two has been difficult. I'm trying to avoid an external mess of wiring.....
by Bluefront
Sun May 25, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Problem raccoon.....
Replies: 14
Views: 2711

Heh.... animals like raccoons and opossums have been living around people forever. I suppose this animal is as safe around here as anywhere. There are no dogs running loose, and no hunters. Out in the country there are coyotes and wild dogs (it's only predators), as well as hunters and cars. Actuall...
by Bluefront
Sun May 25, 2008 11:03 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Problem raccoon.....
Replies: 14
Views: 2711

thejamppa..... sounds nice. But I use the carport for many things, like wood-working projects. And this is no tame raccoon. I really wouldn't want to be out there with a wild raccoon a few feet away. In this country, raccoons are notorious for having rabies...... maybe 1/3 test positive. You really ...
by Bluefront
Sun May 25, 2008 9:34 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Problem raccoon.....
Replies: 14
Views: 2711

Yeah...two of my neighbors on adjoining property have dogs. Might have attracted this raccoon.

Good news.....the thing left the carport in the day-time. Those moth-balls must have done it. Now the whole carport smells like an old-time closet. Hope that did it. Thanks guys..... :D
by Bluefront
Sun May 25, 2008 8:00 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Problem raccoon.....
Replies: 14
Views: 2711

I'm not wild about the dog idea....and I don't know anybody with a dog who would lend it to me. :) This is a big raccoon.....he's knocking things off the shelving as is. There's a ladder on the top shelf, and he sleeps on top of it. I'm afraid he'll hit my truck with something really heavy, since it...
by Bluefront
Sun May 25, 2008 7:38 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: normal noisy PC, but inside a soundproof cabinet?
Replies: 31
Views: 27429

Current project....a monster with two PCs inside. http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y159/Bluefront/Dual%20Lian%20Li/woodtop1.jpg Last summer's project. http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y159/Bluefront/Big%20Fan%20Antec%20Final/stand.jpg A SFF currently in use. http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y159/Blu...
by Bluefront
Sun May 25, 2008 6:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Problem raccoon.....
Replies: 14
Views: 2711

I suppose it's sleeping there because it's dry, and there are no dogs to disturb it. There's certainly nothing for a raccoon to eat around here. And I've thought of the live trap idea...... last resort. Bad news.....I went outside after the sun came up, and the coon is back, apparently sleeping righ...
by Bluefront
Sun May 25, 2008 4:03 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Problem raccoon.....
Replies: 14
Views: 2711

Problem raccoon.....

Arrg.....the damn thing has taken up residence under my car-port, sleeping on top of some shelving next to the house. Now that doesn't bother me, but the animal is constantly knocking things off the shelving. It's got to go..... on it's own, without hurting the thing. This is a residential neighborh...
by Bluefront
Sun May 25, 2008 3:35 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: normal noisy PC, but inside a soundproof cabinet?
Replies: 31
Views: 27429

IMHO..... I've probably made more custom setups than most people on SPCR, and many out of wood. If the cabinet is large enough, with enough internal dampening, it certainly will quiet down whatever is inside the thing. But it probably still won't be quiet enough for you, if the internal computer is ...
by Bluefront
Sat May 24, 2008 1:14 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: irresponsible marketing? free gun with every truck
Replies: 26
Views: 4827

"shame and disgust "..... there should be none of the sort when you use deadly force to defend your life, or the life of your family. When someone breaks into your house, you have to assume the worst.....he could kill you. You should use whatever is at your disposal to defend yourself. Outside of th...
by Bluefront
Fri May 23, 2008 4:02 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: irresponsible marketing? free gun with every truck
Replies: 26
Views: 4827

So where do you stop? "Here's by car, my home, everything I own.....even the shirt off my back". Those things are your life......the hours you spent to buy those things are your life. If you don't value your life throw up your hands and give it away. I don't buy into that sort of thinking.
by Bluefront
Fri May 23, 2008 2:43 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Cooler Master gets 80 PLUS Silver. UPC 900W
Replies: 6
Views: 2300

Cooler Master gets 80 PLUS Silver. UPC 900W

Link....... nice. Hopefully the start of a trend.
by Bluefront
Fri May 23, 2008 2:25 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: irresponsible marketing? free gun with every truck
Replies: 26
Views: 4827

mr. poopyhead...... You don't "shoot people in the face" if you want to stop them. It's way too easy to miss such a shot. You aim for the heart......any place even close will stop them dead. And I'm well aware that there are people so poor that nothing they have is worth fighting for...... not freed...
by Bluefront
Fri May 23, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Thermaltake SwordM.....design dept. let loose.
Replies: 27
Views: 7492

Heh.... Of the three Antec cases in the basement computer junk-pile, the tops come off none, nor do the right side panels. No sense arguing....I'm not buying a Thermaltake case, or an Antec case either. The Thermaltake cases are too flimsy, or too expensive, or way too flashy. The Antec cases....bla...
by Bluefront
Fri May 23, 2008 5:30 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: irresponsible marketing? free gun with every truck
Replies: 26
Views: 4827

Irresponsible use of motor vehicles kills more people than guns....far more. So I guess giving away gasoline could also be considered irresponsible. If you live out in the country in Missouri, your little town may not have it's own police dept. It then relies on the county police..... which might at...
by Bluefront
Fri May 23, 2008 4:21 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: extra measure for sound dampening for my case
Replies: 13
Views: 4838

Large hardware stores sell "roofer's tape". It's almost exactly like Dynamat, without the printing on the aluminum backing. It comes in rolls about 6-8" wide, and costs about 1/3 as much as Dynamat. Contrary to what you might hear.....there's no smell while it is curing. This stuff does not work lik...
by Bluefront
Fri May 23, 2008 3:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: irresponsible marketing? free gun with every truck
Replies: 26
Views: 4827

I was going to post this yesterday, but I thought it would be spammed to death. Probably still will be...... You get your choice when you buy a car from this dealer......out in the country away from the big dangerous cities.... $250 toward a gun or a few tank-fulls of gas. Most people thus far are g...
by Bluefront
Thu May 22, 2008 6:05 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: No fans
Replies: 28
Views: 10350

CyberDog...... I agree that if you use intake or exhaust fans, they are always audible from close-up no matter how slow they are running. But that VIA setup has neither...... the only fan is simply blowing at the board, and is inside a heavy case with sound dampening. The fan is about 15" from any o...
by Bluefront
Thu May 22, 2008 5:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: extra measure for sound dampening for my case
Replies: 13
Views: 4838

Since virtually no cases rely on the metal of the case for anything other than support, and some sound blocking.....adding dampening foam won't hurt anything if it doesn't impede airflow too much. There's no set rules here, but a bigger case offers the ability to use thicker foam. There are some rea...
by Bluefront
Thu May 22, 2008 5:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Thermaltake SwordM.....design dept. let loose.
Replies: 27
Views: 7492

If I get the chance to actually examine a new case, one of the first things I do is give it the knuckle test.....give the side panel a sharp rap. A good/tight case will return a "klunk". A cheap/flimsy case will return a rattly "Klang". Try the knuckle test with most Thermaltake cases and in additio...
by Bluefront
Thu May 22, 2008 3:38 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: No fans
Replies: 28
Views: 10350

jaganath.... the point here is that when you are trying to run the quietest possible setup, you can reach a point where the fans are no longer the loudest thing in the computer. At that time you need to reduce the noise from the loudest component...... if you're trying for the quietest setup, rather...
by Bluefront
Thu May 22, 2008 1:30 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: No fans
Replies: 28
Views: 10350

Fanless? Just remove all your fans and keep your fingers crossed. With low-end components and enough vent holes in your case, combined with a Ninja you might last a long time.... maybe not. Here's the only setup I ever made I would even consider running fanless. It's the 1ghz VIA board in my dual Li...
by Bluefront
Thu May 22, 2008 12:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel's HSF for high-end Core 2 Extreme CPUs
Replies: 17
Views: 7376

Hard to figure..... This Intel OEM heat-sink is a whole lot more than their coolers of the past, which were basically simple chunks of aluminum with a fan slapped on the top. In fact I wonder the production cost differential between this cooler and a multitude of similar after-market coolers that ap...
by Bluefront
Wed May 21, 2008 12:51 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Need help finding rubber dampers and resistor for tiny fan
Replies: 4
Views: 1741

IMHO....here's the deal. That small fan is likely the only fan in the whole setup. And it's a well-known fact around here that even a little airflow can go a long way where a hard drive is concerned. I have a NAS box that held two hard drives. It had no fan at all....only some venting. The hard driv...
by Bluefront
Wed May 21, 2008 2:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: New Scythe Ita Kaze hard disk cooler (active 100mm fan)
Replies: 5
Views: 2268

Heh.....I actually have one of those "Ultra" hard drive coolers. It still needs a small fan blowing on it to keep the temp down to where I like it (low/mid 30s). In a higher airflow setup than mine, it might get by with no fan. The Scythe cooler costs 1/2 as much, takes up less space, and comes with...
by Bluefront
Wed May 21, 2008 1:46 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Slipstream800 really *IS* the sweet spot!
Replies: 52
Views: 14075

Here's my take on this..... It is virtually impossible to simply look at a fan-blade design, and tell how well it will perform in a restrictive airflow setup. You can look at the specs of the fan and get a general idea....that's about it. Say you set 1000rpms as your upper rpm limit....which fan wil...
by Bluefront
Wed May 21, 2008 1:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Making a VIA ARTiGO
Replies: 3
Views: 1290

Since it has an IDE port, I'd temporarily hook up a standard CD drive for the install. Borrow one out of another computer, or get one from a used computer store. The place near me has a big pile of used optical drives for $5 ea.
by Bluefront
Wed May 21, 2008 1:15 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Need help finding rubber dampers and resistor for tiny fan
Replies: 4
Views: 1741

Well if the screws are actually a non-standard size, you'll probably have trouble finding rubber mounts for it. Get some small zip-ties and use them instead of screws. Put a few small pieces of foam at the corners...just snug up the zip-ties. (a second zip-tie acts like a nut). This will soft-mount ...