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by cotdt
Fri Aug 03, 2007 7:52 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dissapointing results with HR-03 Plus and 8800 Ultra
Replies: 53
Views: 19453

if you play games like oblivion at full settings and good resolution, you will need a fast overclocked system, and even then only get 20 FPS. i think the Geforce 8800 is still too slow.
by cotdt
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:38 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dissapointing results with HR-03 Plus and 8800 Ultra
Replies: 53
Views: 19453

go to watercooling. quiet air cooling is only effective for systems that don't produce as much heat. your system produces way too much heat. a 120.2 watercooled system running 800RPM fans will get you there.
by cotdt
Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:17 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Liquid Cooling for HDD by Hitachi and NEC
Replies: 8
Views: 2673

the latest hard drives from Samsung and WD are so quiet you would need to have a fanless PC for the HD to be main source of noise. Not true! I have the WD 500GB hard drive and while it is much quieter than some of the other hard drives, it is the main source of noise in my computer. I'm using the S...
by cotdt
Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Liquid Cooling for HDD by Hitachi and NEC
Replies: 8
Views: 2673

here is a pic:

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20 ... rives.html

this is exciting news!
by cotdt
Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:58 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Found: the world's quietest production 120mm fan
Replies: 15
Views: 5020

i think even chimney cooling will give more cfm, and without the motor noise
by cotdt
Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:39 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Found: the world's quietest production 120mm fan
Replies: 15
Views: 5020

fascinating... but at such low airflow, you might as well go fanless...
by cotdt
Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Watercooled P180
Replies: 27
Views: 14288

zoob, your computer is almost exactly like mine! i'm surprised to see a hotrodded x-fi here :)
by cotdt
Sat Jun 09, 2007 3:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please Opine: Mid Range Core 2 Duo
Replies: 7
Views: 2469

E43000 overclocks poorly, typically limited only to 3.2GHz.
by cotdt
Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:15 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Phantom Users Poll
Replies: 211
Views: 261571

mine (Phantom 350) finally died after more than 2 years of continuous use. the 5V rail still works as my motherboard LED comes on, but it is unable to boot my computer. it's too bad, because when i replaced it with another power supply, there was hiss injected into my sound system. the Phantom was d...
by cotdt
Mon Oct 23, 2006 1:51 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Watercooling obsolete?
Replies: 188
Views: 130774

i think it has been said here before, but anyway the practical benefits of watercooling really shows itself when you have to also cool power-hungry GPU's. the stock cooler simply isn't enough unless you've got many case fans. watercooling can cool it much cooler/quieter than any aftermarket air cool...
by cotdt
Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:36 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: new NOCTUA SILENT FAN ! ?
Replies: 13
Views: 6263

those strange figures like 6dBa are obviously not measured, but actually they might be accurate after all. 6dB would be pure BS, but 6dBA could be correct since lowering the RPM would also lower the frequency and in the dBA scale, it attenuates very rapidly below 100Hz in comparison to the dB scale....
by cotdt
Sun Nov 13, 2005 1:34 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Kit vs. Custom
Replies: 5
Views: 2441

Custom allows you to fit the watercooling set into the case, which looks much nicer and is much more portable. I'd say that if you have the experience, go custom.
by cotdt
Sun Oct 16, 2005 7:57 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Questions about CSP-MAG noise
Replies: 14
Views: 4905

yeah some are very quiet and some are very loud. just get them replaced. some of the better samples are noticibly quieter than a 1048 even!
by cotdt
Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:18 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Coolermaster Aluminium 120mm
Replies: 15
Views: 4467

yeah this fan is indeed a Nexus killer. more CFM/dBA.
by cotdt
Sun Oct 09, 2005 3:54 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best Heatsink?
Replies: 13
Views: 3371

Get a Ninja.
by cotdt
Fri Oct 07, 2005 9:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I did what everybody told me not to do ;-)
Replies: 45
Views: 12952

Pentium4's are pretty easy to run cool and quiet, even the dual cores. But you can't just slap on a heatsink and be done with it like the A64, there's a lot more to it. But still, even two dual-core P4's can easily be cooled and silent if you know how. most people in this forum are not the DIY type ...
by cotdt
Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please help me decide which CPU to buy!
Replies: 24
Views: 5449

get the new AMD Stormbolts, they are fast and have low power consumption.
by cotdt
Sun Oct 02, 2005 2:06 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 92mm fan suggestions for my xp-90
Replies: 8
Views: 2288

Just get a Yate Loon from CompUSA and undervolt it! they are inaudible undervolted.
by cotdt
Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:12 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Using TEC as a condensation-attractor in a sealed system???
Replies: 18
Views: 5567

why all this work just for condensation? a bit of neoprene around the CPU does the trick. besides, you're not running the 350W peltier at full, but only at 40W or so.

i'm pretty sure peltiers can be practical in silent systems. it shouldn't be that complicated. =)
by cotdt
Sat Sep 24, 2005 5:38 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Potential for quiet performance - Nvidia 7800GT
Replies: 16
Views: 4855

the fan noise will throw your 3D positional sound off course while gaiming.
by cotdt
Fri Sep 23, 2005 8:23 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Couple Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2771

I used to see some places that sell quick disconnects for cheap, but I no longer have the urls. The place I got mine from I can no longer find. This place sells them but it's a bit expensive!

http://www.xoxide.com/qudi.html

The uranium I got from ebay, so I couldn't be of much help there.
by cotdt
Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:18 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Couple Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2771

Yeah I agree that the CSP-MAG is loud unmuffled, maybe slightly louder than a Seasonic PSU on idle, but muffling makes a huge difference. I covered mine completely in 3/4 inch of dense clay, and then an inch of dense wood. You can also use uranium which works even better than wood. If done right, yo...
by cotdt
Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:51 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for affordable, quiet 120mm fans (in the US)
Replies: 29
Views: 12145

the coolermaster aluminum fans beat the yate loons in noise per cfm, but they are thicker. these fans are not the coolermaster fans sold in most stores, in fact these are pretty hard to find.
by cotdt
Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:49 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How many watts do I REALLY need?
Replies: 37
Views: 11519

congrats on getting a phantom 500. it is an excellent choice as long as it fits into your case. that thing is abnormally long that it won't even fit inside my case! so i have phantom 350 instead. i don't expect your phantom 500 to spin up much, since most computers use a lot less power than people t...
by cotdt
Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dust Kills Computers.....
Replies: 67
Views: 22641

dust is the reason why all-passive computers is an advantage over quiet fan-cooled computers. my computer doesn't have dust! dust filters are a bad idea in my experience, like the poster above mentioned, far more dust gets blown through your computer rather than collect, so if you install filters th...
by cotdt
Sat Sep 17, 2005 1:08 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How much PSU?
Replies: 2
Views: 1024

S12-430 would suit your computer very well have have juice to spare. Antec Phantoms are also very good.
by cotdt
Sat Sep 17, 2005 12:25 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Building the Mother of All Silent PC cases
Replies: 19
Views: 10625

Ahhh that's exactly what I speculated those things would be and I just wanted to be sure. Well... I think that's a lot more cooling than one will need! PSU's are easy to passively cool as long as it gets good air, as is the CPU and northbridge. Some GPUs are harder to cool but still aren't too diffi...
by cotdt
Fri Sep 16, 2005 10:25 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: P4 with no heatsink?
Replies: 4
Views: 2227

this is really old. today's AMD CPU's also have throttling. i've never tested this however.

edit: to clarify, the throttling might not be on the CPU but all motherboards i've come across seem to support it
by cotdt
Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:15 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1617284

i have never heard of any of this music!!!

and i listen to music all the time!
by cotdt
Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:11 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 7800GT owners - pls help
Replies: 21
Views: 6927

don't leave the ramsinks off because the ram also needs to be cooled, or over time the ram will degrade and problems will occur. it takes a long time but eventually it will happen and has happened to many.

UT2004 was perfect does there really need to be another new version?