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by CA_Steve
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: First build - Low Setting Gaming, advice appreciated
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Re: First build - Low Setting Gaming, advice appreciated

PSU: 5% efficiency bump = 5 to 10W less heat. I like it. Cost savings <shrug>. Better design, better fan profile.

Overall, with the current parts shortages and price inflation, it's a sad time to build a PC. Probably won't improve until March - June time frame.
by CA_Steve
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: First build - Low Setting Gaming, advice appreciated
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Re: First build - Low Setting Gaming, advice appreciated

Welcome to SPCR.

A quick comment on the PSU - take a look at the be quiet! Pure Power 11 CM. It's Gold rated, so much less waste heat that the venerable Seasonic. The 500W is $80. <10dB at 50% or less load.
by CA_Steve
Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Shuriken RevB fan issue
Replies: 14
Views: 5179

Re: Scythe Shuriken RevB fan issue

Yep, the site rebuild broke a lot of links. Thanks for the archive.org link.

Fan clearance: It's all about airflow resistance. The less there is, the better the performance. It would be an interesting experiment to plot the delta temp vs distance to case cover.
by CA_Steve
Thu Dec 31, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: best silent hard drives in 2020?
Replies: 13
Views: 2423

Re: best silent hard drives in 2020?

It continues to baffle me why the bare drives cost $100+ more than the external storage versions.
by CA_Steve
Wed Dec 23, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: best silent hard drives in 2020?
Replies: 13
Views: 2423

Re: best silent hard drives in 2020?

Thanks for the info.
by CA_Steve
Fri Dec 18, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent Micro-ATX Build
Replies: 7
Views: 180

Re: Silent Micro-ATX Build

What are your primary goals? - footprint? - power use? - performance upgrade of x over current build? - fanless? quiet? Here's a thread that has a few useful comparisons. I really like the performance/watt of the AMD 4xxxU series. Asus is just one of a couple of vendors putting it in a NUC-like form...
by CA_Steve
Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Best gaming PC in 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: Best gaming PC in 2020

What hype? My guess is AMD and Nvidia opted to release without proper inventory. Probably exacerbated by the lack of silicon capacity at these small geometries plus it's also known that other gfx card components are also in short supply. Bad planning, bad timing (Covid impacting manpower), who knows...
by CA_Steve
Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Looking for a cheaper and reliable recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 419

Re: Looking for a cheaper and reliable recommendation

Welcome to SPCR. If you can find one, get the R5 5600X rather than the 3600. Massive improvements. Won't see a big bump for gameplay*, but he will for other CPU intensive tasks. I expect the R5 5600 (non-X) will be the sweet spot for price/performance..but it's not out, yet. Most review sites (and I...
by CA_Steve
Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Best gaming PC in 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: Best gaming PC in 2020

Welcome to SPCR. To confirm: you are looking to buy rather than build? Also, be aware that all of the newest CPUs and graphics cards are in short supply at the moment..and the ones that are available are priced at a premium. If time isn't of the essence, I'd wait for the AMD Ryzen 5 5600 (non-X) to ...
by CA_Steve
Sun Dec 06, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is better for silent gaming operation? Noctua U9s or a 280mm AIO?
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Re: What is better for silent gaming operation? Noctua U9s or a 280mm AIO?

Welcome to SPCR. Oh, for the want of another 5mm :) 155mm would open up most of the favorites that use 120mm fans. 150mm and below mostly relegates you to 92mm fans. Which would need to run faster and (if you throw a fair bit of money at it) an AIO could potentially be quieter. Are you overclocking/...
by CA_Steve
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Hello from Censtry
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: Hello from Censtry

Welcome to SPCR.
by CA_Steve
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How to solve the slowdown of CPU fan speed?
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: How to solve the slowdown of CPU fan speed?

Censtry wrote:
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:13 pm
As the computer is used more frequently, you will find that the speed of the CPU fan will slow down.
That's not how it works.

In your BIOS, you will find fan controls that tie fan speed to the temp of the CPU. As the CPU heats up, the fan speed goes up. When the temp drops, the fan speed drops.
by CA_Steve
Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: RTX 3080 review compilation
Replies: 15
Views: 2428

Re: RTX 3080 review compilation

Saw that :) Monster cooler for sure.
by CA_Steve
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Gaming/Streaming pc
Replies: 23
Views: 3352

Re: New Gaming/Streaming pc

No worries. The reason you get feedback here is because people have strong opinions about PC builds. I think your grandson may be spending $500-1k more than he has to for his needs as maybe overkill for whatever unresolved problems the current PC has and maybe bragging rights. But, I tend toward mor...
by CA_Steve
Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: CPU/Motherboard + Build Advice?
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: CPU/Motherboard + Build Advice?

Welcome to SPCR. You might check out pcpartpicker.com for build costs.

If you list your son's applications as well as the monitor resolution/speed, we can also help with speccing out the build.
by CA_Steve
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Gaming/Streaming pc
Replies: 23
Views: 3352

Re: New Gaming/Streaming pc

okydoke. From what I remember of our earlier conversations, I think a lot of the troubles he saw with gaming speeds on his current PC might be more software issues than anything else. Possibly other programs running in the background hogging resources or just some Windows/game oddities that could be...
by CA_Steve
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Gaming/Streaming pc
Replies: 23
Views: 3352

Re: New Gaming/Streaming pc

The Asus Dark Hero board isn't out, yet. I lean toward waiting 2-3mo after release to let the bugs/firmware updates settle.
by CA_Steve
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Gaming/Streaming pc
Replies: 23
Views: 3352

Re: New Gaming/Streaming pc

2x8GB RAM is generally good enough for gaming builds. You haven't selected a CPU cooler, so make sure there is compatibility between the RAM height and it.
by CA_Steve
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Gaming/Streaming pc
Replies: 23
Views: 3352

Re: New Gaming/Streaming pc

Yeah, the R5 5600 might not be available until next year. So, the 5600X is a good alternative if you hope to build this year. New CPU and GPU inventories are a bit haphazard.. If you are looking at cost tradeoffs, and the monitor is 1080p or 1440p, consider dropping down to an RTX 3070 . It'll even ...
by CA_Steve
Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Gaming/Streaming pc
Replies: 23
Views: 3352

Re: New Gaming/Streaming pc

Some other things to think about. Power used = heat = fan noise. So, while you might get 300fps playing an esport game at 1080p with the RTX 3080, your monitor is only going to display whatever it's refresh rate is. The rest is just waste heat/noise..and invariably coil whine from the GPU as it's ge...
by CA_Steve
Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Gaming/Streaming pc
Replies: 23
Views: 3352

Re: New Gaming/Streaming pc

Just a couple of quick comments.. First, glad that you are recovering from your fall! Second, insane CPU overkill for a gaming machine. There is absolutely zero benefit for going with this many cores and will never be a benefit over the lifetime of the PC. This CPU is for heavy duty CPU based tasks ...
by CA_Steve
Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Hi all, building a fanless workstation
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Re: Hi all, building a fanless workstation

Welcome to SPCR. What applications are you looking to run on this PC? If it's fairly lightweight, then it's possible. I had a Pentium-class dual core barebones MSI Cubi I built out 5 years ago. It idled at 7-9W and played 1080p video's using 10-12W. As 5 years have passed, there should be a decent p...
by CA_Steve
Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: What is the difference between industrial motherboards and commercial motherboards?
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: What is the difference between industrial motherboards and commercial motherboards?

Welcome to SPCR.

Not sure what you mean by "industrial" motherboard. There are some motherboards that serve industrial needs - like still providing a serial port or maybe supporting an extended temperature range.
by CA_Steve
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quietest case: Fractal, be quiet! or something else ?
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: Quietest case: Fractal, be quiet! or something else ?

The generic answer is be quiet! has slightly better fans but tends to have more constrictive front covers than Fractal Defines. But, now you are down in the trade off of a few degrees C vs a few dB. So, we circle back around to which case has the features you like more.. :)
by CA_Steve
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quietest case: Fractal, be quiet! or something else ?
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: Quietest case: Fractal, be quiet! or something else ?

So there are features you want/don't want :)

I've only used closed cases with the latest being the Define R4 in my signature. So, sure. You can go that route. The R7 is a nice case. The price keeps creeping upward with every iteration. The R5 onward improved the fan signature.
by CA_Steve
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quietest case: Fractal, be quiet! or something else ?
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: Quietest case: Fractal, be quiet! or something else ?

Well, if you were to want a somewhat open mesh case, there's the Lian-Li Lancool 215. Two 200mm-ish fans with a mesh front, mesh top, and a 120mm fan in back. Here's a fun chart from Gamer's Nexus where case CPU and GPU temps are compared with fan profiles set to provide 36dBA. https://www.gamersnex...
by CA_Steve
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quietest case: Fractal, be quiet! or something else ?
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: Quietest case: Fractal, be quiet! or something else ?

Open vs closed: all reviews I've seen are done with the PC sitting in an open/unrestricted airflow type environment (ie: sitting on a lab bench). If this is your environment, then you might be able to get similar noise/temp levels between the best open/mesh style cases and the best restricted airflo...
by CA_Steve
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quietest case: Fractal, be quiet! or something else ?
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: Quietest case: Fractal, be quiet! or something else ?

Welcome to SPCR.

It all depends on what you plan to put in it. A web browser built for quiet operation is different than a high end gaming build to show two extremes.