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by Firetech
Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best CPU cooler for Antec NSK2480 HTPC
Replies: 29
Views: 8423

Re: Best CPU cooler for Antec NSK2480 HTPC

quest_for_silence wrote:I think that currently there's about nothing really comparable to the venerable Minja.
If only I could source one.....
by Firetech
Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:45 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best CPU cooler for Antec NSK2480 HTPC
Replies: 29
Views: 8423

Re: Best CPU cooler for Antec NSK2480 HTPC

Resurrecting this old thread! :wink: Which cooler did you end up installing Finboss? I've got the NSK2480, MA78GPM-DS2H & Athlon 64 X2 4850e HTPC set-up which was all the rage a few years back. The stock cooler noise is now becoming even more annoying and I never did find a local source for Mini Nin...
by Firetech
Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:46 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Buying Quiet PC Components in Australia
Replies: 96
Views: 161403

So PCCG has jumped the gun with the Phenom II X6's: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - $269.00 AMD Phenom II X6 1055T, 2.8Ghz (3.3GHz Turbo Core), Six Core, 9MB Cache (3MB L2, 6MB L3 cache), 45nm, 125W, Socket AM3 Ready. ETA: 27/04/10 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=345&produ...
by Firetech
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quietest cooling for AMD Athlon 64 LE-1600 in home server?
Replies: 12
Views: 2624

Is there a safe way to check whether the CPU cooler or the PSU is causing the noise? It is a noticable whirring noise, audible throughout the room (wood-floored dining room) and it is actually really annoying. Is it safe to unplug the CPU fan with the stock cooler, even if only for a few seconds? E...
by Firetech
Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quietest cooling for AMD Athlon 64 LE-1600 in home server?
Replies: 12
Views: 2624

Given the current weather in Scotland you shouldn't need a cooler! :lol: Are you sure it's the CPU fan that's causing the noise and not the PSU, case fan or graphics card fan? I've got an LE in my server and it's pretty quiet even with the stock HS&F. Maybe wait until you've done the case swap befor...
by Firetech
Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Would you buy another Antec product after this incident ??
Replies: 12
Views: 1868

Antec PSU 'best before' date?

If it is as big an issue as the (alleged) Ante Rep states, maybe Antec need to start putting a "best before" or "use by" date on all of their PSUs - just like Sainsburys et al do with their tins of Baked Beans! :lol:
by Firetech
Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:13 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Would you buy another Antec product after this incident ??
Replies: 12
Views: 1868

Can you also please clarify your relationship to Antec?
by Firetech
Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Would you buy another Antec product after this incident ??
Replies: 12
Views: 1868

Re: Would you buy another Antec product after this incident

Otherwise, why would you ever buy their products after something like this? Just because an individual proporting to represent Antec makes some ill-judged comments in a thread, you would cease to buy their product? If you follow the line that you shouldn't buy product from a company that has 'less ...
by Firetech
Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: New 1TB or 1,5TB disks to my homeserver.
Replies: 3
Views: 1349

Agree with the above.
by Firetech
Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Hardisk for home server 24/7 use
Replies: 12
Views: 7150

If you are talking 24/7 power on but sitting idle most of the time you want low power draw not RE (RAID Edition) drives. If you are writing to it 24/7 you need higher RPM drives and RE makes a little more sense. In my world no drive gets written to 24/7. The closest I get to that is on a Web server...
by Firetech
Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:23 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Hardisk for home server 24/7 use
Replies: 12
Views: 7150

EADS drives?

What about the WD10EADS or WD15EADS 'green' drives?
They're averaging about AU$100 & AU$140 respectively here in Oz.
Unfortunately the WD20EADS still seems too high on 'cost per Gb' ratio at the moment (AU$260)).
by Firetech
Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Removing Sonata III door
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

Re: Removing Sonata III door

I have this case and I'd like to install it for a friend, as a replacement for a generic case w/ poor ventilation. Seeing as "power on keyboard" support is flaky on his motherboard, I would like to remove the Sonata's front door to ease access to the power button. Would that be a straightforward mo...
by Firetech
Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Upgrading an Athlon 64 3200+ to a dual core...
Replies: 15
Views: 5055

Obsolete system?

That said the bit of searching I did seemed to indicate the X2 3800+ could be had for as low as $30 - $40AUD, and the X2 4200+ could be had for as low as $40 - $50AUD. Are those prices reasonable? If you can get them at that price fair enough but I sold a DC 4800+ x2 on eBay a year or so ago and fu...
by Firetech
Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:19 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPSU Question.
Replies: 9
Views: 2585

AuraAllan wrote:No. It's a (what is the English word for this? I don't think it's called a terminal strip) used for shielding of a spare wire.
It's called a BP Connector here in Australia. I don't recall ever using them as a sparky in the UK so maybe he can just use an insulated crimp connector instead.
by Firetech
Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fileserver HDD choices.
Replies: 13
Views: 2501

WD15EADS = $/GB value

Likewise, I found the WD15EADS locally to be better $/Gb value than the WD10EADS and the WD20EADS to be just silly expensive.
I now have a WD10EACS, WD10EADS & WD15EADS in my WHS box.
The Samsung 1Tb I removed is going into the HTPC....
by Firetech
Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD processor for windows home server build? Want passive
Replies: 3
Views: 1367

I'm running mine on a dirt-cheap Sempron LE-1250 and that should run passive no problem. I just haven't bothered trying yet..
by Firetech
Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system with many SATA ports
Replies: 9
Views: 3076

Re: Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2/H?

So are you geting 58w for your particular system with 4 HDDs connected? According to my plug-in power meter - yes. On start-up it shows a MAX of 73w but I'm advised that the momentary draw will be significantly higher than that but this consumer level meter isn't sophisticated enough to 'catch' it....
by Firetech
Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:30 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system with many SATA ports
Replies: 9
Views: 3076

Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2/H?

The Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2/H has six SATA ports, has pretty low power consumption (~58w at the wall) and will take a wide variety of CPUs (inc AM3). I've got a Sempron CPU in mine and 4HDDs connected.
I should manage to get that consumption a bit lower with a picoPSU.
by Firetech
Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: The Official Anti-Spam Thread
Replies: 31
Views: 42209

Report Post button

You wouldn't need this type of thread if a 'report bad post button' type facility was enabled.

i.e http://www.phpbbhacks.com/download/24

I'd imagine it's a fairly simple option/hack for the admins?
by Firetech
Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:49 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Buying Quiet PC Components in Australia
Replies: 96
Views: 161403

Hey, you could have snuck a few things in hand carrying only luggage. If they did a bag search on you, they might be wondering what that Ninja or Mugen was in your backpack. "We got some kind of an ancient artifact here?" Might have been spending a bit of time in customs. J/K :lol: I already had va...
by Firetech
Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:18 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Buying Quiet PC Components in Australia
Replies: 96
Views: 161403

Thanks Shamgar. Interesting to see the price difference between the Scythe Ninja costs of PCCG and Nexus. Someone is making a tidy profit but that tends to happen if there is a monopoly in supply.... :roll: I noticed how cheap these coolers were when I was over in the UK recently but unfortunately d...
by Firetech
Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:56 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Will [I] be able to run this on a picopsu?
Replies: 24
Views: 6777

How have you interfaced the PicoPSU with the DA-2?
Looks like you also have some yellow wires tapped into the 4pin connector heading off toward the front of the case too...
by Firetech
Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:03 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Will [I] be able to run this on a picopsu?
Replies: 24
Views: 6777

It arrived the other day, added my own connector to the power block, works perfectly :D Thanks for the update. I may have to get you to PM me the eBay link as it seems the FSP will not be in stock until 10th July and I'll be long gone by then :( :( I did order the 150W PicoPSU however and that shou...
by Firetech
Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:00 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Will [I] be able to run this on a picopsu?
Replies: 24
Views: 6777

It arrived the other day, added my own connector to the power block, works perfectly :D Thanks for the update. I may have to get you to PM me the eBay link as it seems the FSP will not be in stock until 10th July and I'll be long gone by then :( :( I did order the 150W PicoPSU however and that shou...
by Firetech
Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:07 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: [MiniPC] Alternative to noisy 75w PSU?
Replies: 4
Views: 2417

Very interesting post with very relevant information. Likewise :D Thanks. After reading the FAQ on PSU's above, it looks like 120W should be ample enough to power a low-power mobo + a diskdrive + DVD drive + PCI telephony card. Should be plenty for that. After seeeking advice here, I'm getting a 15...
by Firetech
Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:34 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Experienced PicoPSUers: Which PicoPSU/Power Brick?
Replies: 17
Views: 5516

Thanks Mike.
I'll stick with the 150w plan given your feedback.
by Firetech
Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:35 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Experienced PicoPSUers: Which PicoPSU/Power Brick?
Replies: 17
Views: 5516

UPDATE (with question)

I just bought a power meter and it seems to indicate the start-up load as (surprisingly) under 80w and sub-60w when running.
Is there likely to be any problem with still buying a 150w PicoPSU, other than a slight cost difference, over a smaller wattage unit?
by Firetech
Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:30 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Aussie SPCRers: How accurate are Jaycar power meters?
Replies: 0
Views: 674

Aussie SPCRers: How accurate are Jaycar power meters?

As the title states, has anyone compared these units with a known load to check their accuracy? I bought one today and am pleasantly surprised to see how low my home servers start-up load actually is (73w Max draw and 56-58w @ 'idle'). Given that I will be using this information to purchase an appro...
by Firetech
Sat May 30, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Will [I] be able to run this on a picopsu?
Replies: 24
Views: 6777

mark19891989 wrote:i just ordered a dell DA-2 PSU for £18 on ebay.
rated output 12 volt 18 amp 200 wattsn
im gona have to solder a new end on the power supply, but thats no problem.
Thanks, may have to do the same if they don't come back into stock in time for my visit.
by Firetech
Fri May 29, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Will [I] be able to run this on a picopsu?
Replies: 24
Views: 6777

mark19891989 wrote:because they were out of stock.
Bummer! They've had an unchanged 20+ of those bricks shown as 'in stock' for weeks/months now and I was all set to buy a full 150w kit when I get there next month.... :roll: