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by stevenkelby
Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:21 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: the quietest place on earth...
Replies: 19
Views: 4923

I have hermit-like qualities, so I think I'd really enjoy it. I should have picked up on this! That's why you think deaf would be better than blind, you don't mind isolation from people too badly! Technology allows the blind to do almost everything, certainly chatting on the net is no problem. Born...
by stevenkelby
Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: the quietest place on earth...
Replies: 19
Views: 4923

I wonder if simply wearing ear plugs would prevent the onset of craziness?
by stevenkelby
Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:58 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: the quietest place on earth...
Replies: 19
Views: 4923

Erssa wrote:
stevenkelby wrote:...
You make good points, but I actually work with the deaf and the blind! Believe me, deaf is far worse. Imagine never hearing laughter again.

Anyway, I wonder what that room cost to build, and if those panels are available for home theater use (in moderation!).
by stevenkelby
Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:42 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: the quietest place on earth...
Replies: 19
Views: 4923

actually a lot of people enjoy it as relaxation therapy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isolation_tank Can you pee in it? :wink: Bing in that chamber with headphones, how would you know anything is special about the room? Being blind isolates you from objects, being deal isolates you from people. Eve...
by stevenkelby
Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:18 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quietest 250GB & 500GB SATA2 drives with 16MB cache
Replies: 11
Views: 5502

It will be storing all my document,photos,videos (ie. the user folder in vista)etc so reliability will be important. cheers Just a tip, your hard drive is going to fail one day so make sure you have anything important continually backed up (like daily) on another HD, discs etc. It's not a matter of...
by stevenkelby
Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:57 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P182 question
Replies: 8
Views: 3591

If I were you I would get the Scythes. I got Nexus in mine. I have some Noctua 800 and 1200 and they are noisy fans compared to the Nexus.

The stock tri cools are noisy too.
by stevenkelby
Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: NB47J Self Destruct, or The Incredible Shrinking Pushpins
Replies: 11
Views: 3352

I use nuts and bolts on those heatsinks. Cheap insurance for a couple bucks. I put a little piece of electrical tape on the back of the mobo, poke a hole in it and push the bolts through, so the bolt heads don't short anything. M3 is the size, any length but I use 25mm
by stevenkelby
Wed Jun 27, 2007 5:35 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12 II (new revision) - now widely available
Replies: 73
Views: 58791

I don't think my S-12 550w was faulty, just noisy. Sure it was "quiet" but as we know,there is a world of difference between quiet, extremely quiet, inaudible and silent :wink: I swapped the fan for a nexus 120mm, soft mounted with silicone gaskets and things. I cut out the grills too. I'm happy wit...
by stevenkelby
Sat Jun 23, 2007 9:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Calling all P182 owners
Replies: 8
Views: 4108

Yeah the 8800GTX is a monster. The holes in the case are 32mm (inch and a quarter) so the tubing and cable will fit very easily. Thats without the rubber grommets, with the rubber grommets left in place you can still get about a full inch of cable or tubes through.
by stevenkelby
Sat Jun 23, 2007 9:40 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Calling all P182 owners
Replies: 8
Views: 4108

You're welcome ;) The part you will have to cut or file is on the back edge of the panel, it is only a solid piece of plastic there so there are no layers to separate. You will still get a good seal with the case there. I have the middle fan installed and there is 258mm of room for a card between th...
by stevenkelby
Sat Jun 23, 2007 9:25 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Calling all P182 owners
Replies: 8
Views: 4108

The side panels do block the 2 screw holes for that side of the fan, but only just, only about halfway through the screw hole. It would be very easy to cut or file a little of the side panel to clear the holes.
by stevenkelby
Fri Jun 22, 2007 12:52 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Scythe Quiet Drive F/S
Replies: 6
Views: 3684

I'll take it if you'll ship to Australia!
by stevenkelby
Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thermal paste removal
Replies: 55
Views: 15966

Just a note, that Arcticlean stuff is amazing. The cleaner dissolves the grease instantly. Glad it was delivered today.
by stevenkelby
Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thermal paste removal
Replies: 55
Views: 15966

Posted at the same time Speedlever. Everyones posts have been very helpful, thanks.

I won't be up and running until the weekend at best (waiting for RAM and BigNg, also, 1st, build) but will report back with temps when I can.
by stevenkelby
Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thermal paste removal
Replies: 55
Views: 15966

OK I just tested and it looks like I can get a better result by spreading a thin layer with a razor. I actually used the back edge of a surgical scalpel, thin, long and straight. The line left a lot of compound between the HS and CPU. I hear that it's best to have as little compound as possible betw...
by stevenkelby
Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thermal paste removal
Replies: 55
Views: 15966

I just finished lapping my Ultra120Extreme and C2D. I wasn't going to but when I went to remount my little Zalman HS for the NB, I saw that only about a quarter of the AS5 had been touched, the Zalman wasn't flat. I checked it with a razor, 2 big ridges and a depression. I lapped it with glass and 3...
by stevenkelby
Thu Jun 21, 2007 1:49 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Whole House Ventilation
Replies: 13
Views: 7504

If you're doing it, it would be cool to have a full size AC vent ducted into your case, where the side panel should go, then venting out the rear and top. Imagine refrigerated air flooding your PC in the middle of summer. Make sure you close the vent when it's winter and you have the heating on :wink:
by stevenkelby
Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:17 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: send back 8500 for 8600?
Replies: 9
Views: 3224

Thanks for all the advice. Considering the lack of gaming I do, the $20 restocking fee I just found out about and the inconvenience, I will stick with the 8500 with the HR-03A (just about to lap and mount) and try overclocking it if I need more performance and can figure out what OC'ing is all about!
by stevenkelby
Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:44 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New S12 550W ticking noise?
Replies: 21
Views: 8354

Heres the links to the vids.

Click here to watch S12-fan-noise-everything-connected-but-all-noise-sources-off

Click here to watch S12-ticking-no-load-on-PSU

Thanks for the advice Das, I will have to think about what to do now.
by stevenkelby
Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:24 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New S12 550W ticking noise?
Replies: 21
Views: 8354

I am also building a sound proof booth under my desk to hide the P182 in, I now know it's not going to be anywhere near silent anyway though.
by stevenkelby
Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:22 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New S12 550W ticking noise?
Replies: 21
Views: 8354

I know how you feel! Even if there is something wrong with my example, I really wanted quiet, not just low noise.

I think I will replace the fan in the S12 550 with a nexus 1000rpm or noctua 800 or 1200 rpm I have spare.
by stevenkelby
Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:06 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New S12 550W ticking noise?
Replies: 21
Views: 8354

Thanks for the update. I just recorded some video, in 1 you can hear the ticking clearly when nothing else is connected. In vid 2 ticking is gone when everything is hooked up, but fan is loud at idle, all goes quiet when fan stopped. I will try to post a link somehow. Trying to host the vid at putfi...
by stevenkelby
Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:03 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Loud P182?
Replies: 4
Views: 2206

I would keep them all on low but move the top fan to the centre location, at the back of the upper HDD cage, and remove all the grills and filters for extra quietness. Thats free and will be quieter. You might want to keep the filters, up to you but the inside gets dusty anyway and the filters restr...
by stevenkelby
Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Loud P182?
Replies: 4
Views: 2206

Welcome to the forum. I have a P182 too but am still building it. Set all the fans to low, or even quieter is to get better fans like nexus real silent or the scythe ones. How is your hard drive mounted and what gear do you have in the case? Any case would be noisy with those tri-cools on medium, ne...
by stevenkelby
Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:26 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New S12 550W ticking noise?
Replies: 21
Views: 8354

Surprised to hear that the S12II would be noisy. S12 won praise for exactly the opposite. I've got an S12II-430 I'm picking up today, let you know how it compares to my SmartPower 2.0. What are you comparing your S12II to, and do you have RPM readings from the fan? As the fans in Seasonics are cont...
by stevenkelby
Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New S12 550W ticking noise?
Replies: 21
Views: 8354

I just plugged into my old (current) PC and the ticking noise vanished but it is till quite noisy. I stopped the fan and it was very quiet. Is it ok to swap the fan for a nexus and control that fan with a digital thermal sensor from my mcubed t-balancer bigng? I guess it would work ok, but would rem...
by stevenkelby
Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:18 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: send back 8500 for 8600?
Replies: 9
Views: 3224

OK thanks. If I was going to game, would I notice a difference between the cards? Are there any downsides, like maybe the 8600 makes more heat?
by stevenkelby
Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New S12 550W ticking noise?
Replies: 21
Views: 8354

Thanks for the replies guys. I shorted pins 4 and 6 to start it. Didn't try removing the short once running. At work now, will try tonight. I emailed Seasonic but no reply yet. I emailed shopping square about RMA just incase I have to. Tonight I will try plugging it all in to my current PC, replacin...
by stevenkelby
Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:07 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: send back 8500 for 8600?
Replies: 9
Views: 3224

send back 8500 for 8600?

I have this card, an Asus EN8500GT silent: http://www.shoppingsquare.com.au/p_907_ASUS_GEFORCE_8500GT_PCIEXPRESS_512MB_VIDEO_CARD Is it worth sending it back and getting this one, http://www.shoppingsquare.com.au/p_794_PALIT_NVIDIA_GEFORCE_8600GT_256MB_PCIE_VIDEO_CARD an 8600, which I hear is better...
by stevenkelby
Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 500 Gb - SATA - Silence - who's the best?
Replies: 43
Views: 32849

What's wrong with the Samsung HD501LJ? Why isn't it mentioned here, are the WD5000(AA)KS better / quieter?