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by readk
Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice Updating Older Silent PC
Replies: 7
Views: 1345

Re: Advice Updating Older Silent PC

Well thanks everyone for the advice. After some research I really agree. The 5750 is still the king of low power video, and I'm not sure I would notice just a CPU bump. So I'm going to wait another 3-6 months and see what's on the horizon. I figure that if I was building from scratch today though, I...
by readk
Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice Updating Older Silent PC
Replies: 7
Views: 1345

Advice Updating Older Silent PC

Hey everyone, For the last 2 years I have been extremely happy with my completely fanless, passively cooled, silent gaming PC build. It's been on every day all day and I've never had any problems. I consider it one of my greatest victories! But now it's starting to show it's age especially while gam...
by readk
Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How Do DC Bricks Work
Replies: 10
Views: 2638

I used a 2x molex => 6 pin adapter. I'm not using the 2 molex for anything anyway. I'm already about at the limit for power, if I had a more power-friendly video card I would consider oc the processor. As is, I don't want to use any more power. Also I am running fanless on the processor which is not...
by readk
Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Gpu Temp On/Off Fan?
Replies: 7
Views: 1154

Might work, will it turn off below a settable temp? I want it to only come on at like 75+ degrees otherwise be off.
by readk
Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How Do DC Bricks Work
Replies: 10
Views: 2638

Right now I have a 150 watt Pico and a 150 watt (12v / 12.5a) brick. The brick gets pretty hot. Kill-a-watt ranges from 60 watts idle to 110 watts gaming and 145 watts in Furmark. What components do you have connected (MB, RAM, HDD, CPU, VGA)? I'm considering getting a pico 150. Gigabyte MA790XTA-U...
by readk
Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Gpu Temp On/Off Fan?
Replies: 7
Views: 1154

I have a system that actually doesn't need a fan unless I'm doing extremely taxing 3D stuff and then it spikes like crazy. Makes the most sense if the fan just comes on when it hits an 'alarm' temp. Any suggestions of a fan I can get on newegg or something?
by readk
Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:47 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How Do DC Bricks Work
Replies: 10
Views: 2638

Re: How Do DC Bricks Work

How hot should the brick get? I can put my hand on it, but just barely. Its like a cup of coffee that almost too hot to hold onto.
by readk
Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Powercolor GO! Green HD5750 (passive)
Replies: 88
Views: 42690

As far as I remember, the first fanless Powercolor 5750 that came out, used a lot more power than the reference 5750's. Does anyone know for a fact, that their Go Green edition uses as little power as the reference, or even less? If so, I'll purchase it right away. I couldn't find this in stores, I...
by readk
Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Gpu Temp On/Off Fan?
Replies: 7
Views: 1154

Gpu Temp On/Off Fan?

It is possible to have a case fan that comes on when my GPU temp hits a certain temperature but goes (completely) off when it goes below it? I'd want to set the temp myself. Any ideas?
by readk
Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Results Are In! Woohoo
Replies: 4
Views: 2084

Hi! Thanks for the help you guys. I decided I will keep the Pico PSU then and try running it for a while, if something melts I guess I will just upgrade then. It seems safe so far. I will run some more 3D tests tonight. I don't really game on the machine ever, I was just using that as a stress test....
by readk
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:11 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How Do DC Bricks Work
Replies: 10
Views: 2638

How Do DC Bricks Work

This is kind of an aside, but how do AC/DC power bricks work with DC/DC power supplies. Right now I have a 150 watt Pico and a 150 watt (12v / 12.5a) brick. The brick gets pretty hot. Kill-a-watt ranges from 60 watts idle to 110 watts gaming and 145 watts in Furmark. Even though the Pico is 150w wou...
by readk
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Did I go too far?
Replies: 24
Views: 4658

Results are in: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=57219 BUT The nice people who sold me my Pico PSU have offered to let me exchange it for an M4 which I will use with my Dell DA-2 I just got today. However, the Pico does seem to work and the Killawatt says < 150 watts. Should I bo...
by readk
Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Results Are In! Woohoo
Replies: 4
Views: 2084

Okay, I ran FURMARK on Windows 7 for 600 seconds everything maxed including the xtreme burning setting. For the first 400 seconds the Kill-a-watt said 142w the whole time. After that it slowly climbed up to 149w The gpu temperature hit 90C at the peak but it was level. Is a problem? Seems very hot! ...
by readk
Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Results Are In! Woohoo
Replies: 4
Views: 2084

Results Are In! Woohoo

AMD 605e Gigabyte 790xta-UD4 4gb G.Skill Eco DDR3 PowerColor Fanless 5750 Intel 80GB SSD Pico PSU 150 / 150w Brick (From short-circuit) Single 600rpm fan Thermalright HR01 (Fanless) On my KILL-A-WATT as I post this it says 62w. Would anyone like to help propose any other stress tests? How high is sa...
by readk
Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: First foray into replacing my power supply
Replies: 5
Views: 4447

Is this it? Looks like a standard power supply to me

http://www.hardware.info/en-UK/productd ... iewphoto/1

http://www.shopmania.ro/magazin~online- ... 70364.html

What did you buy thats too big?
by readk
Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Pico PSU Connectors
Replies: 22
Views: 7214

Re: Pico PSU Connectors

That seems like a lot more power considering you're driving a hard drive and a higher wattage processor! I'm going to try the kill-a-watt tomorrow and will report back.
by readk
Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Did I go too far?
Replies: 24
Views: 4658

Any idea how efficient the brick will be though? No efficiency specs written on it. Pico advertises 95% though.
by readk
Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Did I go too far?
Replies: 24
Views: 4658

I see what you're saying. But what if it will only be 25w and I can undervolt or underclock the hardware to free up 10w more. Then its 135w under max load, and idles well under that. Would that be so bad? I don't think I want to deal with the heat of a bigger power supply, cooling it will be too lou...
by readk
Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Did I go too far?
Replies: 24
Views: 4658

I'm really surprised that given the availability of the DA-2 nobody has an out of the box solution? I'm hoping to give that a try with the M4-ATX since everyone seems to have problems with the PW-200 power supplies after I test out the Pico a bit more. I'm thinking maybe with underclocking/undervolt...
by readk
Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Pico PSU Connectors
Replies: 22
Views: 7214

I borrowed a Kill-a-watt and will try to measure at the plug. Also I ordered a DA-2 brick on Ebay. If the 150w isn't enough, does anyone know if I would have success mating the DA-2 to the M4 power supply from short-circuit and mini-box? I have read that the PW-200's don't work but the M4 seems to b...
by readk
Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Pico PSU Connectors
Replies: 22
Views: 7214

If the computer is off isn't feeding power into the video card dangerous??
by readk
Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Did I go too far?
Replies: 24
Views: 4658

I do appreciate all the help guys! Now I am thinking maybe I order a Dell DA-2 brick and an M4 supply and ebay the pico psu.. The machine won't be a FPS gaming machine but it will need to run DirectX 3D graphics applications and light video editing and do light 3d graphics development, so the card n...
by readk
Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Did I go too far?
Replies: 24
Views: 4658

I don't understand why I need a 400 watt power supply for a 45 watt processor and max 80 watt video card? It would be helpful to have some of these questions answered so I know the "why" of things. What is the upper limit for the pico? Why is that hFX supply "BS"? The main reason it has a 5750 video...
by readk
Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Did I go too far?
Replies: 24
Views: 4658

Why do the connectors get crispy-fied? Also what do you recommend to measure the power draw? I don't have any hardware for this. Can I get some kind of device inexpensively? What do you guys think about upgrading to this? http://www.mcubed-store.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=3&products_id=179 I...
by readk
Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Pico PSU Connectors
Replies: 22
Views: 7214

It's an enthusiast board but I got an enthusiast board so that I would have way more options for undervolt / underclock etc. I read that it's only a few watts difference between a 790 based chipset and a budget 770 chipset. The memory I got is ECO memory and the SSD should be low power use? I only h...
by readk
Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Did I go too far?
Replies: 24
Views: 4658

Did I go too far?

Had a couple comments in another forum about my system being too ambitious for a 150w brick / PicoPSU 150. I'm putting it together tomorrow since all the parts are here; should I bother? AMD 605e Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 2x 2gb 1.35w eco DDR3 Fanless Powercolor 5750 video Intel 80gb SSD Do you think I...
by readk
Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:13 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Pico PSU Connectors
Replies: 22
Views: 7214

Its the 12V / 12.5A brick that many places sell with the 150w Pico. I figure 80w for the video card, 45 for the processor, that leaves 25w for everything else under max load. Do you think I could undervolt / underclock to get some headroom? I guess worst case I could try to upgrade to a 200w dc/dc s...
by readk
Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Pico PSU Connectors
Replies: 22
Views: 7214

Fanless 5750 video card and a gigabyte motherboard with AMD 605e 45w processor, also some 1.35v "eco" DDR3 memory and an Intel SSD.

Hopefully I get enough power from the 150w pico.
by readk
Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Pico PSU Connectors
Replies: 22
Views: 7214

Thanks! I found some online but I will try to get some locally.
by readk
Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Pico PSU Connectors
Replies: 22
Views: 7214

Pico PSU Connectors

Hey Everyone, I'm trying to use a Pico PSU with a new mainboard and video card. The mainboard needs an 8 pin 12v connector and the video card needs a 6 pin power connector. Neither are available by the Pico! What has everyone else done in this situation? I'm not much for cutting and splicing wires. ...