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by johnniecache7
Mon May 13, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-U12S Slim Tower Heatsink
Replies: 22
Views: 11744

Re: Noctua NH-U12S Slim Tower Heatsink

Good to see review of this very interesting heatsink. Though what this review misses is comparison to NH-U12P. Would have been real interesting to see how one additional heatpipe fares againts possibly increased airflow impedance. In this user made comparison U12S wins when using Noctua's fan and 1...
by johnniecache7
Mon May 06, 2013 8:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Roundup #7: Antec, be quiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseblock
Replies: 22
Views: 13664

Re: Fan Roundup #7: Antec, be quiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseb

Koldun wrote:Thanks for the review!

GTs are still on top :D

@Abula: No need for Noctua, Silentpc only reviews good fans Image
GTs are hard to obtain atleast in Canada no one really sells the lower speed models.
by johnniecache7
Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 305 Watts enough for this system?
Replies: 4
Views: 1736

Re: 305 Watts enough for this system?

We have a couple of the Optiplex 755s here at work. I measured the power of one of ours here with a C2D E6750, 4x1GB, and a Radeon X1300 to be about 62WAC idle and 103WAC under heavy CPU usage. The 7750 runs off the PCIe slot directly (no external power needed) so the max is 75W. The 150W estimate ...
by johnniecache7
Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:47 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 305 Watts enough for this system?
Replies: 4
Views: 1736

Re: 305 Watts enough for this system?

Less than 150W I would think. A word of caution: Dell have been known to use a non-standard PSU connection in some systems. The connector might be the same but the cable arrangement may be different and potentially won't work. Google for more ideas on this and how to fix it. I checked on Google on ...
by johnniecache7
Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 305 Watts enough for this system?
Replies: 4
Views: 1736

305 Watts enough for this system?

Hello, I've Dell Optiplex 755 mini-tower (mid tower) with the specs below and I'm sure it will run my HIS AMD Radeon HD 7750 1GB DDR5 , Sound Blaster Audigy SE PCI sound card without issue but I'd just like to double check. A larger standard ATX PSU will fit and I've got one but the issue is cable m...
by johnniecache7
Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:07 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which uses less power Radeon HD 5450, GF GT210, GF 8400 GS?
Replies: 6
Views: 4368

Re: Which uses less power Radeon HD 5450, GF GT210, GF 8400

Most load it will see is playing Mkv HD files with Core AVC. I want to install the video card to off load the processing onto DXVA . The 240 watts on the PSU is continuous output not peak load. I've upgraded similar systems with the same PSU and didn't have issues with far less power efficient compo...
by johnniecache7
Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which uses less power Radeon HD 5450, GF GT210, GF 8400 GS?
Replies: 6
Views: 4368

Which uses less power Radeon HD 5450, GF GT210, GF 8400 GS?

Hello SPCR, I'm upgrading old Dell Optiplex GX280 for a friend that has 240 Watt PSU with 14 amps on the 12 volt rail. I'm looking to buy the cheapest, lowest power video card and my choices are the Radeon HD 5450, Geforce GT 210, Geforce 8400 GS. I know the system likely doesn't use more then 140 w...
by johnniecache7
Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:24 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design D3 vs Antec P280 vs Corsair Obsidian 550D
Replies: 7
Views: 5465

Re: Fractal Design D3 vs Antec P280 vs Corsair Obsidian 550D

The P280 is the best, Corsair, I don't care for the finish on it. Fractal is decent but you should also look at the Bitfenix Ghost. It's new slient case that's very much like the P280, Factual Design R3,R4.
by johnniecache7
Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: BitFenix Ghost
Replies: 17
Views: 7835

Re: BitFenix Ghost

It's too big :p It's perfect no larger then the Antec P280. It's included fans are 1200 rpm using the FDB bearing. No high gloss finish nonsense either and sells for $99 CAD at NCIX. I going to buy one, way better then the Solo or anything out there it's like improved version the Define R4. Full re...
by johnniecache7
Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are SSDs really that bad?
Replies: 46
Views: 14581

Re: Are SSDs really that bad?

SSD are to expensive and small to even be taking seriously. I don't buy into the hype about how wonderful they are. When they cost the same and provide that same capacity as traditional harddrives then I'll take them seriously. There just not worth it.
by johnniecache7
Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define R4 launches
Replies: 108
Views: 428641

Re: Fractal Design Define R4 launches

I guess we should be thankful they didn't add annoying finger print magnet high gloss paint job like on the Sonata series or Solo II damn those paint jobs are a pain in the ass. The R4 minus the windowed version is still the best slient case for the buck. I dunno about that. I don't touch my case m...
by johnniecache7
Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define R4 launches
Replies: 108
Views: 428641

Re: Fractal Design Define R4 launches

I guess we should be thankful they didn't add annoying finger print magnet high gloss paint job like on the Sonata series or Solo II damn those paint jobs are a pain in the ass. The R4 minus the windowed version is still the best slient case for the buck.
by johnniecache7
Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define R4 launches
Replies: 108
Views: 428641

Re: Fractal Design Define R4 launches

Black Pearl with Window Titanium Grey with Window Arctic White with Window http://www.fractal-design.com/img_thumb/FD-AC-WND-DEF3-BL_2_medium.jpg Adding a window to this case makes me laugh. Seriously Fractal Design?, what's next loud tacky LED fans and annoying bright cathode lights. Why in the wo...
by johnniecache7
Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SPCR Quiet Certified Gaming PC by AVADirect Custom Computers
Replies: 35
Views: 45523

Re: SPCR Quiet Certified Gaming PC by AVADirect Custom Compu

Nice pre-built quiet PC but AVADirect is way over priced you could build the same at NCIX with there $50 assembly opition alot cheaper.
by johnniecache7
Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:18 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: (Newegg.ca) Samsung 500GB Hard Drive $59.99+ Free Shipping
Replies: 1
Views: 2321

(Newegg.ca) Samsung 500GB Hard Drive $59.99+ Free Shipping

Seems to be some old Samsung F3 stock since they don't make these slient guys anymore I thought I'd post it up. Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $59.99 + Free Shipping http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.a...
by johnniecache7
Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fast but quiet 750+ gb 7200 rpm HDD
Replies: 9
Views: 3156

Re: Fast but quiet 750+ gb 7200 rpm HDD

What's the current 'best' fast but quiet 7200 rpm HDD? Samsung F3? What's the current platter size? It's impossible to find specs on the Samsung / Seagate site. Does 1 vs 2 platters still matter? Looking for a drive for a new system, SSD is too expensive. They no longer make the Samsung F3, F4. Sam...
by johnniecache7
Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Attack of the Scythes
Replies: 72
Views: 47583

Re: Attack of the Scythes

Great round up but there huge issue why are you reviewing fans that no store carries. We already knew the Nexus was quiet why review it over and over. Why no new fans Noctua's offerings or the Scythe EX-FDB,Gelid. Why no PWM fans either many the options you review are outdated and still use sleeve b...
by johnniecache7
Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon 6770 (or alternatives) : Which one
Replies: 10
Views: 3140

Re: Radeon 6770 (or alternatives) : Which one

HD6770 or anything in it's range is going crawl at 1920X1080. I wouldn't go lower then the HD6850 with that resolution. I believe the Asus cards where the SPCR choice but like the poster said above buy any HD6850 and throw the Accelero S1 PLUS on it.
by johnniecache7
Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec 900 ruined?
Replies: 6
Views: 1673

Re: Antec 900 ruined?

Why would you want to buy this loud rattling beast? Gamers bought this case in droves. It was the definitive LAN party gamers case at one stage. Naturally enough it is easier to take your 900 to a LAN party with this Antec accessory http://store.antec.com/Product/accessories-other/lanboard/0-761345...
by johnniecache7
Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec 900 ruined?
Replies: 6
Views: 1673

Re: Antec 900 ruined?

:shock: Why would you want to buy this loud rattling beast? This bad choice for a slient system loud LED fans and case window. They will rattle and viberate terribly. Why not the Fractal Define R3 or Coolermaster Silencio 550? http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&category=2&prod=71 http://www...
by johnniecache7
Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Kama Flow 2 120MM 900RPM
Replies: 4
Views: 2034

Re: Scythe Kama Flow 2 120MM 900RPM

Because it's tested in open air with the noise meter only 150mm away from the fan. Note the noise meter only goes down to 30dB. So, who knows what the fan is actually adding to the baseline noise floor. Always look at the test setup in these reviews... SPCR tests 1 meter away with a 10dBA noise flo...
by johnniecache7
Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Kama Flow 2 120MM 900RPM
Replies: 4
Views: 2034

Scythe Kama Flow 2 120MM 900RPM

Can someone explain to me how the Scythe Kama Flow 2 900rpm 120mm EX-FDB SP1225FDB12L fan can be 32dba or are X-Bit Labs testing methods completely out of wack. I don't see how 900rpm fan can be 32dba somethings wrong with the test. :shock: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/120mm-fan-...
by johnniecache7
Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P280 or Fractal Desing R3 or Antec SOLO II for work?
Replies: 8
Views: 5995

Re: Antec P280 or Fractal Desing R3 or Antec SOLO II for wor

The Solo II is a disappointing fingerprint magnet How often do you touch your case? I open and close the DVD tray, occasionally hit the reset button, and every once in a while plug in a USB stick. That's about it. One thing I like about the SOLO II are the external 5.25" bays, as I prefer not havin...
by johnniecache7
Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:06 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P280 or Fractal Desing R3 or Antec SOLO II for work?
Replies: 8
Views: 5995

Re: Antec P280 or Fractal Desing R3 or Antec SOLO II for wor

Fractal Design R3 is the most enclosed of all three it will keep the noise down vs the other two. The Solo II is a disappointing fingerprint magnet and the Antec P280 is decent but it's more expensive then the R3 and sports the same features. The only reason to choose the P280 over the R3 is if you ...
by johnniecache7
Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Corsair Obsidian 550D = P280 done right?
Replies: 27
Views: 12455

Re: Corsair Obsidian 550D = P280 done right?

Looks great,love it but with one issue it's really expensive around $169 USD. That price is bit hard to take over the $80-100 tag on Define R3.
by johnniecache7
Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:57 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Cooler Master Cosmos II: Ultra Tower Case
Replies: 5
Views: 2594

Re: Cooler Master Cosmos II: Ultra Tower Case

:shock: :o This case is the ugliest and loudest ever $350 are they kidding you couldn't give to me for free. I'll stick to the Define R3, P280 for my builds if I want highend case.
by johnniecache7
Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Nexus 120 as heatsink pull fan?
Replies: 17
Views: 3196

Re: Nexus 120 as heatsink pull fan?

I've never liked the Scythe sleeve bearing PWM fans due to there short life as there 100's negitive reviews about them dying withing six months. Interesting... i seen slipstreams have low life, but not that short, but on the PWMs i havent seen the 100s of reviews you talk about, even checking the t...
by johnniecache7
Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Looking for an AGP card with HDMI
Replies: 8
Views: 1872

Re: Looking for an AGP card with HDMI

HIS IceQ Radeon HD 4670 has HDMI and quiet cooler but it's far from cheap. For the price of it your could buy GTS 450 or HD 6770 it might be time scrap you AGP motherboard for PCI-Ex. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161337&Tpk=HIS%20IceQ%20Radeon%20HD%204670 http://www.neweg...
by johnniecache7
Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:03 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Nexus 120 as heatsink pull fan?
Replies: 17
Views: 3196

Re: Nexus 120 as heatsink pull fan?

Possible you got bad sample of the Nexus D12SL? As quiet as the Nexus is I'm turned off by sleeve bearings fans on heatsinks and usually use Noctua 120mm fans with the sealed sleeve bearing. I've never liked the Scythe sleeve bearing PWM fans due to there short life as there 100's negitive reviews a...
by johnniecache7
Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:07 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec 300 - Did some work for my brother in law
Replies: 5
Views: 2858

Re: Antec 300 - Did some work for my brother in law

I also got the 300 it's nice case but the WD Blacks are the loudest harddrives that exist it's likely causing lot viberation noise. I went with Samsung hard drive for my build and don't see much viberation. Yea I was going to suggest he get other drives but he had already bought the Black's. Then a...