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by butters
Thu May 01, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Extreme Gamer 22[dBA] PC by EndPCNoise
Replies: 35
Views: 23689

Does the top vent functions as an exhaust or intake in this configuration?
by butters
Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital's single-platter 320GB Caviar SE16 WD3200AAK
Replies: 46
Views: 38719

ZipZoomFly has the 750GB Samsung F1 for $113USD, get 'em while they last. I couldn't turn it down for that price. They had the 1TB F1 for $190 as recently as last night, but they are now out of stock. I was also wondering about the 250/334 areal density issue. I'm hoping that it's just a higher-yiel...
by butters
Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:20 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Xigmatek HDT-S1283 & SD964 "heatpipe direct-touch&q
Replies: 160
Views: 73871

I'm convinced that mounting pressure is just as significant as thermal resistance in evaluating heatsinks. It's not immediately obvious to me how this could be measured quantitatively in a method consistent with SPCR's ideology, but perhaps somebody smarter than me will figure it out. This multi-bra...
by butters
Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: passive enclosures - cool enough?
Replies: 4
Views: 2178

I like the Nexus Drive-A-Way, but I need a USB interface because it has to work with my laptop. It's a shame they don't make an external version of this (seemingly) well thought-out enclosure. I could do it with this SATA-to-USB adaptor kit, but then it starts getting more expensive and complicated ...
by butters
Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: passive enclosures - cool enough?
Replies: 4
Views: 2178

passive enclosures - cool enough?

I'm looking for a USB & eSATA enclosure for a single 3.5" hard disk. It seems like there might be a large difference in the cooling efficiencies and vibration dampening of the various passive enclosures on the market. What should I be looking for? Any brands that are particularly good? The tray desi...
by butters
Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Developing a taste for tea?
Replies: 33
Views: 11020

FWIW, I defer to Alton Brown on all matters at the intersection of culinary and geeky:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrqBe9sWHsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RA7aJqfnX4

I also highly recommend his episode on coffee. And baby-back ribs.
by butters
Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:59 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fusion Max -- ATX version of Antec Fusion is coming
Replies: 156
Views: 111307

I'm still waiting for the mini (well, noticeably smaller) P182... Anybody know anything about that?
by butters
Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:58 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P5E-VM HDMI: A microATX C2D board for gamers?
Replies: 74
Views: 62175

Yay! I've been anxiously awaiting G35, and the Asus boards (this one and the ATX version) are very nice, but I'm going to hold off to see what Gigabyte does with this chipset. The Asus boards are missing eSATA and optical SPDIF, both of which would be nice to have for my intended usage. I'm also a b...
by butters
Sat Dec 08, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low power MythTV backend and File Server advice
Replies: 17
Views: 7043

My advice is to wait a few weeks for the Intel G35 boards to come out and pair it with a Core 2 Duo E4500 (Allendale). That's probably the lowest power setup that has dual HDMI/DVI/VGA outputs and the VT/SVM extensions. Intel's Linux/Xorg open-source graphics driver is great. Check out Mythbuntu. Th...
by butters
Fri Nov 30, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Upgrade my PC?
Replies: 9
Views: 3941

I'd recommend a platform upgrade for a couple reasons. First, 2x1GB DDR2 pairs are dirt cheap these days. Also, it's never a bad idea for acoustic or power conscious folks to leave the NetBurst days behind them. Since you're a non-gamer (like me), the upcoming arrival of the G35 chipset is a really ...
by butters
Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:12 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is Virtualization Technology important?
Replies: 11
Views: 3971

Intel's VT and AMD's SVM are extensions to the x86 architecture that allow virtualization solutions such as VMware and Xen to run much more efficiently. They introduce a third protection mode called guest mode and introduce a new trapping mechanism for instructions running in this mode that require ...
by butters
Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build advice requested: Linux, GA-G33M-DS2R, ADD2, Celeron
Replies: 34
Views: 19700

Even though your requirements are modest, I think it would be a shame to go with a single-core Celeron. I would consider the C2D E21x0 (Allendale) chips in the $75-90 range. Twice the cores, twice the cache, and identical CPU/FSB clocks compared to the Celeron you're considering. I'm waiting semi-pa...
by butters
Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:37 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: quiet and effective for multiple HDD
Replies: 2
Views: 1712

Have you considered an eSATA enclosure?
by butters
Mon Oct 01, 2007 6:18 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Seeking very low-spec set-top PC with TV-out
Replies: 1
Views: 2205

Seeking very low-spec set-top PC with TV-out

My grandma has been using a WebTV for several years, but the service keeps getting worse. I'm looking for an extremely cheap PC with bootable USB, Ethernet, TV-out, and audio out. No hard disk or optical drive. 128-256MB of RAM and a 400-800MHz CPU. Small is nice. Silence is always nice. But price i...
by butters
Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Page File to Different Drive + RAID ?'s
Replies: 29
Views: 8084

The only time it doesn't make sense to have a page file is on a 32-bit system with 4GB of physical memory, which is a bad idea to begin with. Since we're talking about a 64-bit system, virtual address space is effectively infinite for the next 30-40 years. Virtual memory contains three different kin...
by butters
Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Build: DAW Short Rack 3U PC (advice needed)
Replies: 10
Views: 3341

Depending on how you do your audio interface, a dedicated sound card probably isn't necessary. I use a Presonus Firepod for recording, so it all comes in through the Firewire. I use plain-old onboard sound through the optical SPDIF to my active near-field monitors. There's no reason to spend money o...
by butters
Tue Aug 14, 2007 5:44 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec P180 Airflow Diagram. 3 Chambers. 8800GTS w/ HR-03
Replies: 10
Views: 5057

I assume from your diagram that the HR-03Plus would be mounted with the radiator below the card. I would recommend mounting it with the radiator above the card. Your massive 8800GTS PCB is a natural baffle. No cardboad necessary. I'm not sure that it will fit this way with a fan on the bottom side o...
by butters
Sun Aug 12, 2007 12:01 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Video card advice request
Replies: 25
Views: 8886

Right now it doesn't make much sense to buy anything in the 7 series. Both the 7600GT and the 8600GT are priced in the $100-130 range. They have the same core clock and memory configuration. But the 8 series is the first of a new generation of GPU architectures. It has more in common with the 6 seri...
by butters
Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Linux desktop for bittorrent and movies.
Replies: 3
Views: 1829

Like bonestonne said, the main problem with your plans is the memory. You need DDR2. As for graphics, HD playback isn't as graphically intensive as you might think. The decoding is fairly CPU-intensive, but that's why we have multi-core processors. If all you're planning on is HD playback and Compiz...
by butters
Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:51 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Coolermaster Cosmos
Replies: 48
Views: 28067

I don't buy the cooling design. The 5.25" bay covers are vented while the lower part of the front panel is not (the mesh is aesthetic). So the main circuit has two intakes including the middle bottom vent. If you only use one optical drive, the intake area is roughly equal to the three 120mm exhaust...
by butters
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:19 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Found: the world's quietest production 120mm fan
Replies: 15
Views: 5123

Would 4 of these fans at 100 RPM be quieter than one of them at 400 RPM?
by butters
Sun May 06, 2007 6:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: A New Way of Testing Fan Airflow
Replies: 100
Views: 71196

It seems that the move from the turbine to the hot-wire anemometer turned out to be a trade-off. On one hand, you solved the rotational direction problem in the original setup and the impedance problem in the newer setup. However, now you have to take multiple measurements and average them. The nice...
by butters
Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: need advice on my new build, thanks
Replies: 4
Views: 1885

You don't have enough memory. Just put 2GB in your current system, and invest some of the money you'll save in a nice, big display. For your purposes, that would seem to be the best value. If you really want the new system, you're likely to get the best deal on Intel CPUs in a few months when Barcel...
by butters
Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Plan to build a new media pc - Please advice...
Replies: 3
Views: 1929

Wait for the Antec Fusion Black and the Scythe Mini Ninja (June timeframe). C2D, quality mATX board (spend at least $100), 2GB+ DDR2-800, passive GF7300 or better (Gigabyte and Asus are good), any sound card based on the C-Media CMI-8770/8788 (HT Omega Claro and its "Plus+" variety are my favorites)...
by butters
Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:15 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Ninja in a desktop case?
Replies: 9
Views: 4417

Scythe USA told me last week that the Mini Ninja will be available in June, but around the same time Scythe UK told another SPCR reader that they weren't in production "to their knowledge." If you already have a big Ninja, there is a mod to get it to fit a case like the Antec NSK2400. You remove the...
by butters
Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:50 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Friendly advice required for music PC build
Replies: 17
Views: 8089

Welcome! My two cents, you mileage my vary: Motherboards: This is the most crucial part of your system for stability and long-term reliability. Don't be stingy as premium boards from tier-one vendors can be had for less than $150. Look for good voltage regulators and solid-state capacitors (they're ...
by butters
Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a htpc Appletv
Replies: 8
Views: 3033

No, nothing on the Apple TV is upgradeable except for the hard disk and the wireless card (although it's 802.11n-ready, so the only reason to switch it out is to replace it with a part from a vendor that isn't so uncooperative with the free software community). There's nothing in the way of BIOS con...
by butters
Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:49 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a htpc Appletv
Replies: 8
Views: 3033

I would suggest getting an Apple TV and running either Mac OSX or Linux on it. Both community efforts are nearing completion, so a complete desktop experience in a tiny and near-silent package is just around the corner. The Apple TV is like an unusually-spec'ed laptop (modest CPU/RAM, respectable GP...
by butters
Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Sandisk 32GB solid state drive
Replies: 147
Views: 74995

id be happy with a couple of those 32's in raid0 (for now) for OS/apps There's no reason to use striping on solid state storage. It's probably detrimental to performance and durability. You're best off using a logical volume that spans multiple flash modules. Further, NTFS is heavily biased towards...
by butters
Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:16 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 2007 lineup
Replies: 66
Views: 37914

Why don't they make a P18x with P150-style HDD cages? The install through the front, suspend or soft-mount setup was a huge success. I'm still waiting for a case that offers a flexible drive rack top to bottom, where each bay accepts a 5.25" drive or a HDD soft-mount sled on rails, and at the bounda...