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by theycallmebruce
Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Maybe I made a bad job decision
Replies: 6
Views: 4061

Re: Maybe I made a bad job decision

Of course I don't know all the details, but here's my reading of your concerns. - I get really unhappy in this new job It's possible, but I think you have to give it some time before you can decide this for sure. Feeling a bit unsettled in a new job is normal. - I get let go from this job, most like...
by theycallmebruce
Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:49 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: local recycle
Replies: 3
Views: 3197

Looks like a great resource, thanks for that one Shamgar!
by theycallmebruce
Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:35 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on low-powered file-server build
Replies: 21
Views: 6777

OK then, don't mind me :D

Look forward to seeing it when you're done.
by theycallmebruce
Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on low-powered file-server build
Replies: 21
Views: 6777

I would think that the 8x 7200 RPM drives will drown out quiet CPU and PSU fans. Unless they are all spun down at night, I wouldn't want that in my bedroom.

Just curious, what's your application? The 6 disk RAID5 would be around 10TB. That's around 2000 DVD ISOs!
by theycallmebruce
Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:40 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja Mini Rev B.
Replies: 17
Views: 10993

That is a shame. The Minja is brilliant. Can anybody suggest a replacement with similar dimensions and equal cooling awesomeness?
by theycallmebruce
Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless 5750 availability in Australia?
Replies: 11
Views: 2521

They're nowhere to be found.

It seems just about impossible to find a fanless card these days.
by theycallmebruce
Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: help me design a dedicated linux firewall
Replies: 8
Views: 2412

Why bother with a hard disk drive? Boot from USB flash and you could have a system with no moving parts.

Also seems a bit of a shame to buy new hardware for this when you could probably use a secondhand x86 mobo and CPU and underclock + undervolt for fanless operation.
by theycallmebruce
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:45 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Are there still bios undervolt motherboards?
Replies: 10
Views: 3039

Every recent Gigabyte motherboard I've seen has a M.I.B (Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker) section in the BIOS to allow changes to clocking and voltage. I'm pretty sure most Asus boards have something similar. The only other boards I have some experience with are Intel boards, which don't offer any s...
by theycallmebruce
Sat May 29, 2010 2:28 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Need help choosing S-FLEX fans for my P182
Replies: 4
Views: 1101

Agreed. Get the 1200RPM or 1500RPM ones and run them slower by the method of your choice (I recommend automatic control by the motherboard).
by theycallmebruce
Tue May 25, 2010 9:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mini-ITX DRAM Ranking List
Replies: 29
Views: 20268

Yeah I know about virtualization. What are you virtualizing though? 16GB is an assload of RAM even if it's shared between a virtual machine and a real one. I was thinking that it might be useful for video editing, multitrack audio editing, or maybe you were going to build a SAN with a massive disk c...
by theycallmebruce
Tue May 25, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mini-ITX DRAM Ranking List
Replies: 29
Views: 20268

Nice reference!

I'm curious, do you have some kind of exotic application in mind for a mini ITX machine with 16GB of RAM?
by theycallmebruce
Tue May 18, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Need an inaudible cpu/heatsink..non-clocker. Advice?
Replies: 9
Views: 2351

I don't mean 'purrs like a kitten.' I mean so silent it can only be heard from about a foot away or less. Currently, my cpu fan keeps my HTPC between 42C and 45C at all times at 1650 rpm. In other words, I'm not looking for 'serious cooling,' just a fan/heatsink that will stay silent at 1650 rpm wh...
by theycallmebruce
Mon May 17, 2010 1:03 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Converting two-slot backplate to one-slot
Replies: 16
Views: 3553

Nice hackery! So it looks like you cut the pins going to the top connector, then desoldered them from the back as well. Is that right? I'm also interested in your dual PSU setup. I'm no electrical engineer. Are there any electrical issues to be aware of in using two power supplies in a single system?
by theycallmebruce
Sun May 16, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Looking 4 underclocking/undervolting options by EDITING BIOS
Replies: 4
Views: 2375

Lope, I'm very interested to find out what you learn about editing the BIOS.

However, I would recommend looking at Gigabyte motherboards, which commonly allow you to undervolt your components. IMHO it's worth paying a few extra dollars for the features you want.
by theycallmebruce
Mon May 10, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: My PC is 7 years old
Replies: 10
Views: 2313

Maybe just trying to get a handle on the current state of hardware? Or if he's like me, dreaming about the nice machine he'd like to have if he could justify spending the money :wink: I do agree that in two years time, specific hardware recommendations made now would be irrelevant. Technology and pr...
by theycallmebruce
Sat May 08, 2010 2:03 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: *FOUND* Wanted: Broken 120mm fan(s) to sacrifice
Replies: 3
Views: 1250

Don't have a fan I'm afraid, but definitely curious as to what you have planned.
by theycallmebruce
Mon May 03, 2010 9:23 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Thinking out loud: more flexible fan control in BIOS
Replies: 3
Views: 869

Thanks for the reply! Which motherboards allow you to do this? I haven't seen this in any of mine (all Gigabyte boards), but maybe I'm just not looking hard enough. The Aquaero certainly looks like a very nice product. In particular I like the fact that you can add flow sensors. However I would pref...
by theycallmebruce
Mon May 03, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: noob needs advice on [quieting] a i7 build in Lian Li case
Replies: 28
Views: 3400

Thanks ascl. Yeah, I've read that PWM is more efficient because it is essentially just switching the line on and off.

Do you know whether the idea of putting a capacitor inline to smooth the voltage would work?
by theycallmebruce
Mon May 03, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Thinking out loud: more flexible fan control in BIOS
Replies: 3
Views: 869

Thinking out loud: more flexible fan control in BIOS

This is just me brainstorming a little. Apologies for the length. Fan control is, of course, very important in silent PC design. On this forum, almost every aspect and method of fan control must have been discussed. Broadly speaking, the flexibility of fan control solutions seem to roughly match the...
by theycallmebruce
Mon May 03, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: noob needs advice on [quieting] a i7 build in Lian Li case
Replies: 28
Views: 3400

Lodestar, that's interesting about many motherboards using low frequency pulses even in voltage control mode. Maybe my understanding of PWM is incorrect (varying the duty cycle of a fixed frequency square wave), but what you describe sounds essentially like PWM to me, just using 3 pins instead of 4....
by theycallmebruce
Mon May 03, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: The worst motherboard I have ever owned...
Replies: 26
Views: 7540

I have to agree that it's unfair to blame the OP. Bad drivers and memory compatibility issues are annoying. It seems like he tested the hardware fairly, and posts like this are useful so that others can be aware of the issues. All you can really do is stick with brands you've had good experiences wi...
by theycallmebruce
Sun May 02, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Level Eleven
Replies: 21
Views: 4651

Beautiful! More photos please.
by theycallmebruce
Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:34 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Using a hardware switch to disable a hard drive
Replies: 17
Views: 3212

For the price, that Mitron switch looks like a winner to me.
by theycallmebruce
Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hardware ECC Recovered Count increasing on 3 drives !!
Replies: 5
Views: 1634

Interesting problem. I think your best bet is a process of elimination for the hardware, starting with the easiest / most convenient to replace. Do you have any spare RAM, PCI disk controller cards, PSUs etc?
by theycallmebruce
Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless 5750 availability in Australia?
Replies: 11
Views: 2521

Thanks for the lead. They are a wholesaler, but maybe they can tell me where I can get one retail.
by theycallmebruce
Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless 5750 availability in Australia?
Replies: 11
Views: 2521

Fanless 5750 availability in Australia?

Does anyone know of a retailer stocking either the PowerColor 5750 SCS3 or Go! Green models?

My fanless 3850 has served me well, but I want something with OpenCL support so that I can have a play..
by theycallmebruce
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: noob needs advice on [quieting] a i7 build in Lian Li case
Replies: 28
Views: 3400

If I am understanding this correctly your cpu fan and rear exhaust run though the cpu fan header? Correct. What causes them to run a lower rpm, is it the splitter or a MB control? The motherboard control lowers the voltage automatically based on temperature. On your board this should be enabled by ...
by theycallmebruce
Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: noob needs advice on [quieting] a i7 build in Lian Li case
Replies: 28
Views: 3400

Yes, it's 5-11V according to the spec: http://www.zalman.co.kr/ENG/product/Product_Read.asp?idx=206 I apologise if I'm repeating things you already know here, but these are the important things that I didn't know about before reading spcr: 1) Most motherboards already have a capability for undervolt...
by theycallmebruce
Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: noob needs advice on [quieting] a i7 build in Lian Li case
Replies: 28
Views: 3400

Hey there. So I see you found PC Case Gear! I don't think you specified your CPU, and I'm guessing the TDP is a little higher than mine, but otherwise your system sounds fairly similar to mine (see my sig at the bottom). I would tend to agree on not using the 140mm top fan at all. Try blocking up th...