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by Torajirou
Sat May 21, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 5633

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

Thank you so much for the time you devoted to my issue.

I learned a lot, even though it didn't turn up for the best ;-)
by Torajirou
Sat May 21, 2016 2:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 5633

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

So I went and bought a 10kΩ resistor and some alligator clips and did as you said. The voltage on the switch header is now above 4.10V when the PC is running, still, it reboots after a few seconds over and over again :(

Any more ideas ? :)
by Torajirou
Fri May 20, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 5633

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

Thanks ! I will definitely do that and keep you posted !
by Torajirou
Thu May 19, 2016 8:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 5633

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

Two separate issues. One is debugging his current PC. Second is when three PCs die, two at the same time it implies a systematic problem with his mains / power quality issue. "at the same time" may not be 100% accurate; rather during the same time frame (a couple of weeks or so) Torajirou - Both PC...
by Torajirou
Thu May 19, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 5633

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

I managed to get readings from the power button header using a sewing needle and from the battery. The power button header is 3.39V unpressed and 0.00V when pressed. The battery is 3.20V. Please find below a link to the video I just took - the power LED on the bottom right corner is NOT attached to ...
by Torajirou
Wed May 18, 2016 8:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 5633

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

OK, so I managed to get some more readings using a paper clip: OFF ON 08 (Gray) +00.00V +05.05V 09 (Purple) +05.08V +05.08V 10 (Yellow) +00.00V +12.16V 12 (Orange) +00.00V +03.34V As for the transitions from the OFF to the ON state that I posted here and above, I notice nothing spectacular; it just ...
by Torajirou
Tue May 17, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 5633

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

So I bought a multimeter and tried to follow westom's instructions as found there : https://forums.techguy.org/threads/custom-built-computer-problems.941654/page-2#post-7547787 I had to search a bit because there are no wires on the PicoPSU; found that : https://superuser.com/questions/905705/atx-de...
by Torajirou
Tue May 17, 2016 2:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 5633

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

Not crap then. Hard to imagine the brick being responsible for damaging the system. Are the voltage levels ok? No damaged caps on the motherboard? None that I could see, I'll get a closer look when I get home. I also spent more time reading westom's replies on the thread I linked above and will def...
by Torajirou
Tue May 17, 2016 1:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 5633

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

Vicotnik wrote:What brick are you using with the picoPSU?
It's a 150W Fortron brick. More or less the one listed here, I guess: http://www.myelectronics.nl/contents/nl/d348.html (at least that's where I bought it back then - not sure it's still the same part exactly).
by Torajirou
Tue May 17, 2016 1:35 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 5633

Re: HTPCs dying inexplicably

Thanks for your replies ! :) You did not identify the defective part before disconnecting or replacing anything. That swapping (shotgunning) has apparently only cured a symptom. The problem remained for another 15 months. Defects can exist and a computer still works. Defective can cause intermittent...
by Torajirou
Sun May 15, 2016 12:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPCs dying inexplicably
Replies: 26
Views: 5633

HTPCs dying inexplicably

Hi, 15 months ago, the HTPC that's described in my signature below died on me: it would reboot after a few seconds, again and again. I suspected the picoPSU to be the culprit, tried a standard ATX PSU but the issue persisted. I tried with another RAM module - same issue. So basically it came down to...
by Torajirou
Mon May 04, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig
Replies: 67
Views: 31121

Re: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig

So, I went on with my upgrade and installed an Asus Strix GTX 970 (Overclocked)... The results look even more amazing ! The GPU is litterally stuck at 65°C running Prime95 + Furmark, with all the fans at their minimum (~500 RPM for the CPU and the case fans, 850 RPM for the GPU fans). There is some ...
by Torajirou
Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:00 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig
Replies: 67
Views: 31121

Re: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig

Congrats. I'm guessing the predominant noise at idle and load are the 1080rpm gfx card fans. Well, the whole thing is downright inaudible, really. The GPU fans have been measured at 13-14 dB by SPCR, so it's not surprising. EDIT : Here are the measurements from SPCR for all my components : * GPU fa...
by Torajirou
Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:02 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig
Replies: 67
Views: 31121

Re: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig

Here it is ! http://users.skynet.be/fa022588/IMAG1147.jpg Cable management was not easy, but all in all, I managed to pull it off quite nicely. The Air Penetrators are set to High and controlled with SpeedFan. The overall picture is as follows: Idle: CPU Cores: ~30-35°C GPU: 37°C CPU fan speed: ~560...
by Torajirou
Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Time for a new Elysium Beast: V4.0
Replies: 7
Views: 7020

Re: Time for a new Elysium Beast: V4.0

Glad to see you're still completely insane... :mrgreen:

... and congrats for this unique build !

Out of curiosity, how much does the whole thing weigh ? Aren't you afraid it will collapse on itself and turn into a black hole ? :mrgreen:
by Torajirou
Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:21 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig
Replies: 67
Views: 31121

Re: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig

More than two years later, I feel like an upgrade would be welcome, especially since I have a new noisy component around... my girlfriend's PC ! :mrgreen: The idea is to get a new chassis and a new power supply and give her my current ones, hoping it will make things better for her (and me), though ...
by Torajirou
Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:41 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Noise-cancelling windows
Replies: 1
Views: 2112

Noise-cancelling windows

by Torajirou
Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Hot & Noisy Asus GTX 670 Direct CU II
Replies: 5
Views: 2993

Re: Hot & Noisy Asus GTX 670 Direct CU II

I wouldn't say it met my initial expectations, but all in all, I'm satisfied. You can find more details in the thread about my build (link in my signature).

SPCR is not the only site that gave this card very positive reviews; virtually every site did !
by Torajirou
Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis
Replies: 18
Views: 27752

Re: Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis

Typo in the third paragraph on the first page : "had expanded quiet a bit".

Pun intended ? :mrgreen:
by Torajirou
Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet gaming mATX - First build ever, advice needed
Replies: 7
Views: 2078

Re: Quiet gaming mATX - First build ever, advice needed

The Fractal Design Define Mini is actually wider than my P183, in which the Macho fits, so no problem there. The SPCR review of the Seasonic Platinum fanless seems to indicate it's well worth the premium. The 460W version has two GPU cables and you can find it for less than 150€. Be aware though, th...
by Torajirou
Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet gaming mATX - First build ever, advice needed
Replies: 7
Views: 2078

Re: Quiet gaming mATX - First build ever, advice needed

Since it happened to me, I might add that you may be up for a bad surprise with the Asus GTX 670. I'll never know for sure if I got a bad sample or if Asus changed something in their cards recently, but the one I got was disappointing to say the least. That being said, I would be happy that you get ...
by Torajirou
Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:13 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig
Replies: 67
Views: 31121

Re: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig

Thanks for the tips, your build is very inspiring indeed !

As for the 5.25" foam blocks, I want to try and see what happens exactly.
by Torajirou
Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:03 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig
Replies: 67
Views: 31121

Re: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig

Since I'm still not 100% happy with the results and I don't have the feeling I did everything I could to make this build as quiet as possible, I'm planning the following final steps : * Install an acrylic cover on the top fan mount (I finally found one) * Apply AcoustiPack to the top of the case * S...
by Torajirou
Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig
Replies: 67
Views: 31121

Re: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig

Small update: I applied AcoustiPack on the door and on both side panels. I ordered additional AcoustiPack foam blocks to pad the 5"1/4 and floppy drive bays. I'm curious to see the effect on both the noise and airflow (the airflow should theoretically be more "focused", but I wonder if it will have ...
by Torajirou
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig
Replies: 67
Views: 31121

Re: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig

Depends what you mean with "under load".

Running Furmark, it goes well beyond 1890RPM. Playing games, I can limit to ~1800RPM and the temperatures stay in check.
by Torajirou
Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig
Replies: 67
Views: 31121

Re: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig

I'm a bit disappointed not to be able to get even close to my initial expectations I have to ask what where your initial expectations ? My initial expectations were to have an inaudible system at full load (Prime95 + Furmark), much like the Serenity Pro or SPCR's GTX 670 DirectCU II review test sys...
by Torajirou
Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig
Replies: 67
Views: 31121

Re: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig

It's difficult to say, because I have no rigorous test protocol for load tests; Furmark still crashes if I try to keep the fans in the "quiet" zone.

But I guess it did make things a bit better.
by Torajirou
Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig
Replies: 67
Views: 31121

Re: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig

The Noiseblockers
by Torajirou
Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig
Replies: 67
Views: 31121

Re: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig

No difference in idle temps for the GPU.
by Torajirou
Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:51 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig
Replies: 67
Views: 31121

Re: SPCR-inspired quiet gaming rig

So I tried with (non-PWM) Nexus fans at full speed, it wasn't much better than with the M12-PS. I reapplied the best thermal paste I could easily find (Artic Cooling MX-2) and tweaked the case fans with Fan Xpert 2 to get acceptable results while playing. Basically, I managed to limit the GPU fans s...